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Old 06-20-2010, 01:57 PM
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All that's left are the hubcaps which I'm surrently restoring.
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Soooo....just courious how much invested? And....very nice
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Soooo....just courious how much invested? And....very nice
Quite a bit. Just to give you an idea, there's about $8K in the interior alone and I did all the installation except for the seat covers. C Body's aren't cheap or easy to restore. The project took a little over 4 years and was very trying at times. In the end it was worth it. The car looks and drives as if it were brand new. Then again, it basically is a brand new car.

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you truly did an amazing job
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you truly did an amazing job
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All I can say is that I wish I had a tenth of the skill you posess. Outstanding job!

You should be very, very proud of yourself. Hopefully you posted this all up in an album on your profile.
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Thanks! It took a lot of time, patience, attention to detail and .
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holy **** they didnt come that well built out the factory 45 years ago well done wow very nice
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holy **** they didnt come that well built out the factory 45 years ago well done wow very nice
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very nice! im happy to see these c bodys being restored better than new
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I got my trunk carpet from Gary Goers. Very nice fit and the finishing touch on the trunk detail. Much better than the vinyl mat, IMO.







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Very nice!!!!!!!! You have a talent my friend!!!!! Enjoy your masterpiece.......
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Very nice!!!!!!!! You have a talent my friend!!!!! Enjoy your masterpiece.......
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You should put these pictures in slide show with some music. Very nice work. I can't believe this is the same car.
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You should put these pictures in slide show with some music. Very nice work. I can't believe this is the same car.
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Thanks, man!
did you ever get around to the hub-caps?
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did you ever get around to the hub-caps?
They are in process. i should have them wrapped up in the next couple of days.
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It's on to the final step of the restoration of my 1965 Chrysler 300 Convertible...the hubcaps. For the chrome-like portions of the medallion I will be using a product from Spaz Stix called Mirror Chrome. This product is used in the R/C car hobby to emulate chrome on R/C Car Bodies. It is designed to be applied from the back so I think (fingers crossed) it will produce a finish which should be very close to the factory finish.

http://www.spazstix.com/whatsnew.php?id=16

This is what I have to start with. All 4 are about in the same condition. The disks are in good shape; all I need to do is re-do the black stripes. The medallions are a mess but free from major cracks.





Step One:

Remove the spring ring holding the medallion in place. Using Easy Off Oven Cleaner (yellow can), remove as much of the original paint as possible. I got 99% of it off on the medallion below and I got lucky. The black paint in the "Three Hundred" grooves did not come off on this one. I won't be needing to get out the magnifying glass and the fine brush.



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Paint the Red, White and Blue stripes on the back side of the medallion:





Step 3: Prep the surface using Spaz Stix aerosol plastic surface prep. Allow to dry per the instructions and shoot the entire backside of the medallion with Spaz Stix Ultimate Chrome (aerosol), applying several light coats until covered.







Can't do much about the crazing in the plastic. These are over 45 years old after all. The reflective properties of this paint are very good. I am expecting even greater results when I shoot a top coat of black over the Ultimate Chrome. Overall, I'm very pleased with the way they came out.

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great work!
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you are a true artist
what paint did u use?
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Wow! Totally amazing!
Thank you very much for all the great pictures.

That is one fine job, and one fine looking car.
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you are a true artist
what paint did u use?
Thanks!

Testor's Insignia Red, Insignia White and Metallic Blue and Spaz Stix Mirror Chrome.
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did you use a special testor's automotive paint or just regular?
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