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Old 07-12-2004, 08:28 PM
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Rust Repair Panels for a 1947 Oldsmobile

I have been debating whether or not to buy this car I have been looking at.

I like the shape and look of the car.

I took a closer look at it the other day and discovered that there are some major rust holes in the drivers side.

Basically the whole corner rocker and floor panels both are just about gone. I have never attempted to fix something like this. In fact this is my first project car.

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can get some aftermarket repair panels if they even exist that is.

I will try to get my pics up and get some further input from everyone.

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Eric

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Old 07-12-2004, 11:35 PM
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How much and to what extent?

There are several questions you really need to think on before you even begin a "Project Car".

1. Do you have somewhere to work on a project car? (It really needs to be at least a garage. Of course a shop would be ideal.)

2. How much money do you plan on spending up front for the vehicle? (remember that what you lack in up front finances, you can eventually make up in your own labor.)

3. How much money do you plan on spending on this entire venture?(double all your estimates of time and money. You may think this is extreme, but it's frighteningly more accurate than you'll believe.)

4. How much of the restoration are you willing to do yourself?(Buying all the tools will run you roughly the equivalent of what it will cost to contract the work to someone else. Really.)

It's really not as hard as you would think. However, if this is your first restoration project, the time frame can grow quite a bit. If you like tinkering with mechanics and feel you're somewhat artistically inclined I think you'll be very satisfied with doing the work yourself. You can check my project journal, this is my first restoration also. It can be intimidating at first and about mid-way through the teardown, I started to panic. "What the hell do I think I'm doing? I don't know anything about putting all this crap back together?!" Once you resign yourself to the fact that you're going to see this through to the end, for better or for worse, it's all downhill from there. I didn't even know how to weld before I started this project and now I've probably welded up half the entire car, including making my own body rotisserie.

It is expensive, but affordable if you spread the work out over time. If you're one of the lucky ones, you could buy a car that's already had a good bit of work done to it. I'm actually happy I did it the other way( buy a piece of junk and do it yourself). If you send your car to a shop, it can be risky. You really need to check on their references. If it sounds to good to be true, you better believe it is.

The most important piece on a car is the frame. If the frame is bad, you've got a real problem on your hands. Floor pans....no problem. Exterior sheet metal....no problem. The engine......the engine......well, I haven't made it there yet so I couldn't really say, but I do know that common engine blocks are fairly cheap and easy to come by. But if the frame is bent or severely rusted, I would find another car.

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re_47 olds restoration

hello I have a 1948 olds i am just starting the restoration on, it also has very bad floors and rockers but the rest is pretty solid. i also like the look of these cars and you don, see many of them around . thats why i like it as well, it is differant. I am going to make all my own panels for the floors and rockers. as no body sells them. If you want to talk more, give me a yell on msn, on most nights around 10 PM. I,m from ONtario, Canada
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get a Hemmings book http://www.hemmings.com/ this is "The BIBLE" to many a car nut. what you'll find is about an 1 1/2inches of knowledge. In that book will be able to find just about anything for anything on wheels & more.

also remember ALL GM's back then had similar body lines, so ya maybe able to use body parts from another GM car to patch your Olds, which means you maybe be able to use some of the stuff made for Chevy.
here's an ad i found & by looking at his ads, he deals in a lot of GM patch panels ...... BODY repair panels, huge inventory 40-up, try us. Bill's Speed Shop, 330-832-9403, OH.


http://www.hotrodssuperstore.com/chevroletcar.html

or call Bi+chin Products Phone: (928) 771-2590 cause they sell lots of panel kits for quite a few cars & trucks
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the site wasnt working last nite so i wasnt sure it was still up or not, but here it is...joe

http://www.*****inproductsinc.com/

go to www.bi tchinproductsinc.com (type it in w/o the space)

ok ok WTF is the problem just cause its got the word "Bi tchin" in it its censered thats a bunch of CR@P.. someone needs to get a REAL LIFE around here if you complained about that...joe
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Thanks for the leads.

I have been looking around online and have noticed that other GM's looked almost the same as the car I am interested in. I was unsure though. I will start looking into it further.

Thanks again
Eric
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