Project ’55 Bel Air: February 2015 Update

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Project ’55 Bel Air: February 2015 Update

(continued from Project Car: ’55 Bel Air, 2 Door Hardtop)

Project ’55 Bel Air: April 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: May 2014 Update
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Project ’55 Bel Air: August 2014 Update
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Now with the body back on the frame and everything is aligned, install your bolts into the mounting holes.
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Just hand tighten for now. It is best to do this one side at a time. You can use a floor jack and a 2X4 under the rocker to lift the body up high enough to install the shims where needed. (Make sure the car is on a flat even surface when installing the body shims.)

Repeat on the other side.

Torque all bolts to about 20 ft /lbs.  (Do not over tighten you may split the bushing!)

Now it’s time to start on the paint removal on the body and parts. Since the front end, doors, and trunk are removed from this 55, we will start on those first.

There are several methods to strip paint from the car such as media blasting, soda blasting, etc. Since we are working on a budget, we will be using a combination of paint stripper and a small soda blaster from Eastwood.

We chose to use Captain Lee’s Auto Spra-Strip part number 88-0169-1.

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This stripper works very well and is safe to use on all surfaces. Be sure to wear proper eye and skin protection when using this product.

Spray a generous amount on the painted surface.

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Within seconds the paint will start to bubble…
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Use a Bondo spreader or a plastic scraper to remove top layers of paint.

Depending on how many coats of paint, you may have to repeat this procedure several times.

When you get down to the bare metal, you may discover previous repairs or unseen damage.

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That’s OK because now we know what to repair and don’t want anything popping up later down the road.

With some filler and elbow grease, this repair will be a breeze.

Nothing is better than using original parts so the fit is flawless.

Once you have the parts down to bare metal, you will want to prep them for primer.
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We cleaned and prepped the metal using POR-15’s Marine Clean Degreaser part # 88-3401-1 and Metal Ready part # 88-3403-1.

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Since we are doing sections at a time, we will apply a light coat of primer to the metal to prevent it from rusting before we finish the work at the body shop.
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