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Old 19-12-2016, 12:12 PM
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The top of the dash at the windshield base was another soft spot, so the rust was cut out and new sheet metal formed and welded in place.



Like the firewall, a big section of the substructure needed replacing before the top part of the dash could be fixed.



Here you can see the lowest level of the new structure in place. The new piece on the cowl is the next level to be attached.



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Then the next level was repaired.





This piece was welded in place, then the welds finished smooth.



The new dash from Year One is fitted, clamped in place, and plug welded.





The welds are all ground flush and the repair is nearly complete.



Notice the perimeter of the dash was welded toward the interior of the car.



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Old 19-12-2016, 05:49 PM
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All good work but the cost must be getting up there now.
There must be a point where one of the Dynacorn bodies looks attractive from the $'s perspective.
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Old 20-12-2016, 06:21 AM
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All good work but the cost must be getting up there now.
There must be a point where one of the Dynacorn bodies looks attractive from the $'s perspective.
That is always a concern, and there are numerous factors to consider when choosing a new body. in this case, even with the metalwork needed, the car was a great candidate for repair over replacing the body.
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Old 30-12-2016, 03:54 AM
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There was a similar repair needed on the driver side of the firewall as well.



… and after.



We found some extra holes and small spots of corrosion on the radiator core support here and there, so those were repaired as well.









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The front sheetmetal was reinstalled so we could check the fit. We’re using some new Eddie Motorsport billet hood hinges, and we plan on re-using all the front sheetmetal that came with the car.





Overall, the fit was pretty good, but any issues would be fixed in the next stages of construction.









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We welded up some holes in the inner fenders that would not be used.



The trunk floor had some minor corrosion, surface roughness, and pinholes from rust, but it wasn’t bad enough to warrant a complete replacement.



The fix would be to replace the center of the trunk floor with a new section from YearOne.



Adam used a cut-off wheel to cut out the section we wanted to replace. At this point, he left the trunk floor support braces in place.



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Old 14-01-2017, 07:39 AM
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The old floor piece came out in one large section.





The new YearOne center trunk floor section is a very faithful reproduction on the original floor.



Adam chose to remove the trunk floor supports at this point, and transfer them to the new YearOne floor section outside the car. This would be a quicker approach than having to weld them in under the car.



Then, the new YearOne panel was trimmed to match the size of the hole left in the car.

Adam installed the long arms on the HTP spot welder, cleaned the e-coat, sprayed the bare steel with HTP Weld Through Primer, and positioned the original trunk floor supports on the new panel. Then he spot welded the panels together, leaving a factory original appearing weld process.



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The new section was then positioned in the car and held in place with some Eastwood panel clamps to keep it flush. The panel was welded in with a long series of MIG tack welds, and the welds were then ground smooth. The result is a virtually undetectable repair.







This photo is from a little later when we were prepping the bottom of the car for epoxy and coating, but you can see the bottom of the floor job clearly.

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Old 14-01-2017, 08:38 PM
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Nice work.
What is the target finish date?
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Old 02-02-2017, 09:18 AM
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Nice work.
What is the target finish date?
The car is finished, just catching up on the story. Thanks!

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The COMP Camaro is rolled into the paint booth where the body shell is cleaned and Axalta epoxy primer is applied over the areas of the car where new metal was installed. This will provide corrosion resistance as well as to be a strong foundation for future topcoats or body filler.









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Back in the bodyshop, the COMP Camaro’s body is ready for bodywork. After the panel gaps were set, Craig cut down the top layers of paint with the intention of not entirely stripping the car. This is done for several reasons… the existing paint was not terribly old or abused, and did not demonstrate any adhesion problems. Also, the deadline and overall project budget dictate expedience and efficiency in this area. So from this point forward, the body shell is treated like a high-quality repaint.



The substrate was sanded smooth, with dings & dents removed with hammers & dolleys, and then a skim coat of Evercoat filler was applied where needed.











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Once the car was straightened, it went back into the paint booth for some epoxy over “sand throughs” and then several coats of high-build primer.











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Jeff applies Epoxy to the bare steel areas.





Soon, the car is again one color after being sprayed with Axalta high-solids primer.











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Old 03-06-2017, 12:39 PM
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Back in the body shop, we test fit some new YearOne trim parts.



The side mirror mount for proper fit. This car will be wearing a new set of bullet style 2nd generation Camaro side mirrors.





The new trim from YearOne was tested again to make sure the wheel arch mouldings fit correctly, and the new RS grille surround and headlights were also test fitted. This needs to happen in this stage of the game… you don’t want to learn that a piece doesn’t fit after the car has been painted.













This car was originally an RS nose car, so any parts that could be restored were refurbished, with new YearOne parts installed where needed.





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Craig begins to block sand the black guide coat to make sure the Camaro’s panels are nice and flat. The guide coat helps to reveal low and high spots while sanding the Axalta primer, and it also lets him know where he’s already sanded.







The front sheetmetal was removed to sand the panel edges and the firewall and cowl areas. Note the mock-up engine in place to keep some weight on the chassis to ensure the gaps remained consistent.









Details…



Soon, the Camaro body tub was removed from the subframe for final underside detailing and so that the Heidt’s subframe could be prepped and painted.

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Old 22-08-2017, 01:39 PM
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Trevor and Tyler remove the Heidt’s rear suspension members and the Currie rear axle housing in preparation for mounting the body tub on the rotisserie.



The body bolts were pulled, and one subframe removed.



The TCI 6X transmission provides 1-5 forward gears shifted automatically, and will handle the power of the LS-based 600+ engine.



There is some clean-up grinding, epoxy, and undercoating to do to the bottom side of the car. The firewall shows some “resizing” from the first restoration, our new transmission tunnel is the bare steel. The hole will be cut for the shifter later.





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Door reinforcement bars keep the body from twisting on the rotisserie.



Bolted to the spinner and ready to go!



The suspension parts and core support will be media blasted and painted to look new again.



The Heidt’s subframe is essentially new, having never been painted or driven. However, it’s not “calendar” new. We’ll blast and paint it with Axalta epoxy and Imron as well.



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Old 01-09-2017, 06:46 AM
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The bottom of the car is easier to access with the body of the Camaro on the rotisserie, so final grinding and detail work was done in this position. The transmission tunnel and floor repairs were dressed from the bottom.









We took the opportunity to strengthen the frame rails where the Heidt’s rear 4-link bars connect to prevent the rails from being crushed by the mounting bolts. This was done by making a set of plates shaped to conform to the rails, then drilling mount holes and welding them in place with the HTP MIG 200 welder.





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The bright spots on the floor supports indicate where minor rust repairs were made.



In the paint shop, numerous parts were prepared and painted. The process can include media blasting or chemical cleaning, a hand sanding or Scotchbrite rub, then various wax & grease removers to clean the parts before they are masked and hung in the paint booth. FBS Distributors sprayers are helpful to rinse parts down, and tape labels an tags are often used to ID the parts. It’s a long process, but the results deliver great coverage and adhesion.











The Heidt’s subframe was meticulously sanded, cleaned, and hung in the booth for Axalta epoxy and satin black Imron paint.



The completed subframe looks pretty sharp!





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The next phase was to prep the bottom of the body shell for paint. Again, the entire tub was sanded and cleaned, then masked and cleaned with wax & grease remover before receiving Axalta epoxy primer. If this was to be a “show” car, the bottom side would have been media blasted, but COMP wanted a driver and did not put a high priority on underside detail.









The inside of the tub was cleaned and prepped as well.











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First epoxy prime coat applied:









After the prime coat was applied, the underside was scuffed and 3M seam sealer was applied to all the areas where metal seams could hold moisture and potentially rust or corrode.







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Inside the trunk, where the 3M Body Defender coating has been applied. This coating will allow the trunk to be used without worry of scratching.



The 3M coating was also applied to the entire bottom side of the body shell to prevent rock chips, reduce noise, and protect the tub.


The subframe is carefully rejoined with the body, and the freshly painted suspension parts are reinstalled.









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Old 01-09-2017, 03:42 PM
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Loving the detail in the work.
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Old 27-09-2017, 12:59 PM
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The paint booth was again loaded with parts for “blackening”.



Currie Engineering aluminum 9+ center section



Stripped and cleaned Currie 9+ axle housing with Heidt’s brackets installed



Modified stock appearing EFI fuel tank



“****tail Shakers” - factory GM oil-filled chassis vibration dampers found in convertibles



After a long day in the paint booth!









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Tilt column





Heidt’s 4-link rear suspension final installation. Note the 3M coating on the bottom of the car.





Steering installation





Front sway bar installed



Emergency brake and axles installed



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Soon, the car is a roller again and it heads back to the body shop for final bodywork and priming.





The removable panels, hood, decklid, fenders, doors, valances, etc., are cleaned and hung in the booth for final priming.









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Old 03-10-2017, 01:14 PM
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Inside the body shell, the crew installed the mounting bracket for the Vintage Air Gen 4 air conditioning system. Although the Vintage Air kit comes with screw-in hangers, we find that welding the brackets to the inside of the car allows us to tuck it up as high as we can and make for a cleaner installation.



No that the exterior panels have all been bodyworked and are straight, the body shop crew turns to detail items like the dashboard, firewall, door jambs, and cowl areas.







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The backsides of panels are stripped and sanded in preparation for a black Axalta epoxy primer and Imron topcoat.









The outside panels were all sanded to a 180 grit surface. The body tub was then rolled back into the paint booth and masked for another coat of high build primer.













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The crew left the dashboard and firewall exposed to receive primer for sanding, and anywhere the crew sanded through the primer to bare steel, another epoxy coat was applied for corrosion protection.



After the epoxy had cured, a fresh coat of Axalta high build primer was applied.















Once the primer dried, a layer of guide coat was applied to all the exterior surfaces to make the next rounds of block sanding easier and more effective.



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The door jams, dashboard, and firewall were all treated to the guide coat.



Here, the guide coat is being sanded off in a wetsanding operation. The guide coat makes it easy to reveal high and low spots, and also lets the technician know what areas have been sanded.





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Once the primer is wet sanded to perfection, the firewall, dash, and masked areas are sprayed with satin black Imron. The backsides of the fenders were also sprayed at this point.













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The exterior panels and body shell were sprayed with a guide coat in preparation for more wet sanding.








At this point, the convertible top mechanism was cleaned, prepped, and painted with Imron Satin black.





The body shell and all the exterior panels were then wet sanded smooth with 400 grit 3M paper.





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Old 03-10-2017, 01:18 PM
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The bottom of the hood and decklid were sanded and prepped, and 3M seam sealer was applied before a final sealer and then basecoat color!







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The plan was to shoot the car in the brightest white we could find, a color called Summit White. We had some mixed in Axalta Cromax SBBC base coat and prepped the car for application.



A booth-load of panels were mounted in the paint booth, then cleaned and degreased with wax & grease removers and preparation solvents. They were then wiped with a tack cloth to pick up any fuzz left behind. Even though lint-free Sontara towels are used, you cannot be too careful.

The first parts to receive the Summit White came out really slick. Painter Jeff Wittlich sprayed several base coats, and then shot Axalta clear over them to bring out the gloss and protect the color.







The backsides of the hood and deck lid were sprayed white as well.



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The backsides of the hood and deck lid were sprayed white as well.



Once the parts had cured, the body shell was rolled back into the booth and prepped for color. The shell was masked with paper, plastic, and 3M tape, then cleaned and degreased, and wiped with tack rags. Jeff also hung the doors and fenders to spray them in color.





The panels were masked to protect the backsides.





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The floor was washed to remove dust, and the car was masked to the floor to keep the bottom side clean.









Soon, it was time to spray the color!





The Cromax base coat “flashes” and dulls, awaiting additional coats and eventually clear.







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After the appropriate drying time had passed, Jeff sprayed the clear and the shine began to emerge.









The stark contrast between the satin Imron black and the glossy Summit White became apparent once the masking was removed.





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I'm loving the attention to detail, skills and patience on this build, can't wait to see it finished.
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