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Well I finally worked out my deal with the body guy. I have to gut the car so he can sandblast the body and repair and damaged pieces prior to paint and such.

Besides having a bunch of friends over to dismantle the car. I am going to have my neice over and with my wifes help too mark and bag everything.

What else should I remember todo?

My biggest worry is my conv. top

Need to have the car as a roller so he can move it to his shop.
 

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Doug, you are going to have so much fun.:D Do you have a budget? One other thing; Pictures, pictures, pic,,,
 

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The most part I enjoy about tearing down a car is finding pieces of history.The camaro I'm working on now I swear the person who owned it worked at a bobby pin factory and tok 50 pins a day they were everywhere. Have fun in the teardown. And yes take lots of pics and label the pics.
 

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I just got done (as in put the firewall in tonight WOOHOO!!) doing my body resto. At least what I can afford. The trunk and wheel wells will have to wait. But, I've gotta say the tear down on this thing was fun and I learned the ins and outs of these cars. The one thing you did forget was a couple beers for your buddies!
 

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Like Kev and Fred said, take pictures to document how things were taken apart and more importantly, how they go back together. Also, do some shopping on parts. I kept a spreadsheet with all the parts I needed and all the different vendors that offered the parts, along with any discounts or promotions for volume purchases.
 

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Well the car was ripped apart Friday and all day today. All that is left to pull is the exhaust, brake lines, booster and master, gas tank, fuel lines, dash harness, dash, kick panels, & conv top. I guess Monday I will finish the job.

Body guy has the front sheetmetal all lined up for sandblasting during the week. If I have everything else pulled off he can start blasting the car pretty soon. So far the car looks solid.
 

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It's also kind of wierd to walk into the garage and just see piles and piles of parts laying there.
 

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I hope your garage is big enough, you have a spare room in the house as storage and an outside shed for the not so clean stuff.

My biggest mistake was not building a 4 car garage with heaps of shelving before I started my resto.
 

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I agree with steve's post I hope u have a place to put all those parts. Good idea on getting the wife involved in this. I went out an bought the master body kit for my car to replace the entire bolts on the car. You may run into that problem have to cut bolts due to rust. good luck and take pics.
 

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Storage is a major issue. I am going to put lots of stuff in the crawl space above my garage, and if need be I'll buy a used motorcycle enclosed trailer and put it on the side of the house and shove the bikes and parts in that.

I'm buying the stainless front end bolt kit from Classic Industries along with whatever clips, and shims I need. Unless someone knows a better place to get it. I'm going to look at the GM Nationals at Carlisle for a kit.
 

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I bought all my bolts thru the site sponsor: Ground Up www.396.com. The bolt kits were in bags mark for where they went.

I took mine apart by myself because I wanted to know exactly how things came apart. Take pictures before you remove a part. I must have taken a thousand. I used zip lock sandwich bags and put a piece of paper in the bag describing the location etc of the bolt or part. Some stuff isnt repoped, so you may be cleaning certain fasteners afterwards on a wire wheel. I placed of of that in a cardboard box or plastic bucket. I stored some stuff on shelving I bought or up in the rafters to get it out of the way until the time came. If you place the stuff in boxes, mark the outside of the box with the contents of that box. Good Luck.
 
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