Hi. I am new to this forum and have a couple of questions I wonder if you may be able to answer.
My 68 had the blackout hood treatment - paint code W5 - ). I was checking out your progress photos from your build and could not tell how these were originally applied. From what I have been able to find, these were painted on from the hood louver opening to the edge of the windshield, running the full width of the indentations on the hood.
Was your car's paint original to the car when you got it?
Yes, the cars paint was original. My grandmother bought the car in 1969. I have a few photos of it from the early 70s I could post for you if you'd like.
In the one photo (assuming it had original paint on when pic was taken), it appears that at the assembly plant, the stripe was painted on while the hood was closed, without regard to over spray between the hood and the cowl, or in the cowl vent area. Does that sound correct according to your car's condition? Do you have any original photos of the cowl and/or the gap between cowl and hood prior to repaint besides the one shown?
Other than this picture I am not sure I have any before the body work was started. Dad wasn't the best at shooting photos.
Finally, I have seen photos of a few 1968 Mustangs with the blackout hood treatment. It seems that all stripes like this that I have found images of, were painted before the final clear coat was applied. I was wondering if that is the correct sheen. Are the stripes were supposed to be flat, matte, satin or full gloss. It appears that your stripes are under the final gloss clear coat. Do you know if that was how it was originally?
this I can't answer. The car was wrecked in 1988 and stored until 2005. So the paint was in awful shape and I couldn't say what was and wasn't cleared. My stripes are under the clear coat now.
Thanks for any help on this. My car did not have the original hood on it. I only found out about the stripes from the Marti Report i got for the car.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help. Perhaps my older pictures I have will show the color of the hood better. I'll dig them out when I get home from work today.
Originally Posted by Jimmy Williams
..I would like to know also
A very nice restoration, I'm sure your dad would be mighty proud. Beautiful home and garage btw
Thanks. It's odd, when it comes to this car everything I do I worry about dad's opinion.
I'm having a hard time seeing anything unfortunate in this situation ;o)
It's not factory correct