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    Quote Originally Posted by Wahoo View Post
    Thats cool man, well can't wait to see the progress on this challenger!

    have you painted a lot of cars or was the focus the only one?
    I've painted about half a dozen full cars, tons of small repair stuff like matching a replacement fender/bumper and stuff like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by focusinprogress View Post
    I built an entire 'Nother RS for a guy in pittsburg. I've been asked not to share it yet cause it's not "Done" by his definition yet. I still owe him some small trim parts and custom-made interior bits before he'll let the pictures out....mostly because he wanted the color kept secret.
    Dude no one cares.

    loljk, super secret RS build, rad!
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    Quote Originally Posted by focusinprogress View Post
    I built an entire 'Nother RS for a guy in pittsburg. I've been asked not to share it yet cause it's not "Done" by his definition yet. I still owe him some small trim parts and custom-made interior bits before he'll let the pictures out....mostly because he wanted the color kept secret.
    Be interested to see this. All the time and effort put into the original car starting to pay off? Much easier second time around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seth13 View Post
    Be interested to see this. All the time and effort put into the original car starting to pay off? Much easier second time around?
    The one I did for the guy in Pittsburgh used all real OEM parts sent from germany. A previous owner had already "sort of" done the conversion , but warped a whole bunch of the metal in the process and I was paid to repair everything and paint the car. In the process I also had to swap the entire roof skin and inner quarterpanels. it was a nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by focusinprogress View Post
    In the process I also had to swap the entire roof skin and inner quarterpanels. it was a nightmare.
    fucking spot welds and seam sealer. ugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by focusinprogress View Post
    The one I did for the guy in rochester used all real OEM parts sent from germany. A previous owner had already "sort of" done the conversion , but warped a whole bunch of the metal in the process and I was paid to repair everything and paint the car. In the process I also had to swap the entire roof skin and inner quarterpanels. it was a nightmare.
    Yuck

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    It looks great so far. The plum with the satin black works so well on vintage pony cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by focusinprogress View Post
    and a lot of focus-related stuff that no one on NYspeed cares about.
    hey hey hey now

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    @focusinprogress what did you do for an exhaust fan for your paint booth, people on an autobody forum are saying you need an explosion proof fan. What did you do

    thx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wahoo View Post
    @focusinprogress what did you do for an exhaust fan for your paint booth, people on an autobody forum are saying you need an explosion proof fan. What did you do

    thx
    this hood I painted in my garage at home, I put a plastic 2x2' box fan in the window blowing outward at the time. My shop now has an old cage fan with a furnace motor in it that I got for $20 at the flea market.

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    So not TOO much has changed on the car except miles. Dad has casually been driving it around here and there.....but we recently came across some decent stock chrome bumpers. I shaved a brand new rear valance/pan quite some time ago and my dad used the chrome bumper swap as an opportunity to toss that on to see how it looks. Car is getting paint this fall so he's slowly tackling all the sheetmetal that needs attention and has been acquiring all the replacement trim and weatherstripping a little at a time in preparation.

    Sorry dad uses a potato



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    One of my dream cars

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    How's this car going?

    Needs wider rear tires just noticed in the last pic, love this car!

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    dad still drives it as-is. He shopped around getting it painted somewhere last fall but all the estimates were north of $8k so I think he's waiting for me to have time to do it for cost of material.....he'll be waiting a while. lol.

    he has a second set of better fenders I hammer and dollied out smooth a while back laid in primer.....I think I've got him ready to pull the trigger on an intake manifold and carb upgrade and header back exhaust.

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    Fuck cars-build bikes

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    My dad's friend from his old neighborhood growing up offered to paint the car cheap if we do the more major repairs/prep where he just has to make some small tweaks/smoothing and spray this thing. Finally convinced dad it was time to replace the exhaust, so we did stainless longtubes and 2.5" header-back from summit.

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    Then dad yanked all the trim and weatherstripping, fenders, and a few other things and we trailered it over to the guy's shop.

    Untitled by nicholas edsell, on Flickr

    then we pulled the hood and hinges, since dad knew there was some fuckery hiding at the mounting points for the hinges.

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    yes, that's foil tape and brush on undercoating hiding a big ol' fucktastic botch job

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    So I cut all that shit out to take over to my shop and make up patch pieces to weld in and linish smooth. I'll get to that probably next week sometime.

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    Nice work, I want one of these in such a bad way!!!!!!!

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    Welded in the patches I made off-site last night and made dad grind them smooth

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    Little filler and sanding and they'll be good to go.

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    Looks great!

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