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PostPosted: July 18, 2020, 10:30 pm 
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I figured I might as well learn to wrap today.


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PostPosted: July 18, 2020, 11:10 pm 
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Does that wrap look as good in person as it does in the photo? :cheers:

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 1:48 am 
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Good going Gavin! Looks great. Now the nose cone and rear fenders. They will be a bit more challenging. Anxious to see how you deal with them. Mine turned out 20/20. Twenty MPH or 20 feet aWAY.

What film are you using? Like the color. I used Vvivid.

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 8:28 am 
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Thanks guys, yes it does look that good IMHO.

I am using Vvivid's "Smurf Blue" which they also call "Porsche GT3 Blue". The only issue I am having is that it isn't sticking where I had to heat and stretch it on the top corner. I am not sure how to get it to stick. I tried heating it and it doesn't seem to help.

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 10:34 am 
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The only issue I am having is that it isn't sticking where I had to heat and stretch it on the top corner. I am not sure how to get it to stick. I tried heating it and it doesn't seem to help.


3M makes a liquid edge sealer and an edge sealing taper. We used to use the liquid stuff at work on pesky truck decals.


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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 9:04 pm 
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Thank you, i will look into using it. I am pretty happy with the result with the wrap (except the edges that I mentioned). It is much better and cheaper than I would have accomplished trying to paint it myself.


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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 9:10 pm 
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That looks pretty sweet Gavin!

Mind if I ask what it cost?

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PostPosted: July 19, 2020, 9:26 pm 
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Thank you Josh.

I bought 2 rolls of Vvivid Smurf Blue 15'x5' @$115usd each on Amazon ($230). I was able to do both sides with 1 roll cut length wise to 30" wide x 15' long. I had a good bit left over that I am hoping will cover the front fenders. I used part of the second roll to do the rear but I have most of that roll left and will use it to wrap the bonnet, nose, and cowl. I also bought a $10 wrap kit with squeegees and some RapidTak spray ~$25 to wet things down.

The carbon used on the dash was also Vvivid and was $79usd for a 7'x5' roll :shock:

All in, I guess I spent around $350. My 13 year old daughter helped me the whole time and kept repeating how great it is to spend time with me and do "stuff". That alone makes it worth every penny.

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PostPosted: July 20, 2020, 7:27 am 
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Very nice :cheers:

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I like that blue! Car is looking good.


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As I have been reassembling the car I have realized that there are few elements that I need to account for, like brake hoses. originally, I had welded some tabs on the chassis to support the hose/line union. Without a body, this worked great. But the body is so far from these tabs that it would not allow the full articulation of the front wheels with steering so I had to come up with plan B. I created some mounting br@*cktz to move the location of the hose on the chassis toward the rear LCA mount. I used 14ga scrap on a 1" flat bar with a deep dish socket cut for the hex of the hose end. At first, I mounted them outboard toward the body but my hoses were too long (first time for everything), and the tire rubbed on the hose at full steering and full bump. So, I swapped sides with the brackets to move the hose end in 1" and that was the ticket. I have ~0.75" of clearance with the tire.
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Not much to report other than that I put some gas in the new/smaller fuel cell and it started right up for the first time since the chassis has been painted. Wow, it sounds good!

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It seems an electrical gremlin has made a home in my 7 :?: I have killed 2 AGM batteries in 4 days due to a draw. As I understand, once an AGM battery goes below 10v it is game over. I need to figure out where the draw is before I can make any other progress :BH:

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PostPosted: September 15, 2020, 8:27 pm 
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Mnot wrote:
...My 13 year old daughter helped me the whole time and kept repeating how great it is to spend time with me and do "stuff"...

Whatever you do, DO NOT ignore her indirect request for attention, especially at this critical age! The teenage years can be the toughest, so it's really great that she's got this attitude going into it. Don't squander that!

Back to business. Are you planning to rivet the panels through the wrap? If so, what will you do when it comes time to replace the wrap?

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Gavin,

There is a way to revive dead AGMs. My Smart Charger wouldn't charge my 'dead' AGM. IT would go fro a while then go to error mode, the error being the battery was now scrap.

However if you take your charger and hook it up to a lead-acid (plate type) then extend the leads to your AGM the AGM should take a charge.

My battery was testing around 5 volts and this method pulled it up. That was 2 years ago and I'm still using the same battery. Not much with the virus and smoke around here but I did start it up last week.

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