Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Front Bumper Alignment and Bodywork | UPDATE 6/7/2016

The guys at the auto body shop in Longwood, Florida, wasted no time and started making the urethane bumper fit properly. This involved removing the bumper to check for any hidden damage which, fortunately, was not the case.

As the photo on the right shows, there were a couple of small cracks which will be properly repaired before the nose is assembled one last time, and some of the rivets will also be replaced.

Even though they just got started, the fit of the bumper is a hundred times better and they are making sure everything lines up perfectly, so it will look fantastic once they're done with it.

The headlight doors will be tricky since adjustments are somewhat limited and there's not a lot of room under there, but I know that anything they do will be an improvement.

Since the previous owner did not provide details as to having the bumpers replaced when the car was repainted years ago, we have no way to know the reasons as to why it fit so poorly in relation to the nose of the car. Especially being factory bumpers.

Anyway, one of the guys at the shop removed and repositioned the front bumper and prepped the nose and fenders in order to eliminate the big gaps and huge bumps that made the whole area look horrible.

Glad I made the decision to have this work done, as this will bring the car to a higher quality level. In the meantime I've also been thinking about having the motor rebuilt and talked to Mark at Sunrise Automotive here in Orange City this morning about the subject, and he's getting me a quote to have the original motor rebuilt up to 300 hp.

I can order a crate 350 with 290 hp from Summit or Jegs for about $2,100 but am curious to see what a speed shop would charge to rebuild mine with a few upgrades.

Even though I am not a purist when it comes to number-matching parts on my Stingray, if I can have the motor done locally for less than that of a crate engine then the decision is obvious. Mark just painted a 454 big-block for a Chevelle they're working on, and that fresh ceramic Chevy orange looks gorgeous, and he tells me they have plenty of leftover paint for mine.

As they say, these project cars are never done.

Stay tuned, and thank you for reading!

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