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John Sharisky
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I purchased this White Bruce Arnold Eldorado off eBay some weeks ago. Looking forlorn in the photos, I was pleased when it arrived (the seller showed as being from Spain - the package was shipped from The Netherlands). I could make new vent windows, but the missing outside mirrors had me concerned. The model was shipped in its original box with the foam. It turned out that the two outside mirrors were in the box. Still in their bag - they had never been installed (yea!). I disassembled it just a bit. The body, interior and white walls cleaned up nicely with only Q-Tips and warm water. A final polish with Novus #1 (plexiglass cleaner) always helps. The body was quite dirty. Maybe later I'll change the interior to all Red.

 

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One tail light had fallen off in shipping. Three wheels needed to be re-attached. I removed and straightened the hood ornament.

 

My Yellow Eldorado is #4 of an edition of 50. I suppose the White one is a standard issue.

 

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I used Simichrome Polish to brighten the bumpers, front grille and headlamps.

 

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Tamiya offers these pointed cotton swabs in several sizes. This is the smallest size. They were perfect for cleaning the body between the tail fins and the deck lid. I also used them to apply and remove the Simichrome on the bumpers and grille.

 

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Thanks for looking!

 

John Sharisky
Marlborough, Massachusetts USA


   
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Karl Schnelle
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Nice work - great tips! 👍 


   
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Ken Spear
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Great cleaning job-especially on the chrome-looks like new.


   
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That vehicle, including the interior, is historically accurate for the vehicle that Eisenhower used in his Inaugural Parade. In fact, with the addition of flags and the correct license plate, you would have it.

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%# Eldo Int DDE

Correct interior

1953 Inaugural License Plate

   
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Jack Dodds
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Thank you for the resto tips.  Personally I like the 2-tone interior and wonder if if all it needs is the dash redone red??


   
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David H
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  I like it!  I remembered that I had one, turned to my parade cars unit and found it.  Nope.  Mine is a Vitesse with an all black (or very dark blue) interior.  I think I like yours better....  

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John Sharisky
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Posted by: @jack-dodds

Thank you for the resto tips.  Personally I like the 2-tone interior and wonder if if all it needs is the dash redone red??

I wanted to do that but don't have any paint right now. I was thinking of a red Sharpie but the standard tip won't reach under the overlaping edge of the dash pad. I could shave the pen tip to a flat, chisel-like point, but I will need to get behind the steering wheel. I think only a fine paint brush will do the job.

The interior is a stout piece. I may damage it if I try to break it apart. Maybe later. The good part is that the interior is held in only by the chassis plate being screwed into place. I can easily get to it later.

John Sharisky
Marlborough, Massachusetts USA


   
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