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Post by mailman8120 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:51 pm

Well, it's been sitting in various places since 1993. 1973 Chevelle SS 454/Turbo 400. 454 is long gone....Don't ask ( cracked block), still upsets me! Anyway, never planned on it sitting so long. The more I look, the more rust I find. For awhile, I thought it was a lost cause. After a cancer diagnosis in 2010, I felt, If they could fix me, I'm going to at least start fixing it. Don't have tons of money to throw at it, so it will go slow. Plan on doing the work myself. It has a 70 something 350 in it right now. Think I'm going to pull engine and trans. Start rebuilding the front end and brakes. Just want to start making progress. Wish I still had the 454.....Smile


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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:04 pm

Good luck. Don't give up
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Post by pila on Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:46 pm

If you are going to replace the front suspension and steering parts, it's much easier with the front clip removed. Rear fender bolts, and core support mounts, are pretty much what holds the front clip on.
Good luck, and hang in there !! Very Happy

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Post by mailman8120 on Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:32 pm

Found some more old parts in the garage. For some reason, have a few sets of 73 tail lights. Almost forgot, Found a 454 block and crank on craigs list. the casting number is 361959.

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:02 pm

I cant wait to start cleaning out my storage unit and find things i forgot about. Lol
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Post by mailman8120 on Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:00 am


My old friend the bodyman once told me," The more you grind, the more you find " LOL Very Happy

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Post by pila on Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:07 am

Be careful with sanding, the coarse marks from grinding are more work for finishing....

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Post by ant7377 on Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:28 pm

I was taught by a body man that works on very high end cars to use a chemical stripper on large area's so you dont get coarse marks. Take it off once it lifts with a plastic bondo spreader.
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Post by orange Juiced on Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:36 pm

ant7377 wrote:I was taught by a body man that works on very high end cars to use a chemical stripper on large area's so you dont get coarse marks. Take it off once it lifts with a plastic bondo spreader.

Sometimes that can be more work and cost you more money. You have to wash the area you are working on several times, might have to redo the body filler again. You don't want those chemicals to react to the new paint and have to redo it again.
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Post by ant7377 on Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:31 am

What is used to neutralize the stripper? He used to wipe it with prep sol a few times but is there something else? I seem to remeber him saying that he never used water since he would never let water touch the bare metal.
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Post by mailman8120 on Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:39 pm

That right Quarter panel is rusted out and will be replaced. I was just seeing if there was any bondo. Interesting discussion on paint removal. Thanks:)

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Post by mailman8120 on Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:57 pm


Got the left fender stipped and primed. Picked up a 454 block and crank casting # 361959 which shows 73-75 Chevelle! It's a 2 bolt main, but should be enough for HP that I intend. Can't wait to see what machine shop says.

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Post by 77mali on Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:32 pm

Fender looks good! Nice looking block too, hopefully it won't take much to get it ready.
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Post by Jedediah on Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:04 am

Good luck I am also dealing with alot of rust and I mean alot of rust.
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Post by mailman8120 on Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:59 pm

Yeah, the rust really sucks. I am going to start buying the panels that are reproduced. I found a place in Arizona that has some other pieces that are not reproduced. If I didn't have the rust issues could get to the fun stuff sooner. In the long run, It's good that we are saving these cars. In the past, many were crushed. Probably take the 454 block to the machine shop next week.

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Post by mailman8120 on Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:18 pm

Removed lower door panel and found a bungie cord and metal hanger holding assembly in place. This car is one surprise after another! Anyway, does anybody have all the inside door parts?? Probably need another latch too.... Mad

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Post by mailman8120 on Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:53 pm

Got driver door stripped and primed. 100 degree heat in the shade Texas weather sucks. Got some BB ac brackets. Slowly moving along Very Happy

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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:31 pm

U need one more bracket. Goes on the bottom by exaust manifolds.
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Post by mailman8120 on Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:37 pm

I know.. One more thing to track down Sad

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Post by mailman8120 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:37 pm


Slowly getting it down to bare metal.

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Post by mailman8120 on Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:47 pm


Progress being made slowly but surely. I am really starting to j
hate bondo. In order to buy body filler, you need to take a quick course in its proper application......Driver side quarter is good. Passenger side needs replacing.

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Post by mailman8120 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:36 am


Finally got old glass and hardware out. All new parts and glass back in. A one man job...Thanks to Mcarlo77, man, this glass looks almost new!

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Post by Mcarlo77 on Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:07 am

Good job! I've removed a lot of door glass, but have never tried to reinstall one. Would have thought it to be a 2-man job...one to hold and manuever the glass without scratching it while another is guiding it into the channels.
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Post by mailman8120 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:34 pm

Well, still slowly tearing down everything. Located a donor package tray on the forum. Just now noticed the rust in core support and some on firewall. Starting to wonder if the cost of all this rust repair is worth it. On a limited budget, and still need to get patch panels for trunk, floor pans, and a right quarter....

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Post by 77mali on Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:16 pm

Don't get discouraged- I've been working on mine for over two years and on more than one occasion I've wanted to put it up for sale.

It might be easier in your case to get a replacement core support if you have any local junk yards near you.

If not I have access to a 73 Monte, 75 Elco, 73 Lemans & 76 Malibu 4 door about 45 minutes away. I'll take a look at them next week or the week after if you want & see how they are. The core support is easy to remove...Don't know what the yard would charge me but if you're interested shoot me a PM. I'll be going there anyway to salvage some small trim items so I can take a few pics. Shipping this stuff from MA to Houston might be a few bucks though- so a local find for you would be the best budget wise. I do have a large box from a water heater that it would fit in though.



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