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Old 01-26-2013, 09:23 AM   #1161
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Lol... my worst mistake was stopping at Home Depot on the way home from a polishing session.... I had no idea i looked like a Panda....
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:53 PM   #1162
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Panda??

Given the silver/gray color of the coating of nuvite and aluminum oxidation that I find myself wearing after a good polishing session, I've always thought the resemblance is closer to the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:10 PM   #1163
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Before someone else says it... Polishing? Tin Man?..... If I only had a brain.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:27 PM   #1164
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Before someone else says it... Polishing? Tin Man?..... If I only had a brain.

Too funny!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:44 PM   #1165
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Steering wheel glow

Pics of the new wheel...





Oh.... and BTW...
Thats is Vinyl plank as a backdrop...
Amazing!
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:49 PM   #1166
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:20 PM   #1167
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Progress on stiching the rear fairing back together.
Plan is to get it good enough to make them look better, short term and later take a mould.

Before...



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Old 01-29-2013, 09:07 PM   #1168
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So, my garage/workshop is becoming functional... its been a long haul, so to celebrate I bought some "Bits" home to fix!

Project Spare Wheel Cover:

It had a bunch of issues.
1/ Stress cracks on the lower catch corners.
2/ Upper corner ground right thru, I bet it fell off and got dragged along and just held on by one catch or the center lamp wire..
3/ Center lamp is not working/rusty/ugly.
4/ Bad paint.
5/ Scruffy corroded badges.
6/ Missing reflectors.

The cover is made of Vac formed ABS, so MEK is my friend!
A cotton swab, dipped in MEK and applied to the crack, draws the MEK down into the crack... I wiggled the crack up and down to further soften the ABS and "churn" the plastic, enhancing the bond.
Steve,

I'm at a point where I need to start repairing a lot of ABS parts. In searching for MEK I find that it is no longer available anywhere. They now sell MEK Substitute. I haven't found a lot on the internet about whether or not this new stuff works as well. John (Shepherd57) has suggested using the cleaner that is used for gluing ABS plastic and I will be giving that a try but in larger quantities its fairly expensive. I'm just wondering if you or anyone else has tried this MEK Substitute yet.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:34 PM   #1169
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Tried it... Useless for what we need.
Try a paint store like Dunn-Edwards... they had it listed...
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:04 AM   #1170
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Tried it... Useless for what we need.
Try a paint store like Dunn-Edwards... they had it listed...
That's what I was afraid of. I haven't checked the paint stores here so I'll give them a call this morning.

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Where did you find the wheel
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:57 AM   #1172
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Where did you find the wheel
Freakishly lucky find on Ebay!
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:13 AM   #1173
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Tried it... Useless for what we need.
Try a paint store like Dunn-Edwards... they had it listed...
Success! The local Sherwin Williams paint store had some. They don't have it on the shelf up front, you have to ask for it. Now to figure out how to use it

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Old 01-30-2013, 11:16 AM   #1174
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Yes... that IS where I saw it!
LOL!

On the ABS fixes, just shout me...

Are ya fixing those broken corners?
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:20 AM   #1175
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A few links for you with good info..
VFR Plastic Repair
Plastics repair with ABS cement - Ninja250Wiki
ABS/MEK Welding Demo
Repairing cracks or holes in ABS plastic, how I did it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:22 AM   #1176
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On the ABS fixes, just shout me...
Will do.

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Are ya fixing those broken corners?
Right now the work is on the Argosy so first off will be the dash and the trim around the drivers & passenger windows. After that it will be the the front valance surrounding the bumper.
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:24 AM   #1177
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Thanks for the links. They will give me some light reading in the evenings for the next few days
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:04 PM   #1178
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I need some more MEK, as my last tin is almost done!
Enjoy your reading!

The house remodel is almost done...
Just the dust and cleaning to left to do.
Then some painting...

I have to get on with the last bar of the grill this evening, so I can sign that off as done!

Brad, any input on removing the headlamp castings????
They look riveted on... but I can quite see.

The center part of the fairing is gonna be on the bench soon for MEK fixing...
I spent some time looking at that whole mess, and made some decisions...
My center piece is broken, as are both sides...
all the bits will be glued together, then I will mod them with a to have a flange on the lower edge. This will allow me to bolt on a chin spoiler later...
Looking at the later models for inspiration...
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Brad, any input on removing the headlamp castings????
They look riveted on... but I can quite see.
Steve, I'm afraid I can't answer that question. All of the front sheet metal was ripped of in whatever accident the 345 was in. I'm as clueless as you on this one and the Argosies are totally different!

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:28 PM   #1180
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Steve, I'm afraid I can't answer that question. All of the front sheet metal was ripped of in whatever accident the 345 was in. I'm as clueless as you on this one and the Argosies are totally different!

Brad

Gotcha!
Worth asking!
I will take the drill over with me next time...
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