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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Front End Collision Rebuild Progress

I haven't posted much here, but I lurk all the time and really appreciate the resource.
About a year ago a got into an accident in my 66' 4-door Malibu.
I got a pretty good settlement from the insurance company since they didn't want to fix it...

After posting some pic on this site, and subsequently receiving plenty of encouragement I decided to keep it and make the repairs.
It's still got a ways to go, but we have made some great progress on the repairs and are getting close to road-worthiness.
I just wanted to post some progress pics in case anyone is interested.
I've never undertaken a project like this and never really intended to, but this car had belonged to a very dear friend of mine and I just couldn't let it go to a scrap heap...also I hated the idea of taking any of these machines off the road permanently.

Anyway, I hope the pics are a resource to any who need it, I'll be posting more in the coming weeks as we head into the home stretch...

Some of what you'll see what's been done;
Pre-collision body and engine bay...
Post-collision damage
Replacement clip
Replacement parts prepped for powder coating
engine bay with the front clip removed
New accessory drive and pulleys (upgrade)
Replacement body mount bushings
Replacement clip installed with powder coated parts and new aluminium radiator installed
Rusty floorboards
Floorboards with POR-15 rust inhibitor
Floorboards with sound/temp deadener

Some of the mechanical work that was fairly minimal,
had to change the PS pump, so I also opted to change out the PS box for the Jeep box.
The radiator needed to be changed as it had the rear-end of another car go through it so I also opted to go with dual electric fans because the car had a tendency to overheat, at the same time I installed an oil cooler for the transmission.
New water pump, updated billet pulleys, new alternator since the bracket on the old one had broke.
We are now prepping for pain so I changed the seals on the wing windows, bought new felts for all 4 doors.

Working out a deal for the seat upholstery, and will just pick up a prefab carpet set for the flooring.

After its back on the road (street legal), I'll be pulling the suspension to update all the bushings and possibly go with disc brakes.

I'm an amateur on a budget and am learning as I go, so go easy on me if you notice some rookie mistakes.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 12:28 AM
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Re: Front End Collision Rebuild Progress

Not bad at all. Get a fan shroud for the cooling problem, I didn't see one?
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Re: Front End Collision Rebuild Progress

Looking good.....

Glad to know you are repairing the damage and not letting it get scrapped.....

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Looks great. After seeing what you accomplished with the accident damage, I think you could easily do the seats yourself.

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Re: Front End Collision Rebuild Progress

On the positive, it gave your a good reason to replace some worn out stuff. Looks great!

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Great work!

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Re: Front End Collision Rebuild Progress

Got a soft spot in my heart for 66's since my first Chevelle was a 66 SS396 Marina Blue w?black vinyl roof and a white interior.(3 different colors ? go figure)
It's good to see you're well on your way to getting er done.Hope the frame rail ends are straight though ?

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Got a soft spot in my heart for 66's since my first Chevelle was a 66 SS396 Marina Blue w?black vinyl roof and a white interior.(3 different colors ? go figure)
It's good to see you're well on your way to getting er done.Hope the frame rail ends are straight though ?
Yeah, I got a buddy that is a foreman for a collision shop... He inspected it as well as one other shop inspected it. Frame rails look good, and as far as I can tell so far all the geometry lines up.

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On the positive, it gave your a good reason to replace some worn out stuff. Looks great!
Definitely, I've gotten into stuff that I probably would have put up with for years before getting to it. It's not exactly how I would have planned it taking place, but no one was seriously hurt and I'll have a better Chevelle for it

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Looks great. After seeing what you accomplished with the accident damage, I think you could easily do the seats yourself.
Thank you!
Oddly enough I actually grew up in an upholstery shop. my old man still owns his shop, and I'm trying to convince him to do my seats, but if he hits retirement first I'm sure I can handle it

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Not bad at all. Get a fan shroud for the cooling problem, I didn't see one?
For whatever reason the previous owner didn't have one. I actually bought one prior to the accident and was trying to plan out when I was going to put it on...

With the dual electric fan setup oh, they actually have their own shroud so no air gets by the radiator without going through the fans.
Very astute observation!

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Re: Front End Collision Rebuild Progress

I banged up my 66 a couple years ago and had all of the same damage plus a little more. Glad you decided to fix it! As long as that corner of the frame is still ok then you'll still have a good running and driving car when you're done. Looks like you are making a couple of nice upgrades while you're at it too which is cool to see.

Any reason you're not doing you suspension work now? Not that it's super difficult on a fully assembled car, but with the inner fenders removed and especially if the whole front clip will be coming off again, doing all the front end stuff will be a breeze with nothing in the way.

When I had mine apart, I replaced just about every rubber bushing on the whole car. That was probably the #2 thing that made the biggest difference in the way the car feels going down the road (#1 for me was upgrading all my suspension parts with UMI). Are you going to replace all the rest of the body mounts too? You can always circle back and do them later but lifting the body will never involve less work than it will now since you already have the steering column and pretty much everything else disconnected.

Keep at it and you'll be back on the road before you know it

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Any reason you're not doing you suspension work now?

When I had mine apart, I replaced just about every rubber bushing on the whole car. That was probably the #2 thing that made the biggest difference in the way the car feels going down the road (#1 for me was upgrading all my suspension parts with UMI). Are you going to replace all the rest of the body mounts too? You can always circle back and do them later but lifting the body will never involve less work than it will now since you already have the steering column and pretty much everything else disconnected.

Keep at it and you'll be back on the road before you know it <img src="https://www.chevelles.com/forums/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbsup" class="inlineimg" />
Partly money partly because I want to stay married...
Have to postpone suspension work for a while.
All the body mounts are done except one above the rear axle. I had cut open the trunk and replace the nut/cage...just have to weld it in place.

I do intend on a full suspension job with bushings as you mention...previous owner Frankensteined the rear with air ride....gonna take some added work to get it back to a stock style setup.

Thanks for the encouragement!

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Partly money partly because I want to stay married...
Lol, say no more! Glad to hear you're doing the rest of the mounts now.

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