file 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage One Body Restoration

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08 Dec 2014 17:22 - 13 Feb 2015 13:25 #45 by oestek
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1970 Buick GS Stage 1 Sheet Metal Restoration



This 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage One car is one of 1785 hardtop automatic cars, and it came in pretty rusty! The V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew is tasked with replacing the rusted sheet metal with new steel to bring this car back on the road to recovery!

In this case, the customer removed the body of the Buick and restored the chassis himself.



This is what the body shell looked like when we brought it to our shop.





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08 Dec 2014 17:22 #46 by oestek
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We knew the quarters were rotted beyond repair, so some large sections were trimmed out to give better access to the inner structure. The body was going to the media blaster, and it is faster and easier for the blaster to clean the structure with "windows" in the quarter areas.



The GS hood came back pretty solid, but with some dents in the outside skin. Not a big deal to fix.



We didn't allow the media blaster to strip the hood skin, as we like to do these with a dual action (D/A) sander to prevent warpage.



The door shells showed some rot in the structure...



…and also in the skins.

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08 Dec 2014 17:23 #47 by oestek
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The deck lid had some pin holes in the skin.



The parts were all cleaned and hung in the booth for a bath in epoxy primer.



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08 Dec 2014 17:23 #48 by oestek
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The media blasted body shell showed us what we had suspected all along… this car needed quarters, a trunk floor, and repairs around the window frames.











Surprisingly, the front of the floor and dash were not as rusty as the back half of the car.



There were sporadic holes and rust, but nothing nearly as severe as the rear.

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08 Dec 2014 17:23 #49 by oestek
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There were variety of small rust holes throughout the cabin floor, on the dash, and around the window frames.









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08 Dec 2014 17:23 #50 by oestek
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Once the crew got a good look at this car in bare steel, they wheeled it into the paint booth for a coating of black epoxy primer.





The primer is used to protect the steel from rusting, and you'll notice that not all areas were primed, as much of this sheet-metal will be removed. It did not make sense to wastefully spray primer on steal that would be cut off and discarded.





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