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Old 04-18-2018, 08:20 PM   #4101
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Just went and got the complimentary 3/8 model to the 1/2 inch impact i got.

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Old 04-20-2018, 09:49 AM   #4102
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Been frustrated by the CRV recently, and ended up buying something to replace it: a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited, turbo manual wagon. It is super comfortable, powerful, and still has plenty of room. I would have liked it to be a Honda but I really wanted something AWD.

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Old 04-20-2018, 09:55 AM   #4103
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Been frustrated by the CRV recently, and ended up buying something to replace it: a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited, turbo manual wagon. It is super comfortable, powerful, and still has plenty of room. I would have liked it to be a Honda but I really wanted something AWD.

Beautiful! German Castrol Syntec 0w-30 and a KillerB oil pickup!

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Old 04-20-2018, 10:13 AM   #4104
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I was about to ask where that photo was taken so I could check the place out myself, but you've got Maine plates and the other ones in the background don't look local. Very nice choice, though, I've always had an eye on those myself.
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:28 PM   #4105
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New wheels and tires for the truck. Pardon the filthy truck. It's been a long and depressing winter, so my ability to clean has been limited.

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Old 04-20-2018, 06:33 PM   #4106
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Been frustrated by the CRV recently, and ended up buying something to replace it: a 2005 Subaru Legacy 2.5 GT Limited, turbo manual wagon. It is super comfortable, powerful, and still has plenty of room. I would have liked it to be a Honda but I really wanted something AWD.

Nice! how much did you pick it up for?
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:35 PM   #4107
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Had a couple parts powder coated to see how well they'd turn out. You can never find a clean condenser fan frame or hood latch.

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Old 04-21-2018, 12:59 AM   #4108
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^ How long was your wait? I just took some parts in, and after the first two shops turned out to be closed, the third had a month wait. Just wondering if thats anywhere close to typical backup.
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Old 04-21-2018, 12:22 PM   #4109
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It only took about 2 weeks. $25 for the hood latch. I think the fan frame was about that. He strips the rust (he can do entire car bodies), then coats them. I'd try powder coating at home, but the derusting is tough. I used to have a vat of phosphoric acid, but it seemed to really pit the metal when trying to do really rusty parts.

The latch was sort of an experiment, since you can't disassemble it, I was worried that the chemical cleaning, then maybe the powder coating would get into the clearances of the moving parts and make them sticky. Everything seems to move pretty freely. If anyone wants one, I have a couple more latches I could have done. Custom colors available!

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Old 04-21-2018, 12:51 PM   #4110
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Weak, my shop couldn't do custom colors. Claimed it would have been $5-600 to make a specific paint code like I wanted. Had to settle for 'close enough.' Maybe a redo is in their future if I can find a better shop.
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Old 04-21-2018, 05:02 PM   #4111
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A specific paint code might be an issue, but he has 30 or more colors on display, so I suppose it is "close enough". Instead of "custom", maybe I should have said a "range" of colors is available.

I've been trying to get him to a do a valve cover, but he's concerned about getting all the cleaning solution out of the baffled area on the inside. I've had trouble finding anything that will take what's left of the factory wrinkle coating off.

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Old 04-21-2018, 05:54 PM   #4112
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A specific paint code might be an issue, but he has 30 or more colors on display, so I suppose it is "close enough". Instead of "custom", maybe I should have said a "range" of colors is available.

I've been trying to get him to a do a valve cover, but he's concerned about getting all the cleaning solution out of the baffled area on the inside. I've had trouble finding anything that will take what's left of the factory wrinkly coating off.
Aircraft paint remover will take it off no problem.
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:24 PM   #4113
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I agree, aircraft remover should remove factory paint no problem. Although, the gel type stuff seems to work better than the aerosol if you can find it.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:12 PM   #4114
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Aircraft paint remover will take it off no problem.
Back in college my friend cleaned / degreased / used aircraft stripper on a valve cover in his dorm room shower. Completely and totally terrible, but it worked well.

He built a powder-coating oven with cement board and the guts from a toaster oven and had a cheap Craftsman powder-coating kit. The end results were quite good.
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Old 04-21-2018, 09:18 PM   #4115
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I tried a heavy duty gel stripper - if you let it dry up (didn't get back to it for a while), should the paint still be loosened up?

Back in the 1980's, I rigged up a stripping tank using a hot lye solution (steel stand alone sink with a space heater under it), it did well on steel parts, but it would destroy aluminum.
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Old 04-21-2018, 11:24 PM   #4116
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I tried a heavy duty gel stripper - if you let it dry up (didn't get back to it for a while), should the paint still be loosened up?

Back in the 1980's, I rigged up a stripping tank using a hot lye solution (steel stand alone sink with a space heater under it), it did well on steel parts, but it would destroy aluminum.
Not dry completely, i have let it sit for about 10 minutesand scrub with a brush to loosen up paint; then reaply if needed.
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Old 04-22-2018, 06:44 PM   #4117
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Yeah. That’s what I did on my Trans Am wheels, Jesse. The clear was almost brown. So I used that gel, let it sit for 30, pressure washed, reapplied for stubborn parts near the valve & lip, and just polished the hell out of it best I could. I used a wire brush with plastic bristles too.

Edit: wear gloves because that stuff WILL give you chemical burns on bare skin.
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