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Like another 68 enthusiast here it is now time for me to begin again and start where I left off restoring and correcting things on my 68!
I have owned the car since 1982 and got it from the original owners.
It was beat by the standards of the time.... when you could still get an original 6p Z28 4 speed car from less than 12k!
Not for me!





So I got this car and drove it until I was on one of the gulf Islands and played chicken with a Dump truck! He won...


My friend and I were heading for the last ferry to Vancouver and were moving pretty fast on a winding road when we slowed to make the sharp turn to the left when I saw headlights and a grill coming at me. He pushed my friend and I off the side of the road where it narrowed on the bend.
We slid down the embankment about 25 feet or so and we stopped. We got out to see the driver of the truck coming down to see if we were alright.
Turns out the driver of the truck was a cousin of my buddy!
He put a chain on us and pulled us out. I tried to turn it over and she started right up!
The drivers window wouldn't go up and down but it didn't break. We were fine and well the truck suffered nothing in the way of damage LOL!


We took off and made the ferry...only after the only cop on the Island came and gave me a ticket for not yielding and driving down the centre of a highway...
I went back and fought the charge and won! Noting the police car when it arrived had to drive down the centre of the highway because it was that narrow you had to!
I had my camera with me to take pics of the work we did on the car and so snapped one of the police car when it arrived!
The judge thought I was quite cheeky representing my self and showing the picture as evidence.
When the officer was questioned he was quite red faced and all charges were dropped and The road was ordered widened after that.
Perry mason would have been proud!
Oh by the way the cousin driving the dump truck... he got the contract to widen the road! Sort of a win win for all of us!


Except for my car


Note the holes I put in the door so I could pry the door panel out and roll the window up and down.
This is truly a Tank!
If I was in a newer car today and that happened, well we all know the outcome of that!
The car ran fine sort of but got me very odd looks every time I went to fill up as the holes looked like those from a shotgun... yes the local city cops pulled me over many times asking....why and so forth.
Time cam to pull it off the road.
However life happens and work changes. moving houses and different jobs the military and all those things combined made it difficult to work on it.


cars have come and gone for me but I kept this one under the radar.
I bought parts and stashed them away. every cheque I got I took some and bought what I could!
I went to my friend at the local GM dealer Wolfe Chev Olds and bought two brand new quarters still in the crates with the GM tags on them!
Next two new Fenders same thing new in the crates! well large cardboard boxes!





I look at the receipts and laugh at the cost compared to now!


After several moves and different people in my life. I married and we managed to get our own home and the car came to rest here where we live now.





On the trailer and as she sat till the frame came off foe the second time. You can see the difference in colours! The firewall being the original Grecian green and the respray from a Ford colour.
The previous owner worked for Ford.


The frame was stripped and all the parts that could be were powder coated and new bushings springs shocks etc were replaced and a disc brake conversion from a Camaro.


Then another break. The military took priority on this and in 2008 I had to take some time away from my work on the car and put my priorities elsewhere for a while.





Last bit of work I did on the car before this year was the bit of rot in floor. I replaced the rib floor support and cut the patches to fit and replaced where a body pad goes or not...
Hopefully with the assistance of me Nephew Kyle we will weld the patches in this long weekend!
Those are the patches.... and the Power seat brackets. I have yet to figure out if they the brackets are the correct ones for my power seat assembly...
I know I can count on the different persons here and the years of expertise that come with the Chevelle team!
 

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Welcome Casey. Are you going back original Grecia Green? I noticed the body color firewall and was going to ask if it's Canadian.... Until I realized as I was reading that you live in Canada, so now that seems obvious. Can't wait to see to your progress.

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Welcome Casey. Are you going back original Grecia Green? I noticed the body color firewall and was going to ask if it's Canadian.... Until I realized as I was reading that you live in Canada, so now that seems obvious. Can't wait to see to your progress.

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Hi Scott yes up here in the Great White North sweating LOL!
Thanks for the kind words and I really am looking forward to getting things done and making up for some lost time.


Yes I am going back to the original colour of the car, same as the firewall, and the white Vinyl top and parchment interior.
Once I get the welding done on the floors and seat brackets figured out I can start making some holes for power windows and floor shift console.
It was a bench seat 2 peed column shift Auto car.


We'll see how today goes. temperature is a nice 26C so Hot LOL and I am loaded with caffeine and ready to weld!


I have seen you posts on here as well and look forward to seeing how you make out with your car project as well!


Thank you again Scott
 

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welcome to the site;
i think i have own'd my 68 since 1982 also:)

Hi Vince


Thank you for your interest and it's a long time to own something when you think of things in todays terms...
Cars were never meant to stay in one place with one person for this long.
At least the manufacturers didn't think they would.


There's a little hoarder in all of us... Thankfully!

I'll have to look and see if you posted any pics of your car. Love to see it!


Casey
 

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Hi Vince


Thank you for your interest and it's a long time to own something when you think of things in todays terms...
Cars were never meant to stay in one place with one person for this long.
At least the manufacturers didn't think they would.


There's a little hoarder in all of us... Thankfully!

I'll have to look and see if you posted any pics of your car. Love to see it!


Casey
there are a few photos posted;
car has been thru many changes;
engines; colors; gears; transmissions;
kansas car sold in Cal.; i got it in southern AZ. very minor rust in front fender:thumbsup:

currently rocking with some patina>:)
 

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Just a quick update as I try to move along with the front end and body welding.
I did take the windshield out to see the rust damage and it is quite worse than originally thought.
I see the two parts of the dash and see the points where to dash and the cowl are spot welded um were spot welded LOL
Looks like a lot of repair to do so looking at a few options here. Go with a patch panel for the dash to cowl area although it looks like it may not be wide enough.
Total new dash and weld in new metal then a new cowl top panel and possibly cut the portion I need and weld to existing cowl so I am not removing the original Paint and interior code tag and drilling all those solid spot welds.


If anyone has done a patch for this and see's the picture it would sure help if they know whether the patch panel for the dash will have enough metal to fill that canyon of a hole?
It may be too thin to weld to also so... decisions decisions right?
 

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So after a lot of drilling out the spot welds and removing only the top part of the dash. I can see the rust in full bloom. It looks worse than it is on the inside.
I am going to cut the top of the cowl vent panel in 4 places across the car. I figure 4 short strong welds on good metal are better than taking the whole old panel off and drilling out more of those welds and then drilling more holes in the new panel and re welding it.
So I will cut the new panel down to fit the area removed.
I did the same for the dash by removing the top of the dash only and leaving the front panel where the glove box door goes etc.
With no AC I can do the same when that full dash panel comes in and use the top only thus welding only where people will not see and preserving the front of the original dash.
I am alright with welding but not the best when it comes to welding where it's going to be seen and cosmetic.
This should be easier than making a bunch of patches for the most part too.

I know it sounds like a lot of work and some may say just take the whole part out.
I know....but these are the patch panels they should be making so we have options.
Like the dash. before welding them together stop and make some like that and weld the top to your own!
Yes it's going to be tough to take the new dash panel apart but easier to drill the spot welds out while the part is out of the car than in it!
 

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Rust removed and the new parts were adapted to work for me.
I left as much original metal and welds as possible.
Data plate still in original place!
Dash is next and yes I will cut the new piece and use the parts I need.

It's going well and sometimes after a while of not having our hands as dirty with a pastime as we would like... we forget that our work is pretty damn good!
Good to get back into it... as we know when asked "How much time do we have...? Not very much"

Soon time to stoke the stove in the garage and do winter welding.
 

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Making some great progress. I, too, am a ‘68 fan. Mine is currently hibernating in the garage for the winter. It was a sad day when I had to park it for the season. But a great day, because, I finally have a car to park for the winter again. Loving the progress pictures. Keep them coming!
 

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Thanks Ghaasl
I appreciate the message and the year of Chevelle you have!
I will get to the next dash part soon after Remembrance day and all this is out of the way!
Then back at it!
 

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Got the time and weather to do some more work.Seat brackets welded in...Thank you to Kyle my Nephew who welds in his sleep...LOL
And got a seat stripped down to see what needs to be repaired. I am lucky these don't look too bad.
I'll finish the dash off soon and then lower the body back on the frame ready for body work.
Engine coming along nicely too. Hopefully I get the engine before the frame goes back under. I'd like to do the drive train while standing up rather than on my back!
That's my engine prior to the strip down and the latter pic is on the machining jig at the rebuild shop.
 

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I'm right there with you Casey. I'm replacing floor pans also. Only on a little bit larger scale. Good luck wanting to see how this turns out.
 

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Hi Lew
Hasn't seen the pavement since 1983.
I have been sitting on this for that long...waiting for time and of course ...the money.
I did manage to squirrel away parts all along the way so they were inexpensive when I look at the costs now.
Shoulda, coulda, and yes woulda bought more things to use now. Like interior pieces etc.
But it doesn't store well and well didn't have that kind of money...Mil pay is not that glamorous.
So looking forward to seeing it in one piece...Thinking my wife will be happy to not have to shimmy between the bumpers hanging in her laundry area!
 

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I'm right there with you Casey. I'm replacing floor pans also. Only on a little bit larger scale. Good luck wanting to see how this turns out.
Hi Chris
I feel like I am almost over the hard part... and that wasn't even that tough LOL
Love to see some pics of your car.
These hopefully give others inspiration to start or pick up where we left off.
This site has done that for me. Guys like you, Lew and Ben are all helpful at times when you sit and say I don't know why I started this.
You see someone else's car and see that you are not alone in the same dilemma at times and there is someone else who can walk you through it!
Great site and as I learn more and do more I sure hope to be able to share it with others.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.
 

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Hi Chris
I feel like I am almost over the hard part... and that wasn't even that tough LOL
Love to see some pics of your car.
These hopefully give others inspiration to start or pick up where we left off.
This site has done that for me. Guys like you, Lew and Ben are all helpful at times when you sit and say I don't know why I started this.
You see someone else's car and see that you are not alone in the same dilemma at times and there is someone else who can walk you through it!
Great site and as I learn more and do more I sure hope to be able to share it with others.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.
Well, You asked for it. Here it is! Enjoy. I still have a lot of work ahead of me. My last 2 cars I did took an average of 5 years to complete. Not so for this one....

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Chris...want to run the Border and come help me with my rear quarters?

I am leery about cutting the otter part of the quarters to get to the wheel well as I may screw the body shop up when they put the quarters on.
I don't think I am as qualified a welder as you are...LOL
My nephew is but again we have to stay away from other people...Ouch that hurts to say.

I may cut the rear part out that is toast anyway and do the repair from the behind where the quarter panel sits. can't hurt it any more than it already is.

Picture of the Bondo job on the lower drivers quarter. If you look through the hole you can just see the damaged part of the inner outside well just forward of that hole.

There's the hole next to the one on the quarter. It doesn't look like it's a rust hole either...It looks like it was cut to get to the inside lower rear quarter to hold the bondo from falling through the holes they were patching.
There is a little rust along the lower spot welds but the top of the wells look really good even along the seam. That is just the drivers side though...the passenger side is toast, well the outter one anyway. The inner may be okay but there is a ton of undercoating on them.
Time to get the heat gun out again....and scrape!

The last two pics are the pass. side. Another huge gaping hole and a rotted out lower portion of the trunk well.


:|

So Maybe I'll cut a little on the drivers rear quarter to see what condition the tops of the wheel wells look like.
 

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So sorry, No offense, not coming up during this time. Anyway, I lost my passport card after my trip to Revelstoke in my 5th gen Camaro a few years back. I know its in the house somewhere.
It will be very difficult to replace the outer wheelhouse with out removing a section of the quarter panel. If you have no intentions of replacing the quarter panel, leave it for the body shop.
 

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Hey Chris Kidding about coming to assist. LOL You have enough work ahead of you.
Thanks for the advice on the quarters etc. I wouldn't want to start something that they end up taking apart and taking more time. Time is money when it comes to them.
I have the original Quarters from GM but am thinking they could fetch quite a few bucks and all I really need are the lower panels anyway.


It was so nice out today thought I'd hang out the Laundry!
I got the seat pans separated from the springs today. Cleaned them up and gave them some primer.
Have to get back to the dash soon and get it finished up...But then the water tank in the house went for a crap so had to drop everything.

Pics are stock GM Fenders and quarters
Seat pan before and Fresh seat pan and springs drying in the tree.
 

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