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It looks like he does nice quality work. Great progress so far, and the quarter skin looks like it lines up nicely (from the pics). Always easier to judge in person ya know... but it looks great! Wish mine was that fast of a repair. Consider yourself lucky with such a solid car (comparitively speaking). It is 41 years old, so it's to be expected. I think you'll be happier than a Happy Gilmore with it in the end. (great movie by the way) :D
 

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It looks like he does nice quality work. Great progress so far, and the quarter skin looks like it lines up nicely (from the pics). Always easier to judge in person ya know... but it looks great! Wish mine was that fast of a repair. Consider yourself lucky with such a solid car (comparitively speaking). It is 41 years old, so it's to be expected. I think you'll be happier than a Happy Gilmore with it in the end. (great movie by the way) :D
Thanks Todd you can live Vicariously through me if you want. Not sure if that applies to me driving my car or having a six banger, and I can live through you knowing that you are doing it the right way, we all dream of!

I am sure there will be more surprises as well as I go, as you know only to well. I hope Jeff finds a car that he can drive and be happy with. I know exactly where he is coming from. Dang, theres that damn parallel planet thang happening again!

Can't wait to see your car roasting over the coals on that fancy Roto/SS. Drool, drool... It's BBQ season!
 

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Can't wait to see your car roasting over the coals on that fancy Roto/SS. Drool, drool... It's BBQ season!

Just call me the "Pit Boss". :D
 

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DAY FOUR PROGRESS:

Well here is todays' progress. Just a lot of prep for the rear quarter. I wish I would have gone for the full quarter but since I resigned to the fact that I am building a daily driver I am over it. I was beating myself up over not using an AMD full quarter, but I am one with the project and will see it through I hope. As we all know these projects take a toll on us financially, emotionally, and at times physically. But I guess that is why we do it, cause we love the challenge it presents and the strong desire we have to succeed and create something we love with our hands. Sorry If I got too deep for a moment. here's the update...

Applied etching primer to bare metal. Wheel well and drop off. Next will apply gravel guard to wheel well top and bottom as well as the inside of the quarter, then mount quarter. I hope to have the quarter done next week. Note the part number stamping on the drop off panel. Other than some major rust issues this car is very original. Still some of welding to do to finish on the drop off patch piece I made today and outter wheel well .





It is but weld city or as Don calls it hammer welding. He used a torch, and hammers the weld flat. He is very old school. He works very fast and really knows his stuff. I am very fortunate to have him teaching me the trade and working on my car. I am amazed at how long and how much work is involved to mount the quarter. Hopefully have it done by day 5. I am kind of freaked out because as I move forward, the deeper I dig the more I find I need to do that I did not plan on. Welcome to restoland my friend...

 

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DAY FOUR PROGRESS:

It is but weld city or as Don calls it hammer welding. He used a torch, and hammers the weld flat. He is very old school. He works very fast and really knows his stuff. I am very fortunate to have him teaching me the trade and working on my car. I am amazed at how long and how much work is involved to mount the quarter. Hopefully have it done by day 5. I am kind of freaked out because as I move forward, the deeper I dig the more I find I need to do that I did not plan on. Welcome to restoland my friend...




Ive watched a guy but weld before. This guy was talented. Take it all in Mike!!!
 

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Looks good Mike, let me know when you're going to be there working on it and I'll come by and take a look.
Hey Doug I am out there everyday during the day. I will email you my cell number and you can give me a call when you are coming out.
 

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OK so even though I have a plan I am having second thoughts. My favorite color is Cortez Silver with Black Z 28 Stripes. My plan as too paint the car white because it is a white car. I thought it might be easier and cheaper to paint white and it would keep the car original. But damn I sure would love a silver and black paint job.

What would you do?
 

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So you want a low buck ZL1 (dichotomy 1) that you want to keep as stock as possible (dichotomy 2) and now you're worried about painting it CS, and putting Z/28 stripes on it (dichotomy 3).

Is it just me, or do we have an identity crisis? :)
 

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So you want a low buck ZL1 (dichotomy 1) that you want to keep as stock as possible (dichotomy 2) and now you're worried about painting it CS, and putting Z/28 stripes on it (dichotomy 3).

Is it just me, or do we have an identity crisis? :)
Identitdy Crisis? Hell yeah! And I bet I am not the first to flip flop around before paint. But great feedback helps in the decision making process. I do have a plan and so far I have been sticking to it, but I do have an oportunity to paint my car my favorite color, so I am going to toy with the idea and see what happens. There will be several determining factors. Financial, practicality, resale value, etc. Either way I am going to be happy in the end because I took the time and reviewed all of the options and explored all possibilities and made the right decision.

Hey, but thats just me. I get fold feet and second guess myself all the time. At least I have a solid plan with only one possible variable. Could be a whole lot worse.

Like I said before. I'll be happy just to finish it, and fix the rust isses. The paint will just be the icing on the cake!

That sounds sweet to me.
 

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Nothing wrong with an aluminum block Cortez Silver with Z/28 stripes resto mod. Sounds like a killer car, just not "as original as possible," and it won't be low buck.

As for resale, if someone wants to buy a CS, Z/28 striped aluminum block screamer , the furthest thing from their mind will be the 50 50 on the cowl tag, or the "3" in the VIN.
 

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Nothing wrong with an aluminum block Cortez Silver with Z/28 stripes resto mod. Sounds like a killer car, just not "as original as possible," and it won't be low buck.

As for resale, if someone wants to buy a CS, Z/28 striped aluminum block screamer , the furthest thing from their mind will be the 50 50 on the cowl tag, or the "3" in the VIN.
Hey Gary there is no aluminum block in the plans. Just a big block. Always a dilemma with a six banger upgrade. No plans for a resto mod. It will be a stock looking car with a fairly stock big big block. Other than paint if I go Silver, everything else will be stock, except the motor and suspension.

So it will be white or silver just as is. I am looking to spend as little as possible and keep it a driver. I know how fast the dollars can burn up in a project. I am trying not to go there if possible.

I know I should go white like I planned, but I just had to concider the option of my favorite color combo. All feedback is very helpful and appreciated.
 

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Looks good Mike, let me know when you're going to be there working on it and I'll come by and take a look.
Hey Doug let me know when you want to drop by. I am there until 5 or 6 pm most days. Call me. If you don't have my number email me or PM me.
 

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You mentioned ZL1 in one of your posts, so that's why I said aluminum block. I'm sure whatever choices you make, the car will be nice.
 

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You mentioned ZL1 in one of your posts, so that's why I said aluminum block. I'm sure whatever choices you make, the car will be nice.
Sorry about that Gary. You are correct. That may have been misleading on my part. Todd sent me a picture of a ZL1 that looked a lot like mine. When I said COPO I was refering to just a big block but I should have made that clear. Now that I think of it it must have sounded like I was building a ZL1. Well that won't happen in my lifetime, unless I get rich real quick.

Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression.

Same question still stands regarding paint. All feedback always welcome and appeciated.
 

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Sorry about that Gary. You are correct. That may have been misleading on my part. Todd sent me a picture of a ZL1 that looked a lot like mine. When I said COPO I was refering to just a big block but I should have made that clear. Now that I think of it it must have sounded like I was building a ZL1. Well that won't happen in my lifetime, unless I get rich real quick. Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression.
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What! That's it, I'm cancelling my subscription to this tricky thread. No ZL1 now? Hmm!:mad:


Lol! just teasin' ya Mike. l:) I am sure whatever engine choice and color choice you end up choosing that it will be a stunning Camaro to look at and enjoy driving. I am still torn myself, on which color I will go with at this point. Frost Green or Sunset Burnt Orange....
 
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