CarMichael Angelo

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Eager to try out my newly assembled, foolproof-anti-water manifold type air line system, I got home today, and got right to it.

The dash was first to go, I wiped the thing down to get all of the dust off of it, tacked it off, and sprayed it. Paint went on beautifully. When it was dry enough to touch (about 20 minuets, I moved him out in the sun.
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Despite the fact that this stuff is supposed to be satin black, clearly, it's way glossier than that. We'll get back to it in an hour.

I moved onto the console, prepped the night before.

I get the first coat on and it goes on as nicely as the dash paint did, and I unmask, and step out of my "alabama paint booth" to look at the dash.
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When I get back to it however, I find this:
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Evidently, lil' dude has read about the medicinal benefits to be had from swimming in the Black Sea. Guess he got his black seas wrong.

That little ******* just didn't land there,...he decided to trudge......through....the .....paint,.......about 100 "bug feet" before he finally got entombed at the top of Mt. tubamanjaro.

Now had this happened on the dash, this would've really "bugged me" (heh-heh), but since it's on the console actually behind the seat, I made the bug a permanent addition o the bar, and covered his ass in the second coat. When it was dry enough to handle as well, it got moved outside next to the dash.
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The dash was starting to flatten. A process that truly takes about 12-15 hours to finally reach it's satin finish, and mega hardness.
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After looking at the stuff up close though, I may have a problem w/ the insert mesh being to wide to fit, now that there is the added film thickness of several coats of primer, and multiple coats of thick as hell satin black paint. I'll have to mask the bars really well before I attempt to fit that stuff, and that is gonna require another day.

As a epilogue to whether or not the new airline system works, I can testify that it works beautifully. By cracking the three ball valves in front of the regulator, there is absolutely zero water in the regulator reservoir, and consequently zero water in my new paint.
 
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Boosted92LX

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For what it's worth... I and friends of mine have used pvc for years and have yet to have an "explosion"... If you are that afraid of something like that being unsafe, why the heck are you making fast cars to drive? You should be walking. With a helmet on in case you trip and bump your head... just sayin.
 

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I think my compressor shuts off @ 90 psi, so probably not much to worry about, right?


I've run 120-130 with no problems. Just don't hit the pipe with a hammer and I think you'll be fine. Out at the plant where I work the safety dept tries to make everything idiot proof.. the problem is not the equipment that presents the danger, it's the idiots. There is a degree of danger in everything in life. Just have the common sense to not step in front of the bus and you're ok in most cases.. My .02 .
 
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I've run 120-130 with no problems. Just don't hit the pipe with a hammer and I think you'll be fine. Out at the plant where I work the safety dept tries to make everything idiot proof.. the problem is not the equipment that presents the danger, it's the idiots. There is a degree of danger in everything in life. Just have the common sense to not step in front of the bus and you're ok in most cases.. My .02 .
The problem is that common sense ain't common. :doh:
 

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For what it's worth... I and friends of mine have used pvc for years and have yet to have an "explosion"... If you are that afraid of something like that being unsafe, why the heck are you making fast cars to drive? You should be walking. With a helmet on in case you trip and bump your head... just sayin.
For the record, That was was sarcasm. I am not worried about PVCsplosions.

All of the years that that compressor has stood there, there has been PVC coming out of it going to a hose reel. I ain't gonna lie, I've had problems w/ leaks, and cracks.

But.

I didn't do anything to cushion the vibration between the compressor and the rigid mounted PVC before.

This time I changed all that:

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My compressor runs to 135 before it kicks off, then I have to listen to the regulator hiss off the 15 pounds between the set regulated pressure of 120 and the residual pressure in the line. That system is holding 120 pounds of line pressure w/ absolutely no leaks, so I'm plenty satisfied.

And while we're setting things right, Thanks to @jrichker for his input, (I appreciate the suggestion"J", It was just a little too complex for my lower intellect, and my lack of "old AC condensors, fan shrouds,electric cooling fans, and electric solenoids" that were just laying around.);)

And thanks to @Boosted92LX . His recommended solution is/was the template that I worked off of. Gotta give credit where credit is due.

Now that I've stepped down, tipped my hat, and paid my respects, I'll now return to my soapbox pedestal, put my "crown" back on:jester:, and continue to work at making this thread a better place for us all.:rolleyes:
 
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For the record, That was was sarcasm. I am not worried about PVCsplosions.
Actually, that wasn't directed at you Mike.. and I think I may have been being just a little sarcastic myself..;) Safety is something I take very seriously. I use PPE (that's personal protective equipment safety glasses, goggles, gloves, ear plugs ,etc. to you non- OSHA regulated workers out there) at the house- when no one is looking, and make my son wear it as well.. But I'm in a constant state of eye rolling at work from the Safety Nazi Youth running around pointing out questionable or non existant hazards.. There's a lot more stupid out there than there are hazards, and the real problem is, you can't fix stupid!

/rant

And thanks for the recognition, btw!:)
 

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Actually, that wasn't directed at you Mike.. and I think I may have been being just a little sarcastic myself..;) Safety is something I take very seriously. I use PPE (that's personal protective equipment safety glasses, goggles, gloves, ear plugs ,etc. to you non- OSHA regulated workers out there) at the house- when no one is looking, and make my son wear it as well.. But I'm in a constant state of eye rolling at work from the Safety Nazi Youth running around pointing out questionable or non existant hazards.. There's a lot more stupid out there than there are hazards, and the real problem is, you can't fix stupid!

/rant

And thanks for the recognition, btw!:)
The USAF has their own version of OSHA modeled after it. Makes me wonder why they're constantly teaching us about risk management when we're never allowed to use it.
 
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Ok,

I'm gonna ask for an opinion right up front. The dash top if you'll remember has a stain where I tried to remove some spray glue, and ended up pretty well trashing the thing. In an attempt to save it, I went back to my leather guy and he sold me this junk called "antiquing gel" It is supposed to make natural finish leather look old. Works like a stain, you blot that junk on w/ a rag, work it into the leather grain, the leather takes what it wants, and you wipe off the rest. Kinda like what happens to a saddle, or old chair after it has years of oil from contacting the skin.

By itself, I think the dash doesn't look all that good

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But take that, and set it on top of the dash frame, and it changes a bit.

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I'm kinda conflicted, because if I do it to the dash top, I gotta do it everywhere else. (there really isn't that much the bottom three pieces, and the two door panels) On one hand, I like the lighter color, but I'd still have to seal that in some way, and doing so will darken it anyway. How that process will differ from the staining method, I don't know (it may not be any different at all). I don't know if the antiquing thing has effectively fixed the stain problem, It just made "more stains".

The grill mesh is actually a coppery metallic bronze. Matches the carpet almost perfectly. That is one thing that I'm really happy with. The top trim piece isn't pictured, because like I always do, I try to handle a painted surface to soon, and I put my finger prints all over the thing. So that is off hanging in the garage waiting on paint to dry.

So whad'ya think? antique or go with the natural finish, that has been sealed?
 

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You had my attention at limited exhaust flow and not a cross flow head. I had access to an old Dodge pick up with a 225 I6 that was a blast to drive in a rat rod way. The motor was indestructible, with a good amount of torque. But once again, the intake and exhaust were on the same side, and has similar power numbers when hopped up.

I know all about that head.

It cost 2 grand, the Intake, and the exhaust are still on the same side of the head w/ the intake directly over the exhaust.
As far as a I-6 goes, w/o that head, and /or one like I have, the engine won't fall out of a tree. Even w/ one of those heads a properly prepped 250 will barely make 200 HP N/A. There really is not enough exhaust port flow to amount to much. The engine needs a wheezer.

Now, port the heads, put a fairly aggressive solid roller like I have inside, move the intake away from the hot assed exhaust, get rid of the parasitic drag of a cam driven oil pump and distributor, use an electric W/P , and throw a 60 mm turbo on it, and it'll make 450-500. That's still not what has me excited about the combo though. The other 250's that are out there that are turbo'd make big block torque. Like 500-600 ft lbs. worth, at 2500 rpm through the power band.
 

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Mike, I actually think that looks a lot better then before. It gives it more of an edged/rough look versus an untouched look of perfection...if that makes sense. I wouldn't hesitate to do it all like that!

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after typing the above, I went back a page to compare before and after.....it is 10 times better this way.....

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I also have a question about your plans for the door panels. Are you planning on a solid "aged" panel or a combonation of colors?