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  • Originally posted by qbcsvt View Post
    Really 6-10k for a paint job? I would just do half the work yourself.... My place does everything for around 4k and IIRC that was about the same price Brapple painted his car.

    The rough sanding and prep work. But regardless from all the pictures I see of your car? Why are you painting it the same color. Your car looks great.

    - amyn
    I need to take it in to the place and let them look it over. There is a place near my house that I know will paint the car for $3k-5k, but it may or may not be to the same quality as the other place. However that said it may be good enough for me, not sure yet. They painted my front bumper and splitter a couple years back and it turned out good. The place I was talking about before litterly unbolts EVERYTHING from the car and paints it seperately. They gaurantee top quality and put an amazing warranty behind it as well. They are apparently certified by Mercedes-Benz to perform repairs for their dealers. I was told this was a very difficult certification to obtain as well. Bottom-line, I want this car to look brand new. Also as TRicker mentioned I am picky. The way I look at it do it right the first time or don't bother with it at all. I'm not going to just dump $1-2k at Maaco and not be 100% satisfied. Wasted time and money in my opinion.

    As for the color, my paint looks OK. However the clear coat is pealing up in some spots and the paint has chipped away from the rock gaurd on the doors making it look like it has mud on the side of the car all of the time. When I take it in to have it looked at I may ask them if the paint can be saved, but I'm planning on a complete strip down to do it right.

    Originally posted by pwntbywombat View Post
    damn...you are putting a lot of money into this car. i cant wait to see the end result
    Yea. I'm doing it the way I want it though. When I decided not to buy a Porsche 911 turbo or the Dodge Viper it left me with some money to put into this car. I figured I'd spend less on this car making it the way I wanted it then I would with the other choices. Also this way I didn't have to take out a loan either. So I still own the car with no car payments... just performance modification payments

    Originally posted by SJon85 View Post
    I like the T red, but I don't know about stripes. Have you thought about carbon fiber hood and maybe trunk too? Red and black theme would look really good and not too flashy IMO.
    I've given thought to the carbon fiber look, but no one has yet to make a hood I like or a pre98 trunk lid. I have a pre98 trunk at my house to make a mold from, but I don't have the equipment or space to create a carbon-fiber trunk yet. I've got connections to people that have the know-how and equipment to do it, but I do not have the money to invest into making the trunk and hood either. It would cost me roughly $1k to make the pair and a lot of time if I did it myself. Also if I screw it up doing it myself it's about $500 thrown out the window in materials.
    -Mike
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    98 SVT Contour - HoK TruBlue|CF roof|#49/6535 DOB 3/25/97|550whp here I come|Follow my extremely slow 3L/turbo build here Link
    85 Camaro - 1969 350ci, 503BHP

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    • Seems like its coming together Mike.
      To add a comment about the engine build, I would highly recommend you having them assemble at least the shortblock. I had the same debate but you're building a pretty high output turbo motor (same as I did and I also had good experienced help available to build it free). This isn't a basic rebuild and I'd want the engine shop to stand behind those expensive custom parts. Just my opinion.
      I'm looking forward to you showing me how to make this EH ST220 work also :)
      Good luck.
      -J
      '99 SVT Silver
      Clean DD
      '91 LX Bimini Blue
      427"/88mm @ 16psi....yeah 4 digit power

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      • Are you using Raymond Autobody for the paint? I've used them before and they are certified by Mercedes-Benz. They've repaired and repainted half of my Cougar (drunk driver hit the car when it was parked back in 03). I'd recommend them to anyone but they are not cheap. If you aren't talking about them you may want to check them out.
        Visit: 3LDuratec.com for a prepped 3L ready to drop in!

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        • Originally posted by Blackcoog View Post
          Are you using Raymond Autobody for the paint? I've used them before and they are certified by Mercedes-Benz. They've repaired and repainted half of my Cougar (drunk driver hit the car when it was parked back in 03). I'd recommend them to anyone but they are not cheap. If you aren't talking about them you may want to check them out.
          I'll inquiry with them as well... I was referring to Lamettry's.
          -Mike
          If you are wondering where the avatar came from look here... Link
          98 SVT Contour - HoK TruBlue|CF roof|#49/6535 DOB 3/25/97|550whp here I come|Follow my extremely slow 3L/turbo build here Link
          85 Camaro - 1969 350ci, 503BHP

          Owner - RIES PEFORMANCE

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          • Originally posted by biminiLX View Post
            Seems like its coming together Mike.
            To add a comment about the engine build, I would highly recommend you having them assemble at least the shortblock. I had the same debate but you're building a pretty high output turbo motor (same as I did and I also had good experienced help available to build it free). This isn't a basic rebuild and I'd want the engine shop to stand behind those expensive custom parts. Just my opinion.
            I'm looking forward to you showing me how to make this EH ST220 work also :)
            Good luck.
            -J
            Point well taken. However I too have good experienced help available as well. Part of the enjoyment I am getting out of this build is by doing everything that I possibly can myself. So when I am finished with this car I can truly say yea I built this I am not in the least bit worried about my abilities to build this engine. However if at any point I feel I have surpassed my capabilities then I will turn to the experts to get the job done. Just as I am doing with the paint work.
            -Mike
            If you are wondering where the avatar came from look here... Link
            98 SVT Contour - HoK TruBlue|CF roof|#49/6535 DOB 3/25/97|550whp here I come|Follow my extremely slow 3L/turbo build here Link
            85 Camaro - 1969 350ci, 503BHP

            Owner - RIES PEFORMANCE

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            • :D the whistles go woooooooooooooooooo
              R.I.P. CSVT "clockwork" totaled 10/29/10 n/a 3L 220whp 212 trq

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              • i hope that i can have that much money to spend on a car when im grown up lol :)
                98 Black CSVT #1244 3L (Sold - seabass 00SVT)
                88 Festiva LX 5 Speed - Go cart (Sold)
                04 Passat B5.5 1.8T - Grocery Getter
                94 Emerald Green SHO MTX (Rot Free) -Daily Drivr

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                • Originally posted by pwntbywombat View Post
                  i hope that i can have that much money to spend on a car when im grown up lol :)
                  grown up lol... come on man I'm 28 yet! I'm not THAT old.
                  -Mike
                  If you are wondering where the avatar came from look here... Link
                  98 SVT Contour - HoK TruBlue|CF roof|#49/6535 DOB 3/25/97|550whp here I come|Follow my extremely slow 3L/turbo build here Link
                  85 Camaro - 1969 350ci, 503BHP

                  Owner - RIES PEFORMANCE

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                  • Originally posted by CSVT#49 View Post
                    grown up lol... come on man I'm 28 yet! I'm not THAT old.
                    seeing as i'm 25, yeah your not old. wait..... i've known you for like four years..... you were 28 then! hahah jk
                    R.I.P. CSVT "clockwork" totaled 10/29/10 n/a 3L 220whp 212 trq

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                    • Originally posted by TRicker View Post
                      seeing as i'm 25, yeah your not old. wait..... i've known you for like four years..... you were 28 then! hahah jk
                      I almost wish that were the case... because I would have been hired by Cat a long time ago and I would have been making the big bucks by now
                      -Mike
                      If you are wondering where the avatar came from look here... Link
                      98 SVT Contour - HoK TruBlue|CF roof|#49/6535 DOB 3/25/97|550whp here I come|Follow my extremely slow 3L/turbo build here Link
                      85 Camaro - 1969 350ci, 503BHP

                      Owner - RIES PEFORMANCE

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                      • Ok...looks like I am the old man of the MN Chapter at 30.
                        2011 Fusion SE V6 & 07 Honda Pilot EX-L
                        98 3.0L SVT Sold 9-11-11
                        99 3.0L SVT Silver Frost #1264 Sold 1-22-10
                        95 SE MTX---Sold 9/14/07 sniff
                        98 E1 SVT #4892 of 6535T-Red Sold 8-29-08

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                        • Originally posted by elraido View Post
                          Ok...looks like I am the old man of the MN Chapter at 30.
                          Im only a few months younger than you....
                          I strongly abide by the motto, "Safety third."

                          I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.

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                          • Originally posted by elraido View Post
                            Ok...looks like I am the old man of the MN Chapter at 30.
                            Originally posted by FIND View Post
                            Im only a few months younger than you....
                            HA! You old fogies.
                            -Mike
                            If you are wondering where the avatar came from look here... Link
                            98 SVT Contour - HoK TruBlue|CF roof|#49/6535 DOB 3/25/97|550whp here I come|Follow my extremely slow 3L/turbo build here Link
                            85 Camaro - 1969 350ci, 503BHP

                            Owner - RIES PEFORMANCE

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                            • Originally posted by elraido View Post
                              ok...looks like i am the old man of the mn chapter at 30.
                              Not quite, I'm 33. :)
                              -Greg
                              Icefury's 2000 3.0 SVT Contour
                              The Tuning-Shop UK

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                              • Originally posted by Icefury View Post
                                Not quite, I'm 33. :)
                                Yea but your no longer in the MN chapter ... silly Wiscony boy
                                -Mike
                                If you are wondering where the avatar came from look here... Link
                                98 SVT Contour - HoK TruBlue|CF roof|#49/6535 DOB 3/25/97|550whp here I come|Follow my extremely slow 3L/turbo build here Link
                                85 Camaro - 1969 350ci, 503BHP

                                Owner - RIES PEFORMANCE

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