Citrus green 1970 z28 restoration thread

Rosster

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Exactly! I wrote that on The forms and discussed with the guy as well. (Follow up) Good news is he followed my instructions

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TommyRS70

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It happens so often...it would make me absolutely sick...buddy of mine lost his numbers on his 70 RS l78 engine pad by careless shop. Still in tears!
 

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Well completed rebuilding the transmission and shifter this week. Transmission was like new so only replaced seals, gaskets, shift forks, and rear tailshaft bushing.

the hurst shifter was pretty crusty though. Even after soaking in solvent tank overnight the grease (mixed with dirt) was difficult to remove. After complete disassembly, cleaning, and inspection there was little wear and only one damaged part- a spring washer which I replaced. After media blasting and painting, I greased the parts thoroughly and reassembled everything. It now shifts like butter!

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And here’s some “after” shots. I used eastwood black phosphate spray-paint to mimic the OEM black oxide on some parts and silver cad on the others. The black oxide is a dead ringer but not entirely happy with the silver oxide finish. Other than sending out (or at home) for plating, anyone have any better options to get it looking like new?

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Not really anything better that I know of. There may be better paints that are brighter. I couldn't find any. I ended up doing my own plating which is a bit of a paint to first setup, then its easy:
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Not really anything better that I know of. There may be better paints that are brighter. I couldn't find any. I ended up doing my own plating which is a bit of a paint to first setup, then its easy: View attachment 109662
That plating work looks amazing! What did it cost to set it up and what company did you use if I may ask? I’m just starting on this restoration so toying with doing some plating as still alot of work anead. The black oxide seems cheap and easy but my research on cad was showing much more complex and costly.
 

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Not true cadmium plating. Cadmium is kinda dangerous to work with. It is Zinc plating with a clear chromate post conversion dipping. You just need a 5 gallon bucket, some pure zinc metal from Amazon and a power supply. A 0-15 volt, 15 amp power supply works pretty good for something this size. Get some Zinc Brightener from Caswell. Also get the clear chromate conversion and at the same time get the yellow chromate for other parts. Caswell stuff is pretty expensive, but cheaper than paying someone to do it in the long run. Lot of YouTube videos on zinc plating. Including the power supply (eBay) and the chemicals I have about 200 in it.
 

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Had the original hinges rebuilt as one was so worn that one rivet was replaced with a bolt. Looks brand new now . Willie did an awesome job. Now I need to match the paint strip denoting the upgraded hinges it came with. There was a small amount of this blue paint present. Is this what it should look like? (Pic from another car)
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