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Installing A New Quarter Panel On A 1971 Chevrolet Camaro - Quarter Pounding

We ditch the rust and install fresh steel on a worn out '71 Camaro

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Let's not fool ourselves. Any way you cut it, this is an expensive hobby. Many of us don't have the long green to go out and buy a cherry starting point for our dream car. What we're left with is finding as good a starting point as our wallet will allow. If our hearts are set on a more popular nameplate, like an older Camaro, then we soon find that our dollar doesn't quite go as far as it use to.

Still, all is not lost. There are some deals out there and, if you're willing to put in some sweat equity, over time they can be turned into killer rides. Such is the case with Jon Lindstrom's '71 Camaro. He found a driver for $2,000 and then set about rehabbing it. It helps that Jon is a body man by trade over at Best In Show Coachworks, so he was willing to go cheaper on the starter car and fix it up over time as funds allowed. It's a story that's common these days, since decent early Camaros are fetching five-digit figures. Besides the normal wear and tear, the Camaro's main issue was rust. It was bad enough to warrant new replacement panels.

Whether you're going to tackle a project like this or farm it out to the professionals, you need to know what's involved. Follow along as we rehab and save a second-gen Camaro from a rust-riddled existence.

The Cost Of Having It Done: Maybe you've decided that tossing on some quarters is a bit outside your comfort zone and you want a pro to do it. Here's about what it will cost you in labor and material to get the panels on the car. Labor rates will vary based on area and materials will vary depending on the car, but it gives you a ballpark figure.
Replace right quarter-panel16
Replace left quarter-panel16
Replace right drop off3
Replace left drop off3
Replace right outer wheelhouse5
Replace left outer wheelhouse5
Total labor hours48
3M cut off wheels #1989$40.75
3M grinding wheels #1991$35.35
3M clean strip wheels (3)$24.75
Welding supplies$50.00
Labor Cost (48 hours at $75 an hour)$3,600
Material Cost:$200.82
 (plus the cost of body panels)
Goodmark Industries
625-E Old Norcross Rd.
GA  30045
Best of Show Coachworks
Classic Industries
Marquez Design
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