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Just from tearing mine down, I would say the rear valance was on when the body was painted. The fenders and doors were not, Trunk hinge bars were installed. I think the front fenders, doors, hood and trunk lid were painted separate.
 

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The doors were painted on the cars and the rear valance was screwed across the back but hanging away from the 1/4's with out the threaded studs tightened up with the nuts.
 

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The cars were unassembled (bare) but the trunk and doors were on, can't speak about the valences.
 

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I've seen paint patterns that suggest the rear window was not installed and the side window stop plates (the oval shaped plates painted body color) were laid in the rear window frame.
 

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I've seen paint patterns that suggest the rear window was not installed and the side window stop plates (the oval shaped plates painted body color) were laid in the rear window frame.
On convertibles they laid the window stop plates (door and 1/4 in door jamb) on the mid cowl cover. My original cowl has the outlines of these.
 

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On convertibles they laid the window stop plates (door and 1/4 in door jamb) on the mid cowl cover. My original cowl has the outlines of these.
My 69 Eliminator was the same as Bobs' with the outline on the cowl area
 

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That is a great video, and pretty unusual for the day, I would think.
 

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They weren't too concerned about safety much. Those painters painting all day with no masks, probably didn't live long.
 
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