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    Can anyone share the best location to order new replacement hood decals?

    I am restoring the black center section on the hood of my 83 GT & need to purchase a GT decal & possibly the two color border stripes.

    I have some 3/4" silver 3M vinyl tape & 1/8" in black that I can use, but the metallics in the silver shift differently than the original paint. So, straight on, its surprisingly a really good match but at an angle the 3M tape is "brighter" looking.


    Are the reproduced stripes the same way, or are they a pretty good match? The Oem tape that is still on the front bumper cover matches perfectly. Just don't want to order a stripe kit if it will look like the 3M tape I already have in my shop

    Is this the only option for ordering the decals?

    http://www.phoenixgraphix.com/ford/sk107.php

    Its the only thing I could find so far.

    Thanks!

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    I used the Phoenix kit for my 83.its dead on

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    I ordered a set and I think you are going to be happy with them for what you want with your car. However, I have not seen the silver to know how well it matches. I did use 3M stripes on my 84 GT and the stripes cracked not too long after they were installed, about 1 year or so. * The roll of 3M stripe tape was pretty old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BTD View Post
    I used the Phoenix kit for my 83.its dead on

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    What color is the car you ordered the kit for?

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    Black

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    Post up some more pics of your progress Carl, that car is going to be NICE.
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    Here it is

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    Looking good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTD View Post
    Here it is
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    BTD, is the black 1/8" stripe on your silver decals printed on, or is it an additional layer?
    Can you catch your fingernail on it?

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    It's all one piece, you can't pick one silver layer up from another or from the backing. Once it's on its never coming off

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    Quote Originally Posted by BTD View Post
    It's all one piece, you can't pick one silver layer up from another or from the backing. Once it's on its never coming off

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    So that black 1/8" pinstripe on the silver 3/4" stripe is painted, or part of the silver? maybe I didn't ask my question very well. I called phoenix since making that post & they told me it was an overlay.
    Hmmmm.

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    Yah it's like two separate stripes on the same backing so the black from the hood shows through

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    Close up. Forgive the dust hood is off right now

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    And yours are for sure from this kit?

    http://www.phoenixgraphix.com/ford/sk107.php

    On my car the silver hood stripes cover the transition line from the flat black center to silver. my originals have a black 1/8" line where yours appear to be transparent. It says two color in the phoenix description so I just assumed the silver kit came with black lines similar to my originals. interesting info

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    Yes I bought the silver with black option. The hood decals are silver, one fat stripe one skinny, translucent backing. The side decals they give you are black with that kit, no idea why.

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    So here is what I have. This picture is the original paint & decal on the front bumper cover. I also added a 1/4" strip of 3M's (05) silver metallic that is supposed to be the same color as what Phoenix is using. From straight on, its not bad, in fact, pretty decent. All three colors are darn close, but as you look from an angle the shift in metallic is fairly dramatic. The oem stripe looks a little brighter than the paint, but the 3M silver is a lot brighter. looks almost like silver on gray by comparison. The picture actually looks closer than what it looks like in person.

    Sure, it will work but its going to stand out as a bright stripe as hoods are almost always looked at on an angle.
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    Go ahead Carl, treat yourself. You know that 3M stripe is going to jump out at you every time you look at it. Make him an offer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 83GTJIM View Post
    Go ahead Carl, treat yourself. You know that 3M stripe is going to jump out at you every time you look at it. Make him an offer?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/142376918313...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
    I sent a message to the seller, but I got a reply that he is on vacation. Just want to verify the condition of the vinyl & adhesive given their age.
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    On a related topic, here is an interesting issue. My 1983 GT is paint code 24 "red" (not to be confused with Bright Red). I am keeping the original hood and having another one painted to replace it. I had the flat black on the hood restored and had to replace the stripes coming down the cowl, along side the flat black and them around the grille in the front bumper. The kit I ordered several years ago from Phoenix Graphix "burgundy" turns out to be a metallic burgundy and the OEM stripe is definitely not metallic. Some of the other stripes were metallic (like silver maybe) but the correct stripe for this color was not. I called them today and they are going to look into it and see what they can do. I will let you know what they say. They have mixed reviews regarding customer service online but I am going to give them a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1983-GT View Post
    These are the same Phoenix kits I believe. The guy that heads up the Fox and SN-95 class Mustang stuff at NPD knows his stuff, and generally does not offer a product unless it is legit and will meet the standards of us purists.
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    You are right Jason. I called NPD to see if they offered a non-metallic stripe kit in the color I need. Their supplier is Phoenix Graphix so they had the same thing.
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    Getting ready for the MCA show in KC and busted out some NOS stuff. Man, nothing like original Ford Parts!
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    Looks nice! what did you end up deciding on for the black?

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    I told the shop what you did but I'm pretty sure they ignored me or "forgot". They "forgot" a lot and pulled the wiring from my original rear hatch and even started to pull the insulator pad off of my original hood The whole point of this was to save my original stuff and keep it original. Not happy about it but not much I can do now. Black looks good except for the crappy metallic stripes- Phoenix Graphix got it wrong- they evidently didn't know that this color stripe kit wasn't metallic. I can't stand it next to the OEM stuff but I'm trying to find a solution. No NOS kits anywhere so I got the "GT" NOS to help it not look so bad. Ugh
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