I'm no expert. But I decided to paint the shell with the doors on. The lines and gaps are too finicky to get perfect. IMO. And painted the fenders (on a fender stand) and Everything else at the same time. I had sealed the backsides of everything prior. paint Was a big job. Body work took years I think. Made a big mess. I have the glass installed after paint. (don't do this yourself) Thing is, I've been doing the mechanicals and mock up type stuff as I drive it, Then tore it a new one. Had to have a shop space. This has been a big process. Leading to multiple cars. I was a one car guy until the fever hit. Heard it here:"Never seen someone get all the tools,Take all the time to learn,And then do one" ha!
Get the dirty work over with. I spent forever on fit-up. Yea I replaced the freakn roof yo! Eat that sh!t for breakfast. (Now I do lead work too) Don't ask why. Gotta have every panel together before finals. Split your differences. And sit on it. Go after it again. The rear bumper and valence have more time on them than most cars do. No seriously. The new metals nothing compared to original. It reacts more,Not as stable. I do not use weld through primers. Don't like the dirty welds. Never found one that worked good enough. Didn't see exactly where you are or headed here. n I'll poke around sum more. I shaved the bumperettes completely. Markers,Antenna. Kindig handles. Lot's and lot's of personal touches. That's what makes them unique. oh so back to the order.
final assembly (fenders,stripes,Ect.)
Everything's common sense. I've made a lot of mistakes and some bad choices. And just try and learn from them. But I'm a perfectionist in my own way. With a vision of a car. A dream cuda. You are definitely in the right place. And I think you got the fever too...
Ask questions, People here know freakn absolutely everything there is to know. and then some. And they're generally really cool about it. HP2 comes to mind. Scott helped me out a lot.Oh and Brad!!! So many have come before us with these cars. A priceless wealth of knowledge and support. Mopars, They get in your blood. Ya, I looked for days for a trunk torsion rod that was never actually even there!