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Old 02-17-2015, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default Bringing new life to a old Chevelle.

Been on the hunt for a hot rod type of project... Finally stumbled across something in my budget to start with that I liked..



It's a roller, has some pretty bad rust, which is ok I have been wanting to practice doing body work.

Interiors all there, it's pretty rough though.

Should be a fun project!


Will post more pictures as I get them uploaded.











Step one, finding a way to get this thing up a steep icy hill so I can load it up and take it home. Lol

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Old 02-17-2015, 05:22 PM   #2
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Nice! Looks like u have your work cut out for you.
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:18 PM   #3
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Yeah, iv very excited about it! I'd been kicking myself ever sense I sold my z28 and am glad to try getting into muscle cars again.

I always wanted a 69' elcamino sense my father raced one at the strip when I was a kid... Couldn't find a elky but I guess a 69' Chevelle is close enough.

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Old 02-18-2015, 07:08 PM   #4
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Picked up a 81' sport van that has a 400sb/th400 from a 79 1 ton.
Runs good, smoked the tires on the van pretty good a few times lol.

$350 and I drove it home..

Just have to pull them and find some go-fast parts on the cheap. Lol.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:18 PM   #5
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Looked up the block cast #, 3951509. it is a 2bolt main 400. Apparently on the 400's the 2 bolt is much more
Desirable then the 4bolt.

The heads are likely junky 882's, but I have yet to pull the covers and check them out.
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Old 02-21-2015, 01:22 PM   #6
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Throw some vortec heads on it if you can find some. Best heads for a sbc for cheap. Only downside is they are built for torque so they run out of breath on the top end and you need a special intake since the intake ports are taller. There is some cheap ally ones available though.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:11 PM   #7
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Iv already considered vortec heads, I'd have to pull the engine apart and make sure it has around a -22 dish to the pistons, if it has flat tops a 400 with the small chamber on the vortec heads will put the CR to high to run pump gas.

Only set iv seen for sale on cl lately are $400, and there's no way I'll drop that kind of coin on a stock gm head when much better aftermarket heads really arnt that much more
But if I could find a set of 062's for $200-ish I'd definitely consider them.

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True the ally heads have come down a lot in the last few yrs. As far as finding vortec heads, they can be found on any 5.7 from 96-99. I always see those yrs trucks being parted out on CL. I've run several sets, just pulled them off J/Y engines and inspected them, then threw them on the engine and ran them. I wouldn't waste $ having them machined. If your worried just run the new ally ones.

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Got it loaded up! Was finally able to look under it and found out it has a 12 bolt rear end.



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Old 02-22-2015, 07:02 PM   #10
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****, score! That rear end alone is worth probably what you paid for the entire car!
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Old 02-23-2015, 02:54 AM   #11
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Are there any local places that sell sheet metal/body patchs/panels?

Iv been looking around online (car needs rear lower quarter patchs, wheel arches, trunk & driver side front floor pan) and the shipping is usually about as much as the parts.
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This guy seems to always advertise on CL, will order whatever you want. Not sure how his prices compare to what you can get it for on your own.

http://anchorage.craigslist.org/ptd/4838606959.html
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Just ordered some parts...

Rear wheel arch replacment panels
Rear quarter replacment panels
Trunk pan braces
And a new rear view mirror for the drivers door.

I did a bunch of reading and decided to go with good mark for the replacement parts.

I didn't order a new floor pan, shipping is outrageous on it! So I decided to just buy the braces and I will fab up my own trunk pan.
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Got started on cutting some of the rust away... Good news is the rear shocks look brand new, lol.







Fortunately the floors are solid, with the exception of one spot on the driver front side. That should be an easy fix.

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Picked up some new toys.. I mean tools.


Sorry no before pic on this one, tested out the new "toys" then layed a thin layer of filler to get it nice and smooth.






Still not finished on this one, it's getting there though.


One of the holes by the rear window.


Cut it out, planning on making a patch and burning it in tomorrow.
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I'm never buying a van for a donor rig again... That was a pita but it's all out. I
Soon as I got under the van I noticed it isn't a th400, but it is a th350


Sanded the heck out of it and layed some flat black primer.... I actually like how it looks... Lol.


One peace at a time.




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Looking good, keep it up!
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Got a extra week off work for a wedding, hoping to make some good progress on this.

Found a good deal on 062 vortec heads and a dual plane air gap intake, should be getting them tomorrow.

Now I just have to hope the deck hight is good and that I have dished pistons..

Assuming the short block is stock it should have 22cc dished pistons, with the 64cc chambers that should put me in the 9.1-9.2 Cr area. If it's been rebuilt with flat tops it will be more like 11.5, in which case I'd save the heads for something else.
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Been struggling trying to find the correct block side motor mounts.

Tried 350 mounts, to narrow to fit over frame side mounts..

Figured maybe it came stock with a 307, so I bought 307 mounts.

Good news is they fit over the frame side mounts, but don't quite line up..

With the bolt in the pass side, this is how the driver side looks.



Well I did buy the vortec heads, intake, and a bunch of parts then ordered some new hooker comp full length headers.

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Looks like fun! Good work
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Sounds like its coming along. Pretty common to have to shim motor mounts in these old cars. If you shim the other side up an 1/8 it'll prob drop in. Who knows, crossmember could be tweaked etc.
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Worked great ponyracer. Shimmed pass side and everything lined up great.
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Nice!!
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