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I had the 'new' bucket seats and my original rear seats and arm rests re-upholstered so they'd match. He did the pleats and piping similar to the originals. We couldn't find the dark green metallic vinyl to match the factory colors, so I picked this color. It's not a perfect match, but I think it'll work.
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I had an engine built locally. It's a 383, with roller lifters, and original-style rocker arms so I could use the valve covers Jerry McNeish restored for me. It has aluminum heads, and I had the engine painted chevy orange to keep the original look.

I had a set of blackjack alumi-kote headers I bought decades ago brand new still in the box that I put on it. You can also see my original brake booster Jerry also restored.

The transmission is my original Muncie that I had rebuilt by the same guy that rebuilt my original rear end.

I did a test fit of the original inner fenders just to see how everything would look.
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I stripped and cleaned my original emblems, then repainted them using the One Shot sign paint.
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I found out about a guy that does mobile bodywork - he comes to my house and works on the car in my garage for an hourly rate. And I schedule when I have the time (and money) to have him come over to work on it. Since I had bodywork that I didn't have the knowledge/expertise to do, this worked out great for me. I could help with various projects (metal prepping, sanding, etc) and he does the more difficult things. Here's some pics of the bodywork on the bare metal.

The biggest concern I had at the beginning when I started stripping the car was the 'repair' that was done before I bought the car in 1971. It appears the original owner wrecked the car, taking out the driver's side quarter panel, and putting a dent in the driver's side front fender. What someone did to repair these was to cut off the vertical section of the quarter panel from the door to the rear panel, and from just below to top of the quarter panel to just above the bottom of the panel. They left an inch or so of metal. Then they laid a new section of quarter panel over the top of the original panel and brazed it together. When I started stipping that section, there has at least a 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick layer of the old red bondo covering the ridge on top of the quarter panel to the sail panel and trunk gutter.

The solution we came up with was to take a thin cutoff disc and cut straight down thru the original panel at the edge of the lip of the 'new' quarter panel. This way he could butt weld the two pieces together and do away with the ridge that we had. I then got to climb in the trunk with my die grinder and grinding bits to strip the brazing and original sheetmetal off the bottom side of the 'new' panel. That was an experience!!! But it definitely made for a lot better looking repair job, and made it possible to mig weld the pieces together without the mess of the brazing.
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As part of that same original repair job, they drilled holes for a slidehammer, and used another 1/4+ inch of bondo on the front fender to hide that. We were able to mig weld those holes closed and metal work the fender back into shape. I had the normal rust spot at the bottom rear edge of both fenders which we fixed with small patch panels welded into place. A little bit of Rage Extreme over the top of those repairs and various other dings scattered around the body and we were good to go.
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Next up was etch primer and 2k primer. And lots of block sanding followed by more 2k primer and more block sanding and more primer and even more sanding.... But the results were well worth it.
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Then came the biggie - paint was ready to go on. Boy was my wife happy to see something other than bare metal, followed by lots of primer dust on the floor!!! It was painted in my garage with my hi-tech 'zip lock baggie' paint booth I fabricated. I should have bought stock in the plastic sheeting company...
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After that was done, then it was colorsanding the front panels and the rear panels so we could do the stripes. It was an almost 8 hour job just laying down the masking for the stripes. That project is definitely not for the faint of heart if you've never done it before....
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So that is pretty much where I'm at now. There was a lot of work that went into all of this project so far. It's definitely true when they say most of the work is in the prep.

Just a brief list of the materials we used for the bodywork, priming, and paint. We used the Evercoat Rage Extreme filler, Acme Finish 1 etch primer and 2k primer, PPG DBC paint in Fathom Green and Dover White, and PPG Concept 2021 clear. There are 3 coats of clear on the panels that were striped, followed by 3 coats of Dover White for the stripes, and another 5 coats of clear on top of that to bury the stripes. There's 5 coats of clear on the rest of the car that didn't get striped. PPG is another company I should have bought stock in...

I've got more updates as far as the wiring, the dash, and the Digi-tails led light kit I installed for the rear taillights but I'll have to post those a little later.

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Looks great, real nice work!
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Fantastic John, car is looking awesome
Have you done the first fire on the 383 yet?

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OMG, Holy crap, does that ever look sweet. I'd be proud of that baby. Well done.

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Thanks for the compliments.

Tim, no I haven't fired it up yet. Still have some more wiring to finish up in the engine compartment. Hopefully soon though....

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