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Old 02-13-2005, 03:51 PM
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Rust-oration advice

First time post - have a 1970 Nova 4dr that's been owned by my family since new. I need to get a rust repair/paint work done as I do not have the facilities (no garage and I live in New England) nor experience to do this type of work. I am competent with mechanical type work. Are there things I can do before taking her to the shop to save them hrs and of course me $$$. It's not so much that I want to do this on the cheap, I expect to pay way more than this car would ever be worth - its mostly that I've always done all the mechnical work since I've had the car and want to have some involvement in the process besides writing checks.
Rust is the the usual places, but no gaping holes yet - dash panel, inner cowl, wheel wells, rocker panels...

Thanks in advance!

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Ask the shop that is going to do the job.
Should save you some money if you do any taking off of chrome and bumpers and other parts.
With most shops if you start sanding or spraying stuff, they are going to charge more.
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Rust prep

If you can organize one of the portable 10x20 garages from Costco or Sams club that woudl help a whole lot..

Elbow grease costs $$$$$$$$ so you can remove the interior and clean all the rusty spots your self..using various kinds of sanders, wire brushes and naval jelly..use a good 2k primer on the cleaned areas to preserve the metal..Painting under sides inner fender panels and such is not all that critical and can be done by a motivated amateur (such as us)

Then also get out to the local meets and gatherings and find out just who in your area is doing good work..let that guy do any of the metal work and paint you are not comfortable with.. There are people who do this sort of thing who understand and will work with you on a resto project..

my thoughts on your question..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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