Secure the backing strip underneath the damaged area with resin and hardener. You do not want this spring under any tension. Nuts secure the arm to the frame. These brackets are welded to the frame and are prone to breaking; they must be repaired prior to reinstallation. Painting It Yourself Paint preparation requires a lot of labor to make sure the foundation of the Corvette body is smooth and blemish free. Now the top nut can be removed along with the upright.
Powdercoating before reassembly protects this vital component for many years. The second method is quicker. Use a long pry bar to work the frame loose from the side rails. However, it will be removed and discarded. Adhesive filler may be needed to restore the correct curvature of the fender. The repair needs to be sanded and shaped for a perfect fit right. Once the frame measurements have been verified or corrected and all rust damage is repaired the frame is ready to be cleaned.
Make a groove with the sanding wheel so the repair material has a good bonding surface. With all of the correct holes added to the cover, it is ready to be prepared for painting. Directly under the paint is the primer; the gray gel coat can be seen underneath the primer. Load up your 16-inch sanding board with paper and start going at it. Straighten Damaged Frame Sections Once the frame has been disassembled, inspect for damage and trueness. From the smallest of details to the biggest of eyesores, let us be your number one resource for all of your C3 Corvette exterior restoration needs. After the nuts have been removed, rock the steering box back and forth to release it from the frame.
Rust is also a problem on frames that come from colder areas with salt-laden roads. Closely inspect the lower control arm mounts that are welded to the rear of the front cross member under the engine. Few shops perform this work so you may have to do a little research to find one nearby. If you decide to paint the frame or powdercoat it, find a shop that acid washes and bakes out the moisture before applying paint. You just need a completely flat floor surface.
This web site is independently operated as a free informational service for the benefit of Corvette Owners and other interested parties. Front Shocks The front shocks are located inside the upper and lower control arms in the front suspension. Removing paint is a time-consuming and messy process. Then I can go to work on the engine and paint. The T-top coupe was love at first sight. These companies may use information not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Finish the area by hand with a sanding block.
Then use a 3-inch air grinder with a 100-grit paper disc to cut a groove all along the crack. Hold the panel in place with screws or clamps and straps shown. Put the fiberglass bumper on the car and mark all of the gaps with tape. After removing the trim and discovering the windshield frame is rusted, you may be able to repair it. Corvette Mike has been restoring Corvettes and classic muscle cars for over 25 years with more Bloomington Gold and Top Flight awards than we can list. Make it large enough to extend at least 3 to 4 inches beyond the repair area.
The Corvette restoration began by rebuilding the front and rear suspensions, and then and replacing the shock absorbers followed by a brake inspection. It is very easy to straighten by gently tapping two hammers together. Panels are ripple and blemish free. Once the underbody inspection is completed it is time to lower the body onto its movable dolly. These disposable spreaders can be custom cut to the curvature of the area you are working on. It has gotten more sensitive over ti. Remember to install large, steel industrial wheels that are on castors so the heavy body can easily be moved around the work area.
Step-4: Soak Fiberglass Strands Pull apart the straight edges of a fiberglass sheet to help blend the fibers into the existing panel Use the mixing stick shown to be sure the the fiberglass strands are thoroughly soaked with resin. The trailing arms house the parking brake, brake rotor, shock absorber mount, and rear spring attachment points. Be sure to let them know what materials you are using and follow their advice. The operator ensures that the powder is blown into all crevices on the frame. General Discussion - General C6 Discussion, In the Manual, Basic Tech. This allows room for the suspension to clear the upper ball joint when the bolt is loosened.
Several methods are available to accomplish this task and one of the oldest ways is to use a razor blade. Find an area that has plenty of light and a floor area that is easy to clean to help keep the dust to a minimum. Apply the correct force with a mallet to break the tie rod from the knuckle. Aesthetically, the car now looks much better with its new headliner, center panels, and stainless trim. Look for holes the beneath flooring especially around the rear storage compartments where the battery may have leaked or a halfshaft came loose and broke the floor. They were spot welde together to form the upper windshield frame. Over time this continuous pushing fatigues the fiberglass in the area, so repair is necessary.
The frame has been successfully removed from the body and moved to a suitable work area where disassembly work can begin. For stains and other paint imperfections I've used Meguiar's Mirror Glaze 1 Medium-Cut Cleaner followed by Mequiar's Mirror Glaze 9 Swirl Remover. If the bolts are badly corroded, it may be necessary to use a cutoff wheel to remove the anti-roll bar bracket. The windshield frame is covered with metal trim, and a large enough gap allows leaves and debris to collect in the channel under the chrome trim. The frame rail section was welded to an insert and lined up on the frame alignment rack to verify it meets factory specifications.