When the car landed at Peter’s shop, we were there for a firsthand look at what atrocities Tony’s car had been subjected. From 20 feet away the ‘68 looked pretty respectable, but a closer look revealed that Peter and his team would have their work cut out. Obvious things like panel misalignment, poorly blocked panels resulting in uneven paint surfaces, and badly visible overspray were only the tip of the iceberg. As he looked deeper into the project, Peter brought to our attention many more troubling spots including sloppy seam sealer application, trunk seal gasket areas filled with wet sanding sludge and corrosion, and a bevy of badly-prepped surfaces. Venturing on, Peter discovered horrendous use of plastic filler, inner door corrosion, and poorly installed new rear quarter panels. Every time the team touched something on the car it went straight to Hell. It was as if the Devil himself was looming over the car.
As Peter says, “if our name is going to be associated with this car, then it will have to be done correctly.”
With so many areas to be addressed, we focused in on a few particular issues that will give you an idea of what to look for when you take on a project. So follow along as we shadow the team at Competition Specialties while they pull a do-over on some poorly-applied seam sealer, address door jambs that are screaming for justice, and part seas of mud that would leave even the most hardened body expert quivering in the corner.
Stay tuned to upcoming issues of Camaro Performers as we keep tabs on the progress of Project Karma. We have some revealing bodywork and paint tips that will be a huge help once you decide to “spruce up” your ride.