'62 Vette #7

this is our 2017 project vette for the Jan. Auction.    It will have a C-7  LT1 motor, L470E trans,   it will be ONE WILL BE EITHER BLADE SILVER OR DARK CHARCOAL,  I'M NOT SURE YET??  with  gray leather.  we won't be starting on it until we wrap up a few of the other projects ...

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GETTING THE FRONT OF THE 2017 SCOTTSDALE BUILD READY FOR FEATHERFILL.

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We removed the complete front end and will install a new fiberglass front end.

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We glassed the new front end on yesterday

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FINISHED DOING THE BODYWORK ON THE NEW FRONT END,  STRIPPED THE FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT DOOR POST AND AFTER FEATHERFILL,   SANDING, PRIMER, SANDING ,  BILLIE SPRAYED A SINGLE STAGE GRAY TO PROTECT THE BODYWORK WHILE IT SITS FOR AWHILE.    STARTING ON DOING THE 62 HOOD WITH THE 67 BIG BLOCK HOOD SKIN.

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stripping the doors, soft top lid and trunk now.   also building the 67 corvette big block hood scoop for it.

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stripping piece by piece.   I don't think we ever had a vette with this much paint on it.   It still had the original fawn color, a long with about 4 or 5 more paint jobs on top of it.   The only good think is that all the panels are original, except for the new front fiberglass nose we put on.   Starting on doing the 67 big block style hood scoop for it also.

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Finally finished stripping the paint from the back of the vette.   replacing the right rear qtr. and will get it in featherfill soon.    The back end is all original panels,  but the right rear had too much work done on it, so I'm replacing that only

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got the rear end paint stripped,  put on a new right rear quarter and getting ready to featherfill it

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,THE HOOD AND THE FRONT PANEL...

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we pulled the body off  to work on the  frame so we can strip all the old suspension brackets and send it out for sandblastiing.

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billie welded in the side exhaust openings and I just finished sealing the complete frame today.    Waiting on the new LT1 before we can weld on the special motor mounts,   after that, I can paint it silver  and the suspension parts charcoal.

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The LT1 crate motor and L70E ... might weld in the motor mounts before I start preparing the frame for paint.

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I had to cut the spare tire area, reverse it to make room for the polished Currie rear end.

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I started stripping the complete under neath and smoothing the firewall as needed.   The bottom of the vette had undercoating sprayed on it,   made for three times the work to strip it off.   about 80% done.

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been working on the underneath; stripped it complete primed as needed and sanded and painted the complete bottom today.    I'll leave the firewall and engine compartment in primer until the frame is completely ready for the body.

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finished painting the underneath,  Billies working on the radiator support, removing brackets that are not needed for the new Be Cool radiator

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HERE'S THE NEW C-7 LT1 AND TRANS.  ALSO MODIFIED THE RADIATOR SUPPORT FOR THE NEW BE COOL RADIATOR BEING CUSTOM MADE.

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the new crated GM LT1 motor we are putting in ...  still waiting on more parts before I can paint the frame and suspension for it.

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STARTED ON THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT, INSTALLED THE VINTAGE RADIATOR  AND PAINTED THE ENGINE COVER. 

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Finished all the welding on the frame,   sanded completely,  primed where needed; will paint it silver and then start on the suspension

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Billie started to install the front suspension

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painted inside the hood, trunk and soft top lid.

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my custom engine cover.  took two covers,  spliced them together to cover the complete engine.

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taping to paint.   putting the plastic underneath to protect the finished frame and suspension.

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painted the front door jam and the door, to make sure they are covered when spraying the car.

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painted inside the door edges; sprayed the hood silver,  will tape off later to spray the charcoal color

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PAINTING COMPLETED (FOR NOW) ....

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BILLIE AND i ARE PUTTING IN THE NEW DASH AND HE'S SOUND PROOFING THE FLOOR.  BILLIE'S PUTTING IN THE CARPET & installing THE TRUNK WEATHERSTRIP, as well as  THE AM, AND SUB IN THE TRUNK AND CUTTING THE WOOD TO PUT THE MATERIAL ON.

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FINISHING UP THE TRUNK AND WORKING ON THE FRAME...

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THE FINISHED PROJECT...

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