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1977 Runabout still working...
« on: August 18, 2015, 04:43:58 PM »
First coat of paint... Waiting to wet sand and shoot again. Just wanted you guys to see that it's still being worked on. Just not sure if I'm improving it or really f&#ing up right now...


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2015, 07:46:23 PM »
Well got to say the body looks straight, and it's got to when you make it all shiny 😀
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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2015, 11:32:02 PM »
Judging by that photo, I'd say, "so far, so good!"


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2015, 07:55:04 AM »
Looking forward to seeing it done, should look good..
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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2015, 06:07:50 PM »
I want to hear an opinion or two... First, I plan on driving this car as my daily vehicle. So with that in mind, I want to keep the car with the factory feel but with a bit of personal flavor. I think that's something a lot of us can relate to. So when I was prepping the car for its accent stripe I made some changes. No vinyl and a little flavor.

Now, I've picked my color...



Now, I know it's not perfect, but I've never done anything like this before and I'm prepared to be happy no matter how it turns out, but I'd still like to hear anything you guys are thinking...


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2015, 12:14:46 AM »
The work looks good.  Will be able to tell more when it's unmasked.


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2015, 07:15:17 AM »
The work looks good.  Will be able to tell more when it's unmasked.


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2015, 08:16:31 AM »
Looks real good..
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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2015, 07:52:04 PM »
I think it looks really good!  I'm not generally a big fan of customization but I do appreciate good artwork, wherever it happens to be, and I'd say you've done some very nice artwork there!  Good job!


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2015, 12:17:50 AM »
Thanks guys. I was a little unsure about customizing it too much. The car was originally white with the accent stripe, so I wanted to keep that look. I've basically duplicated the accent stripe that the car has to begin with, except I've chosen to keep it as a solid stripe instead of having the outline around it. Well that work on the hood want original either... But I've tried to keep it simple. The hood was the party of the car that was on the worst shape overall and had to be stripped one way or the other.

So far I like it. I think it has more of a starsky and hutch vibe now than the original accent stripe had. So that's a plus...

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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2015, 10:04:51 AM »
Looks great to me. Nothing wrong with making some changes to suit your tastes. Is that the car that was for sale in Indiana owned by an older lady?
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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2015, 06:49:34 AM »
Looks like a good job looking at the pictures! Congrates!
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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2015, 09:53:36 PM »
Looks like a good job looking at the pictures! Congrates!
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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2015, 10:02:22 PM »

Here's a picture of my homemade door panel. I'm happy with them I think... Did them a while back but they had issues that became apparent with a little use, but I think I've got them now. You can also make out the homemade dash pad replacement in the second picture, as well as the front seats that still need work.

I've also thrown in a picture of the patched up back seat. I just sat it back in the car and bolted it in, I've still got to stick my panels back in there but I was putting truck bedliner in the back so it will be a day or two still before it goes back together.


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2015, 12:27:27 AM »
I'd say it's coming together rather nicely!


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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #15 on: September 04, 2015, 05:49:40 AM »
In case anyone wanted to try to make a dash pad or door panels for themselves I figured that I'd a little bit of information about how I made mine.

I went to JoAnne's fabric store and bought some marine grade vinyl to use in my car. I picked up a few yards of red and white to use, as well as a roll of foam padding, and some spray on adhesive. Then I went by the Home Depot and picked up some panel board. I think the board I chose was 1/8" and labeled something like Eucaboard, but just about anything should work. Then I stopped by the auto store and picked up some of the plastic push in body clips to use to replace the metal clips on the car, as well as some of the plastic chrome trip tape for the detail I used.

For the dash... well the original pad was still in the car but was cracked and deformed. I started with it. I used an electric carving knife to cut away the old material and trim the foam down to the point where the material was thinned down. Then I used some small clamps to hold the foam in place while I stretched it over the old frame and trimmed it down. I sprayed the adhesive on the frame and foam in sections and laid it down. Eventually I also sprayed the edges and tucked the foam around it, once again using my small clamps and clothes pins to hold it all in place. Once it had set I used the carving knife, scissors, and a knife to trim down the foam. I dry fit the pad into place and continued trimming until I liked the fit.

I repeated the procedure with the vinyl material I had with a few small changes. The main thing being that I started by cutting it slightly too large and attached along one edge and pulled it to the other side. I did this beginning in the middle, drawing it as tightly as I liked, working towards the ends and spraying the adhesive on only the sections I was working. I will note that the fabric has a grain that allows it to stretch more in one direction than the other. That's one small detail that you have to pay attention to if you want it to lay right and fit the contours around the instrument cluster.

Then I did the door panels much the same way. I used the old panels to make a template for cutting the panel board. I screwed the panels together before I started cutting and cut them as one to make the panels identical and drilled holes where the metal clips were for the new plastic clips. This made two mirror image panels at one time. Then I simply pulled them apart and used the opposite sides as my working side. I laid the foam down without any pulling so it would be its thickest and once again trimmed it to fit with the carving knife. I did this so that I could bevel the edges slightly.

When I added the fabric I used staples to lock the fabric in place so that the spray web adhesive wouldn't have to hold all the pressure of the fabric, which I did pull slightly. Consistent pressure when pulling the material is the most important part, well about as important as making sure I used staples short enough that they didn't poke through the panel. And I'll note that I did mine with the inset white padded area as well. I made these areas as a separate piece that I attached to the other panel. Where I wanted these to sit I left the foam cutout so as not to have doubled up foam in these areas. Attaching the two has to be carefully planned, as I did not and had to go back and ended up using tie wire to bind them together.

Other than that. I'll only note that I ended up having to use slightly longer screws than the original because of the increased thickness.

Good luck if you decide to try it.

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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2015, 03:36:00 PM »
Okay. Wanted to put this out in the world. After all the work I had been doing I took the time to break in the engine and get in an oil change. Then I took off and drove 700+ miles up to Maryland to work. The car made it without any trouble and seems to be doing fine. Running 80 mph on the interstate for several hours the temp ran 192 with the AC on and ran about 55 pounds of oil pressure.

Still have work to do, but I'm calling it a success. And the sheer number of people who honk, wave, or just want to talk has had one nice side benefit. Like Moses parted the red sea, the pinto parts traffic on the highway. Someone always moves over or makes room, and that makes up for a lot in my book.

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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2015, 10:19:39 PM »
Congrats on a job well done..
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Re: 1977 Runabout still working...
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2015, 08:40:18 AM »
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