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    Posted: 15-April-2015 at 6:28AM
Well here is the start of a very long road. I accuired one of these off craigslist as a Father's Day gift for me and my dad,from my mom. And the 2nd one I found while I was at work and ended up trading a small .380 for. This is the tear down of #1 red.
had the pretty eye lashes still on there.

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Finally started on the interior and the first piece I took off had a surprise under it. after cutting out the rotted seats I was able to begin tearing out the carpet. I had a little help removing the interior pieces. And this was the end result after removing the carpet
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Got a little board and started re-painting some badges. i ended up pulling the plastic piece off and painting from the back side. Still not perfect but they look much better.
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So I got a kit of "Forever Black" for Christmas. It's a dye kit for bumpers/ interior plastic/vinyl. $20 on Amazon. It comes with a cleaning solution and the dye. You scrub the plastic with the cleaner. Let it dry. Then use a brush and apply the dye. I'm extremely happy withy he results. Plus is cheeper then new panels. Here is before and after. [URL=http://s903.photobucket.com/user/apndrvs/media/Torino%20project/7115860A-F652-4C30-B13D-7F6CFC075382.jpg.html][IMG]http://i903.photobucket.com/albums/ac234/apndrvs/Torino%20project/7115860A-F652-4C30-B13D-7F6CFC075382.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
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That reconditioner really works well. Looks like you are making great progress on the car. Although the rust may look bad, it is pretty typical for one of these cars that have held water. If you have a good shell, you will be money ahead swapping the parts or using the panels off the solid shell, rather that try finding NOS parts - they are scarce. This is a great project that will provide you and you family with lots of wonderful memories. The 16 inch Explorer wheels look cool on it as well. Enjoy!
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Great eye with the explorer wheels. They will defiantly be finding a new home before I'm done. I really want some mags but everyone is extreamly proud of them. I think I found the culprits of the bad floor boards. The previous owner thought it would be a good idea to add a moonroof out of something else.
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floors look about as bad as mine were, check the cowl too!
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Great project!
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Liking it so far!
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Well I decided to go clean the interior out on #2 tonight (blue) to see what it looked like under all the junk the previous owner had piled inside. I ended up finding 6 screw drivers. 1 chisel. 3 strait bar sanders. 2 orbital sanders. 2 brand new large packs of JB weld. 3 tubs of bondo. Some type of metal dip for fiberglass. A 200ftx 4" roll of fiber glass. A 12'x12' sheet of fiber glass cloth. About 7 brand new packs of hook and loop sand paper along with about 6 inches worth of random sand paper grits. A brand new tachometer. A Harley davidson carb and filter. Radiator. All the aluminum trim. Door panels. And I'm sure im forgetting some other things. The trunk is still packed with parts as well. the Seats are in really good condition. Only problem is that they are blue. I didn't find any rips. They will need to find a new home before long. I'm replacing all the interior with black from the other car.
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wow, sounds like you're finding all kinds of cool treasures! Big smile
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you could dye the seats black
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Can't wait to hear what's in the trunk....
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I looked for some dye but the only stuff I could find was like a spray paint. It looked good but the reviews I read on it was bad because after a while it began to wear off. Any suggestions!!! I also have buckets out of the other car that I would prefer to use but I have to make a new mounting frame for them because the ones on it were rotted out. And the seats are ripped a little.
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Those seats are in good enough shape (and quite dark) are you sure you couldn't just live with their blue color for a little while until you had the buckets recovered? They look like they just need a cleaning.
 
BTW, the dye looked good on the rocker panels. You said it went on with a brush? Can you see any brush marks or did it level out with the grain of the plastic? I've never used that stuff, and looks like it works better than the stuff I have.
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I'm gonna end up painting the car a dark green. My ocd won't let me keep the blue interior with a green car. I will just live with the ripped seat until I can find another or have it re-covered.

I was sceptical about the kit myself. After cleaning it I also was thinking there would be streak marks. But after applying a coat it dried really nice. And over all it took about 5 min for each step so 10 min total. I sped up the drying process because I'm impatient so I stood in the kitchen with the panel and started swinging it around until it was dry.
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I understand. My OCD would not allow brush strokes, even on panels down by your feet. Big smile
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So I finally had a little time this week to begin working on the new blue one I have never been a fan of the bumpers on the 73s so I tried a bumper tuck to see if it helped the appearance. I ended up cutting about 3 1/2 inches off the mounts attached to the frame. I know it won't have the give they are designed for any more but I will hope that it never needs it. Here are a few pics of the progress step by step. I still have to raise the bumper itself about an inch or so but I made good progress for about 3 hours worth of time. I'm also contemplating cutting some of the side off so it dosnt go so far down the fender now. I'm also gonna remove the "horns" off the bumper for a smoother look. Let me know what yall think. I'm happy with it so far and that's all that really matters but I still value good opinions too.

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Yep!...Good work on the bumper!
Thinking about doing something similar myself!
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