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Old 02-15-2008, 08:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Nice work. Not too bad of a finger cut either.

My favorite black paint: Pickup Bed Liner by Duplicolor.
Dries in a tough krinkly texture finish, which hides imperfections in the surface below. Dries very fast, too.

Test first to see if it bonds to the coroplast. You don't want flakes breaking off and sticking in the radiator fins.

Or you could use black duct tape.

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Old 02-15-2008, 08:49 AM   #12 (permalink)
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if you want to kill two birds with one stone, cut apiece of that stuff big enough to cover all the grill above the bumper.
I'm with diesel_john. I mentioned the same thing to Peakster, too: you're better off blocking the grille than the radiator.

The grille block gives you the added aero benefit, in addition to helping warm up quicker. But will still permit the fan to draw as much air through the rad as it can, should it need to.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Well, I guess this is sort of my first "official" mod - other than building electric vehicles and all.

I am planning on doing more work on this car once the weather gets better. As it is, it's pretty much not fun working outside.

I did just pick up an exhaust system for this car today which I got for free!
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Nice work. Not too bad of a finger cut either....
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Or you could use black duct tape.
Yeah I love duct tape.




Duct Tape is my friend. Removable too if she gets too warm.
I layered from the outside in so i can remove from the inside out one strip at a time
if conditions require.
Maybe this would work for you?
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I have a grill block, but my engine was still running 130-140*F on the highway this winter. So I added a radiator block, too. I made mine in two pieces, overlapping like sliding closet doors. I can adjust the opening by sliding one of the pieces to the side. I've learned how much opening I need for various temperatures, and I'm keeping the engine at 180* on the highway (200* on side streets) now. Radiator block been velly velly good to me.
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5 More Minutes!

I took the yellow coroplast out and instead covered the front of the grill with some wide duct tape. Then I threw some blue Rustoleum at it just like the rest of the car.



Nope, not real fancy, but it is still to cold out for me to be working in the driveway for long. I can always make it prettier later!

PS: can you tell which headlight is just a piece of plexiglass!? It really isn't very noticeable if you aren't looking for it.
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Not bad! The color matches pretty well too.
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Passenger side?

If you ever get paint or anything on your headlights, Meguiar's PlastX works real well at cleaning clear plastics. I have a bottle of my own and my headlights don't look like Pee anymore, just white. And It also helps scratched cd's too. might have to use some elbow grease and scrub real hard if it's real bad. If you have a car that can't pass headlight inspection, it works real well with that. If it's too far gone though, you might just try sanding it. I use it on everything I find, my cell phone screen, headlights, cd's, tail lights, cd cases, and anything I can find, and I've still got a half of a bottle left, and I got it last year!
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Yeah, the passenger side is just a piece of plexiglass that I sanded to frost it.

Good idea about the PlastX. My driver side headlight is all yellowy now.

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