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Originally posted by Mark M:
Thats funny I was driving by PIM Thursday and was looking to see if your car was back from paint. Didn't see yours but there was another group 4 project. Looks great!


You must have just missed it. Came back Thursday evening.

Yeah there are a couple Grp4 cars being built there at the moment. A red one which PI is buiding to sell, I believe. And a black one that was started right after mine. Very fun to check in on the progress every now and then and see what other people are doing.
Now that the body has been painted, reassembly begins. We still have a bit of paintwork to do (hood, decklid, wheel touchups). I also have some other goodies like the new Wilwood brakes to put on as well, and carbon fiber side mirrors. In these pics, the windshield is back in, headlights, side markers, tail lights and exhaust. The side markers are some Ferrari lights that I found on ebay. They fit nearly flush on the body. Gonna look real nice and keep me safer at night. The tail lights are tinted Carello clear lenses with LED's for colored lighting.







Looking exceptionally nice and the color really pops and the black trim, wheel centers compliment it very well.

I see you removed the roof line drip gutter, which also adds to the modern look. I'm thinking about this on #7024. I assume it is just a case of grind it off and weld the seam?

Julian
Yup. Josh over at PIM did it a bit at a time (cut a six inch strip off, then weld it up and repeat) so the seam wouldn't flex apart or anything. Also had to fill the holes where the rivets originally held the drip gutter.

Pretty simple, and it looks great.
"I also have some other goodies like the new Wilwood brakes to put on as well, and carbon fiber side mirrors"

If you are considering glass mounted mirrors like I have on my car, I would suggest sitting in the vehicle and have someone hold the mirror to the glass where it would be mounted. Make sure that you are comfortable with the angle of the mirror glass.

I personally like to have my mirror glass angled more to the outside then is allowed on my mirrors.

footnote edit: WOW everybody-sorry about the big pic...this computer stuff is hit or miss for me sometimes Smiler

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Originally posted by MacMan:
Yeah, you're right. I push my mirrors out really far, compared to what most people (and manufacturers) expect. Fortunately I am going with a set of mirrors that will adjust as far as needed:

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I have a set of these in black with an extra set of convex lenses if you are interested, I bought them for the GT40 and decided to go with something else.

Ron
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Originally posted by tajon:
Oh Brooke is back! I'm still waiting to hear those 180's.


Not back, just lurking and drooling! Cool
Unfortunately still no progress. Still very busy with getting the business back on track.

This is why I love reading about other peoples progress and projects. Although my P car sits in the corner of the shop waiting for my free time, 4NHOTROD and MacMan are getting it done.

MacMan has created quite a animal here, its come a long ways from the car it was when I saw it here in Utah years ago. I love the color and all the subtle mods he has done to personalize it while keeping it true and identifiable as being a Pantera.
Love your car. Beautifull color and body work. I like the side rear view mirrors out really far also. I found some testarosa mirrors that reached out far enough to see past the group 4 flairs and pretty much eleminated any blind spot. This picture doesnt look that great but they give the car that low-wide look.
Rick



Yeah, you're right. I push my mirrors out really far, compared to what most people (and manufacturers) expect. Fortunately I am going with a set of mirrors that will adjust as far as needed:

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Rear view with mirrors. I also eleminated the little wing window that seemed to always be right in the middle of the mirror. I had some new glass made that filled in the whole space, right up to the mirror mount.
Rick

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MacMan has created quite a animal here, its come a long ways from the car it was when I saw it here in Utah years ago. I love the color and all the subtle mods he has done to personalize it while keeping it true and identifiable as being a Pantera.


Wow, thank you so much! That's crazy that you saw the car in Utah! Here it is the day that I first saw it. Awe...

Lots of work still to do, but things are quickly coming together. Got the carbon fiber hood and decklid back from Paint. The sides were painted body color, leaving a carbon fiber stripe down the middle. The stripe will be continued over the roof, and down the front and rear of the car with fake (but very convincing) carbon fiber vinyl.





Over the last couple of days I have completed the carbon fiber stripes, made the side mirror mounts and got those put on, got the door panels on, brush finished the wheel lips and did a bunch of cleaning. Today Jaime is going to help me make the screens for the "gills". We'll be at Cars & Coffee on Saturday.

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Originally posted by r mccall:
Car looks amazing!! The brushed look on the rims looks spectaculer!! WAY better than than the polished look!!!


Glad you think so. It sure seemed like a big risk when I broke out the sand paper. Smiler "Am I sure I want to do this?" Heh

Got lots of comments on the wheels this morning at Cars and Coffee. Everyone loved the finish, so I'd have to call it a success.
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