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06 Mar 2015 11:26 #597 by oestek
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The exterior panels were all wet block sanded to 600 grit before the first color codes were applied. The color is called Carbon Flash Metallic, and is a late model Chevrolet color. This color has a variety of metallic pigments and flake in it so it looks like black at first glance, but comes to life and the sunlight. The body went back into the spray booth and was masked except for the door and trunk jamb areas, which were the first to receive color and a protective clearcoat.












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06 Mar 2015 11:26 #598 by oestek
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Next, the body was moved out of the paint booth and the body panels and parts were brought in.



The backsides of the fenders and hood were sprayed with the black Dupont Imron.



Then they were then masked, and prepped for their color and clear coats. It's important to spray the little parts like the taillight pockets, door hinges, and anything else to receive body color.








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06 Mar 2015 11:26 #599 by oestek
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Back in the shop, our crew disassembled a pair of original GM bullet style mirrors and retrofitted the internals with modern power movements. This will add a modern touch to our classic Chevelle.








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06 Mar 2015 11:27 #600 by oestek
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Proper hood alignment can be a challenge, even with new hood hinges. We find that the best bet is to have the original hinges rebuilt with new pivots to make the hood line up and fit like original. We had ours rebuilt by S&S Classic. They come back in a media blasted finished, we painted hours for protection.





The crew was busy installing sound deadener in the cabin, and the wiring, plumbing, and brake components on the firewall. The steering system was connected to a new steering column.






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06 Mar 2015 11:27 #601 by oestek
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A 3 inch Magnaflow exhaust system was modified to fit in our Chevelle. The Magnaflow kit comes with mandrel bent tubing and an X pipe, and stainless mufflers. We modified hours for additional clearance around the rear axle.





We did not want to make our final exhaust tip extensions until we had the bumper installed, so the exhaust was left short. It was fully TIG welded for a clean appearance.








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06 Mar 2015 11:27 #602 by oestek
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Other underside details include a stainless gas tank, and new hardware.

Upfront, the core support was assembled with the Vintage Air air conditioning system, and all of the dash wiring was being installed.







New brake lines were bent along with a proportioning valve hidden behind the power booster.



A II Much fuel vent was mounted in the trunk to keep the gasoline vapors from leaking out from the gas cap.


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