Facelift for the 80 - A little does a lot

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by Flank, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Flank

    Flank American by Birth, Texan by the grace of God.

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    While waiting for the time to do a Satoshi mod front grill, I decided I could not live with the rock dinged chrome any longer. And the Gold sombrero had to go.

    Stripped all front plastic from the truck, a few hours of sanding, 3-4 coats of Dupli-color clear primer for plastic and charcoal matallic for the main. Here is what I came up with. Sombrero is now a nice gloss black for contrast.

    Pretty happy with how it turned out:
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  2. edog's 80

    edog's 80

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    That looks really nice, I recently did the same to mine, although I just bought a new emblem from cruiserdan to replace my nasty gold one. Next on my list are the sunburnt yellow centercaps!
     
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    Turned out nice..good job.
     
  4. treerootCO

    treerootCO Where are my keys?! SILVER Star

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    :grinpimp: looks much better and you have the right color truck too;)
     
  5. Flank

    Flank American by Birth, Texan by the grace of God.

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    actually, Treeroot, I am looking to copy your front end. :grinpimp:

    Just have to find a shop in Vegas to do the louvers... Those were sweet, by the way.:clap:
     
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    Looks good! If mine wasn't covered up by an ARB, winch, and lights-I would do the same.

    TK
     
  7. Lka1988

    Lka1988 Wheeling in scale

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    Nice! similar to what I did, but mine is Rustoleum-brand flat black :hillbilly:

    Tint the blinkers. Looks better, IMO, like a football player ready to charge.

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  8. Flank

    Flank American by Birth, Texan by the grace of God.

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    LOL . Your nickname in college was Frank the Tank, wasn't it?
     
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    Lka1988 Wheeling in scale

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    :lol:

    Dude, I'm 20. I haven't even STARTED college yet.
     
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    That turned out great.:clap: I'm not really fond of the gold emblems.
     
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    ba450

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    Looks good! I was thinking of doing something similar to my LX soon.
     
  12. Drewstein

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    Do you have to re-glue the emblem on? Or is it a snap in? I would like to do this to both of my gold sombrero's.
     
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    i painted my grill a while back. It was nice for a few months until road debris started chipping it away. Now i have nice shiny chrome spots coming through the dark paint.
     
  14. Flank

    Flank American by Birth, Texan by the grace of God.

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    Emblem is attached with 3 Phillips head screws from back side. No gluing necessary.
     
  15. Flank

    Flank American by Birth, Texan by the grace of God.

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    I'm a little paranoid about that as well... I did sand well and primer the Holy Hell out of it with auto trim primer and use auto grade trim paint, so I hope it holds.
     
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    Lookin' good man! I might have to do something like that to my cruiser, even though it is hidden behind an ARB and a winch. Plus mine doesn't have the sombrero, just the letters. Still an interesting idea to kick around.:clap:
     
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