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How y鈥檃ll doin鈥his is my first post, on here, and any forum鈥o, forgive my possible ignorance and probable lack of forum etiquett!馃槵
I recently acquired a 67 Catalin, and it鈥檚 a desperate need of attention! Mainly sheet metal and body parts and panels. The major part would be a passenger side quarter panel. Any help and advice will be Greatly Appreciated!!!
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Welcome. I really like Catalinas. What's your drivetrain?
ThankYa! It鈥檚 a 400 with automatic transmissio鈥hats about all I know as of now. Do y鈥檃ll know where I may be able to locate some sheet metal and body parts? This ain鈥檛 gonna be no show car, so I鈥檓 not to concerned what years or models, or even other brands and makes the parts are from! I鈥檓 trying to educate myself on B-bodies!
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ThankYa! I鈥檒l try to post some pictures soon鈥ut,Be warned, it a little roug!馃樀鈥嶐煉
Man, there are guys in here whose cars have been up on cinder blocks since 1986.

And those of us whose cars are running, have to make monthly payments to Mastercard if we wish to keep it that way.
 

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Man, there are guys in here whose cars have been up on cinder blocks since 1986.

And those of us whose cars are running, have to make monthly payments to Mastercard if we wish to keep it that way.
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Any suggestions on locating parts, or how to find out what years and different brands will fit? I鈥檝e heard some Impala parts will fit. I know there鈥檚 some variations as far as body lines, but I鈥檓 wondering if the lower patch panels are the same, and inner panels like wheel wheels and the back dash/trunk pan will work(the panel the the trunk hinges mount to)
 

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Until you can post some pictures, I wouldnt go crazy digging for info.

You'll get some educated opinions on condition and direction, once people can see your platform.
 

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ThankYa! It鈥檚 a 400 with automatic transmissio鈥hats about all I know as of now. Do y鈥檃ll know where I may be able to locate some sheet metal and body parts? This ain鈥檛 gonna be no show car, so I鈥檓 not to concerned what years or models, or even other brands and makes the parts are from! I鈥檓 trying to educate myself on B-bodies!
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There are 2 different versions of the 400CI, early and mid-year. Early 400 uses the "143
heads (numbers on the middle exhaust ports) which are the same as the 389CI heads - small valves, closed chambers, early 20 degree valve angle. Pistons will also have the 389CI type valve reliefs.

The later 400CI uses the "061" head which is considered the first open chamber design head, uses the larger 2.11"/1.77" valves, later 14 degree valve angle, and press-in rocker arm studs. Pistons will be typical Pontiac 400 valve reliefs from 1967 on up.

Pic 1 - 143 closed chamber/valves
Pic 2- 061 open chamber/valves
Pic 3 - 400CI pistons for the 143 head - same as the 389CI pistons/valve reliefs.

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i would start by cleaning what you have to see what you need. a gallon of wd 40 a wire brush will do wonders. i would only replace the bad metal. the more original metal the better. i have repaired some pretty rough vehicles.just focus on a specific area and before long you will have a solid car. don't be afraid to try making your own panels. use the car as a pattern if possible. and cats are cool cars well worth the attention.remember to have fun along the way.
 

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Catalina鈥檚 are rad. Been trying to convince the wife to let me make an offer on this one to match my yellow 鈥66. Not going well..

post pics of yours!!

 

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i would start by cleaning what you have to see what you need. a gallon of wd 40 a wire brush will do wonders. i would only replace the bad metal. the more original metal the better. i have repaired some pretty rough vehicles.just focus on a specific area and before long you will have a solid car. don't be afraid to try making your own panels. use the car as a pattern if possible. and cats are cool cars well worth the attention.remember to have fun along the way.
i would start by cleaning what you have to see what you need. a gallon of wd 40 a wire brush will do wonders. i would only replace the bad metal. the more original metal the better. i have repaired some pretty rough vehicles.just focus on a specific area and before long you will have a solid car. don't be afraid to try making your own panels. use the car as a pattern if possible. and cats are cool cars well worth the attention.remember to have fun along the way.
Hey P&L,
I like your approach and appreciate the advice! Plus, my wallet probably won鈥檛 allow much more馃槒and replacement parts are proving difficult to find馃樀鈥嶐煉煡答煠疉s far as the WD40 goes, what will that assist with, and how would I clean the area afterwards for primer and paint?
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Hey P&L,
I like your approach and appreciate the advice! Plus, my wallet probably won鈥檛 allow much more馃槒and replacement parts are proving difficult to find馃樀鈥嶐煉煡答煠疉s far as the WD40 goes, what will that assist with, and how would I clean the area afterwards for primer and paint?
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the wd 40 will help break loose surface rust on panels,help remove tree stain or rust stain but use a soft scrub brush on paint. you can clean with dawn dish soap and water. would not hurt to spray bolts and get that going so when time to disassemble you might save some broken bolt problems. as far as replacement parts try to save as much of what you have like mastercylinder,brake drums and so on. when money is scarce.then elbo grease is the solution. clean things to evaluate what parts can be saved. i would take one piece off refurbish it then put it back on the car. that keeps from loosing bolts and shows a little progress. might keep you interested so you don't get discouraged.1 hour here 1hour there and you might get it running and moving. the more you accomplish the more motivated you will get. have fun with it. then enjoy the ride.
 
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