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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #520 on: July 01, 2018, 09:07:00 AM »
Congrats Chris, great job and I love the black vinyl on a white car.




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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #521 on: July 01, 2018, 11:23:34 AM »
Nice work, enjoy it!
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #522 on: July 01, 2018, 02:46:27 PM »
Thanks for the kind comments. It's far from great but not bad for a guy in a 2 car garage. Of course I finished just in time for it to be so stinking hot that I don't even want to take it to a show. LOL.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #523 on: July 01, 2018, 03:30:10 PM »
Sorry about my post above not sure how the question marks got there

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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #524 on: July 01, 2018, 09:12:39 PM »
Awesome!  Nicely done.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #525 on: July 01, 2018, 10:38:42 PM »
I just went through this build from the beginning!

Nice work, the car turned out great!!

Congrats on getting her finished!!
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #526 on: July 02, 2018, 04:28:37 AM »
Wow! That came out great. One to be proud of. Home built. Great job! Thanks for all of the detailed posts.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #527 on: July 02, 2018, 08:11:45 AM »
Looks nice Chris!  I like the new wheels, they go better with the car.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #528 on: July 02, 2018, 08:35:22 AM »
Chris, that looks terrific! I agree, the wheels look the part on there.
Have a think about adding that hood bird...they really make a second gen car look the part!  :cool:
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #529 on: July 02, 2018, 09:18:08 AM »
Tammy and I talked it over last night. The bird will go back on the hood. We're debating whether I bring is some friends and do it myself or just pay someone to do that. I'd kind of like doing it myself as a way of putting the punctuation mark on this project. Heck, I already paid someone to put the vinyl top on. What does she think? I'm made of money?  :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

I sure hope this thread helps some of the rest of you folks. If nothing else it shows you can do this stuff if you have patience and you're willing to work at it.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #530 on: July 02, 2018, 05:56:00 PM »
I need a favor. Can someone measure how far from the front edge of the hood to the bottom of the birds tail on the decal for me? Side to side is more an eyeball thing from what I can tell but I'd like that measurement as a starting point.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #531 on: July 02, 2018, 06:22:23 PM »
Check your pm on FB  8)
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #532 on: July 02, 2018, 06:27:56 PM »
4.10"
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #533 on: July 02, 2018, 06:58:08 PM »
Thanks so very much, Keith. With it posted here it will help the next guy.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #534 on: July 02, 2018, 07:16:37 PM »
~original


This is for 77-78....same bird decal placement
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #535 on: July 02, 2018, 07:19:57 PM »
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #536 on: July 14, 2018, 12:40:12 PM »
Two of my fellow car club members came over this morning and we put the hood bird decal on the car. I had already prepped the hood by wiping it down with wax and grease remover. We blew off the hood with compressed air just to be sure we didn't have any trash under it. We gently peeled off the backing while squirting it down with a solution of water and baby shampoo. We also wet down the hood with a generous layer of the solution. I had already positioned the bird and created alignment marks with masking tape and marks on the backing paper. So we floated the decal in the solution until we got it all lined up and then started working. Using a squeegee I worked from the hood centerline to the edge of the decal using my biggest body filler spreader as the squeegee. The decal company supplied a squeegee but the body filler spreader was more flexible and covered a wider swath.



The instructions that came with the decals said that after working all the solution and bubbles out allow the decal to dry for three hours. Then peel the backing paper. If you still have bubble after that you can pierce the decal with a pin, park it in the sun and it should release any trapped solution. When peeling the decal pull it 180 degrees from the surface. I started at the tip of one wing and was able to peel the entire bird in one piece. Take care around the head of the bird. The way that's cut makes it prone to lifting.



Folks, I didn't think you could lay one of these down without a bubble in it. We did. Once I had it peeled back it was perfect. Not a single trapped bubble. I'm pretty pumped about that.

So there it is. Done. Yes, a guy in a 2 car garage can do this. It wasn't easy and I had to get creative a few times but some times you just have to persevere! Hope everyone enjoyed this thread and sure hope it helps someone else realize their dream of restoring a car of their own.

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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #537 on: July 14, 2018, 01:59:11 PM »
Looks fantastic!

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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #538 on: July 14, 2018, 06:12:20 PM »
Congrats on the install. Looks fantastic! Not hard to do but even easier to screw up. You and your buddies deserve a cold one for a successful job.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #539 on: July 14, 2018, 09:32:55 PM »
Looks perfect, congrats.




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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #540 on: July 15, 2018, 02:14:32 AM »
Your car turned out really great! I think the vinyl top looks great and is certainly unique and different in a great way!
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #541 on: July 15, 2018, 08:19:45 AM »
OHHH that's lovely that is!!!

Nice work!!
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #542 on: July 15, 2018, 08:54:03 AM »
Turned out great......one thing left......drive it  8)
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #543 on: July 15, 2018, 09:32:43 AM »
If it ever gets below 100 F. here I'll consider it.  :D :D :D

Thanks again everyone.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #544 on: July 15, 2018, 08:18:28 PM »
Beautiful work

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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #545 on: August 18, 2018, 06:25:36 PM »
Critter,    that is so cool to see finished. And the fact that some of your club budies helped sends it over the top in my book! I hope you have ots of opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #546 on: September 02, 2018, 10:55:00 AM »
Nice job on the hood decal. At work I apply decals on locomotives three times the size of a hood bird. I know the frustration.  You did an outstanding job of application without bubbles.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #547 on: September 02, 2018, 03:49:09 PM »
Thanks. Full credit to my buddies who helped. Multiple hands make that job SO much easier.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #548 on: September 02, 2018, 07:26:04 PM »
Good to hear the bird went on nicely! I had a white '75 TA back in the early 2000's with that same bird sticker on it when I bought it. Another member here owns it now and was/is restoring it.

I'm glad see you guys all got the memo to wear car guy T-shirts for the photo shoot!

Well, you beat me and got your car done first. Mine's been on hold, remodeling house exterior at the moment. I'd hoped to get the bird back together before having to do the house but life (and almost lack) of got in the way of car projects while house got so bad looking I had to jump projects.
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #549 on: September 04, 2018, 09:54:44 AM »
That's the way things go. Some times the cars have to set while we take care of the necessary stuff.

And how many car guys do you know that don't have a wardrobe exclusively made up of jeans and car related t-shirts? :)
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Re: 1974 TA gets paint
« Reply #550 on: September 04, 2018, 06:21:05 PM »
Great job! Stunning car!
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