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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 02, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I finally got my '68Z back from the body shop! I now have the car at home and would like to get some advice on how to put this thing back together. The engine, transmission, differential and front end have all been rebuilt and are complete. Where do I start next? Wiring, inside- outside? engine compartment work? existing body prep, i.e. what to do about the floorboards, interior door metal, under dash, etc.? There is only light surface rust and I am thinking about light sanding and going back with primer and paint vs. por-15? Thanks for you ideas.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 02, 06:54 AM
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Can't really tell from your post how much of your car is apart. Are the subframe and rear end installed? Front sheetmetal? I try to restore/reassemble in roughly the same order that the factory built it.
I'll probably get an argument, but I think a good coat of paint will hold up fine on the interior floorboards.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 24th, 02, 08:06 AM
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I have to disagree with you on the floor boards. While the car is apart, there is no reason not to get rid of the rust and seal it with por-15 or Eastwood's corriless. It will save you, and any future owner of the car the headache of rusted out floorpans. If it is just light rust, I would remove the rust with a wire wheel attached to a drill motor, then paint her up with a quality sealant. It's the right way to do it, and it sounds like a car you don't want to cut corners on.


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