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    Single stage paint right thar. She's original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand1 View Post
    After a basic wash, claying. Definitely picking stuff up.
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    You feel the difference in smoothness before and after no?
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    The vast majority of my car, yes. Took me long enough! There is a little roughness from new to old paint still, but most of the over spray is gone. Hit it with some rubbing compound (again these barges take forever!). Thinking the Polish and wax will make it less noticeable.
    First pics are before clay and compound, last is current state.Click image for larger version. 

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    God bless you if you are doing any compounding by hand on these large panels. I have rotary and dual orbit polishers and still dislike doing it. lol
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    I did my Townie by hand last year. Sucked. Sucked. Sucked. Wonder why I haven't done it this year yet...
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    Could it be....that making it look even better, would make it harder to sell(for you)?

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    Most likely. Driving it does that too. She's turn key and go. Now that I drive a truck as a DD, stepping into and driving that is like going from sleeping on concrete to staying at a suite in a fine 1st class hotel. Then again, if someone offers me absurd cash for the thing........
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    Headlights flickering on and off replace headlamp switch.....foot activated dimmer switch while I am there as well, now come to think of it, want to get my headlamp covers to move. Need two motors.... where you at Kishy Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand1 View Post
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    Ah yes, that topic.

    I believe Ryan's picked up a 79 Continental which may (likely does) use the same vacuum motors.

    You should also verify with one of those hand vacuum pumps that your reservoir (the big tank in the driver fender) holds vacuum. If it does, good. If it does not, investigate why, and if not repairable then replace it. It needs to be really big to successfully work in the headlight system so you can't just grab one of those small plastic ones out of a GM something-or-other.

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