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Old 04-16-2008, 04:05 PM   #11
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Looks like fun.

Can you please PM me about how to remove the fender? I need a new one at some point.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:41 AM   #12
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I've been looking for this break for a while now, but the wires all seem fine. It looks like I'll have to dig further down. Good thing I got ddadler'* tape! I found that one of the studs that holds my windshield washer fluid reservoir pierced a wire loom. I started having electrical issues, and when I saw the loom was on the stud, I took it off. I then squeezed that wire set, and the electrical issue mostly went away.

I've been trying to find the problem ever since, but I just can't find anything grounding out or any wires crossing. This probably doesn't explain the tail lights being at half voltage, so I'm at a loss. I worked on the car some more today but didn't take any pictures because it'* more of the same with further taken out wire looms and more wires. All this leaves me with very little time for much else. I'm going to set aside an entire day to go through all the wiring and make sure it'* as it should be. I will find the problem(*)!

The wetsanded bumper cover is looking great, but I couldn't salvage the black stripe by sanding and polishing it. I'm going to have to tape off the entire bumper cover and repaint the black section either black or green. Funny - I took a look at my rear bumper today and saw that the black stripe area is green! I had never noticed that before. There are a couple scuff marks on the driver'* side of the front bumper cover that are deep, so later on I will either get a new cover or repaint the one I have.
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Updates are awesome. Here are just links. If this spills to page 2, I'll just keep these as links and use the 25-pic limit for future whoring.

Here is pretty much what it comes down to:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0151.jpg

I realized the bumper just wasn't getting any better, so I just sanded it and painted the whole thing. The day ended up with two empty cans of Dupli-Color T360, one and a half empty cans of primer, and some clearcoat left over.

Here'* my stash of goods at the outset of the day:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0136.jpg

And now, the "writeup." Here'* the bad paint spot I think I took care of:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0133.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0134.jpg
I didn't cover the "wheel."
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0135.jpg

Taped off, mostly.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0137.jpg

Sanding and priming pics! Looking back, I wish I had done it differently by taping off everything but the goods and then filling them in and painting. It ended up all right, though, but it'* still not blended. More to come.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0138.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0139.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0140.jpg
More coats
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0142.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0153.jpg

Removed bumper cover.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0143.jpg
Sanded bumper cover.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0144.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0145.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0147.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0148.jpg

I don't know why I took so many pictures of the bumper cover. I didn't even take pictures of the buffing after the sanding that made it look OK again...

Remember the ricer strut bar? I think it'* a prime candidate for paint testing. It'* now Bonneville green.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0146.jpg
That'* the first few coats trying to cure over primer. This next picture is awesome!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0152.jpg

Primer on the bumper cover.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0149.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0150.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0154.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0156.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0157.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0158.jpg

The result of the first few sprays of T360 on the rear quarter panel:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0155.jpg

This is when my camera'* battery ran out. I really wish I had not taken so many bumper cover pictures. Oh well. The rear quarter panel is finished-ish, and the bumper'* first full coat of paint is curing. I'm going to wetsand it when it fully hardens, and then it'* on to another coat before clearcoating.
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While I had my fenders off, I cleaned them and hosed off all the dirt that had built up. Everything on the front of the car except for the hood is shiny! Here are some picture links! First, I found out that my driver'* side fender had been replaced with one from a red car and then repainted. :( The body underneath looks great, though.

You know when you open the front doors and the trim is beaten up by the fender? This sucks ever so much. Both fenders have been replaced, but I replaced the passenger side. When I did that replacement, I had to have that side stick out abnormally (adjusted by something inside the fender well) so that the door wouldn't rub against it. I took care of the problem now, though.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0159.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0160.jpg

This shows a part of a junkyard run'* goods. It'* all from a midnight blue pearl colored 94 SSEi.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0162.jpg

Clear corners!!! My driver'* side fender'* clear corner screw holes actually both broke off. Hello, cable zip ties!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0161.jpg

I stopped there and came back later, so these are all night pics. The links in this bunch are just glamor shots of the clear corners on the car with the fenders and such in place. The newly painted bumper cover looks good, but the clear coat is kinda ...eh.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0167.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0168.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0169.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0170.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0171.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0166.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0178.jpg

Now, here are some pictures of the new reflector I got from the aforementioned SSEi. Also included is the still night time view of the rear quarter panel paint job. It really sticks out more in the camera'* view.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0172.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0173.jpg

The fender wells are made up of the chassis and some plastic cover that screws onto the plastic fenders. Those plastic things got one coat of spray-on underbody auto liner, but I didn't like the results. They were uselessly wetsanded (but it was fun!), and then they and the inner part of the fenders had truck bed liner sprayed on. More pictures coming up, and then I'm moving on to the interior.
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you didn't sand those spots good enough.. don't rush things, preparation is everything.
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you didn't sand those spots good enough.. don't rush things, preparation is everything.
Yes, this is exactly what I was thinking the whole time. My main worry was finishing that so I could move on to electrical issues. I actually just started off thinking I'd fill in the paint, but this is how it ended up. Weather permitting, I should be able to fix it to everyone'* liking.
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Giganormous post. I have been trying to fix my electrical issues, but I've put that on pause until I get the FSMs I just ordered. The SLE was used today, so for all those people waiting on the crosshairs exhaust thingie, I apologize. Rain is predicted for tomorrow through Sunday... :(

You can see in the background my tail lights. Here I have the spray cans I tried out. I didn't use a Dupli-Color clearcoat because I don't like the results. I'll still use it for body paint, though.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0222.jpg

Tail lights. I sanded them down with a lot of sheets of 150 and 220-grit sandpaper.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0223.jpg

Taped off sections.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0224.jpg

Virgin coat.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0225.jpg

One tail light showing the first coat'* details.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0226.jpg

Second coat. I did them really lightly.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0227.jpg

Some coats in on another tail light.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0228.jpg

After about two solid coats, I covered up the bottom portions of the tail lights.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0229.jpg

Another picture:
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0230.jpg

I read on the can that you can tint chrome, so...
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0231.jpg
What do you think? I don't really like the results.

No clear coat yet.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0233.jpg

Now, I have a clear coat on the bigger lights.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0234.jpg

These were a test of Valspar (left) vs Rustoleum. Rusty won.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0235.jpg

Uh oh! Where did the center piece go?
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0236.jpg

The sun has not been kind to this one. Paint time!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0237.jpg

The victims, all together.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0238.jpg

Here'* the center piece taken apart.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0239.jpg

Tint!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0240.jpg

I cleared the shiny section.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0241.jpg

The center piece was absolutely awful looking.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0242.jpg

Plastic primer.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0244.jpg

I painted the black piece one of my favorite colors.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0254.jpg

See the tint difference on the center tail light?
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0269.jpg

Almost done...
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0268.jpg

Change of pace. Here'* my JY door;
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0248.jpg

This is how I take off the bottom trim piece. The bottom part unlatches first.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0250.jpg
Clips! My 94'* were so very, very trashed.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0251.jpg

I pulled on the black piece and then pushed the trim piece toward the rearview mirror to lift it away from the clips.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0252.jpg

The clips on my 94 were really beaten up along the top row, and the bottom was practically gone.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0253.jpg

I had to pry up on the two little "hands" with two flathead screwdrivers, and my dad hammered them off the nail heads on the door.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0258.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0260.jpg

The clips on my car were so brittle that they just broke off.
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0261.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0262.jpg

All "new" clips!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0263.jpg

Done!
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0265.jpg
http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m...e/CIMG0266.jpg

This is generally all I've got for now. It got dark, and I started on some rust spots on my wheel wells. I found out that something I thought was bubbled up rust was actually a very poorly patched hole in the fender well. I'm going to fix that (more) properly.
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would you bet mad if I told you I pulled of all those clips on my car today? I didn't know you needed them.

You shouldn't have used enamel clearcoat on the tails.

I also have a very nice looking 3rd brake like you should have gotten instead of painting.
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I actually had this door for about a week or so before pulling all the clips. I actually bought the door for the innards but then figured I may as well do a clip swap. No worries. You can sell those to some other poor soul.

What'* up with the enamel? Does it not hold up to weather? It'* raining outside right now, so I'll see what that does. Too bad the tails haven't had time to cure.

I didn't know about the 3rd brake light thing because the rear window tint is 100 years old. I took out the light to see if I could clean it up since I've taken out the rear deck cover to wash it with rain water in the back yard... It works!
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i don't know why you don't just VHT them and sand them down, then polish them like normal people would. it'll have a better shine.
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