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Post by ratnfested on Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:48 am

I don't have anymore updates yet. I will soon as I get the floor cleaned and painted which could be Saturday.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:38 am

Painted finally. Had to apply 2 coats cause the first looked awful. So I sanded it after 24 hours and sprayed a second coat. looks much better.
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Post by driveit on Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:05 am

Looking good. Keep the updates coming.
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by dynchel on Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:13 am

That looks really nice. What paint are you using?
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Post by BK-75 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:36 pm

I love the attention to detail. Keep up the good work!
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Post by pila on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:40 pm

Great job there, on a great project !Very Happy 

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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:18 pm

I'm using chassis Saver on the bottom. It already dulled to a satin black. I have black epoxy for the firewall and cowl and inside floor. The firewall will be finished in SEM trim black. Then I will start the body.
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Post by driveit on Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:48 pm

ratnfested wrote:I'm using chassis Saver on the bottom. It already dulled to a satin black. I have black epoxy for the firewall and cowl and inside floor. The firewall will be finished in SEM trim black. Then I will start the body.
When you get done with yours come on down here to KY and fix mine up while you are at it.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:06 am

Inside floor painted. I did not blast all of it, just the rust. So the Chassis saver is over a lot of splattered seam sealer and crud that the factory dripped all over the floor. But noone will ever see it.



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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:47 am

looking good
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Post by ratnfested on Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:19 pm

Firewall is primed. Utech black epoxy.

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Post by ratnfested on Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:25 pm

Only filler in the car.

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Post by ratnfested on Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:29 pm


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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:39 pm

That is coming along quite nicely!
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Post by 77mali on Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:56 pm

Looking good!
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by ratnfested on Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:03 am

Should I seam seal the cowl? I almost think it will look better left alone. I won't drive it in the rain but I could get caught in it on occasion. Maybe I will seal the places hidden by the fenders and leave that top part of the cowl nice and clean. What is your opinion?
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Post by dynchel on Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:41 am

It should be there, but since this is a nice weather hobby car, it probably won't hurt anything if its missing.Cool  I know all about cleaning up and painting something and not wanting to "ugly" it up, heck that's why I don't have a heater.  I didn't like the hoses running across the engine.
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Post by thatfnthing on Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:57 am

You're still going to wash the car, right? I think you want to have something in those gaps -- any moisture accumulation in between seams is a guaranteed rust problem in the future.  

My seam sealer was shot in the cowl area, so I scraped it all off and replaced it with 3M strip caulk.  Does the same job, but is a lot less noticeable than the seam sealer.
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Post by driveit on Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:41 pm

dynchel wrote:It should be there, but since this is a nice weather hobby car, it probably won't hurt anything if its missing.Cool  I know all about cleaning up and painting something and not wanting to "ugly" it up, heck that's why I don't have a heater.  I didn't like the hoses running across the engine.
Gets pretty dang cold here or mine would be gone.
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by ratnfested on Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:53 pm

I'll see how it looks on the hidden areas first. Then I will decide.
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by ratnfested on Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:56 am


I took some time off for the holidays but I am back to working on the car. doors are patched. Mat and resin in and out and chassis saver on the inside. I have to fine tune the door bottoms a bit to make them look natural and I plan to put a bead of seam sealer on them to keep that factory look.
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Post by ratnfested on Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:03 am



Oh and a before pic of the bad door. the other one had only small pinholes so I only used mat and resin, no patches.
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by ratnfested on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:11 am

Motor is coming along. I am close on the body. I had a bad stamping on the drivers door that did not cause a wave in the door but instead it was just not quite the right shape. So I got creative and made a 3 foot sanding block and built up the upper part of the door till I could sand it super flat. Should be good now. I was cursing it all weekend.

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Post by ratnfested on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:12 am

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