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Hardware 101: Nuts, Bolts, and Organization

The Problem: Leftover/Missing Hardware

The Classic Industries 1969 "Camotion" Camaro started life as a shell. Hardware not included.

There is a well-known saying about leftover parts. "You know a job was done right when you have pieces left over." Of course, this is nonsense. Leftover hardware is a sign that something wasn't put together properly, and the saying itself is just a poor excuse for an incomplete job. On the other end of the spectrum, there is the issue of not enough hardware, which has just as many associated problems.

The Problem: Leftover/Missing Hardware

The Classic Industries 1969 "Camotion" Camaro started life as a shell. Hardware not included.

There is a well-known saying about leftover parts. "You know...

A Primer On Classic Industries Sheet Metal

Where To Begin?


There's quite a selection of restoration sheet metal these days, and deciding where to start can be daunting. The best path to take will ultimately depend on where you start.

Do you have slight rust in a non-critical area? Is road salt eating your quarter panels? Are the great outdoors entering your interior from the floor or the roof?

Patch and Go



Check out Lowrider's patch panel installation write up featuring our Impala trunk patch panels.

If most of the original sheet metal is intact, patch panels are often the best way to proceed.

We recently received a call from the guys at Lowrider about repairing a trunk floor that had been modified for use with a hydraulic system. They had large holes to fill, but the corrosion was minimal.

This is textbook example of where patch panels are ideal.

Where To Begin?

There's quite a selection of restoration sheet metal these days, and deciding where to start can be daunting. The best path to take will ultimately depend on where you start.

Do...