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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 5:20 PM Thread Starter
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Budget 71 Chevelle build

I finally decided to start a thread on my build. I'm almost two years in at this point but I still have a long way to go. This is my 1st time restoring a car.

This all started when I decided to ls swap my 96 Impala SS. After owning 3 diffrenent B-bodies I decided I wanted something smaller that had more of an aftermarket following, and that was similar enough to work on. I bought my first 71 Chevelle for $600, It was a complete rust bucket, but it was all there and it even ran. Here is a picture of that car.


After looking that car over and realizing it needed every panel replaced I decided to look for a better starting point I found this:
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 5:33 PM Thread Starter
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The 2nd car was alot better but I still ended up replacing both quarters, trunk floor, doors, cowl panel, cowl shoulders, and different parts of the floor. I went from this:


To this:
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Also at this time I decided that while I'm at it that I'm going to minitub the car with the abc performance kit, I widened the inner tubs with a 2 inch strip and cut them a little higher so that would clear the stock frame. This allowed me to install them on the stock frame. My biggest regret is that I didn't install a one piece trunk floor, I replaced the trunk floor and tail panel separately.

This was the first thing that I replaced on the car and at the time I didn't know about the one piece trunk floor, but it came out ok in the end.

Here's what I started with:



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Looking good. Keep up the great work.
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post #5 of 39 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 6:13 PM Thread Starter
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Now for the worst part of the car, the cowl. I savaged the cowl panel from the 1st Chevelle I bought, it was the only panel that I was able to reuse on my car. Here are some pictures from that job:



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Some more pictures:

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Now on to the good stuff, at first I bought an lq4 and was going to put a 4l60e behind it. I bought it and had it bored .030 over and re assembled with forged rods and pistons. I then decided that the car would be better with a 6 speed and I stumbled across a good deal for an ls2/t56 pull out from a 2006 gto.

I'm using the holley mounts that place the ls2 in the stock position and there 302-2 oil pan. For the tunnel, I'm using a tunnel cover from a 1st gen camaro and I fabbed the rest from 18 gauge sheet metal.


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And here's the tunnel:


And here it is with the finished floor covered in lizard skin.
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post #9 of 39 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 6:52 PM Thread Starter
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I found a deal on a rotiserrie on Craigslist and I used it to clean up the underside, epoxy prime, seam seal all the welds and coat the underside in raptor liner. I also coated the roof in lizard skin at this time.



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post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 6:59 PM Thread Starter
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It took me a year to get to this point, having a rust free body. Since I'm working out of my cramped two car garage, I had to build a body cart and put the car in storage so that I'd have room to work on the frame.

Ever seen a Chevelle on a 5x10 trailer?
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post #11 of 39 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 7:32 PM Thread Starter
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For the frame, I installed ABC Perfomance mini tub kit and HPI's frame bracing kit. UMI control arms, Viking Coilovers, C6 Z06 brakes with Kore 3 brackets and hubs, and hellwig sway bars.



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post #12 of 39 (permalink) Old May 10th, 17, 7:37 PM Thread Starter
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This is about where I'm at this point, I'm waiting on a driveshaft from Dennys and I still have some work to do on the exhaust and then I can put the body back on the frame. The wheels aren't final, there are some cheap rollers that I bought of Craigslist so that I could install the brakes. I plan on running a 20x12 in the back.
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You da man - great work great project...

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Here's a link to my 2014 Camaro SS donor to 70 Malibu restomod project:

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Great work. Very cool to see this come out of a 2 car garage.

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post #15 of 39 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 17, 7:43 PM Thread Starter
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Made a little progress last week, the body is back on the frame. I also ran the fuel lines, I went with Earl's vapor guard. I decided to do a 70 conversion as well.
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