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Did something wrong trying to post pictures:sad:

Ok here's some pictures of my '67 the day bought it. I know it looks a little rough but with a little TLC from me and help from the guys here at Team Camaro Tech she's going shine again. I bought the car in March of this year from a friend of the guy that owned it before me. The previous owner passed away in Dec. of last year and his friend sold the car for the guys wife. Anyway he owned it for 23 years where it sat in his yard under Pine tress which contributed to its current condition. He was planning to restore the car but never got around to it. The car is a 1967 Rally Sport 327/210hp with power glide trans. floor shift,original Black on Red and my plan is to go back with those colors for finish. I'm going to do a complete ground up resto on it because it needs pretty much everything, floor pan, lower firewall, both qtrs., fenders and a roof skin, the doors may make it back on the car,they're not too bad. I've never taken on a project like this before but I think with some help from the guys here it looks like there are plenty of DIYers here that can help me out I think I can do this. I'm using all NOS GM parts that I can for my build and I have most of it already. The car is in my garage now and I've dismantled it already and its ready for the rebuild. I'll post more pictures later as it sits in my garage now. Anyway I'm excited and a little nervous about this but anxious to get it started. What do you think guys?
 

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Ok I didn't download all the pictures I wanted to post so here goes another try.
 

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Very nice. It will be nice to see another Camaro saved! :thumbsup:
Have you thought about getting a photobucket account to help with the posting of pictures? I can't speak for all but I like looking at the larger pics instead of clicking on the smaller ones. Just a thought.
Now get to building and posting! :)
 

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It took me a while too.
Once you set up an account, you upload pics to the account. I found if I email certain pics from my pic folder, I can adjust the pic size to the smaller one. I believe 800x600 is max for Team Camaro. Once my email is opened with the pic attachment, I just drag them out of there and into the Team Camaro folder. I have all my build pics in a folder on my desktop so it makes it easy to find them when I upload.
I'm not computer literate so I'm sure there is a simpler way. :)
 

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I'm not sure I can follow all that Robert but I'll figure it out sooner or later. Looking at some of your pictures I see yours needed quite a bit of work also. Are you doing all of your metal work yourself and is this your first restoration? Your work looks really good. And thank you Paul but no I haven't done a resto before so I'm gonna be asking a lot of questions and looking at a lot of pictures along the way during my build so I'm looking forward to talking with everyone on the Team that I can.
 

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Kenny , Dont be nervous ! Jump right in and do it !! I was the same was , but once you get going , you will love every second of it - Trust me on that ! Keep us posted on the progress ok ! Good luck
 

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The best place to start is to take it totally apart, slowly, take hundreds of pictures of all the little details so you can go back over them when putting it all back together.

Next thing to remember is to be very very careful when removing anything, especially the chrome trim as the original stuff is very good quality and even if it has dents it can be repaired and polished.

Do you have the chrome trim that runs along the edges of the headliner ? If so be careful removing these as they are hard to find and easy to bend.

Ask lots of questions, this site is brilliant and almost anything you need advice on will probably be either searchable or answered by someone who has done the job before.

I have 20+ years of restoration experience but only 1 year on 1st gen camaro and I find this resource very handy!
 

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Ok I'm skipping ahead on the pictures to how the car is today in my garage and what I'm working on. I've dismantled the car other than the rear end, its still under there. I've started at the front of the car taking the lower firewall off and the passengers side kick panel support. Both kick panel supports need to be replaced and I'm posting a few pictures showing the rust and decay. I've also taken pictures and measurements to look back on to be sure everything is where it should be when I weld it back in. So I guess my first question at this point is what's the best way to prepare the surfaces of the metal for welding and should I remove all the coating that's on the new pieces and prime them. I have some rattle can weld thru primer and I also have a spray gun for paint and priming with the compressor. What are the best products to use for this step. I know I need to prime with epoxy primer at some point but do I do that after the pieces are welded in and cleaned up or before. I don't know how to ask these questions without sounding like I'm a dummy to this but these are things I need to know. Steve thanks for the encouragement, I guess for me its going into the unknown is what makes me nervous about this. I've worked on cars and motorcycles a lot over the years but this is totally different from anything I've done before. And Paul I do have all the chrome trim that's original to the car and its in pretty good shape although it does need to cleaned up and polished. Thanks
 

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If you don't have a blaster I'd suggest buying a spotblaster to at least do the flanges where the panels are welded together. You can then blast the entire car later when you acquire a quality one or sub the job out. Buy a POS blaster and you will be disappointed. Are your NOS panels early or late stamps?
 

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I'm not sure I can follow all that Robert but I'll figure it out sooner or later. Looking at some of your pictures I see yours needed quite a bit of work also. Are you doing all of your metal work yourself and is this your first restoration? Your work looks really good. And thank you Paul but no I haven't done a resto before so I'm gonna be asking a lot of questions and looking at a lot of pictures along the way during my build so I'm looking forward to talking with everyone on the Team that I can.
Yes, I did all the work myself in my garage. First time attempting a restoration. I wouldn't call it a restoration though. I did it with a lot of help from the friends on this site. Great people with a lot of information... sometimes too much info! :)
But like he said, take a lot of pictures and grab some ziploc baggies. Bag it and tag it. I didn't do it until it was too late. But it did help even though I was late.
Don't be in a hurry!! I did a lot of the work you've seen in 6 weeks! :eek: Namely the wheelhouses, quarter skins, and the paint. I wish I would have taken a bit more time because she never went to Hot August Nights last year.
Take your time and ask a lot of questions. Don't forget the "search" feature. :)
 

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Kenny,
That's a nice little project you have there. I'm no professional but I wanted to share some things that help me. This site and the awesome members here is invaluable. There is a wealth of knowledge available, just do your research. Spend a little up front on the right tool for the job, you won't regret it..
break things up into little manageable projects even if they are as simple as sanding a panel or removing a single part. I like to make checklists for each section I am working on and then for each item on the list, sit quietly and think your way through the process. I know this may sound silly but in this way I can anticipate problems, ask questions, and round up materials I will need instead of waiting until I start the project only to stop midway.
Don't rush any project or task. Fit and refit, sand carefully, measure repeatedly, think three steps ahead and learn from your mistakes.
I like to prep each piece by sanding or blasting them, then epoxy primer, then sand off only the areas to be welded, and go back with weld thru on these areas. After final placement and welding I give another coat of epoxy primer and then look for seamsealer opportunities. That's just my method and everyone may do things a little different. The pros on this site know how to do it right..
Good luck and don't give up.:hurray:
 

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I'm starting at the front of the car and I'm going to work my way to the rear. I've taken the kick panel supports off both sides because of rust and decay at the area where it connects to the front of the rockers (pics posted ). I took pictures and measurements to look back on for comparison when I put the new pieces on. The outer piece of the tulip panels will need to be replaced also but I'll do those after I get the kick panel supports on. I am being careful and taking my time about removing anything so as not to have to repair remaining metal that I have to attach new pieces to. Yesterday I took the car to be blasted to a shop in Greensboro, NC. and I have friend/neighbor that owns a small chain of body shops in this area that's going to spray epoxy primer on it for me when I get it back. I should have car back from blasting and prime sometime next week and I can get back to work on it. I will post more pictures. And Tony I bought a portable blaster recently from Tractor Supply to use to clean up some the parts off the car and to prep surfaces to weld. Jeff I agree about the Black on Red for the Camaro I was pretty excited when I decoded the tag. Thanks guys
 

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Kenny, you can also rent a media blaster , rather then buying one . Sunbelt rentals , or another rental store will have very good blasters. Scott hit the nail on the head ,when he said do not buy POS blaster , you will be dissapointed . Excellent tool, and huge time saver . Dont be nervous , just keep on gettin it !! Keep posting pics too !
 

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Picked up my new GM fenders today in Pigeon Forge, TN., now the only thing I have to get is my GM quarters and I'm picking those up at the Carlisle, PA car show event in a couple of weeks and then I'll have everything I need to get all the metal work done.
 

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Thought I posted pictures in the previous post don't think they uploaded so I'll try again. I wish there was a simple way to do photos. I'm not good with computers.:mad:
 

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Kenny, that color combination along with the RS package and heater delete is just very cool. Best of luck with that project. It will be awesome when you get it done. I'm not sure why you said it had a powerglide. Looks to be a three speed manual car.
 
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