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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, my name is Chuck. I'm brand new to the forum. I've got a 63 Impala and a bunch of parts . Just bought a 402 big block and a th400 for it yesterday. Got piles of sheetmetal for it now just need to find a decent bodyshop to put it all back together. I'll be doing all the mechanical stuff myself but will leave the body to someone who knows how to do do that. I'm sure I'll need lots of advice and tips so I look forward to the adventure ahead.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 09:44 AM
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Welcome to the Team Chuck!

If the new parts bolt on you could use your mechanical skills. If you need patch panels or quarters welled in and you have the parts a professional welder would be of help. I think dropping it of at a restoration shop will cost an arm and a leg.

I might add many vocational high schools offer night classes in welding and body work. It would be well worth your time and money to attend and buy a good TIG welder with pulse and dual voltage controls (the pro models). Then you buy an air compressor and do the body work yourself. It is not only going to save you a bucket of money but it will fill you with pride in your new found skills. Don't be surprised when you show your car that some one doesn't ask you to do their car after you tell them you did all the work yourself.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 12:40 AM
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Welcome Chuck. I'll be tackling the same as you. I have a good 110V mig welder some videos. The cheapest good quality body shop wants $65 per man per hour for labor. They told me that to replace both quaters; with me funishing the panels; and placing them in primer sealer would run me around $1300 because they would use 1 person per side at 10hrs. repair time. I believe I can get it right before I screw up a set of replacement panels at $160 each 7x's.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 10:51 AM
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Welcome Chuck!

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