Ray G.
posted by: Ray Guarino

Ray’s black wrinkle paint infatuation detailed:

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Here’s what 18 years of sitting in a garage did to the Vintage 1976 Cal Custom valve and rear end covers, not pretty, but that’s gonna change.

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De-grease, bead blast and tape off the fins with 3M fineline tape…

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The set up: two electric hot plates with a sheet of 0.30” aluminum sitting on top to spread the heat evenly (about 120° worth).

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Here are two views of the rear end cover showing the lustrous and consistent black wrinkle pattern, I can smell it just looking at them!

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The valve covers renewed to their badass state, with stainless steel bolts to secure them in place. Note the MSD box that’s not an MSD box on the firewall, that’s also been wrinkle painted.

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The cryptic box that now matched the valve covers in its first mounting place….yeah, it got relocated later on.

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Cal Custom bringing up the rear once again, with matching stainless steel bolts or course (because I’m anal that way).

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Scoring big at the Syracuse Nationals; an aluminum gauge panel was procured, taped and painted (what else), wrinkle black!

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I contracted the maker of the gauge panel to machine a one-off finned dual quad air cleaner lid out of aluminum, and this is what’s left of that chunk. Once I get it later this week it’ll get the black wrinkle treatment too…then this car guy will be happy.

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Until then, this is the replica I made from a sheet of aluminum to hold the place of the real thing, and so I can drive the car without sucking in every bug in NY down those thirsty 8 barrels.

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posted by: Chris

Since my Triumph TR6 is giving me fits. . .I've decided to really abuse myself with this. . .

It's an '84 Vette with that dopey 4+3 stick shift. . .and a bad reverse gear!

This should be fun. . .yessirree!!

84 Corvette

If that's not bad enough. . .how about this:

It's a '90 Pontiac Sunbird with a leaky top, and a beaming orange "Check Engine" light

I need my head examined. . .

90 Pontiac Sunbird

At least I can drive to the disco in this:

It's a '77 Cadillac Seville that my Dad forgot that he owned for about twelve years. . .

"Get that thing outa my garage!!" he said, while stuffing the title in my pants pocket.

77 Cadillac Seville

. . . and always remember:

It's gotta get ugly, before it gets beautiful!

Triumph TR6

 

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posted by: Ray Guarino

We’ve all come across the situation during a project where we need a bracket that has a flat on one end and a circular end on the other AND turns 90° to facilitate mounting a part and we know it’s not offered in any restoration catalog. Some guys would resort to the old standby of using a zip tie or duct tape, others look at the challenge as an opportunity to stretch the limits of their creativity and make a one-off part like the ones seen below on Ray’s resto-mod GTO project.

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posted by: Ray Guarino
Here is a '79 Fiat Spyder that followed Ray home back in May of '04
   
Note how the sunroof is built right into the convertible top - Those Italians think of everything!
   
Check out that Four-Banger!!!
   
From this angle, the interior doesn't look too bad - but we all agreed that the top looked a lot better in the down position.
   
Yep, Ray had his work cut out for him on this one. . .We here at MotorMouth Radio will keep you posted on the developments

 

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posted by: Ray Guarino

Rebuilding the gutted interior w/ new carpet, but who ever expected to find (rotted out) fuel lines running through the cockpit?

You can't say Italian car designers lack a sense of humor!!

   

Practicing my aluminum forming techniques, hard line bending, and rust repair.

The dark black spots are POR-15 rust encapsulator

   

Close up of the Italian psycho-therapy called metal forming!

"If I had a hammer. . . "!

   
All repairs done, 5 hole steering wheel mounted on a 6 hole hub, and half the carpet in place.

 

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