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06 Mar 2015 11:27 #603 by oestek
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The gauge cluster was cleaned and tested and the lenses were restored. All this was installed into a new dash face from OPGI. The little red LED functions as an alternator indicator light. The Vintage Air system uses a stock-type controller but the movements are all electric servo motors. The result is a clean and stock appearance.










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06 Mar 2015 11:28 #604 by oestek
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Soon the car was moved back into the body shop for the final installation of the fenders, doors, and front sheet metal. Once the sheet metal was installed and properly aligned, it received a final wet sanding before being masked in preparation for exterior color and clear.










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06 Mar 2015 11:28 #605 by oestek
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Although our car is not a true SS model, we decided to add a correct GM Chevelle SS stripe to the side for some color accent. We chose a bright red stripe color for maximum contrast against the black exterior color. We decided to spray the stripe in reverse, so the red was the first color to go on the outside of the body. Once it was applied, we masked off the final stripe design using a factory GM assembly manual as a guide. The dimensions are exactly as GM specified.








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06 Mar 2015 11:28 #606 by oestek
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Once the stripe was taped off, the exterior coats of Standox Carbon Flash metallic were applied. Three coats of color were sprayed on the car, and then it was bathed in several layers of clear. Our strategy was to apply two layers of clear, and then "cut open" the clear with 800 grit sand paper to allow it to outgas and breathe.


















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06 Mar 2015 11:29 #607 by oestek
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After a couple weeks, we cleaned and wet sanded the clear and rolled the car into the baking spray booth for its final clearcoat. We then applied to more coats of clear to ensure a deep luster and smooth finish.










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06 Mar 2015 11:29 #608 by oestek
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At this point, the window rollers and regulators and tracks were all rebuilt and lubricated. We installed a stereo from Antique Auto Radios which looks exactly like stock, but features modern internals, MP3 and Bluetooth capability, but still retains the sliding red needle like a 1969 Chevrolet radio.







The interior assembly continued with original Chevrolet bucket seats that have been upholstered with leather covers in the original pattern. The crew installed the side windows and weatherstripping at this point, along with the windshield and rear glass. Next up where the door panels, dash pad, carpeting, and other interior details from OPGI.






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