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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:21 pm

Hello Guys and Gals,
Well I started the restoration on the 1976 Cutlass Supreme that I will outfit to replicate the car I drove in high school.


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high school car circa 1983

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Here is the one I just picked up, 56,000 original miles, mint interior (same color as high school car). runs and drives great:
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Started by removing the vinyl top:
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cutting off the old quarter panels:
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:27 pm

Were they in bad shape? They didn't look too bad, especially the driver's side.

Mmmmm...Stouffer's lasagna.
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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:28 pm

bodyworked new fenders:
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new quarters going on:
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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:32 pm

Were they in bad shape?  They didn't look too bad, especially the driver's side.

Mmmmm...Stouffer's lasagna.[/quote]

Oh yeah, they were bad:
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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:29 pm

welding up the trim holes:
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scoop mounted w/ 3M panel adhesive:
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some fiberglass:
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a little filler to smooth things out:
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scoop in 2k primer
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trunklid sanded and bodyworked:
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epoxy primer sprayed
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2K urethane primer applied:
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Post by Joe73 on Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:48 pm

Nice work. Looks good. In the 83 back end pic. What sway bar was under there? Looks like a 90s b body bar.
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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:50 pm

Joe73 wrote:Nice work.  Looks good.  In the 83 back end pic.  What sway bar was under there?   Looks like a 90s b body bar.

Damn your good! I swiped it off my Moms '80 Holiday 88. She said I could have it because she never cornered faster than 5 MPH. (LOL) I picked one up off E-bay for this one from an Impala SS.

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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:42 pm

Both lower door pinch welds were rotted (big surprise). The one leaning up against the wall is one of the originals. I managed to locate two rust free doors that just had some minor dents.

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driver door bodywork:
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driver door in 2K primer:
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pass door in epoxy primer:
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pass door in 2K primer:
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Post by Limey SE on Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:52 pm

NIce Work Dave where at in NW Illinois are ya ?? prob not far apart ??

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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:14 pm

Limey SE wrote:NIce Work Dave where at in NW Illinois are ya ?? prob not far apart ??

McHenry.

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Post by Limey SE on Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:16 pm

Cool I am over by Freeport Illinois, Little hodunk town called Dakota

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Post by DaveFury on Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:18 pm

Limey SE wrote:Cool I am over by Freeport Illinois, Little hodunk town called Dakota

Yeah, I know where that's at.

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Post by G3NUT on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:12 pm

Nice work. Looks like good progress.
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Post by DaveFury on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:40 pm

G3NUT wrote:Nice work. Looks like good progress.

Thanks G3NUT. I'll post more pics as it progresses.

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Post by 77mali on Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:00 pm

I had a 77 Salon back in the day (86-89)...man I miss it.

Nice job w/the Resto, love the hood scoop....Totally 80's man!
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Post by pila on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:43 pm

That's some great work ! I'm impressed ! Very Happy

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Post by DaveFury on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:49 pm

77mali wrote:I had a 77 Salon back in the day (86-89)...man I miss it.

Nice job w/the Resto, love the hood scoop....Totally 80's man!

Yeah, I really missed mine too. I sold it to get a 70 Chevelle (which was very cool too) but I never really got over selling the Cutlass. Glad I found this one.

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Post by DaveFury on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:51 pm

pila wrote:That's some great work ! I'm impressed ! Very Happy

Thanks for the compliments. The goal is to have it back on the road by late spring, when all the rain and crappy weather diminishes.

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Post by knightfan26917 on Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:49 pm

Holy cow, Dave ... that progress is AMAZING!

You're not that far from me ... I'm in the Elgin area.


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Post by DaveFury on Sun Dec 13, 2015 2:43 am

knightfan26917 wrote:Holy cow, Dave ... that progress is AMAZING!

You're not that far from me ... I'm in the Elgin area.

Thanks. I was in Elgin this morning to pick up more primer. Installed the new fenders today and block sanded the entire car for the first time. I'll post some pics, probably tomorrow.

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Post by DaveFury on Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:02 am

The bottoms of the original doors were in pretty sad shape:

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Replacing the fenders:

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They were pretty bad too:

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New fenders and doors aligned and a second coat of 2K primer after an entire weekend of block sanding:

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Post by G3NUT on Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:12 am

Looking good Thumbs up
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:41 am

G3NUT wrote:Looking good Thumbs up

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Post by Joe73 on Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:17 am

Are you using guide coat during blocking? Looks great.
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Post by DaveFury on Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:15 am

Joe73 wrote:Are you using guide coat during blocking?  Looks great.

Yup, the dry black powder type. I have to use it, my old eyes can't spot the imperfections like they used to, (LOL)

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