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Old 02-06-2011, 12:21 AM   #351
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Just viewed GTAHVIT's DIY on the Heritage Grill install. Well done. Looks pretty simple. Next thing up is the grill installation.

Piece of cake. If I can do it you can too.
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:14 AM   #352
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Considering re-moving the door panel inserts, dash inserts and the counsole guages for painting IOM. After all the mods I have done so far, it scares the hell out of me to muck with plastic trim stuff.

Any thoughts or advice on this project. To be honest I really wanted the IOM interior package, but I could not live with all that orange leather. Just too much for my liking.

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Easy as cake to do. If you can find a friend in the area to help, it's really some easy stuff. You just need 5 lights, a light tube for the dash and light tubes for the doors, the connectors, the door and dash inserts....aaaand that's it. I'm still waiting on Lupe to get his lights in. Once he gets them, we are going to toss his stuff together in record time.
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Oh. You must have mis-understood. I want to remove the door panel inserts, dash inserts and center counsol guages to have them painted IOM. Not doing the light thing right now.

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Old 02-07-2011, 03:38 PM   #355
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Driveshaft Shop steps up to the plate again. Now that I have there driveshaft, they feel I need a set of there axels to go with it is in order. Made me an offer I can't refuse. Thanks to Frank and the Driveshaft Shop crew.

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Oh. You must have mis-understood. I want to remove the door panel inserts, dash inserts and center counsol guages to have them painted IOM. Not doing the light thing right now.

If you are planning on repainting what you have, you'll need to repaint from the outside leaving a clear strip up top for the light to shine through. If you are planning on painting from the inside, just buy new inserts....believe me, it AIN'T WORTH IT!!!! As, I've done it!

Yes, you'll need to paint the center gauge console, but the other stuff you can simply buy new if you wanted. And, it'll only take an hour to install the inserts (all of them) yourself. It'll take a few hours if you've never done it before, but I could have your dash inserts done in 5 min....doors....mmmm 40 min tops. It's rather easy. It's the painting that is going to be the pain if that is the route you decide to go.
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If you are planning on repainting what you have, you'll need to repaint from the outside leaving a clear strip up top for the light to shine through. If you are planning on painting from the inside, just buy new inserts....believe me, it AIN'T WORTH IT!!!! As, I've done it!

Yes, you'll need to paint the center gauge console, but the other stuff you can simply buy new if you wanted. And, it'll only take an hour to install the inserts (all of them) yourself. It'll take a few hours if you've never done it before, but I could have your dash inserts done in 5 min....doors....mmmm 40 min tops. It's rather easy. It's the painting that is going to be the pain if that is the route you decide to go.
THX Bud. I didn't know that.Look's like I need to do some more research.


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Will I be able to easily see what has to be masked in order for the ambient light to work?
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The weather will finally cooperate with my schedule. My insurance guy has already faxed the permit to me. I'm good to go for a blast in Pumpkin tomorrow.Cool, clear and sunny for a few days. Pumpkin will slide around a bit due to cold roads, but I deal with it.

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Pumpkin will slide around a bit due to cold roads, but I deal with it.
Tires are fine. I've had TC off for the past week
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Will I be able to easily see what has to be masked in order for the ambient light to work?
not sure i understand.
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not sure i understand.
From your post regarding painting the door panel inserts, I am lead to believe that I have to mask a thin strip for the door panel to let the ambient light strip shine through?

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If you are going to paint the door inserts on the outside, yes...you'd need to tape off the very top part and not paint it...or the light won't shine through.
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Well there was frost on the Pumpkin this morning when I got up. Yesterday's test drive went well. Everthing seems good. Later today Pumpkin needs a good bath and then back into hibernation for detailing and some paint mods. Hope to get to the Heritage grill installation done this weekend.

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If you are going to paint the door inserts on the outside, yes...you'd need to tape off the very top part and not paint it...or the light won't shine through.
Thanks Bud. I took a close look at the door panel I can see it now. What issues did you have with painting your door panels?

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Well Pumpkin has taken up residents across the street from home. My Buddy Tom from ESS will be helping with a few of the next mods. If every thing goes as planned, tomorrow will be the Heritage Grill installation day.

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Well Pumpkin has taken up residents across the street from home. My Buddy Tom from ESS will be helping with a few of the next mods. If every thing goes as planned, tomorrow will be the Heritage Grill installation day.

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Your talking the grill right?
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Your talking the grill right?
yep. contemplating one myself.
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Thanks Bud. I took a close look at the door panel I can see it now. What issues did you have with painting your door panels?



You seriously don't want me to go into that...lol


First, the guys that did my panels didn't put on enough layers of paint. So, you could see straight through the panel. Then, at the top of the ridge where the ABL is going to shine through, the didn't do an even layer of paint. So, it was brighter in some areas than others.

Then, there was the entire deal of the panel having what appeared to be some sort of bubble between the panel and the paint. well, it wasn't a bubble...it was possibly an imperfection with the plastic. But, I tried to sand it...and yes, it was a PAIN.

Just remember...if you are going to paint the inside, you are going to have a HELL of a lot of sanding to do. It needs to be PERFECT!
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They will almost be twins.

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You seriously don't want me to go into that...lol


First, the guys that did my panels didn't put on enough layers of paint. So, you could see straight through the panel. Then, at the top of the ridge where the ABL is going to shine through, the didn't do an even layer of paint. So, it was brighter in some areas than others.

Then, there was the entire deal of the panel having what appeared to be some sort of bubble between the panel and the paint. well, it wasn't a bubble...it was possibly an imperfection with the plastic. But, I tried to sand it...and yes, it was a PAIN.

Just remember...if you are going to paint the inside, you are going to have a HELL of a lot of sanding to do. It needs to be PERFECT!
I see. Sounds like you had a rough time with it. I was actally thinking about painting the outside of the panels. I am guessing the draw back is the possibllity of scratching them, or am I missing something?


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That's about right. That's the only reason I didn't want to paint the outside...scratching them. But, that is really going to be the way to go. Paint and clear coat...only way to do it.
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Sorry guy's kind of got side tracked working on the Pro Street car. Got to get things in order for a Tuesday load the trailer day. Transporter leaves Wednesday afternoon for Vegas for our season opener. I think Pumpkin will be back burnered til after I return from Vegas now.

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That's about right. That's the only reason I didn't want to paint the outside...scratching them. But, that is really going to be the way to go. Paint and clear coat...only way to do it.
I believe that's the way things are going. Any rattles in the door's after you re and re them?

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