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Old 07-08-2008, 02:15 AM
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i have a 68 cutlass needs floor boards bodywork should i do all the mechanical work first

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Old 07-08-2008, 10:59 AM
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I would do all of the mechanical work first...no need to risk scratching up a new paint job.

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Sounds like that may be a rotisserie project..May be best to get the Body done first..It is much easier to do all of the tub rebuild if all the mechanics are out of the car..

Also doing a frame off is easier as one can get to all the rust and rot to replace things a lot easier..Takes longer but is a much better job and lets face the fact that most of the stuff I see these days will take a frame off to get it back to good..

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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How about some pics?
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It all depends on how much you want to spend, and how nice you want it. If you want a show car, do the rotisserie deal. If it's a nice driver, I'd probably go with Henry's suggestions.

Are you driving it now? If so, I'd definitely do the mechanicals first.
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I have stripped my thunderbird down and primed the body panels and such, but that is where i ended any type of body work. i am working on suspension and engine now. i don't want to risk damaging a nice paint job when i am doing major work on her. when i get it going and all is good, i plan on takeing it to a spray shop to have her painted up. they will need to pull then engine at that point but i won't mind that. i just don't feel the risk involved with something falling or scratching your new paint is worth it. i also need to replace floor boards and some minor body work, but i will do that between smaller projects on the car. it's your choice, and it all depends on what you have planned for your automobile. don't get frustrated, if you need to cover it all up for a while, do so, but don't give up on her. i have friends that have bought restored cars and go to shows, and all they have done is put gas in the tank. you will feel so much better when you do it yourself, it might not be perfect work but get help and advice and it will be your ride. thats a good feeling.
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