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    Posted: 03-October-2020 at 11:58PM
Kinda been sidetracked working on the wagon the last couple weekends but yesterday I went out to the bodyshop that's doing the Torino. While Nick worked on blocking down the hood, I knocked off the flaking paint on the interior that's not adhering to the POR15. Was really pretty easy once I found a section that wasn't sticking I was able to use a small tipped air gun and blew it off. Took a while and was a bit on the messy side with the sanding dust and paint chips whirling around inside the car, but wasn't as tough as I had envisioned it being. (SORRY, NOTHING REALLY PICTURE WORTHY!)

Now to get back on the grill and get it restored and then tackle the dash..... 

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That looks very good, and it's a great use of colors.
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Going over the grille I noticed a couple more cracks, so I repaired them as I did last weekend. The first ones feel VERY strong so I'm confident in the integrity of the repairs.

While I was going over the grille very thoroughly, I noticed the back section of the grille is a darker argent/black to hide the ribs supporting the grated area of the grille so the inserts appear to float in the assembly....
 
 
 

Anyone else have the "shadowing" effect on their '74-'76 grille?


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 the ABS works on the dash, grill is like  polystyrene plastic or similar, cluster is PVC, all different plastics Confused 
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Shocked what the hell is that thing???   VVV        haven't seen one of those in yearsLOL

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A little update from the guys this week... they have started metal working the front fenders, closing up a few emblem holes...

and adding a patch to the areas behind the wheel openings to fill the holes left by cutting out some rust...

 and the hood is awaiting it's second coat of mud.

They also got the 5 rims for the wagon worked, primed and painted.

Once they have cured out, clearcoated and a bit of buffing and polish, they will be ready for some new rubber!

Well the black ABS cement DID NOT adhere to the grille as I was lead to believe, so I did a little web surfing and came across a product on Eastwood called Plastex Rigid Plastic Repair. Sounded like what I was looking for, so I went to youtube to see the stuff in action. Found a couple videos and one was an actual plastic grille repair, so I was reading thru some of the comments and one of the reviewers said you could do the same type repairs using baking soda and super glue (cyanoacrylate or CA for short) for a LOT LESS than what the kits cost! A bit more surfing and came across several posts about how easily and soundly baking soda and super glue (CA) repaired plastics.... one was even by the MythBusters and how they used this stuff all the time!

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/tips/a584/2569841/

So when my wife and I went to the grocery store this morning, I popped in CVS and bought a package of Scotch brand liquid super glue. (The liquid is preferred over the gel because you want it to wick quickly into the baking soda.)

Once we were back home (and the groceries unloaded!) I headed out to the garage to clean off the ABS cement, beveled the edges of the cracks and reprep the grille for another attempt at repairing it.

The first area I tested was the longest crack along the top of the grille. I applied a piece of clear packing tape to the underside to act as a retainer for the baking powder as shown in one of the videos...

 

applied the baking soda...

packed it down into the crack with a small flat screwdriver and leveled it a bit and then began applying drops of the CA to the soda.

I watched it slowly began to wick into the soda and once all the soda was saturated and the CA was uniform in color, I took a paper towel and wicked off the excess CA (and the paper towel actually began to smoke due to the exothermic reaction of the CA!). Once I had the excess removed, I couldn't believe how quickly the stuff had set and how strong the first repair made the grille feel.

I then proceeded to do the same steps along all the surfaces of the crack...

The grill now feels VERY SOLID! I'll let everything set up overnight and then dress the visible surfaces smooth so I can then move on to cleaning the grille really good and get it repainted and ready for reassembly.


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Well the guys have started working the hood as the body primer cures out....





 
Once they have it all blocked out, they'll jump onto the doors and fenders.
 
Saturday, I went over to the dealership and pulled out all the various bits to the dash and started stripping the dash in preparation for repairing a couple cracks and then repainting it satin black, detailing out the highlights and then reassembling it in preparation for it's final install....





I left the metal dash reinforcements in place to keep the dash plastic supported until I'm ready to do the repairs.
 
 
 
 
When I left, I brought the grill home to work on in the evenings after work.
 
 
They guys are making good headway and don't want them waiting on me for anything!


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I was going to make Mummy Jokes about the wheel, but....
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Wink Tired of doing things two/three/four times! Big smile Confused

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i thought your paint guys did that? had me worried, but now this makes sense. glad you sought professional helpWink  and i don't mean just for the paint job either LOLLOLLOL
 sorry joe couldn't help myself LOL keep them updates coming Big smile
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Was only three quarters of a roll thank you very much... Big smile I did that to insure I wouldn't have to detail the wheel and column again!!!! Thumbs Up Beer

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 who wasted 2 rolls of tape on this wheel? i'd have just bagged it with a garbage bag and taped the end closed to the column... Confused


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Met the guys at the dealership this morning so they could drop off my driver's seat, the wire harnesses and some tools I left in the car and they picked up the wagon wheels to paint the centers for me. I met them back at their shop to eyeball the Tomato and they have been busy! Got her blocked, taped up and the build coat of primer and the guide coat applied to the body and deck lid...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

While it's curing out, they'll start working the doors, fenders, hood, header panel and headlight buckets.

I came back to the house to work some more on the garage so I can start bringing some of the odd projects I need to get wrapped up home and taken care of....

Moving right along now!



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joe, my grill was center cracked like that too ( think it can happen when removing and installing due to the long studs angled trying to get them through the mounting holes)?? that glue i sent a pic of is what i used on mine, abs might work???
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I'm in Florida. I used a custom motorcycle shop that does plastic "welding". Thats what they called it. They repaired my inner faring on my Harley and you can't see the repair. They laughed when I bought in my grill. They did repair it. You can see the repair if you take the grill out. 
 I hearing that any custom motorcycle builder can get this done. Cars are not a priority with them.If you go that route,  Be prepared to wait. Good luck. 
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WOW, two updates in a month... been a while since I've been able to do that!! LOL

The weekend of the 18th I had to go up to the Cleveland for an EMG and doctor's appointment at the Cleveland Clinic, so I didn't get a chance to work on anything Torino related. But on my way back from the appointment on Monday I got a text from the upholstery shop that they had my rear seat finished, so as we headed home from Cleveland on Tuesday, I swung by and picked it up.....



While it's not 100% to my liking, it better than it was...




since it's the back seat and not too many people will be up close and personal with it, it will suffice until I have the interior redone in leather at a later date. Have learned to go over EVERYTHING with a fine tooth comb before accepting and paying for a completed project!!!

So this weekend, I took the seat over to the dealership and dropped it off and while I was there, I took my grille down to the wash rack, washed it good (lots of nooks and crannies in that egg crate grille!!) and then took it apart for repairing and detailing.








I have one crack to the top center that had been repaired unsuccessfully in the past that I must readdress before getting too far along it its restoration, so I added a couple layers of masking tape to try and keep the grille together so the crack wouldn't advance any further until I can get it repaired...




 
 
 
 



Anyone had any luck gluing a grille back together and if so, what type of glue did you use? I also have a couple small cracks in my dash (which I think is the same plastic material??) that will also need to be addressed. As always, all suggestions greatly appreciated!

I'll also be documenting each and every step of my grille repair/restoration and post the finished thread in the HOW TO section.


Edited by TV 2M8O - 27-July-2020 at 4:17AM

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WOW, been almost two months without an update!! Hasn't really been anything Torino related to report, but the power at the bodyshop has been restored and they are in the process of excavating the area behind the facility to expand it rearward to install a new paint booth and additional work area, but Mother Nature hasn't been cooperating very much so things are taking longer than planned.
I went over to the dealership this morning and marked the holes in the front bumper reinforcement to see which areas could be cut away to reduce a bit of it's weight.....
 
 

and also messed a bit on my front bumper pushbar over-rider style bumper guards....
 

I then moved the bumper reinforcement off the worktop and went and grabbed my dash out of the parts storage room to start cleaning it up to paint and restore. Had a car in the wash rack, so I just set the dash on the bench until next weekend when I'll pull off the remaining electrical components and get it into the bay and wash it off really well. Did notice a couple cracks in the lower edge that I'll need to address and looks like I also have a couple holes on the lower edge to fill as well....
 

 
 
 
 
Hope to hear some news from the bodyshop on a wee bit of progress they have made recently. Until then...


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there's been a few impromptu cruises popping up around here lately, while cool but still not the same as being able to look over some cars thoroughly, talking to the owners and just kickin' it in lawn chairs with your car buddies for the day 
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Clap damn joe you'll get it done for 2020! ( the year with no car showsAngry that's B.S. i say!)
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The shop is finally repaired and operational and the guys got right to it. The replacement foam arrived and they got it applied to the braces...





and were finally able to get the roof blocked out. With the roof out of the way,



they then turned their attention to setting the panel gaps. The front clips is now off the car...



and the weight bags applied to the doors to mimic the assembled door weight.



They are starting on the passenger door since that side is the most accessible.



Eager to see the progress made this coming week!!

As far as me, I was finally able to go to the dealership and I fixed a crack in my front grill, did a little rust repair on my rear bumper sight shield reinforcement with some two part epoxy, then shot the brace with some rubberized undercoating and then reinstalled the rear sight shield reinforcement to the rubber bumper sight shield, so now all the sight shields are ready to be worked and shot bright argent.

I also worked on the wheels for my '64 Fairlane 500 Ranch Wagon getting ready to have the centers painted to match the body color of the vehicle. Blasted them and painted the rim section with POR15...



and now have them ready to send to the body shop along with the wagon hood for the finishing body work and Skylight Blue paint.
 
Woo hoo, feels good to be able to finally report more progress on the Tomato!!

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Joe, those seats look amazing! Clap
Carlos....1975 Gran Torino Squire Station Wagon restored to look like a 1973 Torino Station

Wagon my Dad bought new from McAnary Ford on June 6, 1973 in Gary,Indiana
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