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1973 CHEVELLE SS 454

Post by Zippy73 on Fri May 11, 2012 12:38 am

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Post by Zippy73 on Fri May 11, 2012 12:46 am

DAY 2 WITH NEW TOY!
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Re: 1973 CHEVELLE SS 454

Post by BicknellWelding on Mon May 14, 2012 10:07 pm

Nice, Gotta love tearing it apart! Any backstory on the SS? And whats the Plan?
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Post by Zippy73 on Sat May 19, 2012 9:49 pm

Finding alot of rust but i am going to junk yard to look at a donor car.[img][/img][img][/img][img][/img][img][/img]
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Post by BicknellWelding on Sat May 19, 2012 10:14 pm

If you see the pic of my cowl opened up, I have a large hole in the center for the dash vents. I wouldn't think they'd change sheetmetal in there. Or is it an A/C, Non A/C thing. Good to see the rust isn't discouraging you.
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Post by Zippy73 on Sun May 20, 2012 8:19 pm

just scored some great donor part from a 77 grand prix from the local junk yard.[img][/img][img][/img]
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Post by 77mali on Sun May 20, 2012 8:51 pm

That's a whole lot easier than replacing all that rot. Very nice.
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Post by BicknellWelding on Sun May 20, 2012 9:28 pm

Wow nice score! This would never happen in my area. Most of our junkyards have long since destroyed anything that old.
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Post by Zippy73 on Sun May 20, 2012 9:50 pm

Yeah, I really lucked out! Most yards around here have gotten rid of these cars also but there is one GREAT yard around here that keeps alot of old cars. They also let you walk the yard and take off your own parts so you can really get what you need (like a whole firewall and cowl)
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Post by Zippy73 on Sun May 20, 2012 9:53 pm

Got to love the cordless sawzall!!!!!
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Post by BicknellWelding on Sun May 20, 2012 9:59 pm

did you take any pics of the donor?
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Post by Zippy73 on Tue May 22, 2012 10:45 pm

No i didnt but if it is still there next time i go back i will get one. There isnt much of the car left, someone had already taken the whole passenger side roof and quarter panel all the way to the back and part of the frame.
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Post by ZIPPY73SS on Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:27 am

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Post by ZIPPY73SS on Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:32 am

No upper or lower cowl and half of the firewall out. Doner parts ready to go in. I will be happy if i never have to drill another spot weld but the way this car is going i dont think its going to happen.
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It has been a while but heres some new pics.

Post by Zippy73 on Sat Aug 30, 2014 11:30 pm

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Fabricated windshield channel from steel, welded in half donor firewall and whole lower cowl. Miracle painted, primed, then single stage black. Painted 454 block also.
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Post by 77mali on Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:04 am

Looking good! Way to go saving that car.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:19 am

......"Zippy" ....yeah, befitting username! okay, you do know there is no prize for rocketing thru your project right? A lot of people would have given up on that one, way to go, looks incredible knowing the amount of effort it took to get that done!!
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Post by Zippy73 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:52 am

chevellelaguna wrote:......"Zippy" ....yeah, befitting username! okay, you do know there is no prize for rocketing thru your project right? A lot of people would have given up on that one, way to go, looks incredible knowing the amount of effort it took to get that done!!

Thanks. I get that alot. I am anything but zippy but always busy. I do say I saved this one from the scrap yard but it is a 454 SS car. Its not the one i drove in high school but my first car was a 73 Malibu so its worth it to me.
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Post by Zippy73 on Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:02 am

77mali wrote:Looking good!  Way to go saving that car.

Thanks. Long way to go to save it. Still need to get upper cowl back on. Also have passenger floor pan complete trunk and picked up a set of NOS full 1/4 panels, but with a new 6 month old baby girl I think plan is to do floor then concentrate on getting it running or it will never see the road.


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Post by thatfnthing on Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:16 am

chevellelaguna wrote:......"Zippy" ....yeah, befitting username! okay, you do know there is no prize for rocketing thru your project right? A lot of people would have given up on that one, way to go, looks incredible knowing the amount of effort it took to get that done!!

I'm guessing 'zippy' is what he'll be when it's finished. Smile

Keep up the good work, zippy!
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Re: 1973 CHEVELLE SS 454

Post by 77mali on Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:21 am

Zippy73 wrote:
77mali wrote:Looking good!  Way to go saving that car.

Thanks. Long way to go to save it. Still need to get upper cowl back on. Also have passenger floor pan complete trunk and picked up a set of NOS full 1/4 panels, but with a new 6 month old baby girl I think plan is to do floor then concentrate on floor and getting it running or it will never see the road.

Have had mine since Nov. 2010- and it's still an ongoing battle to find enough free time to finish it, although I've finally turned a big corner and suspect it'll finally be driving soon (4 years later- LOL).
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