My '62 Vette Build

This is the new build for myself; found a near perfect donor body and decided to build this one for myself.  the donor is an all original body panel, big brake '61 vette.  we will only be using the body; we are ordering a paul newman frame and will be doing a c4 suspension.

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I'm stripping off  the paint off (even tho it's a no hit, original panel vette)   I don't want to take a chance without knowing how it was prepared for painting.   I doing it only when I'm caught up on my other vettes.  This will be the silver vette with the LS3, 525 hp, .  I ordered a Paul Newman frame, and already started on the C-4 suspension for it.

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THE NEW Paul Newman frame ... It's going to have special bearing for the upper and lower A frames, plus the rear suspension arms are also done in the same type of bearing to make the vette handle and ride better than most new ones.  We even have special built motor mounts that will also make the engine and front end ride better.

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After stripping the new paint that somebody else put on,  I featherfilled it,  block sanded and primed,   block sanded it  again and put on a single stage paint (gray color) to protect it while I strip the rest of the car and do the same think.   I also filled in all the emblem holes that I don't want.   This is a perfect no hit all original panel corvette.   Great to work on.

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STRIPPING FROM THE BACK TO THE FRONT.   FIRST IT'S FEATHERFILLED, SANDED,  PRIMED, SANDED AND JUST A SINGLE STAGE PAINT TO PROTECT THE PRIMER WHILE IT GETS WORKED ON.  I STRIPPED THE DOORS AND REAR OF THE DOOR JAM AS WELL AS THE LOWER FRONT FENDERS AND ROCKER AREA.   I FILLED IN ALL THE EXTRA HOLES FROM THE EMBLEMS, ROCKER MLDGS AND THE SIDE VENT INSERTS.  THE DOORS, JAMS AND LOWER FRONT FENDERS ARE NOW IN THE SINGLE STAGE PROTECTIVE PAINT.   I'M ALSO FILLING IN THE AIR VENT ON TOP NEAR THE WINDSHIELD.

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I HAD TO FILL EMBLEM HOLES, STRIP TO BARE GLASS AND FEATHERFILL.   THAN IT WILL SIT UNTIL I DECIDE ON EITHER A LS9 MOTOR, (WHICH I WOULD CUT A HOLE IN THE HOOD LIKE THE ZR1 HOOD) OR STILL TRY TO GET A C-7 LT1 MOTOR, RIGHT NOW THEY ARE STILL NOT FOR SALE, NOR ARE ANY OF PARTS THAT WE WOULD NEED TO INSTALL AND GET IT RUNNING...TOO NEW.     I SMOOTHED THE FIREWALL,  IT TOOK A LOT OF EXTRA WORK, BUT SHOULD BE A ONE OF A KIND 62 BY THE TIME WE'RE DONE WITH IT.   NEXT, THE FRONT END WILL BE SPRAYED IN SINGLE STAGE PAINT TO PROTECT THE PRIMER UNTIL WE HAVE TIME TO DO MORE WORK ON IT.

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the vette's been completely stripped,  featherfilled, resanded, primed, resanded and put on the single stage paint to protect it until we get in on the new frame and running.   The firewall has been complete smoothed.      I'm going with the LS9 supercharged motor,  with a L490E  transmission.    I'm going to try and install the clear plexiglass in the hood like the ZR1 hoods.

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I ordered the new 2014  LT1 motor with a supercharger.    So after installing the 67 style hood,  I'm installing the ZR1 clear plastic panel to be able to see the supercharger when the hood is closed

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Need to install the NEW suspension and put the body all to check for fit; after, when we have time,,   everything will have to be removed to install the side exhaust openings and than paint the frame.

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we have to install all the suspension and put the body on to make sure everything fits,  and later take the body off when the new LT1 supercharged motor and trans get here so we can modified the motor mounts.  the frame is in black metal sealer,  later will be painted blade silver to match the exterior,  the suspension is on dark charcoal.

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I need to paint the frame after we fit the motor and trans

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putting the body on the Paul Newman frame to check the fit and mostly because I needed the donor frame for the Canada build.   still waiting for my  New LT1 supercharged  motor before I can do much more.

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finally got the  LT1/SUPERCHARGED MOTOR; BILLIE IS TAKING IT TOTALLY APART SO I CAN PAINT THE BLOCK SILVER TO MATCH THE EXTERIOR,  AND SOME PARTS CHARCOAL TO MATCH THE SUSPENSION AND LATER THE HOOD

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Billie got it to fit in our Paul Newman Frame, had to do a little custom fitting,  but it's in.  Next he will check the frame rails where  to cut to put on the stainless steel side exhaust openings,  we will put the body on again to check to make sure the firewall has room for the motor and how the supercharger is centered in my ZR1 hood opening.   After that,  he will take on the suspension, and motor and trans back off so I can paint the frame silver to match the exterior.

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put the body on with the new motor today to check for fit. a few minor adjustments and it when right on.   Billie is making a custom rear engine cover to give the Supercharger a finished look on the back of it.   The 2014 and up corvettes have the engine more into the firewall so I guess it doesn't show as much. It looked unfinished without it, going to paint it tu-tone after I body work it a little.

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Billie cutting the holes in my frame for the side exhaust

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Billie and I prepared my frame for paint.  He did the complete spraying, the base coat and clear coat.  Next,  he will start putting the  suspension back on for good.  Hopefully  the body might be going on in about 2 or 3 weeks the most.

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The frame painted and Billie started to put on the suspension.  He's about done with the front and rear suspension,  now installing the Wilwood brake system,  and we will be putting in the motor tomorrow.   Also installing a special gas tank I had Rick's make up for me.   It's stainless steel,  has baffels and dual fuel pumps built in the tank.   I'm putting in the best of the best in this one.   

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the two panels are something I made out of resin that will go in my engine compartment to hide a lot extra parts that we are installing in the engine compartment.  we are trying to make it look really clean in there.

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we made special panels to hide all the extra parts that go with the supercharger and the L470E auto. trans.  trying to make the engine compartment as clean as possible.  started on sanding the complete underneath to get it ready to prime and later paint semi gloss.  still have a lot of sanding to do.      the engine compartment will be painted to match the exterior color which we are still playing with the darker charcoal with more pearl in it to make it really stand out.

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underneath in primer,  will be sanded tomorrow and painted black, and the next day I'll spray the engine compartment the exterior charcoal color

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underneath sprayed semi black (there are white spec's in the picture but not on the car it self) I'll  paint the firewall and inner skirts tomorrow and Friday we can put the body on my new frame for good.

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.Here is what we do to paint the engine compartment.  

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The body is on my frame for good now,  billie has about 2 weeks or so to hook up all the wiring ,etc.

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Billie got the LT1 running as soon as we started work monday, sounds great.   the Be Cool radiator comes in tomorrow, after he installs the radiator, steering column and finishes the brakes I can start getting it ready for paint.   (about two weeks of work)

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MIRRORS AND A/C INTERIOR PIECES...

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center console, glove box panel, etc...

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painted the supercharger housing, my custom mirrors, and getting the door jams and doors ready to put color on them so I can rehang them

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   finished taping up it to start sanding it for the final paint.

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I'll seal it,  put on the charcoal special mix and do the silver strip with fire on the hood.   still not sure how I'm going to do the fire look on my clear plexiglass for my hood,  but I'll think of something as we do it.

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Painted the trunk and soft top hinge brackets, getting ready to do the hood fire and the ZR1 hood panel.

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GETTING READY TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER...

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got the hood bolted on, waiting for the big block hood insert, installed the new custom leather dash,  next we'll put in the gauges and the windshield.  still waiting on a lot of little parts.

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After installing the soft top, found that the material is more of a canvas material and not stat fast.   I called Coffman Corvette (Joe is the guy I deal with)  he had Clint Coffman call me and they will replace the wrong top with a new gray stat fast material top.    Thats a great company to deal with that will go out of their way to take care of their customers.   

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LOWERING THE CENTER AREA ABOVE THE DRY SHAFT SO WE CAN PUT IN TWO CUP HOLDERS IN THE NEW CUSTOM CENTER CONSOLE.   NEED TO HAVE A COLD DRINK ONCE IN AWHILE WHILE CRUISING.

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WAITING FOR THE NEW STAT FAST SOFT TOP BEFORE WE CAN BOLT IN THE SEATS FOR GOOD.  AND ALSO THE COMPUTER WAS SENT BACK TO THE MAINLAND TO REMOVE SOME CODES THAT WE DIDN'T NEED ON MY VETTE.   SHOULD HAVE BOTH THE SOFT TOP AND COMPUTER IN A FEW DAYS.   CAN'T ADJUST THE WINDOWS WITHOUT THE TOP AND CAN'T CHECK ALL THE ELECTRICAL WITHOUT THE COMPUTER.

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BILLIE FINISHED THE TRUNK ...

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