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 Post subject: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:27 pm 
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Car Model*: 67 dart 2 door hardtop
I refurbished my grill. OMG, so much work, but I think it looks good. I didn't use argent silver as the factory did, I used the charcoal metallic like I used on my home made ralleye wheels, artistic license.

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 Post subject: Re: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:16 pm 
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Car Model*: 1967 Dodge Dart GT 225 Slant Six
This looks great. I was just thinking about doing this to my ‘67 as I wait on spring to get here. Can you tell us what you used to get the old flat black off and which grits of sandpaper, polish, and cleaner used to get those shinny bits all nice and sparkly

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 Post subject: Re: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:45 am 
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I used 0000 steel wool to get the old black off, it came off pretty easily. For the perimeter edge I was more aggressive, used some 220 wet sanding, then to finer grits so I could polish the perimeter edge (you have to remove the anodizing to polish it). I chose to clear coat the polished aluminum. The rest of it was just painted, but I clear coated the whole thing at the end. There is a way to remove anodizing chemically, I haven't tried it. It is 3 tablespoons of lye per gallon of water, soak 20 minutes with some agitation. Aluminum is pretty sensitive to acids and bases so if you do try this, watch it carefully, don't go off to lunch or something, you may come back to a badly pitted piece. I'm sure it works fine, I just didn't want to try it on my grill because I only wanted the perimeter edge anodizing removed, not the whole thing. In retrospect I would have used the chemical etch over all that sanding.

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 Post subject: Re: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:51 pm 
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Very nice work, it will look great on the car. Lots of work for sure, but I am sure you think it was worth it now.

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 Post subject: Re: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 3:00 am 
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Wow, looks great. This is really a super show car you are constructing.

All the best,

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 Post subject: Re: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:22 am 
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Looks great!

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 Post subject: Re: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:37 pm 
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Looks great!

I also did the same project 5 or 6 years ago, you ain't kidding about the amount of work it takes revive these. I had to removed dents from the outer surround trim that goes around the headlights; lots of tapping and filing to get those straight. Painting is the easy part of the job.

I have a 67 GT with the aluminum trunk panel. It was dented, gouged, and real nasty when I got the car, once again lots of tap tap taping, and sanding to bring that thing back to half decent condition before painting it.

Its the little details like these that make an old car perk-up. These projects are good in that one need not spend a lot of dough on supplies, it's all labor.

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 Post subject: Re: '67 dart grill redo
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:35 pm 
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OK so I finally installed the grill today, see here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/151192512 ... /lightbox/

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