I've got a 96 white 9c1 (my second car, at age 20) that I'd like to go full impala ss on. Money isn't really much of a problem, but I don't intend to waste it either. Although I probably could have afforded a real SS, this is definitely going to be a lot more fun.
I'm planning on getting started with a paint job. The car is white, and I'd like to go to DGGM. I plan on a TOTAL paint job, in and out.
Hood ornament, spotlight, and side trim is already deleted. I still have 3 roof holes, trunk trim and an antenna hole to fill, and I was thinking of having those done professionally, cuz i really have no clue how to do that right. The front bumper has some large holes where the push bar was, so I was planning on just replacing that outright, since again I have no clue how to repair that. I have no problem at all with making a fool out of myself and getting in WAY over my head, so if anyone knows how to do this (in detail), I would greatly appreciate the advise.
For the actual painting, I am a fairly competant painter, having done several smaller scale jobs to great satisfaction. My plan was to remove the fenders (inner and outer), anything attatched to the firewall, and anything else in the engine bay that gets in my way (but not the engine). With the whole thing dissassembled I can paint the firewall and hard to reach areas up front.
Next I'd strip the interior out completely, with the exception of the basic frame for the dash and such. I will then paint the whole inside in a manner slightly better than half assed (maybe 3/4 assed?). I'll paint the trunk as well, with a little more enthusiasm. Is the underside of the car body color? If so, I can concoct a 2/3 assed way of doing that too.
The simple exterior of the car I will leave to a paint shop, since I suck too much to do that really well (I think). I'm not sure whether or not I'll tackle the doorjambs myself. (suggestions?) Earl Scheib quotes their top quality exterior job, including door jambs and color change at under $1000. The local earl scheib DOES do good work (am I in the twilight zone?).
So thats the plan for phase 1. I won't be adding any SS parts at this point (except maybe the trunk emblem, if the mounting holes are different, anyone confirm?) because it isn't an SS until EVERYTHING else is done. SS trim is the last thing I will do to this car.
So, anyone care to comment on my plan (Or anything else for that matter, i.e. weather, politics, chicks)?