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Project 88 Undergoes the First Stage of Cosmetic Surgery
It’s been a little while since we’ve brought you an update on our Chevelle project, we admit, but it’s finally time to really dig deep with this one, and remove all of the old rotted sheetmetal to begin anew. Obviously before we can implement new body panels, trim pieces and a fresh interior into the car, not to mention a fresh coat of paint, we need to tear it all down.
After have been left sitting on the shelf since our initial acquisition in 1988, just letting a car sit in storage can still have an effect on sheet metal, rubber bushings and other comports. This in and of itself lends credence to wanting to tear into the car in the first place, and will probably unveil any potential flaws we will need to address down the road.
As a result, what started out as a casual frame-on rebuild and respray, has morphed into a full-on, frame-off rotisserie restoration. But before we could dismantle the obvious bodywork, we had to remove the interior.
Which is just as well, because it all needed to be replaced, anyway. All of it, including the steering wheel. The seats, particularly the front, the carpet, the headliner, the interior door panels — all of it — were trashed.
It had also became quickly apparent that some small creatures had taken up residency in the Chevelle, at various stages in the car’s life, as we had counted no less than five mice nests in the car. We spared you the photos, but trust us when we say that it was more than a little disgusting.
We also realized that our floorboards, which had been patched prior to our purchase, will need to be replaced this go around. Project Redrum is going to be a huge project, but we’re confident that she’ll be completed around Summer 2017. However, if we’re going to accomplish that rather lofty goal, we better set to work!
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of Timeless Muscle Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.