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    I like your hood rigging. That can be such a headache job even with two people and fresh paint. There should be delrin sockets or something for running those painted bolts in. Am I the only one to think the hood bracing was designed to stick injector stacks thru the hood?
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    I actually have a set of sockets with nylon (or some such thing) liners that work good for low torque fasteners. No idea where I got them, it was a long time ago. Not sure if they even make them anymore.

    Yeah, the opening in the center of the hood bracing would be perfect for some Hillborn stacks! I didn't want to cut the bracing so that's what I used for the scoop opening.

    77. if the paint on the cap is intact and in good condition, it really only needs scuffed provided it isn't chipped or scratched. Then of course, you'd have to sand farther to get rid of the flaws. If it's the factory applied finish, you can't get a better bond of paint to metal.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    The plan is to do everything in my power to get that darn gas cap painted at long last. It doesn't do me any good sitting on the bench in primer, does it?
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Well, it's a week later and maybe THIS weekend I'll get that darn gas cap painted. Time will tell. Hope for weather that cooperates (for once).
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    At long last......Only need to wait for the clear to cure, screw it together and put it on the car. In the garage, it appears the color matches but we'll see once it's in the sun.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Looks much better than the chrome cap, IMO.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    perfect. Looks 10X better. Did you have some paint left over from before or is that a new mix? Now send your old cap to Chaz he says he lost his in another post . Lol

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    That's left over paint from doing the car and it's still good all these years later. Different clear though. The paint is Martin-Senour from NAPA. I have plenty of clear left but the activator solidified. Couldn't justify buying another quart of activator (only comes in qts), it's $90 so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I have what's called "European Clear" in my Eastwood Liquid Chrome kit and the activator for it is still good. I always like to use one brand/system start to finish but took a chance and used the Eastwood clear and activator, it worked fine.

    LOL, me and that activator. Back when I was painting the car, I had used only a little bit of the clear activator. Went to mix some more clear, opened the bottle, set it on the bench and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,accidentally knocked it on the floor. Darn thing emptied out before I could grab it. Expensive accident.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    $90 is a drop in the bucket, or a puddle on the floor these days. I wana say a gallon of 2:1 primer cost me $375 with both parts making a gallon and a half total. Man, I remember when a gallon of laquer primer was $32 and the gallon of thinner was under $10. Now we can't even use that stuff with the urethane clear shrink wrap we top them with.


    Gas cap looks like a perfect match!
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    It may have gone up since I bought it. The qt of activator was $90 but that was almost 10 years ago already. The base, reducers, activators, clear, primers, etc was NOT what you'd call inexpensive. I remember when you could paint a car for $100 in materials. Now that won't even get 1/2 the car in the first coat of primer, much less painted. Then I had to buy HVLP guns to spray it so I wouldn't get in trouble IF someone complained to the Town of Rib Mountain. It's a $1,500 fine for painting without HVLP equipment here. As I said, that's if some busybody calls to complain (which they probably wouldn't around here, but just in case.....). It was just as well, the HVLP works MUCH better and there is the savings in expensive paint. More of it goes ON the car, and less of it on everything else in the garage and I think it goes on a lot smoother. One reason of many it costs a fortune to have a car done at a body shop (material costs).

    I did cheat on painting the gas cap though. Instead of getting the guns out and all the screwing around associated with them, the cleaning, the set up.....I tried on of those Preval Sprayers. It worked pretty darn well for something small like a cap. I figured if it worked, great. If it didn't, it was only $4.50 and no big deal to sand a gas cap down and use a paint gun.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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