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Old 19-10-2010, 12:28 AM
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De-rusting a 69 camaro

Hi all. I've taken on the job of fixing the body on this 1969 camaro. To say it has a bit of rust is fairly accurate, if not a little understatement. It's worth fixing though, so here we go.

This is how it arrived at my place.



Here it is with our 1968 firebird project (fitted with 4.5 litre all alloy quad cam nissan V8)









It's just so nice!!! : )











You get the drift anyway. Plus the hanging panels aren't much better.

First job was to move it into a bigger shed, bolt the doors, boot and guards onto it so I had some idea of how well/badly it fitted together, then get it coated in acid (rust converter) and coat the lot in 2k etch primer.











Next step - cut heaps of bits off : )
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Old 19-10-2010, 07:16 AM
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Hey I know that car!! Haha
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Old 19-10-2010, 07:23 AM
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Old 19-10-2010, 07:32 AM
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When I cut the left rear quarter off I found the lip that should be on the edge of the inner tub was cut off and the quarter was held to the tub with silicon. Nice : )



There's a couple of quality repairs here??



It's just getting better and better hahaha.



The entire lower section of the wheel arch lip was made of fibreglass bog.



When I cut into the sill I found what looked like a shawn sheep : ) Stupid rats nests.





The inner sill will need a little bit of fixing too, but nothing too major.



The floor fell out too.



There was a small amount of rust in the front leaf spring mount too.





After lots of trimming and cleaning I was able to start putting some metal back in.

I started with the floor. After doing some trial fitting and getting it to sit in there right I drilled a heap of holes around the edge to plug weld in the new floor. I could have butt welded the whole thing but find that unnecessary for floor pans.



Then there's the fun job of unpicking the seat mount from the old floor section.







With the floor welded in and the seat mount fitted I gave the lot a coat of etch primer.
I also primed inside the sill and behind where the rear quarter was, just to seal everything up after rust converting it.





Next job was to remove the outer wheel tub and start fixing where the inner tub joins the floor. I'll also need to fabricate a new panel for behind the wheel tub.



Not too pretty.



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Old 19-10-2010, 08:13 AM
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Hey Tim,

Welcome to the forum...

You have your work cut out for you by the looks of it, and you are doing a bloody outstanding job.

So what are your plans for this?

Keep it up, and keep the pics coming.
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Old 19-10-2010, 08:18 AM
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Looks like you have ALOT of work ahead but a great project!
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Old 19-10-2010, 08:40 AM
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Jayzus Tim - If I were wearing a hat I'd take it off to you. That's sensational work to tackle such a job that most would baulk at, and & keep another 'maro from the scrapheap.

No doubt givien your commitment it'll be a pearler when complete. Best of luck with it and we look forward to seeing the ongoing progress!
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Old 19-10-2010, 09:54 AM
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Outstanding work mate. You got Skilz

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Old 19-10-2010, 10:10 AM
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Welcome Tim.... All I can say is that you must be a Glutten for punishment!!

Awesome work thus far...

The car looks mint in the before shot, although a very 80's paint job.... Amazing what a bit of bog and paint can hide...
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This car was for sale recently wasn't it?

Is this the new owner getting the work done, or the original owner?
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wow....huge amount of work, some amazing talent
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Old 19-10-2010, 12:41 PM
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Nice work! Welcome to the forum!

Can't say I'm not envious of your work space! lol
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Old 19-10-2010, 03:56 PM
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Welcome Tim, good job you're doing there mate! How long has it tasken you to get this far - seems like a hella of a lot of work?

I like the airshockies, goes well with the original "theme"
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Old 19-10-2010, 06:20 PM
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Thanks guys. It should be a nice car when it's finished. The owner has some mighty decent power going into this thing, so will be a lot of fun to drive.
I'm just doing the body work though, then I have to hand it back. Unfortunately : )

OK, where was I?

Here's the inner floor bit replaced where the tub mounts.





Once that was done I could weld the tub back in place and make a new lower section for it.





Then I had to repair the front of the tub where it joins the inner sill.





I folded up this simple bracket so I could weld it to the inner sill then have a surface to plug weld the tub to so it's all tied together.







With that done I could finally weld the new outer tub into place.





With the tub in place and the inner sill repaired I could fit up the new outer sill.





To keep everything rust free I always coat all the bare metal with acid and etch prime as often as possible. It's a bit over cautious, but it works for me : )



Next job was to make a new panel for behind the wheel tub.

I used a folder, bead roller and shrinker/stretcher to make this piece. It was pretty straight forward, but I like doing this stuff. I know, I'm a weirdo : )









I'm trying to skim over this without going into too much detail as I'll be here all day, but if there's anything you want to know more about just ask.
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Old 19-10-2010, 06:24 PM
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It's times like these I am so greatful for a completely rust free California car. However, I've had my share of panel replacements thanks to a rough up-bringing and very poor repairs.
Good luck with the project, and are you fitting (a) full quarter/s or just skins? (I'm advising full)

PS: Are you keeping the airshocks? (Ben, now's your chance! )
Just one on the right, preloaded with about 50psi, is the most effective traction-aid ever!
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