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Post by Wallyuph on Tue May 20, 2014 8:51 am

Im going with this bracket set up for A/C I have not tried to mount it yet still working on other stuff.
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It may work or not as my set up is all different from front running accessories.
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Post by ratnfested on Tue May 20, 2014 8:53 am

Energy suspension. Here is a link to the rear set.
http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/proddetail.asp?prod=3.3132
Going to try Prothane. As for the accessory mounting, I like the Holley kit http://www.summitracing.com/parts/hly-20-136/overview/

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Post by Wallyuph on Tue May 20, 2014 9:23 am

I like that set up for Accessories. I had used the Energy suspension bushings in my car and the squeaked really bad. I used that special lube they sell and every thing. It was so bad I took them out and replaced the control arms with adjustable, greasable ones. Plus I wanted to be able to change pinion angle if I need to with the new engine and trany.
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Post by Wallyuph on Tue May 20, 2014 9:25 am

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Post by ratnfested on Tue May 20, 2014 9:30 am

If the Prothane work I'll ship the Energy suspension stuff back and order the rest from summit. I know someone makes the urethane that fit the stock sleeves cause I used them on the Maroon Chevelle. Maybe I should go hunt through my receipts.
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Post by ratnfested on Thu May 22, 2014 11:46 am

The Prothane bushings came in and they fit. So I can now send back the energy suspension parts. Hey where can I find core support to frame boy mounts?
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Post by dynchel on Thu May 22, 2014 12:02 pm

I got mine from the dealers parts dept.
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Post by chevellelaguna on Thu May 22, 2014 12:05 pm

Ground Up Restoration has them, I ordered the kit for the front rad support , it's on back order unfortunately for me.
www.ss396.com
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Post by Hawk03 on Thu May 22, 2014 12:22 pm

The Parts Place.
HB2834C $24.00
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Post by pila on Thu May 22, 2014 6:38 pm

X2 on Parts Place....

I have the squeaky poly bushings too....I have some ideas for lubing them...

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Post by 77mali on Thu May 22, 2014 6:45 pm

X3 got mine there as well. Perfect match too.

They have lots of good stuff.
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Post by ratnfested on Fri May 23, 2014 11:25 am

I wish I could find stuff on their site. Its awful to search on. I found the bushings cause of the part number posted but I would like to see if they have the whole body mount kit too. I'll keep trying till I figure it out. Thanks for the info!!
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Post by Hawk03 on Fri May 23, 2014 11:54 am

Ask and you shall receive.
Whole body kit, The Parts Place
HB2132Z $249.00

This is the one kit I'm using.  
http://www.opgi.com/chevelle/SB517K/

http://www.g3gm.com/t7483-hawk03-redo Picture of them on the frame

http://www.g3gm.com/t6060-body-bushing-question Pictures of bushings
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Post by ratnfested on Fri May 23, 2014 2:39 pm

Thanks. I see ss396 also carries them. Damn I never have seen one of these frames rot out. And I am from the northeast.
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Post by ratnfested on Wed May 28, 2014 11:09 am

I am not sure I like the look of my Powder coated frame. It has dry areas and some that are too glossy. I was considering painting over it with Chassis saver. I love the look of that stuff. But on the other hand you do not see much once its assembled. The sandblaster did a lousy job up above the rear end where you cannot see it once its installed but I see some spots of rust still there. I will at least have to clean that area up and use chassis saver on it.
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Post by pila on Wed May 28, 2014 11:49 am

I guess frames can rust out if they are in enough salt over the years. I had to scrap an Elco because of that. This Northern salt country eats cars for lunch.

On my current Elco project, I used Rustoleum primer & semi gloss on the frame & bottom of the body, after I had it sand blasted.
My idea was to use something that is easily available all the time, to touch up areas when paint gets scraped off etc.

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Post by Brainstain on Thu May 29, 2014 10:09 am

The only car I've bought so far with a rusty frame has also been my recent El Camino.  The body is fairly clean but from the doors back is just Swiss cheese and big flake.


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Post by Brainstain on Thu May 29, 2014 10:13 am

The frame was still good on this Laguna though.


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Post by thatfnthing on Thu May 29, 2014 12:09 pm

ratnfested wrote:Damn I never have seen one of these frames rot out. And I am from the northeast.

I'm not sure how you dodged it. I'm just up the road a bit from you and my frame has some rough spots and one place where it's been repaired -- all that was from the first ten years of its life when my parents drove it in the winter. It's the only thing left on the car I haven't been able to address yet.
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Post by ratnfested on Thu May 29, 2014 1:38 pm

Brainstain wrote:The frame was still good on this Laguna though.

Holy $%#@ That's a big hole!
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Post by orange Juiced on Thu May 29, 2014 8:38 pm

Brainstain wrote:The frame was still good on this Laguna though.


Man, I think I need a tetanus shot after looking at this.  lol!
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Post by 77mali on Thu May 29, 2014 9:30 pm

Brainstain wrote:The frame was still good on this Laguna though.


That'll buff right out.  Just needs some bondo. 
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by pila on Thu May 29, 2014 9:33 pm

I have never seen a body as rusted out as that one. Maybe the trunk lid was leaking water in for a long time (?)

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Post by 77mali on Thu May 29, 2014 9:41 pm

pila wrote:I have never seen a body as rusted out as that one.  Maybe the trunk lid was leaking water in for a long time (?)

Rear glass is my guess. What a Face 
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by Brainstain on Fri May 30, 2014 10:09 am

My hand is actually coming through the bottom of the door.


Here's the other side of the trunk.



It was so rusty that after I stripped it and we loaded it up on a guys trailer, the only thing holding the main body together was the rocker to rear door jam and the windshield pillar.


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