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01/59 
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 1966 Hemi Coronet

 

Complete Real Hemi. All numbers matching. Fresh out of long-term

storage and needs a full restoration.

Disassembly has started and has revealed more rust than orginally

thought but only in a couple of areas. The upper and lower cowl are

totally gone. Luckily we had a donor 66 Coronet for the parts we

needed. Floor pans are beautiful. Trunk floor is very nice but

tail panel is rusted. The quarters do have a little rust on the very

bottoms otherwise this orginal paint hemi car is in way better

condition than we usually see coming from this area. Should be on

the rotisserie very soon.

This car is on the rotisserie after the cowl and tail panel were replaced.

All other rust areas were cut out and new sheet metal was put in. Now the car

will be totally stripped inside and out, epoxy primed, then the smoothing of the

body panels will begin.

After many hours of body work, the body is ready for final block

sanding. All chrome, trim, and grill assembly is pre-fitted

before painting. We have a special procedure for painting a car on a rottiserie

that produces a stunning finish. It's absolutely imperitive to use the best possible

paint products available. After two coats of base, the body is rechecked then

2-3 more coats of base is applied. Four coats of PPG clear coat is sprayed on after

that, then sanded and buffed to a mirror finish. We always figure that when

you are at this stage of the project, you are about half done, maybe.

The task of repairing, replating, refinishing, or replacing all the parts,

pieces and components that were taken off the shell at the start is next on the

agenda. Then assembly starts with interior components first, like

clutch, brake pedal assembly, wiper assembly and complete assembled

dash assembly. Many pieces and parts have to be layed out and

organized before assembly but all the bolts, clips, and fasteners are a

big challenge also. There are always some that are broke, rusted or

wrong from previous work that need to be replaced. A lot are not available

new so a donor car is needed for those. Over the years, I have acumulated

about 75 Mopars so a trip to the graveyard is in order. I don't know what

we would do without those parts cars. After a lot of small parts are installed

on the rottiserie, it is then put on the hoist and the rottiserie is removed,

ready for the big stuff. The engine and transmission are completely

assembled then bolted to the K-member. All that is set-up on our jig and

rolling table, ready to be installed between the frame rails. The shell is on the

hoist, then lowered onto the completed engine and transmission assembly,

and bolted up like the factory did it. It's a very tight fit, so it's done slow

and careful. Now it's starting to look like a car again.