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Dash Rust Eradication with a New Upper Cowl Panel

Getting Rid Of The Rust That Grows Under The Windshield With A New Auto Metal Direct Panel

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Rust is one of those things you will encounter at some point during a muscle car restoration. Just about every Chevrolet product will get rust in certain common places, like the bottom of the quarters and fenders. Then there are the rust areas specific to a certain model. Take the second-generation Camaro; this car gets rust on the upper cowl right at the base of the windshield, typically at the corners. If you have one of these cars, then you probably know what we are talking about. While this is a common problem, luckily it’s not as involved as other rust repairs. As a matter of fact, this job can be done on a painted car without damaging the paint.

We have one in our stable that had such bad rust it grew to the point it broke off the corner of the windshield. We really want to drive this car, so this needed to be addressed before we could put in a new a windshield. We were very impressed with the quality and fitment of the Auto Metal Direct (AMD) quarter-panel we hung on the car, so we looked to them again for this job. The company has a full replacement panel made to factory specifications. The stamped steel piece is of OE thickness and shape, ready to be installed right out of the box.

The old piece needed to come off first, so we grabbed a few items from Eastwood to make the job much easier. We ordered the company’s Skip-Proof Spot Weld Cutter and Spot Welding kit, and added it to our collection of clamps and Lincoln 110v MIG welder. The following story will map out how to remove the original piece, treat any leftover rust, then install the new AMD cowl piece. One thing that will not be in the story is how to deal with the VIN tag. Since this job requires it to be transferred to the new dash piece, you will need to check with your local DMV to find out how to do it legally in your state.

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