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Monday, August 21, 2017

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A friend of mine took me over to a body shop to look at one of his friend’s new toy – a 69 nova. I had never met the guy. After looking at the car, and being introduced to the proud new owner, my first comment to him was he should dump the rust bucket, at any loss, and find something to work with. Well that didn’t go over too well.

About a 1 ½ years and 2 shops later though it found it’s way to our shop. Not a whole lot had been accomplished. Some of the work that was done, though, was ok (door skins, rear trunk panel, rockers) other things were awful. A lot of “all metal” filler applied where metal should have been replaced. The new quarter panels where cut short and brazed on and the panels warped really bad. We ended up replacing the quarters again, correctly, along with trunk pans, both floor pans, front fenders, deck lid and hood. We repaired the firewall and roof. At my suggestion he found a good used OEM SS hood and we made a clone SS out of the car.

We did a stock rebuild on the engine with the exception of the GM hydraulic performance cam – for some nostalgic sound. Customer came up with a borg warner 4-speed. Replaced differential bearings, brakes , wheels and tires, customer furnished instruments and the entire repro interior. To cut costs no A/C was added but I expect to get it back for that later.

The car came out really nice but the owner, a good friend now, now agrees with my first statement.

In typical fashion we didn’t take any photos except for the finished ones. Luckily he had taken a few.

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