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Old 06-11-2018, 01:31 AM
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Thanks guys for the support and comments.

Car was back at the paint shop for a few days, minor touch upís and detailing. I think Iíve got about as much as I can out of the paint shop. Still some areas that need a little more love. Iíll probably take do it myself. Iíd say the overall job is a 9 out of 10 for a non Riddler type paint job.

I have another 3 day weekend to get stuff done. So spent most of Saturday and Sunday doing the most unrewarding job. Door weather stripping.

I have some boring pics, but since this takes so much time I figured I would post about it. Did I mention it sucks!

I bought all new seals, among other items, from an eBay seller out of Turkey. I would give the parts about an 8 compared to factory. But new is still better than unavailable or old.

Iím using 3M adhesive. Really good stuff. After applying to both surfaces, letting it dry, if you use a very light touch and start placing you can get everything in the right place, then apply pressure to set the seal. If you give too much pressure, and the seal is not in the right place, you have to force it apart, clean, and re-glue.

I masked off the area and then applied the glue, sticky and stringy.

After the glue set a little I pulled of the masking tape.

Seal in place. Each door opening has a seal around the door, and then a seal on the body, center pillar. Just this work took me over 8 hours, to give you an idea of what is involved. After all the seals were in place I used WD40 silicone on all of them to make easier to close the doors and start molding the seals to the frames.

I also purchased new side trim from the Ebay seller in Turkey. The trim also came with new body grommets for the pins. In hindsight I should have removed the old ones before sending out to paint. A little nervous about not scratching new paint.

Tomorrow a few more chrome pieces to go on. Trying to get this humbug work done before I start back on the interior.

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Old 06-17-2018, 02:41 AM
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I finished up most of the chrome. The strip of chrome below the front bumper is in bad shape. I’ll probably look for some new pieces, but save for later. I changed the 4 ea outside door glass seals and polished those chrome pieces.

Then onto the interior. I’m wrapping the whole car with Dynomat. Started on the doors. From the factory MB has about a 8” tall x 16” piece of bitumen pad in the center of each door.

These pads were intact on the front doors but both read doors had a section sagging in the middle that I had to cut away till flush. I cleaned the surface to receive the Dynomat first with Nason wax and adhesive remover, then again with alcohol. Also used compressed air and a vacuum to get the bottom of the doors
clean and make sure the water drain holes were all clear. Then covered the interior surface of each door about 90% with Dynomat.

After the doors moved on to the trunk lid. This was painted the new color so already nice and clean. Installed the Dynomat on just the outer sheet metal and not the braces.

A future project will be to make finish panels for the deck lid and the whole trunk, wrapped in typical new style trunk material and a new carpet floor.

I used the same cleaning technique on the whole of the trunk, and wrapped with Dynomat. Looks much cleaner without a spare tire and related recess.

FYI, to wrap the doors and the trunk took 9 sheets of Dynomat. Need to order more to wrap the interior floor and under the headliner.

Then started on the door panels. Eventually I’ll probably update the seats, door panels, and carpet. But since the existing interior is in good shape I’m just cleaning and putting back together for now. The protective liner behind the door panels where all trashed. So making new out of 6 mil black plastic and using gutter caulk (Butyl) to hold it and seal.

Then the door panels, cleaned and polished all the little chrome bits. Finished one door today, the rest tomorrow.

I have to say that it’s coming along nicely. I can’t believe what a difference all the new seals and Dynomat makes. Completely different sound when closing the doors. I had thought the doors sounded good and solid before, but not like now, very solid, hard to describe.

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Absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing this. You gave me new ideas and answered many questions I had for my own build project. Thank you again for taking the time! My 1973 280C project will be at a less sophisticated level and hopefully a little easier, as in more suited to my skill level.... :-)

I hope you'll be posting more. I'm sure there are many here who want to see the final stage of your work!
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