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My 1989 Forumula 350 restore

Old 06-12-2019, 08:37 PM
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My 1989 Forumula 350 restore

Its been several years in the making. But FINALLY I will be painting my car. I bought it new in 1989, all shiny and black. That cool 80s style FORMULA 350 on its sides. I am chomping at the bit to get this done. This site is a GREAT source of highly knowledgeable 3rd gen folks who are a great source of information. I am digging for original pics of it when it was new. Hope to put them up soon, then comes the restore pics and info. My goal is along with restoring her, is to also help others from my mistakes, triumphs and whatever in between. LONG LIVE THE THIRDGENS!!!
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July 1989 Mt. Washington New Hampshire.
Here is a pic from mid July 1989. I was visiting my brother in New Hampshire. I drove it up to the top and had my best friend take this pic of me with it. Man.. 30 years ago... I had it for 2 weeks at that time. Sorry for the background, I have this hanging in my house and the glass reflected back.
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Keeping the same color?
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Here it is this past weekend. I have already removed the spoiler and back bumper.

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Keeping the same color?
No. I am taking back to its original black. I love the gray, but I want that deep rich black with the decals on the doors, etc.
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Just got this from Hawks 3rd gen. Great company very helpful too!
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thank you sir! So started sanding the rear bumper with a DA on my very weak air compressor, HA! thats not gonna happen. So I will be picking up a 60gal 3.7HP one from Lowes this weekend and wiring it in. I want to do this right!
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Well I opted for a 60 gallon colbalt Air Compressor at Lowes. I can wire in the 220 circuit for it no problem. It should do the job for my DA and all paints. inching closer to getting this done.


https://www.lowes.com/pd/kobalt-60-g...ABEgIFg_D_BwEe
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I think Iíve decided Iíll be buying an electric sander because a da will keep the compressor cutting on and off. Iíve got two 30 gallons linked so Iím at 60 gallons too.
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I think Iíve decided Iíll be buying an electric sander because a da will keep the compressor cutting on and off. Iíve got two 30 gallons linked so Iím at 60 gallons too.

thanks makes sense. Would like to know how you make out
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So tools and parts are coming in almost daily. Now i have to pipe run electrical to my new 60 gal kobalt air compressor I got at lowes this weekend. Just so my family stuff going on its hard to get started. But I did some tonight, fitted my third brake light housing to thew new Hawks spoiler. Once I have the mounting worked out will start sanding, priming etc. it and several other parts.
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So I got my air compressor in on Saturday. I just sanded the removed rear bumper, some DA and some hand, using 180 grit. Next is the new spoiler, front bumper and some smalls; head light covers, mirrors and back deck. Going to epoxy, then 2x build, sand, then paint. Put aside, move to quarter panels front, hood and doors, same as above. Then the back quarter, or rest of the car. Goal, done by August. Will get pics up ASAP.
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Interested to see how this turns out. I may be doing this to mine in the future. Following
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Did mine over 20 yrs ago, was a fun painful process! Enjoy and can't wait to see it when done!
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Nice! Excited to see how it turns out. Wishing you luck!
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