TAC Spotlight => Projects & Restorations => Topic started by: roadking77 on September 24, 2018, 07:44:15 AM

Title: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 24, 2018, 07:44:15 AM
Just a teaser.  I have been waiting patiently to start the resto on my latest acquisition, Tenth Anniv. 4 speed. I got this car by chance last December after the tenth I was working on was destroyed in a fire. I was cruising local CL and found the car somewhat close to me. Not really looking to get another, it was complete (partially disassembled) with matching motor and trans., and a price I couldn't refuse. At least that's the logic I used. It has been sitting in my friends barn since December waiting for my new shop to be completed. Fast forward, or maybe slow forward to now and my shop is complete enough to get the car moved in. Plan on doing that on Thursday this week then the games begin.

Check in next week, same bat time, same bat channel!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 24, 2018, 07:49:16 AM
https://flic.kr/p/2ahPabo
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 24, 2018, 07:52:43 AM
OK, tried to post a pic, but had to reset my computer this morning and it seems I have forgotten how to do flickr!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 79GoldnTan on September 24, 2018, 05:47:28 PM
Holy memory loss batman!  Lol wish I could help ya.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Jack on September 25, 2018, 04:13:54 AM
Let the games start.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 25, 2018, 07:48:53 AM
Sounds like you have some work to do Kerry!

For the pictures, look at the IMG code when you click on the arrow on the bottom right of the picture. I think the tab you need to go to is the BCC tab.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 25, 2018, 08:03:46 AM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1913/44166168534_2705abb7ba_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ahPabo)2018-09-24_09-45-24 (https://flic.kr/p/2ahPabo) by Kerry Grubb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156399515@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 25, 2018, 08:07:20 AM
Thanks for the tip Ryan, I thought that's what I was doing but I couldn't get the image to copy. It seems to be working now. Car looks rough, but its actually about 100% better condition than my 77 was. Also enough parts thrown in to build about 3 cars! Should be a fairly simple strip and paint, then put back together. It would be nice to have it done for its 40th birthday next year and a trip to the nats! That's the goal Im shooting for anyway.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on September 25, 2018, 08:15:08 AM
Thanks for the tip Ryan, I thought that's what I was doing but I couldn't get the image to copy. It seems to be working now. Car looks rough, but its actually about 100% better condition than my 77 was. Also enough parts thrown in to build about 3 cars! Should be a fairly simple strip and paint, then put back together. It would be nice to have it done for its 40th birthday next year and a trip to the nats! That's the goal Im shooting for anyway.

Haha, I was thinking the same thing this year for my car's 50th! That honestly has been a huge motivator for me. Although when I told my wife she looked at me like I was completely nuts... At least I'm not the only one haha
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: MNBob on September 25, 2018, 10:50:45 AM
Congratulations, a TATA 4sp is a rare car.  It comes with an XX block too.

On Flickr, there is an up and right arrow on the photo page that makes a pop up window with a link that you can paste into your TA Country page.  I always edit it to remove my name and put the photo title at the bottom of the photo.

Also, if you need any stock type TATA parts, let me know because I have a lot of them.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 25, 2018, 02:33:36 PM
Im sure I will, as soon as I get it home I plan on stripping whats left and figuring out what I need. Pretty much everything is there but most all of it needs replaced.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Box on September 25, 2018, 04:49:30 PM
Well you know I approve 100%, and that's all that really matters anyway. :P
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TATurbo on September 25, 2018, 09:51:22 PM
Happy to hear you're recovering from the fire.  Looking forward to learning about your new TATA!  Good luck!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 4wheeling79 on September 25, 2018, 10:51:31 PM
Should be a fairly simple strip and paint, then put back together.

Oh no you had to go there my last car I said the same thing "just scuff and shoot it!" Kerry I will be following along as it progresses it will be a sweet ride when your done with it. Plus it will look awesome parked in the shop beside the 77 TA!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 27, 2018, 02:47:00 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1939/44950494281_7d39d13393_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2bu82U6)2018-09-27_11-13-46 (https://flic.kr/p/2bu82U6) by Kerry Grubb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156399515@N07/), on Flickr
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The eagle, or I guess I should say Pheonix has landed!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 27, 2018, 03:04:20 PM
Well, as promised Thursday is here an I finally got my car home. It has been parked in my friends barn since last winter. He has a pretty nice 4 wd farm car/Polaris type thing with a winch on the front. He was going to winch the car up on my trailer, but when we got there this morning I couldn't find him. So we did it the old fashioned way with a couple of come a-longs. Slow but it worked pretty good. Unloading was a bit more tricky, as I didn't want it to go too fast off the ramps and end up against a tree! Nestled nicely in the new shop waiting for my tear down. I got an 8 pack of led shop lights off of amazon and plan on getting them up tomorrow. I have a cabinet I need to build in the kitchen for my wife before I start the car though. Hoping to get that taken care of this weekend.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 27, 2018, 03:05:37 PM
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Forgot to add this pic. Loaded up and ready to hit the road for the 5 mile trip to my house.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 4wheeling79 on September 27, 2018, 08:14:42 PM
Nice! Should be a fun build and will break that new shop in pretty good. I will be on stand by waiting to see those tare down pics.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: rkellerjr on September 28, 2018, 05:12:46 AM
Pretty exciting, looking forward to the build
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on September 28, 2018, 07:44:01 AM
I think you may have bought the same shop lights. I bought to 8 packs. If they are the same size ones the seem to be really good for the money. Nice to see you got it home.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on September 30, 2018, 07:07:13 AM
Got the lights up plenty bright. In the 8 pack they came out to something like $18 a light. When I bought them by the piece at Lowes for my garage they were over $40 ea. Got the cabinet started in the kitchen (my wife laid down the law when she saw the car in the garage!), should finish it up today or tomorrow evening.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Grand73Am on September 30, 2018, 02:55:16 PM
Got the lights up plenty bright. In the 8 pack they came out to something like $18 a light. When I bought them by the piece at Lowes for my garage they were over $40 ea. Got the cabinet started in the kitchen (my wife laid down the law when she saw the car in the garage!), should finish it up today or tomorrow evening.

Looking forward to seeing your progress. Can you give a link to the LED bulbs you got from Amazon? I'm going to change out my fluorescent tubes with them, and would like to save some money. Thanks!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 79GoldnTan on September 30, 2018, 06:37:38 PM
Looking good, no fun when the law gets laid down tho.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on October 15, 2018, 03:11:21 PM
Found the key and got the trunk open. It was crammed full as well as the interior. Got everything cleaned out. Lots of extra stuff, tons of window channel, spoiler ends, trim parts, couple of sets of seats, and found the a/c box that was missing.
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on October 15, 2018, 03:13:52 PM
Good news is, its mostly solid. However there are a couple of small holes in the back floor.
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Front is solid as well as trunk floor.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on October 15, 2018, 03:21:29 PM
I still have a couple boxes of parts in my garage as well as the steering column and a spare one. Biggest thing that was missing were the mirror t tops. I found a real nice set from a guy on PY forum though. Biggest shocker is the pass. quarter has been replaced. There was a bunch of crap in the trunk when I picked it up and didn't see it. I was more concerned with the floors and frame. Doesn't make any diff, I still would have bought it, its just gonna be a bit more work back there than I thought. It looks really good on the outside but I can see a lap joint and pop rivets on the inside where it was replaced. I know I cant live with it like this. Also in the parts is a real nice dash bezel. Its wrapped in plastic right now but it doesn't look like engine turning in the swirls, almost looks like a checkered pattern. Would make a nice piece for a driver and I will sell it.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on October 15, 2018, 03:26:38 PM
grand am, sorry just saw your question. I have no idea how to post a link. I got the lights from amazon, they are 4' sealed units that have a plug on one end so they can daisy chain. They were sold in an 8 pack for something like $150. If you search led shop lights tons of stuff will come up, from singles to 10 packs, etc.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Grand73Am on October 15, 2018, 08:15:59 PM
Okay thanks, I'll take a look.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on October 16, 2018, 06:45:12 AM
Wow! That thing was packed with parts. Ya, the quarter surprise was probably a downer for sure. I know I couldn't stand leaving the rivets holding it together... Can't wait for you to dive in. Thanks for posting.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on October 16, 2018, 09:51:38 AM
Looks like a solid start for a project Kerry. Keep up the good work and get some heat in that garage!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: NOT A TA on October 16, 2018, 09:54:50 AM
The extra parts can help fund the resto!!! Good deal!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on October 16, 2018, 11:45:30 AM
Right now I just have temp elect hooked up and no heat, but its starting to get cold so I need to start thinking about that.
I plan on trying to sell some of the stuff, I wont need it and dont see any sense in stockpiling stuff at this point. Anything extra I can get will go a long way towards the resto. When I did my 77 I only used 'found money' to do the job. Money from side jobs, scrap, etc. One of the reasons it took so long. I would like to dive into this one head first and get it done as quickly as possible though.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on October 16, 2018, 03:01:23 PM
Love these cars...nice find!!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 79GoldnTan on October 16, 2018, 06:51:24 PM
If there's an extra tach in that pile of parts I'll take it off your hands.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on October 25, 2018, 02:57:50 PM
(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1920/31684279358_3ce278fe81_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QgQdoA)2018-10-25_04-50-46 (https://flic.kr/p/QgQdoA) by Kerry Grubb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156399515@N07/), on Flickr
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Started sanding. Took the deck lid off, theres a soft spot under one hinge that will need repaired, but the rest of the metal is very nice. No rust spots at all. I made an executive decision to leave the quarter panel that has been replaced alone. They actually did a pretty good job on the install, probably as good or better than i could do so i will leave it and clean the inside exposed edge up a bit. Found some original markings under the spoiler.
Question for those that have sanded down an original, did they use an orange/yellowish primer under the silver? There are several coats of primer on this car and the O/Y stuff is near the bottom. When i sanded the deck lid under the spoiler there was only silver and the O/Y stuff, no black. I am thinking this area  is original and untouched. You can see it in the last pic.

Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on October 25, 2018, 03:00:46 PM
Gold n Tan, sorry just saw your post, I do have an extra gauge cluster, let me know what youre looking for.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 79GoldnTan on November 04, 2018, 05:58:08 PM
RK, just need the tach, I would take the cluster if you don't want to separate. I picked a tack up from cl, looks the same from the front but everything on the back side is different, don't want to chop up my car to make it work, if you want to work something out let me know. Thanks
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TATurbo on November 04, 2018, 09:54:37 PM
Looking good.  Can't wait to get my car out for Body work!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 05, 2018, 07:58:47 AM
79gt, I am in the process of moving stuff from my current shop into the new shop. I will see if I can find the box with the gauge cluster and post some pics in the next couple of days.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 05, 2018, 08:00:09 AM
I have been picking away slowly, I have most of the body sanded and just about ready for primer. One of the trunk hinge pockets was completely rusted through. I repaired that this past weekend, I will post the pics once I get them downloaded.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on November 05, 2018, 09:00:04 AM
I am so jealous of you guys with rust free project cars. That would take years off of my projects... Looks awesome!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 05, 2018, 04:00:38 PM
One of the reasons I even bought this one is because of the body condition. After doing all of the rusteration work on my 77 I wasn't about to go down that road again. There is a small hole in the rear floor pan, and a small hole in the front pass floor pan that should both be easy fixes. Other than that it is pretty solid. I took the taillights out and can look down into the rear pan and it is nice and solid as well. I guess the previous owner bought a new floor pan to fix the two spots but its for the dr. side. All it really needs is a bit of sheet metal which I have. Guessing I might sell the incorrect pan. The car that I lost in my fire was COMPLETELY free of any rust! Just about as solid as a second gen can get.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 06, 2018, 06:49:19 AM
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Hinge welded back into place. Need to clean up the welds a bit and get a coat of primer on, other than that its done. Didn't get a before but the hinge was all but falling off due to the pocket being rusted away.
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Someone asked for dimensions on where the hinge went, so before i took mine off i made a template with a couple of witness marks to line things back up properly. Once i had the hinge in place temporarily with a couple of sheet metal screws i bolted the trunk lid back up to check for alignment. I had to do that step a couple of times to get things dialed in just right. Once everything looked good i welded things up.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 06, 2018, 06:50:13 AM
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Quarter panel looks like it just rolled off the assembly line. I didn't know they could look this good! LOL.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on November 06, 2018, 09:02:28 AM
Great work! You probably have that new hinge in a better spot than the factory did. It seems this things we're all over the place resulting in miss-align deck lids and spoilers.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on November 07, 2018, 07:23:35 AM
Lookin good...I am fortunate enough that the back end of my car is not rusted out anywhere (that I remember), but I do have to figure out how to line up the deck lid better...sits high near the window.

I am excited to see this in the process and coming together...as mentioned, I love the TATA's...one of my favourites.

keep the pics coming!!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: MNBob on November 07, 2018, 01:13:07 PM
Ditto, above.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 07, 2018, 02:55:52 PM
MNBob, I need to pick your ear on some colours.  I think you had some custom mixed for your touch up work. Also if you happen to know the codes for SEM paint on the interior.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Ryoko on November 08, 2018, 07:55:16 AM
Nice work on the hinge. They're in a tough spot to work with.

The deck hinges on my 79 and my 81 parts car both bind when trying to close the deck lid. You have to use a bit of force to get the lid to latch. I'm not sure what's going on with them. But I think I need to reset the hinges. It seems the factory was rather sloppy with them.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 08, 2018, 09:24:27 AM
Looking good Kerry!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 26, 2018, 08:56:51 AM
Trunk lid had some surface rust around the (https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4874/32146821318_014bf11720_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QYGRZY)2018-11-23_02-50-07 (https://flic.kr/p/QYGRZY) by Kerry Grubb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156399515@N07/), on Flickredges and at the hinges.
Sanded things to bare and hit with some spot primer.
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Got some touch up paint in a spray bomb, and did some touch up/feathering in. Paint matched pretty good. That is about all im going to do for the underside of the lid. I also got the inner trunk channel painted. I got the paint info from MN Bob's thread, good service and it matches pretty darn good.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Jack on November 26, 2018, 10:23:35 AM
Looks good and matches up nicely, just need to make sure there was no rust under the crease.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 26, 2018, 04:33:36 PM
It was pretty clean under the seams. I don't want to paint over any rust. I got the driver door off after work this evening and sanded it down. Took about an hour. Its also very solid.  A bit of surface rust on the bottom edge that should clean up pretty good.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 27, 2018, 08:45:10 AM
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Got the driver door off and sanded down. A tiny bit of surface rust on the bottom but other wise very nice. Not too many dings along the edge.
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on November 27, 2018, 09:28:29 AM
What are you using to remove the paint? 80 grit on a 6" air grinder?
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 27, 2018, 07:05:38 PM
Actually using 60 grit red diablo paper from home depot, 6in Ryobi random orbit electric. Gonna go over everything with 120 before I epoxy. There really wasn't that much paint on this car, it was previously stripped and primered so its coming off pretty easy. Took me about an hour to do the door. Unlike my 77 that had about 8 coats that I ended up chemically stripping. I used to buy small Makita sanders but the hook n loop pads would wear out and the replacement cost was almost as much as the sander. We go through 6 or 7 sanders a year so I started buying these ryobis for about $30. They work pretty good for the price. I tried the gator paper from Lowes but its not nearly as nice as the diablo.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on November 27, 2018, 09:17:12 PM
Diablo is all I use too. That stuff is awesome. I tried 12 different  brands when I was a buyer for a large hardware store.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: MNBob on November 30, 2018, 08:16:15 AM
I have the Ryobi and Diablo as well.  Glad you found the paint color, I have been "out" for cataract surgery.  I thought the paint match was pretty good too.  Having some cans for touch up gives you some flexibility.

I don't have the SEM codes for the interior - I wish I did.  Fbodywarehouse has this:

https://fbodywarehouse.com/store/1979-trans-am-10th-anniversary-interior-dye-set-gray-w-clear-coat-diy-how-to-video-included.html?category_id=218 (https://fbodywarehouse.com/store/1979-trans-am-10th-anniversary-interior-dye-set-gray-w-clear-coat-diy-how-to-video-included.html?category_id=218)

I had to paint the metal dash corner below the windshield where there was some surface rust.  I bought about 10 cans of paint locally and finally settled on one; but it was not a perfect match either.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on November 30, 2018, 01:38:31 PM
Nice work Kerry you move quickly! That paint blend on the deck lid looks spot on! Can you elaborate on the technique? I found a few true match spray cans at my local parts store for a few spots that were dry on the back sides of some parts I sprayed and would like to do something similar.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on November 30, 2018, 06:14:59 PM
I wish it were moving fast, about as fast as a backwards turtle uphill right now. I try to get to it on the weekends, but with only half the shop insulated its been getting pretty cold. I got the paint from 'automotive touch up' ,com.  They have a pull down menu with just about everything car made. I got the code numbers from MN Bob. They sell spray bombs, quarts and gallons.  I am very happy with the match. I am trying to not be so picky this time around. The inside of the tr. lid looked pretty decent so I decided to just go with touch up. Gonna try to do the same with the door edges, as they are pretty decent as well.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: kentucky yeti on December 01, 2018, 12:43:31 AM
I'm impressed by your progress.  Wanna do mine next lol?
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: jpe on December 01, 2018, 01:49:27 AM
Looks good, a nice project.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on December 03, 2018, 04:37:24 PM
Got the trunk channel cleaned, painted and clear coated.
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This is the hinge that was rotted out that was repaired.
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Took the mirror apart and cleaned the inside and painted the outside.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on January 21, 2019, 01:48:06 PM
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Not much to show, but I did get one top sanded and repainted. I was lucky and found a set of correct tops for a decent price. I got 'factory correct' paint from automotive paint specialties in LA., thanks to MN Bob's recommendation. I will have to shoot another coat of clear on when I do the car but overall it turned out pretty nice. No heat in the shop so nothing going on out there. I had the car ready to epoxy at Christmas but got bronchitis which had me down and out for a few weeks. Now its too cold to paint!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on January 21, 2019, 03:03:41 PM
Right on...where did you find the glass?
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on January 21, 2019, 04:16:00 PM
Got it from a guy upstate NY, he shipped me both pieces for $300. I thought that was a pretty good deal. Also, it was the one missing link to my car. I have the original drivetrain but the glass roof was parted many years ago by the previous owner. I was happy and thought I was lucky to find a decent set. The glass is excellent, just needs new paint. I had to build some doors for my day job in my old shop which has heat, that's the reason I only got one top done. I may get to the other this weekend. I am planning on starting the refinishing process of the interior trims, seats, dash, steering column etc. I can do that kinda of small stuff in the available space. That way when I need it everything should be done and ready to drop in. I am trying to convince myself that this is not going to be a 5 yr resto! I pulled the console and was going to start with that first, but against my better judgment I think I am going to look for a replacement. The one I have is broken in about 10 different places. I could probably fix it but not sure I want to put that much time into it.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: kentucky yeti on January 21, 2019, 07:53:38 PM
Looking good!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on January 21, 2019, 10:04:49 PM
That's a pretty decent deal on the glass I would say!!
You'll probably be happier with replacing the console then trying to fix it...sometimes it's just a better path to take!!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: T/A Addict on January 22, 2019, 04:19:23 AM
Great progress Kerry, Keep it up!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on January 22, 2019, 09:58:01 AM
Great Looking Work!
Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: hakitup on January 22, 2019, 03:58:30 PM
Looks good, progress is always good no matter how small...lol

Tom H
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TATurbo on January 22, 2019, 10:56:59 PM
I hear the glass tops can be hard to find.  $300 sounds like a good deal!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on February 19, 2019, 04:40:05 PM
Figure I better post before I get pushed back to page 3. Its been a long cold winter. No heat in the new shop so work on the car has stalled. I started to redo the t tops. First one I just sanded the outside cleaned the glass and put on a coat of paint. Looks pretty darn good. BUT, I did nothing to what makes it work. So the second one I approached differently. I took the inside apart first. It was a MESS! Full of dirt, bug remnants, rusted so bad the bars wouldn't slide. Soaked the mechanism in some rust blaster, of which at the time of the pics it only soaked for about a day. I have since put them back in the bucket and will take out tomorrow. The plastic cover was broke at both ends, so I made a repair out of fiberglass and bondo. Drilled out the holes with a Dremel, cleaned everything good and hit it with a couple coats of SEM dye. In the pics the paint is still wet and I need to do the clear coat yet, but its coming along nicely. Once this ones done i'll pull the other back out and do it all over again.
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on February 19, 2019, 04:44:45 PM
Some More
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on February 19, 2019, 07:12:40 PM
That's cool. I don't think i've seen one of these stripped like that before!!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on February 19, 2019, 07:26:00 PM
Great work there. Did you do anything to recreate the texture? The end result looks really good from where I sit.

Not sure if you checked to see how they fit but j noticed when I was fitting the new roof on my Formula that every one of the tops I tried fit differently.  I have 4 or more sets of T tops. Seems like maybe the trim was applied to the glass and adjusted to fit each car? I couldn't figure out how each set fit differently.  I ended up having to use the set that came with the roof to get a good gap all the way around.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on February 20, 2019, 09:41:29 AM
I have not fit them to the car yet. Funny you mention that, I was wondering if there would be any variation, and had actually thought about putting them on for the heck of it. I will do that asap. They come apart pretty easy with a few screws and im glad I did because of all of the junk inside. Also, this one was rusted so bad the locking bar would not move. There is a black anodized aluminum bar that is the base for everything to attach to. This piece is attached to the glass with adhesive. I did not take that off. There is an aluminum guide block at each end that is also attached to the glass with adhesive. One side was loose so I removed it. The other is solid, I let it stay in place.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TonysTA on February 20, 2019, 08:18:53 PM
t-top repair looks good, I didn't realize they come apart like that, I haven't gotten that far along on mine yet, but soon.  What are your plans on the chrome metal pieces that are part of the t-top assembly ? re-chrome or are they in good shape? Not sure what the proper name is, here is a link to what I am referring to: 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/79-81-81-Camaro-Z28-Firebird-Trans-Am-Fisher-Type-T-Top-Pin-on-Retainer-Blocks-/292908383310 (https://www.ebay.com/itm/79-81-81-Camaro-Z28-Firebird-Trans-Am-Fisher-Type-T-Top-Pin-on-Retainer-Blocks-/292908383310)
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on February 21, 2019, 07:35:04 AM
Tony, they look like the piece that attaches to the car? Not quite sure what mine look like. I havent looked at the car too closely for awhile now, (and its only a couple hundred feet away in the shop!). After forms comment I plan on taking the glass to the car and checking for fit, I will look then. I guess if they are bad I will most likely get them rechromed. There is a guy local to me that is supposed to do pretty good work.

As far as the texture on the work I did, I had some SEM texture spray but after sitting on the shelf for a couple of years it has gone bad. So I painted as is. If you look closely you can see the smoothness but I was in a hurry to get it painted so I let it go. It looks good and where its going to be I doubt most people will notice. BUT, being the way I am, i'm sure I will re-do it before all is said and done.

As typical, shop has been barren for awhile, why I decided to start the int. bits. I had to start a cabinet build for a job yesterday so I had to throw all of the car parts in a pile out of the way for a few days now. Kinda silly to be cramped in my old 16 x 24 space since I have a new 24 x 40 shop being way underutilized at the moment!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on February 21, 2019, 09:32:20 AM
You really need to source a furnace or heat source. I got my furnace free as someone was replacing theirs for an upgrade.  I put it up stairs and ran flexible duct to a bunch of ceiling vents. I put one large cold air return in. Not sure if that's right or not, but for the shop it works great!

When I paint, I install a few good filters before the furnace intake. I change them out immediately as the clog up but keeps paint out off the furnace. I also shut it down while spraying.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on February 22, 2019, 08:44:03 AM
Winters almost over, my plan for spring/summer is to get the shop finished on the inside. I have 2 walls out of 4 complete, insulated and drywall. I had some nice commercial grade insulation leftover from a couple of projects we did that completed about half of the ceiling. Now I need to get the rest of the insulation, then put up int. walls and a ceiling. My electrician was supposed to start in a few weeks running power to the building but he just found out he has prostrate cancer and is going to be off work after the middle of march for awhile. I would like to use a long tube radiant gas heater lengthwise with the building. Theyre not that expensive and I think its the best for the situation. I do have a slightly used oil furnace sitting in my upstairs doing nothing (I upgraded to propane a couple of years ago and this one was unhooked and left sitting) that I have contemplated using that instead.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on February 22, 2019, 09:06:20 AM
I am looking forward to winter being over. This last week it has been unusually cold in Vegas, we even got a few dustings of snow. I have no reason to complain because it really not that big of deal compared to other parts of the country. Having a shop that is insulated and heated is a great thing to have during the winter months.

Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on February 22, 2019, 04:11:32 PM
I just saw on the news this morning about snow fall in vegas!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TATurbo on February 22, 2019, 11:20:50 PM
I'm surprised to see the t-top interior parts rusted up like that.  Doesn't seem like something that happens often, unless maybe its been sitting off the car?  Or...I guess if rodents get in there they can muck things up pretty good.  Is that the one you purchased?  Anyway, I'm glad to see its cleaning up OK.
Good luck with the new shop.  I'd like to see it in person some time.  I'm sorta handy with a hammer and drill.  If you want to make a push to get it buttoned up, I'd be happy to donate a couple hours.   The one and only advantage to my 1 car garage is that I can heat it with a couple 500 Watt work lights and a little Craftsman space heater.  You jealous? LOL.

Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on February 23, 2019, 09:05:54 AM
Tom, when I see the space you have worked out of I am truly impressed beyond belief. My new shop was built primarily for my day business (contracting and woodworking) with a bay added on for the car. When I was a kid there was a local builder who did complete restorations, full paint, built motors, interior work, the whole nine yards. His finished cars were amazing. His shop was a one car garage under his bi level house. He later added a bay to make it 2 wide but didn't take out the wall so essentially it was 2 single car garages. One side even had a dirt floor that became so compact and oil covered it was about as hard as concrete.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 08, 2019, 04:50:46 PM
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Console was pretty bad, almost completely cracked in half. After reading that the aftermarkets weren't all that great I decided to give this a shot. Reinforced everything with fiberglass on the inside and used padded dash filler to repair the face. After a couple of coats sanding in between, I hit the entire thing with sem texture coating, then a few coats of sem warm grey (1583), then sem low lustre clear coat.
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 08, 2019, 04:52:05 PM
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 08, 2019, 04:55:13 PM
As part of my A.D.D. I have yet to finish the t top repairs. I was all but finished and had to put it aside to do some other work, then I started this. I ordered new rubber for them and hope to get back on that task this weekend. Then maybe start the rest of the plastic int. parts.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 11, 2019, 09:00:59 AM
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Got one top finished complete with new rubber from Steele. It does need a new handle though. I will check my stash before I order one. This one will go into 'cold storage' with the rest of my newly painted interior parts until the time they are needed. Now I need to go back and redo the first one. It needs the inside parts restored and new rubber.
Weather is starting to warm around here and it looks like I will be able to get back to the car itself soon and get some primer sprayed then start what minimal body work is needed. I really would like to have it painted a real colour by about june. We'll see!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: kentucky yeti on March 12, 2019, 05:41:08 AM
You do awesome work!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 4wheeling79 on March 12, 2019, 11:57:54 PM
Wow you killed it on that console nice work!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 13, 2019, 07:05:17 AM
Thanks. Now I would like to find a way to replicate the chrome banding on the trim parts. I use a silver leafing pen that does a really nice job, it just doesn't have the shine of the original chrome though.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 15, 2019, 04:07:50 PM
Weather was summer like today, so I got primer shot on the bare shell! Also did the trunk lid, and dr. door. I have been waiting for quite awhile to get to this and with the weather starting to warm and moisture coming back I was afraid the bare car would start to flash rust. Pics to come.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on March 15, 2019, 05:47:23 PM
Sweet! Can't wait for pictures!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Jack on March 16, 2019, 06:24:52 AM
Great work Kerry, I love how that console came out.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on March 16, 2019, 07:15:35 AM
I must say that it is amazing you were able to salvage the center console, and it turned out great. I remember a member Hitmans page doing amazing work like this on everything. Keepat was his name on there. he restored, I believe a 73? Anyways, it was always cool to watch everything he did because, like you, he pretty much fixed everything himself and like you, did amazing work.

Keep it up because it is very motivating and educational, and I know others like me appreciate!!

Amazing
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: T/A81blue on March 16, 2019, 12:11:07 PM
awesome job on that console...when i tried to do mine I got frustrated and ended up buying another one  :mad:
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 16, 2019, 02:16:48 PM
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Primer turned out pretty nice. I sanded with a 16" block and then a 6" block. Body is REALLY straight. Its nice to have such decent metal to work with for a change. Door was typically banged up pretty good, and I started doing some mud work. Got a couple of coats, letting the third sit until tomorrow. Only work on the dr side was the roof seam, pass side quarter had been replaced at some point so I have a bit more work to do along that seem. I had thought about replacing it but they actually did a pretty good job so it stays! Judging by the lack of rust on this car I surmise it was hit in the right side quarter.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on March 16, 2019, 02:32:39 PM
Cool stuff
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TATurbo on March 16, 2019, 08:15:05 PM
Must feel good to get some primer laid down.  Looks great. 
I also can't believe you saved that console.   I don't think I would've even tried. It looks perfect from here!.  Nice job.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on March 16, 2019, 09:00:41 PM
Man you move quick! Car looks great. You've done in a short time what took me 4+ years!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 17, 2019, 08:34:41 AM
Thanks All!  I actually pulled the console out last winter and got ready to repair, saw how bad it was and decided to replace. I heard the new ones weren't right so I went back and decided to give it a try. Im actually pretty pleased with how it turned out.
Things are moving SLOW, but I don't really have that much time into it so far. Now that things are warming up I hope to put the hammer down! I want to top the rage filler off with some high build primer, maybe today or tomorrow after work. Once I get the body to where I like it, im gonna pull the front fenders and work on them and the pass side door at the same time.
   The first thing I did to the 77 was strip every part off the car, and I had stuff everywhere. Im approaching this one a bit different. I am leaving stuff as is until I need to work on it.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on March 17, 2019, 10:31:41 AM
Thanks All!  I actually pulled the console out last winter and got ready to repair, saw how bad it was and decided to replace. I heard the new ones weren't right so I went back and decided to give it a try. Im actually pretty pleased with how it turned out.
Things are moving SLOW, but I don't really have that much time into it so far. Now that things are warming up I hope to put the hammer down! I want to top the rage filler off with some high build primer, maybe today or tomorrow after work. Once I get the body to where I like it, im gonna pull the front fenders and work on them and the pass side door at the same time.
   The first thing I did to the 77 was strip every part off the car, and I had stuff everywhere. Im approaching this one a bit different. I am leaving stuff as is until I need to work on it.

I hind sight, I wish I had done that years ago!!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 17, 2019, 02:32:09 PM
Got everything ready for primer. I thought I had some but the can was empty. I will pick some up tomorrow, the plan is to still shoot it tomorrow evening.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Jack on March 17, 2019, 06:39:30 PM
Are you painting this one or sending it out?
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 18, 2019, 06:12:17 AM
Great work on that console Kerry! Rest of the car is looking great too.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 18, 2019, 07:27:24 AM
Gonna try and do it myself Jack. Thanks Ryan.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on March 18, 2019, 08:40:20 AM
Great work on the body work! That is something I would like to try and do sometime. Looks like it is coming together quite well for you! Awesome progress!
Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 18, 2019, 09:47:59 AM
Gonna try and do it myself Jack. Thanks Ryan.

You can do it!!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 18, 2019, 02:34:51 PM
Picked up primer today, and some misc material to paint with. Supposed to be warmer tomorrow, gonna try and prime then. Talked to the store about mixing paint for me, they aren't 100% sure they can get it exact to what I want. I may end up with the premixed stuff that I used for the touch up.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on March 18, 2019, 02:54:39 PM
Quote
You can do it!!

I can't help but hear Rob Schneider yelling that from Water Boy.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: DD78TA on March 19, 2019, 06:06:34 AM
Great work and great pictures. Love seeing them. I too was surprised how much room a car takes up when it's all apart. Looks like you have an excellent shop area.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on March 19, 2019, 07:58:36 PM
Quote
You can do it!!

I can't help but hear Rob Schneider yelling that from Water Boy.

haha...This is what plays in my head every time I read those words

I always did like the satin, flat look when a car gets at that point....im gunna say it...I also like the rat look...hopefully I don't get lynched.

The car is turning out great dude, I love it
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 20, 2019, 07:44:02 AM
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I like the flat black look too.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Jack on March 21, 2019, 06:27:29 PM
I would think hard about the flat black Kerry, I think it looks great on your bike but not on a car.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 22, 2019, 06:52:23 AM
DEF not on the car!!  My son dropped my bike a number of years ago and it was tore up pretty good. I rebuilt things myself. This was my first experience with automotive paint. I thought it would be easier to go flat black than a gloss and have to worry about buffing and all that stuff. I didn't know it was the same amount of work (less the buffing). End product turned out perfect and it grew on me. Paint was called something like hot rod black with a matte clear coat. Its supposed to be harder to clean but I just wash it off with soap and water every spring and it looks fine.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on March 22, 2019, 10:26:08 PM
I love the look! Great looking bike! I think it was a great choice going with the matte clear coat and black.

Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 23, 2019, 04:24:42 PM
Thanks Jim, I have ridden it all over the eastern half of the US. 
Car is now primered. Weather finally warmed up today.  Pics to come.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: kentucky yeti on March 24, 2019, 06:42:10 PM
Getting closer!  Can't wait to see it in paint.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on March 24, 2019, 07:26:12 PM
Again, you move fast. Can't wait to see the progress!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TATurbo on March 24, 2019, 09:32:06 PM
Ahah! The origin of 'RoadKing' is revealed.  Nice bike!
I love riding.
 Had a moped when I was a teenager...A little different.  But it looked like a real motorcycle...LOL!
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Aside from moped, my brother had a 80 something Suzuki GS850 which he let me put a few miles on.  I never got a bike license or owned my own real motor cycle though.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 25, 2019, 09:18:15 AM
Tom, when I signed up to the website years ago I had no idea I needed a 'call name'. I figured I would use something easy to remember, being a 'roadking' and my car was a 77. Secret is out! LOL
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 25, 2019, 09:21:02 AM
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This was the worst part so far. It looks worse in pics than it actually is. I had a little bit of work making the curve just right across the seam. I put layout lines 6" apart coming from the tail panel. Did the same on the driver side with the factory quarter. I then used a contour gauge at each spot, setting the correct curve with the dr. side and transferring it to the pass side.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 25, 2019, 09:23:26 AM
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2k Primer in place.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 25, 2019, 09:26:41 AM
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After priming with the 2k I use a long block sander to find the hollows and knock off the high spots. The hollows show up in darker spots.
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You can see some of them here. Overall the body was pretty straight, but the door had a number of issues. From my limited experience the doors seem to take on the brunt of all the abuse. I have prob twice the amount of work on this door alone than the rest of the car.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 25, 2019, 09:31:32 AM
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I then use a glazing putty to  fill the minor imperfections (hollows) found in the previous step. These spots aren't really all that bad but will def show up in the final paint. I did get a couple more coats of primer back over, and every thing is a nice uniform coat of grey again.
Most of you may have a better, or 'correct' way to do this, I figure I will post for those who may be looking for an amateurs advice.
Im not sure if this is the right way to do it, but this is the technique I used on my black car and it came out ok. I have seen where people use guide coats but I just stick with the long sanding blocks and it seems to work out ok.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 25, 2019, 09:33:02 AM
Next step: I got a hinge rebuild kit off of ebay and will repair the dr side hinges, then re-install that door. Turn the car around and start to work on the front end, fenders, and take the pass door off and work on that. Hoping to get to the hinges this evening.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 4wheeling79 on March 26, 2019, 10:31:52 PM
Great work Kerry you are moving right along I pretty much use the same technique that you use but I will use a guide coat. Just don’t use Rust-Oleum that stuff sands like concrete trust me I know as I did this past weekend on a hood. Like to had killed my hands and shoulders!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TonysTA on March 27, 2019, 04:46:06 AM
Door looks good! I use a guide coat as well, cheapest paint I can find at Lowes. I also use SPI 2K Epoxy which has a high sheen and makes finding low spots easier. Doors can be a huge PITA if the style line has a crease or dent in it, I spent many an hour on my doors while on stands only to spend even more time touching up the gaps when fitting.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on March 27, 2019, 06:11:52 AM
Good work Kerry! It's cool you can spray your own car. I'm going to push for a detached garage in the next few years. I'm hoping that I can start doing some side jobs to bring in a little extra cash. Maybe some LS swaps, or quick paint jobs.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on March 27, 2019, 07:27:25 AM
Looks like professional work to me! Way to go.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on March 27, 2019, 11:19:57 PM
Looking really good! I am tempted to start learning to do paint and body work, and your thread is encouraging me in that direction! Looks like really great work!
Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 28, 2019, 07:12:17 AM
Thanks Jim, I really enjoy doing body work and painting. Although im not even near the same league as your paint guy. This kind of stuff is my therapy. Im not real mechanical (yet) so I still have to rely on someone for that part. If I couldn't do most of it myself I couldn't afford this hobby! LOL.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 79GoldnTan on March 28, 2019, 05:52:25 PM
Wow, that looks great, your really making some good progress!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Jack on March 28, 2019, 10:10:31 PM
Thanks Jim, I really enjoy doing body work and painting. Although im not even near the same league as your paint guy. This kind of stuff is my therapy. Im not real mechanical (yet) so I still have to rely on someone for that part. If I couldn't do most of it myself I couldn't afford this hobby! LOL.

The way I see it is that there are two types of people, some that pay others to restore and others learn and do it themselves. Although it's unreasonable to assume everyone can do everything but the types that at least try to learn and do it themselves are the true hobbyist.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on March 29, 2019, 01:43:21 PM
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I wanted to re do the hinges before I re-install the door. Bushings were shot. I got a rebuild kit off ebay for $14, enough for all 4 hinges. They came apart easy, spring came out easy, media blasted, primed and painted. THEN, I had a heck of a time getting the spring installed. I looked online and found a spring compressor so I decided to make one out of stuff I had laying around. MAJOR FAIL! SO, today I stopped at AZ and found one for $16, took all of about 1 minute to install it with the right tool. Next step is getting the door jamb cleaned and painted, then re-install the door.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on March 29, 2019, 02:11:37 PM
Looks good,

I find it fascinating how a tool you make works great for a lot of jobs but then there are few of those spots where you need to buy something.

at least you tried
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 07, 2019, 06:18:18 AM
Stripped the t top frames down and prepped. The dr side had some surface rust not too bad, the pass side looks like it just the factory, paint still shines. Started to take the front end apart. Not as much fun as I remember. I got my paint yesterday, gonna pick up some clear on Monday and then I will start  putting some colour on.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: MNBob on April 07, 2019, 02:07:38 PM
Wow, I have been doing a lot of work around the condo complex and have gotten way behind on the builds!

First, great job on the t-top interior trim panels.  Mine are cracked at the corners as well.  I would never thought of using fiberglass to repair them, although I have done fiberglass repairs before.  At $109 apiece (GM at Ames), it is definitely worth it!

The console also looks fantastic.  Who would have thought you could repair that?  Was that SEM number for the warm gray supposed to be 15183 not 1583?  That is a perfect match, I am going to purchase it.

Your paint work is turning out really good!  I found using the light gray primer works well with the silver paint.  Did you end up getting your paint for spraying at Automotive Touchup or somewhere else?

It was really surprising when I pulled off my door hinges and found no paint underneath.  No wonder they were rusting there.

Congratulations on all your recent progress, you have accomplished much!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 08, 2019, 07:55:33 AM
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There was a comment on another thread about neatness in the shop. This is my current work table!!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 08, 2019, 07:59:26 AM
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pulled everything out of the way, sanded down and primered the top rail areas.
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This is the pass side, factory paint still shiny. Dr. side had a bit of surface rust but nothing major.
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After a bit of wire wheel work I uncovered original paint lines. This will def help, along with some measurements I got (thanks Bob)
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 08, 2019, 08:01:25 AM
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Another curiosity. I have little reason to think the door has been removed previously. The hinges were painted a light blue, very similar to early motor colour, after cleaning better the screws for the doo latch were painted the same colour. I havent dug into the pass side yet to see what they look like.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 08, 2019, 08:11:31 AM
Bob, the sem number is 15183 for the warm grey. That's the lighter colour. I checked it with an original piece I cleaned and it is spot on for match. I got all the sem at a local auto part store. They had to order in the darker grey for the dash but it only took a day. I did get spray bombs from Auto touch up and their colours were exact as well. Thanks for the recommendation. Against my better judgement I bought the same in a quart and will use that with my air gun to spray the top. I say that because im not sure about using a one part paint, but figured i would give it a shot. I want to make sure the finished appearance is as close to original as possible. Gonna try to get some clear today so i can paint tonight.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 11, 2019, 07:30:29 AM
Paint was put on temp hold until I got more stuff ready. I removed the windshield, cleaned up the channel which like the top had zero rust. Got the dr. side fender off, cowel dropoff and bottom are solid. Bottom of fender has the typical rust, but I think I can repair it easily enough. Also, gonna try to restore the cracked dash in place, I really dont feel like pulling it out! I was hoping to save the paint on the metal part of the dash but it has some very slight surface rust in a couple of places and some scratches so I will sand it down and repaint it as well.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Box on April 11, 2019, 02:30:00 PM
So much progress, so little time.  Definitely worth trying to restore the dash in place, especially with the windshield out of the way now.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 12, 2019, 07:07:54 AM
I got the fender sanded down last night, it is darn near perfect, no rust and not a dent one, at least no rust on the top!! The bottom is bad behind the wheel, typical for these. There mustve been about 5 lbs. of crud that came out from inside there when I took it off. Theses should have had a cut out on the bottom to let crap out!  Also, the rocker on the dr. side is crushed a bit. Again it looks the typical 'lets put the jack under here' kind of thing. Still not sure how to best repair that part.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on April 12, 2019, 07:58:07 AM
I hear you on the lower quarter full if junk. It's open to the trunk too so whatever dirt and who knows what falls in there it stays. I had a couple wrenches and a 5 gallon bucket of sand fall out of my Formula.
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Box on April 12, 2019, 02:41:10 PM
That's just ballast for launching! :lol:
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 12, 2019, 02:44:18 PM
Those look pretty bad. In my case I was referring to the front fender. The quarters are really nice. I did get the fender epoxied this afternoon (just walked in from the shop actually). Hope to get the patch work done over the weekend.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on April 12, 2019, 05:06:33 PM
I ended up replacing the most of one quarter and all of the other quarter on that car.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 15, 2019, 07:01:01 AM
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More parts coming off.
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Fender stripped to bare, then shot with epoxy I had a couple of small dings 'show up' that I hit with glazing.(https://live.staticflickr.com/7905/32664992957_09e794b930_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/RLuCnK)2019-04-14_11-54-03 (https://flic.kr/p/RLuCnK) by Kerry Grubb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/156399515@N07/), on Flickr
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This is the most amount of rust I have found to date. Again, fairly typical for a firebird. I made a cardboard template, then cut out a piece of metal, overlayed it on the bad spot, marked and cut it out. Then I patched a new piece back in.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 15, 2019, 07:03:01 AM
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Template,
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Patch held in place with welding clamps ready to be attached. I then did the same thing to replace the inner structure that was rotted as well. I thought I got pics but guess not.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: ryeguy2006a on April 15, 2019, 09:08:05 AM
Looking good Kerry!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on April 15, 2019, 11:22:42 AM
That looks like a great repair job! Excellent work for sure.
Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 15, 2019, 02:32:22 PM
Thanks, I bought the lower fender patch panels when I did my 77 but they barely fit and still had to be tweaked a good bit. I found it just as easy to buy some sheet metal and make my own this time around. But WOW! that stupid piece of 2' x 2' metal cost almost $30 at lowes!! Im sure I could have found it cheaper somewhere but that's where I was.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on April 15, 2019, 04:02:52 PM
I keep everything so I have fenders and hoods and floor patch pieces saved just for projects like this. But, then again,  I'm a parts hoarder... BTW, looks very professional, great job.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 16, 2019, 06:25:57 AM
I had lots of scrap metal stuff laying around that I either saved from jobs or salvaged, but that was all lost in my fire. I dont discriminate with parts, I hoard everything, LOL! Luckily my wife throws stuff away if she hasn't touched it in a week. It is a good balance between that and me being a packrat.  Otherwise you might see me in a tv show.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on April 16, 2019, 08:35:20 AM
Wow, sounds just like my life. My wife gets rid of everything and I keep everything.  If I want it, I have to put it in my shop. She doesn't go in there. It's  my 1700 sf sanctuary.  A long time ago I realized everything I got rid of I eventually ended up rebuying for much more. So I just keep it all, even if I can't find it...
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Box on April 16, 2019, 07:07:01 PM
Should make a run to your local pick n pull for some hoods to make for some cheaper sheet metal.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 17, 2019, 07:19:47 AM
That's a good idea box, I used to do mostly commercial and industrial construction. There was never a shortage of scrap metal to grab a hold of. Now that im doing home improvement/residential stuff that source has dried up. I had planned on getting some paint on by know, but priorities had me going to a car show on Saturday and sunday was raining too hard to paint. Karate class tonight will put me off another day. Maybe by the end of the weekend.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 20, 2019, 03:00:28 PM
Between yesterday afternoon and this afternoon I got some painting done. Got the fender in 2k primer on top of the epoxy, got the inside of the door painted, got the driver side jamb and cowell area painted, and I got the dark grey painted on the top of the car as well as the rear bumper. Also I got a dr. side mirror in the mail yesterday and got it painted as well.
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 20, 2019, 03:04:14 PM
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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 20, 2019, 03:10:18 PM
I need to re-group and develop my next plan of action. Top priority is to start the repairs to the dash, and take off the dr. inner fender and get it painted. My thinking for the moment is to get the dr door installed, then get the car turned around to take off the pass side sheet metal (door and fender) as well as the front end. It would be nice to have the entire car painted before the end of next month, but that is wishful thinking at this point!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on April 20, 2019, 04:40:49 PM
Oh wow! That looks great. You move so quick. Makes me look like I'm going backwards.  Keep it up!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Jack on April 20, 2019, 06:45:29 PM
You sure you never done this before?
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 21, 2019, 08:17:07 AM
Im gonna hit that point where im going to have to start putting in some serious cash, that's when the brakes will come on, LOL.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 23, 2019, 07:11:37 AM
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Started the patchwork on the dash. Overall it wasn't too bad ( I have seen worse), this was after the first coat of filler. I sanded that down when it was dry and put a second coat on. Ran out of filler material, hoping to find some at Carlisle this week, if not I will place an order for some more. In the mean time I guess I will get the inner fender off, and maybe start to work on the cowell top. I was hoping to save the paint on the metal dash front, but it wasn't good enough and I had to make a small patch in the corner. Now the challenge of finding a matching paint colour.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: Nexus on April 23, 2019, 10:45:08 PM
Cool Stuff...looking great
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on April 23, 2019, 11:07:06 PM
Really making some fantastic progress! Its almost like you have cloned yourself about four time with the amount of work you have done!
Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 24, 2019, 06:42:48 AM
My A.D.D. has me bouncing all over the place. One of my faults. I get too many things started at one time. BUT, I like to think of it as getting one part repaired whilst another is in the waiting stage. Dash is an example. I can work on something else while the putty is drying over night. My short term goal is to get the dr side finished up and ready for paint, then I can turn the car around and work on the pass side. My wife calls me 'The King of Half A$$', because I start another project before I finish the one im working on.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on April 24, 2019, 07:51:11 AM
I hear you. You've see the pictures of my shop and all of the projects I have going.  I need to retire so I can finish them all!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: 737driver on April 24, 2019, 11:05:16 AM
My A.D.D. has me bouncing all over the place. One of my faults. I get too many things started at one time. BUT, I like to think of it as getting one part repaired whilst another is in the waiting stage. Dash is an example. I can work on something else while the putty is drying over night. My short term goal is to get the dr side finished up and ready for paint, then I can turn the car around and work on the pass side. My wife calls me 'The King of Half A$$', because I start another project before I finish the one im working on.
The disease is real... Many of us suffer from the same affliction everyday.....
(cue the sad puppy dog song)


Jim
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: hakitup on April 24, 2019, 11:59:31 AM
Coming along, I work very hard to not getting to many irons in the fire.

Tom H
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: MNBob on April 29, 2019, 06:16:12 PM
Amazing progress in such a short time.  The painting on the roof, bumper and doors looks super!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on April 30, 2019, 07:01:11 AM
I ran out of dash filler, looked for some at Carlisle with no luck so I need to order a batch. In the mean time I have been working on the cowel area, got the wiper motor out and things cleaned and almost ready to paint.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 02, 2019, 08:58:19 AM
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Dash after about 2 coats of filler. This has been sanded with 80gr. I had to order more material, supposed to be here tomorrow. Maybe 1 or 2 more light coats then this will be finished.
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Prep work on the cowell area. Cleaned out the plenum, sanded everything to get some paint applied.
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Before pics of stuff to be cleaned up and restored.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 02, 2019, 06:13:29 PM
Got a little more done this evening. Pass side fender and inner fender off, as well as taking the front end off. Got the pass fender about half sanded down. Its very nice, one small dent and zero rust.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 06, 2019, 07:34:43 AM
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First one of these I have seen with no rust!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 06, 2019, 07:35:33 AM
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Epoxied, hoping to do some block sanding tonight.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 06, 2019, 07:36:31 AM
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And here is the signature of the now famous 'R. Spriler' lol.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on May 06, 2019, 07:59:04 AM
Fender looks great! Love those rust free parts. I was lucky I bought a set 20 years ago that were from Florida or California and had them shipped here. They were cheap back then so I just stored them. I just stocked up on sand paper and ordered a replacement longer Dura-Block sanding block. Fun times...

Thanks for the good updates, they are motivational.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 06, 2019, 09:41:45 AM
I was hoping to have pics of my finished dash, but I sanded through the filler in a couple of spots on the final go round. No big deal, im glad I found the soft spot then as opposed to after it was done. I just added some more, now I need to sand it back off and hopefully be done with that part. I look at a car restoration as a finite number of parts that need to be addressed. Each one I finish is one step closer to being done!
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: TonysTA on May 07, 2019, 05:39:40 AM
Looking good, dash fit is something I am struggling with, I noticed with yours, where it lines up against the cowl, it's not a consistent gap. Is that how they came from the factory? Mine is noticeable in a few spots and its bugging me.  I am on the fence with either pulling mine back out and adding more "welded' plastic to close the gap or saying to heck with it and ordering an after market from OER (they are 1/2 price of just dashes). 

What would you do? 

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Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: FormTA on May 07, 2019, 06:01:55 AM
That is pretty much the quality of GM fitment.  Once the windshield is in you will barely notice it. On a side not, they never have the OER dash. I've been on a waiting list for over 5 years now... Also, the radio area is for the early years not 79 up. Not sure what year car you have.
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 07, 2019, 07:00:08 AM
What Form said. I took the dash out of my 77 when I redid it and it looks about the same as far as fitment goes. At that joint the dash is a good bit thicker than the metal that it clips to, so they dont really align perfectly smooth. WWID, it depends on how 'bad' it really is. I am a perfectionist, but after a while I even throw in the towel and to quote Jack Nicholson, 'that's as good as it gets'. On this car I did not want to go through the trouble of removing the dash, which IMO is a pain in the ….
Title: Re: Roadkings TATA (4 speed)
Post by: roadking77 on May 07, 2019, 07:04:56 AM
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Dash is done. Finished the last coat of padded dash filler, sanded smooth starting with 80gr through and finishing with 220gr. Then I used SEM texture coating, I put on a couple of coats holding the can fairly high to give it a bit more texture. After that was dry I used SEM grey, then topped with SEM low lustre clear coat. All in all it came out pretty nice. I am happy enough with the results, time to move on to the next project with this car.
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Post by: ryeguy2006a on May 07, 2019, 11:20:09 AM
Excellent job on the dash pad!! So is that padded dash filler a little spongy?
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Post by: 76455sd on May 07, 2019, 11:25:23 AM
Dash looks great!  very nice
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Post by: Box on May 07, 2019, 01:22:33 PM
Dash looks great!  very nice
x2  Looks good as new!
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Post by: roadking77 on May 07, 2019, 03:00:00 PM
It is not spongy, but it does have ever so slight bit of elasticity.
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Post by: 4wheeling79 on May 07, 2019, 08:07:12 PM
Nice progress! Every day you work on it your a little closer to the prize!
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Post by: Jack on May 11, 2019, 06:11:43 PM
I don't check for a week or so and you are almost done :lol: :grin: great progress Kerry, keep up the good work.
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Post by: TATurbo on May 11, 2019, 08:32:22 PM
Dash looks great.  As does the paint! You seem to be cruising right along. 
I wonder if it's common to have stuff written in the spoilers?  Mine had something in there too...I don't recall what it was.
Car looks awesome, keep at it!
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Post by: 737driver on May 12, 2019, 11:02:34 PM
Kerry you really do some great work! It is really inspiring me to get started on my next project!
Jim
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Post by: roadking77 on May 13, 2019, 07:29:58 AM
Im trying to figure out now what colour to paint the metal dash. I have somewhat matched it to my Sherwin Williams samples and will try to match that to what is readily available. I would like to use something off the shelf spray bomb but will get something mixed if need be. Hopefully will be getting some more work done this week.
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Post by: FormTA on May 13, 2019, 08:09:32 AM
Was it satin black before or some sort of gray?
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Post by: roadking77 on May 13, 2019, 02:22:29 PM
Gray.
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Post by: chief poncho on May 13, 2019, 05:50:41 PM
Coming along very nice!  Great job on the dash.
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Post by: Moon75 on May 16, 2019, 12:31:10 PM
What products did you use for your dash repair? im almost at that point with mine.  Thanks
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Post by: Nexus on May 16, 2019, 06:37:56 PM
Wow, the dash turned out really good...nice work!!
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Post by: roadking77 on May 17, 2019, 07:19:17 AM
Thanks Charlie, I assume your back home, hope you had a great time and congrats to you and your new bride.
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Post by: roadking77 on May 17, 2019, 07:21:28 AM
Moon, I used a product called 'padded dash filler'. You can get it online. I will have to check the supplier, they used to be urethane supply company, but that has changed to something new. Its pretty easy to do, it works like bondo/body filler. If you look in the int. section you will see my thread on my console repair. I have pics of the product there.
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Post by: Moon75 on May 17, 2019, 02:55:39 PM
Thank you roadking.. and your doing one helluva job!
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Post by: MNBob on May 19, 2019, 01:01:05 PM
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I'm trying to figure out now what colour to paint the metal dash. I have somewhat matched it to my Sherwin Williams samples and will try to match that to what is readily available.

Isn't the metal part of the dash in front of the pad the same color as the pad?  It looks like that on mine.  You could just use the warm grey that you gave me the SEM number.

By the way, do have the SEM number of the darker color as well?  Thanks.
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Post by: roadking77 on May 19, 2019, 02:07:50 PM
Hi Bob, The metal dash colour is NOT the same as the sem paint. I checked that first. I matched it pretty close to a couple of Sherwin Williams colours from a fan deck I have. Although it is house paint I figured I could get the colour to match with something! BUT, before I went that  route I picked up some rustoleum off the shelf from Lowes and it is just about a perfect match. The original is half a shade darker though. I plan on using that.
I will get the sem no. next time im in the shop (either this evening or tomorrow)