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7/15/12 2:11pm - Original Message: 'Full restore question'
BillinNashville
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1974 coupe. 350 CID with Turbo 400 trans. Decal says 8.5:1 compression. Needs paint and AC replaced but don't plan on full restoration. Car runs strong. No big problems so far. 67,000 miles on Odometer, probably rolled over

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I am in the process of doing a limited restore on my 74.
I am going to paint the car. I haven't decided on color yet. I think the original was Silver Mist, it's is an option. The car was white when I bought it. I am thinking Medium Red but I really like White Pearl.
I will also replace some of the interior. Door Panels, Carpet, some minor parts.

My question
If I do this and later decide to do the frame will I be able to take the body off the frame without wrecking the paint.
Most of the frame looks good but there are some pretty rusted areas at the back end. No holes but lots of
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It has been over a year since I started. I had to quit the project so the car just sat in the garage. I was able to get started again in May 2012. As of July 27 2012 I have done the fiberglass repairs and applied Slick Sand High Build Primer.




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8/19/12 6:52pm - Reply: 'Re: Full restore question'
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Bill, you can pull the body after the painting, but of course be careful. When I pulled mine I left the doors off for the ease of connecting up the body harnes to the frame in the front and rear of the door areas. I also used a engine hoist to lift the front clip with the whole body. I removed the radiator and ac condenser, then re-installed the radiator support frame. The radiator frame is what I lifted with the cherry picker.  



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7/27/12 12:22pm - Reply: 'Re: Full restore question'
68vet427
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68 COUPE 454 HAS MOTION HOOD SCOOP, REVERSED GILLS ZL-1 FENDER FLARES AND MOTION REAR SPOILER, LEMAN'S GAS CAP, BUCKET HEADLIGHTS. CAN-AM FRONT RACING SPOILER. CHROME HOOKER HEADERS AND SIDE PIPES! 4 SPEED M20, LOOKS FAST STANDING STILL !!

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Bill,
I painted my then put the body back on.
I used a chain fall, (harbor freight) and the body straps you can buy to lift corvettes.
Worked great. I have 11 ft ceiling in my garage but it may work with less?
 
 
 


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8/19/12 3:17pm - Reply: 'Re: Full restore question'
Tommytom
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1979 c3

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Bill. Hi I done what your thinking of doing ..and regretted it...with the body off ..you can work on both at the same time...body and frame ..and I think you will do a. Better job
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8/24/12 1:21pm - Reply: 'Re: Full restore question'
rhdaprato
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1970 350/300, 4 speed.

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I like what you did to your headlights.  Did you fabricate that yourself or use a aftermarket product to mount in the headlight space?

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8/27/12 9:54am - Reply: 'Re: Full restore question'
68vet427
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68 COUPE 454 HAS MOTION HOOD SCOOP, REVERSED GILLS ZL-1 FENDER FLARES AND MOTION REAR SPOILER, LEMAN'S GAS CAP, BUCKET HEADLIGHTS. CAN-AM FRONT RACING SPOILER. CHROME HOOKER HEADERS AND SIDE PIPES! 4 SPEED M20, LOOKS FAST STANDING STILL !!

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rhdaprato said: I like what you did to your headlights.  Did you fabricate that yourself or use a aftermarket product to mount in the headlight space?

I think this was meant for me.
Those are "bucket" headlights. They came with the car when I bought it.
You can find them on e-bay or at swap meets.
I remember seeing at set at Carlisle over the weekend.
Joe



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8/27/12 1:15pm - Reply: 'Re: Full restore question'
BillinNashville
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Vette(s):
1974 coupe. 350 CID with Turbo 400 trans. Decal says 8.5:1 compression. Needs paint and AC replaced but don't plan on full restoration. Car runs strong. No big problems so far. 67,000 miles on Odometer, probably rolled over

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Joe
I agree with that. If I had the time and space I would remove the body but I just don't had that right now.
My old garage has a 7'-0" ceiling and I don't have another "bay" to set the body. I'd have to put it outside.
A new Garage with 10'-0" ceiling is in the future. That will be out at the farm I bought.
I think I can do the body now and the frame later.
I'll just have to be very careful.
There's some mechanical issues as well, AC has been removed. All the Dash components are there but nothing under the hood.
Thanks



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It has been over a year since I started. I had to quit the project so the car just sat in the garage. I was able to get started again in May 2012. As of July 27 2012 I have done the fiberglass repairs and applied Slick Sand High Build Primer.




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