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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 18, 8:00 AM Thread Starter
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a boys dream comes true!

Hello all,
I'm Blake, and this is my dream come true. I've wanted a 67-69 chevelle since I was 7 years old and this 4th of July I made it happen. my background. I was an auto tech for 5 years after graduating high school I'm now an assistant engineer on commercial fishing boats on the bering sea. I'm 27 now.
the car well I've named her Rose after the song, up from the ashes grow the roses of success, from chitty chitty bang bang. i was homeless 3 years ago and had my drivers license suspended from age 21 till this past Monday(7/23)
She has a rebuilt 454, 4spd Muncie, gto rear end(411 posi) gto front disk swap. and that's all I know. I don't have any specifics as I'm still in Alaska fishing and I purchased her from a guy off Craigslist, no I'm not worried about getting ripped off.
I plan on running her in the 1/8mi as soon as I get home. the guy told me she's going to need a windshield(old and hazy, not cracked) and exhaust(hopefully just mufflers but not sure yet) otherwise mechanically sound. just needs interior and paint.
I do have a couple questions. I don't know the specs on the rear end but I plan on doing some long road trips with her. 411s no bueno for cruising speeds. do you guys think I'd be better off swapping out a used rear end from a junk yard till I rebuild the one I have in it with a different ring and pinion set. or just bite the bullet and get the ring and pinion set straight away? what gearing should I put in? it's going to be a daily/ cruiser. I want to upgrade the cam any suggestions? also any recommendations on a good aftermarket tbi system. back when I was a tech I specialized in rotaries and would take tbi Systems off of 454s and convert 70s era 13b mazda rotary engines to fuel injected. I see now there's lots of aftermarket systems to achieve the same thing. what's your guys experiences with these aftermarket systems? any and all advice much appreciated. happy to be here
Blake
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 27th, 18, 8:15 AM
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Re: a boys dream comes true!

Welcome to Team Chevelle and congrats on your new to you 68! as far as upgrades I'd drive & enjoy the car, get the feel of it then decide, congrats on getting in a better place in your life also and be careful out there I've watched Deadliest Catch


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thanks man. I plan on just driving her and enjoying it for awhile. I do typically take long road trips when I'm home and would like to be able to cruise above 60 without burning more fuel than a454 already does. maybe bigger rear tires to start with?
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Re: a boys dream comes true!

Welcome to the team Blake. Your 68 looks like a good start for a project car. I'm no expert, but as far as rear ends go, my 70 has 331 gears and I can cruise at 75 no problem. The 454 will drink about a gallon every 10 miles. I can still roast the tires if I want even from a rolling start. For the 1/8 mile, you may want more gear. Be careful while you're fishing so you can get home and enjoy that 68!

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Maybe an OD trans in the future? I'm thinking about Gear Vendors unit but $$$, sounds like the best way to go for me anyway though, I would drive it around a while and go from there
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welcome to the site ! congrats on the 68 looks like a awesome project ! as rick mentioned drive her around awhile before making decisions , imo a running project that you can drive while fixing her up is priceless ! there is a great amount of info on this site with lots of great members willing to share their chevelle knowledge .
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thanks for the fast replies guys. I live in Seattle but will be headed down to Portland with her for the weekly cruise in and drags weds nights. one of the nice things about my job, when I'm home I'm HOME, not worried about traffic, ect. also kind of nice. I don't have kids or any other real responsibilities so, well you can imagine what's going to happen with this car😁 I definitely feel lucky for finding a running driving machine. I was actually looking for nothing more than a rolling shell but for the same price I found this gem. not sure about etiquette regarding talking about price on here. but I got her for 9k! a steal imo. being of the drifting generation my real dream has always been to take an old 50's era 235 i6 bore and stroke it, throw on fuel injection and a couple turbos. that's still the long-term plan. I'm going to drive the hell out of the current set up. just a couple more weeks till i get home and finally get to meet her..... is this what an expecting father feels like!?
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Welcome aboard and enjoy your new toy


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I am a fan of 3:31 gears. That is what I would use if I were you.


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Welcome aboard Blake, have fun with the Chevelle.

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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 28th, 18, 12:40 AM
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when you get her home take alot of pics of damaged areas as well as the good and post them include a clear pic of the trim tag located on the firewall this will help to decode some of the original items your chevelle came with from the factory looks like from the pics shes gonna need some major TLC
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Re: a boys dream comes true!

Welcome Blake, to Team Chevelle.....

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When I thinks, I falls asleep.

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post #14 of 20 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 18, 3:40 AM Thread Starter
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I think we found a winner. might have to wait till next summer. but I really like the looks of the gear vendor unit. I'm into the sleeper look. all my money is going towards performance for the time being. ill make her pretty when I'm old and feel like towing a trailer behind my 86 Chevy work van. for now it's having fun driving my dream car

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Maybe an OD trans in the future? I'm thinking about Gear Vendors unit but $$$, sounds like the best way to go for me anyway though, I would drive it around a while and go from there
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well i picked her up last night. and I don't think I've ever been so happy. she runs great. drove 80 miles each way to get her so I got to know her pretty well on the hour and a half ride home. only issue mechanically is she can be pretty stubborn getting into 3rd. this is my first 4spd so I think it's just a bit of a learning curve, if I can't get the hang of it then ill adjust clutch linkage, it seems a little low to me. cosmetically she needs a lot. the paint is chipped with overspray and bondo, I love it! she's a driver which is exactly what I wanted. i don't have to stress about scratches or waxing. I really get to enjoy driving her and building the power plant I want then in a few years send her in for a body off painting. anyways I've got some driving to do. more pictures and posts to come.
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