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post #1 of 76 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 13, 8:01 PM Thread Starter
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Getting back in the game. 67 Malibu

I don't know what I was thinking when I traded my first Malibu for a fishing boat about about 5 years ago, seemed like a good idea at the time, after all I owned it for almost 20 years, I wouldn't miss it right? Wrong.



It took more than 3 years of searching, eBay, Craigslist, online forums, Bargain news, etc. But I have found the cleanest 67 chevelle shell I have seen in 20 years, 64K miles 6 cylinder car tucked away in a garage from 1983-2013, trunk floor is original, 95% of the floor pans are too, original paint on the hood and drivers door, the rest of the car was sanded and primed where the paint had checked. Dash is mint in a plastic bag in my basement, along with the seats, all glass is mint (minus the windshield obviously) front fenders are 100% original and solid from top to bottom. The front inner fenders (not pictured) are also unmolested and not rusty. The doors have never been removed from the car and close like new, the original rally rims with beauty rings and center caps. Even the protecto plate, and original bill of sale as this is a one owner car. The passenger side quarter was replaced at one time and doesn't look to be very well done so that will need to be addressed, will probably just cut it off and replace. So it begins.....

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post #2 of 76 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 13, 8:45 PM
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Looks like a lot of fun, and a great start!!
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post #3 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 3rd, 13, 3:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well I wanted to get the car threw motor vehicle first before I started to do to much, I didn't want a surprise lien or a problem because it is an out of state vehicle that hasn't been registered in 30 years. I went and got temps for it the other day and then had to bring it to get VIN verification done, with that being done I will get a plate for it Tuesday. So today I started the tear-down. Didn't find any surpises, a few small areas of the floor need to be addressed but other than that, all the body mount mount bolts backed out fine, and only of the body mounts on the frame will need a little love with the welder.








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post #5 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 13, 3:30 PM Thread Starter
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I was able to finally get started on the shell today, 4 hours on a creeper with a needle scalier and 4 inch angle grinder with a wire cup wheel. All the old undercoat is gone, 2 spots I'll have to heat and scrape, looks like oil/undercoat mix, found a couple spots that I didn't know about that need to be repaired, the floor pan around the seat brace I new about, the front rocker area I did not. For the most part floor is super solid. Not a huge deal, going to need a couple patch panels for the floor though for the metal work, then I think I'll use the rust converting primer before spraying the underneath with SEM rust shield.




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post #6 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 13, 10:29 PM
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Awesome find cant wait to see more
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post #7 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 13, 5:54 PM Thread Starter
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I was cursing Mr Rusty Jones for the first hour or so because some spots were about a half inch thick, but then again every part that it covered had the factory Marina blue paint underneath it.
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post #8 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 13, 6:20 PM
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Wow great score! The floors look great!

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post #9 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 19th, 13, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Got a chance to spend a couple hours in the garage, got started cutting out the the section of the floor pans someone else had patched, which looked ok from the top but after stripping all the undercoat last weekend I saw how bad they really were. So out came the plasma cutter, grinder and spot weld cutter.

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The top section of the tunnel is still solid so that will stay, The hardest part was getting to all the spot welds on end where it meets the rocker but I was able to get them all and the rocker is solid and in good shape. I bought new brace and the pans for both sides and will cut out the sections I need and butt weld them in. Someone also replaced the ends on the front floor brace, but not really sure what they did with the body mount, it looks like they put in in upside down on top of the brace? Thats supposed to be a captured nut to accept a body bolt so I will be cutting those off after I finish the area I started tonight.

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post #10 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 13, 2:46 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't had to much time to work on it but been pickin away a few hours at night here and there, got the bad sections of the floor and the entire brace out, got one side all welded back in and the other side about half welded before I ran out of wire. Sprayed a coat of self etching primer over the drivers side to help with flash rust because not sure when I am able to get back on it, I hope to finish the other 500 spot welds on the passenger side after work tonight when I get some more wire for the welder. The only problem with workin on the car at midnight is if you run out of something your outta luck till the next day.


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Lookin' good.

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post #12 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 22nd, 13, 3:42 PM
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Wonderfull, keep the prics coming!
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post #13 of 76 (permalink) Old Feb 26th, 13, 8:39 PM Thread Starter
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Getting there little by little, still gotta get back underneath and take a flap wheel and grind all the welds flush, I smoothed them on the inside but didnt go crazy as I am going to dynamat the entire floor. Getting the repop floor brace to line up with the existing seat belt holes was also alot of fun.....


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post #14 of 76 (permalink) Old Mar 3rd, 13, 3:54 PM Thread Starter
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Well one thing I have learned is this stuff isnt as easy as it was 20 years ago, So when this popped up on craigslist a few towns over for a few hundred I couldn't pass it up. It was originally built for a 68 Camaro convertible rs/ss matching numbers car (absolutely gorgeous car) so I had to make a few modifications to get it to fit the chevelle, and I also added wheels, the previous owner said he took the wheels off and used them on another project. I had the 6 casters in the garage that were taken off the bottom of new meat coolers be installed at a grocery store my company was working at.





I gotta say these portable band saws are awesome, made quick work of the 3/16 wall 2 1/2 inch square tube and 3/8 plate.





Man was it nice to weld something besides sheet metal for a change, threw some .030 wire in the welder cranked it up.





Now with the rotisserie originally designed for a convertible, the center of gravity is not the same as my hard top, even though I can rotate the car by myself, it wants to keep spinning over and end up upside down. So I added a stop on the bottom with some 3/8 plate, it will let the car rotate in either direction to the point that is sitting in the pictures.




Im not sure if I will keep the rotisserie when I finish the car, so I didn't want to cut the mounts off that match up to a camaro body, someone will just have to cut off the pieces I welded to them.


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Nice score!

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