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  2. I repainted the headlight grilles with Krylon Dull Aluminum but added a two-part clear coat to help protect it. Worked good.
  3. Cleaned up the kidney grille a little better. Here's photos of when I got the car and now. Pounding out the dents and working the aluminum, sanding and polishing took some time but wasn't all that hard to do.
  4. I use a local guy here in Roseville for typical late model salvage rebuilds, usually painting a portion of a car, three or four panels, etc. They do good work, nice paint booth, but I'm not sure if they'd want to disassemble/reassemble a 50 year old car with all of its issues. You also need to consider that most of these guys take pride in their work so to ask them to just do a "decent" job when they usually do very nice work isn't realistic. If you can send me some good photos of your car I'll see what I can do. BTW, interesting timing on your part. I have a '73 Golf tii that I'm going to repaint the top surfaces soon (hood, top, trunk lid). I'm using single stage paint.
  5. At this point I just want to find a reputable shop and see some of their work to find a middle ground. I am not looking for re-sale value, but I was hoping for a windows out/trim removed type of a job and I'm not doing ANY work myself. I wouldnt have ANY idea what I was doing. I don't see the value of painting inside the engine (even though it was scoped in my original 13K quote) as I dont care about resale and I'm painting into Golf despite the original color. Is it reasonable to find someone to paint for ~5K if I just want it to look good and not to make it 'perfect'? Right now I'm just looking at shops and it's hard enough finding shops that do complete paint work.
  6. What exactly are you planning on paying for? Are you doing any of the work, tear down, assembly, etc., or do you want the shop to do most of the work? Engine compartment, trunk, door jams I assume? Just a shell? The price can vary quite a bit.
  7. Looking for a shop that will do a complete paint job in/near Sac (I live in Tahoe). Trying to avoid Bay Area prices where I was quoted $13K. Thanks!
  8. Wheels are turning out pretty good. Still need to clean up the bolts and put them together permanently.
  9. Painting wheel centers and sanding/polishing some aluminum trim...
  10. Barrels are done. Now I need to prep all the parts I'm going to paint silver. Wheel centers, grilles...
  11. I usually only leave for lunch but if you want to stop by the shop any day except Wednesday after 5:00 I'll be there. Now that the E3 is running I'm going to move the tii in the "work" garage...
  12. Looks great! Stopped by your yard the other day and your guys said you had stepped out, sorry I missed you. Love to circle back and check out your ride in person. 🍻 Rich
  13. I got a set of used Weber 32/36's, took them apart and they looked really good and clean so I just put them on as-is. The motor runs WAY better than it did with the stock Zenith's. I drove the car around last weekend and I think it only needs some minor adjustments. Man it feels good to finally have the car running decent.
  14. Also managed to de-chrome the hood grilles. The chrome was peeling off in spots and one grille was broken so I've decided to paint all the grilles on the car and the wheel centers the same color. I used "Chlorinating liquid" with 10% Sodium Hypochlorite (bleach) mixed about 50/50 with water. Soaked for about three days, brushed off the goo and replaced the solution, then soaked for three more days. Turned out good and with a little prep will be ready for paint.
  15. It took a little while to get my 32/36 Webers and had to source some linkage parts so I haven't had much to show lately. This will be a cruiser car so the 32/36's should work fine. In the meantime I decided to start polishing the Style 5 wheels that are going on the car. I started out hand sanding but it's so much work I say, "screw that!" and built a wheel lathe to help. I used a spindle/hub off of a '15 320i and rigged up a bracket to hold a drill motor. I've gotten one wheel almost done and the lathe works better than expected.
  16. Frank's is good, no doubt ... German Motors further down on Folsom Boulevard is really good ... but my pick is Angelo's even further down Folsom Boulevard, right past Sunrise. Funny how we have all these excellent repair shops on Folsom Boulevard. Angelo's technicians (Mike, Gus) have a true love for our cars.
  17. The E3 is getting really close to being on the road so I've moved the next project down to the shop. '73 tii in Golf/Black.
  18. Great color Dan! Hope all is well! Got the ‘70 running for the first time since I’ve brought him home and maybe first time in about 12 years to my understanding. Now it’s up on stands so I can wrestle around with the pedal box and bleed the clutch and brakes. Also found a set of Recaro Ergomed’s that need some refurb’n before they get mounted in the ‘69. Super comfortable. Happy holidays!
  19. Got enough together to start driving the car but it runs like crap. WAY too lean so I have some work to do...
  20. My daughter made a video of the current progress...
  21. More sanding and cutting. I'll put the decklid and hood on the car to do the finish polishing.
  22. Painted. I'm shooting single stage paint and I think it may have been the reason I had a problem with the second coat. The first coat went on great and laid down flat, then I waited 20-25 minutes and started the second coat and something was wrong with the gun. It acted like there was a blockage and it wasn't flowing right, like the vent hole was plugged and forming a vacuum in the cup. It wasn't, but I had a full cup of paint with hardener so I slowed way down and tried to make it work. The second coat went on really rough and I had a few choice words for it, so I cleaned the gun really quick before the next coat and it went on fine but couldn't make up for the second coat well enough to fix it. The damage was done, so I added hours of sanding because of it. Here's a few photos. The first show the "rough" paint. The last photo shows the fender sanded and cut. I'm almost done with the sanding and first pass cutting so I'll get more photos soon. BTW, some of the weather seals are no longer available for this car so I decided to spend more time masking and left everything in place. I have to keep reminding myself what this car is and how I plan on using it.
  23. This is why I guide coat when blocking. I worked on this fender for hours trying to get it straight and completely missed a dent on the top next to the hood. This would've been really obvious and disappointing if I hadn't caught it. I'm sure there will be little dings here and there that I miss but the guide coat has found quite a few so far.

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