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This page contains photos of  a 1965 Chevy Corvette undergoing restoration at Rod Shop Inc. Auto Repair and Painting in Stuart, Florida. on a thumbnail to enlarge the image.

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The car as we received it, after we stripped down, and sanded off many coats of paint from the rear body. Rough and wrecked. It will be completely restored, re-fitted and painted in FF Marina Blue Metallic. 

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All of the old paint will be removed from the body and then body work done and cracks repaired. It will then be gel coated. 

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The above is the Corvette body as it is being sanded and gel coated. It will be moved through our body shop for additional fiberglass repairs. Complete surfacing using PPG materials will be performed before being painted. The many panels and fittings will be test fitted and modified before final assembly. 

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After the first layer of gel coat is sprayed the parts are sanded and filled as needed and another coat of gel coat applied. After the gel coat we spray on a coat of PPG Concept as a ground coat prior to prepping for the final basecoat clearcoat.

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Above you see the back half of car is in color and the new nose has arrived.

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With the front end cut off we continue fitting and finishing the nose. Above the nose has been attached to our roll over jig.

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With the nose off the car we can easily freshen up the frame rails, suspension and engine. The nose has been surfaced and in color, ready to be installed on the car.

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The front end being installed on the car. It is held in place with clamps while the adhesive cures. After the clamps are removed the door jamb must be filled and surfaced.

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The doors, hood and other parts must be pre-fit and made to match perfectly.

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After everything fits we disassemble the panels from the car and paint everything the final color

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Once everything has been painted the panels are reinstalled on the car. The clear is then sanded and polished before all the final assembly can take place.

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