Pats Chevelle


Getting it Right

Patrick O'Keefe from BOSS Panelbeaters in Auckland entered his 1967 Chevelle into the V4 & Rotary Nationals in the Jenner's Hall of Fame recently held at the Auckland ASB Show grounds. The orange and black car which Patrick has worked on nearly 2 years looked the part and came away with a Best Paint and Best Overall win. From comments and reactions by the excited crowd, Patrick achieved the result he was after.

Patrick's passion for the muscle cars is apparent when you inspect the immaculate exterior and interior- even the engine bay comes up trumps with flame details and a chrome-coated V8 Chevrolet engine.

As with his 1967 Camaro, he purchased the Chevelle out of the USA after being sold on the back window area's shape. Besides having no engine and being sunburnt, there was minimal panel work so the team at Boss Panelbeaters got to work taking the panel back to bare metal, prepping for a quality finish that would look the part and last for years. Building up with DuPont Metal Conditioner, DuPont™ 2-component chromate free Epoxy Primer to ensure long-term corrosion protection and then the DuPont™ VOC Spray putty before spraying the DuPont™ Valueshade® High Build Primer. The primer achieves superior filling properties with fewer coats.

Since the Camaro was black, Patrick wanted a new look that would stand out. After months of researching and spraying out hundreds of test panels Patrick settled on a modified Lamborghini orange that was created with the help of Darren Bügg, Technical Specialist from RALI in DuPont™ C6000. Details such as spraying the underside in DuPont™ HDC to match the panels; airbrushing the rear badges, or the custom centre console and kick panels, the custom painted boot enclosure for the sound set up and full toolbox all contribute to the final result that Patrick was after.

The hard part is what does Patrick do next to keep raising the bar?

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