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Bought this car a couple weeks ago in a small area couple miles out of San Francisco. From what I've been told from my family and friends, I got very lucky as I got it for a decent price.

I told the man I bought it from, who's had it since the late 70's, that I would be taking a lot of photos to document my progress as he wanted to see the car live again as much as I do.

Plans:
Frame off Restoration. I do work as a sandblaster part time, other half is attending school, so I decided that with my job I am going to do a frame off. Powdercoat the frame, inner fender wells, radiator support, rear end, etc. Sandblasting the body and anything else.

My intentions are to put a 350 with a Turbo 350 Transmission in, although I have thought a lot about 200 - 700R, but again I have a while to go.

Keep it as close to factory look as possible, other than rims I am thinking 17' rallys to get a decent size disc brake in there.

So yeah, hopefully once this strange California rain goes away, I can finish stripping the grill assembly and remove all emblems / moldings before it's ready to get the body off at my shop.


This would be how it sat since, what the previous owner said, 1984. Once he took the motor out, it was destined to sit forever.


Just the Cowl tag. Reads 1964 Chevelle SS 283. Built in the last week of April in Van Nuys. Interior is black bucket seats with exterior being goldwood yellow (an SS only color) Drawing a blank on the options.


Another image of barn location, located in the middle of a ... you guessed it... once prune vineyard.


After pumping up the Ford tires, moving that out, and then trying to fill the Chevelle tires only to learn passenger brake was locked up and driver rear wouldn't hold, we finally managed to muscle it out to an area where it could then be winched.


Finished up the deal back at the orig. owner's house before taking the long drive home.


Thought this was pretty cool. Can't wait to drive back on it when it's done.



Looked a lot better after the power wash.


Location to start breaking down the car before towing back to the shop for the main body work.


Last photo of the interior when it was somewhat all together.

So that's all the photos I have right now. I'll be sure to get some more with the progress as time goes on.

Cheers,
Logan
 

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:thumbsup: looks like a nice project! You plan to keep it goldwood yellow I guess? Its a nice colour.
 

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looks like a nice project! You plan to keep it goldwood yellow I guess? Its a nice colour.
Yeah. If it was something else I wouldn't make it that color, but since it's an ss only color for that year and mine is factory I decided to do redo it that color.
 

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Excellent find!
These are getting harder to find in this condition.
I know you said the 66 is your dream car but trust me.. the 64 will grow on you. I used to only care about the 67.. Now I love the 64 to 67 models. Once I'm done with my 65 I'll find a 64.
Keep the classics alive.
 

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Excellent find!
These are getting harder to find in this condition.
I know you said the 66 is your dream car but trust me.. the 64 will grow on you. I used to only care about the 67.. Now I love the 64 to 67 models. Once I'm done with my 65 I'll find a 64.
Keep the classics alive.
lll upload the photo I took of the second 64 the owner had. Talk about terrible condition. It already has grown on me, although I'm not a huge fan of the "box" style (since I love the 66 sails and just overall curvature) it is slightly starting to grow with the more time I put into it
 

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Excellent find!
These are getting harder to find in this condition.
I know you said the 66 is your dream car but trust me.. the 64 will grow on you. I used to only care about the 67.. Now I love the 64 to 67 models. Once I'm done with my 65 I'll find a 64.
Keep the classics alive.

So this was the first car I looked at. Said it ran until 2001 when he sat it there from a leaky water pump, to which it sat. Originally the blue, painted green, and then rusted away to bring in that super rare 3 tone paint

Good luck, nice find.
Thank you very much :D
 

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Alright, so I've been working hard making, in my opinion, progress. This is gonna have a lot of photos, each with it's own sort of explanation, but anyway.


Started taking apart my bucket and rear seats. Got easier and easier with every seat, but still took a good amount of time.

Also, anyone know what use this block of wood has? It was in just one set of seats I had, most likely the pair.

Again, all the seats just taken apart.

Sand blasted and Powdercoated what I consider the worst seat, came out new. Luckily a majority of it was just surface rust, which blasts off easy.

Encountered a funny problem when I began to work on the front of the car. I opened it and was working fine, then went to lunch, came back and it opened like that. Oh well.
 

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Yes, I basically took all of it out the car and put it in the trunk, oh well.




Probably the funniest thing I've seen so far. They were like this on both sides. I called it a super rare 1 or 1 Chevy Nalibu SS.


Other than the battery tray, this is the worst rust spot on the car. Can't wait to patch it.
 

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Great project, nice 64's are getting harder to find. Love that color, my 64 Nova is going to be the same color.
Whats with the ugly green trunk?
 

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Great project, nice 64's are getting harder to find. Love that color, my 64 Nova is going to be the same color.
Whats with the ugly green trunk?
Yeah... So car is factory Goldwood Yellow, someone decided to paint it green, but then painted it back to yellow. That explains the green door jams and the green trunk lid. I actually called the owner who has a whole bunch of broken down 32 / 33 / 34 F word (The car manufacterer) and an actually cool 66 Plymouth satellite, but I called him back up and asked if he had an extra trunk lid and he said I could come get it any time.
 

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So first off, shame on me for not keeping up on this thread. Although I haven't finished the car, I've still made a decent amount of progress. All of the extra parts I've grabbed and taken off the car have since been sandblasted and powder coated. I've got all new Baer brakes, Hotchkis Steering / Suspension, and intend to shortly buy new axles, gears, a posi, and other things to re-build my rear end.

I've made a short little progress video not only documenting my progress, but also the state of the car now. Hopefully by the end of the month I can make another one with even more progress. You can check out the video here:
. Pardon the quality, I had to blur a plate and didn't want to waste time rendering something. Hopefully the next video will be full 1080p like this one was filmed in.

Side note: anyone know the factory rear axle length for a 10 bolt 8.2' rear? I've tried the assembly manual and can't seem to find a designated length. Sure, take my off and measure, but I'd like to buy before I start ripping things out. Also, I know the axles tend to slide around so length isn't super important when off by a just hair.

Thanks!
 

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Axles lenghts are listed in little different lenghts. 29 9/16 or 29 5/8 seems most common.
64 is one year only they have different spline vs the later years but you plan to change to posi anyway so should be no problem.
I like KA axles from Toms differentials.
http://www.tomsdifferentials.com/2011catalog/Pages133-150.pdf
 

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Axles lenghts are listed in little different lenghts. 29 9/16 or 29 5/8 seems most common.
64 is one year only they have different spline vs the later years but you plan to change to posi anyway so should be no problem.
I like KA axles from Toms differentials.
http://www.tomsdifferentials.com/2011catalog/Pages133-150.pdf
Thank you much. I did take a look at Tom's, but since I'm most likely going to put a Yukon Posi with 3.55's, I figured I'd just go for the Yukon Axles too.
 
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