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Old 12-08-2004, 07:01 AM
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67 firebird...ready for restoration

Here's a picture of my newly acquired firebird. I've started to disassemble the front end. The white paint is original. Typical rust in floorpans/quarter panels and fenders. What is the first step to do with the body (in the condition its in)? I plan on d/a sanding the paint, should I do all bodywork after I sand and before I epoxy prime it?

sorry, tried to post picture, but didn't work. I'll try to repost picture tonight.

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Old 12-09-2004, 06:03 AM
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Take some time and reread the threads at the top of this forum.

The SEARCH function works well also. There are numerous threads with all the information you need without re-typing the whole procedure.

Don't take this the wrong way, just this type of question is answered completely already.

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Firebird

The last 2 69 Firebirds we have done the first step was:
1) Total disassembly down to a bare shell and front Frame rails (Uni-body) removed.

2) Body stripped to bare metal to see what we had to work with
and floor pans were cut out then.

3) Sanding started with the bottom of the car then into the trunk, then inside of the car, then the exterior body.

Now any area's that had rust spots were exposed and could be cut out so as not to make a "Bondo Bucket". We try to do this fairly quick as possible so we can get a coat of primer on the car to avoid any flash rusting. The firewall/Cowl is painted the color we want at this time also. I install the new heater core and blower motor and fresh painted case at this time also.
With the front frame section off it's easier to sand it down or sandblast to paint and rebuild the suspension. You need to install new body bushings anyway. Once the frame is bolted back up this is when we install new Engine & tranny then wrap them up in plastic (frame/firewall area).
I always spend the extra and get a complete body bolt kit & bushing's from Year 1 at this point.
From there it's to painting the complete inside of the car.
It's a long process doing it right, the last Firebird took me about 8 months. I'm getting ready to start a 70 Dodge Charger the same way. Good Luck.
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