I work for Beer

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ez2wire
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Re: I work for Beer

Postby ez2wire » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:16 pm

I think that was only the 3rd time the top was put down.. New Velcro as well..

I also didnt want to push it down to far yet as it hasn't had a chance to stretch well yet since there haven't been a lot of hot sunny days here.

When its up its tight as a button though. Which is probably more important..

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby fiat218 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:42 pm

ok that makes sense, i figured it was because it was new and tight
thanks
Jim
east grand forks MN
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Re: I work for Beer

Postby ez2wire » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:59 pm

narfire wrote:(Naramata Nut Brown in the mail today)
Looks great.
Chris


Thanks for the Naramata Nut Brown.. It was awesome.. ! But did find one thing odd.. never seen a Canned Microbrew..

Wish Legend had cans I could then ship you some without fear of damage.

Probably going to chance it anyway.

Charles

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby backyardbill » Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:48 pm

I just caught this "work for beer" thread today. Really, really nice job! :D And the bumpers look especially good. Mine are rusty and now I have the solution. Thanks fpr posting a lot of pics.
Gina: 1980 Fiat Spider, 99% done
Mods: rear stereo, Michigan short shifter, 1955 Chevy mirrors. Lic plate in rear bumper. Custom center console and switch pod
Connie: 1992 Kawasaki ZG1000
Other: 1973 Fiat Spider 1608, 5speed, yellow. Regretfully sold 34 years ago.

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby Zippy » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:07 am

Great job on the car. If they were made of wood I could probably make one look that good :lol: You are truly a great friend to spend your free time re-building their car. I'd say you have resurrected a car that was headed for the crusher. It may not win the Concours d'Elegance but I'd be willing to bet it will be a fun, reliable, eye-catching car. Keep of the good work!
Al
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Re: I work for Beer

Postby ez2wire » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:01 am

backyardbill wrote:I just caught this "work for beer" thread today. Really, really nice job! :D And the bumpers look especially good. Mine are rusty and now I have the solution. Thanks fpr posting a lot of pics.


Thanks, the $30 re-chrome I think is a really good solution for the budget impaired, and as mentioned done it on a few cars. Best thing is if it gets srcatched or scared, its a $0 repair (if you saved your tape, and paint).

To answer your PM.. I didnt remove anything off when painted it. I will say a better job will be had if you do and have the room to hang it. I didn't beacuse of room and time constrants. I would not recommend removing the doors though.. they can be fun to align, also eaise to prep them. What I did was prep the jamb with the doors off, primed them and painted with black paint. So when we did paint the doors with them on the car. Old paint colors didnt show up.. just black. I do that with the engine bay (Duplicolor truck bed liner in a can), grille and trunk areas as well.

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby backyardbill » Sat May 26, 2012 9:18 pm

I thought your might like to see my repainted bumper that I just finished. Also I did the license plate mod similar to Pintopower's Fiat.

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Gina: 1980 Fiat Spider, 99% done
Mods: rear stereo, Michigan short shifter, 1955 Chevy mirrors. Lic plate in rear bumper. Custom center console and switch pod
Connie: 1992 Kawasaki ZG1000
Other: 1973 Fiat Spider 1608, 5speed, yellow. Regretfully sold 34 years ago.

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby jimmycakes401 » Sun May 27, 2012 12:01 pm

Looks sharp. I especially like the black painted part. Never thought of that
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Re: I work for Beer

Postby RRoller123 » Sun May 27, 2012 12:18 pm

Looks great! Are the tubes painted or chromed? How did you treat the rubber parts? Dye?
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'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
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Re: I work for Beer

Postby 124JOE » Sun May 27, 2012 11:19 pm

does that plate have a light on it?
when you do everything correct people arent sure youve done anything at all (futurama)
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Re: I work for Beer

Postby backyardbill » Mon May 28, 2012 7:52 pm

No, the bumper is not chromed. Its Dupli-color Silver Rim paint: 3 coats color, 3 coats clear. The black rubber pads are the originals: I used super fine (0000) steel wool to clean then up, then used Mother's Back-to-Black stuff to make them shiney.

The plate light is an LED strip (Pep Boys) thats tucked up in the recess above the plate. I had to grind off some of the plastic to get it to fit, but it works perfectly. :) I will take a picture at dusk to show the illumination.
Gina: 1980 Fiat Spider, 99% done
Mods: rear stereo, Michigan short shifter, 1955 Chevy mirrors. Lic plate in rear bumper. Custom center console and switch pod
Connie: 1992 Kawasaki ZG1000
Other: 1973 Fiat Spider 1608, 5speed, yellow. Regretfully sold 34 years ago.

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby RRoller123 » Mon May 28, 2012 7:59 pm

Looks great!
'80 FI Spider 2000 (rolling "resto")
'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
'86 Jaguar XJ6 (2nd Hobby Car)
2011 Chevy Malibu (daily driver)
2010 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Ext Cab 4WD/SB
2015 Keystone Montana High Country 343RL

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby backyardbill » Tue May 29, 2012 7:58 am

What it looks like at night:

The LED's are very bright, maybe too bright.

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Gina: 1980 Fiat Spider, 99% done
Mods: rear stereo, Michigan short shifter, 1955 Chevy mirrors. Lic plate in rear bumper. Custom center console and switch pod
Connie: 1992 Kawasaki ZG1000
Other: 1973 Fiat Spider 1608, 5speed, yellow. Regretfully sold 34 years ago.

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby RRoller123 » Tue May 29, 2012 8:06 am

What about the existing plate mounting and plate/backup light holes on the valence? Looks like they were never there! Nice job.
'80 FI Spider 2000 (rolling "resto")
'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
'86 Jaguar XJ6 (2nd Hobby Car)
2011 Chevy Malibu (daily driver)
2010 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Ext Cab 4WD/SB
2015 Keystone Montana High Country 343RL

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Re: I work for Beer

Postby backyardbill » Tue May 29, 2012 1:16 pm

I counter sinked the holes, and JBWelded them closed with copper pennys backing up the holes. Then sanded and preped the panel.
Gina: 1980 Fiat Spider, 99% done
Mods: rear stereo, Michigan short shifter, 1955 Chevy mirrors. Lic plate in rear bumper. Custom center console and switch pod
Connie: 1992 Kawasaki ZG1000
Other: 1973 Fiat Spider 1608, 5speed, yellow. Regretfully sold 34 years ago.


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