1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by CATHOUSE » 28 Nov 2013, 09:24

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I like the T-shaped tool much better, it is naturally shaped for the hand to pull unlike the screwdriver handle type. Cheap too!: http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/905 ... pring-Tool
I'll be sending some photos to Cougar2 later today. If he is able to add them to this post that is fine with me.

I was a little wrong on how the tool is shaped. When the shaft comes out of the handle it is only about 1/2" long before it makes a 90 degree turn. The nice part of the tool having the 90 degree turn in it is that it gets your hand out of your line of sight, that makes it a lot easier to line up the spring with the slot in the retainer ring. The 90 degree turn also allows you to have great control over the tool and it nevers feels like it will slip out of your hand. A T shaped handle would be better than a straight screwdriver style handle (in my opinion) however both of those styles would still have your hand directly above the spring and slot.

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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by cougar2 » 28 Nov 2013, 20:20

Here is the spring tool that Randy was talking about. I like it.

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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by leonbray » 28 Nov 2013, 21:23

Hmmmm - used screwdriver, big hammer and some heat. Why spend a couple of bucks when you can waste all day making it
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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by CATHOUSE » 28 Nov 2013, 22:17

Thank you for posting the photos Dennis.

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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 28 Nov 2013, 23:11

I agree that could be fabbed in a day and save the money.

The hardest part might be getting the notch in without breaking the blade.
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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by Al Bundy » 29 Nov 2013, 07:50

leonbray wrote:Hmmmm - used screwdriver, big hammer and some heat. Why spend a couple of bucks when you can waste all day making it
LOL Leon. I had an uncle that always used that philosophy. He'd spend 8 hours cobbling something together out of scraps and leftovers before he'd pay $5 for a new part.
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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by XR7-Gry » 29 Nov 2013, 15:47

OK, so now that we all know what kind of spring hook to make this weekend I want to show you what I did last night. It was time to paint on those white strips. I ordered a roll of the exact width striper stencil tape from Finesse Pinstriping INC http://www.finessepinstriping.com/, but since they refused to ship paint overseas I found someone locally that sells One Shot enamel paint for pin striping and good pencils. With all this in place it was time to do go to work. I first cleaned the areas where I was going to tape with water, then wiped eventually remaining fat away with silicone wash solvent. Then I started the measuring to get the stencil tape on the car exactly where it was supposed to be. I read somewhere some time ago that the upper stripe should be about 1/2 inch from the edge on the body, so that's what I did. To help me get the tape nice and straight all the way I first put on some small pieces of masking tape all along the side to guide me. The stencil tape was really nice and easy to work with.

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Then it was time to paint the stripes. This was a first time for me so I found a nice instruction video on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vNqe8RMW1U and then practiced a little bit before I started with the car as I wanted to have an even coat of paint all the way. It was a lot easier than I thought up front, and the result came out very nice. I am amazed by how much these white stripes adds to the appearance of the car.

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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by CatVert68 » 29 Nov 2013, 16:16

Gry, I don't know what you do for a living but you should consider starting a restoration shop! You do phenomenal work.
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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by cougar2 » 29 Nov 2013, 16:51

I agree, Gry would have no problem in that business.

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Re: 1968 XR7-G Hertz Restoration

Post by propayne » 29 Nov 2013, 19:47

Great stuff Gry - I find this extra interesting as I am in a somewhat related profession.

I went and watched the YouTube pin striping video that you posted the link to. That guys was pulling stripes freehand without a mask or stencil.

So, did you use a pin striper's brush and run that (loaded with white paint) inside the stencil, pulling off the stencil when it was dry?

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