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Fabrice's 429CJ 71 project
Great work and looks like you've added a new addiction to your list
The soldering iron is a great tool for plastic welding and if you have a soldering iron with multiple tips even better
I find the flat blade tip works best as you can smooth the repair afterwards with the flat side
Keep up the good work but beware of the fumes from the plastic!
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Great job fixing the grill. You could also add some steel pieces as a reinforcement mixed with the molten plastic like a small nail without the head bridging the two pieces, but it may not look pretty. Or if you wanted more reinforcement you could lay out some bare glass fiber over the crack and mix it with the molten plastic.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
Strange center section with Truetrac, 3.5 gear and 31 spline axles, 4-wheel disc brakes
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Thx for the kind words guys. Makes me melt... as plastic Smile

@OzCoupe72
Replied that a few msgs back, while busy I saw it indeed would be better to have something flat, on the grille it wasn't a must, the tip on my gun has round corners and that did ok, but for one of the future job on interior panels, I think having some where you can heat a little and smooth out on a fairly large surface will be a must.
I saw you can also heat and have a tiny influence on the surface, might be something worth an experiment to try see if on the interior panel there would be no way to mimic the texture. Thinking of some laser graved surface that could be gently pushed on the repaired bits, not too warm. Tho, i'll see when so far, as the plastics inside are bit different. Plus I have this wild idea for a while to make my own leather interior, so I would not even need to worry about the texture of receiving parts...

Regarding smoke, I was outside and it did not smoke that much, very little at times mostly not, prolly because I've left the longest tip on that I like for its progressive heating, that i find especially handy when you solder wires instead of ending with a hard not to be bended connection. Inside it might have been another story tho. Good you mention it.

@tony-muscle
Yes, @pegleg mentioned that too. Totally agree, I have already reinforced some places with plastic but something better needs be done as it will break at some point again otherwise. The top thin part especially, where you very likely lean on while busy on the engine. I need got get some aluminium for that...

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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" The top thin part especially, where you very likely lean on while busy on the engine. I need got get some aluminium for that".

Aluminium was my thinking too. I would go for polished aluminium as it would make the grill and corral surrounds ping more in the sun. Its a shame your not in the UK. I got a square metre sitting in the shed. Unless anyone is travelling from UK to Holland this year

Steve
1971 Grandé
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Weather was terrible today. rain, rain...
No way for me to spray anything, so went back to the grille, fixed the cracks I've missed last week, sanded and its now waiting for primer.
As my mini work space is now full of parts everywhere waiting for paint,
I thought, I'd work on little details on the 73. Plated a few bolts, finished to install properly the new power windows relay...

and then did some "Midlife porn"! Smile

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This plate/support/bracket, whatever its called, is another "nobody cares" case (except Randy aka @Midlife of course), but as my 73 is fairly clean inside, I was always annoyed
to know there was rust there. Especially because lots of components are having their grounds on it, I thought today was a good day to finally get to it.

Not rusted to death, a few minutes in de-rust + wool, removed all the corrosion. Then because it was left untreated by Ford to ensure conductivity, I've first layed some copper. Then it took a dive in my zinc bath for a few...

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In between did all the small bolts and 2 hours later the plate/support and its hardware was as new again.

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Here's the before and after. Some may find it overkill, but I'm addicted now, I needed my plating shot! Smile
I'll do the 71 as well soon.

Hope I can paint tomorrow, at least a few parts so I could make space and start on my next victim...

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Great job Fabrice. Its certainly NOT overkill if you are protecting grounds. Protection is what is. Peace of mind

Steve
1971 Grandé
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OMG! I mean that literally: you are my God, Fabrice. Thanks for the porn. Now then, are you going to do your fuse box clips like I suggested? I know it's going to gnaw at you until you do...

Let me check your shorts!
http://midlifeharness.com

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@Midlife
[I know it's going to gnaw at you until you do...]
Yes it will and even thought about doing it today, but you just retired, you wouldn't handle so much porn in such short amount of time. Smile


Anyway today was the weather worse than yesterday.

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Yesterday I had applied some bondo to smooth out some scratches that were hard to sand out on this kind of plastic, all reduced to a minimum ready for paint..

At some point, rain stopped and the sky wasn't promissing bad news for a few, so left the details I was plating cooking and went quickly spray another layer of primer.

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While the primer was drying cleaned up the pony and moldings. Its obvious I'm gonna need the passenger side 1/4 molding, the one I have has been repaired once in a very strange manner and has a dent too. I saw these are avail, so will look for one.

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The skies still relatively free of rain clouds, applied a first layer of the grey on the back and the hard to reach places underneath. Lighter than the more darker original that I've seen on many repops but more suitable for my taste in combo with the green that will suround it. Once done, helped dry with heat gun on the 4 pieces that would allow to turn it.

And started apply on the front...

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I was not a minute busy, rain started again! The grille was back inside in an instant but damage was done, the surface was ruined with many tiny drups Sad

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Totally aware it was my fault to try. I've again went plan B. heat dried that paint, fine sanded it and got rid of all the drups and presented the grille at the door so I could spray while it rained.

Finally managed to have the layer on! Still wet on the picts, the paint shines more than it does but one thing is sure, it does look a whole lot better than 2 weeks ago.
No more cracks, scratches to be seen and in one solid piece! Smile

Next week, I'll paint the honeycomb black and the entire grille will receive a semi gloss protective coat.
If the weather permits it that is.

To be continued...

73 modified Grandé 351C. Almost done. 
71 429CJ. In progress
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Well done. I know now hard hard it can be to work around the weather. I moved from the desert west to the wet northwest.



“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
--Albert Einstein
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Great progress Fabrice albeit not as much as you had planned. Any progress is welcome not matter how small the step is

Steve
1971 Grandé
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