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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 13, 8:53 PM Thread Starter
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Convertible Progress Thread

OK, I've been working on this thing for a while, since 2006.

Here are a couple recent threads.

Pics are weird in this one
https://www.chevelles.com/forums/show...tible+progress

https://www.chevelles.com/forums/show...tible+progress

https://www.chevelles.com/forums/show...tible+progress

Here's a good summary I did for the Memphis Racing forums

http://www.memphisracing.com/forums/...oration-thread

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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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post #2 of 68 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 13, 8:57 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Convertible Progress Thread

Today I got the door skins mounted and the doors bolted up, and next I'm going to get the front fenders done. I hope to have it ready for paint in the fall. We have a full work schedule this summer including the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia recovery and conservation, during which I'll probably be on site for 6 months, so I don't know how much I'll get done.

Just as a brief thread drift, here's our report on the initial survey of the ironclad in 2003
http://sav-harbor.com/Cultural%20Res...ion_Report.pdf

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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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some back story:


[QUOTE=Andy69;11421]This project has been going on for a number of years now, but I thought a thread would be appropriate. I've owned the car since 1997. I bought it in Columbus, Ohio, and it's a former West Virginia car. Here it is in 1998, just after redoing the suspension with a kit from P-S-T and HD springs, and front power disc brakes.



This was I think the last time my daughter rode in it, it was spring 2006, iirc. I discovered in July of that year that it had a considerable amount of rust that made it unsafe so I decided to take it apart to fix it.



Example of the rust. Both floor braces are rusted through.



So, new floors and braces, and toe kicks, completed December 2006.

]

badly rusted trunk floor. someone along the way thought that filling holes with bondo fixed the rust.



The inner and outer wheelhouses were rusted pretty badly. At the time, the convertible WH panels were not reproduced, so I had to get a set of coupe panels, cut off the bottom part and section it on to the existing panels.





The quarter panels were brazed on patch panels, and of course warped because of the heat, so the person doing the work used bondo to make the panels straight. The result was over 1/2 thick in some places.



so, new quarters in 2007




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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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The usual cowl area repair. Again, at the time (2007), there were no repair panels available, so I made my own.



2008, pulled the body off to repair the front body mount boxes.

[/QUOTE]

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As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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The project was put on the shelf for a time in 2009 or so as I was traveling a lot for work and working on other things, including buying a new house and moving. The cars were left at the old house for over a year until we sold it as the new house did not have a garage, only a car port.

In fall of 2010 I lugged the frame over to the new house and started working on it.



It needed some repairs, not the least of which were rust-elongated mounting holes:




a couple of months of spare time and it was painted





picked up a nodular limited slip rear end from a 68 GTO with 3.55 gears from a buddy FOR FREE (just GET IT OUTA HERE!). It replaced the 2.89 peg leg that was in it.



decided to go the pro-touring route with the suspension build.



used the same engine and trans combo that I installed in 2005 - 330 hp 350 sbc backed by a 200-4r 4 speed auto with overdrive. The steering box is from a 1992 Caprice, it's got a way quicker ratio than stock.



building up the suspension. Boxed stock lower arms, UMI adjustable uppers, both with poly bushings, the Eibach ProKit lowering springs, stainless hardware where ever I can, and a Stage 2+ kit from SC&C for the front. The fully adjustable front upper a-arms and tall ball joints will eliminate the crappy suspension geometry that 60s and 70s GM cars are notorious for. I also have a C5 brake upgrade that I have yet to install due to having only 14 inch wheels as rollers.


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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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2011, getting the body squared away and the firewall primed and painted





Painted the underside with bedliner



and got the body back on the chassis, after 4+ years of being apart.





From 2010 to 2012, there was no garage at our new house. From 2010 to July of 2011, I was able to store the car and it's parts at our old house, which we had not yet sold.

The old place had a 20x24 garage which I had built in 2002.



In May of 2012, I was finally in a position to start construction on the new home for my cars - 24x40 garage, double the previous one.





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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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then I could get to work again, lining up the back panels and doing some finish metalwork.



As it stands right now, I'm in the process of stripping the remaining panels, priming them, and finishing some minor metal repairs. Once I get that done I need to reskin the doors and get all the panels lined up. Once that's done it's bodywork time - getting all the panels lined up and straight, spraying a sealer coat, then primer/surfacer, then blocking it straight. After that comes the color. I hope to have it ready for the spray booth by the fall of this year.

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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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update: fall deadline for color is looking iffy. I've got a busy summer. Kids and work come first, which is fine with me

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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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Very cool thread. Your progress is coming along real well.

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Looking good Andy. It's going to be like a fine wine when finished.

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I was a bit off on my guess on this post https://www.chevelles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=351311&highlight=convertible+prog ress
I said 2012 guess I better bump that up a few more years to 2020

I started with Nothing and still have All of Nothing!

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Nice project!

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Baaa. Looks like the fall goal of being ready for paint is shot to hell. I'll be supervising dive ops continuously between July 15th and Christmas, mostly out of town. Maybe I could bring a fender or two and my wire wheels and work on them in my spare time

The good news is that at least one of these out of town gigs is some pretty interesting stuff with national historical interest. You might see my ugly mug on CNN come November

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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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Wheres the current progress on this rusty heap, you slack ass sausage snapper

I started with Nothing and still have All of Nothing!

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OK, my goal for this winter is to get the rest of the sheet metal cleaned up and primed, and fit together, so that next spring I can start on the bodywork.

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Originally Posted by jpete, Dean, Derek69SS, hoffbug, rubadub, Grandsport, Thomas Jefferson, 1badss396, MEJ1990TM, and mrdjc99
As usual, Andy is right
If it doesn't fit, force it. If it breaks, it needed to be replaced anyway.

I have to keep reminding myself this isn't a Z16 convertible, Evening Orchid Camaro, or factory 1966 SS427 and get on with it.


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