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Old 05-05-2018, 03:45 AM
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Cool Nova. Is it an early, or late build? Wondering if it should have had the "rare"dual snorkle air cleaner. Either way probably got chucked. Interesting that there's no paint on the rubber vent window gasket. Most shops were not that careful with there masking back then to not show something. I would lean towards a repaint, but have seen bad checking if the car had a lot of UV rays. Usually smaller. Metal moves with temperature. Laquer doesn't.
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Old 05-05-2018, 05:13 AM
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The build date is the first week of April. I am the third owner, but, the air cleaner was open element when I looked at the car back in the day when the first owner had it.
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Old 05-05-2018, 03:06 PM
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Nice car Don!!
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Factory end of line paint repair shop work?
I kind of like it and would leave it as is.

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Old 05-06-2018, 03:07 PM
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I hear you Pete. Regardless of what happened with my paint, I am actually going to attempt some of the paint restoration techniques that I have seen discussed in the forums here before anything else. I know some work on my part will make the existing paint show a lot better.

From that point my internal GPS (head & gut) will have to "recalculate".
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:37 PM
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this a repaint or repair area. You can see the red oxide laquer primer in the cracked paint. I would guess they hosed on the primer. there is lots of solvents in those paints, and they need to vent out. people think that it dries fast and keep laying down layers. laquer primer should vent over night or in the sun before spraying color. laquer paint is always breathing. you might be able to make it look better for a short time. but it will need to come down to bare metal.
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"but it will need to come down to bare metal"

Definitely not a repair area.

But what you say I have also heard from others. Personally, I do feel like this will be the only eventual fix. I'm definitely paying attention to the opinions and experience of all contributors on this forum as I make the car better while it's in my care.
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Old 05-13-2018, 05:15 PM
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Diamond_Don: Any relation to Diamond Dave (David Lee Roth) of Van Halen fame? All kidding aside, your car is NICE, especially with a bench seat 4 speed trans., how cool is that! I'm the fourth owner of a low mileage 1971 Nova SS 350 car in black also with a bench seat 4 speed trans. It was repainted in 2000 as the original paint was severely crazed from storage in a non-climate controlled garage from 1977 to 2000. From your photos, IMHO it looks as if your lacquer paint is original (the absence of overspray in the engine compartment photo, as well as along the weatherstrip and chrome on the outside of the car) but the paint was checked and crazed from the elements (cold Canadian usage?). You can have the paint thickness checked out (NO pun intended!) by a paint thickness gauge. The 1970 Camaro used factory red oxide primer before factory paint, maybe the same for the Nova. I was second owner of a 1971 Monte Carlo in Antigua Green and it had severe crazing of the original paint as it was used for daily transportation of the original owner to work for seven years in Northeast Ohio weather before my purchase. My friend's 1971 Impala 4 door was the same color and was crazed also. Possibly bad paint composition. Good luck with your car-Don Martens.
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"but it will need to come down to bare metal"

Definitely not a repair area.

But what you say I have also heard from others. Personally, I do feel like this will be the only eventual fix. I'm definitely paying attention to the opinions and experience of all contributors on this forum as I make the car better while it's in my care.
YES THE HOLE CAR TO BARE METAL .... if you sand and repaint the cracks will only get bigger in a few years
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:16 AM
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Flying Undertaker Don - Thanks for putting your thoughts into an entertaining post, gave me my chuckle for the day.

It was also interesting to hear that you had an similar experience with the paint on your black Nova.

I'm going to look for or borrow one of these paint thickness gauges and then I'll post back results on the thread.
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