Busy, Busy, Busy part 1

Here at Glory Days Automotive Restoration we have been extremely busy trying to finish up both the 1964 Impala SS and 1972 Chevy Pickup (project Eugene). While brining in two new customers. On May 26th I drove to Topeka, Kansas to retrieve a 1963 MGB Roadster, then the 27th I drove to Hutchinson, Kansas to retrieve a 1960 Willys Jeep pickup.

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May 26th, was a busy day, because while I was driving to Topeka a new employee Jason Maskrid, started working for us. We see him being a valuable asset to the company with 20 year experience working in the collision field and owning his own business. Jason’s passion is painting, so is happiest when he is in the paint booth.

The project Jason has been working on for us is the 1963 MGB Roadster. A restoration project that was started by another shop, that we are going to finish. Jason has been working on the MGB now for three weeks and we are finding ourselves having to go back and make repairs to the work that has already been done. Sometimes taking over another companies restoration project can be a challenge. Different shop have different ways and techniques for reaching an end result.  The best way to explain might be to say “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. Did the previous company do the work correctly? I won’t tell you they didn’t. I will say that more often then not many companies are working for speed versus quality. It all depends on the customers wishes. The owner of this particular car wants a laser straight body with ripples or waives and no orange peel. He would like his car to be as nice as possible. The previous work we are finding on his MGB might be ok for some people but would not have achieved the level of quality he desires.

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The 1960 Willys Jeep, also another vehicle started by another company that we might finish for the customer. So far all that has been done is a thorough inspection of the Jeep both cosmetically and mechanically. A bid was written explaining our findings now we are waiting on the customers response.

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Project 1964 Impala SS slide show

I threw together a short slide show video with photos of Mikes 1964 Implala SS. The paint work is approaching completion currently I still have to paint the hood, deck lid, and the steering column. The radiator support core, front wheel well housing, bumper supports and bumper brackets also need to be paint in a flat  black single stage paint. Check out the video see the condition Impala was in when we took delivery of it last April. Compared to it’s current condition, this car has come  a long ways. 

1964 Impala SS body has paint

I have to say it is an absolutely great feeling when you finally complete a major hurdle in what is a year long project. This poor Impala required a great deal of work. We have replaced the complete floor pan, both rocker panels, trunk floor, both quarter panels, the drivers door, the deck lid, the hood, radiator support core, all of the badges and trim. After this we are going to install a brand new interior. This is no longer just a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS, this is now a 2015/ 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS.

While we were working on the body, the owner Mike replaced the frame because we discovered that the front cross member had received a hard impact putting a large dent in it, also buckling the right frame rail and cracking the left frame rail. Mike found a replacement frame, rebuilt the steering, front suspension, rear suspension, and the brakes.

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1964 Chevy Impala SS January update

The 1964 Impala SS is moving into the paint booth tomorrow for the second priming. Once I have the Impala blown off, wiped down and in the bright light of the paint booth. I am personally going to do a once over of the Impala to make certain that this car is as straight as it needs to be. Mike has chosen an extremely dark blue, and for all the work that has gone into this car. I do not want any ripples or waves.

 

I arrived at Glory Days at 7:30 this morning. I spent 8 hours of my day working on getting the Impala fuel door fit to the car. I had to completely redo all of the work that had already been done.

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Octobers update on the 1964 Impala SS

Unfortunately this project is moving a lot slower than the MGB-GT is. This is because the car required a lot more sheet metal work. Drilling out spot welds, fitting panels, welding plug welds, grinding welds takes a lot longer than one might think it will.

Ounce the complete  floor pan was installed, welded in, and all the welds were ground. It was then time to move onto installing a complete trunk floor. Meaning the only area of the floor pan in this car that has not been replace is the rear wheel well arch were the rear axle and fuel tank sit.

Old trunk pan cut out of car with plasma cutter.

Trunk floor not installed

Hand fabricated patch panel

New trunk pan installed

Here the new trunk pan is installed and test fitting the new deck lid.

Seat brackets and console brackets fit to the new floor pan.

I’m sorry Jesse. What’s that… I’m number one.
I was impressed the Roller Hoop Rotisserie held an additional 400lbs and did not enough budge when these two were climbing in and out of the car.

More shots of Mike’s Impala

Currently we are working on Mike’s car three days a week. It always nice to see majors steps in the progress of the restoration. Currently Cole has the trunk pan cut out, fabricated a few smaller patch panels to repair rusted sections of the upper trunk floor panel, and the outer trunk floor panel.

Cole is working on drilling

In this episode I am showing you a brief overview of how we are going to remove the old rusted out floor pan from our 1964 Chevrolet Impala. Cole had finished drilling out all the necessary spot welds by about 3:30pm Friday afternoon. It was decided that we would wait until Monday to pull out the plasma cutter to actually begin in the physical removal of the floor pan. I did not want the car sitting around all weekend long with no floor pan in it. Most likely nothing would have happened but I personal feel better pulling one pan out and putting the new pan the same day.

How to drill out spot welds.

I have had Cole working on the 1964 Impala SS for the past couple weeks, and we are now starting to make some good progress. Cole had already been cut spot welds on the 64 for a couple of hours, when I finally decided to pull myself away from the project I had been working on to film this short video. If you don’t know what a spot weld is or have never drill one out, it is a fairly straight forward simple process. It is time consuming because of how many spot welds are used in the manufacturing of an automobile. Hope you find this video helpful.

Our first new employee.

Please allow me to introduce Cole. This young man started working for Glory Days Automotive Restoration on Monday the 23rd. Day one I put the this young man to work priming two MG Midget bonnets (hoods), and two boots (deck lids). Wednesday Cole block sanded those four body panels with a long block, and 80 grit sand paper. Here he is pictured working on the 1964 Chevrolet Impala, Cole applied a chemical etch to the sheet metal. Washed off the etch with water. Wiped the panels dry with disposable shop towels, used compressed air to make certain everything was completely dry. Then applied a coat of master series master coat to prevent this car from every rusting again.

At first I was a bit nervous just have a person climbing into the vehicle sitting on the Roller Hoop Rotisserie, so we put jack stands under each of the rocker panels just in case. But I was pleasantly surprised because the car  did not budge

Oh Ya!! I have a rolling Impala

I finally finished mounting the 1964 Chevrolet Impala to the Roller Hoop yesterday afternoon. It took me about 16 hours including interruptions to get the shell of the car welded in centered and braced were I wanted it to sit. Here is a short 10 minute video, this is my first time using the roller hoop.

Roller Hoop

The second important event that has occurred Glory Days Automotive Restoration purchased a Roller Hoop. On May 8th 2014 I drove up to Lincoln Nebraska to Auto Kraft Body and Paint, and purchase a roller hoop automotive rotisserie.

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1964 Chevrolet Impala

It has been some time since I have taken the time to sit down and write a blog posting . We have had a couple major events that should be mentioned. The first being that Glory Days Automotive Restoration signed on a new customer who own a 1964 Chevrolet SS Impala; 327, powerglide transmission, power steering, and air conditioning. The owner, Mike has contracted us to perform all the sheet metal, body work, and paint. Mike is going to restore the frame, suspension steering and brakes. This car is going to require a lot of work. As with most 50 year old vehicles, one can only imaging what this car has seen in it’s life time.

One of the previous owners had already started a restoration on the Impala, but when closely inspecting the car, the decision was made that all the sheet metal work was going to need to be redone…

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