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22 Dec 2014 13:39 #203 by oestek
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Next, the body was turned on its side so the bottom of the floors could be seam sealed, painted with an industrial enamel, and then protected with 3M Body Schutz.





The next phase involved mounting the body onto the chassis that was restored by the owner. We installed new body bushings and hardware, taking time to align everything properly. Our intent was to not remove the body again.









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22 Dec 2014 13:40 #204 by oestek
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The Chevelle then re-entered the body shop. After some hammer and dolly work was completed on small dings and dents, the NOS doors and fenders were installed, along with an original GM a hood and tail light packets. The entire car was lightly skim coated with Evercoat Quantum 1 filler to ensure that it would be arrow straight from and to end. The body also was seam sealed to prevent corrosion between panels.









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22 Dec 2014 13:40 #205 by oestek
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After the body filler was block sanded smooth, the car received several coats of Evercoat Super Build 4:1 sprayable polyester filler. The car was sprayed with an aerosol black guide coat to illustrate the high and low spots when the sanding process began.









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06 Mar 2015 11:25 #594 by oestek
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The sprayable polyester was block sanded smooth, and small areas requiring additional attention were fixed. The grill and headlight assemblies were all installed to make sure they would fit after paint. It is important to test fit all the trim in this stage, as it is much harder to fix after the car has been painted. At this point, the crew also tested at the bumpers and lenses.







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06 Mar 2015 11:25 #595 by oestek
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Next, the assembled body went into the paint booth for several coats of primer. This high build primer ensures that there will be no sanding scratches from the polyester to diminish the shine of the paint.





The body panels were disassembled from the car so both sides could be sanded and primed.



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06 Mar 2015 11:26 #596 by oestek
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The interior of the car was sprayed was basket and sprayed with Dupont Imron industrial satin black coating for corrosion resistance.





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