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  • #46
    A lot going on at the shop, here's some of the goings on:

    The Whale has been sanded as smooth as a baby's ass (so I've been told), and ready to go to Indiana to be wrapped into a new theme. I will be keeping the Texas/Confederate Battle Flag roof.



    The Texas Thug went on it's first road trip yesterday. Easy for 2.5 miles and the wick turned up on the way back.





    All that really is left is to sand the bumpers down and try that $300 a pint chrome paint.



    My 46 Olds Street Rod is halfway finished having a new wiring kit installed.



    Inspected and registered my Allante, Stacker, Geezerglide, Drifter, and the Genesis I'm giving my Daughter.



    Mowed the five acres that the shop is on, including the wildflower meadow I let grow until May every year. While the wildflowers are dying off, the Cactus roses are blooming. Stopped to visit with Smith and Wesson's friends. They love chasing the Angus/Brahma/Brangus calves - much to the chagrin of their mothers.



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    • #47
      What is the base color of the Thug? By the pictures it looks like a shade of garnet?
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      • #48
        a metallic Burgundy
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        • #49
          I thought as much. I like the color enough that I'd consider repainting my truck that color.
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          • #50


            The only thing left are the bumpers. I have a set of fiberglass bumpers and a $300 Easy Chrome kit. I had my Shop Rat wet sand and wash the bumpers for me, so I could paint the Easy Chrome on.



            However, once i got the black base coat on, i noticed some flaws from the sanding job.



            I ordered another can of the black base coat, so I can do it right. There won't be enough time between now and Dave Duell Classic to wet sand, prime with heavy solids, wet sand the primer, spray on base coat, let cure 48 hours, brush on chrome, let cure, spray on top coat, let cure, and then mount on car. So I bought some aluminum stock to make mounts, and I'll mount black bumpers Tuesday - and do it right after the DDC.



            Also did a major detail job on car, and ordered the hood lip trim that classic Industries repops. I also want to clean and polish up the brake master cylinder before I lad up next Thursday.


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            • #51
              Final touch thrashing has been going on to make the Thug ready to go racing.

              Aluminum Bumper brackets were fabricated and Bumpers have been mounted.



              When I get back from Dave Duell Classic I'll finish sand, prime, sand again, apply Easy Chrome Basecoat, brush on Easy Chrome, and spray with clear. Wasn't enough time to do before.

              Located and installed hood lip trim. I'll refinish the grill after the race.



              Installed a hood rod.



              Polished the ten year old radiator.



              Fabricated some battery hold down spacers to replace stacks of washers I'd been using on battery hold downs.




              The five year old hold downs polished up well.



              Also polished up weight boxes and fuel cell.



              Before is above, after is below. I also swapped out bolts on hold downs and boxes with stainless socket screws.



              I replaced intake lid screws with new, and used longer stainless where fuel regulator mounts, as the bolts weren't catching threads.

              Fixin to load up both cars (wagon going to get wrapped) into stacker. Were spending weekend at lake before heading out Monday evening. Virtually everything on the car is new and there was no time for Test ad Tune. The Dave Duell Classic will have to be our test season, so I expect that a lot of tweaking will be required.
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              • #52
                Glamour Photos

                Well more like photos from my iPhone before loading on trailer for its first race.



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