file COMP Cams 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Restoration

28 Oct 2015 10:26 #1688 by oestek
After inspecting the passenger quarter panel, we decided it would be quicker to order a replacement quarter panel skin from YearOne then to hand-make a panel to repair the rust damage and previous patchwork.

Once our new panel arrived, Adam sized-up the repair area and removed the affected material along the body line to make the repair easier. We always recommend waiting for the new part to arrive before cutting so that you know exactly what you have to work with on the new panel.

This car had some issues, but not enough to warrant a complete quarter panel replacement.

Here you can see the small repair in the wheel tub to replace the rust and damage.

Adam trimmed the new YearOne panel to fit, and installed the quarter panel trim to make sure it fit properly. By installing this trim now with the panel still being removable, he can access both sides should any hammer and dolly work be needed to help the trim fit the panel.

The panel is cleco clamped and vise-gripped in place for welding.

A series of tack welds made by the HTP MIG 200 welder “hot glues” the panel in place.

The panel is ground smooth.

Note the door-jamb area has been cut and re-welded to make a better door gap.

The rear of the passenger quarter also required the same fix as the driver side.

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28 Oct 2015 20:59 #1693 by Qball
I dig the gap work. It's a real nice touch. Great attention to detail.


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25 Nov 2015 21:46 #1826 by oestek
The floor pan had a thin spot along with some pinholes in the driver side rear footwell. This is a common place for these cars to rust, as it’s the lowest point of the rear floor and becomes the bottom of a puddle should the car leak. And being a convertible, this car leaked.

A new floor repair panel was ordered from YearOne to replace the bad section.

The rusty piece was removed with a cutoff wheel.

The new panel was carefully trimmed to be a tight fit so that a butt weld technique could be applied. This would leave a seamless repair when completed.

When the fit was satisfactory, the panel was protected with HTP weld-through primer.

The panel is held in place with HTP welding magnets while the perimeter is tack-welded in with an HTP MIG-200 welder. Tack welds keep the heat down and minimize warping.

Once welded, the edges are gently ground to blend the tack welds.

The finished panel installed with no evidence of a repair.

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09 Dec 2015 12:29 #1996 by oestek

z282nv wrote: Are there any bushings used on the bolts that go through the frame rails?

I think I misunderstood your question, if you were asking if there are bushings inside the frame rails to keep the rails from crushing if the brackets are over tightened, there are not.

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09 Dec 2015 17:49 #2000 by oestek
This Camaro is going to have a mostly stock appearance, but there are some upgrades that will add a modern touch to the car. The Eddie Motorsports billet trunk hinges, hood hinges, quarter vents, marker light bezels, door handles, and door latch striker pins will update the car.

We broke out the hood hinges to start test fitting the front sheet metal. The hood fit wasn’t too bad to start with, but it was high in places in relation to the fenders, and the gaps we’re not super straight and even.

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09 Dec 2015 17:50 #2001 by oestek
It became apparent that a previous repair job and some rust in the firewall was preventing the hood hinges from being placed in the proper location to align the hood.

Once we knew what we were up against, we pulled the front clip to gain access to the firewall.

A little pokin’ and prying revealed a rusty-crusty sandwich lurking just beneath the surface of the firewall steel. This was going to have to come out and be replaced with new steel.

We also removed the original heater box hole in favor of a smoothed firewall, which also cleans up the Vintage Air A/C system install.

A few hours later, and Adam had all the rusty steel replaced inside the firewall, and a new skin finish welded in place.

Next, he made a new panel for the bottom section of the firewall and heater hole close-out, and welded it in place.

The panel was attached with plug welds using the HTP MIG 200 wire feed MIG welder to keep the panel as cool and warp-free as possible. Finally, Adam ground all the welds smooth to finish it off. Looks like we were never there, huh?

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