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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 04, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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I just aquired a red '72 Chevelle with a 350 in it. I need to paint it, and I really like the large racing stripes on the hood and fender common on many Chevelles, but I don't want to do that if it was only an option only on the SS models. Were the racing stripes an option on the non-SS models or not? All comments/suggestions welcomed... Thanks.
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Well from 70-72 the stripes ONLY went on the hood and deck lid or trunk lid not on the fenders.

The racing stripes were a SS only option, sorry

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Fender!?! Darn... I meant to say hood and trunk lid - not fender. Well anyway, my hunch was right, they don't belong on a standard Chevelle. Back to a black vinyl top with some pin striping. Thanks sevt_chevelle.
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Hey its your car if you like the look of the racing stripes you can paint them on. My 69 chevelle is going to be painted very soon and its just a plain old malibu but im painting the 70-72 style stripes on mine because i like the way they look. If your making a 100% original car on the other hand and you want it to look all original then you can paint the side fenders with the pin stripes. Its personal opinion. Good luck!

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Agree with Tomb7us. I have a Malibu, and the nice thing about it is that I feel free to make it how I want it. With an SS car, I might have trouble feeling free to make modifications.

That means if I want something that SS had, then I'll put it on. If I want something unusual, I feel free to do it as well.

It's your car, and especially since it's a Malibu, make it like you want it, and to heck with anything else.

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post #6 of 23 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 04, 6:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys, those last several remarks are kind of a load off - that's really what I wanted to do, because and nothing looks cooler than black racing strips on a red early 70's model Chevelle, SS or not. It's a non-matching number car, so I guess I really don't have to worry about authenticity. Now the work begins...
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I had the bandaid stripes painted on my '70 when it was painted this year and it's "only" a Malibu.
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I didn't put stripes back on my car just to be different, seems every chevelle SS or not from 68 through the mid 70s that show up at every cruise I go to have the 70-2 SS stripes on them. Most of the S-10 pickups here in town do also

If you want stripes do it, if you want something different leave them off or do something similar to the Heavy stripes.

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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old Dec 24th, 04, 8:56 PM Thread Starter
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Good input... then tell me this, when you purest see a non-SS with stripes, is it interpretted that the guy is attemting a fake "clone" job? That's why I am considering not doing the stripes, I don't want something on my car that really doesn't belong there, especially if it will overall depreciate the value of the car.
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No attempt here to clone an SS. I've got the correct Malibu grill and rear bumper.
But, I'll concede about the clear turn signal lenses...I just like them better than the ambers.
Same with removing the upper and lower body side moldings. The car looks cleaner/sleeker without them, IMO.
I felt the car needed something to break up all the fresh white paint, especially after removing the black vinyl top. The stripes did that for me.



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Super nice! Real tough looking. A nice touch at this point would be to tint the windows, don't you think?
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The band aid stripes are real cool, do them if you want. My opinion however, is that they belong on the 70-72 cars, I don't like them on 68-69. 69 had a cool factory stripe. I prefer it. Anyway, dsfdf.

And Steve, watch me cut up my SS. I aint scared. Just sheetmetal, it can be replaced.
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post #13 of 23 (permalink) Old Dec 25th, 04, 12:09 AM
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Do what you want. I think the SS stripes really set off a car. Your not going to try to pass it off as an SS, so do what makes you happy. I just put some 70 style SS stripes on a 69 Wagon I built for my wife, and they look great (IMO). Every one that has seen it likes it and that makes me happy.
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put the stripes on it and hotrod that 350 and have fun doing it ,thats what its all about
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post #15 of 23 (permalink) Old Dec 26th, 04, 9:56 PM
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I've seen a documented non SS 1970 Elky with the stripes on a flat hood.

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