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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 19, 7:07 PM Thread Starter
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3rd Gen 68 SS

So this is more of a story than it is a build, as I'm not very mechanically inclined, and I also didn't document all my work with pics as I went along since I wasnt even a member here or any other Chevelle sites when I started w this car.

This car was purchased new by my grandmother in 1968 from Steakley Chevrolet in Dallas. She bought it shortly after my parents bought a new 68 Camaro. They came by and gave her a ride and she decided she wanted something peppy for herself. As a kid this car was always in the garage every time we came to visit. I always thought it was a cool old RED car. I rode in it several times, but never really thought about maybe one day owning it.

So then in the early 80s my uncle bought the car from her after she had the engine and trans rebuilt for him before it was sold.. He would own it for about 15yrs and during that time he had the car painted, and put some 1970 SS wheels on it. It was at that time that I found out that THIS was the original color.. Around 1973 a large storm had come through and a tree branch had fallen on the back of the car and busted out the rear window- (there was still glass under the rear seat when I pulled it out).

So then my uncle decided to sell it to buy a new tractor after buying some land to build a house on. And that's when I swooped in a bought it.

It was then that I found out that during the engine rebuild that my grandparents had done, the motor was somehow changed, and this block that is in the car now was from a 1970 model. My uncle never knew and always thought the car was all original. Unfortunately by then, both grandparents were deceased, so we never got a chance to ask them about it..

I bought the car around 2004 and took it apart after the oil pick up tube came off one day driving pretty hard on the freeway. So as it sat, I replaced all the suspension bushings, installed the engine and trans after a rebuild on both, installed new Headers and Pypes exhaust, all new weather strips, front engine and light harnesses, Holley Sniper EFI and Tanks FI tank, HEI dizzy, rebuilt all the power drum brakes system after it had been sitting for 10yrs at this point, and then put the stock steel wheels back on and added some dish hub caps I found in one of parents neighbors garage when they were moving away and didn't want them.

Future plans are all new interior rebuild, front disc setup, tubular a-arms and suspension drop, 18" wheels, and some other small stuff... I'll be posting pics as I go hopefully.

I just got the car back on the road last week after 10+yrs and the wife and I went to a car show Sat This week was the first time she's ever been it. Now she wants a classic convertible of some kind... Here's a pic from home and one from the show
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 19, 7:19 PM
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Re: 3rd Gen 68 SS

Looks great! Thanks for the story of how you ended up with it. When we talk about a "grandmother" buying an SS the first thought is, "sounds like the little old lady from Pasadena." However, back in 1968 she wasn't a grandmother and she probably looked pretty good tooling in that SS.

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My 68 El Camino Malibu and my 68 El Camino SS. In 1968 I got my 1st 66 Chevelle SS. 30 years later, I got my 2nd. Both Chevelles are in the same location.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 19, 7:23 PM
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So this is more of a story than it is a build, as I'm not very mechanically inclined, and I also didn't document all my work with pics as I went along since I wasnt even a member here or any other Chevelle sites when I started w this car.

This car was purchased new by my grandmother in 1968 from Steakley Chevrolet in Dallas. She bought it shortly after my parents bought a new 68 Camaro. They came by and gave her a ride and she decided she wanted something peppy for herself. As a kid this car was always in the garage every time we came to visit. I always thought it was a cool old RED car. I rode in it several times, but never really thought about maybe one day owning it.

So then in the early 80s my uncle bought the car from her after she had the engine and trans rebuilt for him before it was sold.. He would own it for about 15yrs and during that time he had the car painted, and put some 1970 SS wheels on it. It was at that time that I found out that THIS was the original color.. Around 1973 a large storm had come through and a tree branch had fallen on the back of the car and busted out the rear window- (there was still glass under the rear seat when I pulled it out).

So then my uncle decided to sell it to buy a new tractor after buying some land to build a house on. And that's when I swooped in a bought it.

It was then that I found out that during the engine rebuild that my grandparents had done, the motor was somehow changed, and this block that is in the car now was from a 1970 model. My uncle never knew and always thought the car was all original. Unfortunately by then, both grandparents were deceased, so we never got a chance to ask them about it..

I bought the car around 2004 and took it apart after the oil pick up tube came off one day driving pretty hard on the freeway. So as it sat, I replaced all the suspension bushings, installed the engine and trans after a rebuild on both, installed new Headers and Pypes exhaust, all new weather strips, front engine and light harnesses, Holley Sniper EFI and Tanks FI tank, HEI dizzy, rebuilt all the power drum brakes system after it had been sitting for 10yrs at this point, and then put the stock steel wheels back on and added some dish hub caps I found in one of parents neighbors garage when they were moving away and didn't want them.

Future plans are all new interior rebuild, front disc setup, tubular a-arms and suspension drop, 18" wheels, and some other small stuff... I'll be posting pics as I go hopefully.

I just got the car back on the road last week after 10+yrs and the wife and I went to a car show Sat This week was the first time she's ever been it. Now she wants a classic convertible of some kind... Here's a pic from home and one from the show
nice story and nice looking car

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 19, 8:13 PM Thread Starter
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Also, here is some of the cool documents I also have for the car. And a copy of the cashiers check
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 19, 3:04 PM Thread Starter
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I've put roughly about 100 miles on the motor since it went back together and I've had a couple issues so far.

First, I tried using the original starter I had with the engine before it was taken out of the car, but it's been real inconsistent so out with the old and in with the PMGR short style. Man, that sure is the way to go. Super fast crank start and it sure went in super easy with plenty of room with the headers. Got the bolts to go w it too.

2nd, the valve train seemed a bit noisy but all the guage readings were normal so I didn't think too much about it until I was doing some more tuning on the FI and moving some stuff around in the engine compartment. Just happened to notice the valve covers moving on both heads on the intake sides. Pulled the covers and all the intakes have been rubbing. Even the exhaust was beating on the baffle. Cheap Trans Dapt brand covers.. Never had the issue on the old motor. So new covers are on the way. Hope they are better than these.I went with a Proform brand $120 from Summitt.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 19, 3:14 PM
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Re: 3rd Gen 68 SS

very nice story and ride. Some of those '68 SS stripes would really set it off - imho. plan to add them to my '68 SS 396 El camino when re-painted. Nearly the same color.. Have fun and thanks for sharing!
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