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Old 03-25-2005, 09:06 PM
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Hi guys im hoping to get some sage advice on a problem that is coming up in my future.

I am only 18 and Im in the process of buying a Chevelle, its no looker believe me, solid but the body panels are all different colors (no bondo), Inline-6 ect ect. But he paint is my main concern for now because I live in the rust belt and i need to get that baby sealed up as soon as i can, also driving a mismatched car might literally embarass me to death(im just like that).

Anyway i am faced with a limited budget ($4500) and i have 2 options.
1.) Spend my entire savings on getting this car a good paint job and wait a while to put a v8 in it.
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2.) Put a v8 Into it and primer the body and drive it like that until i can save up enough to get a good bb/cc paint job.

I might as well make a note that i have never before done any type of major paint work but i have spray painted sucessfuly on door panels on my current taurus.

Sorry for the rambling post but I have a problem forming sequential thoughts

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Old 03-25-2005, 10:38 PM
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It is my opinion not to put the car in primer and drive it. Primer will not hold up to weather.
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Don't give the car a nice paint job before major mechanical work. It will get scratched, smudged, chipped, etc. Get a Maco slop and glop job to protect the car. With your extra money get a V8. Then save up for a nice paint job.
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Another cheap option is the rattle can route. If the car is already covered in paint, just different colors, pick up some cheap primer and spray it down. If you need to cover some metal first get a bargain rack color and then primer over top of that. I did this on a '68 Cougar and drove it for a couple of years with great results.
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I have used some of BarryKs Epoxy primer
the car is all black right now and the epoxy is as tough as ...well Epoxy
http://www.southernpolyurethanes.com/images/epoxy_gallon.JPG

http://www.southernpolyurethanes.com/Epoxy%20Primer%20Tech%20Sheet.htm
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The cheapo maaco jobs dont take it down to bare metal before they spray do they?
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Im kinda leaning twords the cheapest maaco can offer for a full paint job nothing fancy just to seal er up for a while.
Just kinda wondering if anyone has done it before and how much did it cost?
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Again my opinion, do NOT get anything from Macco. It would be a waste of money. Anything they put on it would have to be completely removed before any quality paint job could be done. For the cheapy job they will only scuff and shoot, no removal of anything,paint,mouldings,handles and barely any masking! I agree that painting first then putting in your V8 can be tricky but you CAN do it without messing the paint up if you take your time. Your first mistake,in my opinion,is going to Macco.

Also, why is the car different colors? Does it have different painted used parts or primered parts? If you are dead possitive that there is no bondo(are you sure?), then put the V8 in and just keep the car clean and washed until you can afford a quality paint job. I hate to see a young'n mess up his dream car by being in a rush to get things done. Take your time and FORGET Macco.
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Car is different colors because the guy replaced the hood/quarters recently and hasnt painted them just primered them.
I was told there is no bondo on there but believe me i am obviously no body expert so i am probably wrong.
Ive been talking to a buddy of mine at work and his brother used to be in the paint/bodywork buisness so he said that maybe he can convince him to get me a bc/cc paint job at a discount.
Anyway here are the 2 pics I got from it. Trim is off the car for now.
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IMO you'd be best off doing all the drivetrain work on this car before worrying about the body and paint. Check the bodymount bushings for cracks/dryrot and replace them. Check out the suspension and steering components, balljoints, tierods, pitman and idle arm, control arm bushings, sway bar bushings and endlinks- and replace if necessary. Repack your front wheel bearings and check out the brakes front and rear. Take a look at the rear control arm bushings and replace if cracked. Now do your engine swap and take care of any transmission related problems. Once you have all the driveability problems taken care of and the vehicle running good then think about doing the body and paintwork. If this car is a keeper then definately strip it down to bare metal and use good quality epoxy, polyester, and urethane products. DO NOT PAINT OVER THAT OLD PAINT AND PRIMER if you want this car to look good and last long. You've got a big project ahead of you if you want to do this thing right, but the rewards will be great. Get it running and driving mint before working on the body IMO. My 15 year old Son is working on a similar project, 1970 Nova SS. His drivetrain is complete now with a 327, T-10 4 speed and Ford 9 Inch rearend with disc brakes all around. The bodywork has been slow, working one panel at a time but we are seeing progress. He'll have a show winning ride in another year, with no payments. Dalton's Ride

Have fun with your project, make it a bunch of little projects rather than one big one and you'll see progress and gain satisfaction. Bob
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Im just drooling over the opportunity to get my dream car this early in my life.
Im just worried that i am getting too ahead of myself, because i dont even have the car yet
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Im just drooling over the opportunity to get my dream car this early in my life.
Im just worried that i am getting too ahead of myself, because i dont even have the car yet


There is nothing wrong with dreaming!!! Where do you think all these kick *** rods come from? Peoples dreams!!! Your time will come grasshopper!!!
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