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Hans, during disassembly did you find any RS headlight shims and if so would you post a photo. These are rarely seen in captivity and itís not clear to me what was used at the factory on a consistent basis.

Hmmm....I don't have a pic, but I'll check my tagged bags and see if I have any noted as RS Headlamp shims.   

OK.  Thanks for the updates.

I could be convinced the hinges were black originally - some pics pre-resto where it appears to have been black.   Note - surface rust on the housing cleaned right up.

Lloyd -

Appreciate the quick response!   Good catch on the vacuum tank - as mine was quite faded, I was unsure of the gloss level.

Here's the other parts.  Regarding the door hinges - as they are aluminum or some non-ferrous metal, I wasn't sure if they are painted.  I'll check to see if I have any pics prior to cleaning to confirm paint.

Here's the additional parts.  Not shown are the body colored grill covers (in yet another box....)

And almost forgot about these two little door stop brackets (still on the core support), only one show in the pic below.

Getting ready to refinish the following Rally Sport parts - seems all are various hues of black.

Is 30% Gloss Black correct for these parts?  (See pic below)
- Support Brackets (both small and long ones)
- Bell Crank Lever
- Headlight housing
- Vacuum Tank

And it seems the headlight bucket is more glossy - 60-70% or?

Can anyone confirm what's best to go with for the above?

Restoration / Re: 1969 Brake Line Retainer Clips - Finishes
« on: September 07, 2019, 11:10:03 PM »
Lloyd - First, I found the reproductions clips to be way off, so I returned the lot .  I tried several different finishes, including Dykem Steel Blue.  While not perfect and probably not the right material, I found Testors Transparent Blue to be the closest to the factory finish for the clips:

Original Clip:

Refinished Clip:

All the clips:

Used this product - just a light dusting is all it takes:

I'm out this weekend, but when I return, I'll upload an image with the clips installed.

Restoration / Re: Correct color bolts for Steering Box
« on: August 30, 2019, 04:48:08 AM »
Just checked mine.  04B LA car.  Saginaw PS 077 9 Dated.  "C" Bolts with washers.    Just like Jim's above. 

General Discussion / Re: Tires
« on: June 21, 2019, 05:19:05 PM »
Kelsey Tires now offers Goodyear Reproduction Radials.  Not exact, but has white lettering and radial design.

Restoration / Re: brake line clip location
« on: June 21, 2019, 03:36:41 PM »
Here you go -

Installed - Note Cortez Silver overspray on the underneath:

Bolt Style - I observed 4-5 different bolt head patterns during the removal/restoration process.  All the same style, but I assume they came from different vendors.  Original car, 72,000 miles when I removed the original brake/fuel lines and related fasteners:

Restoration / Re: brake line clip location
« on: June 21, 2019, 03:50:47 AM »
To clarify - driver side, just past the spring mount? 

Pretty sure it should be this style clip.  I'll take a picture of the clip mounted, with the correct bolt style tomorrow. 

General Discussion / Re: 68 broadcast sheet location
« on: June 20, 2019, 05:09:45 AM »
What do you make of this '68 Z on eBay with Body Broadcast Copy (last image in the listing)?   Any idea how they how/where able to acquire it?  It's appears to be in excellent shape.

Restoration / Re: lacquer paint
« on: May 14, 2019, 12:19:59 AM »
Haven't purchased lacquer in a few years, but TCP Global, as mentioned above, has sold me PPG Duracryl paint, clear, and thinners for my restoration.  Only issue is they won't sell to me over the counter in California I have to have it sent out of state and then shipped back to me...sorta a pain.

Restoration / Re: Smog tube nuts replacement source?
« on: February 27, 2019, 04:25:48 PM »
I sent my smog tubes to Jerry MacNeish who restored them back to perfection (stripped nuts, straightened the bends, new olive plating).  Turned out great!   

Restoration / Re: Paperwork removal
« on: January 13, 2019, 12:31:27 AM »
This may be a dumb question. But couldn't you just remove the tank from the car, empty the gasoline out, and put some kind of a diaper on the tank so you could transport it to someone who could remove the paper from the tank? it may cost more money to attempt this path, but a new gas tank is also gonna cost money. I would think a paper restoration service sees al kinds of situations and could undertake removing the sheet from the tank and keeping both intact as much as possible?

Agree - it's worth asking the document preservation expert.  In my case, I brought the whole tank down for her to inspect but she did not have the facilities to deal with a whole gas tank.  But her work was outstanding so worth the compromise. 

Restoration / Re: Paperwork removal
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:51:59 PM »
Restoration and preservation would be key if we can get it off the tank.  It is stuck hard and extremely brittle.  If we can salvage the little bits of paper then we might be able to send it out for restoration part.  It's how to get it off the tank in large enough pieces that is vexing us now.

How important is it to save the gas tank vs the build sheet?  For mine, the build sheet was glued on to the point there was no way I could remove it without destroying it.   So in my case, I concluded it was more important to save the build sheet then the gas tank and cut the tank to remove the buildsheet, metal attached.   Thereafter, the document restoration expert used the proper chemicals, preservation techniques to remove the paper from the metal.

You could always re-weld the metal back to the tank after the professional removes the paper work from the metal.   

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