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Old 02-01-2010, 09:48 PM
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I am so loving this thread.

It is like watching one of my favorite older cars be built back up to the true "Bandit" that it is
Thanks for watching. This is last steel car im going to resurect. Vettes are sooo much easier to do the bodywork on.

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Old 02-01-2010, 09:59 PM
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I wanted to shoot the hy build after work today. This is the primer that I used today. When ever painting a car, make sure every product you put on your car is catalized. Even the glazing putty.

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I had bought this paint for my vette origanaly. I would have prefered grey again, but I already had this. So I will use some white dots this time. While I was shooting it, with the primer shiney, I could see more bodywork like I knew I would.



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So this is where we are now.

Probably another 4 or 5 hours of body work..

Up next. Door jambs and trunk need to be prepped.

Engine compartment needs prepping also.






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well, I've been caught. Hello everybody, my name is Christian, and I'm the son of CorvetteMike. This bird is my bird, and it been very awesome to be able to help my dad and to learn from his experience as we rebuild this car. I'm extremely excited about it. so while he's posting pictures, I'll post a tidbit about what we've done to the car in the past, ranging from the engine, on down to the brakes. I'll start off with the transmission, and I'll post that a bit later today, so check back

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Very cool! I'll be checking in on this thread many times to watch it progress into your son's dream.
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It's cool that he gets to learn from your experience! Beats the heck out of trying to figure it all out the hard way!
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We didnt have much time to work on it today. I wet sanded the roof, QP and door. The roof looks ready for the next round.

The door is looking good to, & the QP has a dent down along the bottom of the wheel well. The hood still has some issues, but overall I was real happy about how well the rest of the body work looked.

The primer has a slight sheen when it dries. As you sand its easy to see where you need more work.

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Alright, I'll start with a bit about what we did to the transmission since it's one of the few things we did without taking pictures. My Trans Am has a Turbo 350 Automatic transmission which we took out along with the engine and cleaned up. We rebuilt it as we did with the engine, taking everything out of the casing, and cleaning all the dirt and build up off of everything, before putting it back together. We replaced all of the clutch rings, and made sure every bit of it was like new before reassmembling it.
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It's cool that he gets to learn from your experience! Beats the heck out of trying to figure it all out the hard way!
Tribal knowledge is everything. Sounds like he has a great teacher. Nice project.
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I finished block sanding the car today. I had an issue with a horizontal body line on the bottom of the driver QP. I started that repair area.
Im still messin' with the hood. Those are the last 2 body issues. There is a few areas on the bumpers that need some attention.






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Man, that thing is coming along very nicely. I agree, it's easier to work on a Vette, That's why I put my 78 Camaro project on hold while I finish up the Vette.
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Just looked at these pics for the first time. Excellent father-son project. Christian watch and learn from your father as you are doing, looks like a guy that knows what he is doing. I learned alot by just watching and working with my dad too. Great thread and I will continue to peek in on it's progress. I had a 77 T/A great cars, they are one of my favorites cars......
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Looking GREAT !!! All the hard work will certainly show when the final coat is on. Your gaps look great - everything is looking the same.


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The car is ready for more primer, a scuff sand and its time to paint.

All the bodywork is done. Big sigh of RELIEF!!!!!! We have spent 100's of hours getting it to this point. Now the fun starts.

The paintin' part is easy. Especially with black.

Door jambs, trunk and engine compartment are all ready for paint.

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Hey Mike,
Looking good. Too bad I live on the other coast. Been unemployed for 2 months and this frigid weather is horrible. Talk about boredom. I'd probably be at your garage door at 6 am if I lived by you looking to give you a hand
You keeping those honeycomb wheels that are on the car?
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Hey Mike,
Looking good. Too bad I live on the other coast. Been unemployed for 2 months and this frigid weather is horrible. Talk about boredom. I'd probably be at your garage door at 6 am if I lived by you looking to give you a hand
You keeping those honeycomb wheels that are on the car?
We only got 3 with the car. We found the forth one on ebay. Its cold here too. Its only getting into the 50's so I can go forward with the base coat, but, have to wait a few days for the weather to warm up to at least 65 to shoot the clear.

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I shot the last Qt of the primer on today. A few small spots to repair, wet sand, and its time for the base coat.

Weather permiting.

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