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1971 Chevy C20 Pickup - Fixer-Upper

One of the biggest difficulties with classic cars is the fact that they're rarely viewed as classics until most of them are already gone. That seemingly ordinary beater rusting away in a scrap yard may someday become something priceless, but by that point, the elements will have already taken their toll on it. This catch-22 is especially applicable to pickup trucks, many of which are viewed as boring, utilitarian work vehicles—until they eventually gain appreciation as classics. Then, suddenly everyone is scrambling to find clean examples to restore and show off.

One of the biggest difficulties with classic cars is the fact that they're rarely viewed as classics until most of them are already gone. That seemingly ordinary beater rusting away in a scrap...

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...