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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 12th, 20, 9:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

Lets try this again, I started this same thread 2 years ago and never kept it up...

Hello everybody...

A little background about my car.

Bought in 2003 from Milford, Ohio from a less than honest man named Bill. He was the 3rd or 4th owner. The car was shipped out to my family which is located in Northern California. Upon arrival we were shocked to see that both quarters and fenders were rotted out. The pictures that we were provided showed zero rot. Anyways the car was purchased for $9,500 and the previous owner refunded us $1000 after it was delivered. The car then went to a local body shop for 9 months where both full quarters, front fenders, hood and truck lid were replaced. The only original sheet metal left on the car is the roof and door skins. It was repainted the correct color Matador red. A black vinyl top was also added. Here is a picture from several years ago. While the car looks great from a far the frame needs to be sand blasted and painted/powder coated. I Also need to have it repainted as I have unfortunately neglected it and the there is some rust in a few areas. The engine mechanically is fine. However the block needs to be sand blasted and painted that that pretty orange. I also intend on replacing all of the hoses, valve covers, alternator, belt, PS pump etc... Oh and the car is a numbers matching 396.

1. Spoke with a buddy of mine whom owns a small local body shop. Im having him stop by this week to take a look at the car and give me his opinion.
2. The car has the original glass however it is not very clear, its been cleaned professionally several times but never clears up. Almost looks like swirl marks in the glass causing it to be cloudy? Anything that can be done or even worth doing besides new glass?
3. I'm going to separate the frame from the body and send the frame off for sand blasting and powder coating.
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 20, 1:56 AM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

I don't see the pics. But I want to!!

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post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 20, 10:08 AM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

cool project. Send pics please...


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Here's a link to my 2014 Camaro SS donor to 70 Malibu restomod project:

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Re: 1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

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post #6 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 20, 10:13 PM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

It does look like a nice 68 SS396, I would get all the nesting materials out of the engine bay before squrriels or something starts making themselves at home though, they can ruin wiring really fast


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post #7 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 13th, 20, 10:59 PM
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Ok, well that looks pretty good! It's needs to be brought in from under that pine tree, remove the needles, clean under the hood.
The air cleaner looks like it's just set on. Carb any good?
The glass doesn't look bad in the pics, but are talking about cloudiness on the side windows or front/rear?

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post #8 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 14th, 20, 2:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

Thanks guys. Carburetor is good, i pulled the shaft off and wing nut for some reason its been a while.
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If you take it apart for painting take really good care of your trim pieces, mine were junk from the start but repop stuff for 68's fits like...well not worth a darn and eye brow trim is very hard to find that's correct, I'd enjoy the car the way it is but just my opinion oh except glass that could be a safety issue, I couldn't see anything wrong though


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If you take it apart for painting take really good care of your trim pieces, mine were junk from the start but repop stuff for 68's fits like...well not worth a darn and eye brow trim is very hard to find that's correct, I'd enjoy the car the way it is but just my opinion oh except glass that could be a safety issue, I couldn't see anything wrong though
Ya I believe a local place to me Jim Dyer Chevy Classics in Pleasanton, CA sourced those trim pieces for me back in 2003... Same with the vinyl top pieces. Honestly, I havent driven this car in 3 or 4 years and I want to restore it to where its never been but maybe when it were new. This was my high school car and the paint although looks nice from pictures is not where I wanted it. I'm ok with it being down for a few years, I'd love to have a true frame off restoration.
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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 20, 11:15 AM
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Re: 1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

Nice. It's got the early 68 SS 396 badge! Great find.
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Nice. It's got the early 68 SS 396 badge! Great find.
Thank you, yes another reason I liked this car from the beginning
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post #13 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 15th, 20, 9:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Here is another picture from 2007, im going to try to find the original pictures from the For Sale Ad... I did find this car through Chevelles.net
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Hey good looking 68. Get it q new parking spot or maybe a car.port.
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post #15 of 44 (permalink) Old Jan 18th, 20, 8:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: 1968 Chevelle SS396 325hp/M21 Project

Well after 3 years of not running I finally got around to getting it started... All things considered it ran quite well. Took a little effort...

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