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(ANNOUNCER)>> THE BANDIT'S BACK TO STEAL THE SHOW ON TODAY'S DETROIT MUSCLE, MORPHING FROM RETAIL RED TO TRUE BANDIT BLACK. A GUEST PRO PAINTER HELPS THE TEAM ON THE T/A'S TRANSFORMATION, WHICH INCLUDES A NEW TRICK CARBON FIBER HOOD AND ENORMOUS ICONIC BIRD. PLUS WE'LL BE HOT ON THE TRAIL FOR COOL MUSCLE CARS AT AN AUCTION FOR REAL WORLD BIDDERS.

(JOE)>> OUR GIVEAWAY TRANS AM IS NEARING THE HOME STRETCH BEFORE IT LEAVES THE DETROIT MUSCLE SHOP FOR GOOD

AND FINDS ITS WAY INTO ONE OF YOUR HOMES. NOW YOU'VE SEEN US THROW A TON OF PERFORMANCE UPGRADES AT THIS BAD BOY.

550 HORSEPOWER AND IMPROVED HANDLING COMPONENTS ARE GOING TO TAKE THE BIRD TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

(TOMMY)>> BUT HERE'S THE RUB, THIS THING IS RED, AND RESALE RED ISN'T THE COLOR YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU

IMAGINE A TRANS AM FROM THIS GENERATION NOW IS IT? NOPE, YOU THINK OF THAT ICONIC BLACK AND GOLD THAT BURT REYNOLDS DROVE WHILE HE WAS ON THE LAMB FROM THAT BUFORD T JUSTICE.

(JOE)>> WELL WE'VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG THAT RED'S GONNA GO AWAY AND TODAY IS THE DAY. YEP IT'S TIME FOR THE T/A'S BIG VISUAL TRANSFORMATION, AND THANKS TO TOMMY AND HIS GUEST THAT WORK IS ALREADY WELL UNDERWAY.

(TOMMY)>> WE HAVE THE GOOD FORTUNE OF KNOWING SOME OF THE BEST CAR BUILDERS IN THE BUSINESS, AND WE MADE GOOD USE OF THAT WHEN WE CALLED IN SOME HELP FOR OUR TRANS BODY WORK AND PAINT.

(JOE)>> CHRIS RYAN IS THE OWNER OF RYAN'S ROD AND CUSTOM OUT OF 96 SOUTH CAROLINA. AND HE BUILDS SOME OF THE COOLEST AND CLASSIEST RIDES THAT ARE OUT THERE TODAY. ONE GOOD EXAMPLE IS THIS '53 CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE NAMED ROOT BEER FLOAT. BUT CUSTOMS AREN'T HIS ONLY THING, AND THAT'S GOOD FOR US. WE'RE PUTTING HIM ON THE END OF A PIECE OF SAND PAPER. AND AFTER THAT WE'LL PUT A PAINT GUN IN HIS HAND SO HE LAY DOWN SOME STARLIGHT BLACK.

(TOMMY)>> WELL ALRIGHT GUYS, WE'VE GOT THE CAR IN THE BOOTH, WE'VE GOT IT PRIMED UP, SANDED DOWN, AND WE'RE JUST ABOUT READY TO HOSE ON SOME SEALER AND SOME BASE COAT. BUT BEFORE WE DO ALL THAT, WELL WE'VE GOT TO GET IT TAPED UP. NOW AT FIRST GLANCE YOU GUYS MAY BE SAYING OH NO, IT'S STILL GOT SOME RED PAINT ON IT. WELL THIS THING, WE'RE NOT REALLY DOING WHAT'S CALLED A RESTORATION. THIS CAR'S GONNA GET A PAINT JOB AND THERE IS A TOTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO. NOW THE PAINT JOB WE'RE GONNA GIVE IT IS GONNA BE REALLY NICE, Y'ALL CHECK THIS OUT. SO EXCITED!

(CHRIS)>> AWESOME!

(TOMMY)>> YOU'RE NOT EXCITED?

(CHRIS)>> I'M EXCITED, AND VERY EXCITED.

(TOMMY)>> THE MASKING THAT WE'RE DOING IS GOING TO PROTECT THE WINDOWS, THE INTERIOR, AND THE UNDERCARRIAGE FROM PAINT OVERSPRAY. AND WE'VE GOT TO PROTECT OUR PRETTY ENGINE TOO. WE'LL BE SURE TO MASK IT TO THE FLOOR SO NOTHING GETS UNDER THE CAR.

(CHRIS)>> OKAY, RIGHT NOW WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IS WE'RE

GONNA MIX UP SOME PPG DP EPOXY PRIMER AND USE IT AS A SEALER. DURING THE SANDING PROCESS WE HAD SOME BURN THROUGHS, AND CUT THROUGHS, AND SOME BARE METAL STICKING THROUGH. THIS'LL GIVE US A MORE UNIFORM CANVAS TO LAY DOWN OUR BASE COAT.

(JOE)>> THIS SEALER COMES IN A VARIETY OF COLORS AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY SLIGHTLY ALTER THE LOOK OF YOUR PAINT BY CHOOSING ONE SHADE OR ANOTHER. WE'RE GOING FOR A STRAIGHT UP BLACK LOOK, SO BLACK SEALER'S WHAT WE'LL GO WITH. IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO RUN BETWEEN 20 TO 25 PSI ON AN HVLP GUN FOR THIS MATERIAL, AND TO USE A 50 PERCENT OVERLAP PATTERN WHEN YOU SPRAY.

(CHRIS)>> WE SPRAYED OUR PPG SEALER AND ALLOWED IT TO FLASH FOR 30 MINUTES. AT THIS TIME I'M MIXING UP SOME STARLIGHT BLACK BASE

COAT TO PUT ON NEXT.

(TOMMY)>> ALL THE MATERIALS THAT WE'RE USING ON THE TRANS AM CAME FROM OUR OLD BUDDY BRIAN AT SINGLE SOURCE, INCLUDING THIS BLACK BASE COAT.

(BRIAN)>> WHEN TOMMY APPROACHED ME ABOUT THE COLOR, HE SAID HE WANTED THE DBC 9700, WHICH IS OUR BASE COAT BLACK, WHICH IS STANDARD BLACK USED BY GENERAL MOTORS AND FORD AND STUFF. AND IT WAS THE BLACK THAT WAS ACTUALLY FACTORY ON THE

CAR WHEN IT WAS PRODUCED. THE MISCONCEPTION ABOUT THE NAME STARLIGHT BLACK FOR THIS CAR WOULD LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE IT'S A METALLIC COLOR, AND IT'S NOT THE CASE AT ALL. IT'S ACTUALLY A STRAIGHT BLACK, AND THAT'S THE ONE PROBLEM THAT PEOPLE RUN INTO. THE VARIATIONS ON THE NAME WOULD LEAD YOU TO BELIEVE THAT IT EITHER HAS PEARL OR METALLIC IN IT AND IT DOESN'T. IT'S A SOLID BLACK COLOR, WHICH IS, WHEN THE CAR'S DONE RIGHT THE WAY THE GUYS DO IT HERE, IT'S SLICK AND YOU CAN'T ASK FOR A MORE BEAUTIFUL PAINT JOB THAN A

BLACK CAR WHEN IT'S DONE LIKE THIS.

(JOE)>> CHRIS OUR PAINTER IS QUITE FAMILIAR WITH PPG. BESIDES HIM USING THEIR PRODUCTS FOR MANY YEARS, PPG WAS A SPONSOR OF HIS RECREATION OF THE FAMOUS KS

PITMAN WILLYS DRAG CAR, WHERE HE ACCURATELY REPRODUCED ITS '60'S ERA GOLD FLAKE AND CANDY PAINT. MAN THOSE GUYS ARE REALLY GETTING HER DONE, AND THE PAINT JOB WILL BE A DONE DEAL BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. MEANWHILE I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET US READY FOR THE NEXT

STEP WHERE THE DEVIL'S IN THE DECALS, LOTS OF DECALS FROM YEAR ONE. IN FACT, THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE STRIPES YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE THAT BANDIT LOOK. THEN OF COURSE THERE'S OLE BIG BIRD HER, THE SIGNATURE CENTER PIECE OF A T/A HOOD.

AND WELL I KNOW THIS ORIGINAL IS STILL RED, WAIT UNTIL WE REVEAL WHAT WE'VE GOT TO REPLACE IT. YOU SEE, WELL YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO WAIT.

(ANNOUNCER)>> NEXT, THE RIGHT WAY TO LAY DOWN CLEAR COAT TO FINISH UP THE BLACK BIRD'S EXTERIOR PAINT JOB. PLUS A TRICK WAY TO LIGHTEN UP THE FRONT END AS WE PREP

AND PAINT A NEW CARBON FIBER HOOD CUSTOM MADE FOR OUR TRANS AM.

(TOMMY)>> WELCOME BACK Y'ALL. WE'VE PRIMED, SANDED, AND SEALED OUR TRANS AM, ALONG WITH HOSING ON SOME BLACK BASE COAT. NOW WE'VE GOT OURSELVES A BLACK TRANS AM, WHOO!

(CHRIS)>> NOW THAT WE'VE GOT OUR STARLIGHT BASE COAT LAID DOWN, WE'RE GONNA LAY DOWN FOUR COATS OF PPG 2021 CLEAR.

(JOE)>> ALL OF THE GUNS THAT WE'RE USING TO SPRAY THE OLD PONTIAC ARE IWATA HVLP MODELS. HVLP MEANS HIGH VOLUME LOW PRESSURE, AND THE BIG ADVANTAGE OF THIS TYPE OF GUN OVER CONVENTIONAL HIGH PRESSURE ONES IS THEY ACTUALLY CUT DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY ON OVERSPRAY AND CAN SAVE YOU A TON IN MATERIAL COSTS.

(TOMMY)>> WITH THE CLEAR LAID DOWN AND THE CAR ROLLED OUT OF THE BOOTH, WE CAN MOVE ON.

(JOE)>> WELL AS MENTIONED EARLIER, THE T/A'S FACTORY STEEL HOOD IS GOING SOUTH. NOW CHECK OUT ITS TRICK REPLACEMENT.

(TOMMY)>> WITH OUR OLD HOOD WE DID A LITTLE BIT OF

INSPECTING ON IT AND IT MAY HAVE LOOK GOOD FROM THE TOP BUT ON THE BOTTOM SIDE, WELL IT HAD SOME DAMAGE. SO WE DECIDED INSTEAD OF JUST REPAIRING IT WE'D

REPLACE IT AND DO AN UPGRADE ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

(JOE)>> YEAH THIS IS QUITE AN UPGRADE, YOU MADE A GOOD CALL ON THAT. THE FOLKS AT CARBON CUSTOMS MADE THIS FOR US. NOW ALL CARBON FIBER IS NOT ALIKE. THIS ONE'S MADE OF A HIGH QUALITY EPOXY CARBON FORMULA

THAT'S GOT THE ULTRA STRENGTH YOU WANT AS WELL AS THE LIGHT WEIGHT YOU KNOW WITH CARBON FIBER.

(TOMMY)>> YEAH, I APPRECIATE THIS THING BEING CONSIDERABLY LIGHTER THAN THAT STOCK ONE BECAUSE SOMETIMES THIS GUY'S A LITTLE SCARCE WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING SOME HELP.

(JOE)>> OKAY, CHANGING THE SUBJECT, WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN HERE?

(TOMMY)>> WELL I'VE PRETTY MUCH ALREADY GOT THIS THING SCUFFED DOWN WITH SOME 600 GRIT PAPER BECAUSE WE'RE GONNA PAINT IT.

NOW OFTEN TIMES YOU SEE PEOPLE THAT LEAVE IT EXPOSED. THE PROBLEM BEHIND THAT, WELL OVER TIME THE RESINS INSIDE OF THERE TURN KIND OF A MILKY COLOR, AND THEN KIND OF LEAN TOWARD THE YELLOW SIDE. IF YOU GO AHEAD AND PAINT IT, YOU DON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM.

(JOE)>> TOM DID YOU KNOW ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO USE CARBON FIBER WAS THOMAS EDISON IN HIS LIGHT BULBS FOR THE FILAMENTS BACK IN THE 1800'S?

(TOMMY)>> SURE DIDN'T, AND JUST SO YOU GUYS KNOW, THAT LITTLE HISTORY LESSON RIGHT THERE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY JOE ELMORE, DETROIT MUSCLE.

(JOE)>> THANK YOU TOM.

SINCE WE'RE GONNA PAINT THE HOOD TO KEEP THE CLASSIC LOOK ON OUR TRANS AM, A GOOD SCUFF JOB WITH SOME 600 GRIT AND A BLOCK IS A GOOD START. THEN AFTER THE AIR BLOWER GETS RID OF THE EXCESS DUSTY, A COUPLE OF WIPE DOWN PASSES WITH SOME WAX AND GREAT REMOVER WILL GET IT NICE AND CLEAN.

(TOMMY)>> JOE, WHERE ARE YOU? NEVER MIND, I GOT THIS. WE'RE GONNA MASK OFF THE BOTTOM SIDE TO KEEP THE OVERSPRAY FROM GETTING ALL OVER IT. WE PLAN ON KEEPING IT NAKED UNDER THERE BECAUSE IT GIVES US A PLACE TO SHOW OFF THAT CARBON FIBER WITH THE HOOD OPEN, AND A LAYER OF EPOXY SEALER IS THE FIRST THING WE'LL SPRAY DOWN TO ACT AS A TIE COAT, WHICH HELPS BOND THE POLY PRIMER THAT GOES DOWN NEXT.

(JOE)>> PRIMER'S GONNA HELP US LEVEL OUT THE SURFACE WITH A COUPLE OF HANDY TOOLS. ONE OF THEM BEING GUIDE COAT, WHICH SHOWS YOU WHERE THE LOWER SPOTS ARE AS YOU SAND A FLAT SURFACE. IT COMES IN POWDER AND SPRAY FORMS AND WE USE BOTH KINDS AROUND HERE.

(TOMMY)>> THE OTHER HANDY DANDY TOOL IS THIS LONG SANDING BLOCK, WHICH WE SAND WITH AN XPATTERN ACROSS THE TOP OF THE HOOD. A GUIDE COAT WILL HELP US TO INSURE THAT THE SURFACE IS FLAT AND THE BLOCKS DISTRIBUTE THE FORCE OF OUR HAND SO WE DON'T MAKE ANY GOUGES.

(JOE)>> NOW AFTER SOME BLACK SEALER FOR THAT UNIFORMITY WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, SHE ALSO GETS SOME BLACK BASE. ONCE THE BASE CURES FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES, SEVERAL COATS OF CLEAR WILL BE THAT CHERRY ON TOP.

(ANNOUNCER)>> YOU'VE SEEN THOSE HIGH END BIG BUCK CAR AUCTIONS BEFORE. BUT HOW ABOUT ONE WHERE EVEN EYE GRABBING MUSCLE CARS

GO FOR WAY LESS CASH. THEY'RE EVERYWHERE AND YOU'LL GET A GLIMPSE AT ONE

OF THESE COOL AUCTIONS FOR THE COMMON MAN.

(TOMMY)>> HEY GUYS, TODAY WE'RE AT THE MUSIC CITY CLASSIC AUTO AUCTION. NOW A LOT OF YOU GUYS MY BE A LITTLE INTIMIDATED BY THEM BECAUSE OFTEN TIMES THE AUCTIONS THAT YOU SEE ARE SOME EXPENSIVE HALF MILLION DOLLAR CARS. THE BEAUTY BEHIND THESE, WELL THESE ARE KIND OF A MID LEVEL. THESE ARE THE CARS YOU WOULDN'T BE AFRAID TO GET IN THEM AND TAKE THEM FOR A RIDE.

WHILE A NORMAL GUY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO WALK IN OFF THE STREET AND BUY A QUARTER MILLION DOLLAR HEMI CUDA OR SHELBY COBRA. THESE CARS ARE FOR THE MOST PART CLONED INTO MORE DESIRABLE MODELS SO THAT THE AVERAGE JOE CAN AFFORD TO

HAVE THE LOOK AND FEEL OF ONE OF THESE LEGENDARY RIDES.

(MICHAEL)>> THE CARS HERE TODAY ARE PRETTY MUCH DRIVER CARS THAT ANYBODY CAN DRIVE AND AFFORD.

(TED)>> YOU GO TO THOSE FANCY AUCTIONS AND YOU'RE GONNA GET HURT WHEN YOU BUY.

YOU COME HERE YOU CAN AFFORD TO BUY SOMETHING, YOU'RE NOT GONNA GET HURT.

(TOMMY)>> OUR PLAN TODAY IS TO FOLLOW A FEW NOTABLE CARS THROUGH THE AUCTION PROCESS AND SEE WHAT KIND OF MONEY THAT STIR UP, STARTING WITH THIS OLD CHEVY. ( )>> THAT'S A '66 CHEVELLE, IT'S A SUPER SPORT CLONE, 396 FOUR SPEED, FRESH PAINT, ALL THE INTERIOR'S BEEN REDONE. IT'S BEEN LOWERED ABOUT TWO INCHES ALL THE WAY AROUND. SUPER SPORT BIG BLOCK CHEVELLLES, THEY ALWAYS DO GOOD. I MEAN CHEVELLE'S THE TOP SELLER.

I HAD THE RESERVE SET AT $21,500, AND THE CAR WENT THROUGH AND IT BROUGHT $22,000 DOLLARS, WHICH I

STILL THINK IS A FAIR PRICE AND IT WAS A BARGAIN AT THAT.

(TOMMY)>> NOW THERE'S NO DENYING THAT A YENKO CAMARO

IS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER CARS EVER. A LOT OF PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD THEM, SO THEY JUST BUILD THEM A CLONE. DOES IT BRING ANY MORE VALUE TO THE CAR? WELL LETS JUST SEE. THERE WERE ONLY AROUND 300 FIRST GEN CAMAROS WITH THE INFAMOUS YENKO PACKAGE. THE CRUTCH OF WHICH WAS PLUGGING IN AN L-72 427 ENGINE.

HOW ABOUT WE TAKE A LOOK AT ANOTHER CLONE OF A RARE PERFORMANCE PACKAGE. THIS TIME IT'S AN OLD FORD.

IT WAS NO DOUBT AN EXPENSIVE CAR TO BUILD, AND UNFORTUNATELY DIDN'T MANAGE TO HIT ITS RESERVE PRICE, TOPPING OUT AT $35,000.

NOW CARS YOU SEE ALL THE TIME IS THE BOW TIES AND THE MUSTANGS.

THE ONCE YOU DON'T SEE A WHOLE BUNCH OF, WELL THAT'S THE MOPAR STUFF. AND THIS ONE BEING A DROP TOP, I WONDER WHAT KIND OF MONEY IT'S GONNA FETCH? LETS CHECK IT OUT. ( )>> GOOD MOPAR CARS BRING GOOD MONEY. IT SEEMS LIKE THE PEOPLE THAT'S GOT THE MOPARS, THEY KINDA WANT TO HOLD ONTO THEM A LITTLE BIT.

(TOMMY)>> THE CUDA WAS THE PERFORMANCE VERSION OF THE

BARRACUDA PLATFORM, AND THIS ONE SPORTS THE RARE CONVERTIBLE OPTION, WHICH COULD EFFECT THE PRICE. TOO BAD IT'S NOT A HEMI, BUT IT'S STILL A 340 CAR. IT TOOK NO TIME AT ALL FOR THIS CAR TO BLAST UP PAST ALL THE OTHERS IN TERMS OF PRICE. BUT AFTER IT STALLED OUT AT $49,000, IT WASN'T ABLE TO HIT THE RESERVE AND IT DIDN'T SELL. I GUESS THAT GOES TO SHOW, NO MATTER HOW COOL A CAR IS, IT'S ONLY WORTH WHAT SOMEBODY'S WILLING TO PAY FOR IT. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, FOR WHAT A LOT OF THESE CARS ARE SELLING FOR, IT WOULD COST YOU TWO OR THREE TIMES AS MUCH TO BUILD IT.

(ANNOUNCER)>> NEXT ONE MORE BIG STEP FOR THE NOW BLACK BANDIT CAR AS WE GIVE IT THE BIRD, AND YOU'LL LEARN THE EASY STEPS TO APPLYING ANY SIZE DECAL ON YOUR RIDE.

(TOMMY)>> WELL WE'VE GOT THE BLACK PAINT SPRAYED ON, THE HOOD'S ALL BUFFED OUT, AND WE'RE READY TO START THE INSTALLATION OF THIS GIANT BIRD. NOW A LOT OF YOU MAYBE LOOKING AT IT AND MAY BE A

LITTLE BIT INTIMIDATED BY IT, BUT IT'S NOT REALLY ALL THAT DIFFICULT.

BUT THERE IS A FEW THINGS THAT YOU

SHOULD KEEP IN MIND. NOW OBVIOUSLY PLACEMENT OF THE BIRD IS CRUCIAL BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW, WHENEVER YOU'RE TAKING A LOOK AT SOMEBODY'S RIDE, THE FIRST THING THAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU WALK

UP TO IT IS THE HOOD. ALSO YOU WANT TO PLACE THE DECAL ABOUT AN INCH OR SO FROM THE LEADING EDGE OF THE HOOD. NOW THAT MAY SEEM LIKE IT'S A LITTLE BIT TOO CLOSE BUT YOU HAVE TO CONSIDER THE FRONT FASCIA IS GONNA ADD A FEW INCHES TO THE NOSE OF THE CAR. WE'LL USE A SMALL PIECE OF TAPE SO THAT I CAN MAKE ME A REFERENCE POINT HERE ON THE TOP OF THE HOOD CAUSE I STILL HAVE TO LIFT THE DECAL AND REMOVE THE BACKING FROM IT. NOW YOU COULD USE A PENCIL AND MARK THE CENTER LINE OF THE HOOD AND YOU WANT TO MARK THE CENTER LINE OF THIS LITTLE BIRD'S TAIL FEATHERS. THAT WAY WE CAN LINE THEM UP. AND WITH THAT DONE, JUST HOLD IT CENTER HERE, THEN YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PLACEMENT FROM LEFT TO RIGHT KINDA WITH A HOLE HERE TO THE WINGS IS JUST RIGHT USING THAT CALIBRATED EYEBALL.

NOW I'M JUST USING SOME MORE TAPE TO GIVE ME A REFERENCE POINT OF WHERE I'M GONNA HAVE TO PLACE THIS WING HERE IN A FEW MINUTES.

NOW I'M GONNA ADD JUST ONE MORE RIGHT HERE ON THE CENTER OF HIS HEAD CAUSE IT'S A LOT EASIER TO HAVE A REFERENCE POINT NOW THAT WHEN YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF PUTTING THE DECAL ON. NOW WHENEVER MAKING YOUR MARKS JUST USE A PENCIL, DON'T USE A MARKER BECAUSE IF IT BLEEDS THROUGH THIS TOP PROTECTIVE COATING ON YOUR DECAL, WELL IT COULD MARK YOUR OTHER STICKER. THAT'D BE BAD. ANOTHER THING YOU WANT TO CONSIDER IS THE SURFACE YOU'RE APPLYING THE DECAL TO. NOW WE'VE GOT A FRESH PAINT JOB HERE, SO WE WENT AHEAD

AND BUFFED IT BECAUSE IT HAD A FEW PIECES OF TRASH IN IT. IF WE DIDN'T DO THAT, WELL WHENEVER WE'RE TRYING TO APPLY THAT DECAL, IT'S PROBABLY GONNA SHOW THROUGH. ONE MORE HUGE BENEFIT IS TO HAVE A FEW EXTRA HANDS OR LETS SAY FRIENDS.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE THEM, YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO HAVE THE HANDS.

(JOE)>> NOW REMEMBER, EASY DOES IT WHEN YOU PEEL THIS BIG THING OFF THE BACKING. NO NEED TO GET EXCITED AND DAMAGE YOUR DECAL. MAKE SURE YOUR HOOD IS CLEAN, THAT'S A GIVEN, SPRAYING SOME SOAPY WATER ON THE DECAL WILL HELP YOU MOVE IT ONCE IT TAKES FLIGHT AND LANDS ON THE CAR.

(TOMMY)>> WE'LL LINE UP THE MARKS THAT WE MADE ON THE POINTS, AND A RUBBER SQUEEGEE GENTLY PULLED FROM

THE MIDDLE TO THE OUTSIDE WILL PUSH OUT THE WATER AND SMOOTH THE GRAPHIC, GETTING RID OF ALL THOSE LITTLE BUBBLES.

NOW WE'RE JUST ABOUT AN EIGHTH OF AN INCH TOO FAR FORWARD BUT I THINK WE'RE WITHIN OUR TOLERANCE. PEEL OFF THE TRANSFER PAPER AND REVEAL THAT GOLDEN GLORY.

(JOE)>> WELL AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS OF BUFFING THE CLEAR

COAT UNTIL IT'S AS SMOOTH AS GLASS, THIS CAR STILL HAS A MILE OF GOLD STRIPES THAT HAVE TO BE LAID DOWN ACROSS WELL DARN NEAR EVERY BODY LINE. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THE OLD BIRD'S REALLY STARTING TO COME TOGETHER.
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