The following is an abridged version of the 9 months my car spent at Rod's Car Craft.
First three pictures are circa 2005 and represent what the car looked like before.
After disassembly - off to the paint shop:
First step, media blasting:
And an etch primer:
Damage to the door jamb around the strikers:
Repaired using the kit from Dynamic Renovations:
And after paint:
Area a previous owner removed for "spark plug access" on the driver's side:
And after the donor inner fender was installed with all extraneous holes filled:
Area a previous owner removed for "spark plug access" on the passenger side:
Shock tower repair:
Inner fender replaced:
Collision damage on the driver's side rocker:
And replaced with a donor piece:
The radiator support was replaced with square tube including brackets for the valance mounts and nutserts for attaching the latch support:
Firewall during body work:
Engine compartment after primer:
Radiator support after paint:
Engine bay after paint:
Trunk before, was cut our for fuel cell:
Inner wheel tub replacement and clean up, along with additional tire clearance:
Frame put in place to stiffen the rear and support the 36 gallon tank:
36 gallon tank with submersed fuel pump:
Trunk after primer:
Trunk after paint:
Torque boxes, sub frame connectors and spring relocation:
2nd hanger for duals:
Under chassis with tinted bedliner:
Collision damage on driver's quarter, especially hideous is the crease 6" behind the door:
After some metal massage it flattened out as if it was never there. Body filler is no more than a skim coat anywhere on the car!
Modifications were needed to squeeze in the T-56 Magnum 6 speed:
Welding was involved:
And a new tunnel:
Console brackets were salvaged and set to make the new transmission shifter come through the stock console opening:
New openings for stock style dual tips:
F&B Performance modified my "new" P3690982 intake. They opened up the top to accept their 2 bbl throttle bodies, did some port clean up work, added injector bungs into the runners, and added fuel rails:
Then we had to make it fit in the car:
Barely clears the wiper motor:
The air cleaner they sent would not clear my six pack hood:
But I was able to get a six pack air cleaner modified and low enough to do the job:
I found a used AAR fiberglass six pack hood locally that needed minimal work:
Driver's side after all the major work:
Here is a front view with the "Spoilers by Randy" metal spoiler installed:
Pictures with the new wheels and tires and front fender modifications. Front fender mods are covered in a separate garage.
18x9 Front with 255/40-18; 18x10 Rear with 295/40-18; Nice track tires and wheels.
On the rear the 295 is a 27.2" tall tire and has about 1" clearance on the outside and about 2-1/4" on the inside. A 345/30-19 is the same height and comes in at 2" wider. Future street tires can be as wide as a 345 and still fit in this car. The front tire is 26" tall. I can easily fit a 18x10 with a 275/35-18 on the front.
Car ready for primer:
Primer and guide coat, ready for block sanding:
After some block sanding:
Final coat of primer:
Front header panel and lower valence before and after:
Engine compartment, trunk, jambs, rockers, undercar, inside of doors, and etcetera done, prepping for final paint:
And more sanding, and more polishing:
Ready to head to the house:
In the garage, assembly time:
In the driveway!