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I think everything that was fastened to the body shell when it was painted got painted.

fair enough. but I dont think the hood,trunk and doors would be installed to the shell for painting No?

ought 2 wrote:

Would that also apply to the fasteners that are visible through the grills?

good question..

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fair enough. but I dont think the hood,trunk and doors would be installed to the shell for painting No?

Yes, ALL the panel fasteners were painted on- car. The things were

almost completely assembled before final paint.

You can see when you take panels off that the base primer

is all that's underneath hood, trunk, fender and door fasteners.

Trunk springs and the spacers that hold them in place, too.

And yes, all the fasteners

visible through the grille were body color. Painted after installation.

Door, hood, trunk latches were installed after paint- you can

tell that the holes weren't masked by the way the paint flowed around

the openings.

Must have been some proceedure, final paint... I'd hate to have to

paint completely assembled cars, day after day. Not an old man's job...


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+1 for TobyB's answer.

There are sections behind the grilles that should have brushed on semi gloss black, like the hood support bars and a few other swatches. I don't have a good example picture though.... maybe someone else does.

Armond, Chamonix or Manila?? I kinda like the Manila better.

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Found some pictures I took of my parent's Tii before the repaint years ago...

The whole album is here:


Then some detail shots of behind the grilles:




Notice the hood support bars are hand brush painted semi gloss black as are the tabs for the grille screws.

Here's one of the hood hinges:


Trunk hinge area:


Door brake area: the door brakes were originally painted body color.... (sorry for the fuzzy pics.



Now the key to getting this right.... all the panels MUST be adjusted properly BEFORE the final primer and color is shot or the paint on any bolt turned afterwards WILL get its paint cracked! I can help you with this if needed. Of course I would have to be paid though.... :)

Hope This Helps

P.S. It is my belief that darker color '02s like Atlantic did not get the black paint behind the grills. I can be wrong though..... Though I would LOVE to see pictures like this of a darker colored '02 to find out for sure!

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I toured the factory in "74" The entire car was dipped in a primer vat. Then it went to the paint station. The car had a code attached to it. The painter( all were women) grabbed the paint sprayer with the matching code and painted the entire car. Then the car went to the assy line where it was wired and the drive train was raised up to meet the body. G

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