1970 Z28 - Freedom Express - Take Two!

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  1. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Hello again! It's been almost a year since I "started" my restoration.

    I ran into personal delays, like being in a layoff, reorganizing my financial things, etc.

    Just got everything back and ready to go.

    Here's a link back to my first starter page on the resto:

    http://www.nastyz28.com/forum/showthread.php?t=139970

    Let the fun(?) begin!
     
  2. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Garage is ready

    The "mancave" is complete now. I fixed many insulation panels held up with two-sided tape. That was a mess! Last time I listen to an installer who doesn't know his stuff. I used Locktite in a tube and it seems to be working great.

    The a/c unit I put in was useless. It was a portable 10,000 btu room A/C. I think I need to put an 18,000 btu window unit in to replace it. Not sure when it will happen.

    I'll get some pictures up soon of the mancave as it is today.
     
  3. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    The car is on the rotisserie

    I got the body onto the rotisserie last night. It pivots freely and the balance point seems to be OK. I have to raise it now to allow a complete turn over.

    I also have the exhaust system intact on the floor. I'll take a picture of it to show you what a REAL 1970 Z-28 exhaust system should look like!
     
  4. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Help! I need your ideas!

    Now for the important questions:

    What process do all of you suggest to start on restoring the body?

    Here's what i think I should do:
    1) Clean the body with air and mild cleansers
    2) Remove all foreign matter like glue, carpet remnants, body putty, etc.
    3) Repair all of the rust spots ( a separate subject later on )
    4) Paint the inside with the same red oxide paint as the factory did
    5) Remove all outside paint ( a separate subject later on )
    6) Prime the outside
    7) Pre-paint the body ( a separate subject later on )

    This will not be a concours restoration, but I don't want to do it ever again. I want it to be better than the factory built it.
     
  5. FlaJunkie

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    Question: How to protect the inner headliner?

    The 70 has a cardboard or fiberboard (who out there knows?) piece inside the roof to help deaden sound.

    Can it be easily removed? Doesn't look like it to me.

    My inner roof is still looking great with red-oxide paint on it. I don't anticipate doing any work to it.

    Thoughts?
     
  6. FlaJunkie

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    Repairing all of the rust spots

    As you original owners know, GM did us no favors on rust protection of some parts of the 1970 body.

    The air plenum outside the front windshield has a natural lake area that kept moisture in and allowed a rusted hole to happen.

    The drain in the front fenders is rusted open on both sides larger than it was originally.

    And the really nasty rust under the windshield near the VIN plate and under the back windshield and trunk springs.

    I plan on using products i bought from Eastwood to clean and prep those spots.

    I plan on using non-leaded solder to build up previously eroded pinholes and other rusted out small areas. I am also wondering about using metal-type bondo/plastic products to fill voids.

    I am not planning to cut out any rusted area.

    Thoughts?
     
  7. brooksman9

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    Welcome back. Glad to see you are in better shape now. Looks like your plan of attack is well laid out.
     
  8. FlaJunkie

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  9. olstyle

    olstyle Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Sounds good, can't wait to see some progress :bowtie:
    You can fix it, shes not 1/2 as bad as mine was.
     
  10. FlaJunkie

    FlaJunkie Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement.

    I haven't looked at all of your pics, yet. I have to go watch a movie with my honey. Did you open up the rocker area at all?
     

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