CopyCatVert

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Re: CopyCatVert

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Post by MrEos » 05 Jun 2016, 19:57

Cheeky mod. Nice.

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Post by Yorgle » 05 Jun 2016, 22:43

Steven: All of the spring clips came loose and/or broke when I pried the caps from the wheels so I figured that since they were falling apart, I might as well experiment. The black background is just paint on the back of the plastic disk. To change the color, I simply sanded/polished off the black paint and replaced it with a thick coat of dark green rustoleum. I then used epoxy to reattach the clips to the chrome housings.

Here's the plastic after sanding and polishing. The chrome ring and Mercury head are recessed into the back so if you just slide it around on a piece of sandpaper on a flat surface, the background is removed without touching the chrome.
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1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Re: CopyCatVert

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Post by Yorgle » 05 Jun 2016, 22:53

Here's the back side with a thick coat of green.
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The chrome is underneath a white coating on this one.
1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Re: CopyCatVert

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Post by 1967 S Code » 06 Jun 2016, 06:40

Very cool. Simple and effective. :thumbup:
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Re: CopyCatVert

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Post by MrEos » 06 Jun 2016, 07:43

Hmmm.... I guess my cheeky comment was misguided. The second photo looked like Mercury man's check was re-shaped to make a more prominent cheek bone. Must be an optical illusion from the camera angle.

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Post by Yorgle » 17 Jul 2016, 15:49

While cleaning out the garage I unearthed an old front sway bar and out of curiosity, I got the idea to see how it fit as a rear bar. Surprisingly, it's nearly a perfect fit. $6 for a couple of 2 3/4 inch exhaust clamps, some misc hardware and about an hour later, it's done. (The bar looks like it's hanging low in the first pic because the end links weren't installed yet).
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1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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Post by xr7g428 » 17 Jul 2016, 16:36

I just love this stuff! that is so cool! Finally there is a use for skinny front bars! Can you show the clearance when it is done?
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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 18 Jul 2016, 08:17

Jody, you never cease to amaze me! Awesome buddy!
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Re: CopyCatVert

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Post by 1967 S Code » 18 Jul 2016, 09:13

Very cool modification. Your thinking outside of the box is second to none.
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1967 Standard
Dan Gurney Special

6.5 Litre, Black / Black, AC Whisperaire, Am/FM, Sports Console,
Front and Rear Bumper Guards, Clock

1968 XR7-G
302 4V, Lime Frost / Black Leather, AM/FM, Black Vinyl, Tilt-A-Way
Heavy Duty Suspension, Power Disc Brakes, Rader Wheels


1968 XR7-G Hertz
390 4V, Black Cherry/ Dark Red Leather, Black Vinyl, Sunroof, Tilt-A-Way,
Cruise, Rear Defrost, AC Whisperaire


1968 Convertible Conversion "Top Cat"
Standard, 302 4V, XR7G Console, XR7G Front Valance, XR7S Taillight Bars

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Re: CopyCatVert

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Post by Yorgle » 18 Jul 2016, 20:21

I took the twisty back roads to and from court today to try out the rear sway bar and am happy to report that it has greatly reduced the amount of body roll in curves and corners at normal speeds. It's even more noticeable in town where the car used to lean hard on sharp turns at intersections. I didn't expect the results to be anywhere near so dramatic. This particular bar is 3/4 thick, so I'm sure it will introduce some tendency toward oversteer, but I find that preferable to the mushy, ship-like feeling of factory under steer.
1968 XR-7 Augusta Green, J-Code, 5 litre, Autolite 6100, 5 spd, convertible with heated seats, cruise control and rear sway bar.

BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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