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Fixing Up That Carcass

Okay, now you have the body right where you want it. Are you going to leave on all the factory trim and emblems?

Make sure you fill holes you don't want and make holes you do want before the final paint process. You should also install the grille, headlight bezels, hood bar and extensions, taillights, bumpers, and check the fit of the stainless moldings, especially around the front and back glasses. Get the idea? Yes, you really need to take a little extra time up front and do a fit check of these parts.

You can apply my discussion of body panel fit to many other parts of your car as well. Try fixing the firewall behind the head after the motor and transmission is installed and you'll wish you had taken a few extra minutes and set the motor in place.

I could go on, but I hope you get the message. Talk to someone who has built a car and ask them about their experiences. I hope these tips have been helpful. See ya, Darryl

To contact the author, please call or write him at D&P Classic Chevy 18392 Enterprise Ln., #1, Dept. SC Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (800) 647-1957

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