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Shining & polishing under the hood

kennythewelder

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Truck is looking sharp............and clean!!!
Thank you. I drive my old truck every day. It is my daily driver. Its a 1997. In Louisiana, a truck or car is a classic at 25 years, so I'm getting close.
 

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So here is my next project. These are 2 different bowties. I am going to pull of my under hood insulation and coat it with bed liner, then reinstall it, and put the bowtie in the center more or less. I put some rope LEDs on the smaller one tonight and it looked good. Im not sure, but was kind of thinking about outlining both bowties with rope LEDs, and have them come on when you open the hood. Or I may just do the big one and leave the little one off. I think I can attach the bowtie with the same style black clips that hold the insulation. Glue the clips to the back of the bowtie with some contact cement where they wont show, and I will use the OE under hood light socket to actuate the LEDs. I can hide the wires under the insulation. The bowties are aluminum so they are not that heave, and I will polish them out first so they will look like chrome.
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kennythewelder

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I did some polishing on the 2 bowties this afternoon. I still have a way to go, but they are getting there.
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kennythewelder

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Buffed out the rims, and did a final buff out on the large bow tie, and painted the small one. I also installed the rivet nuts in the hood to bolt the bow ties to, after I sprayed bed liner under the hood, where the old insulation was. Oh and I shined the banner on the tailgate, and buffed the rims too. Now I need to wait for the paint to set up, on the black bow tie before I install the LEDs.
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kennythewelder

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Well it took me 2 days, but I finally got the bow ties and LEDs installed. It was a royal PIA, but it looks good now that its done. I used the OE mercury switch so the lights come on as you open the hood, and go off just before the hood closes.
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