It’s a frame-up
This frame, from a 1965 Chevelle, arrived at the shop yesterday. While we assemble a lot of cars here at JMC AutoworX, sometimes we are just the paint contractor, which is the case for this car. The actual disassembly and reassembly of the car is taking place at another facility.
The frame has already been media-blasted to remove all the rust and crud, but it needs a little touch-up before we apply the paint. While the metal has only a light surface rusting, easily removed, sanding this frame should be … errr … interesting … because of all the little nooks and cranny’s.
After the frame is painted, it will leave and the body of the car will arrive to receive its coat of paint. Reason for splitting the job like this is two fold. First I just don’t have the room to store both the body and the frame when they are separated like this, since this one car would take up the room of two. And secondly, and more importantly, the body is still being repaired and isn’t yet ready for paint.
There is something inherently satisfying in building a car, to watch it leave the shop and know you are the one that brought it to life. But it is kind of nice sometimes to just paint ’em and send ’em home. Let someone else worry about what went where and lining up all the bolt holes, ya know?