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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by okeesignguy, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. Jet96
    Joined: Dec 24, 2012
    Posts: 1,371

    from WY

    ^^Better yet, those chrome mudflap girls harhar. Seriously tho, the problem with Hambers you always get 10 Good solutions to any problem : )
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  2. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,035

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    or paint it with a black/white checkerboard pattern for a classic/old school look.
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  3. Scuff it with 80 grit, drive the piss outta it 4 a year, leave all the bugs you collect on it then clear it. Now that's differant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  4. wheeldog57
    Joined: Dec 6, 2013
    Posts: 2,466


    You asked sooo. . . . . . I would either slam an original firewall back in there(maybe reversed if it hasta) or pull existing out and put a couple, tastefull beads on it then bring it to a huge car show and get Paul LeMat to autograph it. BAM DONE!
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  5. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,859


    But Paul Lemat drove a Ford... and this is a CHEVY...
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  6. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,759


    Years ago I remember an article on engine turning with a drill press and a wooden dowel rod for a bit on aluminum.
  7. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,859



    Its officially called "Damascening" >> you can now buy a vinyl that looks like it.. lazy man's way but VERY EZ and effective..
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  8. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,207

    from Sultan, WA

    There's a lot more on that car that hurts the vintage look of it, Hell nothing is wrong with an aluminum firewall, lots of early cars ran them. If you really like engine turned a drill press with a 3/4" dowel and some stick abrasive will do it but expect thousands of spots to do it right. My dash insert on my t was 1600 spots

    Personally I'd ditch the bowtie on the firewall, piecrusts, and some different front tires. Also I'd throw everything away off the top of the motor, and go with early 'vette or cal custom stuff
  9. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 3,322


    Did anybody say fill it up with stickers and decals of performance parts? Usually for parts that were never on the car.
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  10. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,887

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Post a current pic. The old one really doesnt look that bad. As said by some others, maybe change up the valve covers and air cleaner to something more period looking. Pull off that stick on bow tie, get some mothers, polish away, and drive it.
  11. I have used a wood dowel, you have to keep scuffing the wood because after it gets hot it polishes itself. Would do it again and again though., I almost always have a wood dowel lying around.

    There is this stuff that a lot of the fellas use that I cannot remember what it is called, maybe @raven will chime in here with the name (or someone equally as intelligent) feels like a piece of hard rubber with grit in it that works really good. I have also used cup brushes of various sizes to engine turning.

    Engine turning is not at all easy to pull off but it is one cat with a lot of ways to be skunt. ;)
  12. Zandoz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
    Posts: 307


    JMHO, I think trying to manually reproduce an engine turned effect over that large of an area would have a high likelihood of glaring flaws.

    My first thought would be to try to polish out the existing flaws.

    If that fails to give satisfactory results, I'd try finding a scrap of similar material for testing using various grit sandpaper to produce a brushed look.
  13. Fabber McGee
    Joined: Nov 22, 2013
    Posts: 1,167

    Fabber McGee

    I like engine turning but if that makes it look too busy, take it to a powder coater for a candy color over the top. You will still see the metal underneath and the coating is not expensive. Plus, the powder coating is tougher than barbequed boot leather.
  14. Yep that's it. Works like a champ.

    The problem with engine turning is the layout, but once you get the layout you are golden.
  15. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,859


    HOLY CRAP !!!!! Easy for you to say. ?????????????

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