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The Newest Flag Car- 1997 Grand Am

Sadly after 10 years, the MR-2 has a new home. It was time for a change. Since there has been so much interest in how we turn our cars into flags, you can follow here as we change our 'new' 1997 Pontiac Grand Am into our newest flag vehicle. Come back for updates! Painting is scheduled for this weekend.

The new Grand Am as we received it from a nice guy in New York. He drove all the way to New Jersey to pick up Barry & Larry after Barry's new 1991 Capri stranded him on the turnpike.

Barry is known in certain circles as the 'Baron of Bondo'... Fortunately, this car hasn't needed that much.

Primed and just about ready for sanding and then painting.

We already have the USA Flag plate on this car. Although, Barry did try to get me to give it up and put it on his Crapi, er ah.. .Capri.

Side note: The Capri has now stranded us 3 times.... Is it flag worthy? I'm thinking not! Stay tuned.... not only for the paint job on the Grand Am, but also IF the Capri gets the flag treatment.

April 13th.

In the booth, ready to get painted white.

April 22.

This is something unusual... Barry is suited up to paint. Here is the unusual part... he has lost most of his voice...

He can't talk.

But, he can still paint.

All white and Barry still can't talk.

Ok, we are going to go home and stripe in the morning.


April 23 really early in the morning!

The spoiler is hanging up in the foreground. Good thing he remembered to paint it.

Next morning at 6:00 AM, here I am applying the guidelines for the red and white stripes.


It's 6:00 AM, and I'm tired...


We have to mask off the white areas and the blue area, then paint the red stripes.

We're getting there...

Now a short break to go to work for 4 hours and we will be back..

Here we are back at it... This is Barry's masking job.

This is mine...

Before the red

Barry has changed his name to 'Tyvek'. I've had several people comment on this picture that Barry looks miserable. It isn't Barry, it is Tyvek, Barry's evil twin.


About 11:00 at night. Applying stars.

Yes, still tired...

The stars before the blue

Ready for blue.

We were going to clear coat right after the blue, but decided that we could really use some sleep instead.

Next, we remove all of the masking and do the clear coat.

Clear coat applied. It is like glass... I will put up the finished car when we put it back together.... Stay tuned.



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