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So...my Grandfather, Dad and I ended up driving up to Oklahoma earlier this week and picking up a Chevelle that we have been chasing down for almost 2 years and bringing it home with us! Extremely excited because this car is actually the first car that I bought for myself! Anyways I thought I would start a thread specific for my car and I will try to document any changes/fixes I make to it. For now, it is starting out small and getting the car road ready so that I can drive it with some peace of mind. First step is getting new brake pads on the car, because right now, it pretty much has none. Ill take more pictures tomorrow when we get it out, cleaned up and looking its best. Got it in the garage and will be working on it heavily this weekend doing everything I can to make it better. Let me know what you guys think!

P.S. Name is subject to change and I am open for suggestions!



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Re: 1970 Chevelle (SR71 Black Bird)

That centre console has gotta go.
And the wheels need to be addressed.
And disc's upfront.

Real solid looking starting point.

Good luck.
Hahahaha agreed center console is ugly as hell. Again, got it home yesterday. It has discs up front and it really is a good starting point. Taking care of all the safety problems before I get down to the details of making it more comfortable and appealing. Thanks for checking it out though!

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I like this all blacked out look, I'm OK with the wheels. But that center console man, it's gotta go! I'm also not a fan of the steering wheel.
 
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Very nice starting point!, I agree with the console going bye bye, I think if it sat lower the wheels would look ok I'm not a big fan of those type wheels on chevelles though but that's just me I do like the gauges and "Blackie Lawless", lol. :thumbsup:
 

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Nice! I love Black cars (i've had several), though somewhat impractical people say. I agree to get the ass-end lower. And IMO, shiny black paint needs chrome bumpers for contrast. Give us pics of the motor! Good luck! (PS- what's in all those white jugs in the garage?LOL)
 

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I like this all blacked out look, I'm OK with the wheels. But that center console man, it's gotta go! I'm also not a fan of the steering wheel.
The good news is on the wheels that there is very little tread left on the tires so I have the option to change them soon. And yes, the steering wheel is kind of ugly, but not nearly as ugly as that center console! Im probably going to end up ripping that b**** out by the end of the day. It is only secured by gravity so it shouldn't be too hard.

congrats on the chevelle :thumbsup: new name blackie lawless :D
Blackie lawless...LOL! :noway: :laugh: :grin2:

Very nice starting point!, I agree with the console going bye bye, I think if it sat lower the wheels would look ok I'm not a big fan of those type wheels on chevelles though but that's just me I do like the gauges and "Blackie Lawless", lol. :thumbsup:
The wheels are completely the wrong wheels for the car. After further inspection, the front wheels actually have a spacer in them to make them fit...IMHO that is just a jury rigged way to get the car to work with the parts you have available. Most of the car looks like it was thrown together from bunches of different cars. And the wiring...Wow. Just wow. I have some work to do, but more than happy to do it.

Nice! I love Black cars (i've had several), though somewhat impractical people say. I agree to get the ass-end lower. And IMO, shiny black paint needs chrome bumpers for contrast. Give us pics of the motor! Good luck! (PS- what's in all those white jugs in the garage?LOL)
Unfortunately i don't think Blackie Lawless is going to stick, because I agree with you. There is such thing as too much black, and this car would look better with just a couple of hints of chrome at the very least. I have found some examples where it looks good without chrome, but they are few and far in between. As soon as I get it out of the garage, I will take more pictures. It's a little bit rainy here today so waiting for it to clear up.

PS- Also those pictures were taken at the house I bought it from. All the jugs were of whey protein and supplement powder from the supplement store he used to own. He was nice enough to give me some of the pre workout to try out called Psychotic. For the love of God, don't take a full scoop before your first workout!
 

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Well it's still a VERY good start to making it your car and how you want it to look, I started with a gutted 68 Malibu that looked like it was headed for the drag strip 10-20 yrs ago and then just stuck in a garage and forgot about, I had pics of mine when I bought it but they're in a computer that broke down, looked like some thing I seen in junk yards when I was younger so you did real well, have fun with your build! :thumbsup:
 

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I think I posted the ad from Craigslist on a different thread for this one. Hahahaha


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I think I posted the ad from Craigslist on a different thread for this one. Hahahaha


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I bought it from a guy off craigslist, but I knew the guy before and had already almost bought it from him about a year and a half ago. Then he garaged it for over a year and never drove it, so he put it back up for sale. This time for much lower than he did originally.
 

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I promise to post more pictures of the car when the sun comes out, but for now it has to sit in the garage...however I do have a small update! Grandfather let me raid his extra parts from the 56 Chevy he no longer has, so now I have all these nifty parts that may (or may not) be usable with the Chevelle. Regardless, they are now in my garage and I am going to try to make the most of them! As for the ones that are not usable, I will probably put them up for sale. Very nice billet parts in all the boxes.

I know pretty much for sure that the water pump assembly is not compatible with the LS design so if anyone is looking to buy it send me a PM.

For those who want to see the truck, I posted pictures on another thread here.

http://www.chevelles.com/forums/59-welcome-forum/970554-finally-have-ability-start-project-my-own.html
 

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Go with a traditional look of shiny wheels and bumpers...PLEASE!! Not a fan of this black stuff.
 

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Alright everyone, I got the brakes fixed (mostly) other than the brake lights stay on all the time. I found out that I am missing the brake pedal return spring and just ordered one off eBay. It was like $5, I probably way overpaid for it, but I still haven't found a local store around here that will have most of the parts I am looking for.

Anyways, heres a couple of pictures of the car as it sits now. (Sorry, I took off one of the headlight bezels to see why the headlights were crooked and spinning freely inside the bucket, thats why I tried to get a picture from the drivers side angle!) As I promised to Brownd3max I got more pictures of the engine bay. Sorry it took so long!

There are quite a few things that need to be addressed in the engine bay, including the fuel line that is preventing one of the coil packs from being bolted down. Slightly important to fix, just another thing on the list to figure out before I deem it road ready and try to get it to pass safety inspection.

I will post more about how the headlight progress is coming!
 

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As I posted before, the wiring in this car is a nightmare, and I am still trying to figure out how to fix it. I fixed the headlights today, as all of them were in the wrong locations, and the brackets were all in the wrong places, not to mention the original owner had the 2 prong headlights wired up to the 3 prong harness connector somehow, and vise versa. Unfortunately, it turned into a much more difficult fix, because the wires to wire it correctly are actually too short to just switch around and there it too much tension to plug in all of the connectors. I also think that the wire harness is hooked up incorrectly, but I am not sure. I want to find out for sure before I put it back together. Moral of the story is I NEED HELP!!

Can anyone post pictures of the headlights in the on, running lights (low beams on), then the high beam lights on? 3 seperate pictures would be great. When I turn on the center high beams, the outside lights dim to the low beams but I am not sure if this is correct. I need to look at the wiring to them more closely, but haven't been able to find anyone who runs through how the headlights should work while they are on the car, only how they should be installed. So far, I have been able to use the forums and youtube to solve my problems.

By the way, if anyone needs help I want to highly recommend Chris Craft on Youtube! He documents the build of his 1970 from start to finish in excruciatingly good detail. Do this man a favor and subscribe to his channel! If you can't do that at least give his videos a couple of likes!

Here is a link to his page!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWCI9gISfJFX1CwLqMiYKww/videos

Here is how my headlights are working now in picture order.
Running lights - Headlight switch pulled out one notch.
Low beams - Headlight switch pulled out to the second notch
High beams - Headlights switch pulled out to the second notch and pressed the high beam pedal.

When the inner high beams are on, should the outside high beams be on as well? Or should the outside lights switch to the low beams. Thanks!

P.S. How do I imbed pictures directly into the posts on the computer? Looks like it does it automatically from the phone, but I don't want pictures attaching as thumbnails all the time when I upload from the computer.
 

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Thanks to some extremely helpful advice from dlabooda, a well known member of these forums, I was able to get the wiring to the headlights all working properly. Now the high beams all work together, rather than the low beams running on the outside while the high beams are running in the center. I also stripped the black paint off the headlight brackets and got it back to its original chrome. Just a small step forward to getting a little bit of chrome back on this car!

Now all of the headlights are in the correct locations, and I also had to rewire the electric fan because it was not kicking on and the car was getting overheated. After ordering a new relay for the fan, I found out the problem as I was taking the old one out. The original builder had the power wire grounded! Unbelievable! Of course it won't turn on if you have both the GROUND and POWER wire running to a ground spot! MY GOODNESS FIGURE IT OUT!

Next I was having problems with the front running lights working. The turn signals worked fine, but the drivers side park light would not turn on under any circumstances, even if I got new bulbs. Each of the park light connectors was wired to 5 different crimp connectors and very poorly installed, and the ground was less than stellar. After rewiring each of them, I was still having issues. It turns out (Which I am sure everyone already knew except for me) that the bracket to hold the park light/front turn signals is actually the ground itself for that light. So the zip ties (Yes...it was held on by zip ties) that were holding the bracket in place were making for an inconsistent ground. Apparently they aren't made out of metal. Who knew?

Now I have all the wiring on the front end figured out, I took it out for a drive and brought it back in. The brake lights were staying on as I pulled it back into the garage. Needs a brake pedal return spring, so I ordered one. Then, randomly the drivers side brake light went out, but the running lights and turn signals were working fine. So I knew the bulb was not the issue, and in a recurring theme of events decided to look at the wiring. I was getting sick of the wiring to this car, it was driving me absolutely nuts. I pulled out the back seat, the drivers seat, and the carpet to find the wires that ran from the brake pedal to the back lights. After a little bit of research I found that the brake lights are directly connected to the turn signal lights by a white wire. After inspecting closer, and testing power to the wires, everything should have been working fine. Turns out (no pun intended) that the turn signal switch in the column is the problem, so now I have to take apart the steering column to figure out where the issue is. (I know it is the turn signal switch now because when I flicked it and touched the brake pedal the brake lights both came on.) 2 Days later, still running into issues with the wiring to the car, it is a complete disaster. But it is a work in progress, I guess this helps add to the fun of old cars huh?

Anyways, I hope to post more pictures soon, had to take out the door latches because they needed to be replaced or cleaned up. I got replacement door lock mechanisms (which they forgot to send me the installation screws for) for it and they seem to work well other than the fact that the outside door handle button is not long enough to reach the internal flange to activate the door switch. I tried to bend it so that it was straight and without any luck I ended up screwing up the rod. First thing so far that I haven't been able to salvage as part of my screw ups with the parts I already had, so I ordered new push buttons on eBay that should be in by the end of this week. Then I plan to get it all put back together and take some more pictures for everyone! Took out the ****ty center console because it was ugly as hell and found out that it was just used to hide all the terrible wiring internally. UGHHHHH rewiring the car is going to be the death of me!

Please let me know if you see any bright sides to my story so far, I would love to hear them!
 

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Just a quick update while I am waiting for some parts to come in, here is the wiring disaster that I have been talking about. I took out the ugly center console and found out what exactly I was getting myself into. On the bright side...at least the carpet is nice! I'll post some more pics when it is looking a little bit nicer...
 

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i know the wiring can be a real pain looks like a kitty with a yarn ball under there :D take your time clean up the mess once its tucked in nice you are gonna know this cars wiring very well that a big plus ! sucks that someone made a hack job of the wiring
 

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i know the wiring can be a real pain looks like a kitty with a yarn ball under there :D take your time clean up the mess once its tucked in nice you are gonna know this cars wiring very well that a big plus ! sucks that someone made a hack job of the wiring
Luckily I got nothing but time! Haha but yeah it's gonna be a real beating. I already redid the wiring on the front end of the car with the lights and such electric so I guess it was just a matter of time before I made my way inside the car. I'm glad I decided to pull out that console though! The whole computer system for the LS motor was just sitting there! Not mounted to anything, only being held in place by the wires it was hanging off of. Really disappointed that the builder didn't take just a little more pride in his work though.
 
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