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Post by Hawk03 on Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:14 pm

Worked on the car this past week and got a few things done. Here are some pictures. Got the frame sand blasted and painted, installed new rear suspension, installed fuel and brake lines and painted the firewall. I'm going to have someone replace the front control arm bushings and ball joints, I didn't have the correct tools. Next up is a new engine and then the rest of the car will be put back together.







The frame was in decent shape but I had to have some new metal welded in and some washers welded where the body bushings go.




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Post by JiMi_DRiX on Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:17 pm

Nice! What did you paint the frame with? Anything special?
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Post by Hawk03 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:17 am

I had an epoxy primer sprayed on first then I used an acrylic enamel top coat from Sherwin Williams with hardener added to it. I really like the way it turned out. I also used the Eastwood internal frame coating. The washers are from a local Case tractor dealership/mechanic shop and they work really well to strengthen the body bushing holes.
http://www.g3gm.com/t7067p15-chassis-saver
(pic of top coat in last post)
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Post by Hawk03 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:26 pm

Pics from the Body Swap thread:
http://www.g3gm.com/t6504-body-swap






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Post by Hawk03 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:31 pm

Put the other body on the frame over the weekend.






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Post by thatfnthing on Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:22 pm

That looks great! What body bushing kit did you use?
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Post by driveit on Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:33 pm

Keep em comin. Lookin good.
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Post by Hawk03 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:57 pm

Thanks dudes. I'm liking the way its turning out.

I used this kit from OPGI for the body bushings: http://www.opgi.com/chevelle/SB517K/

Everything fit great. The only problem is some of the bolts aren't long enough and the shortest bolt is too long in the center of the door location, I screwed it through the top! No big deal though, bolts are easy to get. I have the Belltech 2" lowering springs all around. I'm digging the rear and am anxious to see what the front will look like.



Probably won't be able to get back at it for a month or so. Sad
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Post by driveit on Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:45 pm

Hawk03 wrote:Probably won't be able to get back at it for a month or so. Sad
Sad No progress pics for a month.
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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:37 pm

lookin good
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Post by thatfnthing on Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:02 pm

driveit wrote:
Hawk03 wrote:Probably won't be able to get back at it for a month or so. Sad
:(No progress pics for a month.
Sorry, pal, you'll just have to get out there and work on your own instead of living vicariously through others. Smile
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Post by Brainstain on Wed Dec 04, 2013 12:02 am

I really enjoy seeing something that I saved coming back to life and bringing your car back as well.  Keep it up dude!

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Post by Hawk03 on Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:51 pm

Brainstain wrote:I really enjoy seeing something that I saved coming back to life and bringing your car back as well.  Keep it up dude!
Thanks, if I wouldn't have gotten that body from you my car would be still rotting away in the barn, it was rusted through in so many places. I had to cut the body bolts out of the trunk on the new body but it wasn't and issue. Its been a fun project and I'm looking forward to working on it some more.

The only things that will be from my original car are the frame, seats, hood and trunk.
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Post by w451973 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:32 pm

Wow. I've never seen an a body frame rot like that and I live in Michigan. Nice job so far.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:10 pm

I've seen some real beauts here in MN.

How did your rear bumper support hold up? Those are usually rusted through as well with frame rot like this.
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Post by Hawk03 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 10:45 am

My back bumper is not good. The chrome has always been flaking off since I got the car in 1995 and the support is rusted through as well. I broke off one of the bolts trying unscrew the nut. I'll be on the look out for a different one. My front bumper is in good condition with the exception of a small dent from an accident in high school. The rubber bumper guard hides it but I'm not sure I want the guards on there anymore.
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:46 am



I've still got this '76 rear bumper support if you're interested. It's all ready to be installed.
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Post by Hawk03 on Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:00 am

That looks nice! Thanks for letting me know. I'll let you know if I need it.
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Post by driveit on Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:53 am

How heavy is that insert?
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Post by Mcarlo77 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:24 pm

About 42 lbs.
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Post by Hawk03 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:02 am

My wife and I bought our first house over the weekend so at some point the car will come out to Indy with me. I'm thinking probably summer or fall, I want the car to be driveable before I bring it out here.

Here is out it sits now


Gas tank painted with truck bed liner, turned out pretty good.


Underside of trunk prior to painting with Zerorust. Don't mind the needed touch ups on the frame, their done.


Underside of the trunk painted with Zerorust before tank install. I grinded down the underside to bare metal before painting it with Zerorust. That stuff is pretty cool, looking forward to doing the rest of the underside. I used a brush to paint it on, came out pretty good. I'll have to get some pics of the tank installed.


We cranked the motor over for the first time too, the timing seemed off so we held off on firing it up until we had more time to check things out.
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:50 am

Lookin' good!
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Post by Darkcalling1 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:49 am

Yes lookin good nice job on the pics too!

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Post by Tom77 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:54 am

Very nice and welcome to Indiana.
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Post by driveit on Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:05 am

Keep up the good work.
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