My ‘89 GT build

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When I mounted my cheese grater taillights, I realized there was a gap at the outside edge. I can’t stand those kind of mistakes, so I found an easy way to flush mount the taillights by just slotting the holes about 3/8” towards the outside of the car. I did have to dimple in a couple of the bolt holes so the light could sit in far enough. I think it looks much cleaner that way.

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Painted the inside of the driver’s door today. When I installed the 94-95 front spindles, the ball joint bolt hole went in much further than the original one. Now the lock nut hole drilled is too high to use. Was I suppose to change the ball joint?

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I also started work on the original front bumper and primered it.

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Thanks Rdub. I’ve gotta order some stuff from lmr anyways so I’ll add them to my list. I went with eibach sportlines. I saw a picture of a gt with the same rims on them and I really liked the modern lowered stance. I may even go with that steeda rear bumper since I want a new rear bumper anyways. Mine has a hump in the top I can’t get rid of.

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Thanks Blankeus.
 

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I used a stack of washers from Lowes. Been working like that for over 10 years.
 
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I did just use washers 90sick since you had good luck with it. The cobra 13” rotor and caliper upgrade was well worth the work. Hoses get here in a week or so. Glad to finally have to front springs in. I’ll do the back next. They should be easy.
 

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Ordered more parts this weekend. New Cervini's rear Cobra bumper, door sill outer trim, door moldings, new emblems kit, wiper cowl, headlight seal, headlight bulbs, new arm rests and a few other things. Painted the underside of the hatch before going backpacking in the mountains this weekend and plan to paint the topside tomorrow. That way I can get the hatch on this weekend. Not much left to do assuming the engine still runs great. LoL. Hope to be driving it in a month or so. Also did most of the bodywork on the driver's front fender. Putting 4 coats of clear is slowing the process down, but I know I will be very happy later on.
 
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Thanks Jim. It sounds like an exhaust least. I’m working on the fenders and other door now. I do still have to snug up the cat back.
 

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I may have put the first 2 coats of clear on too soon and too thick. Put a larger tip in my gun and forgot to speed up my movement. Hopefully tomorrow I can put the last 2 coats of clear and be done with the fenders. Either way, progress is still moving forward. The spoiler is for my fiancé’s Camaro btw.

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Looks great in the photos! Are you happy with the results now? How hard will the clear dry to as compared to pencil lead? 2H, 4H or harder? I tried to understand your concern about applying the last application of clear.
 
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Hopefully I can answer your question right buddy. Clear is usually “dust free” in about 15 to 20 minutes. Because I put it on so thick and probably take 20 to 30 minutes. On a scale of 1 to 10 what say a normal coat of clear would be a 5 inch thickness this was more like an eight in thickness so it’s essentially about the thickness of three coats of clear when I’ve only put two. You’re supposed to wait a few minutes in between coats to allow each layer to sort of set up in harden and get sticky before you put the next one. I didn’t wait long enough and got a couple runs. I’m human - it happens. Haha. It takes about 24-48 hours to handle typically. I tell my customers they can wash the vehicle in 3 days, but don’t go through a drive-through for 30 days. There are clears though that fully cure in air within 90 minutes though.
 

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It’s getting there. Should have all the parts painted this week. Brake cables and other misc come in this week. My voltmeter shows 10-12 volts but haven’t tested it at the new 130 amp alternator or battery to test that. Also still looking for the ac compressor wires. I must have tucked them away I guess. Wish I knew what other wires it’s grouped with. Looks like I may have chipped the paint on the rear quarter panel. Bad place to do a blend job too.
 

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That rusty old hood turned out pretty though! :nice:

Hey, all you need to help with that clearcoat is a paint booth with a bake cycle:jester:.
 
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