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#1 BNK OFFLINE  

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Posted December 10, 2014 - 09:12 AM

I found this head light panel correct for a 125,124,105,104 & 72 Cub Cadet. Cracked in two places and in rough condition. Someone had made a repair by drilling holes and pop rivet a piece of aluminum in place. After removing the rivets I made the repairs for the cracks and holes that were drilled and ground smooth. I taped up the threads on the studs for the rings before media blasting just to protect the threads. Removed all of the paint and old decal on the panel and years of grime/paint over spray on the rings. After washing the parts and blow dried I made a few small swipes of plastic filler and block sand. Using fast drying black primer to find the low spots and repeat block sanding until uniform. A nice even flat surface is a good thing before paint and decal is applied. I order my panel decals from Mike Masheris i.e "welderup" on ebay. Before any sealer/color is applied I wear rubber gloves and wash the parts with DuPont 3939. Panel was sealed with DuPont Velvaseal...after a good cure scotchbrite, blow and wash then 483 yellow was applied using a small gravity fed cup gun. I allow a few days cure time and by then the decal has arrived. I clamp the panel so it will not move, spray soapy water on the panel, peel off the backing paper (set the paper to the side because I'm going to use it) and lay the decal in place. I then use a small piece of 3M masking tape on one end, lay the paper on top of the decal (slick side or the side the decal was on face down). Using a wide bondo spreader I push the soapy water and air out. After a day or two I use a Exacto knife to cut out for the bulbs and may have to "pop" a few small air bubbles...on this project I was lucky. I did clear coat the rings. New wing nuts, bulbs and original harness remained. Panel turned out pretty good to go in a "patena~" tractor. 

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Posted December 10, 2014 - 09:24 AM

Nice job


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Posted December 10, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Sounds like you had a project within a project, I'm having a few of those myself. That decal barks. Nice wiring job too.
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Posted December 10, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Nice work!
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Posted December 10, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Thanks for the detailed description of how you got such a great finish on that panel asembly!


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Posted December 10, 2014 - 05:01 PM

Thank you! Here is a cool pic(s) of past projects.

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Posted December 10, 2014 - 05:28 PM

Those look like tractor trophies...nice!
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Posted December 10, 2014 - 06:09 PM

Very nice resto! Looks good.


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