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Body & Paint

1968 Nova
Posted June 20 2011 03:36 PM by Johnny Hunkins 
Filed under: Project Cars

PHR's project Nova

The mechanicals are sorted out, so now it’s time to get this thing painted!

Eastwood's Malibu Sunset Orange Metallic--our color of choice for the '68 Nova.

Tomorrow is supposed to be the longest day of the year—the summer equinox. So it’s fitting that I’m about to bring the 1968 Nova to “body shop jail.” Yes—this is always the part of any project that terrifies me, and that’s goes double. For one thing, entrusting your project car to an outside shop means you now have little to no control over things, and secondly, it’s when you discover how badly things are really messed up—usually twice as bad as you think it’s going to be. So getting a 43-year-old car painted really is like the longest day of the year, and then some.

Fortunately, I’ve got some good help for this part of the project: Outlaw Motorsports in Riverside, California. Not to be confused with Outlaw Racing—a regular contributor to Popular Hot Rodding—Outlaw Motorsports is a full-service builder of hot rods and racecars. We chose them because of their ability to restore the smooth curves of the Nova, plus they will be able to handle the other upgrades, like a new wiring harness, a rollbar, and sprucing up the interior. Outlaw is truly full-service, and I feel confident that they will be able to minimize the down time with the Nova.

Also helping us will be Eastwood. We’re pleased to have them on board because we’ll be able to bring you all the rudimentary body and paint tips using Eastwood’s simple and affordable materials. And that’s not all—we will be bringing you some extra stories highlighting some very cool tools that Eastwood offers that can bring your home resto up to truly pro levels! And did you know that Eastwood is also blazing the trail with eco-friendly low-VOC paints and solvents for the DIY-er? We’ll be bringing you all the details in PHR, plus lots of extra tidbits you’ll only be able to read right here on!

Stay tuned!

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