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Post by meethawk » 20 Dec 2016, 10:27

akfordman wrote:I got it online from a place call Cheetah Wraps <https://www.cheetahwrap.com/shop/avery/ ... wrap-vinyl> sort of a random pick, but they had good prices and allows you to pick sizes that better suited my need to experiment w/o taking out a loan.

The black is actually un-restored original color.

the stylus is just one of those $2 bondo spreaders you can get at O'Relily's or any automotive chain. I just cut it down with a pair of shears and got some really thin very soft leather from my wife's crafting stash. I dusted of my sewing skills from my youth and stitched it around the cut down plastic then inverted it to put the seams inward.

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ok great thanks for the tips!!

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Post by akfordman » 20 Dec 2016, 13:22

I ordered 48" Avery SW900 SIlver Chrome (843) "WRAPASWRAPCH48" from CheetahWrap.com. $27 + Shipping. You're correct, it's 5.7 mil, not the 4, I thought I remembered it to be. It's certainly tougher, but makes me wonder if the thinner 3M might be more workable.

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Post by akfordman » 28 Dec 2016, 10:17

holiday update. still working on making all the foam bits on the inside and cleanup up the toggle switches and such. but...lenses polished, gage faces cleaned, metal parts cleaned & repainted
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Post by Al Bundy » 28 Dec 2016, 11:23

You need to paint the orange stripe on the speedo.
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1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Post by akfordman » 28 Dec 2016, 15:29

Just the speedo, or both? I'm trying to find some good images on 'the google' but those dang mustangs (which I love) keep showing up. Many of those have both the tach and speedo painted.

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Post by Al Bundy » 28 Dec 2016, 16:42

No orange on the tach. Though I'm not sure why, that would be more appropriate. I took the lazy way out and bought a speedometer that still had bright orange paint. I'm not sure how easy that would be any more.
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1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
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1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Post by catlover » 29 Dec 2016, 11:11

akfordman,
Before paining needles, do more checking, all I have seen are white on speedo and tach. There is a how to on WCCC web site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrZz-tjt9Go
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Post by Al Bundy » 29 Dec 2016, 11:30

catlover wrote:akfordman,
Before paining needles, do more checking, all I have seen are white on speedo and tach. There is a how to on WCCC web site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrZz-tjt9Go
Needles are white, talking about the stripe on the face of the speedo.
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1963 Thunderbird Z code - raven black/red
1968 XR7 F code - diamond blue/blue
1968 XR7 J code - black/red
1968 J code - madras blue/aqua
1968 XR7 X code - lime frost/dark ivy gold
1968 GT-E XR7 W code prototype no. 500033 - cardinal red/black

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Post by akfordman » 29 Dec 2016, 12:08

Doh! Yeah, figured that out after a bit. Also found a post were the red-line was cleverly masked to make painting it much easier and way more precise <https://www.diyauto.com/manufacturers/m ... by-xr7-gry>

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Post by akfordman » 30 Dec 2016, 11:02

masked for color accent and awaiting shipment of red needle paint from WCCC along with better toggle switch tips and used toggle switch nuts. mine were pitted and just wouldn't look good enough with all the other work done on the dash.
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