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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 19, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Vacation (1972 home build)

Hello folks.

Figured I’d start a build thread for my project. You ask why I named it “Vacation”? Well, back about 2008 my wife and I had saved up some money for vacations... the money ended up in a 1972 Chevelle chassis and body. So the name of the car was made haha.

I have worked on and off since 2008 on the car and have made a little progress. My dad has an LS5 triple black 1970 as I was growing up, so I decided to make my 72 a 70 as I like the look better.

I have lots of pictures and would like to know how to post them in the post as I go instead of at the bottom as attachments. For now I’ll have to do the attachments. I’ll have to start from present day on my posts but will also throw in some pics and info from what I’ve dome to catch you all up. I’m hoping to have it done in two years.

I just finished a complete restoration on a... I’m sorry... Dodge that has some sentimental value and had priority over this one. Now that it is done, I’ve been hitting Vacation pretty hard.

I’ll attach a couple pics. Let me know if you’d like to see more of the build. Again it’s a garage build by me and a few friends if they are up to the punishment. Haha.

I included a couple pre and aft pictures of the car I just finished. Again, all garage build except for blue paint application. I did do the color sand and buff though here.
Cheers!!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 15th, 19, 11:41 PM
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Re: Vacation (1972 home build)

That Dodge is pretty sweet. I really dig the color. Looking forward to seeing the Vacation pics as you go. Cheers
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 19, 3:47 AM Thread Starter
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Couple more pics. I had separated the frame from the body back in 2014 and was ready to powder coat the frame and suspension when I got the Dodge. So it waited a few years till I could get it all done.

I had already worked on the body a little. It’s been stripped to metal and epoxy coated. Initial body work was done and then two good coats of filler primer. The body was in decent shape but still needs lots of work. No metal needed to be replaced. I shaved the firewall with two pieces of steel welded to the original.

I am in SoCal and have a day job, so the build is worked on in my free time and around the honey do’s. I’ve tinkered with cars since I was young. Ive been a head painter for a shop and a panel beater apprentice. I’m not in the automotive trade for work now so the garage is really my room to go to relax.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 19, 8:39 AM
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Re: Vacation (1972 home build)

Sadly I have to admit that I also like the ---- gasp ---- Dodge. Years ago, a friend had a really nice 69 4 speed 340 with a six pack. Cool cars for sure.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 16th, 19, 8:52 AM
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Re: Vacation (1972 home build)

I don't feel bad admitting I had a Dodge Dart. It was a 73 I bought for 500.00. I got it because I was pissed at the lease I had on a Cavalier. I wasn't aware leases had mileage limitations. I had 72,000 miles on it in about 30 months. Sold it to pay off the lease. Rebuilt a 318 and drove that car 150,000 miles, with out the threat of excess miles of a lease.
I like what you are doing with your Chevelle, too! Keep the updates coming.

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 19th, 19, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Few more pics of past work I’ve done to Vacation. My initial plan for the car was grey with black stripes. I painted the firewall and didn’t like the grey look after all. New plan is black with white stripes. I did the painting of the wall this last winter in the garage. It was snowing out side but got the temps inside to about 70... good enough to paint... I then color sanded it before putting the engine and accessories in. Before I installed the engine, I mocked up the brake master and made my own lines.

I had the rear bias valve as part of my kit master cylinder kit. I made a bracket for the line lock under the master so it would all be together and not installed on the firewall. I like how it came out.

Cheers
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 27th, 19, 3:23 AM Thread Starter
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Have a few more pics to put up just to pass the time. I’m using a Mikes Transmission Ultimate 400 with a Coan converter for the bangers. Using a Derale cooler under the car. I had never made AN lines and think they turned out ok. I’m having a Strange Engineering S60 rear made and hoping it comes in a week or so. Will have large ford ends, disc brakes and 4.10’s. I used a stainless factory repop gas tank with a RobbMc sending unit. Seems to be working pretty well. Just cruising along with my wiring and dash install for now. I’ll semd some more pics when I have some free time.

Cheers!
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 19, 8:31 PM Thread Starter
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I have finalized my S60 purchase and it will be shipped out this next week. (So excited). So I spent the morning taking out the 10 bolt out of under the car. I now have a rear end for really cheap if someone wants it here at the house. SoCal. I also got my Currie adjustable upper arms yesterday. Can’t wait to get this part of my project on so I can measure for my driveshaft. The last picture is the S60 right after being built at Strange.

Cheers!
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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 3:13 AM Thread Starter
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This showed up yesterday.... pretty darn exciting. I ordered flex brake lines and I am making a couple brackets where the flex
and hard will join. It’s 60 ish inches wide. Can’t wait to get it installed.

Cheers!!
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Have made a little progress with the brake lines. The brackets I made allowed for a nice plug weld to hold them on to the tubes. I’ll be moving onto the upper flex hose bracket at the top of the housing, then some stainless hard lines.

Cheers
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 19, 1:29 PM
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Re: Vacation (1972 home build)

Looks like a really nice build.

Thanks for sharing.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old Jul 13th, 19, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Today was a long day. Mocked up the upper brake hose bracket and then made the hard lines. They aren’t perfect but I’m happy with them. Them I spend the afternoon putting the rear end in. Fit like a glove. Now onto measuring for the driveshaft and getting it built.

I do have a question for you all. I had the rear end made to be 60” from disc brake faces (where wheels mount). My old 10 bolts was just about 62”. I know 5.5 is the common 10” wheel backspace and 4.5 is the common 8”. I believe I had Strange make the early Chevelle length and mount all my 70-72 attachments

What backspace have you all used with an early rear in a 70-72?

Cheers.
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