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    Gord, So today was another big one in Palm Springs. It was the yearly Dr. George car show, over a 1000 cars and trucks, primarily 50 and 60's stuff. Really cool. I will try and figure out from your notes how to send pictures. One thing that's really noticeable is no gravel chips. The fronts are perfect, not a mark. Our cars get really beat up with road rash.
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    did the second one also have damage? I wondered why you mentioned a third? Gm parts from warehouse to dealer are handled pretty well. Its when they don't repack and ship as received by fedex etc that they get damaged. Drivers door hinges are available and will most likely be for a while as they are the same as vette. Not much way to rebuild them. They are pressed together and parts that some sell on ebay to repair don't come close to actually fitting. I had to repair a set once as I was down ,door off and needed to get car out of the shop. Not fun. I just happen to have a box assortment from back in the day when they had bronze bushings and the pins could be just driven out. I used pieces from 2-3 different cars. I am uncertain as to why they say not to oil them. they are metal to metal. The oil should not be allowed to get on the indents or the outside of the roller as that can let the door shut easier by the wind or if parked on a hill. also oil/grease attracts dirt and will cause faster wear. I soak them down with lube and just wipe off the detent bar

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    Wow, that's quite the car show, John! I googled it by name so as to educate myself a bit. Guess you might need to go back for a second day with that many cars to see? Understood with the road-rash from Alberta - one step better than the salt used here though. Countless vehicles here simply do not exist at all now.

    L.T.S.: Okay, look closely at the 'Northstar VVT' on both sides of the cover. I'll guess the bell went off for coffee break, so he dropped his paintbrush and...forgot. No biggy as I have plans for it, but what if... what if I was a purist or a customer without the will to 'bend' a bit?

    The first one getting shattered and without proper packaging - tough to say if it was like that right from the factory sub-supplier or maybe the GM dealer fiddled with it. Shame, as at least the painter was paying attention that day.

    The hinges are indeed pre-oiled - one had a tag on it saying so. 100%, exactly as you mentioned - they don't want folks getting oil on the detent bar or collecting additional dirt I'd imagine.

    Ah, the era of brass bushings, wow. There's something kind of gone in today's fast-paced manufacturing world.

    Well, the car is just about 17 and the old hinges looked very original, so if I can get another 17 years out of this set, I'll never have to resort to reworking the old ones - I will keep them around though...just in case. (Thinking about it honestly, I don't think I'll get another 17 years out of myself)!

    Vetter is probably still sanding - hope that's going okay. I didn't even look at my car yesterday...snow clearing and fixing belligerent snowblowers instead. (Stop laughing John.) There was a pretty good snowstorm in this region and out where I live, the wind loves to pile up drifts so tall that ultimately I should really have a tractor, but I'd never maintain it so there's no point.

    Maybe today I'll get back to some tinkering with the XLR - sore back permitting!

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    Lightbulb Fluffy white stuff burns my thrusters!

    Well I guess winter finally decided to really dump on my region. What did I do to the XLR today would be a rather unfortunate -nothing-.

    That was the better part of the weekend and this morning clearing two significant snow falls, and the balance of time resting a somewhat irritated back. Dagnabit, this getting older bit really sucKS!

    Picture for those of you in the south, so you may please taunt said snow-bound XLR owner... perhaps with pictures of nice beaches and lovely ladies in bikinis?

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    Lightbulb A wheely big show...

    Advancement! Singular.

    Fitting and sizing up wheel. (Singular). Comments welcome as long as they're polite. And positive. Okay, negative too, but polite.

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    Vetter! Still sanding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gord View Post

    Vetter! Still sanding?

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    Yes, finished sanding the bad epoxy primer I did a few days ago. It actually wasn't so bad and as tough as that stuff is I could really define the sharp edges a little better. So I sprayed a coat of 2X primer Monday and started sanding it smooth these last few days, that stuff sands awesome with just a 3M scotch pad.
    Will be ready for base clear next week, but may wait till the weather starts getting a little warmer.

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    Finished sanding the car, smooth as silk right now. Also painted the grill and engine cover with gloss black, everything else will be Silver Metallic.
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    Looks awesome - dangling mirrors too!

    I'm trying to visualize the painted engine cover through the hood vents you made...I think this might be really cool, especially with the silver metallic exterior!

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    I like the wheels. I had a set of factory scuffed up , I painted them hyper silver which is just a tad darker that what you show. The wheels looked great. The center caps not so much. I would like to find something else for the centers that would fit or be adapted.

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