Just because the reassembly piles are getting smaller for project Orange Krate, our '71 Camaro, it doesn't mean the job at hand is finished. Peter Newell of Competition Specialties in Walpole, Massachusetts, let it be known during this latest installment that “even though the paint on the body is dry, doesn't mean you're done with the build yet.” Wrapping up a project that's been a full-on custom build from the start requires perseverance and direction till the very end.
For this installment, we introduced Orange Krate to all new side glass, along with a new DSE windshield wiper motor.
We know the car will spend a good amount of time at the track, and also plenty of street driving, so we made sure to plug in a nice sound system. And now being as good a time as any, we moved to the rear of the car and sealed the trunk area then hit it with some spatter paint from Eastwood.
It won't be long before this long-term project hits the streets. Stay tuned as Newell and his team prepare to hang the final sheetmetal, add custom stripes, and cut and buff the body to an electrifying brilliance.
01. With the glass in the car being over 40 years old, a decision was made to replace it with fresh units from National Parts Depot. The original door side glass is on the bottom and the replacement piece is above.
02-03 Carefully remove all the original hardware (since the new glass doesn't come with any) and note its exact location for when you transfer it to the new glass.
04. Gradually reinstall the original hardware onto the new glass section making sure it is properly seated. A section of cardboard set on top of the workbench cushioned the glass and ensured it did not get scratched.
05. Competition Specialties' Peter Newell eased the new glass into the window channel by first setting the rollers into the tracks. It was then lowered into the door, aligned with the window regulator, and secured in place after installing the front and back window stops.
06. The inner and outer window felts from Ground Up were then carefully set in, and checked for proper fitment before being screwed into place.
07. Since the car's window trim needed to be blacked-out, the sections were first lightly sandblasted to give the surface some bite. Here you can see the change in the finish.
08. Once out of the blast cabinet, the sections were wiped with a clean rag and some SEM Solve wax and grease remover to eliminate any surface contaminants.
09. A few light coats of Krylon satin black spray paint gave the moldings just the right sheen.
10. Detroit Speed Inc's Selecta-Speed wiper kit came with everything right out of the box for a perfect installation, including the seven-speed wiper motor, rotary switch, billet knob, and wiring harness.
11. The original windshield wiper transmission assembly was freshened up with a new coat of satin black and then lowered into position inside the cowl for installation.
12. A 3⁄8-inch ratchet was used to mount the windshield wiper transmission in place using fresh hardware from Totally Stainless.
13. The Detroit Speed wiper motor was then attached to the wiper transmission and secured in place on the firewall.
14. To wrap up the install, the cowl vent grille screen was secured in place using a 1⁄4-inch socket and ratchet with more fresh hardware from Totally Stainless. It now looks just plain bitchin and will give Orange Krate years of trouble-free use to keep the windshield clear.
15. To bring the trunk area back to life, nothing does a better job of giving it a factory finish than Eastwood's trunk spatter paint in black-aqua (PN 10008Z).
16. To prepare the trunk, team member Pat Dickinson used a Shop-Vac to remove debris from the area. He then followed up masking off the trunk-to-body area using white paper and 1-inch masking tape.
17. Final prep was done with 220-grit sandpaper to remove any final debris from the trunk floor, and also to give the surface plenty of bite for the paint to adhere to. The area was then vacuumed clean one final time.
18. Here you can see the extra attention to detail they went through to mask off the trunk area and outer body panels to protect them from overspray during the painting process.
19. A coating of Sherwin-Williams black sealer was then applied to the entire inner trunk area, laying down a nice, even base.
20. Once the sealer was dry, Newell followed up with Eastwood's trunk spatter paint, laying down a number of light coats to achieve a factory-fresh look.
21. To complete the job, a few light coats of Eastwood's Diamond Clear, which has a satin finish, was applied to add plenty of protection to the final product. It's easy to see that proper surface preparation combined with using just the right products yields a finish that not only looks great but is one that will be durable for years to come.
22. For plenty of awesome sounds inside the business office, Boston Mobile Concepts dialed in the tunes with a combination of an Alpine head unit matched to one of their amps and thunder from JL Audio speakers and crossovers.
23. Once the head unit was set up with the provided wiring, it was slid into place in the dash.
24. Boston Mobile Concepts provided us with all of the hardware, wiring, and cables to expertly craft a wiring harness for the entire system. Here you can see the harness from the amplifier.
25. The JL Audio 6x9 speakers were secured in place in the rear deck and wired up. The area will be completed with speaker grilles and a fresh rear deck package tray in black.
26. To complete the dash, there's nothing like a set of fresh vents to make it look new. Ground Up supplied us with OER's factory replacement parts for the job.
27. Installing the new center dash air-conditioning vent was a snap and it fit the replacement dash perfectly.
28. With the interior moving towards completion, it was the perfect time to mount the Hurst Competition Plus stick in place capped with one of their classic shift knobs in white. A shift boot will be added later on to complete the look.
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