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    Rebirth of the B

    Beeing ratty.
    This week will begin the process of turning one big bit into many little bits as prep work for the body being fixed and painted and interior replaced begins. Right now I'm in Tokyo and am leaving thrusday night so thrusday morning the work should begin yes morning it's not a misprint. Anything to stay awake long enought to get back on a normal sleep schedual. Colors are pretty much solid at this point. Sticking with the Black interior though still debating on switching over to a fully carpeted or if it's still available staying with rubber. I've decided on a current jaguar color slate which I think should look good especialy with the morspeed front and rear bumpers. Also going to use the grill from a 73/4. Going to be a fun summer project and I'm sure I will be asking plenty of questions.

    Heres a pick of the color I've chosen.

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    Re: Last week of the B

    Is that Zicron Blue? If so I just suggested it to someone else on the board.

    Speaking of Jag colors, I was thinking of painting my B Carnival Red, which is a current Jag color.
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    Re: Last week of the B

    Its the "Slate" color. Between silver and charcoal would be the best way to decribe it.
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    Re: Last week of the B

    That will look sharp! You don't see many silver or grey B's.
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    Re: Last week of the B

    Color looks like a great choice. Different, but not odd.

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    Re: Last week of the B

    GRRRRR.

    Stupid rental places. I was going to strip down the B this afternoon and then trailer it down to where the body work was going to happen and I was denied. Since I don't have a full size truck I couldn't rent a flat bed trailer even though the trailer and B are well under the max towing capacity for my truck. Will start tomorrow though as I'm just going to drive the B down to have its guts ripped out.
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Stunning color!
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    I find I must comment again.

    That has to be the best looking B I have ever seen. I would be proud to have that in my garage er living room.

    The color is just so right as well.
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Man -

    Every time I think it can't get any better looking.....[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]

    Gorgeous work. Your car contimues to be an inspiration and a point at which to aim. Remind me not to park next to you at any event. Ever!

    Kudos on your amazing work and perseverance.
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Well it's been just over 11 years and 50,000 miles of playing in the canyons around Los Angeles and the B is due for a refresh. Unfortunately while the paint still looks good for the most part rust has popped up in the front fender seems and the upper inner rear quarter panel has a bunch of bubbling paint and the lower rockers don't have to much left from the the dirty canyon roads.

    So it's time to start over again and this time it won't be a short and quick restoration. So far the plans are to fix the rust issue at the fender beads and then eliminate them along with the rear beads the same as my gt. Fix a few other issues that have bugged me and take the car to a much higher standard body and paint wise. The engine will also be rebuilt to fully take advantage of the blower. I still haven't decided if I'm going to change the color but Mineral Blue keeps popping into my head.

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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Somewhere I read you take a 100 point car, drive it down to 50 points and start over again. Good luck! Keep us posted and FWIW I like the colour it is.
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Quote Originally Posted by JPSmit View Post
    Somewhere I read you take a 100 point car, drive it down to 50 points and start over again. Good luck! Keep us posted and FWIW I like the colour it is.
    Jay Leno uses that line a bunch.

    Good luck with the re-restoration. That Mineral Blue color is really nice if you do decide to go color change. Will be a fun project, keep us informed as you go along.
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    I'm going to start taking mine apart soon also. It has rested long enough.
    So long and thanks, for all the fish.

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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Long time no read!

    Maybe next summer will be a good year for all our B's. Mine is in desperate need of an engine rebuild.
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    It's moving much faster than planned. Supposed to look at a paint sample on monday. Seams are gone along with the side marker lights. Ended up leaving the reverse lights as parallel parking my 67 which never had them on the street and backing out of parking spots confuses other drivers badly.




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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Excellent. Are you leaving the chrome strip down the side?
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Nice. Can that be done on a RB car?
    So long and thanks, for all the fish.

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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    I'm keeping them as I'd rather change a 20 buck strip of stainless steel than look at a door ding for years. Absolutely Kenny as that is a rubber bumper car though the bumpers have been in a landfill for 11 years.
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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    Yeah, I'm going to ditch mine (the bumpers) in this rebuild too.. they are saggy and mis-shaped... not to mention the weight. So how? Grind em off (the fender ridges) and fill, or...?
    So long and thanks, for all the fish.

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    Re: Rebirth of the B

    cut the top of the bead off and then cut out the middle portion from between the fenders. The beads are formed like a T. Once its out weld it up and shape. I'll see if I can dig up a picture. Nice thing is now that they are gone I'll never have to worry about rust forming there again.
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