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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 8:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Guy with 72 Chevelle Rust bucket

Hey TC,
I just started working on my 72 Chevelle Malibu. It's a rust bucket. 47 years of paint and bondo. Patches riveted on. I dont think it has been on the road in 15 years. I intend to bring it back to life but by no means going for a show car.
I am an aircraft mechanic by education and a marine fabricator by choice. I do gelcoat and fiberglass repair as well as complete restoration and modification for a living.
I understand that I will have more money and labor into this car than I could ever get out. I have my wife's blessing to make it fast and loud. This is not her first fast car but it is mine.
I live in South Texas and today we had the first cold front of the season. So, I got to hacking the trunk floor out. Man, spot welds suck!!!
I see many high quality cars on here. I may be in the running for most ugly. I have a 454 I pulled out of an RV with 2000miles. It's a crate motor from early 2000's. Turbo400 transmission. I have 049 cast iron heads that I will be getting tuned up. I prefer Holley over Rochester.
After I replace the trunk and floor I will mainly focused on drivetrain, brakes suspension, and engine. My thought is to find a nice vehicle to swap all my quality parts. The previous owner ripped it all apart 10 years ago. I have parts in boxes. I'm going to get those 2" drop spindles. I might just do sheet metal dash. Nothing fancy. Primer black. Fast and rude.


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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Oct 12th, 19, 8:41 PM
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Re: New Guy with 72 Chevelle Rust bucket

Good work and welcome to Team Chevelle. For spot welds a spot weld cutter works wonders and leaves a clean cut to reweld to later.

Center punch the weld, drill a small pilot hole, then use the cutter at slow speed with cutting oil. If it's smoking, you're cutting too fast and will burn up cutters.

Now would be a good time to replace rearend bushings if they need replacing.

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Welcome to the site.

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Re: New Guy with 72 Chevelle Rust bucket

Thank you!
I have a spot weld cutter and it works great. I have hard time finding the spot welds even after wire brushing back to shiny metal. Those corners up at the package tray and wheel well is a whole other story.
After about 20 I started to refine my technique. Hit every spot with a 1/8 drill but, swap to the cutter, slowly and firmly sink that cutter in...after a few I mimic the pressure each time and can keep the depth just right. I grab the chisel and the sound they make as each ones snaps off is music to my ears!

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Welcome to TC, that there is a prime example of true flow-through ventilation....

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Welcome to Team Chevelle I'm not up on 2000 and newer 454's but I'm pretty sure they have roller cams which is a plus but you might want to do a search in either the "engine" or "performance" sections about putting 049 heads on the engine, it may need special or mkIV, gen V or gen VI head gaskets ??? but have fun that's what's important!


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I was just doing some work at my friends body shop and he introduced me to this 3M spotweld sander. By far the best tool I have used on spot welds. Belts last a long time and are cheap. Tool is expensive but it WORKS!
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Tighten it till it strips and back it off a quarter turn.
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Hey TC,
I just started working on my 72 Chevelle Malibu. It's a rust bucket. 47 years of paint and bondo. Patches riveted on. I dont think it has been on the road in 15 years. I intend to bring it back to life but by no means going for a show car.
I am an aircraft mechanic by education and a marine fabricator by choice. I do gelcoat and fiberglass repair as well as complete restoration and modification for a living.
I understand that I will have more money and labor into this car than I could ever get out. I have my wife's blessing to make it fast and loud. This is not her first fast car but it is mine.
I live in South Texas and today we had the first cold front of the season. So, I got to hacking the trunk floor out. Man, spot welds suck!!!
I see many high quality cars on here. I may be in the running for most ugly. I have a 454 I pulled out of an RV with 2000miles. It's a crate motor from early 2000's. Turbo400 transmission. I have 049 cast iron heads that I will be getting tuned up. I prefer Holley over Rochester.
After I replace the trunk and floor I will mainly focused on drivetrain, brakes suspension, and engine. My thought is to find a nice vehicle to swap all my quality parts. The previous owner ripped it all apart 10 years ago. I have parts in boxes. I'm going to get those 2" drop spindles. I might just do sheet metal dash. Nothing fancy. Primer black. Fast and rude.


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Welcome to the party lol.. Been there done that! Anxious to see another one brought back from beyond the dead. Mine hadn't been on the road in 26 years. I am also starting on a 66 C10 pickup that hasn't been on the road since 1982.

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Welcome to the party lol.. Been there done that! Anxious to see another one brought back from beyond the dead. Mine hadn't been on the road in 26 years. I am also starting on a 66 C10 pickup that hasn't been on the road since 1982.



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I will be following in your footsteps. I read your entire thread. My wife is thrilled of the possibility. She says I need work faster. I said You need to make more money. It's going to be a long road.
Cutting into the trunk I became overwhelmed of all the parts I need to replace. Then I realized only the entire rear of the car is rotted. My floor pan is rotter but not the rockers. I ordered an entire floor pan w/rockers and braces.
My doors front quarters, hood, cowl, firewall is in good shape. I have some rust holes around the rain gutters, front and rear windshield. I am thinking to shave the rain rails. That will make my body work easier in those areas.
I just ordered rubber bushings for the body but I plan to use polyurethane on any steering components. I cant stand too many topics from engine, suspension, and brakes....those guys have cars that drive!

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I will be following in your footsteps. I read your entire thread. My wife is thrilled of the possibility. She says I need work faster. I said You need to make more money. It's going to be a long road.
Cutting into the trunk I became overwhelmed of all the parts I need to replace. Then I realized only the entire rear of the car is rotted. My floor pan is rotter but not the rockers. I ordered an entire floor pan w/rockers and braces.
My doors front quarters, hood, cowl, firewall is in good shape. I have some rust holes around the rain gutters, front and rear windshield. I am thinking to shave the rain rails. That will make my body work easier in those areas.
I just ordered rubber bushings for the body but I plan to use polyurethane on any steering components. I cant stand too many topics from engine, suspension, and brakes....those guys have cars that drive!

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I replaced everything except the roof, cowl and rockers on mine. I shaved the rain gutters on mine as well. It is a long tedious process but it does look really nice when finished. I will be watching...

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