After a lot of hard work, the new www.60impala.com website has been launched! This blog is a sub-set of the new site, which focuses on all 1960 Chevrolet full size passenger cars. The goal of the new website is to offer as much technical and historical information as is possible to enthusiasts of these cars. Photos of course are a huge part of it. If you have a ’60 Chevy and would like to have pictures of your car posted to the site, please email email@example.com. We could also use any vintage photographs or old literature scans that you may have, so please contact me if you have anything.
After many hours of work on that pesky drivers side quarter panel, it was FINALLY ready to apply some high-build primer to the rest of the body. High quality Evercoat (Rage Gold and Rage Extreme) fillers have been used for all the filler work and were blocked out with a combination of different Durablocks and old fashioned sanding boards. I used some PSA (stick on) sandpaper from the makers of Durablock called Dura-Gold… it worked great and lasted a long time. At nearly half the price of equivalent 3M PSA sandpaper, I’ll be buying more Dura-Gold in the future!
As much work as it was to get this quarter panel “straight” I now realize that the whole thing should have been replaced rather than repaired. If this was a typical shaped quarter panel, that is… mostly flat, it wouldn’t have been a problem. But that dang rib that runs down the center of the panel proved to be quite an obstacle! Once the panel was straight above and below that rib, I was now faced with re-sculpting the rib out of filler! If I had a 1/16″ low spot in the panel, that means the rib is 1/16″ low too… what fun! Finally after much work I finally got it “close enough” to where I could apply some Evercoat Featherfill G2 polyester high-build primer. I set my gun for lower pressure (and thus a smaller fan width) so I wouldn’t get over-spray all over the shop and under/onto the bottom of the car. It took longer to spray it out, but I wasn’t in any big hurry anyway. Check it out on YouTube as shot with my new Nikon D90!