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Sealing the Deal: BuzzKil Body Insulation Installation

tech-4Story and Photography By Randy Irwin, Real Deal Steel

I have some very fond and not-so-fond memories of my first ’57 hardtop “hot rod”. One that sticks in my mind was when I volunteered to transport my mother to the grocery store (less than a mile away) in it. I was so proud that this car actually ran and drove, had seats and a legal license plate! Less than ¼ mile from our house, mother said “That’s it! Let me out, now!” Devastated that she was not enjoying the ride, I asked why she wanted out. “This car is too hot, too noisy and it smells bad!” was the reply. No carpet, no firewall pad, no floor insulation – that didn’t bother me at all. That was then. Now, I think I have turned in to my mother because I won’t put up with all of that heat, noise and smell nonsense either! Not many of us will.

This article will outline how simple and inexpensive it is to greatly reduce some of that heat and noise by installing some new BuzzKil Body Insualtion.

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How It’s Done: Roof Skin Replacement

tech_0529By Justin Whitten

The following operation was performed on a ’55 Chevy Bel Air. That’s appropriate, given that this is the “60th Anniversary of the ’55” issue of Chevy Classics, but really, the procedures listed here apply to just about any ’50s-’70s-era passenger car.

Your roof on your classic takes years of abuse from being exposed to the harsh elements and the sun. In some cases, you really do not know how bad the rust issues are until you strip the paint to expose the original metal.

Replacing your roof skin is the best option to ensure your classic is rust free or free of any hidden repairs that may come back to haunt you in the future.

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