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30 May 2016 09:32 #2591 by JonJeffS
JonJeffS replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
Again, really high quality work. I have a question though... I see that you blast, prime and paint your chassis. Do you find that is better, or more economical than a powder coat?


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30 May 2016 11:31 #2595 by oestek
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Great question. We find that the paint process we do is nearly as durable, and we can touch it up in the future and have it match. Powder is nice, but it can also throw off the shop schedule with larger items, and it involves the parts leaving our place for an unknown timeframe wherever they are done. Sometimes industrial powdercoaters will treat your custom frame like piece of industrial equipment or a fence, and you get back a part with runs, thin spots, etc. We've used several outstanding coaters, like Extreme Powder Coating in MN, but they are several states away and the transport time and cost adds up. We are always looking for good partners in the coating biz that can do large parts economically and with high quality, but can can shoot them in-house as well.

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30 May 2016 11:33 #2596 by oestek
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Qball wrote: Cool update on this one. Gorgeous chassis work!

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30 Sep 2016 13:33 #2844 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
Soon it was time to check out the 396 cube V-8 that came with the ‘57.



The car had run many years ago, but the engine’s condition was unknown. We performed a leak down test and determined that several cylinders had very low compression, and the major source of the air leaks was through the valves. The piston rings we're not perfect, but this car definitely needed a top and rebuild.



We checked clearances on the main and rod bearings, and they appeared OK.





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30 Sep 2016 13:34 #2845 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
After a few phone calls, we sourced a set of rebuilt big block Gen IV Vortec Chevy heads from a friend. We installed those heads rather than spend extra money to remachine the existing heads.











We also installed a new timing chain and oil pump, and replaced the rusty oil pan and all the engine gaskets.





After a thorough degreasing, we masked and prepped the engine for paint, and re-sprayed it in ceramic Chevy orange high temp engine paint from Eastwood. New chrome valve covers completed the look that the customer was after.









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26 Oct 2016 13:58 - 26 Oct 2016 14:00 #2897 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
While the engine detailing was happening, the ‘57s body was back in the paint booth for some more detail work. We seam sealed everything, and then cleaned and prepped the top sides of the new sheetmetal for Axalta epoxy paint.














The dash was prepped as well, as it would receive a re-paint to freshen it up.
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