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Old 11-01-2013, 03:11 PM
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Middleboro auto salvage on rt18 has your car in same color, only no a drop top..

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Old 11-01-2013, 06:08 PM
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Thanks Bob...

I didn't have them total it... my insurance company paid me for repairs and waived the deductible, they will go after the other insurance company... If we need a supplement I'll get it from them. So at this point it's a straight repair .. no total involved... but thank you for the thought....the only requirement from my insurance company is proof of repair to put collision insurance back on- the appraiser agreed it was far too nice a car to total....they couldn't have been nicer.... great surprise !!!!

Dropped it off to get pulled yesterday... shop is going to do the heavy pulling and hang the door.... I am looking forward to painting it... shop owner is sounding like he will let me use his booth and will guide me through the paint process.... he really likes what I did with the Blazer and has turned into one of those customers that are more like a friend... so a negative may turn into a positive experience....

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Wow, sounds like it will turn out great !! Good for you...
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Progress

Door off and first pull made... looking much better...quarter is still looking like a tough fix to me...

Good news is I spent time tearing down the new old 283 for the Blazer !!!!! Wish bodywork was as straight forward to me as mechanical.

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Old 11-11-2013, 08:45 PM
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A good frame man can pull out a lot of damage but if the compound curves of the opening are too badly distorted, you may need to section in a donor pillar.
I had that done to the HHR I bought as a total.
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Ready for paint

Well, I did get to shoot the primer but the pros are going to lay the color....

Pillar post pulled out really well, right tools are the way to go...plastic vent was broken in the interior pillar once they got the door off... but after the pull it fits perfectly...

Camera shadows on the door, it's perfectly straight...

This is making my Blazer project look easy.....and that took me years

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:28 PM
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It's gonna look great !!!
Glad you saved it.
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:32 PM
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yes sir , i said save it, well a little time and you can roll down the road in a ride . instead of just a car.
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Painted

It got painted today... I got to shoot the basecoat but the real painter hustled me out real quick when it was time for the clear.... This is just after unmasking they will denib and buff it out next week.... went a whole lot faster than me and the Blazer...

My wife and daughters will be all set for spring !!!!

Hard to believe that in the few weeks the Olds has been in the shop I have managed to completely fill that shop bay with more stuff....


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looks like it came out great. now back to the blazer!!
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back to the future

Well the Blazer was a father and son work in progress.. it sat for five years after he passed and with lots of help from this great Forum I finally got it painted last year ( twice lol).... now I am working on learning to sew upholstery panels...

It's almost ready for a 283 transplant ... something I can do well for a change....should have done that first but I wanted to drive it a bit first and get it looking better... mechanical stuff is knowledge and experience, body work is both of those and add in some magic and art !!!!!

I'll get a project journal going before the bolts start geting turned....

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Well the Blazer was a father and son work in progress.. it sat for five years after he passed and with lots of help from this great Forum I finally got it painted last year ( twice lol).... now I am working on learning to sew upholstery panels...

It's almost ready for a 283 transplant ... something I can do well for a change....should have done that first but I wanted to drive it a bit first and get it looking better... mechanical stuff is knowledge and experience, body work is both of those and add in some magic and art !!!!!

I'll get a project journal going before the bolts start geting turned....

Mike B
The Olds looks great !!

I have a curiosity about the Blazer.....why put a 283 in it ? Is that an engine you already have on hand ? A 350 is more plentiful and the same amount of parts and work, so I'm wondering what the motivation is for the smaller engine.
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I vote to fix it.

Great car for around town.

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The reason for the 283 is that it is one of my favorites.... using a 283 I can make 225 or so HP pretty easy and have an almost unbreakable daily driver. not too much stress on stock driveline AND I can grab a v8 computer and use the stock TBI system.... Now my son would have been lobbying for a BBlock Firebreather but at 68 I'll be happy with a nice daily driver that will bring back memories of the good times with him...

I am thinking of building a v-8 Astro Van to haul the race trailer....that will definitely be a 350

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Definitely a fixer. Money they would give you for it would not buy a maintained, low-mileage car.
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Attachment 102665Thanks for all the advice and opinions... the Olds is back and the girls will be happy come spring... it looks like 1994 again !!!!

Time to start the build thread on the 283 for the Blazer...

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