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Looks great! Why are the wheels & tires off for painting? Didn't want to cover them?

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Yea laser red was E9 in 96/7

And electric red is EG

Your car is lookin great dude!

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Looks great! I like that the crease line was added back between the quarters/rockers too.

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Nah, I don't think he's painting the fenderwells. I assume he pulled the wheels off because he didn't want to bother covering them and/or they were in the way of cutting the corners.

I find it amazing to know that he replaced a chunk of metal from around the fuel filler neck, yet it's impossible to tell - even from the back.

Three more base coats to go before clear, then reassembly. Even without the clear, the finish is like a mirror. Although it needs a new LH door handle...
Depending how quickly I can find a door handle, the car can be done most definitely by the end of the month.

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Now, for the fun of it, here are the pictures I took of the car the day I drove it down to the shop.

1) dulled clear, a few poorly matched rust-preventive touch ups


2) rust starting behind the rear driver's rocker


3) rust destroying the rear passenger rocker


4) clear coat and topcoat damaged by UV, faded and peeling ("racing stripes"), dull finish


5) clear coat and topcoat damaged by UV, faded badly, very dull finish


So hopefully the next time I take pictures of this thing, it'll be done! After waiting/saving for this project for nearly 3 years now, I am pumped!

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Once the front fender liners go in it'll be back to black. But the rears already have a black coating, just spray right over top with any black paint, just to cover the red overspray, don't worry about it sticking because almost no one will see in there.

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I don't know why but not all of the pictures are loading for me. (or loading very slowly..) but what I can see looks great! They went all out on this taking all the side trim and even door handles off, props for doing it right.

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Mine needs this treatment badly

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Yeah I hear lol.
Great job and glad you didn't junk it. When its done I know you'll feel so much better about it rather than just buying another car and swapping parts. I personally would've done the same. Thats my favorite thing about this club is that some of the people hear are as proud and love their mn12 as much as I do (I've yet to see another nice one in person). Keep up the great work with your whole project as a whole.
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Great job and glad you didn't junk it. When its done I know you'll feel so much better about it rather than just buying another car and swapping parts. I personally would've done the same. Thats my favorite thing about this club is that some of the people hear are as proud and love their mn12 as much as I do (I've yet to see another nice one in person). Keep up the great work with your whole project as a whole.
I proud of what Ive acomplished with my car. She needs alot but has come ALONG way. Scrapping my car was never an option. I knew she would take alot of work before I started

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Now the question is...

Put the pin stripe back or leave it with no pin stripe? I like it either way.

This is the best pic I have of it with the pin stripe, for reference...

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Pretty! IMHO, it doesn't need the stripe, but it looks fine with it!

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I hate pinstripes

I might have a different opinion on LE stripes though, particularly on that color.

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Is it too late to fill the holes left by the Thunderbird script on the trunk? That would be second on my list, after fixing the rust

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I put the pinstripe in the body line, right below where the stock pinstripe was. I like it better in that location, so I vote yes, but I would change the color from that stock gold to a black or even white, something a bit brighter or more contrast imo.

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The only pinstriping I think will look cool on there is the barbed wire one I always see on trucks.

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I kinda like the pin stripe kinda adds to the lines of the car. The only thing is it looks like a cream color which might just be the lighting but white would be the way to go.

IS IT DONE YET??

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Lol... The pin stripe was silver. Anyway, here's the latest.

I ordered a new driver's door handle new from Ford a couple weeks ago and it arrived Monday, so I drove it down to him then. The only color they had was black, so he needs to paint and finish it before he can put it on the car.

When I was there this Monday, he had finished buffing the clear and had glazed the finish to a niiiiice shine. The bumper covers, trunk lights, side cladding, quarter windows/trim and spoiler had also been reinstalled. He still needed to install the side mirrors, interior door panels, put the trunk badges back on, install the trim around the door windows, and paint/install the drivers door handle. An hour or two, tops.

It will probably be done sometime next week, provided no more insurance claims show up and slow him down. However it sounds like he might go over budget (extra 1/4 panel work, fender, lock sets, drop exhaust/gas tank etc.)... If/how much he goes over my budget limit and what the weather is doing will determine when I get the car back. Believe me, I'm anxious!

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Lol... The pin stripe was silver. Anyway, here's the latest.

I ordered a new driver's door handle new from Ford a couple weeks ago and it arrived Monday, so I drove it down to him then. The only color they had was black, so he needs to paint and finish it before he can put it on the car.

When I was there this Monday, he had finished buffing the clear and had glazed the finish to a niiiiice shine. The bumper covers, trunk lights, side cladding, quarter windows/trim and spoiler had also been reinstalled. He still needed to install the side mirrors, interior door panels, put the trunk badges back on, install the trim around the door windows, and paint/install the drivers door handle. An hour or two, tops.

It will probably be done sometime next week, provided no more insurance claims show up and slow him down. However it sounds like he might go over budget (extra 1/4 panel work, fender, lock sets, drop exhaust/gas tank etc.)... If/how much he goes over my budget limit and what the weather is doing will determine when I get the car back. Believe me, I'm anxious!
They looked gold to me, just like my car which was red as well lol. Just like every red tbird I've seen, but I guess they might have changed yours or it was an option to have silver. Anyway congrats on all the work, can't wait to see it all done.

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LE stripes would look nice on that one.

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I ordered a new driver's door handle new from Ford a couple weeks ago and it arrived Monday, so I drove it down to him then. The only color they had was black, so he needs to paint and finish it before he can put it on the car.
How much was it?

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After shipping it came in at $53. After I ordered it I found out I could have gotten it for a few bucks less, but I just wanted to get the darned thing ordered so I didn't spend a lot of time shopping around.

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That's not too bad I guess, I've been hunting for 97 handles for ages and they always end up damaged in a bad way by the time I get them off, I may as well buy new at this point.

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That's not too bad I guess, I've been hunting for 97 handles for ages and they always end up damaged in a bad way by the time I get them off, I may as well buy new at this point.
Yeh, that's what happened to me. I got the driver's side off, but I broke the passenger one getting it off.

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Here here! I was able to pound the pin out and actually pry the handles almost fully out without damage 3 out of the 4 times I tried it but the rod got me every time.

Having the right tools handy helps too but somehow I always am missing the one I really need when I try to pull something lol

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