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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2021, 01:19:13 PM »
Impressive detailing work James!

Couple of questions:

- For the Conv. Top Latch Catch, satin chrome finish. What did you use to achieve this finish?

- For the top of dash, I understand the original finish suede, flat. Is this the same as the under dash heater box finish?
  Any tips on how to achieve this with the suede additive without having it come out too grainy looking?

Your contributions are tremendously helpful to others striving to replicate factory correct appearances.

Thanks!

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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2021, 03:03:52 PM »
JohnDS,
The frosted look is achieved by using 20# of air pressure in a blast cabinet with recycled crushed bottle glass as the medium.
IT takes a little while to get my technique right(dusting from about 8-10" away) in achieving the correct look and of course the air pressure is highly dependent on the size of the orifice on the nozzle.

RE: textured paint
Yes the texture is the same as the heater box inside. If I feel it appears like the texture has too much "grit"- I shoot a coat or two of black without the texture but with flattener added in order to "fill" some of the texture.

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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2021, 06:08:11 PM »
I have seen rubber cement goobered over the cowl VIN stamp, same stuff used on the foam pads.
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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2021, 07:02:12 PM »
I have used SEM texture paint in quarts, not aerosol, and reduce accordingly to achieve the texture desired, then topcoat. Last year my good friend Chuck Fisher (a few of his over 50 car collection has been in Hot Rod) supplied me with Restoration Shop texture paint to shoot the blackout on one of his Ranchero Hoods. They were textured unlike Mustang hood blackout. Produced a nice consistent finish. Seam sealer is a matter of preference. I use 1K and 2K and many produce various results depending on how it is tooled and wiped with lacquer thinner or wax and grease remover. Lost track of how many tubes I've burned through in 40 years. Have fun.

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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2021, 09:53:49 PM »
I have seen rubber cement goobered over the cowl VIN stamp, same stuff used on the foam pads.

William?  WHY would someone put rubber cement over the cowl VIN stamp?   Was it an attempt to prevent rust where the vin was stamped???   Does it work?
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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2021, 10:02:08 PM »
Probably a crude attempt at rustproofing. Up here in the rust belt, didn't work very well.
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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2021, 03:51:50 AM »
Conv alignment wedges


disassembled and cleaned the contacts in the original column ignition switch



cleaned original ducts

original A pillar moldings cleaned all traces of dirt from the grain

same with the dash grab handle - which was so grimy and sticky it looked like it had honey on it.

original door glass regulators cleaned and gearboxes relubed

kick panel sealer... I doubt you could use too much


Pinchweld sealer tape - for well trim.


Glass in and aligned everything works so smoothly.


Top frame on and 98% aligned and working smoothly




cylinders in - since rotated 180 degrees - (fittings were pointed wrong)


Dash mat (firewall pad) fitted along with re-bushed and lubed pedal box.

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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2021, 11:25:52 PM »
James, what did you use to clean the goo from the grab handles? Thanks

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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #23 on: August 18, 2021, 02:26:45 AM »
I used Scrubbing Bubbles stuff that turns colors when it's done working - and a new stiff tooth brush which I heat the shank and bend the head about 75 degrees - Work in small circles with not a lot of pressure -   
I also use a sonic care tooth brush which I bought just to clean interior parts... it works incredibly for small difficult to reach areas.
Then I will use Sprayaway aerosol window cleaner   - Spray away and a tooth brush is my go to for first attempt at cleaning anything in the interior -


 
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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2021, 05:24:40 PM »
"Autograph your work with excellence"

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« Reply #25 on: August 18, 2021, 10:28:57 PM »
Great pics!!  And great work!! 
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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #26 on: August 20, 2021, 05:48:36 AM »
Here is how I bend a tooth brush and how I hold it... it allows application of light pressure on the head and by using small circular patterns both clock wise and anti clock wise you can really clean very well.

Light pressure allows the ends of the bristles to get into the grain and work, heavy pressure rolls the ends of the bristles over and negates their ability to "pick" dirt out of the recesses.
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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #27 on: August 24, 2021, 09:04:52 PM »
A few more of the firewall from inside and also the header molding satin finish break line.




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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #28 on: August 24, 2021, 10:58:40 PM »
I'm curious, what do the letters/numbers represent just above the heater box on the firewall in the engine compartment? I had found numbers as I was bead blasting my firewall recently, but not sure what they represent? By the way nice job of keeping them looking obscure as they were underneath the factory blackout and barley show through.   

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Re: L78 M22 pacer - some firewall shots.
« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2021, 12:36:46 AM »
Found on this firewall were M22 ZL2 Z22 N10 D80 and WHITE.
ALSO above the heaterbox there could be the sequence number for the chevrolet side of operations- which is also on the heaterbox and the fuel tank (22 is on this car's heaterbox, didn't see a 22 on the firewall)
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