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  • Jdawg
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    Love your car Pete…I really like how you just keep improving it little by little. I do the same with mine but yours is WAY cooler! ๐Ÿ˜†

    John Jones
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    I agree…. really like this Ghia. and like Pete’s style… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Pete
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    Had some minor sputtering once the car was warm when taking off at low idle.ย  After checking valves, fuel delivery, and points/condenser/timing/distributor/coil/plugs, I made new wires.ย  Seems to have done the trick.ย  I changed the routing so they don’t take that hard turn between the manifolds and shroud anymore, so now they’re shorter too.ย  I suspect I probably fouled a wire from handling them repeatedly during maintenance.ย  Went with the same Lowbrow 8mm cloth wire, this time in black.

    Y’all have a good weekend.

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    Scott Sain
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    It’s not the wires. It’s the lack of a supercharger.

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    Pete
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    My car has the air vent baskets in the nostrils, but had been missing the flat screen that goes over them. ย I found a solid pair that were a little grungy and clean them up. ย I had been wanting to try DIY electroplating so I gave it a go.

    Soaked the screens in straight vinegar for several days to remove the crud.31975A80-2C80-42F1-8393-F52F05370540

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    I used two pieces of zinc, vinegar & salt, and a cell phone charger to make a zinc electrolyte solution. ย After that I connected a copper wire to the screen, then the negative side of the cell phone charger to it. ย Positive to the zinc bar. ย Placed it all in the solution and plugged it in, letting each screen go for about 45 minutes, while turning it every so often. ย Below the solution is cloudy from the bubbles coming off of the screen, which is the zinc being pulled to it.79667114-1155-4BF4-9E10-C8CF93091838

    The screens were sort of a flat gray color when done, and a little splotchy. ย A very quick pass with 000 steel wool put some shine on and evened them out.6196043C-93E4-40F9-8B8B-EA20CC11DC24

    For a first attempt I have no idea if I did this right. ย They look ok and appear to have a zinc coating, so I guess time will tell if it holds up.40C71D35-9E62-40C3-81A1-8872467E871D

    alykat
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    Good job Pete !

    John Jones
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    C.Hamburg
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    Nice! those look good.

    Pete
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    More DIY zinc electroplating.ย  I have a Pre-A style oil breather that uses a spring to connect the breather to the engine block.ย  The spring was lightly coated with oil when I bought it so I knew it was raw spring steel, and over time it has developed some flash rust.

    This time instead of a vinegar pre-soak I dipped it in muriatic acid – it was cleaned and etched in a matter of minutes instead of days.ย  Neutralized with clean water, then used the same cell phone charger, zinc/vinegar/salt electrolyte, and zinc ingot bar to plate it.ย  20 minutes total, rotating every 5 minutes for even coating.ย  Light polish with steel wool when done.ย  Seems to be a easy way to refresh parts without having to send them off.

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    Plating process – negative side of charger connected to part that’s being plated, positive to the plating source (the zinc ingot).ย  The bubbles are the zinc being attracted to the spring:

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    What the part looks like when plating is done.ย  It’s dark b/c it’s wet; if it were to dry it would be lighter with a flat matte finish.

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    And after a light polishing with steel wool.ย  It doesn’t take much….it’s more like a few passes of wiping it with the wool.

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    I also made some nickel and copper electrolytes, but have yet to try and plate anything with them.ย  I’ve toyed with the idea of re-plating my copper Hurst shifter, but I’d hate to screw it up.ย  I’m on the hunt for a cheap broken one to try it out on.

    Rustabus
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    Hell Yeah!!! DIY Awesomeness!!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    Pete
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    Sunday cruise for some froyo and a large hot dog.

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    Franz
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    Always looking good. ๐Ÿ‘

    Pete
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    BBWB
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    Killer Ghia. It photographs really well.

    I'm at the age where "fuck off", "fuck you", and "fuck it" answer most questions.

    Rustabus
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    Yup! Fucking Awesome!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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