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I recently joined the local MBCA Seattle Club and entered my 1981 380 SLC, "Frida", this weekend in their Regional Show & Shine and had a great time. She didn't win any awards, but working on her for the past year has been very rewarding. It is amazing how many people have great stories of either owning or riding in an SLC. The show pushed me to finish getting it ready and show worthy. Much thanks to everyone who contributes valuable step-by-step directions for repairing/restoring these cars!

Attached are some pictures from the show:
 

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What are those lines around the wheel arches is it pin striping
 

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Thanks, Rowdie!

crusader7s, yes it is pin striping. It must have been done by the dealer, but it does not show up on any of the sales documentation.
 

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Thanks, Rowdie!

crusader7s, yes it is pin striping. It must have been done by the dealer, but it does not show up on any of the sales documentation.
Looks better than bling arches. And they don't promote rust. :D
 

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That's an awesome looking ride....I think if you'd deep sixed the pinstripes, you'd have a trophy and some prize money. lmao.

Was it a Chevy Dealer?
 

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Welcome to the club! I had a similar experience showing my SL with our local section. Three years later ad I'm still hooked.
 

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Very nice car. Seeing what you have done with your car encourages me.
 

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Thanks, everyone.

Dgosh28, all I can say is start with getting everything mechanically sound and then work your way up to cosmetic. I started out with what I thought was a pristine example and ended up putting way more money and time than I originally thought was required. That seems to be a pretty common theme here. The good news is that I consider it well worth it! :)
 

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Absolutely. Luckily, I only have the budget to do one thing at a time. That will keep me from getting too far ahead of myself. If work stays as busy as it has been I may be able to get my projects done sooner than expected. I just can't wait to drive my car once I have the chain, guides, and bushings replaced.
 
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