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Old 10-09-2017, 10:55 AM   #61
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The fuel cap was machined as two basic pieces.

Then 6 bolts were made for mounting to the car and a ring added around the lock cylinder.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:34 PM   #62
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I made this little back-up light since I removed the factory ones from the rear fenders. I machined an aluminum housing, bezel and double-lock mounting nut, made a light bulb, and found a lens from the parts box to build it all around. The mounting post is steel.

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Old 10-20-2017, 09:59 PM   #63
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Always a pleasure to watch you work!!

Can you describe your acid etching process? I really like the finish it gives to your machined parts.
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I use an old but fine paintbrush to apply the acid, like detail painting, to the desired areas; or if it is the whole part I dunk it in a small cup of it and wait 15-20 seconds then rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.
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The hood and rear panel were painted in similar fashion as the other two-tone pieces; primed in white then masked and the first color applied. In this case the blue went down first.

Then the orange was applied after masking the blue off.

When I did the sides I found it yielded better results to do the white after the blue and orange so I did it that way on these pieces too. Here is the rear with the decals for the blue and black applied on top of the paint.
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Outstanding work, Mark.

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What kind of acid? Are we talking citric or nitric?
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Hydrochloric.
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The rear fenders were painted the basic same way as well… Blue and orange.

The white was applied followed by the dark blue decals, then clear coated.

Clear has been shot on the rear panel and is ready for final buffing.

Same process for the hood and cowl except due to the louvers on the hood being so close to the Gulf logo a light intra-clear was applied that will be sanded out to make the logo smooth under the clear before the final clear is applied.
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Rear panel clear coat has been cut and buffed. Rubber gasket and fuel filler installed…
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After shooting the final clear on the hood I was quite pleased with the outcome, at first... The graphics came out fine which were my primary focus, but secondarily were the louvers. I did not like the little fillets of clear on the louvers that I expected to pull in as it dried. So I stripped it in the solvent tank and with the paint the filler came off.

I redid the body work like the first time, but then thought it needed something more…
I formed and fitted a fairing to the carb opening in the hood out of sheet aluminum.



I masked off the white and shot the blue.

Then masked the blue too and shot the orange. Ready for decals…

The decals have been applied. I added some new Caterham lettering I drew and printed for it too.
Still needs to be sanded to fully smooth out the Gulf logo, but I like the louvers better than the last try. Plus it has the new fairing.

Clear has been cut and buffed… I am satisfied.


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Old 12-31-2017, 02:57 PM   #72
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The rear fenders are done as far as paint and graphics. I still need to add stone guards to the front, after I decide what material/color I want them to be.
The taillight housings were drilled out to accept clear bulbs I made for them, (they are just loosely set in place). I used foil for the reflector panels.

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I machined the valve stems for the wheels in one piece each including the washer, two nuts, stem and cap (plus a mounting pin).
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Fantastic stuff, thoroughly enjoying following this build!
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Even though I measured several times and the dimensions were and are correct, they just didn't look quite right when I installed them into the rims. A more common issue than many might realize when making things in scale, sometimes things have to be made out of scale to look like they are in scale. So I made a new slightly smaller set of five. (I already installed one just to see how it looks…)
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