1. '68 Coronet R/T

    '68 Coronet R/T Well-Known Member

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    I held one in place to quickly check the fit and everything seemed to fit just fine. It will be a while before I get to the place where I can weld everything into place but I plan to keep this thread updated with my progress.
     
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      Thanks, we are getting our AMD order together, and I have a pair of them included in the order.
       
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      My car is still buried deep in the garage so I decided to start on the dash assembly.
      As you can see it looks pretty rough.
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      The fader control was rusted so bad I had to cut the nut off to get it out. The control was shot anyway so no big loss.
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      I purchased a Tachometer to install in gauge cluster and will post pictures of that later.
      Notice the bent up brace.
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      Dismantled everything, taped off the VIN tag and electrical insulation and began media blasting. Didn't have enough media to finish but got a good start.
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      Can anyone tell me if the paint code for the upper door panel is the same for the entire interior? Upholstery is listed a "light blue
      My fender tag gives me QQ1 (Electric Blue) for the exterior of the car and U (Frost Blue) for the upper door. I assume the U code would be what was used on the dash and interior.
      Here's a picture of my door panel but I have no idea if that is the original color.
      Door Panel Right.jpg

      This is the wheel well and I cannot tell if it is exterior Q or interior U color.
      Trunk Wheel Well.jpg
       
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        No help on the color information?

        Installed the tachometer into the dash assembly. It does have some deep scratches in the lens on the left side and some small pits in other places. I will live with it for now but keep my eye out for a better lens.
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        Finished media blasting the dash, welded up extra holes in the underside and sprayed with epoxy primer.

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          Switch panel was in pretty rough shape.
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          After some cleaning and fresh paint:
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          Gonna have to take a break from my car and get back to work on the Dodge Dakota Sport sitting in my front yard.
           
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            Decided to tinker with the driver's door during the rainy weather we've been getting.
            Block sand this to see what shape the metal was in. The car was covered in gray primer when I got it so the gray is the lowest area then blue, brown and metal.
            Driver's door top.JPG

            Working with hammer and dolly I brought the low spots up and began making some good progress.
            D Door metal working.JPG

            Was real happy until I got to this bad spot.
            D Door bad spot.JPG

            The above picture was after a long time working this area. That's how bad it was.
            I used Dykem to help me "see" the highs and lows better.
            D Door Dykem round 3.JPG

            It exhausted me and my arm was hurting from being contorted to fit through the hole on the inside to reach the back of the metal.
            Still more to be done but slowly getting there.
            D Door bad spot 1.JPG
             
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              They make this polyester high build spray on stuff that would make this easier. ;)
               
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              Ha, ha! Yes they do but on this car my goal is epoxy primer only IF I can pull it off.
              Polyester primer is a great product when needed. I have used it on two projects where they didn't make replacement panels and the customer wasn't about to pay me the hours and hours it takes for a hack like me to work the metal straight.
               
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              Ok I just did not want you to spend too much time and effort getting it straight before you where told about this miracle product......


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              I understand, payback for me not telling you sooner for your Dart project.
              Wish I had your energy for getting projects done. Right now I am painting our house a few hours at a time.
               
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                Just trying to slow me down! :)
                 
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                Just curious on what paint you're using for the dash frame and switch panel, also what technique did you use for the white lettering?
                 
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                The dash frame was sprayed with SPI black epoxy primer. It will eventually be painted blue.
                The switch panel was painted with this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B3HXS8A/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
                The white lettering done with this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018N9B80/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

                With the paint pen you need to get the tip wet on a piece of cardboard or something and then remove any excess with a paper towel. After that you just dabbed the paint on to the letters.
                 
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                  Well after many hours of effort I have gotten to this point:
                  D Door bad spot work..JPG

                  D Door Bad Spot work 1.JPG
                  Still not to the level of work that I am satisfied with but getting very close.
                  Ordered a metal working video from Peter Tommasini that I hope will give me some insight and motivation!
                   
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                    I went to town and got another packet of Icing glaze, screw it :)
                     
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                    I am hoping the DVD helps speed up the process. I want to drive this car one day.
                     
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                    Not seeing if anyone answered your questions on paint...

                    The wheel well is the exterior QQ1 color.
                    The interior door frame is U paint code - available as DuPont 4890
                    The dash frame would be painted with a low gloss finish - listed as DuPont 9500LH

                    At least that's what I found after doing some research
                     
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                      Thanks. I had the QQ1 and U codes from the Fender Tag but couldn't find the blue for the dash.
                      Do you know if anything else in the interior was painted with the low gloss blue used on the dash?
                       
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                      The dash and steering column are painted with a suede finish. It took a while trying to find the color codes for the suede finishes in the PPG paint sheets. I did not retain that info. Original paint was a lacquer paint that nobody seems to sell. Try Kolor Korrect to get correct suede finish and color.
                      https://kolorkorrect.com/
                       
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                      I think the trim on the headliner was also suede, but double check that.
                       
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