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Looks great !
 

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how much did he charge you to do all that work? im not far away and i need to get the rocker panels done on my car as the are just like yours
 

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how much did he charge you to do all that work? im not far away and i need to get the rocker panels done on my car as the are just like yours
:rolleyes: Post #69 of this thread.

All right! Got the call from him over the weekend; the car is done! :D

He did end up going over my budget, but he says he cut me some discounts to bring it in closer to my price range. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, after seeing everything he went through to do the job right with the unexpected additional work, I'm content with the end results. For those interested, the total was $4300. That includes a new fender, metal work on both rockers, metal work in the passenger quarter panel, removing and reinstalling the exhaust and gas tank, installing the fuel pump, a new set of door locks, filling and smoothing any imperfections, and of course the paint prep, finish, reassembly and detailing. I bought the fuel pump, both rockers and the replacement door prior to the work being done for a total of $450.

Unfortunately with all this nonsense snow we had over the weekend, the roads are still wet with salt water and there's no way I'm driving it home in that crap. So, needless to say with 52 degrees and sunny forecast for tomorrow... :D :D
 

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Super Sharp!!!!! Wow factor WAY UP!
 

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gotta say she looks good man... and yeah cash bodywork gets expensive. I just had my bird repainted.. and its black... now theres one to clean and wax OFTEN cause it shows everything!

and its a poo bullseye.

seriously you love that car..and it shows. nice work!
 

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Finally got it waxed up today, but when I went to take pictures I was only able to get one shot off before the camera batteries died. :facepalm:

Turned out rather well, so here it is...

<a href="http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2461/img3068a.jpg"><img src="http://img837.imageshack.us/img837/2461/img3068a.jpg" width="800"/></a>
That looks sweet! Great Pic too. I didn't realize that you had that much work done until you told me last night.


Ummm. I know Ed lol. Used to run with the whole crowd out there. My buddy owned the Marathon a mile east. I ran the counter, did the books and did a lot of the service quotes. That's right before I did the auto parts gig for a couple years.

That really did come out great.
 

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Thanks. I'm such a lazy bum though so it only gets washed 3 or 4 times a year. It needs a good scrub/clay bar treatment, esp. below the side cladding.

Paint has held up well over the last 3 years. It looks just about how it did the day I brought it home, aside from the typical road-rash at the front of the hood from the occasional highway debris kicked up by trucks... :mad:

There are a couple minor areas that need some attention though - it looks like he missed some rust or something at the center of the underside of the rocker on the driver's side since there's a short 3-4" strip where the paint has cracked and is lifting slightly. There's also a small chip that flaked off on the lip of the passenger door, and there are a few groups of small bubbles under the paint at the front of the hood. I'm thinking about having this guy take the rust out of the Mark VIII in a couple months, so how he responds to the issues this car has developed will help me decide if he's the right guy for the job...
 

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Properly washed and waxed the Bird for the first time this afternoon since ... probably since I got the thing back from the fresh paint 5 years ago. Didn't feel like starting a new thread to share pics. Thought I'd do the Mark VIII this afternoon too but I was properly exhausted after just one car. :)






Looks like the paint finish is holding up pretty well after five years... :cool:
 

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Paint looks amazing! I wish mind looked half as good. I know how much effort is required. You must be aching tonight!
 

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Beautiful car, Dude!

I had a 83 firebird painted flame red; it looked a lot like that color looks. :)

That's a way hotter shade than my Red Cougar; do you have a link to your paint thread? I seem to remember it happening...

No, I won't paint my car that color, lol.
 

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That's a way hotter shade than my Red Cougar; do you have a link to your paint thread? I seem to remember it happening...
Heh, this is that thread. Although it looks like I had hosted my pics on imageshack at the time I posted and they have since killed all my stuff. Perhaps I will go through and update the links with PB hosted images later... :)
 

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Beautiful car man
 

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Lol, maybe someday. So far the PBRs have done well, but I have been considering the 13" brakes since I bought the rims.
I updated all the dead image links. And funnily enough, five years later... :rolleyes:
 

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It doesn't look the same without the pix, lol.

You have an awesome car. :)

:headbang:
 

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All right, round 2 of keeping the rust at bay begins....

I can't remember if/where I mentioned it, but a couple years ago the driver's side rocker started having issues. It started with a bubble of rust on the underside of the rocker, right where the patch the old body guy put on ended. Then last summer (2018) it eventually rusted back far enough that it "popped" off where he only used filler to hold it to the rest of the body. As it turns out he just put a patch over top of the rust on the driver's side (which, 8 years ago was much less fargone than what he repaired on the passenger side) and didn't remove any of the existing rot - which just sped up the process and hid it from me.

At that point I took the car to a different, local shop for an assessment of repair and they were originally going to handle it last winter. Unfortunately once they got the car and started poking around a little more, they weren't comfortable with the amount of repair work and told me they wouldn't do the job. So I took possession of the car again and mulled over my options over the winter - whether to save the parts and transfer them over to a new chassis, or get a second opinion. Obviously, I decided on the latter. :)

This spring I took the car to a different shop (one run by a longtime friend/former co-worker of a co-worker of mine, who does series restore work on classics) for his opinion of the repairs - and he said it was very fixable. He recommended a restorative shop he uses for his own cars to me (Chill's Body Shop south of Sandusky) and they also agreed that the repair was feasible. We agreed on the scope of the work and planned to have me drop of the car at the end of the driving season so he could get started on it.

Late this summer I was out and about and some old fart backed into the passenger fender under the mirror while I was immobile in a parking lot, and left a bit of a wrinkly dent in it and the front of the door. Fortunately he didn't run off and I got his info, and his insurance paid for the repair work (I had the first shop repair it, since they're only about 10 minutes from here). Got the car back a couple weeks ago and looks just like it did before.

In any case, the time has now come for me to drop of the car at Chill's. I'll be heading out tomorrow morning so he can get started.... it sounds like he may replace the entirety of both rockers, potentially do some replacement of the inner rockers (esp. on the driver's side), do some restorative/replacement of sheet metal around the front left body mount for the IRS subframe as needed, and clean up some surface corrosion in a couple areas.
 

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Sorry to hear about your parking lot incident. At least you got it all paid for. I look forward to hearing about the progress of the restoration work. Make sure you get him to take photos of the work. They're interesting, but also at least it proves it was done properly.

Did they give you any idea of how long it might take??
 

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I didn't get the impression it would take him more than a few months, but I guess we'll see once he tears into it!
 

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Will you be going down there to take pictures as work moves forward, or will they be doing that for you?
 
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