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Well that was fun..

I finished buffing this afternoon and put a coat of wax on it. I cleaned up all the windows and trim, and gave the engine compartment a dusting off...which didn't do much.

I also repainted the flat black "highlights" in the whiskers on the front fenders. ...as well as the rear panel between the taillights. It helps to get those sharp lines and contrasting colors back on the car.

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I also repainted the flat black "highlights" in the whiskers on the front fenders. ...as well as the rear panel between the taillights. It helps to get those sharp lines and contrasting colors back on the car. </div></div>

Looking good Adam. What sort of paint did you use for that? Mine could use touching up as well. Actually, I need to touch up the grey as well on the fender trim as well as the grill...does anyone know what that colour would be?

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Well this is interesting..

Your question prompted me to go look at the engine code on the top on the engine..

MT!

EDIT: Buicks.net has it wrong in one spot on their website. It's a 401

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I just used an off-the-shelf parts store flat black spray paint.

Where on the fender trim is grey paint? I must've missed that. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> </div></div>

Hmmm...I'm tired, but I might be able to describe it...there's the black portion, then toward the back it gets shallower and becomes grey. The entire piece is chromed, then painted, I guess. The guys at the body shop last year polished the paint off the top 1/3 on the one side to the chrome, so I polished the rest. I prefer the way it looks now, but it's not right...keep me a few more points away from that coveted bronze in Seattle.

I'll try to take a photo tomorrow and doctor things up. Unless of course, that is a difference in Canadian cars (one of the other local guys has a Wildcat coupe and the trim is the same).

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<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I just used an off-the-shelf parts store flat black spray paint.

Where on the fender trim is grey paint? I must've missed that. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> </div></div>

Adam - here's a photo.

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There's some condensation on there, so it isn't really clear, but at the front end is the black part...the long flat vertical surfaces are the area that was grey...it was a dull flat grey, so I suspect the guys at the body shop thought it was supposed to be chrome that just needed some cleaning up / polishing. Worst case, I can take it back to them and get some pinstripe tape put in there.

<img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> I probably shouldn't be saying so much...potential judges for the car could be lurking around here and will know everything that is wrong based on my descriptions <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />

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Derek,

For the grey, I'd try a few grays and by trial and error find the best colour on the side markers. Just tape the pieces and spray. I'd use a paint that bonds directly to metal without a primer. Something like Rustoleum or Tremclad.

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Adam,

nice Wildcat bro!

I had a '67. I really miss it.

I'd really like to see you work some of your magic under the hood (like you did with the '71 LeSabre). Good luck with it.

John Rocklein (VA)

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Hey John!

If I decide to keep the Wildcat, I may do something under the hood, but that's not in the cards at the moment. I am working on my 71 Centurion Formal Coupe now. ..doing the same thing I did to the LeSabre, hopefully trumping that job. Although, that will be a difficult task!

How is the LeSabre, still have it?

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Adam,

yes, I still have the LeSabre. I haven't put more than a hundred miles or so on her. She hasn't seen any rain since I bought her. Still looking for a nice set of ralley's for her. I'm joining the Centurion forums you recommended. I will post a want ad in there for rims. Keep an eye out for me, will ya?

Thanks - J.R.

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Adam,

Cars sold in CA beginning in '66 and factory installed. CA-configured cars were 'one state' cars for several years. The AIR systems are very difficult find complete and functioning and cause some real headaches during restorations. Don't toss it out!

Cheers,

JMC

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JR - thanks for joining the Centurion forums! Those rallye wheels come around fairly often, but shipping can be a bear. Thanksfully, I had found mine at a local swap meet for $100 for the set. Those are the ones on the convertible that Rolf owns now.

JMC - I won't be trashing any of those CA emission parts. They are in good condition and intact...surprisingly! Even the air pump belt is still on it <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Hey Smartin,

That is an incredible transformation on the exterior of your '66 Wildcat! Goes to show what knowledge, skill, determination, and time can do for you.

By the way...I wonder what it will do in the 1/4 mile?

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I have a buddy who was at the BPG nats last year with his 66 Wildcat 2 door coupe, and he was racing it. Bone stock - was running 15.7's after we power timed it. I'd imagine this one would be in the hunt...

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