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#76 Marlin1963 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 03, 2015 - 08:47 PM

I got more done on my GT today, I had a lot more to get ready for the silver than I thought. I was hanging one of the fenders this afternoon and it slipped out of hands and it hit the floor, putting a ding in it so I had to stop everything and hammer that ding out and get it blocked out. I should have taken a pic of it, lol here are some pics of my work today. The lower grill needed more work than I thought, I had to JB weld the  rub slots that the upper grill dug into the sides of the hinge.

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Posted December 03, 2015 - 08:57 PM

Thank you guys for the compliments and following me along this journey. After I get the silver sprayed it will change allot, I'll try to take as many pics as I can. As I have said many times, I have been having allot of my usual health probs and I want to complete this tractor soon, so I can get my back surgery done.



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Posted December 04, 2015 - 05:49 AM

Good to see progress! You might want to put a little of that paint on a piece of scrap. May not be the color you want for it.


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 07:44 AM

Looking good.

 

I sprayed a lower grill this summer on my ST16 restore, I thought I had it all prepped. I didn't realize how truly sloppy the molding was on those lower pieces, poor quality once you start looking at it. This is not a show tractor so I left it, not really noticeable unless you are nit picking it.


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 11:14 PM

I got more done on my GT today and yeah Kenny I did put a drop of that silver paint on the lower grill mount where the silver paint was still new and it looks like a really close match. Do you guys have a paint code that is a perfect match that you use? I would love for it to be the same code that Roper used on them. I finished shaping  the JB weld on the lower grill where the grooves were worn so deep. I'll get this part treated, primed and ready to paint. I also got more done on the wheels so all I have to do is mask, seal and paint them. Another thing that I had forgot about on these tractors is the different lower front mount height. I also primed and block sanded the fender that I dropped and dinged, here are some more pics,

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Posted December 04, 2015 - 11:19 PM

Tahoe, I understand what you mean about how rough the castings are on these lower grills, I'm not going to use this GT as a show tractor but I want it to look good after all of this work. :wallbanging:


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Posted December 04, 2015 - 11:45 PM

I was looking back through this last page of pics I've added and they all look the same, most of them are new it's just hard to show the progress in a pic. My poor old Kodak isn't very many pixels. There will be amazing changes over the weekend, I haven't started on the engine yet but it only gets stripped, cleaned and painted. It will get all new tune up parts, oil and all filters and a carburetor rebuild. I have been dying to tear into this engine but I need to get some of the other parts painted and installed. My wife makes allot of dust with her woodwork so I have to be careful about what I leave uncovered

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Posted December 05, 2015 - 05:52 AM

Great pics! We have been looking for a good match for the Roper/Sears Silver. I am thinking of using a MF 'Silver Mist'. Most silvers I see look chromish to me.

Neat bench? the wife is working on!


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Posted December 05, 2015 - 09:34 PM

I finally got the metallic silver on the parts just a bit go but I didn't have enough light, I wish I would have waited til tomorrow. I'll head out to my shop in the morning to check it out. Here are some pics,

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 05:52 AM

Take a couple of those parts outside for pics. Kinda hard to see the color in there. Is the paint code on the can P12?


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 08:40 AM

Hi Kenny, I am going to bring all of the painted parts out and let the sun shine on them, that always seems to help for curing, I will get the paint code off that can when I go out. I can't remember what I bought that paint for but I bought it in 2006, lol. I really like this color Kenny, it doesn't really have that cheap silver spay can look. I am sure I'll have to re-shoot some of it because of my lack of light. I went out to the shop this morning at 4:00 but of course I still didn't get a really good look at it , I'll get several pics of it all laying out on my trailer.


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 01:42 PM

Yeah Kenny it's a bench and Malisa says thank you for the compliment. She loves woodworking. The paint code is PS2 1996 to 2006 Chrysler. For being on my shelf for 9 years it came out ok but I'll have to re-shoot the hood because of some streaking but that won't stop me from putting it all back together.

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 02:18 PM

I'll add that to a list. Looks real good from here!


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Posted December 06, 2015 - 11:06 PM

I got allot done today, I got the fenders and running boards on and I got most of the stuff under the battery done, linkage and wiring. I just sat the grill and the hood on just to see where everything comes out so here are some pics

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Posted December 06, 2015 - 11:19 PM

Here are a few more pics, I'm going to try to get some more work done on this GT tomorrow so I'll be taking it off the sawhorses and giving it the first grease job and getting the tires and wheels on it. The hood will have to be repainted, I had it  hanging at a weird angle when I was painting so that caused streaks and light spots. The paint and the clearcoat went on very nice, it was just the dummy pulling the trigger on the paint gun.

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