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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 01, 06:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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I just purchased a 1969 Camaro RS in hugger orange. I haven't performed a restoration in 14 years and I am very rusty. I have a bunch of questions but I don't want to bore everyone with my stupidity. Is consider a blasphemy to use repro body panels from a place like NPD or can I still get true GM replacement panels from my local chevy dealer. I need to perform a frame-off restoration on the front end, can a guy do this at home do I need to take it to a body shop. I have all the tools known to man in my garage......whats the best way to restore the front subframe? sandblast and powder coat...who performs this service/...body shop?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 01, 02:02 PM
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I would suggest checking all the past questions in the "Body Shop" section of this forum. There is a lot of good info there and if thier is something you cannot find, write a new question and I am sure someone should be able help you. Be forwarded a restortation will cost 3 times what you think and take at least 3 times as long. Good luck
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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!

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Thanks for the reply....I appreciate the information and I think you have a great point about sandblasting the subframe. I have a pretty good selection sanding disks I could use I guess. I hear when you are trying restore back to factory, that most people paint the subframe the correct GM black...I wonder if the por-15 will make it look factory. Can you spray on por-15 or is it brushed on? <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 76Maro:
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!

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