as far as the frame being twisted from the owner boxing it, i am not concerned. errors in judgement are rare with him, except buying THIS PARTICULAR gto haha. he wanted something to clean up and throw an engine in, thats not what he got. i feel bad every time i have to call him over to look at another 'discovery'. personally if it were my vehicle, at this point i would be replacing EVERYTHING. floors, inner/outer rockers, trunk, tailpanel, 1/4's, innner/outer wheel houses. there are soooo many crappy repairs, and when i say that the previous owner loved him some body filler, i mean it! everything he worked on has resin or filler! sad thing is, its probably stronger than his welds (we removed a body mount with one swing of a 16oz hammer) as i said before the frame is in good shape, the owner knows how to weld and not warp, etc. so im sure that the frame is done right. there are 2 body mounts that need to be replaced, which i will get to soon. as for right now, i think the plan is this (unless im missing something)
1- one more sandblasting session, just in all the nooks and crannies. the rest of the sheetmetal im doing by hand, im only doing edges and spots that are tough to get to.
2- thoroughly clean all sand from the vehicle (this is actually being done at a high school shop, but since the shop is near the computer labs, the shop has to be kept near sterile. its a mixed bag.)
3- set frame either on original suspension parts and jackstands, or on a wood cart built to spec for the body to sit on, secured to the suspension mounting points. with the body secured properly and sitting level, etc, the body should theoretically be where it is going to be moving down the street. from all the books ive read, simulating weight in key areas can be crucial to setting door gaps etc, so we will take that into consideration. i kind of want to get the doors/fenders in primer with all bodywork done so i can make sure it all lines up 100% the way it should.
the owner and i are going to have to discuss buying a calibrated tram set for some measurements, but i am not coming up with many good sources of body measurements (from fisher, gm, pontiac, or even collision shops)
luckily (what an insane stroke of luck) eastwood opened their chicago location literally a mile from my house. i am going to pray that they have a gto enthusiast who can shed some first person light on this subject.
ALSO: what are your thoughts on the 1/4 skins/outer wheelhouses? i have no idea how to attach the front of the trunk extension. jim (owner) wants to just make a metal tab and weld it where it all lines up, as well be seam-sealing anyway, so 1/8" gaps dont scare us on this car. i want to do 1/4 skins/outer wheel tubs to ensure everything is lined up properly. previous owner had his own 'method' of replacing sheet metal, and it defintitely didnt involve drilling spot welds or removing panels entirely.
Last edited by anotherls1; 04-04-2016 at 10:45 PM.
Reason: spelling, additions.