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1967 Chevelle SS396
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This one is already in pretty good shape, just a few quirks have been discovered that will be ironed out for major improvements.
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This is how it came in.
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There is already a beautiful custom interior in this car. It will be carefully removed and reinstalled at the completion of the project.
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With the interior removed, it's time to start the exterior disassembly.
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Every removable component must come off to achieve the quality job this owner is looking for.
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Engine and trans are also removed to get access to the detail areas.
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What interior could not be removed had to be protected with extreme care.
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With paint removal underway we can now find all the hidden problems that had been covered with the paint.
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Now will all non-removeables secure, we can start the exterior paint removal.
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With most of the paint removed it won't be long before the epoxy primer gets applied.
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99% of the paint removed and the metal fine sanded
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This is what you don't want to find....RUST. It will be cut out and a new panel welded in.
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Fender with paint removed............
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............filled and primed fender
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Which way to go.........trim
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......... or no trim
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The decision is NO trim....here is the first step of a custom blended housing.
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Making the metal shape match the lens shape is a real chore, but this will set this car above the rest!
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With primer applied, now a guide coat will be applied to begin block sanding.
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Here you can see how the lights will look with no trim, the body will just flow around the rear of the car uninterrupted, note the seam is also gone where the lamp housing was bolted to the body.
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A similar process will be used on the front to keep the clean lines like on the rear. The trim will be retained but molded into the body.
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This is the stock trim appearance as compared to the blackout on the previous photo.
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Initial mock up of radiator filler panel.
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Construction of radiator filler panel.
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Here is the mock up of the smoothed rear bumper, still a long way to go!
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Finished front underhood filler panel ready to be installed.
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Quarter primed and ready to paint
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A smooth primed firewall ready to paint
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Super shiny PPG single stage black
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Smooth and shiny firewall
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Need some more buffin' Need some more chrome, Look Out RICH she's almost home!!
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Custom tail light fitting did away with the cumbersome trim which was original.
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