1970 Camaro Classic Auto Restoration
This 1973 Camaro Auto Restoration came into Palm Beach Customs.
This story of a classic Camaro was unlike most other classic cars of its age. It is a one owner car with only 50,000 original miles – that’s about 1200 miles a year; that car was in very good shape for its age. It didn’t need a full frame of auto restoration . However the owner John (his real name) has had the car since new and took very good care of her. Originally from Illinois, John moved here to Fort Myers, Florida. And one sunny day while driving the Camaro, accident – but not that bad, for the car suffered no frame damage. After assessing the damage, the car just needing some sheet metal front fender and radiator support replacement along with new chrome bumper and grille parts.
Here are some before pictures below:
Once we brought the car in for an estimate and had a complete parts list, we contacted State Farm Insurance Company to come to our shop and write their estimate. Keep in mind that the car is now over 40 years old and you can’t call General Motors to order these parts from inventory! So, after some hunting around, we decided that Classic Industries was a good choice for the parts needed.
Here are a few more pictures of the shop taking all chrome and moldings off the car while prepping and removing any small dents that were in the panels from the 40 years of history the car has. Keep in mind this was a rust free car!
We met with the insurance company for the initial damage estimate – where it needed a new front bumper fender and lights. But, after getting into the restoration process and looking at it, we found that there was a little more damage than what was originally thought upon initial inspection. Once we disassembled the car and submitted a supplement along with a re-inspection for State Farm insurance company. We showed them that it needed a new radiator support and a few more parts with additional paint times needed.
Once we figured out what State Farm Insurance was willing to pay for, John and I came to an agreement that if we painted (half of the car) it would never look like the original classic car that it really is. Back in the 1970s the autos were refinished with single stage lacquer paints – with out clear coatings. Today’s paints are far superior – made up of a urethane base and high-solids urethane clear coats.
Here are some pictures of the restoration in progress of what we did after deciding what was best for the car:
We opted to restore the entire car for a classic finish.
We were able to use Classic industries, as they specializes in Auto restoration parts for the muscle cars of Gm , Ford , Mopar. They are located in California so it was about 10 days for the parts to come in and we had the complete order in house with no mistakes.
The door rubbers were like new, the nuts and bolts came off with ease – it was like working on a king’s tomb untouched. Once all the body work was done this auto restoration preceded into the paint refinish stages: Four coats of brown metallic color applied over the entire body and finally many coats of high solids urethane clear coat. The final coats of clear were flat sanded with 2000/3000 grit wets and paper and buffed to a high gloss shine.
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