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    Default Steps to restoring an A-Body.

    What are the steps in restoring a 6000 STE?



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    Fix a little at a time, until you get it looking/running exactly the way you want it. Each car is different, and every person has their own ideas on what they want, or how they should do something. If you want a show car, you will tear it down completely, and rebuild/replace everything. If you just want a good looking car, you will wash and wax everything. If you want a canyon runner, you will spend most your time and money on suspension and tires. If you want a sleeper, keep the beater paint job, and put in a 3.8 liter turbo SFI. There are numerous ways to restore or rebuild a car. The sky is the limit.
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    having a PRISTINE parts car that you can use for whatever bit of unobtainium it is you need...then again, having a pristine parts car negates restoring one in the 1st place...oh well....
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    Kristopher, are you about to begin a restoration in South Korea on a Pontiac 6000. If you're ready to begin write back and tell us what condition the car is in: engine, transmission, other mechanicals, interior, and body. We need to know if the car is worth restoring - too much wrong and you're better off finding another car to restore or buy in good condition.

    I've restored two a-body cars so far.

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    the first step in any older car for me is to get one with a solid/ fixable body. and a complete and decent interorer.

    after that i start with a total overhaul or the drive train and brake systems.
    1) rip in to the motor and re-gasket it/ check bearing tolerances.
    2)re-gasket/ service trans (new oil filter)
    3) clean/ replace any brake parts (new wheel cylinders is a must)
    4) replace or re-grease wheel bearings.

    this will put any resto project on the road

    if its a long term projeect with loads of space.
    i would strip the car less the dash (unless it one of the easy removed ones)
    sand blast body shell prime and paint
    and then spend the time cleaning, replacing and repairing parts as you place them back on the car.
    this is also the time i would take to redo the inside, replace seat cloth ectra

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    When I wrote my e-mail, I did not put much thought into my request. I had the interior done, top to bottom, using materials from SMS. In 07, the trans was rebuilt and in 98, the engine was re-manufactured. What I would like to know, do I next start on the body or engine next? And Thank You for your responses. They are really appreciated!

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    Nighteyez:

    Thank You for your insights. What I want is a car that looks & performs better than when it left the factory. Somewhat like a sleeper, but not grungy looking. A car with horsepower and torque at 170 hp and 200 f lbs, and with handling a little better (tires). Thank You.

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    No, not in Korea, in WA. Sorry for my mis-information.

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    Kristopher - If you are intending to drive the car this winter in Washington State then my advice is to complete the body work and then carefully rust proof the car.

    Maybe if you posted pictures and more details we could help with advice.

    I know when I restore a car I prefer to get bodywork done first, since the mess from body work can make a nice engine look bad quickly.

    George

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