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Terrible weather. Cold, strong winds, heavy rain...

 

So back to MUSTANG SCIENCE!

Started with retrying to get copper on zamak...

 

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When nothing works: just like for welding, Dr Oetker is your best friend...

 

copper-on-zamak.jpg

Because zamak (pot metal) is an alloy mostly composed of zinc. Its reacts the moment you submerge it with acid. Once you add power, even low, you plate and remove at the same time. Explains the brass layer result of last week.

I've red on the subject and pro's are using cyanid baths for this. Short story, no way I'm gonna go that way. Instead wanted to see what I could do with mild alkalin bath using the above baking soda.

And what do you know: it works!

However, because I wanted to try and see first, I didn't have a big enough bath. less than 1/2 liter or something. To get a useful layer on this part in one pass, I'd need make more and let it over night at very low voltage, may be 1 volt to get a much thicker layer that I can use to buff the old pitting. That would also prevent burns and give an even deposit as seen on the pict caused at where the part was submerge and then exposed to the air. If weather is bad again next week, I might try that. No rush on this. But if you compare with past post pictures, it's now really copper vs brass. If the surface would be perfect, its kinda beautiful too. Amazing what 5 tea spoons of baking soda can do :)

 

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Its been a while since I've showed you horror pictures, so as weather might be "paint ok" in a not too far future, I've collected new parts, enough material for dirty work! :)

Some will be zinc plated, some painted and some both. So removed a few more parts on the car. Notice the rusty hardware, and started by spreading some paint remover on the latch mechanism..

 

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Here some horror picts after 16 hours. But after a good cleaning massage, things started look at some mustang part.

 

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Did the other part (under a new layer of remover right now) and because the lady rust is at work on this latch too, its now in my derust bath, and will stay prolly 48 hours in it.

 

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The light bezels were also derusted. A bit strange part, looks like stainless, but there is some rust.

I'll return on these, as one has some damage and need make a buck to hammer it back to a round shape.

I'll need to weld or solder one of the lip too, it broke once I've turned the screw on the car. Anyone repaired one of these?

 

rustyhardware.jpg

In between, been busy cooking the hardware on saturday and electro cleaned them today for a couple of hours.

 

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For these, I've used the receipt found last week that deposits a strong and thick copper layer.

Left, raw from electro cleaning, in the middle after being plated, on the right, just brushing them with wool makes the copper shine like a new penny.

 

If you wonder why copper plate them and not directly apply nickel... Unlike zinc that will corrode to death to protect the underlaying substrate by its negative charge. Nickel is the opposite. The substrate will corrode to protect the nickel. Having the copper in between reduces this behaviour a lot.

 

hardware-clean-plated.jpg

I did not polish any of the hardware, just brushed them and plated them in copper and then they received a layer of nickel. I'll polish some if that will be required later on but for now the 50 years old latch hardware is good to go for another 1/2 century.

 

I've started other stuffs, and should have more horror picts to show soon :)

 

To be continued...

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Terrible weather. Cold, strong winds, heavy rain...

 

So back to MUSTANG SCIENCE!

Started with retrying to get copper on zamak...

 

bakingsoda.jpg

When nothing works: just like for welding, Dr Oetker is your best friend...

 

copper-on-zamak.jpg

Because zamak (pot metal) is an alloy mostly composed of zinc. Its reacts the moment you submerge it with acid. Once you add power, even low, you plate and remove at the same time. Explains the brass layer result of last week.

I've red on the subject and pro's are using cyanid baths for this. Short story, no way I'm gonna go that way. Instead wanted to see what I could do with mild alkalin bath using the above baking soda.

And what do you know: it works!

However, because I wanted to try and see first, I didn't have a big enough bath. less than 1/2 liter or something. To get a useful layer on this part in one pass, I'd need make more and let it over night at very low voltage, may be 1 volt to get a much thicker layer that I can use to buff the old pitting. That would also prevent burns and give an even deposit as seen on the pict caused at where the part was submerge and then exposed to the air. If weather is bad again next week, I might try that. No rush on this. But if you compare with past post pictures, it's now really copper vs brass. If the surface would be perfect, its kinda beautiful too. Amazing what 5 tea spoons of baking soda can do :)

 

latchmechanism.jpg

Its been a while since I've showed you horror pictures, so as weather might be "paint ok" in a not too far future, I've collected new parts, enough material for dirty work! :)

Some will be zinc plated, some painted and some both. So removed a few more parts on the car. Notice the rusty hardware, and started by spreading some paint remover on the latch mechanism..

 

horror-time.jpg

Here some horror picts after 16 hours. But after a good cleaning massage, things started look at some mustang part.

 

rustbath.jpg

Did the other part (under a new layer of remover right now) and because the lady rust is at work on this latch too, its now in my derust bath, and will stay prolly 48 hours in it.

 

lightbezels.jpg

The light bezels were also derusted. A bit strange part, looks like stainless, but there is some rust.

I'll return on these, as one has some damage and need make a buck to hammer it back to a round shape.

I'll need to weld or solder one of the lip too, it broke once I've turned the screw on the car. Anyone repaired one of these?

 

rustyhardware.jpg

In between, been busy cooking the hardware on saturday and electro cleaned them today for a couple of hours.

 

copper-plated.jpg

For these, I've used the receipt found last week that deposits a strong and thick copper layer.

Left, raw from electro cleaning, in the middle after being plated, on the right, just brushing them with wool makes the copper shine like a new penny.

 

If you wonder why copper plate them and not directly apply nickel... Unlike zinc that will corrode to death to protect the underlaying substrate by its negative charge. Nickel is the opposite. The substrate will corrode to protect the nickel. Having the copper in between reduces this behaviour a lot.

 

hardware-clean-plated.jpg

I did not polish any of the hardware, just brushed them and plated them in copper and then they received a layer of nickel. I'll polish some if that will be required later on but for now the 50 years old latch hardware is good to go for another 1/2 century.

 

I've started other stuffs, and should have more horror picts to show soon :)

 

To be continued...

 

1 ZAKJE = 1 THEELEPEL isn't Dutch a Funny Language !? 1 BAG = 1 TEASPOON 

 

Dr OETKER to the rescue LOL! I remember Dr. OETKER from my childhood, GOOD STUFF!

 

Looking really awesome there Chef Fabrice de la Bocuse!  :P

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Chef Fabrice,

 Great work not only with your new recipes when you cook, but also with your lab work cleaning and plating metals. I still feel like I need to send you a new Lab coat and goggles.

Still working on some of your numbers. Be sure to let me know when you get your sample bolts in and what quality level they are!

 

 

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Chef Fabrice,

 Great work not only with your new recipes when you cook, but also with your lab work cleaning and plating metals. I still feel like I need to send you a new Lab coat and goggles.

Still working on some of your numbers. Be sure to let me know when you get your sample bolts in and what quality level they are!

 

 

e-brown.jpgMaster Chef and Chief Engineer Fabrice

 

ahaha, Yeah I could use a coat/googles. :)

 

I've looked again at the shop I've mailed you about (and others here)

So far, the english sized grade 5 quality they offer is not only expensive, 3 to 4 euros a piece but only zinc finished. meh...

Also flat headed unlike the original ones that I'd like to have. I keep looking (and meanwhile restoring the ones I have worth saving)

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Half the temp announced last week for the weekend, still too cold to spray anything,

but spring is really coming now. Was really nice day and dry for once.

 

Went back to the hood latch. I've let it in derust bath for almost whole week. Totally forgot it :)

So today, it was cooked :)

 

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After a good soapie cleaning, it got a 2 hours electro cleaning.

 

 

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Then went bathing for several hours in my zinc juice. Alternating garden activities and turning the part to get it nicely covered.

 

 

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Few hours later, rinced and air dried, a good layer of zinc was on the latch.

 

 

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A tad of elbow oil with wool later and tadaaaaa: the latch was as good a new! :)

Tho not finished yet, it will receive bits of paint asap, mainly on the non rivetted regions.

But for now, I'm pleased with the way it looks.

 

 

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Blinded by the bling bling, it took a while before I noticed a spring was gone. On the left, this picture was taken 2 weeks ago. The spring is clearly there. Where did it go???

I have no idea! Over cooked it may be?? :)

 

Mmm, where could I buy this kind of detail over here. That too, no idea :)

 

to be continued...

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Some springs don't like the acid bath/cleaning solution; others tend to disappear in the plating process. I believe this is common on door latch mechanisms as well.

Since spring is right around the corner, why not look there for a replacement?

Let me check your shorts!

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@midlife :)

 

As the bubbles season comes to an end, today I've finished a few things..

 

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Half done last week, I've reapplied some paint remover and brushed the bracket to bare metal.

Cleaned it and zinc plated it. With the paint that I'll spray on it in coming weeks, corrosion should not come back anytime soon on this one.

There was a few weeks back a discussion about this part and the latch and the way it was done. From what I saw on mine that was painted over the original finish, Ford applied zinc (it was almost gone), then a light grey primer and a darker grey paint (still visible top left).

I won't do the same for the finishing color, but the principle will be the exact same: zinc, prime, paint.

 

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Then reassembled the hood twist locks. they are not perfect but considering the way they were and that I've used them to learn the basics of plating, they'll proudly do their extra safety job again.

 

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And after so much efforts to finally get copper on zamak, I've replated both lights rings in a thick layer of zinc :)

I just couldn't get a thick soft copper layer that I could use to buff on this metal as I now can get on iron/steel.

I was planning to retry another idea but paint/body season being at the corner, that will wait. They look good enough anyway.

 

I'll be mainly busy on my 73 in coming weeks, but I should be able to paint a couple of parts for the 71 in between.

 

To be continued...

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Spring is here!

Wanted to paint today but had to check my wife's car, mow the lawn...

No prob, I'll paint more parts in one go!

 

In between garden/car activities, I started by giving a cleanup to the garage (was really needed) and while packing parts done during the winter, I saw I've missed 2 bolts for the trunk latch. So plated these first and they joined the latch bracket in a box.

 

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Then took the wipers arms that were waiting from last week. Gave them a cleaning session and they went in bath.

 

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Two hours later both were done. Now being protected, they'll be painted black later on. Glad to see there were no missing springs this time :)

 

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Then the next patients were the 2 central brackets holding the 71 grille.

Just like the rest, they were painted blue, and were at first sight looking good. I know more than one who would have thought, bit sanding, primer and done.. But after a paint removal session, it/s clear there was rust underneath.... Turn it the way you want, it's a 50 year old car and everything needs be done.

 

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So after some raw brushings, phosphoric acid and the metal hammered in many places to restore their shapes, they went in the de-rust bath. One is still cooking, and handled the one as I wanted plate at least one today...

 

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After a good de-rust bath + brush + wash, the clean bracket went in my way too small bath for these. Tomorow, I'll use a larger container... Because of this restriction, no matter how I moved, I couldn't get one spot done. The price to pay for being too lazy! :)

 

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Moments later, after a soapy clean and a wool massage, got my bracket bling bling & protected, ready to receive some primer and paint very soon...

 

Tomorrow, I'll do the other one, and more if the weather is as nice as today...

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Hey now Fabrice send them center brackets on over...meaning my way.  lollerz Yours are in better shape than mine (totally dented) which are at the chrome shop right now LOL. They promised me they'll turn out real nice, one can only hope! Nice work you do!!!

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@Not A T5

Mine were not looking that bad but I had to hammer them back in shape in many places. Especially the holes ears, where metal was displaced because of excessive torque used on the bolts/retainers.

 

 

Glad I did not start spray anything, temp dropped a lot today.

So went back to restoring old metal...

 

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So started with the bracket that stayed the night in my derust bath..

What a... !?

Rust is mostly gone, but part is plated in copper!!!

After trying many ways to plate durable copper, for one acid method I've tried to over saturate the vinegar. Plating result was really brownish and not durable and added this +- 25cc test to the bath weeks ago. So there is no waste and the copper would not hurt anything... I've used this bath since then on many parts and bolts, but somehow only this particular bracket metal reacted to it, and so I got my part de-rusted and plated while doing nothing! Go figure! :)

 

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Anyway, because +-12 hours were not enough, there were still pits of rust and was planning do that baby today, so went mechanical, followed by acid. Just like the first one, two hours later, ended up after a wool massage with a bling bling bracket and of course a missed spot like yesterday, only this time, there is copper there! :)

 

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No more rust! I know I will epoxy prime and paint these, still, I hate these missed spots!

 

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While the bracket was plating, I was busy with the next patients: the tower braces (or what ever these are called). Took the first one, looking decent in the blue paint, its when paint was removed that it was obvious. rust was there. Not that much but of the kind that would lift a paint. After some chemical and mechanical massage, finally got rid of the rust and could see the healthy bare metal on entire part.

 

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Yesterday, I was planning to use a bigger container, problem is that these are much larger than any of the containers I have in house. No matter what, these are waaaaay too big :(

So I though, I protect at least both extermities, while I was starting on the other one.

 

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I need a bigger container! Now! But these are 60 cms, even the smaller brackets do not fit in diagonal of the standard sized 45cm containers. But much bigger means much more juice, which isn't really what I'm after. I need something long, not deep. I may make one myself this week..

 

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And then I recalled some wooden chest with rusty old tools that I was supposed to bring to the recycling station months ago. Hammering & tape noise in garage: YES!

So I'll be plating these very soon and in one pass. No more missed spots :)

Because of its strange angles, I don't even need much extra juice, 1 or 2 liters will do just fine. I will suspend the anodes on top vs on the side...

 

Moral of the story: not listening to the wife right away is a good idea! (sometimes) ;)

 

To be continued...

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Fabrice you need a plastic window box. I am sure your local garden centre will stock them. Something like this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RECTANGULAR-WINDOW-BOX-PLASTIC-PLANTER-POT-WATER-BASE-TRAY-PLANT-OUTSIDE-GARDEN/331211954832?hash=item4d1dc55a90:m:msrP3CWoaE7UB-bEaDdSefw

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Fabrice you need a plastic window box. I am sure your local garden centre will stock them. Something like this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RECTANGULAR-WINDOW-BOX-PLASTIC-PLANTER-POT-WATER-BASE-TRAY-PLANT-OUTSIDE-GARDEN/331211954832?hash=item4d1dc55a90:m:msrP3CWoaE7UB-bEaDdSefw

 

Ah! I've looked online by plastic companies, most I found was about food storage and transport in all shapes bellow the standard 45cm.

For greater, dimension expends a lot on the 3 axes. Was about to go look for a bath tub to wash babies.. 

I'm set for these 3 or 4 parts for now, didn't think about trays for plants... thx for the idea, good one!

Will go take a look next time I drive nearby one of these garden centers.

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Just a little update.

Not usually doing anything during the week, but as the brace was 1/4 done and the bath ready.

I didn't want to see the metal rusting again where it was unprotected!

 

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Did not need any extra fluid, made a quick and dirty hanging system for the anodes usually hung on the side. Doesn't need be nice or be hight tech, its a one time thingy that needs to work.

In between work (the real one), went to move the anodes every 15-20 minutes. And got the part fully coated with a nice even and thick layer.

 

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A little soapy bath to remove the acidity and a wool massage later: bling bling! :)

It's about rust removal and corrosion prevention. If these were not ment to be sprayed soon, I'd give them a nice polish. You almost want to keep them this way :)

 

Vinegar is a truly magical liquid, amazes me every time!

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@Pegleg

Ahaha yeah man,

Actually you might be extra right, as they say tomorrow might become the first really nice day of the year.

 

Today was nice but still bits cold. A good reason to be active :)

 

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Got this week some replacement candidates for my missing latch spring. Still haven't seen it anywhere... Thanks to Steve (@Pegleg) for measuring on his car and me on my own latch (the holes), ordered variations of the guessed size (length, rest length, max length, diameter) in stainless steel. Got 2 matches, one bit too strong, as Steve told me it was soft to the touch (not much tension), so went for the gentle one. Played a bit with it, looks like the extra lock arm activated and released by this spring works as expected. May i need more muscle, i have the other one, but not really expecting I'll need it.

Also plated extra the handle, as I'm not yet sure if I will keep it this way of painted.

 

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Then took the second brace. Finished to remove the old paint, de-rust, metal brushing, acids...

2 hours of plating bath later, they were under a nice thick layer of zinc.

 

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Wool massage in soapy juice: bling bling just like the other one. Both ready for the next step!

 

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In between cooking sessions, I was busy on the car collecting a new load of parts that need and will be massaged. Next victim: the headlights brackets. After many picts taken during removal, I've dismanteld one, degreased it, its hardware sorted is now in bath and should be done by tomorrow.

The 4 pieces are now enjoying a paint remover. I should have again some pretty nasty picts to show by tomorrow :D

 

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Another victim that will require surgery is the grille. Not less than 8 broken bits, 2 kinda severe, 1 so severe there isn't even the missing piece. Looks like I gonna need some new toys to fix these but I'm strangely more confident about fixing these than just removing the moldings.

 

The pony is obvious, 2 nuts behind, but the thin moldings and the one in center?

How do you remove these? On a 73, there are plastic clips, but on this 71, I see rust bleeds on the plastic behind the stainless parts. What's the best way to proceed?

 

Also if someone have picts of the expected hardware/clips... that would be very welcome. thx by advance.

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G'day Fabrice

Good to see your restaurant is still running flat out

The 71 & 72 grille moldings are clipped directly on to the grille plastic, no removable clips

If you are very careful, unlike myself, pry them off and you might not break any of the raised sections on the grille

I broke several and glued most back on with PVC glue which kind of worked although some broke again

From what Don says at OMS the 73 clips are too wide

Picture below shows on the left what you are left with when they break and on the right a good one

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Fabrice mine was pretty beat up too. I went a differant route to you. I just bought a new one but i chopped the old one up and sold it on Ebay as a man cave shelf

 

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Can you see the oblong holes where the trim fits

 

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This was how the old one ended up. Chopped what was left of the headlight surround off, strengthened the bad cracks with fibreglass, and sprayed silver/gold. Sold on Ebay to a buyer in France for £100 which went toward new one.

 

I took the old trim off the one i sold and its for sale on ebay. You can see the back of the trim in this listing https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333125908629?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

 

Hope this gives a better idea of how trim fix on

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Those oblong holes should have a piece of plastic in them that the trim attaches to but its just a oblong hole. The bits missing from the oblong holes are very very fragile and very difficult to remove trim without breaking brittle plastic

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Thx guys. Yeah, I know I can get a new one. I can even find these here for a human price. I'll try and see. May I succeed, I might even let the trims on as there is no really big plus to remove them anyway... Gonna try on the most damaged bits and if I don't get a nice bond, I'll have a cave deco :)

 

 

Got yesterday the feeling I'd be looking at nasty things today.. I was right :)

BUT I did it in the sun! What a wonderfull day it was...

 

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Nothing better than old rusty headlights bracket to celebrate the nice weather! :)

Here after a nite, paint was fairly easy to remove. Then re-applied and my paint remover that works only when it's not too cold confirmed it was a nice day to do this.

 

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While one part was already under electrolysis, drilled the 4 rivets as to work better and not long after I finally got my parts paint free. Not rust free!

Once again, do not ever trust the way paint looks. It's a 50yo car! There is rust there!

 

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I will not display all the ugly nasty soups I've played with today, but I'd thought you'd like an impression :)

 

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Multitasking between baths, brush, clean sessions, got my first result done. After few hours of misery, these made my happy :)

 

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Then the next one followed... Notice the top right pict: its copper!! I found why and how I got the good copper layer last week, and now that I can reproduce, I let the elements do the work!

 

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Copper, zinc : Boom! Another bling bling part done! :)

 

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Look at this baby... I thought I might need find a replacement! It's already better than new now and its only 1/2 way done!

 

Because the 2 others are having lots of corrosion, they are still in bath and will be electro cleaned in the eves this week..

 

All with all, a very productive day today. I even restarted the 73. The Sniper did its magic. almost 6 months still, turn key, no pomping no nothing. Started like a modern car and went idling a flawless 900rpm after first starter turn. No more carb ever for me for sure!

 

To be continued...

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Fabrice mine was pretty beat up too. I went a differant route to you. I just bought a new one but i chopped the old one up and sold it on Ebay as a man cave shelf

 

20170703-122851.jpg

 

Can you see the oblong holes where the trim fits

 

20170703-122909.jpg

 

 

20170703-122859.jpg

 

 

20170712-185816.jpg

 

This was how the old one ended up. Chopped what was left of the headlight surround off, strengthened the bad cracks with fibreglass, and sprayed silver/gold. Sold on Ebay to a buyer in France for £100 which went toward new one.

 

I took the old trim off the one i sold and its for sale on ebay. You can see the back of the trim in this listing https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/333125908629?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

 

Hope this gives a better idea of how trim fix on

100 british pounds for a busted up grille...What a Bargain!

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Usually not busy in the evenings (may be I should)

I've finished to zinc plate one side of this "nobody cares about" assembly.

 

Not riveted yet, will do after the paint job, but here's what I got after a few drups of elbow oil and looking at bubbles for a few hours :)

 

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Metal is having scars from the now ancient pits from corrosion here and there. These will be corrected after the primer is applied.

 

headlights-brackets-done2.jpg

 

I don't want to think about the fact that it's just 1/4 of the work done,

for now, my vinegar and me are very proud we got this rusty piece of equipment back to this state! :)

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Another victim that will require surgery is the grille. Not less than 8 broken bits, 2 kinda severe, 1 so severe there isn't even the missing piece. Looks like I gonna need some new toys to fix these but I'm strangely more confident about fixing these than just removing the moldings.

 

The pony is obvious, 2 nuts behind, but the thin moldings and the one in center?

How do you remove these? On a 73, there are plastic clips, but on this 71, I see rust bleeds on the plastic behind the stainless parts. What's the best way to proceed?

 

Also if someone have picts of the expected hardware/clips... that would be very welcome. thx by advance.

 

 

I wish I would have seen this post early Saturday, I just replaced the clips on my grill molding this weekend. I got the clips from NPD and they fit very well, it is still a pain to install them on the molding and then on the grill itself. Here is a link to the ones I bought. 

 

https://www.npdlink.com/product/mounting-kit-grille-molding-concours-improved-design-using/106357?backurl=search%2Fproducts%3Fpage%3D2%26search_terms%3Dgrill%252Bmolding%252Bclips%26top_parent%3D200001%26year%3D1973&year=1973

 

 

Also, I may have a spare grill that I have no problem giving to you, not sure how much shipping would be but we can check on that. I will look this week and take some pics. When I looked at it last month, it had no damage so let me know if you want it, it still has the coral and mustang on it as well. 

 

And by the way, great work, your project is looking great.

 

Tom

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As I did not reply on the above post here, just for the record, I've been in contact with @vintageman for his generous offer. Turns out his spare grille is not a 71 but a 73.

So I'll be trying soon to see if I can repair it and give up early for a new one may that fail.

 

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It was supposed to be very nice and warm this weekend.

Instead ice, snow and its freeze point as I type :(

 

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So went back to misery headlights assembly #2 in my cold garage.

Sort, clean, degrease, paint remover, bath here bath there. My now routined rituals. :)

 

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After fixing the headlight cup that was butchered like the other one. Its a common thing on french cars that were driven in the 80-90's, as french lights back then were having an extra light on the side that the US cup did not allow to fit. No problem, as its not visible once installed, excepted it was done the "pig" way and very sharp to the touch.

Because the temp was low, of course my paint remover works half or less. So after a cleaning a session, re-applied some in the hope it will do at least some bits during the nite despite the cold.

 

In between, one part had most my attention and got my first victim in a nice bling bling zinc jacket when the sun went down. :)

 

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Among other small works, sorted some rubbers/grommets previously removed to see which ones I actually need to order. Thinner does wonders to restore raw rubber and a small massage in plastic/rubber cream got me 80% of the rubbers as new.

The big ones removed in trunk are not to be saved, I know where to find them and will order new ones.

However if someone could tell me how the one in my hand on the pict is called and where to find it, that'd be handy. This is one of the two rubbers that slides into the butterflies welded on the trunk floor when you have the fold down option.

 

Tomorrow, less ugly picts & more bling blings I hope!

73 modified Grande 351C. (Finally back on the road woohoo!) 

71 429CJ. ( In progress )

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