Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Chesterfield, Michigan
This may rub some people in here the wrong way and if it does I sincerely apologize, but the views expressed here are some that I strongly believe in. I only feel that this individual needs to hear them if he's going to get a true diversity of ideas.
In my 'not so humble' opinion, there is only one way to correctly restore a car that-in the end-you'll be proud of....and that is a complete 'frame off' restoration.
If you 'half a$$' it, your going to regret it, trust me.
Besides, an old 2nd Gen Camaro deserves such treatment. They are like royalty.
Pull the entire car apart saving the nuts and bolts in bags marked: Front Suspension, Rear Suspension, Interior, Exterior, Engine, Etc. Then, you tow that sucker over to Carponents in Belleville, Michigan and you get the shell and all body panels and suspension pieces acid-dipped and e-coated.
Forget Media-blasting, no blaster worth his salt on this planet can ever get a car as clean as a chemical stripping facility can. And that's a fact. Yeah, I know it's a lot of money, but no one said restoring a car was going to be cheap. And what about where you live? What if you live too far away? Unless you live overseas, put that car on a trailer and get your butt to Michigan. From there you just reassemble the car with brand new bolts, making the judgement to either keep a part or replace it depending on it's condition. And of course, make the necessary sheet metal repairs where needed.
It will cost you a MOUNTAIN of money and a MOUNTAIN of time, but it doesn't have to be done all at once. Take your time, do it right. In the end, you'll be glad you did.
I sure am.