HERE we go with the body. I'll try to show it in cronological order as best I can.
Pictures 1 and 2 show alittle of what the Camaro looked like when it was flatbedded to our new house. You've all seen it before. A closer look at picture 2 shows primer around the passenger floor. That's because the floor pans were already replaced before I bought it.
Picture 3 shows what it looked like in the beginning of Summer 2002. I had stripped most of the paint off the body and had begun stripping the doors. I didn't get very far on the doors. The roof has a little more paint to be taken off and the underside needs some more cleaning up.
Right Rear Quarter:
Pictures 4 and 5 show the right rear quarter. Both quarters had been replaced by a body shop sometime in the distant past. They brazed them on, not welded. It must have been quite some time ago. They need to be replaced but .... maybe someday. I want to drive it!
Look close at picture 4 and you'll see that there is NO hole for the side marker light. It took me a while to notice this. I peeked inside the trunk and there is still enough of the original quarter left that has the factory cutout for the lights. I just drilled holes along it's edge, scribed lines on the panel and cut them out with a cut-off wheel. The markers fit perfectly!
Dash Panel Replacement:
Pictures 6 through 9 show the dash panel replacement. NASTY! That area had been repaired at one time in the past. Very poorly too. I thought I could repair where it had started to come apart but the deeper I dug.... well, you see what I found.
Time for a replacement! I ground the area along the cowl clean and painted it with POR-15, stopping far enough back to allow me to weld the new panel on. I doubt I needed to paint it but I had some handy so I did. That was pretty easy. Picture 8 and 9 show the new panel welded in. I got the replacement dash panel from NPD and I was very happy with it's fit.