I just happen to be doing this very thing to my 68 (although I'm not replacing any sheet metal...it's all good), so maybe I can provide a little insight. The biggest question is this: are you doing a concours restoration or just trying to "restore" it to be a driver? If you are not doing a concours resto, stay away from repro panels as much as possible, but be aware that original panels are harder to find these days, and very costly (especially q-panels). For repro panels, shop around and check for quality...all are not created equal! I'm assuming you're trying to do a driver since you're talking about powdercoating the subframe.
On the subframe, shy away from sand blasting. Use some other blasting media, or use a stripping disc and a drill. Sand pits the metal badly, and I don't think you'll be happy with the results. Powder coating (with prep) seems to run in the $250-350 range for a subframe, or you can go with POR-15 http://www.por15.com/
. I've talked to several people that have used POR-15, and they are all happy with the results...sort of a poor man's powder coating. Completely rebuild the front suspension. I'm using NPD's http://www.npdlink.com/flash/movie.html
overhaul kit ($215, includes all bushings, ball joints, inner and outer tie rod ends, connecting sleeves, and idler arm), and NPD's springs ($56, TRW). Don't forget your radiator core support, wheel housings, control arm bumpers (upper and lower), subframe bushings and hardware, fender skirts, etc...it adds up quick!
1976 Type LT
Restification (in progress)
1968 2 door sport coupe
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[This message has been edited by 76Maro (edited 02-18-2001).]