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Post by DaveG on Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:13 pm

Great colour combination looks really good.

Gembrook All American Day Sunday 16th February
Yep we'll be there that's our February Club Event, Look for the Jets Car Club Banner and Gazebo, we'll be there.
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Post by Wigg on Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:38 pm

Thank you Kev & we will be going to Gembrook on the 16th Dave so will seek out the Gazebo.
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This was the color of the inside of boot when we got the car. Shock Horror.

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The different colors the car has been painted over the years. The white layer is the hardest to get off.

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Post by DaveG on Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:26 pm

Yep that brings back memories.....the sort of memories nightmares are made of.
What a job getting it all smoothed and the edges feathered. There is no doubt sometimes it's easier to just rip all the paint off and deal with the bare metal.
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Post by Wigg on Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:55 am

John & our daughter have just finished taking it all off Dave just have to do the final going over to remove any excess bits then off to be sprayed
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Post by DaveG on Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:19 am

That's great it sounds like this one is a real family project,
I must say Di jumped in and helped me where she could, that extra pair of hands can make a big difference. Nicole my daughter on the other hand was scared she might break a fingernail, so she just made the garage off limits.
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got it smoothed out, primed now waiting for the bodywork to be done & painted. they say end April beginning May before they can do it.

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Interior mould before cleaning up the pitting.

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after an hour of polishing on the bench grinder with the polishing wheel.

Post by Wigg on Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:23 pm

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Post by DaveG on Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:27 pm

She's getting there now, It's hard when you have to wait for others but I guess we all fall into that category at some point., It's rewarding when you start with a piece of brigh twork like that and gradually you get to the end result, I did most of mine by hand before getting hold of a Mothers polishing ball for the drill, made things much easier and faster
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Post by Bdastrk on Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:38 pm

You guys are polishing and I have taken a Scotch brite pad to all of mine!
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Post by Wigg on Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:23 pm

Gee how is that coming up. I used steel soap pads & the green soft scourers on some of ours. Then did them over with liquid polish. John has worked out it is quicker to do tham with the bench grinder. All those hours of sitting using elbow grease for nothing.
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Post by Wigg on Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:25 pm

Dave what is a Mothers polishing ball for the drill, and where do I get one?
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Post by BulletBird on Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:24 pm

Wigg wrote:Dave what is a Mothers polishing ball for the drill, and where do I get one?

Just be very careful if you are machine polishing , if it catches one of the edges, it's all over.
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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by Giobus on Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:03 pm

Wigg wrote:Dave what is a Mothers polishing ball for the drill, and where do I get one?

Evening,

Most auto stores have them > Autobarn, Supercheap, etc

They are generally used for polishing wheels, as the mop head can get into the tighter areas of the wheel.

When l polished all my trim, l used various cloth mops on a grinder base then with their respective polishing compounds l got them to a very good lustre !!

You soon learn how to hold, position & feed into the mop the right way, word of advice - place a piece of carpet underthe polisher so when it does get caught and fly's out there is a level of protection for the trim  Smile

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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by DaveG on Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:56 pm

Wigg wrote:Dave what is a Mothers polishing ball for the drill, and where do I get one?

I got mine fom Autobarn It's a Red foam conical shaped unit. I put it in the drill press which allows you to use both hands to hold the piece being polished. worked great for me.
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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by Wigg on Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:56 pm

Well last weekend I took the car to the panel shop to find out if they can replace the rusted pieces with new metal and paint it for me, I was going to paint it myself but when I saw the paint job the Chris did. I decided to let him paint it for me which is great, but the worst part is that he won't be able to do it for about 4-5 weeks so now I will have to be patient and find other things to do, which wont be hard.
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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by DaveG on Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:24 pm

Yes the waiting always the hardest part. i was lucky mine was away from my place for only 1 week during the build, but even that one week seemed like forever.
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back of front seats finished

Post by Wigg on Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:06 pm

Users\Local Network\Desktop\centre backs of front seats finished.JPG
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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by Wigg on Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:41 pm

We took the brake booster and master cylinder out of the car the other day, and found that it had brake fluid in it. We have taken it to a brake place to get a quote on getting it fixed but have not heard anything back yet. If we have to get it replaced does anyone have any idea as to where we might be able to get one for a 1964 Thunderbird.
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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by rhinosoft on Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:46 pm

Check your post on Facebook or.... www.hydroboost.com.au.

Don't let the fact he is in Echuca faze you, not an issue. He did my setup by replacing it with an almost exact clone, a UC Torana rebuild.

Starbird (trev) also used him.

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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by Wigg on Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:11 pm

Thanks Graeme will have to check them out
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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by Wigg on Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:45 pm

Have just had word the car will be going to panel shop late May early June now or longer. Thinking of doing repairs & painting myself. Is this an easy job or best to leave it to experts? Other option is does anyone know of a reliable panel beater & spray painter who maybe works from home? John
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Re: New to T-Bird forum

Post by stubbie on Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:49 am

Hi John

I have painted a couple of cars in the past. Painting is not the real issue, that's the easy part. It's all the prep work and the constant sanding that is a real back breaker, especially a car the size of a Thunderbird. If you have the right equipment and use the right products thats part of the battle won. The good part about getting someone else to do it is you can always take it back to get it fixed if it's not right. If you do it youself your up for fixing it yourself.

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