'95 Civic EX 2Dr - rust repair repaint project

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2022 7:04 am
'68 Coronet R/T wrote:Are you keeping track of your hours of labor?
Would be interesting to see what this restoration would have cost if you had paid a shop to do it.

I decided not to do so on my GTX but now I wish I had done it.

I haven't tracked hours or material costs but I am sure those would be some crazy numbers. Pretty much cost prohibitive to pay a shop to do this type of work unless you are a deep pockets type of person.

Next project in the queue is my son in laws '87 Mustang GT that needs a new roof skin due to rust (sun roof car common for them have roof rust).

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 10:51 am
Sanded down the replacement fenders, sprayed one coat of epoxy primer and one coat of surfacer. Then sanded orange peel smooth with 320. Masked off jab engine compartment side of fenders and painted body color.

Had to "adjust" one mounting tab then was able to wiggle the fenders into place. Gap at doors pretty good.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2022 12:37 pm
Getting closer.
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My son bought a new front bumper and hood a year or so ago. So we dug them out of deep storage and test fit them. Fitment is really good so we will be able to use them. The hood will be primed and block sanded with body color sprayed on under side. The bumper does not require any prep work being it is scrape damage free.

So we are getting quite the break with the fitment of the aftermarket fenders, hood, bumper. The new rear bumper had terrible fit so had to fix repair and use the old rear bumper which was a lot of extra work. So we are hitting some good luck here with the entire front clip aftermarket and good fitment.

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'68 Coronet R/T wrote:Getting closer.


Yeah we are facing dropping temps here in Maryland and my detached garage is not insulated so moving a little faster pushing the pace a little harder because in another month or so I won't be able to spray paint any longer. But pretty comfortable where we are at this point.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2022 9:00 pm
When I was doing my signature car, I found out that aftermarket panels are not all created equal.
I bought Goodmark rear quarter panel skins cause they were less money. The left side seemed to fit pretty decent so I tacked it in place and then went to the right side. It was there I noticed something did look quite right. After some back and forth measuring from the old skins to the new, I realized the rear side marker lights were in different locations, not just to the old skins but also to each other and nearly 3" different from one side to the other.
Also the right side body line that is supposed to run from the door opening to the center of the side marker light was about an inch low.
It was shortly after that, when I tried an AMD panel and the difference in quality and fit was amazing.
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'68 Coronet R/T wrote:When I was doing my signature car, I found out that aftermarket panels are not all created equal.
I bought Goodmark rear quarter panel skins cause they were less money. The left side seemed to fit pretty decent so I tacked it in place and then went to the right side. It was there I noticed something did look quite right. After some back and forth measuring from the old skins to the new, I realized the rear side marker lights were in different locations, not just to the old skins but also to each other and nearly 3" different from one side to the other.
Also the right side body line that is supposed to run from the door opening to the center of the side marker light was about an inch low.
It was shortly after that, when I tried an AMD panel and the difference in quality and fit was amazing.


My son says he paid extra for a premium replacement hood vs buying the cheaper version. The more expensive hood has front emblem holes already drilled and seam sealer on the underside along the edge. The cheaper version did not have those features.
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