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post #1 of 1016 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 13, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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69 rustbucket rebirth

After posting some questions in the body forum, I was encouraged to start a build thread. Here we go!

Here is my unmolested original 69 SS.
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post #2 of 1016 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 13, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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And here is some pictures of the "ugly" during the teardown.

This will be quite the journey. Likely a slow moving one considering family and work priorities. But this is my dream car, so if it takes 10 years it WILL get completed!
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After seeing the snow tires on it, I'm not surprised at the rust.
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post #4 of 1016 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 13, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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I've already started by building a jig, as recommended to me by a friend. I'm currently in the middle of the jig, and once it is completed I will put the car onto it and begin the metal replacement. I'm looking for a good starting point, figuring on working from the front to the rear. Would anyone agree that I should start with the dash top and upper cowl? Any advice other than that? My metal sources will be NPD (less than an hour away from me in Michigan) and Summit Racing (2 hours away) for the AMD panels.

Here is some pictures of my jig progress.
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post #5 of 1016 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 13, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Lol....Nice eagle eyes Joe! I had forgot those were on there. They were the first to go...took lots of heat and a BFH to get them off.
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Welcome aboard the long road of a restoration Matt! Hopefully you will move along quicker than I have. An SS too! Nice find! This will be yet another thread I must subscribe to. (over 100 threads now!)

Have fun, be careful, and take LOTS of pics!

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post #7 of 1016 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 13, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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100 threads Todd?! Holy Cats, how do you keep up

I certainly appreciate all the knowledge available in your build threads. Hopefully when I'm fitting my repop panels (there will be many) I can get them to fit as well as yours

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Great attitude Matt. Many have taken much longer than 10yrs. Wherever possible do yourself a favor and find GM panels/parts. The savings in frustration is worth a little extra coin. If you must go with aftermarket do your homework. Don't limit yourself to only 2 vendors. There are a lot of supporting vendors on this site that will have parts drop shipped to you at reasonable rates. Good luck with the build.

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post #9 of 1016 (permalink) Old Jul 22nd, 13, 03:55 PM
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Michigan definitely molested that. Good luck with your project. Just remember, you're going to get depressed about it at some point, just keep chugging along....1 panel/part at a time.

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Matt, your jig looks good. Looks like you got what it takes to do this project. Just keep after it. Keep the pictures coming.

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Michigan definitely molested that. Good luck with your project. Just remember, you're going to get depressed about it at some point, just keep chugging along....1 panel/part at a time.
Jason this cracked me up last night! Michigan did definitly molest this Camaro. I'm here to make the wrongs right again.

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Matt, your jig looks good. Looks like you got what it takes to do this project. Just keep after it. Keep the pictures coming.
Thanks for that Randy. I was surprised how quickly my welding skills came back since I havn't done any welding in about 6 years. Now if I could only get through the 7 12's that I'm working so that I can finish it! I told my wife that I'm catching the Camaro fever....

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subscribed!

not sure if you mentioned it but is this a X55 car?

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So you beat the tires with a hammer to break the rust between the rim and brake? That did not work, then you broke out the torch?
I had to do the same thing to my Indiana rust bucket.

You asked about what is a good starting point:
Take photos.
Mount the body on the jig. Buy a notebook. Measure everything. Write the measurements in your notebook will little sketches of the points you measured. Take more photos.
Look at your car. Make more measurments and take more photos.

A unibody is like an onion. The sheet metal is put on in layers. Examine the rockers closely. Examine the frame rails. The rockers and frame rails are the center of the onion. You will notice that the rockers are suprisingly acessible since your floor is rusted. I think the F body coupe has an inner and outer rocker. They could be replace first if needed. If the frame rails need replacing, it might be easier to cut out the floor, frame rails, and trunk pan as one big piece. Keep all the old metal. They are a perfect example how the car was constructed.

Some people cut out all the rusted parts at one time. You could do that since your car will be on a jig. I cut out one or two pieces at a time. I was afraid that if I cut too much, the car might colapse.

You are the boss. Do what you feel is best.

If you want to replace the cowl area that is good place to start. Just rememember in order to replace the cowl area the front part of the jig brace will have to be removed. The only front support will be the four subframe mounting points that might be rusted out.
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Another Michigan Car! I have bought quite a few parts from Heartbeat City in Shelby Twsp. They are about 10 miles from me. Also there is CARSinc & Sherman both Michigan companies. Good Luck - Dave

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