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post #226 of 235 (permalink) Old Jun 17th, 19, 12:51 AM
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I really like how the steering wheel came out also. What .kind of paint did you use? Rattle can?
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I believe there were 2 different heater controls, early production and late production. The reason i say this is because my '68 300 deluxe was built on the last shift of the last day of '68 production for the Fremont, Ca. plant. My heater controls have a lighted face, provision for the bulb and the wiring to power the bulb. I bought a set of heater controls at a swap meet just for the cables, this set up did not have the provisions for a bulb. I don't know when the swap meet part was built, but as we know, G.M. did weird stuff back then. Just my opinion , not proven fact. Terry
Interesting. Mine had the provision for the bulb (round opening on the RH side of the controls) but no trace of a wire. I even searched the harness for signs of a stub). Of course its possible that the control could have been swapped at some time, based on some minor changes I found I do suspect the car had been ""restored"" sometime around 20 years ago or so, long before it was hotrodded, so anything is possible

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I really like how the steering wheel came out also. What .kind of paint did you use? Rattle can?
Its SEM Color Coat Landeau black, same as the dashboard & the steering column.
I sanded the steering wheel down through the gold pain in many places, then cleaned it, shot first with SEM sand free adhesion promoter then the paint.

So far so good, thought haven't really abused it much yet.
It didn't peel off with my fingers the first few times I took it out to drive in the hot sun, so I figure thats a win!
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Read about it on Amazon. Sounds like a really good product. Amazing results. Maybe I will use it when I redo my steering wheel,etc.

Thanks for the tip.
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After 3 years of slowly revealing the metallic gold underneath the nasty green & primer that was painted on the car, I finally got to a point where I was ready to try to wet sand and buff the car.

I did the drivers side last weekend, 800 grit followed by 1000 git followed by 3m Medium cut on a rotory buffer. I was very pleased with the results, though couldn't really take a photo that would show it!

This weekend I did the passenger side which the paint was noticeably worse above the old body trim line... And again I am very pleased with the outcome!

I did managed to snap a couple pics showing off the shine at the right angle- The metal flake doesn't show in the pics but it really pops in person(all 3 layers of it).

Now my motivation is renewed to finish getting the grey off the roof and trunk, and yes, those last green spots on the rockers...
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That's funny, i have that same car in my garage. Terry
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That's funny, i have that same car in my garage. Terry
Is yours upside down too?
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Great job Rambo, you saved another Chevelle!

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Is yours upside down too?
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No, but at least yours has paint on it. Terry
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Went racing last night
Best run (on radial t/a street tires) was [email protected]

https://youtu.be/PR6Q7_RYPHM

Very pleased with those numbers considering I have almost no experience launching a 4spd car with this kind of power on street tires. This was just babying it off idle and rolling off the line.

I feel it has a lot left on the table to improve with tuning and practice launching and shifting... No plans for sticky tires at this time, not sure how much longer the 10 bolt will live anyway. It makes angry noises when turning after it has heated up

I last raced my 68 elk in 2008 before selling it. That car ran high 12s on drag radials with an auto.

I've only raced twice in the years since then and both cars were slow enough not to be interesting (for me) to persue racing them... but this felt great again, and I WILL be racing this car again.

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