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Came across this picture when I came on the forum just now(Random Album Picture ) It's my favorite one of your gasser. It's "amazing" how you have captured the "survivor-look"! Hard to believe it's only been a "gasser" for a little while!


You NO DOUBT have captured the "right LooK" ..... looks like a "survivor" that has been in a barn for a long time.

I know you have mentioned that you are considering "painting" the Austin when you complete doing the mechanical upgrades you are doing.

I have the "same dilemma"!!!! I really like the "survivor look" as it is now.
BUT.... that is just "OK" for now.


Eventually, I will be stripping off the paint to see what's going on (hiding) underneath ALL the "whatever" that has been put on the little station wagon for the past 42 years .... THEN like you (and many others) comes the decision of what to do next !!! ??? !!!

I am pretty sure I will not be giving it a "shinny" paint job. Leaning towards satin or flat black .... then I will either paint the hood with stripes like the Opel Kadetts had from the factory.....


...... OR flames on the hood & front fenders..... both the stripes or flames will be done with "old school RED metalflake".


With snow here today in Pittsburgh reminds me I have ALL Winter to make up my mind.
 

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Thanks John! Appreciate the kind comments!
I really tried to get it "right" when I was tossing everything into it, so I'm glad you feel I hit the mark.
Some of the engine mods will take away from the old school gasser theme, but I'm not stuck on trying to make it all 100% retro. I'd rather it ran well, and was dependable.
Paint is a real issue, just because I get pretty much 50/50 on comments from folks who either think it's great now, or like that I'm going to paint it. One big swaying vote is my wife, who thinks it would be perfect in candy apple red. Not sure if I'm on board with that, but I would like it to be a shiny paint job, just not high end. I'm leaning towards a single stage urethane enamel, not a base coat clear coat paint. Once it's [ainted I'll have someone better than myself redo the name on the door again, and maybe some other things too.
 

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WoW.... sounds GOOD..... even looks GOOD..... even those "new" valve covers look GOOD!!!! ;)

I know the dilemma you are in with the decision to "paint or NOT to paint" your gasser.

I have lots of work to do both on finishing up the "widening of the workshop's doors & also the Opel.... So................??????? We are in the "boat" together....

It's going to be a LONG Winter so I have plenty of time to make up my mind.
 
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