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New to me 73...tii

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The itch has been scratched and so begins the disease. After knowing about this car for some time it finally would up in my garage. It is a 1973 tii with an original Ceylon paint code long covered by an Earl Scheib Granadaesque paint jobish. It has the list of upgrades typical on this forum: Sway bars, 5-speed, Bilteins, Stage 1 springs, 320i vented discs up front, large drums out back, battery relocate with front and rear TEP braces, Recaro SE front seats, Dinan adjustable front camber plates, etc. It also has a 3.64 lsd and a wonderful little red close ratio steering box. It is a numbers matching car that still has the non-snorkel front end and freshly rebuilt head.

The next several months will see it returned to it's original Ceylon glory (kinda have to paint it that color, right?)

Here's a question...would I be crazy or a heritic to go with an all silver front grille and short bumbers and delete the lower moulding on this car given the fact it is a tii?

Ive been wrestling with this one.

Anyway, super psyched to have you all as a resource for this project.

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Congratulations on the new tii.

Ceylon is a great color when new and buffed out.

Original Tii's are the exception rather than the rule these days.

Changing bumpers may look different although that could be

a non-starter if you ever decide or have to sell it.

A suggestion would be to use the 72 front and rear bumper brackets

and pull them in to the body for a better look.

Removing moldings is usually a gamble also.

Rest looks and sounds good.

Changing things permanently is when the game changes.

Have fun and enjoy!

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long bumpers and lower moulding grows on you (I have one of each style and actually prefer the lower moulding over the plain sides of my '69). And do repaint in Ceylon. In 40+ years I've only seen two Ceylon tii's, and one was in a junkyard.

Make sure those rust holes on the hood's leading edge are welded up properly, and the back side of that hood edge is thoroughly rustproofed, or that rust is gonna come back through your nice new paint.

Great find! Even the original factory alloys and Blaupunkt radio/speaker. Welcome to the fraternity/sorority.

mike

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Thanks for the input on the bumper/trim question, my gut has been telling me to keep it as intended with the tighter bumper reveal as mentioned. As for the hood...I have a freshly acid dipped hood and deck lid to replace the originals. When I windows-out repaint in November the doors will get the same attention that the other acid dipped parts have received. No end in sight...

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leave the mldgs. as thay are

and to make it look really great

remove that stupid dark window tint film

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nice interior, paint could use some buffing out (for now).

HATE the expressions: welcome to the addiction: welcome to the disease - I much prefer welcome to the passion, after all we fuel our passion of owning, tuning, restoring, sharing and driving the ultimate driving machine as well as embellish our associated stories.

Besides we kill a disease and addicts are assoicated elsewhere -FWIW

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I agree with you on the tint to a degree and I will most likely remove it at some point, but I must applaud it for preserving the interior during the tii's time in Phoenix.

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Congrats on what will be a very nice car.

I have a Ceylon 72tii and even though the body needs some attention, she still turns heads whereever she goes.

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