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Since weather keeping most of us wrenchless for awhile...is there a prefered order to resto cars. Do you work mechanical systems 1st then body and paint. Just wondering since board by lack of progress.

Alan L

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not2old;11115 Wrote:Since weather keeping most of us wrenchless for awhile...is there a prefered order to resto cars. Do you work mechanical systems 1st then body and paint. Just wondering since board by lack of progress.

Alan L

I don't know if there is any order written in stone, but seems logical to do all the dirty work before you put a nice coat of paint down. That's how Dad and I are going at it. Although, we are probably going to get the roof fixed and vinyl put on before we go much further...that is the trouble spot for us!

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It depends on various things... First of all... everyone has his own school but in my experience, it depends on budget, time and most important think, your car itself.
For example, my 72 was a car that look crappy but if you looked it sharpen you´ll see the car was mostly complete and undamaged... As the matter of fact, the 10 month work i did on the car of an average os 2 hours a day was not a restoration in my dictionary... I just cleaned his looks, put it everything together and did a usefull but not show quality paint job.

However, i´m starting a 1970 hardtop that need more structural care, it has been sitting since 1982 due to an accident he had so, he need another kind of work.. a complete unmounting, and in that kind of restorations, i work structure and fitting body parts first... if it´s possible with the engine and trans on, to be aware of a sharp alignment with the heavier stuff on the car... When the body is straight again and all the panels are in the right place, gingles works fine all arround and you look at the car and see logical... when you close the hood and you dont need to push it to align... then i dissamble the rest of the car and work parallel... the body surfaces and the mechanical i need to do... I mostly do body work so, when i get bored or stuck for a needing part, i change to some interior part restoration (i always try to restore every part of the car, even nuts and bolts... if i can, i prefer not to replace things i dont try to resotre first)...

I like to paint the car when it is just the shell; that´s the moment you can pay really atention to detail... besides, factory did it that way so why argue?

I´m building a rotiserie for my 70 stang because he deserves a decent body job. So, bottom line, in my opinion, each car has his own timming... at least, i do it that way (i dont do this for a living and i´m overseas so the money issue is important)... The more you dissamble, the more money and timework you are gonna need... but, that´s the way to do everything just once...

As everybody knows my 72 is recently "ended" and i´m already trhinking about do it again propperly, as factory specs resto project... what i did i can recomend to make a solid car looks decent and run fine...

Hope it helps!! IMPORTANT THING... enjoy whatever project you choose to do... and do not choose something you are not sure you can acomplish... I´ve seen many many "forgetted cars" because of a bad way of choosing...



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not2old;11115 Wrote:Since weather keeping most of us wrenchless for awhile...is there a prefered order to resto cars. Do you work mechanical systems 1st then body and paint. Just wondering since board by lack of progress.

Alan L
Depends what your goal or final "outcome is" & what really needs to be done. Just as example on my Car I'm doing a show quality restomod...I kinda had no choice but to take the car apart completly since there was so much structual work to be done & I wanted to have it media blasted so I could really see what needed to be done...I have done many resto's over the years & it seems that it's just easier & a better job to remove the mechanicals..do the structual work..do the body work..then paint or you could install mechanicals & then paint..depends on your level of expertise or if your modding anything. My plan as you can see was complete disasembly..structual work...then I'm fitting all my susp on the car since I'm going non stock I need to make sure it all fits and the stance is correct..Then all fitting of the body panels with the car on it's susp. Then body work...Then removal of the susp...then painting the underside..Then painting the interior compartment...then sound deadner...Then painting the motor compartment...Then jambing all the parts off the car...Then final paint...then reassembly...


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Depends what your goal or final "outcome is" & what really needs to be done. Just as example on my Car I'm doing a show quality restomod...I kinda had no choice but to take the car apart completly since there was so much structual work to be done & I wanted to have it media blasted so I could really see what needed to be done...I have done many resto's over the years & it seems that it's just easier & a better job to remove the mechanicals..do the structual work..do the body work..then paint or you could install mechanicals & then paint..depends on your level of expertise or if your modding anything. My plan as you can see was complete disasembly..structual work...then I'm fitting all my susp on the car since I'm going non stock I need to make sure it all fits and the stance is correct..Then all fitting of the body panels with the car on it's susp. Then body work...Then removal of the susp...then painting the underside..Then painting the interior compartment...then sound deadner...Then painting the motor compartment...Then jambing all the parts off the car...Then final paint...then reassembly...


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Sounds like the right way to do it!

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