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Joel Dirnberger and '32 Ford Coupe

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This model was in terrible condition when received by Joel. The headlight  crossbar was broken. The bumpers were broken off along with their mounts. Two of the  bumper mounts were missing. The paint was very badly faded and pin stripes were  peeling. The dash decal was curled and cracked. The seat belts and interior pin stripes  were loose. The body was loose. The brake lines, fuel lines and plug wires were loose.  The grill insert and cowl lights were missing. The batteries for lights were dead.

Repairs: The model was carefully disassembled. The dash decal was softened  with setting solution. After the decal dried, it was sealed with Krystal Kleer. The interior  was thoroughly cleaned and all loose pinstripes were glued back in place. The seat belts  were re-installed. The missing bumper mounts were re-created from styrene strip and were  fastened to the model along with the two broken mounts. The broken headlight bar was  repaired.

Paint: The body was stripped and primed. Testors Burgundy Metallic was  transferred from the spray can to an air brush, lightened with a drop or two of silver, and  applied to the model for a near perfect match to the original color. Testors Model Master  enamels were mixed to match the cream color originally used on the interior and engine  bay of the model. This paint was then used to brush paint the interior and engine bay  areas that had to be stripped to the repainting of the body.

General Restoration: The  chassis and engine were thoroughly cleaned and the loose brake lines, fuel lines and plug  wires were reattached. The dead batteries were remove and replaced with a micro- connector to allow the model to be illuminated via an external power supply. The model  was carefully reassembled and the missing grill insert and cowl lights were replaced. The  pin stripes for the body were recreated using decal film and after they were applied to the  body they were sealed with Future acrylic floor finish.

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