After tearing it down to the bone, I asking other members their opinions, I realized that since I want it a certain way when I am done, and it's a keeper, full panel replacement over cutting and patching is the way to go for me. Since it is originally a northern car, I agree. Luckily, it was never hit in an accident over it's entire life though! Bone straight! I started buying some of the sheet metal over the past 9 years--whenever I had the "slush-fund" primed and ready--LOL!. Just recently, I learned, after a horrible experience with a metal supplier on ebay, that buying all your sheetmetal from one person, all at one time, not only saves you money, but countless headaches as well. I just recently met Belair Bob, and wish I met him sooner!
His professionalism, outstanding customer service and willingness to help is second to none! Thanks Bob!
I just placed an order for the last few pieces I need to complete my resto. which will arrive Dec 4th. Can't wait!
(one-piece floor pan, inner rockers with braces, seat mount floor units, tulip boxes for cowl, etc...
Here is the list of sheet metal panels I bought to replace all the cancerous areas
: get ready.....
- Full rear quarters
- full trunk pan w.braces
- spare tire hold down bracket (GM NOS)
- inner tail panel
- outer tail panel (GM NOS)
- trunk drop-offs
- trunk weatherstrip gutter kit
- gas tank mounting straps
- under trunk support braces (GM NOS)
- inner wheel wells
- outer wheel wells (GM NOS)
- inner rear quarter panel walls
- rear filler panel
- fold-down seat hinge brackets
- One-piece floor pan
- front toe boards (L+R)
- inner rocker panels w/braces
- outer rocker panels
- Upper dash panel (GM NOS)
- radiator core support (GM NOS)
- All 4 door hinges (GM NOS)
and if I forgot something... sorry! This list grew bigger and bigger as I ripped this car apart. Surprisingly enough, the doors, fenders, trunk lid, hood, roof, dash assembly, firewall, rear floorpan (under the rear seat) and rear package tray were all untouched by the weather and virtually rust-free. They are all original GM's too!
Over the summer, I taught myself how to weld *with the valuable help and assistance from many Team Camaro members...thanks
I decided to buy a Lincoln HD3200 for what I need. I set it up with CO2/Argon based on the many recommendations I got here. Glad I did.
I made a custom cart for it out of a utility cart I picked up from Harbor Freight Tools. Luckily I have two locations right near me. (or maybe not lucky!--expensive hobby here!)
Anyway, I cut out a whole a little larger than the diameter of the gas tank so I can slide it through and it sits on the bottom shelf--nice and secure. I lined the two holes in the upper two shelves with old heater hoses so it would absorb any vibrations and keep the tank stable/tight. Take a look:
* I ALSO PICKED UP A LENCOSPOT L-4000 220V SPOTWELDER--Just couldn't pass up the deal! (local bodyshop was closing, and it was brand new--3-4 hours of use...)