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I've found Scotch brand at Lowes hardware to be the best around here. It's not too stretchy when you go to tear it after wrapping. It cost a good bit more than the "logs" of tape but it comes in it's own plastic case which I use for electrical crimp fittings in my bag of electrical stuff. 

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i finally found a dash, so i now have all the dash wiring done. i ended up with 2 connectors near the left fresh air vent with a total of 9 wires feeding the gauges and lights. the only other connector is for the heater.

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i got a little side-tracked about since my last post. i decided to spend a day cleaning the shop after the cold weather was over. that led to a 4 week project.

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all of this stuff was in the way, so adding on 12x20' to the back of the shop gave me some working room:D

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10 steps forward, 5 steps back. ive been powder-coating all the door parts and trying to get everything ready for weatherstripping. for some reason, the right hand door would not line up correctly no matter what i did. it turns out that the door was 1/8" longer than the drivers door. so..........5 steps back. all after spending the past week and a half buffing and polishing.

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this door lines up perfectly with no shims. the other had 4 and was still off

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things are finally starting to click. got the weatherstripping kit and have the 1/4 windows in100_1828.JPG

also got the headliner and pillars done

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and the dash with all the wiring hooked up. a couple of minor glitches, but everything is working now

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this car didnt have much of the weatherstipping when i bought it, so im not exactly sure where all the new parts go.

is this the correct spot for the hood-to cowl?

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and does this go at the back of the door between the window channel and door?

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thanks all   sb

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10 minutes ago, sweatybetty said:

this car didnt have much of the weatherstipping when i bought it, so im not exactly sure where all the new parts go.

is this the correct spot for the hood-to cowl?

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and does this go at the back of the door between the window channel and door?

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thanks all   sb

That's a "yes" to both.  Looking really good!

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things are moving along nicely now

new tunes. this deck is like brand new. $75

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found a new windshield, Jeff from Novus Glass came out today, $227 installed, i had the new gasket. i highly recommend Novus, great people!100_1845.JPG

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steering wheel re-finished

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front dash trim painted and in after glass. this was kind of a PITA

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new mirrors came friday!!!

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got the door glass and new weatherstripping in today.

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all the bolts are powder-coated black. i like the black against the red

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more weatherstripping

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This is an impressive build.  Great attention to detail.  I like the fact that you're willing to divert from the conventional aesthetics here and there (e.g. black fasteners) to get the look you like.

I didn't track back through the entire thread to pick up on the details, but I believe there was discussion of electrical tape.  May I suggest that you have a look at using automotive 'loom' tape (no adhesive), rather than the non-automotive.  Maybe not so important for the under-dash wiring (where covering the wiring runs with tape is probably optional), but a real consideration for the engine compartment, where engine heat can cause the tape adhesive to weep out of the wrap, creating a dirt magnet that will defy easy clean-up.  I used loom tape to re-wrap my engine compartment harness (pretty much all of it, by the time the job was finished) and was really pleased with the results.  There are some tricks to working with this material but, with a bit of practice, you should be able to complete the job in a morning or an afternoon.  A $25 roll should be enough for the front part of the car.  If you're interested, I'll post some hints on how to do the wrap.

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39 minutes ago, Namerow said:

  If you're interested, I'll post some hints on how to do the wrap.

I am...please

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Looking great!  Is that windshield PPG?  If so, would you mind sharing what the cost was.

I wish you could get those windshields without the blue tint at the top.

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13 minutes ago, S30Driver said:

Looking great!  Is that windshield PPG?  If so, would you mind sharing what the cost was.

I wish you could get those windshields without the blue tint at the top.

its a PGW window. it was $227 total installed, and i believe the labor was $90. so whatever the difference..........

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a little bite at a time

fuel pump and filter

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power antenna

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tried to "paint" the visors which were originally red,but then rattle canned black by someone, with krylon fusion paint. not worth a bleep. the satin black was very high gloss.100_1892.JPG

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a little acetone and the visors are clean enough to paint

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going to give this a try

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this stuff goes on pretty nice. 2 fairly heavy coats, with maybe 20 minutes between

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and the final product, more like i think it should look. i like it!!

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2 hours ago, Matthew Abate said:

Suspension looks great! Did you go with flat finish or is it satin. Hard to tell in the photos.


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that is black epoxy and the driveshafts are red disc brake paint

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3 hours ago, grannyknot said:

You want to spin the marker lamp lense around 180*, not the whole unit, just the red plastic lense.  The face of the lense should be on the same plane as the door.

it doesnt look like that will work. the front -of-car end is narrower than the rear. i will give it a try tomorrow. it just doesnt look quite right...........

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yesterday turned out to be a good day :D my plan has been to build a L28 block and use the E31 head. i went and bought an engine stand and got the head off. then i found this. this is an E31 block with zero ring ridge and fresh hone marks. my plans have changed, since this is going to save some big $$

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now im thinking that ill put bigger valves, cam and springs in the head and just roll with the block. im going to pull the pan and check the bearings today. the head looks good, very clean. it does have the small valves and what looks to be the original cam.

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what do you guys think? any ideas?

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