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    I'm with these guys. Typical late model exterior...

    I'm with these guys. Typical late model exterior sheet metal is 20-22 ga which is a little less than 1mm thick. 26 ga, if I'm not mistaken, is about half that. Most of the patch panels you buy are...
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    Looks like one of a couple things happened. Either your primer sucked up the solvent in the base and swelled (possible, not knowing what kind of primer you used)

    -or-

    what's most likely is...
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    Yes Henry, it's a 2010 SHO. I've owned a 92...

    Yes Henry, it's a 2010 SHO. I've owned a 92 5speed, a 95 automatic, and a 99 v8 model (least favorite). I really like this one. I'm probably going to have to replace the PTU, as it chatters at low...
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    You're getting pretty good at resurrecting these...

    You're getting pretty good at resurrecting these old threads.

    Yes, I've been driving it for a few years. Just last night in fact. I hired out the paint work, and while it's acceptable, it's...
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    That hood is aluminum. Finding a nice hood and...

    That hood is aluminum. Finding a nice hood and fender in the correct color for less than the price of new aftermarket seems like a no-brainer to me. If nothing else it saves you the time and...
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    Just jumping in here. By chance does that Limco...

    Just jumping in here. By chance does that Limco Epoxy have a required induction period?

    Probably silly of me, but I usually try to let my epoxies sit for a half hour or so before spraying...
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    I'm with you guys...I've been watching this guy...

    I'm with you guys...I've been watching this guy from the beginning and he's definitely fighting an uphill battle. It'll cost him 3 times to build that car than it would cost to buy a nice used one. ...
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    Glad it appears to have worked out! I remember...

    Glad it appears to have worked out!

    I remember long ago finding it odd that flattening agent (or flake control) when spilled or dripped would leave a fine powder residue. After doing a little...
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    What about talc? Seriously...google it

    What about talc?

    Seriously...google it
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    You mentioned you could buy aftermarket weld-in...

    You mentioned you could buy aftermarket weld-in pieces. I couldn't find any.. You may have to find used parts. A nice rust-free quarter panel in Alabama could probably be had for 3-400 dollars. ...
  11. I know you don't really want to purchase a primer...

    I know you don't really want to purchase a primer gun for a one or two time use, but there are plenty of guns out there that will handle primer that are almost cheap enough to use one time then throw...
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    I'm probably not as afraid of this damage as some...

    I'm probably not as afraid of this damage as some of the guys here. Yes it is unusual damage, but the strength in that rail is front/back not side/side. It's obvious that the car left the road...
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    I still vote for the hood needs to be adjusted...

    I still vote for the hood needs to be adjusted with the striker/latch off...shove the rear of the hood to the passenger side of the car (loosen the front hinge-to-hood bolt on one side, rear bolt on...
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    I think MartinSr did a write up on adjusting...

    I think MartinSr did a write up on adjusting hoods...seems like I remember he did a lot better job explaining how to adjust the up/down adjustment on the rear better than I could...look in the...
  15. No, buffing the base really isn't an option. ...

    No, buffing the base really isn't an option. Ideally, you don't want to have to sand basecoat at all. You sand basecoat when there's a problem and proper prep should eliminate most problems. Dust...
  16. Thread: 68 VW Van

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    Looks great Len! Doesn't look too bad...

    Looks great Len!

    Doesn't look too bad rust-wise compared to many I've seen.
  17. Looks great! I miss having access to a nice...

    Looks great!

    I miss having access to a nice roomy booth with good lighting. If I ever win the lottery...
  18. Thread: Next Project

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    Phil, you're darn right about that! I had a...

    Phil, you're darn right about that!


    I had a free hour or so the other night so I made a couple more small pulls.

    22019

    Before removing the rear bumper reinforcement, I made a pull to the...
  19. Thread: Next Project

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    Oh, if it were hit bad enough today, I'd clip it....

    Oh, if it were hit bad enough today, I'd clip it.

    Last full tail section replacement I did was 4 or 5 years ago (edit: almost 6 years) on a nearly new Chevy Impala. I've still got pictures...
  20. Thread: Next Project

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    I had just a few hours to work on the car over...

    I had just a few hours to work on the car over the weekend, so I cleaned out a path in the shop and pulled it onto the frame machine.

    Got it clamped down took a couple of pictures, made a little...
  21. It took me a while to find this but I think I've...

    It took me a while to find this but I think I've found the correct part for your car. That break doesn't really look like carbon fiber...it tends to crack more like fiberglass. That looks more like...
  22. Thread: Next Project

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    Found a parts car

    Lo and behold, the auction company added another Taurus to the sale list this week. As you can see, other than the fact that it's 'overkill', it seems to be the perfect parts car.

    I bid on and...
  23. Thread: Next Project

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    I haven't had time to do much today other than...

    I haven't had time to do much today other than just unload it when it got here, but...

    I've done a little search for parts and they're fairly high so I'm going to start looking for a short tail...
  24. Thread: Next Project

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    Next Project

    I try to watch the local salvage sale every week. A couple weeks ago I noticed a low mileage late model Taurus sold for what I figured was under the money. I decided I would start watching for...
  25. Thread: 2003 S-10

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    2003 S-10

    I posted in another thread a picture of a 2003 S-10 I had just purchased. It was wrecked in the driver fender and door. The lower hinge area was pushed toward the center of the truck a couple...
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    Henry, I'm not considering the Volvo at all. ...

    Henry, I'm not considering the Volvo at all. Just trying to make a point that the vehicle the OP posted may not hold it's value as well as hoped. $18 grand (USD) estimated selling price is pretty...
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    I realize I'm about to link to an older model...

    I realize I'm about to link to an older model with more miles, however it appears to have less damage. My point is you might consider a vehicle that seems to hold its value better. The kings of...
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    "Reviving" a salvage vehicle: ...

    "Reviving" a salvage vehicle:

    https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1dmy&urile=wcm:path:/dmv_content_en/dmv/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr13

    Amazing...
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    You can count on that LF suspension being...

    You can count on that LF suspension being tweaked...there's a reason that tire is low on air

    You mention door skin but both doors are damaged, as well as the 1/4 panel.

    Agreed it doesn't look...
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    I would take a used non-damaged original paint...

    I would take a used non-damaged original paint door anytime over a new shell for the same reasons you've mentioned. Some extra time spent in disassembly and clean up, but IMO it's worth it.
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    I bet a 'crud thug' or similar would work well...

    I bet a 'crud thug' or similar would work well there.
  32. I have an unopened pint of factory pac DuPont...

    I have an unopened pint of factory pac DuPont Inferno Red. It was a dead-on match for a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country. No, it most definitely was not a single stage. However this one was not a...
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    I understand it's BMW's approved/preferred...

    I understand it's BMW's approved/preferred method, and I saw somewhere that they offer corrosion protection for 12 years so apparently this method preserves the corrosion protection.

    However, I've...
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    Just remember that they weren't a perfect match...

    Just remember that they weren't a perfect match from Ford, so if yours isn't 'dead nuts on', don't worry about it (if you go that route).

    Good Luck

    SamG
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    I might add, to each his own, but that grille...

    I might add, to each his own, but that grille shell would look good painted body color...That's the way Ford intended it. Paint the top pad on the bumper to match.

    Your truck looks like it...
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    I know it's too late now, but I had some blushing...

    I know it's too late now, but I had some blushing issues with Chromabase a few years ago. I was able to 'unblush' by applying a light coat of high temp basemaker over the blushed finish. Just...
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    Yes, generally it does. Len probably sells an...

    Yes, generally it does. Len probably sells an anti-static blowgun. If using plastic to cover a large area, I would also recommend a light misting with an alcohol/distilled water mix at low air...
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    What clear is he/she using and what does it...

    What clear is he/she using and what does it recommend? I'd bet it's not a 1.7.

    Probably putting on too much per pass/not atomizing enough. If you put enough on the surface to get the droplets...
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    Yes, it should work well.

    Yes, it should work well.
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    It's generally so thin a few minutes with a DA...

    It's generally so thin a few minutes with a DA sander and it's gone. Don't worry about the jambs...scuff 'em and spray with something a little more substantial. Other than the silver weld-thru...
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    I've got some pics but lost many of them. I post...

    I've got some pics but lost many of them. I post some occasionally. I haven't worked on them much lately, so it shouldn't be a problem seeing my progress.

    Brian, I see what you're saying about...
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    Nice post. I often encouraged my students to...

    Nice post.

    I often encouraged my students to use a folded paper towel to enhance what they were feeling but have not been able to adapt to feeling through nitrile gloves.

    That truck needs a...
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    I wouldn't bank on being able to remove and...

    I wouldn't bank on being able to remove and reuse. Many body side mouldings are made with a thin aluminum strip bonded to the backside. It can USUALLY be removed...sometimes easily, sometimes in...
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    Looks good. Not sure what the window is for...

    Looks good. Not sure what the window is for topcoating ChassisSaver...you might want to check on that pretty quick.

    There's what looks like a little tab on the seat platform directly over the...
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    I would consider the Zero Rust like Len...

    I would consider the Zero Rust like Len suggested. It takes longer to dry but, in my opinion, does a great job sealing the surface against moisture and oxygen.

    I haven't used Chassis Saver, but...
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    You could also have some bad catalyst. I've seen...

    You could also have some bad catalyst. I've seen it have small 'seeds' which looked like thousands dust nibs in the paint. If so, it should be on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
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    When I was teaching we did a few of the school's...

    When I was teaching we did a few of the school's 'peelers' quick and dirty...bare metal-->2 coats epoxy-->overnight wait-->topcoat.

    The overnight wait let the epoxy dry enough I could nib sand...
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    That bumper looks so familiar...maybe Mazda...

    That bumper looks so familiar...maybe Mazda 626...somewhere around 1990? I may be way off but I built several of those cars when they were popular.

    Just curious

    SamG
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    If I were going to 'cheat' by lifting the edge of...

    If I were going to 'cheat' by lifting the edge of the rubber, I'd do it when painting the outside. It is designed to lay flat on the body, therefore it (IMO) is much easier to lift with a piece of...
  50. Thread: Reducer question

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    I'm with Dave...I tend to be a little slow anyway...

    I'm with Dave...I tend to be a little slow anyway (that's what my mama said)

    I probably don't even have any fast reducer or hardener in my shop.
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