file 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Restoration

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23 Dec 2014 21:12 - 23 Dec 2014 21:18 #231 by oestek
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A new panel was obtained from Classic Industries , and it was fitted and welded in place. Note the fitting of the deck lid and  tell light packets in this process to ensure all the panels fit properly before welding.





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01 Feb 2015 15:42 #364 by oestek
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The dash steel at the base of the windshield had rusted through, so we replaced the steel after fabricating some new pieces in-shop. The challenge here is that this is 3 layers of steel welded together, so they had to be replaced in the same manner.























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10 Feb 2015 08:49 #393 by oestek
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Next up was the lower cowl box on the passenger side. It is very common for this panel to rust, as they routinely held leaves and water and rusted from the inside out. We removed the original, fabricated a repair panel, and welded it in.











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16 Feb 2015 20:24 #414 by oestek

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16 Feb 2015 20:31 - 16 Feb 2015 20:45 #415 by oestek
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The rear package tray was damaged, so new panels were cut to size and welded in place.





The panel was strengthened by adding ribs with a Mittler Brothers bead roller. They were held in place with some Eastwood panel clamps.



After welding, the panels were ground flush to complete the repair.



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16 Feb 2015 20:51 - 16 Feb 2015 20:52 #416 by oestek
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The rear passenger floor was riddled with rust pinholes, so a replacement piece was ordered from Classic Industries .





The perimeter of the panel was punched for plug welds, and then sprayed with weld-through primer.





The welds were ground smooth to complete the install.

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