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Reply #10 - 10/08/16 at 8:20pm
 
This is the type of body repairs that were needed. Places where there were cracks in the gelcoat I reinforced on the back side with at least two layers of fiberglass mat. I then V'd out the cracks with a painters tool down to the glass and filled with Dyna-Glass.



I then went over them with polyester filler and then a glaze to fill any pinholes. Here's a shot of the engine cover ready for primer.



Several rattle cans of high build primer and block sanding later.



I'm in a holding pattern now. The body has been at the paint shop for two weeks with no progress. I had planned to work on the hacked up wiring in the meantime. I've got wire and connectors but am waiting for the proper crimp tool for the open barrel connectors. 36 connectors to install so I want to get the tool and do it right this time rather than my usual pliers and solder jobs.
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Reply #11 - 10/08/16 at 8:23pm
 
New track - Smiling Raider pilot - Old track

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Reply #12 - 10/09/16 at 8:41am
 
Project is looking good Jim.   Smiley
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Reply #13 - 11/18/16 at 5:35pm
 
The Raider is complete and ready for action.


The interior was done by an auto upholsterer in Michigan. The work is good, but the fit not so good. A few easy mods were necessary to attach it.


The paint job by the local collision shop is a major disappointment. The repaired cracks are visible under the paint, and some have actually cracked through the surface. How this could happen I have no idea. There was no indication of cracks showing through the primer when I delivered it to him.


Frank Sadlon made the decals. Stock shape but custom colors.


I bought two reproduction windshields. Neither fit. I did some cutting and drilling on the best one and got it on. These things are never easy!
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Reply #14 - 12/17/16 at 8:17pm
 
On the snow, Dec. 17, 2016



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Reply #15 - 12/18/16 at 12:58pm
 
I'll bet shes one happy rider. Nice work!!  Smiley
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Reply #16 - 12/21/16 at 2:26pm
 
Great job Jim! You continue to amaze me with the detail and attention paid to your sleds.

I just don't have the patience any more. Still have plenty of OCD but the hands and eyes just aren't what they used to be. Perhaps I ruined my eyes watching all the Ebay auctions back in the good old days.....
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Reply #17 - 12/22/16 at 8:46pm
 
Thanks Gary. I'm beginning to wonder how many of these I have left in me. The hands are starting to go south. Some pain and loss of strength. I play bass guitar in a band and wonder how long I'll be able to keep that up.
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Reply #18 - 01/29/17 at 10:01pm
 
A couple more on the snow photos from our ride last Saturday.


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Reply #19 - 10/04/17 at 9:02am
 
Hi Jim,  I am also starting to restore a 1972 Raider.  I have been trying to see you photo's but are having problems with Photobucket.  How did you remove the body?
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