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Anybody hate the way the El Camino fuel fill door opens from the bottom???

Discussion in 'Chevrolet El Camino / GMC Caballero' started by roger1, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. roger1

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    Update.
    I started pulling the areas out that sucked in from welding heat shrinkage this morning. Turning out to be harder than I thought and a little more involved. I'll get it though. (I want to get this to where only a few coats of high build polyester primer will be needed to block the area out flat when I get to the primering stage.)
    Should be done this afternoon with it and get back to paint stripping the entire car. Stripping it all down in preparation of changing the color of the car from black to white.

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    Wagon version opens same way as the Camino...makes a nice shelf for the cap when refueling. I might feel differently about that if the car actually had paint on it, though.

    The guy in the ECC forum never heard of a long funnel, I guess?
     
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    Update:

    It's been a while since my last post on this but I'm now in the process of prepping for a re-paint on the car.
    I stripped the entire car to bare metal and then applied SPI epoxy primer (black first then gray) followed by Slick Sand polyester primer just the areas that would need an extra build for block sanding.

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    I ended up buying the 27" AFS sanding board with the 3 removable stiffening bars. After doing some researching, it seemed very well liked and more so than the 36" board.

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    It's nice! Quality is really good. I may get more of these AFS boards in the shorter lengths and get rid of my K-Blocks. They are just better.

    I've got a lot more blocking to do on the sides of the car yet but I did get the area around the new fuel door skim filled and sanded it in well. There was a slight crease in the lower area I had to fill and sand out as well.

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    I intend to follow up here with more epoxy primer and a light blocking with 320 then 400 for the final prep before paint.

    What I did with this fuel fill door upgrade did turn out to be a fair amount of work. But, I'm very happy with the way it turned out. Not for everyone for sure but a good option for someone not worried about putting the effort in.

    I'll follow up with more photos once the car is painted.
     
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    Getting further along.
    Applied more epoxy primer to the car today.

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    I like the 'subtle custom' look. Having done this conversion to a 72 K10, I appreciate how much work this was, and how OEM it looks in final form.
     
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