You have decided to take the car apart and now you have parts
in the garage, spare bedroom, and maybe a friend's house. Did
you ever see so many parts in your life from one car? Big ones,
little ones and they all go back together just the way you took
them off. The car should have all the removable pieces take off
to include the fenders, interior taken out, front and rear glass
taken out, and side rear windows taken out if you have a coupe.
The next step is to remove the paint, check for rust and other
body damage. There are several ways to take the paint off. Using
a professional to sand blast or bead blast will cost around $400
to $600. I prefer to use chemical stripper because I can do the
work myself and will cost much less.
When using a chemical stripper, wear heavy-duty rubber gloves,
eye protection, and have water near your work in case the stripper
touches exposed skin. Pour the water on the exposed skin that
has the stripper on it and this should stop the burning.
Before you start to apply the chemical stripper, cover the floor
with newspaper, tape or cover any area you don't want the stripper
to touch (such as tires).
Here are a few techniques that I have found useful:
When using stripper, remember: start with a small section, finish
it, then start another section. You really do get extra points
In part four we will finish up the project and take it for a drive.
If you have any questions, advice, or stories, please contact
me at email@example.com
Last Update: 26-Dec-1996 4:00 PM ET