Hey everyone… sorry for the 3 week period between updates but the wife and I headed across the pond to the UK to see family (Hi Delk!) and to spend time in London (escaping Phoenix, Arizona’s blistering 110+ degree heat!)
SO… I’m back and do I have a big picture update for you today!
In the last update you got to see the new sheetmetal panels on the car but they were just roughed in and held in place by clamps. The entire rear of the car had to be pulled back about a half-inch to make sure everything aligned. Today’s update starts with pictures of the new sheetmetal now fully attached to the car’s skeleton. I’ve left these picture in full resolution so apologies upfront if you click on the thumbnail pic and the resulting full-size pic is a bit overwhelming… just zoom out a bit… but this way you can see all the detail work done by Full Circle!
For the car people out there, here’s a quickie… Full Circle doesn’t replicate the lead filler the factory used to use back in the ’70’s and before. Rather, they actually weld metal into the panel gaps to full attach the panels securely, then they use a light coat of plastic filler to smooth it out. No lead and very little filler. And speaking of that…
READY FOR PRIMER
So, the above pictures are already old, because as of yesterday here’s the current state. If you’re just breezing through the pics you might not notice the big difference…. in this new batch all of the heavy metal work is done and Tony’s body guys have done the smaller adjustments, alignments and cleanup of the sheetmetal. As of today (6/21) the car should be in primer, meaning we’re getting dangerously close to real PAINT!
The overall design of the car calls for a clean, more modern look… thus, we won’t have all of the original factory chrome emblems on the fenders, trunk lid, hood, etc. The only chrome will be around the front/rear windows, along the side windows and the drip rail… no chrome around the wheel openings, rocker panels, etc.
So… one last picture… here is the test panel done by Tony so I could approve the color and stripe designs. This is one of the nice touches Tony does for his customers… I can see an actual painted panel, with my choices, before the car gets painted. If I don’t like the end result I have no one to blame but myself. You will DEFINITELY want to click on that image to see the full-size picture… that’s the only way you will see the full blue metallic effect!
You’ll notice the LeMans Blue metallic paint from the 2004 Corvette Commemorative Edition. That paint color is now approved… no more changing my mind!
The middle stripe… with the red highlights… is the stripe pattern we’re going with. It’s a blatant rip-off of the stripes from the same 2004 Corvette, as you can see from the last four pictures..) The test panel was roughed in for the stripes but the final product on the Chevelle will match exactly the style from the Corvette, and the stripes will be buried in clearcoat so you won’t feel them when you run your hand over them! 🙂
If the car made it to primer today I might have some quick pictures of that for a weekend update…