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Mike picked up my car after work on Friday, and by lunch today it looked like this!

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Getting the last of the vinyl rocker stripes off

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Getting ready to strip and re-prep this hood to a show finish (far better than Shelby ever could)

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Glad there is room for all my loose parts!

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More progress already today

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The hood needed to be "notched" a bit to fit the blower pulley. The hole used to be half this size but was crude. Mike is enlarging it to prepare for some "dished" in fiberglass to make a reverse hump to fit the pulley and provide a clean and finished factory appearance. We are not going to use the underhood mat so we will be prepping and painting the underside in a nice factory black finish.

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Just one photo to share today. Mike finished fabricating the underside of the hood. That indentation looks factory now! Funny how the little touches like this will be appreciated/noticed by so few, but I want to do this car the right way without any compromises or regrets. I've waited far too long for the right Hertz. :victory:

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Looking nice! I subscribed to your blog.

 

One note. Try to install a plug-in on your blog for your pictures. What is does open the picture in a new window without leaving your blog.

 

Have a look at mine. www.shelbygth.nl If you need any help let me know.

 

Jeroen

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Noticed your rear bumber is striped through the license plate area. Just want to check to make sure that is what you want as the vynil stripes did not. You should have anew car when done.

 

 

I thought hard about this decision. The only reason it is blacked out is because the vinyl would not wrap well around those tight areas and hard turns. It was a compromise that was done at Shelby. The original GT350H had continuous stripes in the license plate areas. I believe that if Shelby would have taken the effort to properly paint the stripes like they did in the 60's it would have been done the way I chose to, and that's why I made that decision. I think it will look much nicer.

 

I had to make a similar decision about how the rocker panel striping goes into the wheel well lip. Again, in the 60's the striping was wrapped around the corner and onto the inner fender lip. I've studied many photos of the 2006 cars and I've seen them both ways. My car had the vinyl wrapped and so that's what I also am deciding to do with the paint. Again, another nod toward the original car - just like the painted stripes instead of vinyl.

 

Both of the decisions are easily reversible in the future if I change my mind. It's pretty simple to black it all out with black paint (:

 

Same goes for the spoiler. I never did like the GT spoiler on this design. I prefer the GT500 spoiler that sits flush on the trunk so the striping can continue up and over the back. Again, easily reversible should I choose to re-install the pedestal spoiler in the future with no cost...Only the effort to remove a little mounting tape left behind from the GT500 spoiler. i almost went with no spoiler at all, but something about that lettering on the back and the 3rd brake light is too crowded without something above it draw the eye into balancing the act back there.

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I thought hard about this decision. The only reason it is blacked out is because the vinyl would not wrap well around those tight areas and hard turns. It was a compromise that was done at Shelby. The original GT350H had continuous stripes in the license plate areas. I believe that if Shelby would have taken the effort to properly paint the stripes like they did in the 60's it would have been done the way I chose to, and that's why I made that decision. I think it will look much nicer.

 

I had to make a similar decision about how the rocker panel striping goes into the wheel well lip. Again, in the 60's the striping was wrapped around the corner and onto the inner fender lip. I've studied many photos of the 2006 cars and I've seen them both ways. My car had the vinyl wrapped and so that's what I also am deciding to do with the paint. Again, another nod toward the original car - just like the painted stripes instead of vinyl.

 

Both of the decisions are easily reversible in the future if I change my mind. It's pretty simple to black it all out with black paint (:

 

Same goes for the spoiler. I never did like the GT spoiler on this design. I prefer the GT500 spoiler that sits flush on the trunk so the striping can continue up and over the back. Again, easily reversible should I choose to re-install the pedestal spoiler in the future with no cost...Only the effort to remove a little mounting tape left behind from the GT500 spoiler. i almost went with no spoiler at all, but something about that lettering on the back and the 3rd brake light is too crowded without something above it draw the eye into balancing the act back there.

 

Cool. It will look nice either way. Just thought I would check as you are doing a great restore and seem to be detail oriented. I also wish they did not come with the spoiler and considered getting another trunk lid. But I did not want to store a hood and trunk lid and spoiler. That said, she looks great. Yes, my rocker stripes stopped at the fender verses wrapped around. I also seen them both ways. My painter wanted to extend the front bumper stripe over the chin but I decided to do as they came from Shelby.
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Just another tid bit as I read your blog about the badges and sill plates. The new Hertz badges you got are the ones they put on the 2007 cars (no pins). They ran out of 2006 versions replacements early on. Only the 06 badges had the pins. That's the same for the rear letters. 2007 cars are all stick on.

 

If you were able to keep your old ones, you can get them re-plated. Most likely not worth the expense.

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  • 2 weeks later...

You blog is awesome. You spent a ton of time putting a lot of information together which people spend a long time looking for through the forum. Once complete, you should start a new topic in the 2006 coupe section referencing your thread as you have so much info there.

 

P.S. I got very lucky back in 2008 and found a guy in Phoenix who found a spare set of brand new 2006 Hertz fender badges with the locator tabs still wrapped up in the glove box when he rented a GT-H in 2006. Somebody at SA must have put them there by mistake. It cost a pretty penny, but I got them when I had my car painted like you did. I still have my originals which were not as bad as yours, but also pealed a bit. I'll have to get those re-chromed someday.

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Thanks Jeff,

 

You (an others here) have been very helpful getting this project started in the right direction and allowing me to piece together some of the information in my blog. I look forward to meeting more Hertz owners in person along with their cars some day!

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