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Old 05-05-2020, 08:37 AM   #351
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By the end of the day yesterday I had cut the rear quarters, sealed them up, sanded down the doors, and started molding the Mines spoiler.. tons of work in perfect weather couldn't have asked for a better day.



A little tip for anyone who comes across this thread in the future looking for advice or tips on cutting your rear quarters. If you use a thick cutting wheel, it leaves you with more surface metal to weld/seal. Also, if you have a large metal mallet, you can shape the inside of the rear quarters, instead of cut multiple fins on the inner quarter panel to push out. Ends up saving a lot of time, and significantly reduces the amount of material you actually need to cut.



The only thing left to do in the rear, besides sand the molded Mines setup, is figure out how much further to push out the rear bumper tabs.

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Old 05-08-2020, 10:40 AM   #352
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Still working on that trunk molding... it's taking a while to get the shaping all right, but about 90% done. Wrapping this trunk is probably going to be a bitch.

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Old 05-16-2020, 06:40 AM   #353
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Happy to finally be making real progress, but progress is slow. I think it took me about two hours to do one quarterpanel side of the car after removing all the roof rack trim and cleaning out 15+ years of crap underneath it!


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Old 05-17-2020, 10:32 AM   #354
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Progress Indeed!.....looking good

Keep on Keeping on with it while the world is slow, things are definitely starting to pick up around me, so shows and meet will be back on the books soon IMO
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:09 AM   #355
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Yeah I totally agree, I honestly wouldn't have time to put in all this work without the current situation. Working from home means no commute and that saves hours each day!

Over the weekend I finished up both quarterpanels, and worked on the roof and trunk. Not really content with how the roof/trunk finished up, may need to redo them


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Old 06-01-2020, 09:27 AM   #356
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Spent the weekend slowly continuing the vinyl wrap. Bugeyes are NOT easy, the door handles SUCK. And, I ran out of vinyl portions big enough for front and rear bumpers... d'oh.

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Old 06-22-2020, 08:14 PM   #357
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Vinyl project is taking forever, as supplies are starting to dry up with companies not printing as much material. While I wait for restock, working on smaller items, like this Spec C roof vent



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Old 06-26-2020, 01:20 PM   #358
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Wow gorgeous bugeye! I really enjoyed reading through this, giving me some goals of my own.

Your rear bumper set up, is that the Ver7 STI rear spats and diffuser on a 04-05 bumper? Or how did you get the tail lights to fit?

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Old 06-29-2020, 08:59 AM   #359
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Your rear bumper set up, is that the Ver7 STI rear spats and diffuser on a 04-05 bumper? Or how did you get the tail lights to fit?
The rear bumper is simply a normal Bugeye bumper, with small, circular holes cut out to assist with fitment of the 04-05 tail lights. Cutting the holes isn't absolutely necessary, but it does assist perhaps one or two millimetres.

In other news, continued the wrap job this weekend.. minor project.. the door handles.





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Old 06-29-2020, 10:17 AM   #360
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wow, that's solid persistence and if u can nail those, i think the rest of the car is going to look stunning.
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Old 07-05-2020, 08:45 AM   #361
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Mancave Bugeye Garage project continues. Picked up some old banners from a shop in upstate New York to join the Motul banner -- I can only imagine the stories behind the super large GT Spec banner, which is probably at least a decade old.


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Old 07-11-2020, 10:45 AM   #362
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Old 07-18-2020, 11:18 AM   #363
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So ye olde TopScoob031 made some random Instagram meme

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Old 07-23-2020, 10:55 AM   #364
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One of the many things I've learned on this journey, is that after bodywork, vinyl will not stick properly to some types of body filler. This requires a solid clearcoat application after bodywork is complete. For anyone else that goes down this same path, let me suggest DiamondClear. When it dries, it's super hard, and makes a good surface for vinyl applications.

On that note, the front bumper work is done, and cleared.



This will be the daily bumper while I rework the ABW bumper below to fit perfectly on the current widebody:

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