356.......Rusty!

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Lex Hightower
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356.......Rusty!

#1 Post by Lex Hightower » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:05 am

Hello Everyone,
I'm staring a basket case (of rust) a 1960 356 coupe. I have done a few muscle cars in bad shape but nothing in comparison to this. I have a few books on this vehicle "Restored by Hand" and " " but I'm going to ask for some other opinions anyway. I'm going to have to replace the floor front and rear along with the front bulkhead. the front inner fenders look bad and the front battery box area is going to have to be replaced as well. I have built a cage around the car to try and hold it all straight. Any pointers are very much welcome along with any answers to my bulleted questions.
Thank you!
1. Who is the best vender for replacement sheet metal.
2. Remove the floor piece by piece or all at once with the front bulkhead.
3. best place I can find instructions on replacing door lock posts.
4. Sell the 356 and go back to fixing late 60’s Camaros!
Thanks Again!

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Re: 356.......Rusty!

#2 Post by John Brooks » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:54 am

It's all here, go get a cup of coffee....
http://www.abcgt.com/forum/14-356-Resto ... jects.html

Where is the project located?
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Lex Hightower
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Re: 356.......Rusty!

#3 Post by Lex Hightower » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:10 pm

Hello John,
Right now its in Eastern Idaho

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Re: 356.......Rusty!

#4 Post by Jeffrey Leeds » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:48 pm

Lex, consider Restoration Design http://restoration-design.com for all your metal parts. This is a family business - led by Mike deJonge - dedicated to getting it done right.

No affiliation, but a very satisfied customer.

Jeff
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Re: 356.......Rusty!

#5 Post by Alfred Knittel » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:50 pm

Lex What part of Idaho do you live in. There are 356 fans in Eastern Idaho. I am in north part of the state
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Re: 356.......Rusty!

#6 Post by Dan Epperly » Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:02 pm

The worse thing you can do is start hacking out all the rust and then end up with a puzzle with pieces missing. Not matter how good the replacement panels are they will have to be massage to fit.
When I did my B coupe, I had to remove the entire nose plus one of the front fenders and of course the whole battery box. I tried to leave as much of it as possible to use as a frame of reference and build the new box and nose around those lines. I then went on to the next section and cut out what needed to be cut and moved on.
These unibody cars are a PITA to do for that reason.

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