Daily Archives: December 20, 2012
Yesterday we pulled the inner fenders out of this ground-pounding 1970 Camaro for a little touch-up. We are going to weld up some unused holes then cover the underside of the fenders in the same Raptor-Liner that we used in the trunk, plus we are going to paint the top side to make them look a little neater.
In the first photo you can see Chris wrenching way on the left fender, removing all the bits and pieces that are attached. The orange bits of tape mark the holes that are no longer used. It would be … annoying … to weld up a hole we needed and leave one we didn’t because we couldn’t remember which was which.
The second photo shows the right side fender out. That’s a skinny little tire on the front, but that’s okay because the backs more than make up for it.
The third photo is of the fender out of the car just before we started welding up the extra holes. You can see that we have some welding to do.
In the fourth photo, taken today, Chase is sanding the fenders down to metal so they can be primed, lined and painted.
The last photo, number five, shows one of the fenders ready to go.
Tomorrow we will get the undersides sprayed with the Raptor-Liner and the tops painted. When the car is pulling a wheelie you want the underside to look good too!
We are so nearly done with the El Camino it makes no difference. We need to replace the shop tires with the actual set of wheels and tires that go on the car, put the rear-view mirrors on and get the hood latch installed, but those are trivial things compared to where this car started.
If you haven’t been following the progress of this car over the last year, click here to see what the owner started with, and compare that to what he has now. If you want to read the complete story on this car, you can follow the rust repair at the Throwback Custom Cars website then come back here and read about our part of making this sows ear into a silk purse. Just click on the 1969 Chevrolet El Camino (2012) link in Categories to the right.
The car still needs to have it’s interior installed, a service that we don’t offer here at JMC AutoworX, but once that is complete we will be able to do my favorite part of the job … give the car one final polish, take the completed photos and turn the keys over to the owner.
The first six photos show the car in it’s gleaming Blackberry Pearl paint. This car was painted using our High Performance Finish technique, our finest paint finish, displaying the sharpest reflections and the maximum depth and clarity.
The last photo, number seven, is of the El Camino leaving to have a bit of light transmission work done. When we started the car last week for the first time it made some rather ominous noises from the transmission area. I don’t think it is anything serious, but best to have it checked out before it turns into something serious.
Everyone, even cars, deserve one last piggy-back ride before they stand on their own two feet.