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Post by md_knight_rider » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:35 pm

I know we're 6 days into the month but I didn't see that anyone had started one yet.

I realize I've been gone from this board for a while, but I am happy to return. My car's still in the paint shop. The last time I was there it was still being prepped for paint and didn't really look all that different from the most recent photos on my website. Here are the last photos that I took before taking KITT to the paint shop.

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That's a Yancy bumper, and it took alot of work to get to look that good. I would recommend going with http://www.wraithinnovations.com if you like the same "look" and a Yancy bumper but want something a bit stronger. I aslo have the front and rear deflectors ready to go on. The front ones came from Ken of Wraith Innovations...really nice work.

But I should be getting the car back this week and I'll get the pics out as soon as I take them. Best of luck to all.
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Post by knightdriver » Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:57 pm

Did you blend your nose right into the fender?

If so....Looks good although I hope you never have to take it off.

Can't wait to see it painted! 8)
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Post by BoMcD » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:00 pm

I did that on my first car...

After 2 or 3 good hard turns, the seams cracked...Hope that you have a better result

These cars flex...

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Post by md_knight_rider » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:42 pm

I bonded the bumper to the fenders with high impact waterproof construction adhesive then bondo'ed the bumper wider then applied fiberglass mesh and resin to hold the fender and bumper together from the outside. The seam is covered by the mesh. I hope that it holds up for a while, but if it doesn't I plan to change to Wriath Innovations bumper later anyway. The results weren't that bad and I was pretty pleased. The guys at the body shop seem to think that my combination will hold up for a while, unless I hit it hard or I wreck it, but then I've got many more problems than just the bumper. I did alot of work to get that Yancy bumper to look good. I really wouldn't recommend this bumper to anyone, it just doesn't fit and it's thin and needs alot of support And, I wouldn't recommend tackling such a project to anyone without some knowledge of fiberglass working/finishing.

But, the proof is in the pudding, only time will tell, I remain hopeful.
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Post by md_knight_rider » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:25 pm

This has been a productive month for me. I picked up my car from the paint shop today. I couldn't be more pleased.

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More pictures will be on my website soon. I can't wait to get the interior rebuild started.
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Post by cloudkitt » Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:00 pm

starting to look like KITT all right. But those headlights, looked like someone plucked out his eyes! :lol:

get any comments from the people at the paint shop?
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Post by md_knight_rider » Sun Jun 11, 2006 1:06 am

The covers were just off so that they could be painted. And yes, everybody at the body shop recognized the car. The owner asked me to bring it back when it was completed so that he could take a picture of it for his lobby. I agreed. Also the body guy took real good care of it, he said his first car was an '84, so this was nostalgic for him.

Also, today in 6 hours I was able to;

+ reinstall the rear hatch lifts
+ reinstall the rear spolier
+ install all 6 fog lights
+ attach my "KNIGHT" plate
+ reattach the taillights
+ reinstall the tag light
+ install the black out
+ reinstall all 4 of the marker lights
+ reattach the door handles
+ put on the Bowling Ball Hub Caps

I'll take picture tomorrow when it's light out.
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Post by md_knight_rider » Sun Jun 11, 2006 11:07 pm

June has been a productive month thus far. Now it's starting to look like K.I.T.T.

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I also attached Ken's (Wraith Innovations) front deflectors, no pics yet 'cause I ran out of light.
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Post by J-Knight » Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:12 am

Looking Great Mate! :D

Do you have a Scanner yet?
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Post by md_knight_rider » Mon Jun 12, 2006 5:10 am

J-Knight wrote:Looking Great Mate! :D

Do you have a Scanner yet?



Yeah. I have one of Brennon's (Lectric Enterprises). I'm thinking about leaving it off of the car for the inspection. I'll put it on later. I just don't want any problems to come up about it. If you check out my website, I had it installed before the car went to the paint shop, so that I could make any modifications to the bumper before it was painted. Thanks for the feedback.
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I love how its coming along!!!

Post by 1ManCnMkeADffrnce2006 » Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:32 pm

md_knight_rider, I love it, man I wish I could do something like that. It's looking real good, can't wait to see the completed product. :D

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Post by Knight of Sweden » Mon Jun 12, 2006 4:13 pm

Really nice pictures of a really nice Car.
Good work. Keep us posted.

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CONGRATS!!!

Post by Bri4Runner » Mon Jun 12, 2006 6:01 pm

I am incredibly impressed!! As someone very connected to the art of reconditioning, let me ask, how are you going to get the interior / seats? That seems to be the biggest problem I am running in to.

YOUR KITT looks amazing so far, and you deserve a hell of a lot of accolades...

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Post by Newcastle knight » Mon Jun 12, 2006 7:12 pm

Thats one nice looking replica mate. ive pretty much finished the exterior of mine this past week, got my bowling ball caps from the painters and put them straight on and took him for a spin with the t-tops off 8)

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Post by md_knight_rider » Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:12 pm

Bri4Runner wrote:...let me ask, how are you going to get the interior / seats? That seems to be the biggest problem I am running in to...


I already have every piece need to put the interior back together. All of the trim is original to the car, just recolored. The PMD seats I got off of eBay, upholstery came from Hawks Third Gen Parts, the center console from the junk yard, steering wheel from eBay, and I'm leaving the stock dash/gauges for now until I can save up the money for the KITT dash. If you check out the two links below, my website shows the parts and the work I've done.

http://www.mdknightrider.com/pictures5.html

http://www.mdknightrider.com/pictures6.html


Newcastle knight,
That is a really good looking car, nice job.



You can see the rest of my site at:
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Post by greeknight » Thu Jun 15, 2006 7:54 am

Fantastic car! Great job!
I would like to make a KITT replica but it's very dificult
because in Greece a pontiac firebird is a very very rare, it's like you want to find a Mclaren f1 car!
Anyway you are a great inspiration for all of us.

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Post by James_kr » Thu Jun 15, 2006 6:00 pm

That looks amazing its been painted beautifully.
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Post by md_knight_rider » Tue Jun 20, 2006 10:14 am

Here are the updated pics of my progress:

http://www.mdknightrider.com/pictures10.html

Enjoy.
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Post by md_knight_rider » Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:46 pm

Well, June was my most productive month and as the French would sat "Juste Finir" (I am finished). Check out the final product here.

http://www.mdknightrider.com/pictures13.html

Thanks to everyone who help with advice, answers, and technical help. Gotta go, I'm going DRIVING!!! "KITT pick me up!"

See you at the Nationals...
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Post by TurbomanKnight » Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:49 pm

Great Job! =D

Now dont forget to put your registered plate back on. Im sure you dont want to get pulled over for tags that expired 20 years ago. :wink:
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Post by md_knight_rider » Wed Jun 21, 2006 11:36 pm

TurbomanKnight wrote:Great Job! =D

Now dont forget to put your registered plate back on. Im sure you dont want to get pulled over for tags that expired 20 years ago. :wink:



LOL
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Excellent Job!

Post by 1ManCnMkeADffrnce2006 » Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:21 pm

Excellent Job Md, would love to see you with your car just to see the brillant brains behind all the work! :D

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Post by pbryant_knight » Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:24 pm

I have the same Yancy nose cone on mine, i found it solid enough but it was a poor fit and needed to be bodged at the edges which Newcastle Knight's dad did for me (thankfully).

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Post by 1ManCnMkeADffrnce2006 » Mon Jun 26, 2006 1:28 pm

Your video was very well done too, I love how you did your "Knight" time version.

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Post by trooper TK-WHA?? » Mon Jun 26, 2006 5:25 pm

WHOA!!!Fantastic job,MD!Great video clips.Makes me want to buy some lotto tickets... :wink:

p.s.:Just curious,do you live close to Hunt Valley?Because every July at the Hunt Valley Inn there is the Shore Leave Convention;it's primarily a Star Trek convention but all the sci-fi/fantasy genres are represented in some way.If you were to pull up to the main entrance in your replica,you would be a certified hit.Pic requests galore(and an opportunity for you to add some unique photos to your site*imagine Darth Vader trying to use his"bathroom"*)!This year it's 7/7-7/9.I'll be there with friends.If this does not interest you in the slightest,please disregard my wishful thinking. :whistle:
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