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Old 07-23-2004, 03:40 PM
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I have been reading the forum for about a year,what a place for info. A great place to find out just about anything.I have been working on cars for about 35 years,mostly mechanical.

My question is involving changing panels on a 67 chevelle.I have the bare body mounted to the bare frame. I will be changing the floors front and rear, rocker panels, full quarters, fender wells inner and outer, trunk ext, tail lite panel and finally the panel between the trunk lid and the rear glass. Where should I start first? I don't know how much of the metal I can take out at one time. For example, changing the quarter, should I start changing the trunk floor at the same time. When should the tail lite panel be changed? I was goint to leave the doors and and trunk lid on and try to set everything to them.

I have done some bodywork, but nothing of this magnitude. I have most of all the equipment that I will need. I just need guided in the right direction. I know with the help of all the people in this place that I will a have a fun time doing this project. I would appreciate any help that I can get, I'm gonna need It.

Thanks John

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Never do more than one component at a time. Car bodies depend on the composite form to maintain shape and strength.
With car you can remove one at a time and replace ti but taking out two or more at a time will likely result is serious and difficult to repair deformation. This is not a job you on which want to look for short cuts, especially if you are a relative armature.
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Before you start cutting anything out, especially a project of this magnitude, braces. Braces sideways, door posts across, rear seat area, anywhere it may need. I'd do the floor first, especially if this is a learning experience, then everything else you plan to do is tied into the other parts and I just don't It sounds like a huge job. Good luck. Dan
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