It has taken 15 months but I finally have got to the stage where I can think about not only paint but the detailing with pin striping.  I thought this day would never come but it has come and now gone.  The car is externally complete, well as complete as I want it to be. and Betty Anne is looking goooooodddd baby...

I wanted to keep the pin stripes subtle and not blaring and I think I achieved that perfectly.  You take a look below and tell me what you think?

Hood before

Hood After (delicate striping)

Hood/Fender before

Hood/Fender after
(Gold strip running back from wing emblem /
Gold strips from top and bottom of faux air intake)

Trunk Before

Trunk After

This was all the pin striping I asked for and these photos do not do Jims work justice.  No tape on this job it is all the real stuff hand pin striping, a dying art.


Pin Striping by The Hired Gun, Ventura, Ca. 



Posted by Phillip Seaman Thursday, October 22, 2015 5:57:00 PM Categories: 1962 Ford Falcon Bodywork Paint Pin Striping
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This is the story behind how I found stripped, rebuilt, tested and drove my first Classic Car.  Some of it might be interesting while other parts just plain boring.  Sorry but that goes with the territory of building and owning a classic car.  A lot of hurry up and wait...
The first stage, mechanical, took exactly a year to the week to get from towing in an empty shell to driving it out onto the road with brakes working.
The second stage on the project took a lot less time.  It only took 4 weeks to get the bodywork and paint completed.  Of course it took me several weeks of hunting to find and get all the bits and pieces together before I booked the time at Diego's shop (Affordable Collision Center).  He promised me a 4 week time span... I made him sign a contract to that effect with a penalty of $100 per day over the 30 day period.


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It is now Sunday, 16th August, 2015

The car goes into Diego's tomorrow morning at 10am.... it will be a long 30 day wait!