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Post by mikidymac on Mon Feb 27, 2017 4:30 pm

So I can't believe I haven't posted here yet but here is my 73' Chevelle SS.
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My dad ordered it in 1973 and was the family car for years, he even added a hitch and we used it to tow our travel trailer to the lake every summer. When I turned 16 it became my first car and although everyone told me to get rid of that ugly gold turd I never did. It has been sitting for 20 years now but I have always kept it covered and the interior inside. I lost my storage spot a few years ago so three generations went to loaded it up....
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And took it to my grandma's backyard.....
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I have always planned on restoring it but only in the last couple of years have I had a plan. I am going to go Pro Touring on it but not make any mods that would cause it to never be brought back to stock. I have been collecting parts for the last few years and my wife surprised me with a LS3 connect and cruise package two years ago and I was going to have this done for my 40th birthday but life has gotten in the way and pushed that back as I turned 40 in December.

About a year ago my grandma had a stroke but is back to normal but she decided to sell her house so I am once again loosing my storage. Then my cousin decided to trim some trees and asked if I could move my car. I said sure and told him I would move it on Saturday morning. When I showed up branches were cut and everything looked fine until I removed the cover to move the car.
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What an idiot. Seriously, he couldn't wait one day. I was so pissed. When asked he finally admitted to it and said he thought it just hit the bumper. So needless to say he will be paying to fix it.

So after that and the house being sold I decided to pour concrete in my backyard and for the first time in 20 years she sleeps at home with me again.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:04 pm

Nice. Great story. Smack your cousin. And then watch his face when he finds out how much it's going to cost to fix that.
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Post by mikidymac on Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:16 pm

No kidding. The only other dent this car has had in it's entire life is a small one on the passenger side front fender and he goes and does that. Makes me sick to my stomach.
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Post by S3SS on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:41 pm

Great story, great car. Glad you kept the so called gold turd Smile Great to see another kept and will soon be on the road again to share our enthusiam for these years.
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Post by mikidymac on Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:53 pm

Yep, I will never sell it, had it too long. It will eventually go to my son and he can do with it as he pleases.

My only regret is back when i was in high school and young and dumb I sold the tired old 350 to a friend and built a nice 4 bolt main 350 so it will never be a numbers matching car. I contacted him a year ago but although he never did anything with it he can't remember where it ever went.It was the only part I got rid of on the car. Mad
I can't wait to walk into the parts store with all my "lifetime Warranty" certificates for water pumps, radiator, alternator, starter, brakes, battery you name it I have receipts for all of them.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:07 pm

http://www.g3gm.com/t9232-1977-orig-documents-and-build-sheet-pics?highlight=build+sheet

Check this thread. If yours has been in the same family all this time and never been taken apart, your build sheet is in there somewhere.
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Post by mikidymac on Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:19 pm

I'll start looking for it. Was there a standard place they put them?
I do have the carpet out and door panels stored for safe keeping. I didn't notice it under the rear seat and mine has the Strato Bucket front seats and didn't notice it there.

I do have the window sticker, all the warranty paperwork, owner's manual and the purchase sheet from the dealer to my dad and the original pink slip.

Damn it! Talking about all this documentation I wish I still had the old engine block. Although it was a crappy 175HP 2 bolt block it would be nice to have the matching engine although I don't ever plan on doing a full resto. The LS3 is already waiting.
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Post by fasrnur on Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:28 pm

I've heard that they sometimes put them inside of the front fenders and under the gas tank as well. Good luck sir.
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Post by mikidymac on Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:21 pm

fasrnur wrote:I've heard that they sometimes put them inside of the front fenders and under the gas tank as well. Good luck sir.
Really?I don't see how they would ever survive being outside the car. I assumed they would always be inside the interior somewhere.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:09 pm

Apparently, not all cars came with their Build sheets. Cars built in Fremont, CA seemed to have commonly had them stuck to the top of the gas tank...as was the case with my S-3. My Monte (built in K.C.-Leeds plant) had two...one each stuck to inside of the front fenders (visible only thru the door jamb). I've never found one behind the dash on all the cars I've scavenged at the junk yards...and, seldom find them at all.
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Post by Keith Seymore on Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:45 pm

Each remote location that fed sub-assemblies to the main line would have its own build sheet: tire/wheel area, axle bay, motor line, trim, chassis, so there were several traveling with the car at any given time.

The build sheets were supposed to be thrown away.  All of the slips of paper, build sheets, coffee cups, extra fasteners, etc were gathered and pitched at the end of the final line.

The reality was that it was easier to leave them in place, especially those that the car was built up around.  That's why you often find them on top of the gas tank, under the carpet, in the door panels, and also why you find them with screws shot through them or sealer/undercoating stuck all over them.

Additionally, there was variation between assembly plants, and even variation within the same assembly plant due to different shifts and different operators. That makes it tricky and is what requires luck in order to find them. I have never found one in any of my collector vehicles (except the one on top of the tank of the GTO).

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Post by mikidymac on Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:01 pm

Well, I did manage to find some of my papers last night...
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Looks like mine was an Arlington Texas car. I will keep an eye out for the build sheet when I start taking her apart.
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:35 pm

That's good stuff. You should add it to the "documents" thread.
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Post by mikidymac on Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:54 pm

Roadcaptain S3 wrote:That's good stuff. You should add it to the "documents" thread.

Added as requested.
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Post by Hs1973 on Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:24 pm

I have only Found one in all my cars. That was stück to the bottom of the passenger seat. Wedged between the springs. Needlees to say it was in less than good condition.
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Post by mikidymac on Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:51 pm

At this point I am not too optimistic. The front bucket seats were reupholstered in the 80's and I have already had the back seat out removing the carpet. But you never know what I might find when I blow the car apart.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:10 pm

mikidymac wrote:Yep, I will never sell it, had it too long. It will eventually go to my son and he can do with it as he pleases.

Awesome ... good stuff right here, along with all of the original documentation ... love it.


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