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Old 08-07-2012, 04:06 PM
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I had just about given up on getting the rear surround off in once piece but gave it one last try this morning. There are a couple areas that are almost impossible to get to.

So, as of 11:00 AM, the rear surround was off the car and sitting on the driveway. AND IT'S OFF IN ONE PIECE!!!!

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It helped to have the rear glass removed, the gas tank removed and the rear quarter panels taken off.

Next job is to clean all the excess adhesive off all the seams!

Glad this part is behind me!!!

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:34 PM
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Got an email from Jeff at SpeedVette this morning with pictures of my C6 rear clip! Already for transport to Corvettes at Carlisle!!! WOOHOO!

Here are 2 shots of the clip.

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I must say that working with Jeff over the past several weeks has been a blast! He has answered any and all of my questions and adding pictures whenever it clarified a question. Jeff is a CAR GUY thru and thru!!!!

16 days and counting!!!
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:10 PM
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Have you considered mounting it as a flip - rear? Hinged at the bottom of the rear bumper brackets? No real advantage - but Darth fashion maybe?
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Have you considered mounting it as a flip - rear? Hinged at the bottom of the rear bumper brackets? No real advantage - but Darth fashion maybe?
Very interesting thought!!! My biggest concern would be air getting under the front of the clip while flying down the highway. It would take a ton of engineering.

I like it but need to get it some thought.

Thanks!
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:38 AM
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a flip front and rear lip would be a true Vette "MOD"

I like the idea
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Not raised in this image - but you get the idea:
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Chevy concept car XP819.


And, here is a Factory Five GTM:

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Admittedly neither are front engined - but nice access to rear suspension in the FF. Not so much in the X819.

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The last photo is too wild!!!!! Does it have an ejection seat for the passenger???

Hey - how long will I be a "NOOB"???????
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:43 AM
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I got some time in on the Vader Vette the past couple days. I still had paint on the passenger side door and the right front fender. So I attacked the paint using CirtuStrip. Here is a picture of the application of CitruStrip:
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I find the spray can is more effective to use. Once I spray an area, I cover it with wax paper. The wax paper helps keep the stripper wet longer. After about an hour, I remove the wax paper, spray with water and scrape the paint off with a putty knife. This car had the original primer and paint, then an epoxy primer then two more coats of paint. PITA!!!

Yesterday, I had a couple hours in the morning so I started removing the old bonding adhesive in preparation of the new clip coming this weekend. Initially, I used a heat gun to soften the adhesive - SLOW and ineffective. Got out a dead blow hammer and my trusty set of wood chisels an hour or so later I had most of the adhesive off.

Here is a shot of the left rear with most of the adhesive off the bonding areas.

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There was some kind of accident to the rear of the quarter panel. I found some fiberglass mat poorly adhered to this area. I will fix the bonding area correctly and be ready for the new clip.

More to come!

John

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Old 08-21-2012, 05:05 PM
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Got a little time between service calls this morning so I started repairing the damage to the left rear wheel well bonding area. Sanded the bonding area then laid a couple pieces of mat. Once this cures, I will add mat to the 3 damaged areas.

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Old 08-26-2012, 06:28 PM
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No progress on the Darth Vader Vette this weekend but progress on another form. I went to Carlisle Saturday with a couple friends and picked up my C6 Rear Clip.

Here is a picture of the clip along with Bruce who was kind enough to haul it from Michigan to Carlisle for me.

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THANK YOU BRUCE!

The clip is now safely secured in another friends trailer for its journey back to our area north of Philly. I will pick it up later this week.

I also scored these items: 4 Perfect C6 tail lights, complete rear wiring harness, a complete front wiring harness and all 4 C6 side marker lights. AND none of it broke the bank!!!

I was kind of surprised at the lack of people at Carlisle on Saturday. Generally Saturdays were tough going, wall to wall people down every isle. This year not so much - easy shopping day.

I really kind of felt weird - this is the first year in 15 that I wasn't looking for C3 parts!!!!

Well, more to come this week. I need to finish rebuilding the bonding area above the driver side rear wheel well and then get the remainder of old adhesive off.

Hope you are having a great weekend.

John
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