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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old Apr 25th, 20, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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I've had this car about 3 years just waiting to do full build. We were getting ready to build a house so I reluctantly decided to sell it a couple months ago. Since the world has gone bat**** crazy house plans might be on permanent hold. Last week I decided to do a driver build Roadkill Garage style with the help of my 8 yo son. The car was last registered and on the road in 1992.
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Re: 66 Chevelle Wagon Beater / Driver

Is that Aztec Bronze?

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Re: 66 Chevelle Wagon Beater / Driver

You say beater but I see a nice wagon under the dust. Nice color too!
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Is that Aztec Bronze?
Yes sir original paint

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You say beater but I see a nice wagon under the dust. Nice color too!
Its decent. Its got some rust issues but could be worse.
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This is what I am starting with
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Very nice. Damn you guys down south have it easy. 😃
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Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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First order of business was see if the motor was any good. It was stuck at first but I was able to break it free with a prybar against the starter. We pulled the plugs and squirted some 3 in 1 oil and rotated over several times.
We replaced the plugs, battery cables, battery and filed the points. Amazingly it fired right off with starting fluid. We drained the old gas out of the tank replaced all the rubber hoses and added a new filter. I poured 5 gallons of fuel in and with in minutes it was staying running with the new fuel in the tank.


Next order of business was the real axle seals and rear brakes. We drained the old nasty diff fluid and replaced the old axle seals and wheel cylinders that were internally rusted solid.
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Ordered a few goodies that showed up this week. Speedway disc brake kit and drop spindles.

I then started working on the most important part of the job. Figuring out stance and tire wheel combo. Its going to be a close fit but going to run a 275-60-15 in back. I trimmed the rear springs to get rid of the 4X4 look. I will probably end up coming down about 1 inch more but will wait to get the front back together and get it back on the ground and then I will find tune the ride height.
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Very nice. Damn you guys down south have it easy. 😃
LOL we can have our share of rust but nothing like Northern cars.

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LOL we can have our share of rust but nothing like Northern cars.
Yea, my 70 was a solid Michigan car. Only needed floors, quarters, inner/outer wheel houses, trunk floor and one door replaced.

Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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I'm liking that wagon a lot!

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I had a very similar wagon (64 Tempest) build when my kids were that age. I regretted later dropping the front end a little too low ( cut the front springs 1 coil) for what thats worth. See pic. Yours and mine started out very similar. I paid $500 to the guy that inherited it from the original owner. A/C car too. Now that wagon is in England.

That red wagon is so complete it'll look very nice in an original form. Very nice find and good luck. It doesnt appear that yours have the 3rd seat option but thats an interesting option in those cars...
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Yes sir original paint.

Nice - I haven't seen many AB wagons.

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I had a very similar wagon (64 Tempest) build when my kids were that age. I regretted later dropping the front end a little too low ( cut the front springs 1 coil) for what thats worth. See pic. Yours and mine started out very similar. I paid $500 to the guy that inherited it from the original owner. A/C car too. Now that wagon is in England.

That red wagon is so complete it'll look very nice in an original form. Very nice find and good luck. It doesnt appear that yours have the 3rd seat option but thats an interesting option in those cars...

I tried to go to that link but it says its not secure.
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Did not get near as much done as I wanted to today. The hardest thing about this is not letting project snowball happen. I have to remind myself I am not restoring a car just getting it on the road. I did wire brush the steering arms and added a quick coat of rustoleum. I started to assemble the brake and spindle assemblies only to discover the set up has 1/2 steering arm bolts. I carefully drilled the steering arm holes out to 1/2" and started to assemble that side. Well between the brakes being one brand and the spindles being another some of the hardware would not work. 2 bolts were too short.. I thought I would run up to Home Depot and pick some up. NOT!!

There was at least 100 people waiting to get in the store. No way in hell I was going to wait in that line to find out that didn't have what I need. I went back to the house and started drilling the other side steering arm. I found out it is slightly bent so going to have to find another one. 🙄 I pulled the leaking steering box and found out the rebuild kit I was sold for it is wrong. We put the booster on a couple times to get the rod length right and installed the master cly. That was about it for the day.
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