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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 19, 7:58 PM Thread Starter
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Its been a ton of time since I posted updates. So much has happened to delay progress. A falling out/major difference of opinion with my body shop manager brother really set me back. Long story short, he intended to set gaps by using filler and not modification of the existing sheet metal. That was the last straw. It kinda put a wedge in our relationship.

The shop that replaced my rotted sheet metal said hed take my vehicle in to set gaps, do body work, and paint. It was supposed to go there in early spring, was then pushed back to July, then late summer, then I was told it will be a bit longer. I guess he really didnt want to finish my car.
I found a highly recommended body man who is known for restoring GTOs. True to his word, She goes in next Wednesday, Nov. 20!

He wanted all the sheet metal installed so Ive been working on getting that done. Today marks the day that she is the most complete since the day I pulled her apart, 3.5 years ago. Things are finally looking up!

Yes, the gaps suck and all aftermarket sheet metal sucks, but soon she will be making huge progress.

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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 1:21 PM
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I hear ya, been there done that... even after doing all the homework, getting all the references and seeing all the finished show cars; it wasn't even close.

Quoted me $85/hour and charged me $95/hour - charged the same for himself and his two grunts; each.

Probably will have the whole thing repainted and the gaps redone.

He even got the body on so that it's not parallel to the frame.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread; rant off.

Here's a link to my 2014 Camaro SS donor to 70 Malibu restomod project:

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BTW, very nice project...
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Good luck on your project. It does look good!
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I hear ya, been there done that... even after doing all the homework, getting all the references and seeing all the finished show cars; it wasn't even close.

Quoted me $85/hour and charged me $95/hour - charged the same for himself and his two grunts; each.

Probably will have the whole thing repainted and the gaps redone.

He even got the body on so that it's not parallel to the frame.

Sorry, didn't mean to hijack your thread; rant off.
Whoa, thats a horror story!

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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 7:49 PM Thread Starter
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Measured out the locations for my turbojet fender flags, drilled and hand filed to fit. Drilled the fenders for my NOS wheel wheel moldings.

I also installed the hood. Pretty much dropped right on except my opening is a trapezoid. I had to slant the hood on the hinges to get her to close and latch.

Still its the first time my original hood has been mated to all the reproduction sheet metal.

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Well, she was transported to the body shop this evening. Met with the owner and took a look at a few of the GTOs he is working on. He does real nice work and he knows his way around these cars and reproduction sheet metal. He assures me he can get my gaps consultant and to an acceptable width. He also will deconstruct the crappy AMD fender to fix the wonky lower body line. So its Nov. 20, Im guessing a month to 6 weeks until I get her back, painted. That may be overly optimistic.

I guess well see.

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Major progress in 1.5 months. All the aftermarket sheet metal needed tweaking to some extent. Door to fender contours all stunk. Found out my trunk lid was no good, too much surface rust under the primer. Could not trust it.

Thankfully my original hood was salvageable!
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I know the feeling . Mine was in paint jail for 8 months.
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I know the feeling . Mine was in paint jail for 8 months.
Only 8 months? That's prolly under what many here have had to deal with!
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So now Im attacking this project on two front. Body and engine. The body is coming along nicely! Roof, quarters and tail panel are all primed. Finished tweaking sheet metal!

Engine, mk4 454 4 bolt main block bored .030 over, Scat rods, Wiseco pistons, and a virgin NOS nitride GM forged 396/427 crank. The last of my former boss horde of super duty cranks! I want/need to keep her under 600hp due to fuel system limits. AFR 265 oval port heads, 1 7/8 Lemons Headers, and a to be determined hydraulic cam. Looking for gobs of torque and done making power by 6500 rpm.
Still need to figure out rims and tire size. Seriously thinking about 17 inch wheels 10 inch wide.

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17x10 is doable, but maybe not at all four corners. With some testing you can see what will work. I have 17x9.5, so another 1/2 inch is not much. It may all depend on the upper A arms you have, as I could not go in another mil in the front, and it's pretty tight on the outside.
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17x10 is doable, but maybe not at all four corners. With some testing you can see what will work. I have 17x9.5, so another 1/2 inch is not much. It may all depend on the upper A arms you have, as I could not go in another mil in the front, and it's pretty tight on the outside.
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I have no problem going a bit more narrow on the fronts. Actually Id prefer to go with les width up front. I need to get as much tire on the pavement for the rear. I have SPC arms on the fronts with C5 disc brakes.

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Test painted the underside of my trunk lid. Code L Tahoe Turquiose.
Shes getting close!
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More progress. Fenders and doors edged in color and under coated. Next up is interior paint and engine bay. Shes getting close. Ill be getting her back soon to install the engine, wire her, plumb the engine compartment brake lines.

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