Body work

This page will be updated sometime in the future when I get the time… In the meantime please check out my restoration journal. And here are all the posts I’ve made related to body work – there’s a load of information in the posts, so please check them out!



Treating rust

Rob Eaton | 17th October 2010 at 5:19 pm

I live in Michigan, where winter salt rules over vehicles.
Anyway. My son has found a 67′ fire birdbird. We have not fully inspected it yet, but we briefly checked it out one evening using only headlights to see the body.
The paint is dull and crappy and there are various cracks, dings and other surface issues. The driver’s side door does not close flush either.
Just these things were seen at night.
The seller is asking $4000.

What should I be looking for to get the fairest price.
Nastalgia and the word “classic” mean nothing toe me.
Crap is crap in my world. It’s just that I know how bad my son wants it,
and quite frankly, the more money I save the more we can put back into it.
Any ideas would help.

Devon J | 12th November 2010 at 5:25 pm

Hey Rob, im restoring a 68. Crap is crap in my world also. I wouldn;t pay no more that 3300.00 for it. Sandblasting it will tell the truth. Its probably been restored once or twice by an amatuer and may need new sheetmetal throughout. If your not a good welder, it can become costly(20000) to restore. Good luck.

Robert Farrell | 17th November 2010 at 7:13 pm

Hey Guys, I’m beginning to restore a 1967 Firebird Convertible. It is really rough but I am determined to see past the cancer throughout the body and floors. My car was left under a tarp for 27 years not to see the light of day until about 2 months ago. I live in Ontario Canada where the salt also will kill your vehicles. I disassembled the front end to see what condition everything was in. Fenders need to be replaced, rad support is rusted out, both quarters and inners need to be replaced, and the entire floor. I hooked a battery up and was able to get the original inline 6 cyl motor to turn over, not start though. And the hydraulichs for the convertible top worked flawlessly. I was blown away at how smooth the top went up and down. To me that was proof enough that this car wasn’t ready for the grave yard.

Have a look at my photos of her on my Facebook page, would like to see what yours looks like too.


marc okane | 25th April 2011 at 7:39 pm

Love the restoration on your site…..we are pretty much on the same pace as your car. I have a question for “those in the know” about gen1 pontiac firebird restoration. How is the best way to replace rusted out windshield fromes (front and rear glass) when the windshield frame is rusted out? There are clips and posts that need to be in place for the chrome trim. How do I replace those? I haven’t been able to find parts or old frame sections to repair. I would love to talk to someone who has done this before? Marc

Kyle Arsenault | 26th April 2011 at 7:44 pm

Hey Rob,

Were in Ontario are you?? I have a 67 convert i am just finishing up with a 455 in it. Same thing had all floors replaced and quarters, under the windshield ect… big project mine is kinda rare has a manual roof.





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