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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 19, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

I brought home a 67 Malibu coupe driver about 8 months ago and have been slowly cleaning it up and learning more about it. Tonight, I noticed a peculiar hole in the driver's inner fender... that looks like a bullet hole! It is perfectly round and looks like something was punched through it with a lot of force. The backside of the hole has little 'flaps' of metal that were bent out radially.

Is this a factory hole? I can't imagine they would make a hole this crudely.

Also, there is a plastic wire-loom looking clip just north of the 'bullet' hole, also on the inner fender (see pic). Was this clip factory? The AIM does not appear to show it. It shows all wiring going to the front of the car hidden inside the fender.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 5th, 19, 11:38 PM
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Re: I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

Looks like the work of a really dull drill bit. The clip doesn't appear original.
Hey, the car is 52 years old, time for a lot of history. If only they could talk.

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Re: I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

Looks like somebody punched the hole for some reason
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old Dec 6th, 19, 10:56 AM
 
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These cars have alot of history, could be anything they went through....for example, back in 1983 I owned a '73 Pontiac Ventura Sprint, I was drinking beer one afternoon with my buddies and we were out at a gravel pit shooting bottles, eventually the Pontiac ended up with several holes in the fender, which at the time I thought was pretty cool being a 22 year old numbskull.......
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Looks like the work of a really dull drill bit.
Hey, the car is 52 years old, time for a lot of history. If only they could talk.
Agree with the dull drill bit, or a punch.

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Re: I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

That's NOT a bullet hole.

Besides, think about the angle the "bullet" would have had to travel. The hood of the car would have had to have been open and the flight path of the bullet would have been almost straight down. Likely didn't happen that way.
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It's hard to see in the picture, but the area around the hole is slightly indented, like an impact would create. So I'm doubting it was a dull drill bit (unless someone pounded it through with a hammer).

A hammer and punch is probably the most likely scenario. No drill bit? No problem. Just beat a hole in it (or, shoot a hole through it!).
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our auto teacher had a story about having a fuel pump go out on the road. they rigs some fuel line to a container with a fitting, guy pulled his gun out shot a hole thru the open hood. wallowed out the hole to run a fuel line thru and stuck the container on top of the hood to get down the road. jim

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Re: I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

I don't think it was a bullet due to the stretched metal around the hole. Also don't think it was a dull drill bit because on the exit side of the hole it appears as almost all the metal is still there, just distorted. A dull drill bit still pulverizes the metal as the hole is formed.
Maybe a tool someone was using or maybe some backyard mechanic maintenance gone bad.
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Drink lots of beer..check, pop open hood..check, pull gun out of back pocket and point at engine..check, pull trigger and really miss..check Now realize you shot the tire and don't have a spare check
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Re: I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

Looks more like an awl and a hammer job to me. Ask me how I know.

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Re: I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

I have a punch bit for my impact hammer that will make a hole like that as quick as you like and when you're done it has the appearance of a bullet hole
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Re: I think someone shot my Chevelle... No, seriously...

PIMA wouldn't start when my son wanted to parade around town after his wedding. I had the cans tied to it and everything. I really contemplated going into the house, load up a revolver, and put a 44mag hole in it! Gosh I was mad, so I can understand how it very well could be a bullet hole.

It doesn't look like a bullet hole in your inner fender though.

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