file COMP Cams 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Restoration

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15 Feb 2016 09:20 - 15 Feb 2016 10:03 #2327 by oestek
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Adam installed the long arms on the HTP spot welder, cleaned the e-coat, sprayed the bare steel with HTP Weld Through Primer, and positioned the original trunk floor supports on the new panel. Then he spot welded the panels together, leaving a factory original appearing weld process.



The new section was then positioned in the car and held in place with some Eastwood panel clamps to keep it flush. The panel was welded in with a long series of MIG tack welds, and the welds were then ground smooth. The result is a virtually undetectable repair.







This photo is from a little later when we were prepping the bottom of the car for epoxy and coating, but you can see the bottom of the floor job clearly.

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31 Mar 2016 09:25 #2441 by oestek
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The COMP Camaro is rolled into the paint booth where the body shell is cleaned and Axalta epoxy primer is applied over the areas of the car where new metal was installed. This will provide corrosion resistance as well as to be a strong foundation for future topcoats or body filler.







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31 Mar 2016 09:25 #2442 by oestek
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Back in the bodyshop, the COMP Camaro’s body is ready for bodywork. After the panel gaps were set, Craig cut down the top layers of paint with the intention of not entirely stripping the car. This is done for several reasons… the existing paint was not terribly old or abused, and did not demonstrate any adhesion problems. Also, the deadline and overall project budget dictate expedience and efficiency in this area. So from this point forward, the body shell is treated like a high-quality repaint.



The substrate was sanded smooth, with dings & dents removed with hammers & dolleys, and then a skim coat of Evercoat filler was applied where needed.









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31 Mar 2016 09:26 #2443 by oestek
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Once the car was straightened, it went back into the paint booth for some epoxy over “sand throughs” and then several coats of high-build primer.









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31 Mar 2016 09:27 - 31 Mar 2016 09:28 #2444 by oestek
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Jeff applies Epoxy to the bare steel areas.





Soon, the car is again one color after being sprayed with Axalta high-solids primer.











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07 Apr 2016 14:43 - 07 Apr 2016 14:45 #2450 by oestek
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Back in the body shop, Craig test fits some new trim parts.



Here, Craig tests the side mirror mount for proper fit. This car will be wearing a new set of bullet style 2nd generation Camaro side mirrors.



Last Edit: 07 Apr 2016 14:45 by oestek.

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