68 Camaro mucho project!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:26 pm
Hi folks,

In at the shop we have a 1968 Camaro! Initial plans were to just align the body panels and paint. But after further investigations we found the car was a lot of body fill over rust and rough repairs. Very far from final paint to make this a proper restoration. Time to make this one right!

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Came to us in primer

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Panel alignment was very off from the last "body shop"

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Well this escalated quickly!

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This car was born with a vinyl roof and sometime ago it was removed and some ruct repair was done,

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Roof skin rotted,

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So we started with removing the trunk filler piece,

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Roof skin removed,

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More nastyness,

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So then it decided to put it up on the frame table,

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Here it was noticed how bad the right rear corner was bent up so we did a pull down to straighten it up. You can see we went past center knowing it would spring back up.

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This is the right rear support behind the wheel tub, notice the bend lol,

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Left side was good,

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So after the frame was sorted we installed the new floor pan,

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And we installed a minitub kit from Detroit Steel,

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so now to finish the skins and start the bodywork!



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:40 pm
Ouch!
I had one similar to that. A '65 Buick Special Convertible:
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Once you removed the roof skin, did you have to repair any structure?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:37 am
'68 Coronet R/T wrote:Ouch!
I had one similar to that. A '65 Buick Special Convertible:
Deep Bondo.JPG


Once you removed the roof skin, did you have to repair any structure?



Nasty!

Yes we had to weld in a few patches to the inner structure and get new drip rails.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:24 am
Getting all the sheet metal back on the car,

Got the subframe blasted and painted,

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Firewall painted and made a heater delete plate,

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Subframe bolted up,

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The underside is painted and sealed up,

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Started hanging the front end on,

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Got another 2nd gen in the shop to finish as well lol,

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The fun never stops!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:59 pm
I have a '68 Camaro coming for complete restoration soon. Fortunately it is a California car and has been fairly well taken care of (from what I am being told).

Non-matching numbers car that the woman wants slightly customized.
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'68 Coronet R/T wrote:I have a '68 Camaro coming for complete restoration soon. Fortunately it is a California car and has been fairly well taken care of (from what I am being told).

Non-matching numbers car that the woman wants slightly customized.



Nice, always strive to get the southern cars lol!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:45 pm
It still always amazes me that level of work can be done. Very impressive!

I love reading through your posts.

Do you have an estimate of how many man-hours is in that car so far?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:20 am
OldFatBald wrote:It still always amazes me that level of work can be done. Very impressive!

I love reading through your posts.

Do you have an estimate of how many man-hours is in that car so far?



Thanks, I'll look at the books when I get to the office this morning for the hours.

Well it's back on it's wheels now, the 12 bolt and traction bars have been installed. Need to install the drivetrain this weekend to set the pinion angle before we can weld up the spring seats to the axle tubes.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:54 pm
Well we got the majority of the body work and panel fitment done and got it into the booth for some epoxy and high build!

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now to the block party!
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now to the block party!


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