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This kind of post is what I most enjoy about the FAQ.  Restoration done the right way.  I know I'd enjoy adding back all the components to complete the car.  You'll have endless fun seeing it through.  What a great hobby.

 

Although not a restoration, I thought I'd post a picture of my Inka at the detailer.  I like to use a pro to polish and wax the 20 year old paint.

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Thanks Paul.  Had I known how much work and expense doing it the right way was going to be, I might have not started the project.  My son was the one that talked me into it and we have had a good time over the past year.  While the body has been away, we have rebuilt the front and rear suspension and brakes, the heater  box, instrument cluster, and reconditioned the wiring harness.  The bumpers have been rechromed and the engine rebuilt.  I am hoping that we can get her running by March.

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This kind of post is what I most enjoy about the FAQ. Restoration done the right way. I know I'd enjoy adding back all the components to complete the car. You'll have endless fun seeing it through. What a great hobby.

Although not a restoration, I thought I'd post a picture of my Inka at the detailer. I like to use a pro to polish and wax the 20 year old paint.

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You scared me, Paul! I saw the first photo and was thinking: "Paul takes his doors off for detailing! Now THAT is detailing!"

Regards,

Steve

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Looks great. Have 72 inka myself. Are you using a single or dual stage paint? Also what manufacture of paint did you go with? Thanks I'm looking to source a pint to redo my engine bay before the engine goes back in.

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LOL - is that your car at a BMW dealership?  Guess they would not know what to do if I drove into the service bay with my tii (hmm - no Steptronic).

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George, Thank you and good luck with the project she looks great.

Jgerock, Yes the car is pictured in the San Francisco dealership where I met the previous owner to buy the car. I had them check it out and then drove it back to Philadelphia over 4 days. Not a bad test drive, huh?... They had to find their oldest mechanic to set the valves. Great guy, originally from my area, thought I was nuts but he was pumped that I had the balls to drive it home. He called me 4 times on the way back just to make sure I was alright. Hows that for customer service?

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George, Thank you and good luck with the project she looks great.

Jgerock, Yes the car is pictured in the San Francisco dealership where I met the previous owner to buy the car. I had them check it out and then drove it back to Philadelphia over 4 days. Not a bad test drive, huh?... They had to find their oldest mechanic to set the valves. Great guy, originally from my area, thought I was nuts but he was pumped that I had the balls to drive it home. He called me 4 times on the way back just to make sure I was alright. Hows that for customer service?

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You scared me, Paul! I saw the first photo and was thinking: "Paul takes his doors off for detailing! Now THAT is detailing!"

Funny! No, I'm pretty obsessed, but not that obsessed.

Girt: There are specialty paint suppliers that will make up a custom rattle can of your color to do the engine bay. You'll have to do a bit of digging in your locale to find them.

GFairchild: Once you're doing the finishing touches you can apply all the information stickers. Have a party! They come in a pack. From Blunt, I think. One sticker is not available. PM me and I'll send you the high resolution artwork. This EPA reflective sticker lives on the edge of the drivers door. Up to 74 the mfg. date and VIN# were rubber stamped. 74 onward the specifics of the car were in a perforated text. Both types don't wear well after 40 years, so I bought a limited run because it was one sticker for $40, or 20 stickers for the same price. I gave all the others away.

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On 3M reflective stock and coated. They look absolutely original. Just add the mgf date and VIN# afterward. OR you could add your data to the original artwork.

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