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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 19, 8:33 PM Thread Starter
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1968 Chevelle Core Support

I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on an aftermarket front core support for a 68 chevelle? I just bought a chevelle and the front core support has some slight damage in the middle. Ideally, I would prefer to find a good used oem but can't find one around here. I don't mind buying a new aftermarket one but I'm a bit hesitant when it comes to aftermarket sheet metal. Don't want to have any issues with fitment.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 19, 9:25 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

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I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on an aftermarket front core support for a 68 chevelle? I just bought a chevelle and the front core support has some slight damage in the middle. Ideally, I would prefer to find a good used oem but can't find one around here. I don't mind buying a new aftermarket one but I'm a bit hesitant when it comes to aftermarket sheet metal. Don't want to have any issues with fitment.
how slight is the damage??
may it be repaired and reused??

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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 19, 9:31 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

I think youll find with any aftermarket part, there will be issues or at least tweaks needed.
On a 68, the core support sets the height of the fenders and the width between the fenders. if there are any minor problems, I hope you have a brother who's a body guy. I have never purchased an aftermarket core support, but unless someone tried to tow the car with the support, i'll bet it's fixable.

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You should post a free ad here. You never know. Also define where "around here" is. Team Chevelle is a good community, you might get lucky.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 8th, 19, 9:54 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

Got mine from National Parts depot. I measured it and it is exactly the same size as the original.
My original was bent beyond reuse and I tried to graft on the right side that was really destroyed... But it didn't work correctly so I got a repro one.
All the holes are correct and the width and height are all the same measurements as original.
I will say this though. It is lighter so maybe one gauge thinner in material.

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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 19, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies and suggestions! Maybe it can be fixed? I'm not a body guy but I can fix some stuff. I do have a welder and some body hammers. For the most part the fenders look okay. It looks like the middle took the most damage. The bottom and top of the core support are bent in. I have another front bumper, grille, hood latch and header panel laying around that I can test fit and see what else is belt.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 19, 1:33 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

I've had similar damage to my '71. I figured since I don't know what factory is supposed to be like with no measurements and lots of rust to deal with anyway if I were to somehow fix it, I just decided on getting a new support from AMD, and it turned out pretty well. I'd say the only issue I had was with the tie bar where the holes were just a tad bit off, but nothing a little dremel could handle. All in all, it's about how much work vs money you want to put in.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 19, 2:07 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

That doesn't look as bad as we thought when you posted.
It looks like someone pulled the car with a chain around the grill and header panel though.
That can be replaced and once you get it off the car toy look at it better you can see if it is straight or will need some persuasion!

In any event it isn't as bad as it looks!

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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 9th, 19, 3:07 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

Pull of the header panel and bumper. Throw them away. Keep the bumper brackets!!!
You need a header panel, hood latch, and the grill brackets. I don't think you'll be able to tell if you need a new rad support until you pull some of the front pieces off. Looks like a fun project, post your progress!!

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 19, 1:17 AM Thread Starter
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I finally had some time this weekend to work on the car. Removed the header panel, lights, grille and bumper. The bottom of the core support looks to be pushed in a bit causing the ends to seperate. Also, looks like the top of the support is slightly bent. The frame on the passenger side looks like it got slightly pushed in/dented. What do you guys think about the core support and frame?
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 19, 10:36 AM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

I think the core support could be fixed, but it's gonna look a little ugly on top and might take quite a bit of work to fix. The frame horns are likely bent but nothing a couple of hours on a frame machine couldn't fix. Are there bends on the frame behind the front wheels? What kind of an accident was this car in?

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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 19, 7:46 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle Core Support

Am gonna be that guy, if you are asking if the core support is fixable, you more then likely don't have the tools and equipment and the knowledge to do the repairs.

That car should/needs to go a body shop and be put on a frame machine. Attempting to fix it at home would equate to hack work. It also appears the frame has a non factory bend farther back in one of the photos.

No idea where you live, but typical shop rate for frame work is
2 hours setup/measure
If the damage is isolated to the frame horns 3hr ish
Ive seen frame rates from 55 to 100 plus per hour.

Damage can and will migrate to other areas of the car you might not even think of looking.

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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 19, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah at this point I'm not going to try and fix the core support. The time I would spend on it and the end results it would just be easier and cheaper to buy another one. I'm going to try and find an original in good shape or go with a aftermarket like AMD. I did check behind the front wheels and the frame looks good, doesn't look creased or anything out of the ordinary. The front frame doesn't look that bad honestly but Im scheduled to have it looked at by a frame shop next week so will post my results.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 23rd, 19, 11:17 PM
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You are doing the right thing. And listen to Eric, he knows his stuff.

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