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  1. Regular masking tape probably would not survive. I've done a good deal of powder coating myself, and use tape specifically designed for that purpose.
  2. I have used self etching epoxy primer to achieve a black satin finish such as on a radiator. I always use a spay gun for my jobs. Would powder coating be an option for you?
  3. I heard a wise preacher one time who said: { quote } " We have learned more and more about less and less until we've learned all there is to know about nothing" { end quote }. The world we live in today is an insane asylum with the inmates running it.
  4. I don't even believe Global Warming exists.
  5. 1969 Dodge Super Bee Six Pack. A12 car. Although I am a Ford man to the marrow, if I had to choose just one to own it would be the aforementioned.
  6. If I'm not mistaken, Craftsman is now making tools in China. I wonder if the quality would be inferior to those made in the U.S.A.? Someone who knows please set me straight if I'm wrong.
  7. Dave: You sound like you are the same age as me. The 70's were the best years of my life. Riding bikes everywhere, hanging out at the local store to eat candy and drink pop { no convenience stores in my neck of the woods then }. Playing softball,basketball, football and pitching horse shoes all day in the summer time. We also spent lots of time listening to AM radio. There were a lot of cross-over hits and artists back then. Glen Campbell, Charley Rich, Donna Fargo, as well as many others had songs on both charts. For the record, I consider the 70's the best decade of music ever. Great times. As Chicago put it " Old Days ".
  8. So; they've spent all this time and $$$$$ to reduce global warming, and actually made it worse. I wonder what panic button they'll push now?
  9. Bob: If you look at the data plate on the firewall, second row you will see a series of #'s & letters. Example: 40A L XL 17LCL32. Breakdown: 40A= Thunderbird L=color XL=interior color 17L=nov. 17th CL32= the district the car was shipped to. The months are as follows:A Jan. B Feb. C March D April E May F June G July H August J Sept. K Oct. L Nov. H Dec. The # preceding this will be the day of the month. I hope this helps.
  10. With most cars of that era. I have found the problem not to be leg room but "stomach" room behind the steering wheel. 235 sounds big to some people, but I when weighed 245 I could drive my 1940 Ford coupe with no problem. I'm not 6'4 but somewhere over six foot. I was also an avid weight lifter so I had a good distribution of my weight { i.e. not much gut }. At 6'4 245 I feel the leg room would be the concern { unless all weight is in the stomach }. As I said leg room is not generally the problem. Just get in some cars, check them out and see how they feel. Don't be in a hurry.
  11. Congratulations! Great looking car. Love those first generation birds. Enjoy it.
  12. Do not call yourself stupid. When I first started working on old cars I knew NOTHING about cars. But I was extremely interested. Just do it and the knowledge will come. To make a long story short: I have gone from knowing nothing to restoring a frame up National Winner in my home garage myself, including paint and upholstery. It all boils down to one thing. How bad do you want it?
  13. Bhigdog: Thanks, Permission accepted sir.
  14. I too was at Moline. What happened to you was very unfortunate. Hang in there. I'm sure you'll rake that award in down the road. If it's any consolation to you, I missed on my first AGNM try then got it on the next try and have been winning AGNM Sr.'s since then.
  15. My concern would be this. Lets say it's a large meet. After bending down and "flashlighting" 10 cars fatigue may set in and the last few get judged a little more lax than say the first 6. However let me be quick to say I am one of those purists that insists everything be as correct as possible down to the letters/numbers on the tires. My wife says I'm OCD. I always say "no ,I just like things to be perfect.";)
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