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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 2:36 AM Thread Starter
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1st muscle car

I am proud to be joining the ranks of Chevelle owners. I'm having a '69 396 delivered within the next 2 weeks.

I would love to get advice from any of you as to what I need to learn, tools I might need, what to expect, etc.

Check out the car.


Thanks for the advice!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 2:52 AM
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Welcome! And nice car...I was checking it out on Ebay yesterday.

Expect to get a lot of "honks" and "thumbs up"!

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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 2:59 AM
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Congrats on the purchase. Looks like a nice Malibu. Being BB powered it should be lots of fun. There is lots to learn here. If you have a question about the car probably the first thing to learn is the search function There is a TON of info to sift through and get answers from. The big thing to know is to plan for things. A hap-hazard approach to maintaining the car can lead to unnecessary spending. Another big thing to realize is these cars are old and if they sit they develop quirks that can become big issues. Keep it in a climate controlled garage and drive the wheels off it if you can. If you give a little more info on your background folks can give better detailed advice. Welcome aboard and enjoy the new ride.

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Yes, I agree with Jeff. Welcome aboard. Spend a few days going through each forum and just read them. If you do that, you will find that your questions get answered much easier and quicker. Post in the correct forum and you will usually get many answers per day. Post in the wrong forum and you will probably not get any answers in a day. ( Ive been here two years and sometimes I still post in the wrong forums). Everyone here is very nice and easy to talk to. You found the right spot for advice when owning one of these money pits. But it is worth it. Have fun, smile and drive the wheels off that thing. That is what they were made for.



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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 9:02 AM
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Great looking car! Congrats and welcome.

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post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 9:17 AM
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That is one sharp lookig 69 - Good Luck and Welcome! Oh..and enjoy the car!

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post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 10:01 AM
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Waa-Hooo, another 69, Welcome


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post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 10:19 AM
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Nice car. I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun with it.

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post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 10:30 AM
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thats a nice whip congrats on that

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 12:32 PM
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Awesome car , looks like a good find.

My other car. 1977 camaro prostreet car.
9.65 @ 137 MPH-1.39-60' more left in the car.


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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 12:46 PM
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Great looking car! I KNOW you'll have a huge smile on your face driving it around the neighborhood. hehehe
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 1:14 PM
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Nice car....love the paint scheme with the ghost flames.

Just keep in mind these older cars need TLC.
That doesn't mean you can't have fun with them, it just means that they require regular maintenance and a careful eye (and ear)....

You will get to know how it should sound and how it runs, if all of the sudden it sounds different or runs a little funny, take the time to investigate before it breaks.

Oh yeah, the people here are awsome and the amount of Chevy and Chevelle related knowledge and experience is invaluable.
Use the info here and build from there....

Have fun and enjoy your new car, as stated previously, get ready for a lot of looks whistles and comments on your car.....also when your head expands from all the attention remember its your car they admire most....lol....enjoy
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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 1:14 PM
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Gazzer said it well!!!!
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post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 2:50 PM
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If you are interested, we could have some local help for you if you ever need it. Check out the Heartland Chevelle Club link in my signature line. Feel free to attend a few meetings to help decide if you want to join or not. We are having a cruis-in meeting in September out at Platte River State Park, let me know if you want more details.

Welcome to TC as well!
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post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 06, 3:11 PM
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Did you buy the car without having taken a look at it ?
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