Spring is in the air, and we are almost at the end of February 2023, which means we’re nearly a 1/4 of the way through the year already! Between supply chain issues and roller coaster weather, we’re ready for Spring to make her arrival with warmer temps and longer days. Warmer temps means getting your hot rod ready to get out of the garage and out on the open road. As for here at the shop, we’re making headway on several projects at once.
We’re still having to do some repairs to the passenger side door, but the upholsterer finished the seat and door panel upholstery and they look 70s GROOVY! Once we get the door repaired properly and the hinges aligned, then we can move on to PAINT!
While we were working on getting the Camaro prepped for paint, we noticed some body repair issues that need to be addressed before we can move to primer and paint. Meanwhile, it sounds like a BEAST, and when we’re done with it, you will DEFINITELY hear it coming before you see it.
This little blue beauty looks red carpet-ready in her new paint, and our persistent window installer was able to get the front windshield installed with the gasket and chrome. The back window is giving him fits, so we’re having to fiddle with it. Right now, we’re waiting on a new gasket to see if this one will seal in there better with the original glass. New windshields are sometimes made with thinner glass than the original windshields found in classics. New gaskets are made to fit these new windows, so finding on that works with the older glass can prove challenging.
4WD van came to us needing some TLC, mitigating some rust, repairing rusted out sections, and then doing body and paint. The owner is debating about also installing a new pop-up roof canopy, so that is on our to-do list for this Spring.
We’re waiting on warmer temps to get the frame and body panels sandblasted, and then we’ll be able to move on to getting the body and paint restoration done on this road beast. The engine is here, ready to start assembly once we get closer to that portion of the project.