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I'm Finally Done!!!!

Post by 63Falconconvert on July 22nd 2012, 3:13 pm

After many months body work and painting the 63 is finally done. This process does work providing you follow some simple rules. The cars guys that have seen the finished product are floored. They can't believe that it was done with a roller. Is it perfect, no, is it as good as a $8000 paint job from the local custom shop, no but it's a really nice, do it your self paint job that looks good UP CLOSE, and is easy to fix if it gets chippped. Would I do it again, in a heart beat.
Here is the final product:




















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Post by rmdhokie on July 22nd 2012, 3:37 pm

Great Job. Looks fanastic! I like the all pin stripe too. Rolled on Hall of Fame quality!
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Post by Govolvo on July 22nd 2012, 7:08 pm

Great job!!
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 22nd 2012, 8:55 pm

Thanks guys. I'm glad it's done and that I'm driving again.
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Post by cac1967 on July 22nd 2012, 10:02 pm

WOW!!!!!!! It,s great to see such a nice falcon finished !!!!! and I know that all that are told that it was rolled are dragging their chin,s on the ground!!!! SUPER NICE ROUND BODY YOU HAVE MAN!!!!!! bow
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Post by Lakeroadster on July 22nd 2012, 10:12 pm

Awesome. It really is a stunner.

A couple questions for ya"

  • Who did your pinstriping....

    Tell me more about your tach, I'd like to do a Garlits look tach in my 65 C10.
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Re: 1963 Ford Falcon

Post by dean_af on July 23rd 2012, 12:05 am

You know I'm a fan! Love it!!!!
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Post by chopperchuck on July 23rd 2012, 12:31 am

Geeza!thats nice! cheers looks a lot better that before!
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Post by dean_af on July 23rd 2012, 8:12 am

More details on the gas cap. What is the red part?
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 23rd 2012, 8:38 am

Lakeroadster wrote:Awesome. It really is a stunner.

A couple questions for ya"

  • Who did your pinstriping....

    Tell me more about your tach, I'd like to do a Garlits look tach in my 65 C10.

The striping was done by Paul Straus out of Buffalo NY. He has been doing my cars for years. I traded him 2 brand new Lincoln welding helmets for 3 hours of striping.

The tach I got off of eBay. It's a small face, I believe it's 2 1/2" diameter. The guy that was selling it did the Garlits stars/stripes. He had other tachs he did in both small face & full size tachs.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 23rd 2012, 8:54 am

dean_af wrote:More details on the gas cap. What is the red part?

My filler neck is in the trunk now so my gas cap does nothing so I decided to make it into a 3rd brake light. I had that LED light sitting around for years. It was close to the size of the handle on the gas cap so thats where it ended up. Most people don't even notice it.



untill it lights up.....

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Post by dean_af on July 23rd 2012, 9:13 am

Awesome! it fits perfectly and the best part...no one else has it. thumbs up
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Re: 1963 Ford Falcon

Post by Tommy Hillbilly on July 25th 2012, 11:46 am

That is awesome! I really dig the gas cap. I didn't notice it until the first close-up pic in your first post on this page.

According to my sensibilities, there is still room for some subtle red accents, like behind the grill, on the radiator support.
If you really wanted to get freaky, you could add some pin-stripes to the convertible top!

So how many miles have you driven it so far? You must've gotten a ton of looks and comments and thumbs-up.
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Post by dean_af on July 25th 2012, 2:23 pm

Red on the rad support would be cool. I had diamond plate on mine before and it really stood out.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on July 26th 2012, 1:49 pm

Tommy Hillbilly wrote:So how many miles have you driven it so far? You must've gotten a ton of looks and comments and thumbs-up.

We have put a few hundred miles on it over the last week. Yesterday we went to a car show that was put on by the company my wife & I use to work for. It's for the employees, retirees, past employees to bring in there car or bike and show it off for the day. It's a fun event. probably over 500 people come out at lunch and check out the cars/bikes. So my Falcon got the up front spot this year. I had the hood open, top down, a photo album sitting on the back deck and the July 2007 issue of Hot Rod magazine laying on the front seat opened to the article "$98 PAINT JOB". If any one remembers, a 62 Falcon was the test car for a roller paint job. So guys would look at my car, look at the magazine, look at my paint then look at me with dumbest look you have ever seen. All I would say is "yup, painted it with a roller!" It caused a real stir. Guys would put there face close to the paint, looking for flaws, rubbing there hands on it, I wish I had a movie camera. My wife was cracking up. One lady took all this info from me, including this forum, and she wants her husband to paint there 68 Vette using the method. Just seeing the looks and getting the comments made all of the sanding worth it!
Roll on Brothers rock

I should have some pics in a few days from the show.
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Post by DaveB on July 26th 2012, 2:30 pm

**** fine job. Nothing more to say!

Edit **** = other word for dang.
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Post by retired plumber on August 5th 2012, 5:20 pm

All I can say is thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up
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Post by T.Hadley on August 6th 2012, 4:41 am

thumbs up thumbs up

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Post by 63Falconconvert on August 9th 2012, 8:55 am

Got my first chip in the paint his morning. When I got to work I got out of the car and set my keys on the roof along with my cell phone, keys slid off of the convertible top and landed on top of the rear quarter and took out a small chip of paint. You can tell it was from the teeth on one of the keys that did it. AUGHHHHHHH My own stupid failt. One of the benifits of this paint is ease of touch up. So I'll be doing that tonight, let it dry for a few days, wet sand & buff. I'll let you know the results.
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Post by cac1967 on August 9th 2012, 6:35 pm

That just suck's ,but that's an easy fix, but still suck's!!!!!!
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Post by 63Falconconvert on August 9th 2012, 9:48 pm

Here is a pic from the company car show from a few weeks ago.


The boy looks sooooo happy...... nanner
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Post by 63Falconconvert on August 14th 2012, 9:12 pm

Fixed the chip. I filled it with a drop of paint using a tooth pick. Let it dry for a few days, wetsand, buff. Chip is gone. I ended wetsanding the front fender and drivers door again and rebuffed. I'm going to to the same to the pass side. I'm still seeing more orange peel then what I would like.

Here is a question for you guys with finished projects. The paint looks good under floresent lights, or in the shade, but in bright sun light the orange peel looks a lot heavier. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Orange Peel

Post by Mercurymarc on August 14th 2012, 9:23 pm

Bob-

Yes- sometimes outside in really bright sunshine you can see some orange peel, some runs, and other small imperfections but you have to look hard. Most folks won't notice. Still very impressive! Glad you fixed the chip.

"The first cut is the deepest...."

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Post by rmdhokie on August 14th 2012, 10:05 pm

I've fixed a couple of chips myself...right behind rear wheels...throwing sand/rocks...up on rear quarter. thumbs up

I've noticed the opposite with regard to OP. It looks the best (IMO) in natural sunlight, but under the garage lights I see all the flaws.

Your Falcon looks great.
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Post by superdave on August 25th 2012, 12:48 pm

Isn't it ashamed that you can't get good results unless you have a "real", $5000 paint job?

Looks fantastic!
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