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well how about that, that's the same strip calk I bought!
 

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Works gewd. Also Amazon rates it as "Unisex-Adult" so that's a bonus.
 

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Badges update: a few pages ago I went though the restoration of the back panel, and application of the badges using 0.015" 3M acrylic foam tape cut into little strips. At that time I mentioned that the "SE" badge is NLA, and the font used for Gen 3 was never used again, so later ones won't look right.

Until I was sitting at a traffic light last week and saw an ES300 in front of me. Ordered one of those badges (also NLA from Toyota but readily available via ebay, this one cost me $17):

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The original was 25mm tall, and 30mm wide. The ES letters are 23mm tall and 28mm wide, so, ever so slightly smaller, but really close:
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after measuring the original position on the boot lid: 25mm up from the bottom edge, RH letter 55mm in and 3.5mm between them (I reduced the distance to 3, due to the ever so slightly smaller size), I marked those on some tape, carefully placed:
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The release paper was really stuck onto the adhesive on the back of the letters. I had to carefully coax it off to separate it from the tape. Probably from sitting in a box somewhere for the past 20 years, or something.
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All done!
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Now I've got an extra "300" badge to decide what to do with... :)
 

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Discussion Starter #285 (Edited)
The little VIN stickers that were applied to the body are NLA (hood, front fenders, 3 doors (Driver's door gets a great big VIN label with origin of manufacture information on it, that one I'm buying a new one from the dealer), 2 rear quarter panels and luggage lid) get lost when a body is repainted. I was able to find a shop that makes custom labels who could make me new ones that look every bit as good as the originals. So, this car will look just like it did when it came from the factory (aside from my badge goofiness on the back, the folding outside mirrors, and other custom things).

They were also able to reproduce some of the under-hood labels which were NLA.
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They are sort of scattered throughout the car, so its difficult to capture them in just one or 2 photos.
 

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Glamor shots, or as they say on 'the internets': "parts porn".
Something to entertain me while I am waiting for the 2 thrust washers I need to proceed with reassembly of the MT transaxle (which are due by this weekend), and while I am waiting for the engine re-assembly (which is planned for 8/8).
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All of these parts (and the many more which I did not include) I've rebuilt, and repainted (the alternator and the starter I bought remanufactured parts because they can re-plate everything for me).

If you look closely you'll see the mistake I just made: I've pressed the front hubs into the front knuckles but forgot to put on the dust shields first. So, now I've got to press them back out and do it right. :p
Now I remember why I hadn't pressed them in, last summer when I finished rebuilding them, because they are heavy and the dust shields are fragile, so I'd kept them apart but forgot to leave a note to remind me about that.

In an effort to minimize such mistakes, you'll see that I've loosely pre-assembled many of the parts in these views, with blue painter's tape holding in the loose fasteners. This way I can make sure I have everything, and that it is all ready to go.

The parts are then staged on the shelves, in order of assembly, so I won't forget one during engine in. We'll see how well that goes when we get there.
 

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Would you mind putting me in your will? Just leave me this Camry. I’m not greedy.
 

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LOL!
It'll be ready for another restoration by then, though (30 more years).

Q: "How are you doing?"
A: "I'm planning to live forever. So far, so good."
 

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Rats. The diff thrust washers didn't arrive today (Friday). So re-assembly of the transaxle will have to wait. Went to the machine shop this week to visit the engine work in progress, they'll finish the heads soon, and next Saturday is the plan to re-assemble the whole shebang.

The machine shop pushed back out the front hubs from the front knuckles so I could install the dust shields (see post #286 above for my dumb mistake). Doing so they popped the front bearings apart (as was expected, frowny face). I installed the dust shields and pressed the bearings back together, when I pressed the hubs/knuckles back together. Time will tell if this separation will lead to an early demise of those front bearings or not.

Bearing makers say that one should never press the inner and outer apart, because they were assembled with the inner frozen and the outer heated, to provide space to get the balls in. Doing it at room temperature like this could cause the balls to have been peened by the separation and lead to early failure. Or, it may not. They are in the business of selling bearings, so its in their best interest to say that. Also, in the realm of a car expected to last well past 100k miles, the caution is not completely unfounded. However, it is worth the few $100 savings if it works out, to find out (and if they fail I'll be no worse off than I am right now, anyway).

Norm "if this is the only mistake I make during this whole, entire restoration project, I'll count myself extremely fortunate" Kerr
 

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That is true about the bearing assembly by the way. Since they were new have haven't spun much at all, if at all, they should be packed with enough grease to have given them a protective layer when separated and then repressed.
 

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Good point, Fox. That does make me feel a little bit more confident about this working out.
Also, I got mixed up which hub went with which bearing (another #%@ rookie mistake, yesterday).
Hopefully they weren't bedded in by the manufacturer, or if so, that I got it 50/50 right when I put them back together.

Lesson: write a note and keep it with the parts, especially when re-assembly may be months off.
 

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Blue painters tape and a sharpie mate. Get the extra wide roll. Probably the best "tool" I bought for my engine removal haha
 
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