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post #16 of 499 (permalink) Old Sep 15th, 15, 12:17 PM
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Re: 65 SS Chitvelle - My PT attempt

Wow where did you get all that energy Dan?! What a great start, I'm jeolous. I guess I don't need to feel too bad, you waited 15 years to get at it,, I'm at 8 years and counting! LOL,, mine has been a driver all along but still needs a frame off.
Boy someone really whacked that passenger side front! Like a box of chocolates man, ya never know what you'll find when you bite into these old rides. How was your frame horns? How did it get so much of an impact there and not cause the cowl to buckle? Guess you got lucky.
Great project and a big thanks for sharing, it encourages all of us still on the fence about tackling that tuff nut to crack. Here's to ya, I think you will need a few

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Nothing redneck about that at all man..I can't count how many bodies I have taken off with engine hoists, jacks and 4x4 blocks, we do what we have to do. I finally broke down and bought a lift and now I'm spoiled

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yankee- The horns look okay, there are definitely some change marks where it was stretched and straightened at some point. Also the back area behind the rear wheels is stamped with a different vin. So I am guessing it had a tough life long before me. I see yellow paint, I see maroon paint, and I see the red that it is now.

Mike- I was spoiled with my fathers old shop. We didn't have a lift, but we did have a pit. It was an old train garage, so it was BIG. But compared to no garage, I am happy with this one.
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Yankee- You mean like this?

Although I know Aaron wouldn't approve of such a plain jane beer.

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Here was some frame rot which I needed to take care of. It was in the same place on both sides of the car. Right below the front of the doors.







And through the repairs...











Driver side-



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Next was the body mount areas as most of them were corroding away.







Had to weld in a cross piece to be able to use a hole saw to cut the holes out to be big enough for a washer to fit. But first had to also hole saw out the middle of the washer to get to be the correct diameter. By the end I probably should have just bought the set, but one of those pride things I guess.







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I feel lucky that my frame was in such good shape when I started.

One piece at a time and sticking with it seems to be paying off here.

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Rob-

Stick with me, it is looking better I swear.
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Since I am such a wimp and love to park my truck in the garage for the winter, and I felt like it was a little bit much to ask my wife to park outside all winter as well just so I could continue to work on a 15 year old project...I had to button the car back up and roll it out into the new temp garage. Good thing I did, as we had record snow fall here and ended with about 120 inches. So I guess it was a good move.

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So that brings me up to 2015...time to separate the body and frame again. I had already cleaned the whole frame with a braided wire wheel and it looked pretty good. But as with all of us, we just have to do things twice...so this summer I got to work sand blasting the whole frame. It came out looking great, but like Mike said in his thread, the biggest frustration was the stupid blaster getting clogged. I spent most of the time cleaning and restarting. But the big compressor was great.



You can see I have done the far side in this picture:



And most of it completed. Didn't do the front suspension because I knew I was going to replace it, and didn't do over the rear wheels cause I knew I was going to be cutting them up.

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Now it was time to start boxing in the frame. I prepped it with POR15 solvent and painted it with POR15. I masked the edges so I could still weld and not have to grind it back off, but I wanted to get at least one coat of POR inside the frame before closing it in. I had ordered the gloss black...if I were to do it again, probably would have gone with a semi gloss, but it sure does shine!

Here is the ABC performance frame boxing kit.



And here are some picture of the painting and boxing in of the rails.







And the back half:



My welds are looking better-



And you can pick on me for the zebra paint job. I wanted to get things painted inside the frame but wasn't ready to do the front suspension yet and wanted to keep it as a roller. And I knew the narrowing was coming next so no need to paint over the rear wheels...but it does look funny.



But in the end, I was very pleased with how it came out so far. The POR15 paint comes out great.

And one last one of a little helper I had rolling around.

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Great progress!!

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Almost caught up to present day. I probably have lost about half the people who started reading, but maybe there will be a picture that someone can use to understand an issue they are having.

I had been stuck in the mud and paralyzed to an extent with trying to figure out which suspension set up to go with. I always had links up to Detroit Speed, UMI, Ride Tech, ABC Performance, and others which would pop into my head. The same was going for brakes...and still is a little bit.

Finally a couple calls to Tony at ABC and I was sold. We ordered up the front suspension and the narrowing kit and mini tubs. Next will be the rear end as I am not sticking with the 10 bolt 3.08 rear end anymore.

Also Aaron was gracious enough to send me over a set of tires to test fit. Like I said before, I love this community. Pay it forward. I will do what I can for others when that time comes. Thank you Aaron.

All of this came the same day, there were boxes and tires everywhere.



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So over this last weekend I was able to get the framing set up and the front and rear suspension taken off. Welded on the angle iron after grinding off my nice new POR paint job....did I mention I love doing things twice?



I was even safe and used a spring compressor for the front suspension.



Anyone want a 10 bolt rear end? Right now it is adding to the property value of the neighborhood.





Showing how much room there is now from inside of tire to frame:





Frame prep and measuring-





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And finally up to date- Just finished cutting up the passenger side frame tonight.
















And yes, sparks do burn my feet...

And this one last one is from the plate you weld in across the frame on the inside where the spring usually passes.

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