Turning Root Beer Into Lemonade

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71_bronze_gtx
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Turning Root Beer Into Lemonade

Post by 71_bronze_gtx » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:06 pm

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After 20 months of body work in my garage, and a month or so in the community college body shop, my formerly Autumn Bronze '71 GTX has morphed into Lemon Twist. It's a numbers matching, 440 with auto, but without fender tag or broadcast sheets, and was hacked on a bit by the previous owner. So, I took the liberty of changing the color. Not that I didn't like the bronze. I wanted something bright and loud. You know - high impact.

Of course it need more sheet metal work that I had expected. I wound up putting on new quarters, a new driver side rear wheel housing, lower-rear-fender patch pieces, plus numerous home-made patches for the doors, cowl, inner fenders, headlight buckets, and fenders, and a made-from-scratch passenger side outer rocker.

I did all the mudding and sanding. In May, I took it to my county's community college to be painted in their summer project class. One of the class techs helped me clean up some sanding in a couple places. I, another student, and the class tech did the painting-mostly the tech. Cost me tuition and the cost of the paint and supplies-about $3,000. Then I paid a former student to do the cut-and-buff.

This was my first attempt at auto body restoration. I'm very pleased with how it came out.
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71_bronze_gtx
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Re: Turning Root Beer Into Lemonade

Post by 71_bronze_gtx » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:13 pm

Not sure why the "before" pic got left behind.
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steved
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Re: Turning Root Beer Into Lemonade

Post by steved » Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:23 pm

I was partial to the bronze...but that's just my opinion.

Looks like it turned out great!

sjd
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rradar71
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Re: Turning Root Beer Into Lemonade

Post by rradar71 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:58 pm

Nice job. I like the yellow (like the bronze also). Think I would have preferred black stripes though. Now you have to change your name.

71_bronze_gtx
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Re: Turning Root Beer Into Lemonade

Post by 71_bronze_gtx » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:27 am

Probably easier to get another bronze car or repaint mine again...........

71Beeper
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Re: Turning Root Beer Into Lemonade

Post by 71Beeper » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:28 pm

I love the color!
White stripe is fine by me.... :beer:
Congrats!

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