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Post by Jedediah on Tue May 03, 2011 1:40 am

I need pics of the 73 chevelle rear without the bumber. I wont to see what i am in for when i put one back on my car. The previous owner smoothed out the rear with rivets and bondo from the looks of things. Maybe i should keep the smooth look not sure. It looks more like corvette this way.
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Post by Jedediah on Tue May 03, 2011 1:49 am


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Post by abajc3 on Tue May 03, 2011 8:30 am

imho it looks way better with a bumper!

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Post by JB2wheeler on Tue May 03, 2011 9:18 am

Actually, I kind of like it, which surprises me. It would look good with split bumpers, like what was on the front of some late 70s Camaros. JB
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Post by Limey SE on Tue May 03, 2011 10:49 am

X 2 and X 3 Looks way better with out the bumper gives it a cleaner meaner look to it

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Post by The Dude on Tue May 03, 2011 10:56 am

JB2wheeler wrote:Actually, I kind of like it, which surprises me. It would look good with split bumpers, like what was on the front of some late 70s Camaros. JB

Completely agree with JB on this one.
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Post by jrb75 on Tue May 03, 2011 11:10 am

Im with em on that...looks good without the bumper
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Post by pila on Tue May 03, 2011 1:09 pm

I like the look, but I would be adding a pair of nerf bars to protect it from idiots who might bump it.

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Post by Jedediah on Wed May 04, 2011 1:34 am

Thanks guys for looking and all your opions. I do like the looks but i am going to have to redo the work. I like the rear bumper on the 73 too. The workmanship was not done to last. I would of done all steel with it (fully welded) and done a better job on the gas tank fill neck. If you look close you will see a crack there by the lisence plate. It doesnt open right and filling with a gas can is next to impossible. After seeing a nova get rear ended today and roll away with no damage has me thinking i need some american steel back there.
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Post by Limey SE on Wed May 04, 2011 1:42 am

Just remember 73 is one year only for shocks and bumper then

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Post by Pdawgie on Wed May 04, 2011 1:13 pm

I believe I saw the add for your car roughly about a year ago. I was searching through craigslist and ran across a "73 SS" that was for sale. picture was really dark and in a garage. I called and talked with a lady and she said they had to dig it out of the garage as there were kids toys all around it, I ended up not driving to look at it. I remember that back end though.
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Post by Jedediah on Wed May 04, 2011 10:37 pm

Yap one and the same. I could hardly walk around it in there. Its no SS as far as i can tell. What would the vin be for an SS. It has a small block chevy in it suposed to be a 350 but havent made sure. Your probly glad you didnt make the drive i have alot of rust to deal with. My dash isnt an SS dash either. Mmmm
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Post by Jedediah on Wed May 04, 2011 10:41 pm



A work in progress i need to show an updated pic i now have new distributor and throttle bracket.
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Post by The Dude on Thu May 05, 2011 10:03 am

Jedediah wrote:...What would the vin be for an SS....

2nd digit will be "D" signifying Malibu. No real way to identify from VIN, just have to find the build sheet. Not sure if there are any other ways to get 100% positive identification.
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Post by ant7377 on Thu May 05, 2011 12:18 pm

The 73 has no shocks in the back for the bumper. Just brackets. Get your drill and a grinder and get that mess outa there before it rots the rest of the car.
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Post by Pdawgie on Thu May 05, 2011 12:53 pm


Trust me... they're all a work in progress. After looking at the pictures she sent me, IMHO, it didn't look like a true SS, and that's what I was looking for. The price seemed pretty decent though, but then I ran across the Laguna and thought that it would be good enough, at least it had the items I was looking for.

Your engine is looking pretty good, she run out pretty good?
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Post by Jedediah on Thu May 05, 2011 9:28 pm

I threw in a battery and she started with alot of smoke and was running excessively rich. So i put the intake and carb on. The old carb was crap. Doesnt smoke now but i havent got the carb adjusted right and it still runs too rich. I havent been able to drive her. The second time out I put it on the car lift and saw that the whole front end is dangerously shot. I have been geting peice by peice to get it drivable.


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Post by Jedediah on Thu May 05, 2011 9:37 pm

ant7377 wrote:The 73 has no shocks in the back for the bumper. Just brackets. Get your drill and a grinder and get that mess outa there before it rots the rest of the car.

There is surface rust thru out the inside to this car. I have my work cut out for me. I need to get a good rust converter. I am planning on buying a welder and then strart peice by peice from the bottum up. Since this is not close to being stock i plan to do alot of small custom touches that wont take away from the basic looks of this car.
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Post by Jedediah on Thu May 05, 2011 9:51 pm

Rago wrote:
Jedediah wrote:...What would the vin be for an SS....

2nd digit will be "D" signifying Malibu. No real way to identify from VIN, just have to find the build sheet. Not sure if there are any other ways to get 100% positive identification.

Ok i have the D in the secound digit. I do beleive i may have the SS front grill though.

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Post by The Dude on Fri May 06, 2011 9:33 am

SS & Malibu grilles were identical other than color & badge. I say check above the tank, behind the back seat, & under the carpet to find out if there is still a build sheet. Best bet is the tank, but you will likely have to drop it & carefully remove the sheet. They can be a pain to remove without destroying. Sometimes you luck out with finding one in the seat.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri May 06, 2011 10:32 am

Rago, I though the plain Malibu grilles were 'chromed' and the SS grilles were black...?

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Post by The Dude on Fri May 06, 2011 11:38 am

Not chrome. The Malibu grilles were argent/silver colored, while the SS was black. That's the only difference besides the emblems & they are removable.
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Post by 74MonteCarlo on Fri May 06, 2011 11:39 am

Same difference. The Malibu & SS grilles still had a different finish, which is what I was getting at the whole time.

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