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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone! I'm a new member to the forum and happy to have found it. I have a 1970 Impala 350 hardtop. Does anyone know of someone in southeast Michigan that does really good body and interior work? Don't have the time for it. Body just needs small dents and rust spots worked on. Vinyl top is perfect & still has original paint. Please check out the photos I posted. We're just east of Lansing and west of the Detroit area. Has a rebuilt carb, new radiator, replaced bushings, shocks, front & rear brakes and trans is in good shape. Runs like a charm even with 113,000 miles. Just needs some body and interior work. If it's too costly, I may just sell it but need to get some estimates before I do that and hate to give it up. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 04:15 PM
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I know of no one around the Detroit/Lansing area. A city that large should have several shops that specialize in body work on classic cars (not doing collision damage repair for insurance companies).

I suspect your body work will probably require quarters and fenders as new Chinese steel, even with a 25% tariff, will still be cheaper than paying a body man to spend hours welding in patch panels that have to be fabbed in his shop and then the amount of quality time with a body hammer and dolly to get everything straight and rust free. Suspect you have more rust than shows so spending some time with a refrigerator magnet might show up Bondo covering more rust than shows up now.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 08:49 PM
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She's a boat that one!

Welcome to the site. Sorry I don't have any tips on shops in your area.

Sometimes hitting a local car show and talking to some of the attendees can help point you in a good direction though. . Good Luck!

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 11:14 PM
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Good Fenders and Rear Quarters are not easy to find for a '70. Unless there is lots of hidden bondo, I would just fix the needed areas the best way you can, with patch panels or custom fabrication, which ever makes the best sense. Don't get discouraged. Your best bet would be to find a good body man who works for a shop, but does work on the side after hours and week-ends.

Car looks good. I like it. To many, this would be an easy restoration project.

Keep us posted on it.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-26-2018, 07:38 AM
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Welcome fellow Troll. Unfortunately I live on the west side of the state and am not familiar with your area, but I would bet you have more options than I do, just have to do a search. The problem I have found with estimates is they can't account for the hidden stuff until they get to work and get the areas stripped. Almost always they will find additional work that needs done. Lots of body men are out there, but the really good ones are far and in between. Granted if your just doing a driver you don't need a really good one, just a capable honest one. On a tight budget you can sometimes find Vo-tech body schools that basically will do the work for the cost of the parts. Only issue with it, is it is someone in training doing the work with the oversight of an instructor and some of the instructors out there are teaching because the really can't do it.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-07-2018, 09:39 AM
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Welcome to the team.

hello to all. Sunil here this side. I'm also new to this forum.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-09-2018, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by eliteschoolofl1 View Post
Welcome to the team.

hello to all. Sunil here this side. I'm also new to this forum.
I have seen a lot of pictures of India, and have even been in few cities there, but I have never seen an old full size Chevy driving on the road in traffic. In some cities I couldn't even see the traffic for the smoke and smog.

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