This is what the Chevelle looked like the day we started tearing into it. I had already stripped most of the white paint off, just needed to get the interior and top out of the car, most of which is still function as furniture in my house.
For more photos of the Chevelle, you can visit my flickr page.
Front Floor Boards 10 Feb 2008
My dad and me started with the floor of the chevelle, it was mostly rotten around the edges. We had to repair the inner rocker panels, and one floor brace in the back. We started here to begin strengthening the body enough to take it off of the frame.
Trunk Floor 24 Feb 2008
After we got the floor boards finished, we attacked the trunk floor. The trunk floor was literally hanging by the seam sealer, so it wasn’t too hard to remove. We had to rebuild the inner fender skirts and completely rebuilt the driver side lower quarter.
Frame Off 2 Jan 2008
After we got the body more structurally sound, we lifted it off the frame so it could be sand blasted and painted.
Body Work 4 Jun 2010
I just recently started on the body work now that most of the welding is done. This was my first attempt at painting of any kind with automotive paint. I am still learning what to do, and what not to do.
The first coat of primer I put down was epoxy primer to seal the metal from any more rust, I then sanded that down and sprayed some high build primer.
Radiator Support 8 Aug 2009
Here is the radiator support. The bottom corners where rusted through, so I had to weld in new metal. I sand blasted the whole thing and then coated it with Epoxy primer. I painted it with Eastwood’s underhood black, although the paint stayed hazy for about a day, I think this because of the cold weather.
Passenger Door 9 Sept 2012
I decided that the passenger side door was too dented and rusted to cover with bondo. So I ordered a door skin from NPD and tackled replacing the skin my self. The old skin came off surprisingly easy.
I sand blasted the door frame, and patched the lower corners. I sprayed it inside and out with some epoxy primer.
The door skin was attached with some 3M panel adhesive, and held in place with some clamps for about 4 hours. After that, I used some body hammers to fold the edges over on the door skin.
Had to do some filler work on the new skin, mostly because I put the clamps in bad places and made some low spots.