file 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration

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26 Oct 2016 14:01 #2898 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
The dash was prepped as well, as it would receive a re-paint to freshen it up.











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26 Oct 2016 14:02 #2899 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
The outside surfaces were masked before spraying.





These FBS ProMask dispensers are handy for this kind of work. They are a roll of pre-taped masking paper in a convenient dispenser.




















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26 Oct 2016 14:04 #2900 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
After the black treatment, the dash and bezels were prepped for a new coat of red.








The gray is a surfacing primer to ensure a smooth finish.





The exterior of the car had a few areas that needed some red as well, like anywhere we added new sheetmetal and disturbed the paint. These areas were cleaned, body filler was applied and sanded where necessary, primed, sanded, and painted in a matching red. Remember, the customer did not want us to paint the whole car at this point, so we were tasked with a blend.











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26 Oct 2016 14:05 #2901 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
Fresh Red!





The ‘57 design is nice because the trim allows you to hide a paint line when doing repairs. On a complete paint job, this would not be a consideration, but this is what the customer wanted.











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23 Nov 2016 17:16 #2987 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
After the car was rolled out of the paint booth, the engine went back in and the front sheetmetal started to go back on the car. The customer did not wish to have the firewall repainted at this time, so our crew concentrated on making the car a runner once again.











The Muncie 4-speed was cleaned and re-sealed, and the linkage rebuilt with new bushings and clips.





Inside the car, the dash was rewired and sound deadener added.


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23 Nov 2016 17:18 #2988 by oestek
oestek replied the topic: Re:1957 Chevrolet Bel Air "Bottom's Up" Restoration
A Dakota Digital VHX gauge unit was installed to give the dash a modern touch and add more functionality to the gauge cluster.


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