68 Imperial

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This is a JoHan promo that I'm going to replace the front and rear grill and bumpers with new ones from Modelhas. I'm going to leave it a curb side. I going with a Charcoal Gray metallic and black interior I've BMF to the logos I will just clean the paint off with a tooth pick. Here's what I'm starting with. Your comments are welcome.

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Gonna look GREAT in that color! But paint it black first to cover that red molded plastic, so it won't bleed thru your first prime coats of color. The black will seal the red in.

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I love Mopars and will be watching...

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Allen thanks for the heads up on using black as a sealer.

Carl I'll try to keep it interesting

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And Dan, We could take a ride together in mine until yours is done.

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I've never heard of black as a sealer? Most people I know use gray primer-light coat of silver paint-primer-finish coat. I'll be interested to see how this works for you.

The only thing I'd do different is a dark blue or burgundy interior- I think they'd look great with the dark gray.

Charlie Larkin

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This is a JoHan promo that I'm going to replace the front and rear grill and bumpers with new ones from Modelhas. I'm going to leave it a curb side. I going with a Charcoal Gray metallic and black interior I've BMF to the logos I will just clean the paint off with a tooth pick. Here's what I'm starting with. Your comments are welcome.

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Dan,

Can I make a suggestion? Trim the Bare Matal Foil closer to the scripts so that the seams do not show up in your paint work. When I did the Imperial convertible conversion, I used Duplicolor Gray Sandable Primer, which sealed out the Dark Blue Plastic that my promo was moulded in, without a lot of buildup, as those emblems are quite delicate. Test the paint on the bottom of the interior tub before you do the body, so that you can see the color you end up with.

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This one started as a beat up, cracked up promo with busted windshield pillars. I have a '68 Turbine Bronze/Black Crown Coupe that is slated for restoration, to bookend with the convertible.

The Charcoal Gray Color you are going to do is going to be stellar.

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Dan, I also have one of these (X-EL reissue) and IMO it's one of Johan's best models. I also think the charcoal is a great choice.

And Ron, your convertible looks fabulous!

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And Dan, We could take a ride together in mine until yours is done.

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Ron that's an exact replica of my first 1:1 car. Great car.

Dan I've been trying to find one these for years. Where did you get it?

Al

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Al keep a look out on eBay that's where I found mine.

Thanks Ron I'm ready for a road trip. By the way I found a 1:1 4 door LaBaron for sale on eBay with 32k and it looked in show room condition I've saved the pictures for reference.

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Dan,You are so welcome. You know I love those Mopars you are doing. I'm gonna blow your socks off when you see my next one. It's going to be totally unexpected, as I surprised myself when I went to work on it.

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Can I make a suggestion? Trim the Bare Matal Foil closer to the scripts so that the seams do not show up in your paint work.

Times two! You need to trim your BMF as if you were doing final BMF on the script. That's around all the edges cleanly. The concept of BMFing pre-paint and buffing through to it, is that your paint will fill in the spaces in the script letters. It will not hide the edges like you have on the body right now.

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And Dan, We could take a ride together in mine until yours is done.

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Beautiful model Ron...

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Ron any hints on your build like a year or name?

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Thanks for the tips / suggestions I trimmed the BMF before I sprayed the primer. I've painted the front grill still need to do the back I had to double check the back grill to see what color to use but from my reference pictures it will be red with black around the outer edge of it. By the way if anyone is interested there is a 68 - 4 door LaBaron with 32k on eBay buy it now for $22,800 and from the pictures it looks like it should be on the show room floor. Great pictures for getting the details for my build.

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Mike I see them from time to time on eBay

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Charcoal with the dark red interior and black vinyl landau top would be a gorgeous car, Dan.

Charlie Larkin

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Very nice I would like to get one of these your doing a great job

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Charcoal with the dark red interior and black vinyl landau top would be a gorgeous car, Dan.

Charlie Larkin

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Nice restoration project.

Jay Leno bought a car very close to this,you can check it out on Jay Leno`s garage channel on youtube.

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Made some progress with finishing up the rear grill and was able to spray before it rains here. Also added some black wash on the wheels. You guy now have me reconsidering on what color to use on the interior.

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Oooh....that gray looks SO right!

Charlie Larkin

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I was able to get time to spray on the clear coat and paint the interior. Let me know what you think on the interior color. After the clear completely drys I wil finish painting the vinyl top black.

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