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Old 01-09-2006, 08:50 PM
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Disassembly Required???

I have been working toward getting the Nova ready for paint this winter by doing a LOT of panel alignment work. You get one thing straight and something else doesn't line up - door gaps, fender alignment, shims, hood, etc. Anyway, I'm sure you get my drift that it is really time consuming. My dilemma is this - once I get everything where I want it, I don't want to take it apart to paint places that are difficult to reach without doing so. What are my options? I think I can get into most of the places that will be visible, but I don't want to screw the whole thing up by cutting a few corners.

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Old 01-09-2006, 09:06 PM
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Well it sounds to me that you should paint all the Jambs & areas internal before assembly then you tape off the gaps so you don't blow over spray on the painted jambs.


You can also use this when removing & reinstalling

You can take a sharp awl or a booger pick or a pencil & scratch a line around the bolt so that when you re assemble it ,You will be able to put it back exactly where it came from.

Here's one more trick I use.

When disabling almost anything.
I'm not going to be putting back together right away.

I use cardboard and draw the part on it& then stick the bolt right into the cardboard on the picture you drew,

So when you go to reassemble there is NO doubt where it came from & where it goes.

I did this in the body shops when I was responsible to put back together cars that were apart for week & months.

I hope this Answers your "Q" & helps.


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Old 01-09-2006, 09:07 PM
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I guess it all depends on how much work you want to put into it, but painting in pieces ends up being the winner if you're looking for detail and overall satisfaction (in my opinion). Basically, the big plus is no tape lines, and the big minus is taking the chance of putting it back together without scratching it.

Getting the panels to line up isnt that bad, the best thing you can do is to dry fit your car together before paint, that way you know exactly where you need shims and how many of them, and any other little niches you need to remember when putting it back together to get it just right.

To get good lines, work from the back of the car forward, the shell of the car is a constantlly mounted part if you will. Hang your doors to fit to the body of the car just right, getting the gaps on the rear, top and bottom of the door just right. I know, they can be a pain with the hinges adjusting on both the door, and the body, so once you get it right, tighten down the body side and LEAVE it. Then all you have to work with is the door side of the hinges when hanging it back on. Some guys even drill a hole through the center of the hinge once it's adjusted right, and use an awl or welding rod or something similar to line it up after paint.

Then you put on your fenders to mate up to the door's with a uniform line, and then the hood and rest of the car in due order. Once you have did all this, you will feel even more confident about hanging it after paint. Also, it doenst hurt to put a couple layers of 2 inch tape along the edges of the panels that are adjacent to the one you're installing, to keep scratches and dings from happening.

There are lots of other little bits of information you could use to hang your panels with confidence. MartinSR has a great writeup on here somewhere regarding panel alignment, with a whole great wealth of info on it.

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well put guys.. sometimes it seems you can spend weeks on getting lines right
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On the older cars, in many cases, you have to use shims for alignment. In those cases, it isn't just important to know how many shims, but which ones. When you remove the shims, place them in bags or tape them together, and mark where they go. That way the exact same shims are installed in the same places.

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Nova69, I feel your pain. I too get frustrated sometimes trying to get
those gaps right. I really think that painting the parts off the car is
worth it though. If you ever look closely at other cars you'll realize
that most aren't as good as what you're trying to do.
When it's all done, you'll be the only one that is so critical.
So don't be to hard on yourself, sometimes it's almost impossible to
get everything "perfect", I know, we still try.
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Old 01-10-2006, 06:35 AM
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Oh now come on nothing's impossible. you just might have to do a little extra work to make them perfect... ok a lot.. might have to get ye ol welder out..
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Thanks for all of the very helpful input. It will be put to good use.
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Be glad you have a 69 with bolt on adjustable door hinges, 71 on up models were all weld on making adjustments a real PITA!

What color will the car be? If it's a solid nonmetalic color then painting it in pieces won't be very difficult. If it's a metalic color I would paint it assembled then take care of any tape lines after.
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Color is still up for grabs. My original thinking was white with Chevelle type hood stripes. I really like darker metallic bues, but I've never shot a metallic before. That gives me some pause. Another consideration is a pewter.
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argh... I hate that color,, might look good on your ride, and i do like it on rods but i'm tired of painting that color... to many trucks with that color I guess..
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