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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 15th, 19, 8:58 PM Thread Starter
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1967 SS 396 resurrection

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 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 2:21 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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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 2:24 PM
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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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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 8:42 PM Thread Starter
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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 10 (permalink) Old Nov 16th, 19, 8:49 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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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old Nov 21st, 19, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old Yesterday, 11:47 PM
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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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