Final Assembly

Putting it all together!

My car was taken apart over 10 years ago. We are now trying to put it back together with different front fenders, different hood, and a new independant front end suspension with a 2 1/2 inch drop. Needless to say, the parts do not line up. The bigest problem was the front splash pan not sitting properly to line up with the front bumper and the grill (which bolts to the splash pan and front fenders).

 

 

The driver's side end bumper guard was slightly bent. We may decide not to re-attach them to the front bumper.

 

Cory at Anola Collision managed to work out a solution with the splash pan!

 

The pan in front of the radiator needed some minor adjustments to fit properly (with a hammer).

 

 

        

When Doug and Cory installed the panels on the front of the doors, they found that because of the angle of the fenders, the bottom of the fenders overlapped the door by 1 1/2 inches. This problem occured because the radiator housing was installed too low. They had to put about 1 1/2 inches of shim under the radiator housing to lift the front of the fenders up. It worked!

        

 

The rear end with the splash pan and rear bumper installed.

 

 

The front end with the 2-piece splash pan and front bumper installed.

 

 

These pictures show the original trunk lock mechanism and the pieces required to install it.

 

 

I purchased a new lock cylinder with key on EBAY, but when it arrived I found that the shaft was shorter than the original.

 

I figured out how to change the shaft and copied an extra GM key. I also discovered that the key does not come out when unlocked! I searched on Google and apparantly this was proper operation.

 

 

        

This piece fits over the door hinge screws. Doug did not like the quality of the finish, so his fabricator Cory made a new one from scratch! Nice job.