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1971 Grandé Concourse Restoration
(04-12-2019, 08:51 AM)bkdunha Wrote: Great work Pegleg!  You are putting alot of time, effort, and money into this.  Sorry I had to add the money part, but it is a reality.  If you would like to see what a single exhaust looks like here is my car as an example.  Also, I noted you had the center section in black on the rear axle.  For concourse that should be red oxide.  Not sure if you have revised your plans from concourse over time.  It happens, just wanted to help id still going down that path.

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Thank You for your feedback. The other thing i noticed on your car is the spring perches are grey or silver and not black. I am trying to stay true to original but as you know origial parts/NOS are expensive. Where i can restore i am. Where there is repop that looks same i will use. The judging here in UK is nowhere near the standard you guys have to come up to. I will make changes based on your pictures now i have a true reference to work with thumb   How did you get the right shade for those painted stripes yellow, green, pink, red?

1971 Grandé
Yes, the spring perches are "natural" steel. Basically from the factory they were bare steel. Mustang Club of America rules allow for a painted finish to duplicate the factory finishes. The painted finish is to allow you to fend off the rust and corrosion a bare steel part would experience. I am fortunate that I located my build sheet 30+ years ago when I was a teenager and this being my first car. I saved that and it has the codes for the paint colors on the driveshaft. If you are careful cleaning your drive shaft with mineral spirits you may be able to locate the color stripes on yours. If you car is a 351 V 2V (H Code) with an automatic (FMX) and a 9" rear you will probably have the same paint codes. I will help out any way I can to help you reach your goal. If you have not already printed the rules out from the attached post in the Concourse category you may want to. It will help you towards your concourse goal.


72 Mach 1 H-Code (Concourse driven restoration)
67 S-Code Factory GT with 4-Spd

68 Mercury Cyclone (Pro-Street project)
Its been a productive day today. I got some of roof trim de-glued. What a PITA that job was. It had been baked in Arizona for 45 years. The wire brush needed plenty of elbow grease. Used a stainless steel scourer and then triple zero wire wool. Where the glue came away the zinc plating came away. The parts are ready to be zinc plated just as soon as i find a bath to accomodate the parts. I also got one of the spring plates polished up after using zinc bath. Final part to get prep for zinc bath was the plate the dash screws to

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The 2 pieces of roof trim with jagged pieces i left till last. They are going to be a massive PITA and no doubt i am going to end up with chunks missing from my fingers by the end of the process

1971 Grandé
I have plated all 5 brackets with zinc to give them another 50 years protection

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The 3 A/C brackets have been sprayed black

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With a BIG Thank You to BKDHUNA i sprayed the spring perches the correct metal grey.

Now working on plating the long bracket that the dashpad screws on to

1971 Grandé
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I've seen behind the scene the efforts you've put into these, how well restored and plated all these parts were.
If only parts could talk!

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
Another piece of iron zinc plated and protected for another 50 years. Each piece brings new learning with zinc. The rear of this dash pad plate was a royal PITA to do

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1971 Grandé
When I see the red relaxing bed, I see you were literally serious about giving them a massage Smile
I can't even remember seen one of these for decades, but I bet this got to be the nicest one!

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
I'm starting to get plating envy guys, and i never even thought I would even consider it! But i think its the way to go to truly prevent the dreaded rust coming back and to ensure longevity of the parts. Now to do the research !
(05-02-2019, 04:24 PM)baz70 Wrote: I'm starting to get plating envy guys, and i never even thought I would even consider it! But i think its the way to go to truly prevent the dreaded rust coming back and to ensure longevity of the parts. Now to do the research !

Definately worthwhile learning a new skill. The process from de-rust to plate is quite simple in theory but does require some effort and thinking outside the box. I was lured into the plating world by Fabrice. I never thought i would consider it either but i have enjoyed the learning process that just keeps on asking questions with differant shaped parts.

1971 Grandé
Steve, what size metal for the zinc and nickel plating anodes should i get from ebay ? I will be doing a lot of plating and the prices are quite dear so want to make sure i order the right amount
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