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Post by Silentknight85 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 10:30 am

I officially joined a few weeks ago, but I never actually introduced myself. I see newer newcomers doing this, so I figured I probably should as well.

I live in S.E. Michigan and have a 1974 Chevelle Malibu Classic that I am restoring from the ground up. It has definitely seen better days. I am currently in the process of restoring the frame and all attached systems (suspension, brakes, hoses, etc..).

I foolishly paid someone that was recommended by an EX-girlfriend to complete the body work. He took me for a whole lot of money during 3 years of "repairs". In the end the project only went backwards. Did you notice I said EX-girlfriend? Now you partially know why.

I have owned the car since 2007 and, due to the above mentioned incident, I haven't gotten very far. I am learning new things about the car every day. The car is not as "clean" as I once though it was. There appear to be several different cars making up this one vehicle.

I joined this forum after visiting it several times and finding a lot of useful information here. I am hoping that being here can expedite the restoration and get me on the road quicker.


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Post by Joe73 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:02 am

Welcome !!!! Plenty good info here.
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Post by dynchel on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:11 pm

Welcome. Are you restoring it to stock or restomoding it?
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Post by Silentknight85 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:17 pm

Resto-mod at this point, put keeping a "stock nostalgia" about the car. Externally, I want it to just about like yours.
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Post by dynchel on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:20 pm


I'll take that as a compliment.  Thank you.
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Post by Dinomyte on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:21 pm

Welcome. I joined for the same reason, lots of good information before joining and even more after. . .
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Post by Hawk03 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:36 pm

Welcome! Lots of good info here.

dynchel wrote:
I'll take that as a compliment.  Thank you.

Why is that leprechaun laughing at you and your car? Smile


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Post by thatfnthing on Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:48 pm

Welcome! A similar bodywork "incident" befell me many years ago, so I can relate. The only difference was there was no girlfriend involved -- it was a recommendation by a family member. But the difference between friends and family is that you can pick your friends. Smile
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Post by 1973montec on Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:33 pm

welcome
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Post by Silentknight85 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 1:36 pm

Thank you all you have welcomed me thus far. @Dynchel, yep. That's pretty much exactly what I have imagined it to look it. I've got a LONG ways to go before it gets there, though, as you can tell by my Avatar. That is the current state of the body. On a body rig with no quarters.
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Post by ant7377 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:51 pm

Welcome!
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Post by Wallyuph on Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:58 pm

Welcome. Just keep plugging away at it and don't give up.
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Post by dynchel on Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:23 pm

Hawk03 wrote:Welcome! Lots of good info here.

dynchel wrote:
I'll take that as a compliment.  Thank you.

Why is that leprechaun laughing at you and your car? Smile

He's a prick that's why....he's gone now. Laughing
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Post by Roadcaptain S3 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 3:58 pm

Welcome!
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Post by 77mali on Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:10 pm

Welcome.
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Post by Silentknight85 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 6:28 pm

Thanks everyone! @Thatfnthing. I't will never cease to amaze me how people can do stuff like that to other people. I expected to get back a fully restored body. I didn't care none about the mechanics or frame or anything since I was going to take care of all that myself, but what I got back was a cut up car and several different parts. My brand new Recarro seat was destroyed, as well as my headliner, the carpet, the fiberglass hood, and other parts. I'll always have issues trusting anyone to do anything to my cars again.
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Post by Limey SE on Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:31 pm

Exactly Why I will be doing my own Body work on my Car !!! I have seen this so many time's over and over and it will not happen to me for I wont let anyone else work on the Se

WELCOME TO THE SITE BTW
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Post by Silentknight85 on Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:33 pm

Thanks, Limey. Yeah lesson definitely learned.
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Post by knightfan26917 on Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:48 pm

Silentknight85 wrote:I live in S.E. Michigan and have a 1974 Chevelle Malibu Classic that I am restoring from the ground up.

Welcome!

Silentknight85 wrote:I joined this forum after visiting it several times and finding a lot of useful information here. I am hoping that being here can expedite the restoration and get me on the road quicker.

That would certainly be nice. You mentioned SE MI ... how far from Detroit?


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Post by Silentknight85 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 3:36 am

Not too far. Less than an hour probably
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Post by wunderlich_33 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:42 pm

Limey SE wrote:Exactly Why I will be doing my own Body work on my Car !!! I have seen this so many time's over and over and it will not happen to me for I wont let anyone else work on the Se

WELCOME TO THE SITE BTW

yeah im gonna take my time finding a body guy, I don't have anywhere near the means to do it myself, but I know a guy that should be fine.
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Post by thatfnthing on Fri Mar 27, 2015 5:32 pm

Silentknight85 wrote:Thanks everyone! @Thatfnthing. I't will never cease to amaze me how people can do stuff like that to other people. I expected to get back a fully restored body. I didn't care none about the mechanics or frame or anything since I was going to take care of all that myself, but what I got back was a cut up car and several different parts. My brand new Recarro seat was destroyed, as well as my headliner, the carpet, the fiberglass hood, and other parts. I'll always have issues trusting anyone  to do anything to my cars again.

Wow, that sounds like lawsuit territory. And how did they manage to do all that damage? Was it a pack of wild monkeys?
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Post by Silentknight85 on Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:11 pm

One would think. I'm not exactly sure what he did besides destroy the car. I learned that his garage was an old horse stable with lots of moisture, dirt, and who knows what else. The back of the seat, which is a glossy black finish over fiberglass is scratched to all hell, the headliner got ripped up, the engine needed to be torn apart and rebuilt due to the Intake manifold being filled with dirt and blasting media. It's just a nightmare
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Post by knightfan26917 on Sun Mar 29, 2015 2:18 pm

Silentknight85 wrote:Not too far. Less than an hour probably

I know someone northeast of Detroit by about that distance that does work on older cars. Depending on how busy he is this year, he might be able to assist or give advice.


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Post by chevellelaguna on Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:20 pm

I just quoted a friend of a friend to paint 14 pieces for his motorcycle, I thought he'd pass out, but he just said okay, he knew it was going to cost what I said, agreed that it was fair. It's going to be a metallic grey from a '14 Charger, I can't wait! Needs some tins body worked first, but can't wait to get color on them!
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