To say that reassembling a freshly painted car is a delicate process, might be an understatement. That fact becomes even more prevalent when it's time to assemble body parts that are completely awkward, like front fenders or the hood. As you will soon see in this article, there are a few methods of achieving this task without too many problems.
In the last segment, we explained that during the reassembly process you would run into dinging, scratching, and chipping very easily. Sometimes that stuff happens no matter how careful you are. Just expect it, and be as careful as humanly possible. Some of the best tools for preventing these nasty occurrences are a steady helper and a lot of soft towels. Some of the hardware needed will be body shims, body washers, an assortment of fold-over nuts and bolts, and the list goes on. To make sure we had all the necessary hardware on hand, we contacted AMK Products of Winchester, Virginia, and had every little nut, bolt, and clip necessary for the job sent straight to Metal Finish USA. Believe us, ordering a hardware kit, for whatever type of car you are restoring, will save a bucket load of frustration, not to mention countless trips to the hardware store.
With a clear understanding of how much patience, hardware, and tools you will need, the next step is to prep the parts to be installed with whatever kind of preassembly they may require (some body parts need seals or brackets to be installed before they can be bolted on). The inner fenderwells, supplied by Goodmark Industries, need the splash shields to be installed before they can be bolted-in. These shields were originally stapled to the inner fenderwell, and so they shall be on the Goodmark Chevelle, with a small difference in the stapler.
After the inner fenderwells are mounted, the fenders and hood will be a snap to install, as you will soon see. Look forward to seeing the interior, flames, glass, and a finished product in issues to come.