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post #1 of 141 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 13, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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1970 Chevelle Restoration

Hey guys I have a project going on right now in my garage I thought I would share. I have been an automobile enthusiast for a long time and my hobby has grown over the years. My mistake was building a big garage and buying a lift and next thing you know I was taking things apart. I have a few projects going on right now but my newest one is a 1970 Chevelle convertible. I am actually doing this car for a friend of mine.

We picked the car up in December in Milwaulkee, Wi and below are the pictures of the car when it arrived in Danville, IN. Great initial photos aren't they??






The car made it to better climate 3 weeks ago here in Sarasota, FL
Here are the first shots of the Chevelle. The first fact I want to pass on is this is not a true SS car. Any of you guys who have looked for an SS car know you do pay quite a premium for one and quite frankly we did not see it as a necessity. I was more interested in finding the right car for the build and this car is destined to be a weekend driver. By luck I found a car who someone else with experience had started restoring. As you can see the car is barely in primer so there were no surprises as to what we were buying or how the work was performed......the guy did a really nice job. The Chevelle has a new floor pan, trunk pan, fenders, hood, and rear quarters. The doors are from an Arizona car. This car was appealing to the alternative......buying a unrestored car and then going through the process of discovery to find out what is hidden under all the paint. At least this is my theory........we are ready to take the car apart right now!

We are not trying to build a numbers matching historical restoration. Our intent is to build an SS clone which when done will virtually be a new car. We will be updating the suspension, installing some big brakes on all 4 corners, freshening up the 454 under the hood, and adding a killer set of wheels and tires. It should be a very cool car when we are done.







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post #2 of 141 (permalink) Old Feb 16th, 13, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Nice project! Can't wait to see more.

Danville's just up the road from me.


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Very cool, nice find!

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Great find indeed

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Looks like a great project. Look forward to progress pics.
I think I know the car as it was on the Milwaukee Craigslist for awhile. Was the seller's name Dave?

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post #7 of 141 (permalink) Old Feb 17th, 13, 7:17 PM Thread Starter
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Nice project! Can't wait to see more.

Danville's just up the road from me.
I grew up in Danville......well, I am not grown up yet but I got older there What town are you in?

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I think I know the car as it was on the Milwaukee Craigslist for awhile. Was the seller's name Dave?
I figured someone would notice the car on this forum as he had the car advertised everywhere!! It was on here, ebay, and some other places. We got it out just in time before the weather got bad
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I have a question. There appears to be a lot of activity on the tech forums on chevelles.com. Why is the projects & builds forum so weak? Unless I am missing something there is not much activity in this area. Just curious.
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I have a question. There appears to be a lot of activity on the tech forums on chevelles.com. Why is the projects & builds forum so weak? Unless I am missing something there is not much activity in this area. Just curious.

Bad economy?

Nice project, glad you saved her, good luck.

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I grew up in Danville......well, I am not grown up yet but I got older there What town are you in?
Lol, I hear that. Born, raised, and trying to escape Greencastle.


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post #11 of 141 (permalink) Old Feb 25th, 13, 9:05 PM Thread Starter
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Not much progress this past week but a little. A few too many irons in the fire around here but we will get our groove on with this car shortly. There is still some welding to complete under the body. As of today but not pictured the frame is completely stripped of suspension and rear end. I will be getting my courage up in the next week to sandblast the frame. Its a dirty job but someone has to do it.







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That is a pretty nice starting point, the car looks to be in good shape. What colors will it be when it's done?

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That is a pretty nice starting point, the car looks to be in good shape. What colors will it be when it's done?

I am doing this car for a good friend of mine. He wants it astro blue with a white top and white stripes. Interior will be white or blue.....I hope blue!! Here is the picture of a car on ebay and he liked the color. For now this is our direction.



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Nice project! Loving the Code 25 Astro Blue 70. Doing full off frame resto on original 70 Astro Blue now, going with black interior and stripes. Good Luck on your project.
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I will be getting my courage up in the next week to sandblast the frame. Its a dirty job but someone has to do it
After I finish the floor work I am doing on my 67 the frame is next, I was going to bring it to the local steel yard for blasting or wire wheel it myself and paint, but I called the powder coat guy near me just to check out the price, I was pleasantly surprised when he said, as long as there's no undercoat on the frame, he will sand blast, chemical dip clean and powder coat for 750, gloss or matte. Seems like a good deal.
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