Re: '70 Chevelle to be Reborn AKA "Frankie"
As I stated in the title. The wife has nicknamed this car as "Frankie" after the movie icon Frankenstein. Which given the fact there's nothing to really start with, this car will be assembled with a mix of old OEM and new repop parts. I will be using as many OEM parts as possible. I do a lot of shopping for parts on eBay and it's funny to see what people want for parts just by listing them as for an L78, LS5 and, LS6, car with no proof that it came off such a car.
The wife didn't want me to start hording parts, but that's too late. I starting buying things up as soon as I got the car home. One item I got was a 12 bolt differential. This originally had 3.31 gears. I have since swapped those out for 3.55's and the diff is now ready to be installed. The reason for the 3.55's is that this car will be rebuilt as an L78 car and this was the stock gearing for that engine.
When I bought the car, the guy says, Oh, I stripped the frame down and repainted it a few years ago. All you need to do is start building it up. Wrong! After I had the body off the car I noticed that the frame looked bent to me. So I made an appointment with my local Chevy Dealers' Body Shop and had the rolling chassis put on the frame rack. Good thing I did, the front of the frame was way out. So after 8 hours of shop time the frame is as straight as it ever was.
After I got the frame back home, I flipped the frame upside down and fixed a myriad of issues. One was a huge gaping hole in the front cross member on the bottom. Others were to remove the half a$$ welded in bolts for the rear shocks. I ground out the holes and welded in the correct thickness washers. Then I had to weld up some holes in the rear frame and replace the back cross member, because it had been pulled on and bent it.
Last edited by Jayhawk500; Feb 19th, 18 at 4:58 PM.