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I would be as nervous as a whore in church working around the\at new paint!! looks great keep up the great work.
 

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Hey Dave, great work. The door gaps are looking really good. Its going to look very nice once they are painted. Keep it up, you are inspiration to us all.
 

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I was a nervous wreck putting bumpers on a painted car. Doing doors would likely push me over the edge 😜
The key is double layers of masking tape everywhere. Also, before we install the doors, I cut up 2 inch long sections of 3/8" rubber fuel hose, slice them on one side, and slip several of them over the bottom and side edges of the door. They help in two ways: they prevent door edge to painted surface contact, plus they help with initial gapping.
 

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I bolted the hood on the car today, so I could get my fenders lined up where they need to be. With that done, I could then work on the gaps between the door and fenders. Well, once the hood was on, I discovered that the hood, even with the centter hood brace removed, still hits the top of the Hi-Ram. Something has to give, and it isn't going to be the Hi-Ram. So, I along with my friend and neighbor who happens to have lots of metal forming tools, decided that we're going to fabricate a sheet metal cowl induction scoop. I don't like any of the commercially availables ones, mainly because they have a peak in the middle of them. I want mine to be flat on top. I also want it low, somewhere between 1.5" and 2" tall. My buddy is going to TIG it to my hood, which we agreed is the way to go, because he can control the heat, thus minimizing warpage to the sheet metal.

I've already cut a starter hole, so there's no turning back now! I'm committed!

 

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I added a subwoofer system that consists of a Kicker 10" dual voice coil sub, and a Rockford Fosgate 500W RMS mono amp. I built the box out of 3/4" MDF, glued and screwed together. Internal volume is 1.1 cubic feet. I had some leftover Raptor Liner, so I finished it with 3 coats of it.

 

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How did you make the slots? I will need to do this to my passenger side.
First, I drilled two holes, and then used a Dremel with a tiny cutting wheel to rough cut a slot from one hole to the other. I have a set of various sized and shaped cutting burrs for the Dremel, and I used some of them to bring the rough cut slot to final size. Fortunately, I had my original doors to to measure what the actual slot dimensions needed to be. Its weird, one original door had 4 slots, the other door had 7 slots.
 

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With all of the initial filling and blocking done on the hood, today I sprayed 2 more coats of high build primer on it. Next, I'll fog on a guide coat, and hopefully this next round of blocking will be the last.

Regarding the cowl scoop, I formed and welded in 3/16" round bar stock to the back edge of it, to add stiffness, and to give it the look of a rolled edge.

 

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Looking cool!!
 
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