Re: 1969 Chevelle found in Grandpa's granary
WOW. can't believe all the guys saying frame off this and frame off that. That's a quick way to get upside down on that car in a hurry. First, the body looks solid, but how are the floors, frame, and trunk floor? If those are in good shape, then leave the body on the frame, why spend money if you don't have to? As for that 307 engine in there? don't bother wasting time, money, and energy on getting it running. That engine isn't worth even trying to get it running. Whatever you decide to do, is your choice. If you want to make it look like an SS and go SS clone route, that's cool, if you want the sleeper grandpa look, that's cool too. I wouldn't even bother painting it!! I myself would either stick a big block with a better transmission and 12 bolt posi rear end in it, or i'd to a LS conversion with fuel injection and overdrive transmission, and maybe aftermarket air conditioning.
Not sure what your abilities are with cars, but the more work you can do in house, either yourself, or friends and family helping that know what they're doing is the cheapest, albeit sometimes slowest route. I'd start with making a list of what the car absolutely NEEDS, like all glass replaced, tail lights, head lights, stuff the car cannot be on the road without. Then do your homework on different options. You're going to be gutting out the interior too, to get rid of the varmint mess, and smell. Wear gloves, and a respirator so you don't get sick from the crap in there! you may actually want to replace the headliner before having the front and rear windows installed. Everything for that car's interior is available. There are multiple web forums that discuss LS conversions on any car, especially these. There are also guys on here that have converted them. There are multiple engine combinations you can go with, small block, big block, etc. That car is a blank slate, a fresh canvas ready to be made into whatever you want it to be! Cars very clean and cool though, and well worth saving! Good luck!