November 2000 - March 2001
Restore the doors and trunk lid.
The doors were in fairly good shape with only a small amount of rust in the inside and at the bottom. First the inside of the doors were cleaned, wirebrushed, treated with Eastwood anti-rust, then coated with POR-15. Next, the outsides were stripped of about 6 coats of various color paints, using Eastwood Aircraft Stripper. Next, they were primed with PPG Wash Primer (1791/1792) and then with PPG K36
Likewise, the trunk lid was given the same treatment, but I had to fill a big dent in the back lip with Everglas before priming.
Here's a door ready to prime:
Next, the door jambs were stripped, wirebrushed and painted. In order to get access to the jambs, the fenders were removed. The Left fender is in good shape, but I had to scrap the Right fender since it was hit in the front corner and was going to impossible to repair. I have a replacement fender that I had purchased last year that I am planning on using.
Removing paint from jambs
Here's the 383 motor... I hope it runs after sitting now for 2 years!
Also, the old grille... I have a much better grille all ready to go..
The finished product.
Next, I cleaned off all the undercoating from the bottom (at least the loose stuff). Then painted POR-15 on the areas up underneath the floor pan near the rocker panels. Next, I sprayed new 3M Body Schutz on the underside from the firewall to the back, and also the inside of the rear 1/4's. I purchased the Schutz gun from Harbor Freight tools for $9., instead of 3M's price of $70.
Stay tuned... next, I will be pulling the engine. First, I need to clean, strip and prime the firewall. Then painting it with car color (still need to make up my mind about the color). After that, I will be rebuilding the front suspension, and adding disc brakes from a '72 A-body. I hope my job gets squared away soon, I would like to get this car done!