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All the ones I have ordered never came with Jute....they like you better Wicked Larry

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Ha They knew , Don't mess with the Beast!!!



-- Edited by Spike on Monday 27th of March 2017 06:35:10 PM

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Spike wrote:

Ha They knew , Don't mess with the Beast!!!



-- Edited by Spike on Monday 27th of March 2017 06:35:10 PM


Don't mess with the Beast from Detroit

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Scored an amazing (never installed? we shall see) 68 300 bumper to replace my rusted/peeling one.

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it will be the best looking part on the car for a while!



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Wow great score! That seems like a very hard to find part these days. Congrats.

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Good things come to those who wait!! What a score!

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Very cool....I saw that listed on Craigslist....I am happy you snagged it, congrats

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oh yeah, my 454 & 4spd are now in the car, and I'm starting to get everything hooked up.

 

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Nice score on the Bumper and great progress on the project Ben keep it going!!!

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I like your style Ben :) "oh yeah, by the way the 454 and 4 speed are in the car too" hehe! Minor detail :)

Seriously though, that is awesome! Engine looks beatiful and that is very exciting that you'll be firing it up hopefully soon.

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I haven't been very good about updating this... but as of this week, its now a running driving car again!

The new motor is a beast... barely a blip on the throttle and its got the tires squealing and going sideways... Or as i like to say 'its stupid fast'. THis is probably the first motor/car where i've felt a real need to have good seat belts in it from day one as there is a real possibility of getting hurt in this! I'll be ordering color matched morris 3 point front belts shortly.

Still a lot of work to do just to make it safe for the roads outside of the neighborhood just yet- but getting close. 

The car has a power steering gear box, but no pump hooked up yet. I'm tossing around the idea of getting and running a manual steering box to go with the stripper theme of the car... It has manual disk brakes already... would be kinda neat to do a close ratio manual steering box as well.

Have not yet installed my new rear bumper yet, but it will be going on soon.

I finished restoring my "new" bucket seats

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A lot of scratch fab work went into fixing these seats up (probably more than most people would attempt with cores this bad!) but I'm a cheapass, and I do, do this work "semi" professionally, so i figured why the hell not. 

http://www.chevelles.com/forums/26-interiors/987634-worst-case-scenario-bucket-seat-rebuild.html

 

I'm very pleased with the color and grain match between the legendary ASH/Willow Gold and the original door panels. They are darn near a spot on match.

I have extra vinyl yardage to repair/replace the top rail on the door panels and rear sides which is cracked broken, so hopefully it does not look out of place against the mid/lower section which is still original & nice. Have gone quite a bit out of my way to save and re-use the 300 door panels.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Great job, love the sound and congrats on getting it driving! Quick note- unless you add a peterbuilt steering wheel or get hulk Hogan arms I don't know if manual, quick-ratio steering is a reality. Perhaps aftermarket?

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Very Nice Ben.....Legendary is a great company and deliver a great product...I have been using them for decades.

Your bucket seats look nice.....but I would have gone with a Bench Seat just as GM made her....Plain is Cool!

I am also in favor of a manual steering box.....again Plain is Cool! None of my cars have Power Steering Perhaps when I am really OLD.....I doubt it

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Thanks guys- I'm trying to stick with the 'if GM put a BB in a 68 300 series' theme...
Manual front disks, & Manual Trans already so manual steering may be a good fit as well.

"close ratio" manual boxes are available. They are 16:1 instead of 23:1 A friend of mine put one in his BBC powered 66 chevelle and I drove it a couple times.. was not horrible at low speeds, and quite responsive when driving.

I do have a stock manual box from a 67 sitting here, but I need to source a 68+ pitman arm and ragjoint for it. Lot of other priorities still ahead of it, but its slowly moving up the list and i'll eventually have to decide to add the missing power steering parts or go after the manual steering.

anyway, i'm just happy that I can hop in and fire it up and move it around now. Hopefully in a few weeks i'll be in a postion where i can drive it up to the saturday night cruise in a few miles from my house- if i can make that happen sometime in august, i'll be a happy camper.








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Cool! Congratulations on having it running and driving. Good choice on the Morris Classic 3 point belts. I think originality concessions to safety are certainly worth doing. As for the power steering, my Biscayne has it and I am glad that it does. I watch the guys with manly manual steering sweating and groaning as they wrestle with their cars. Maneuvering around cars show parking is so much easier and I have a faster ratio too. I admit to being one of the "old guys" Dan alludes to. biggrin

Looking forward to seeing pictures from your first cruise night.



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Ben great job on getting the Chevelle running and Wow on the refurbished seats. There's a whole lotta work on the inside of them, Fantastic job!!
Keep it going. Looking forward to seeing you make it to your cruse destination in August!!

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Just reading through this post . Very nice Post Sedan. nice work. that is going to be a great cruiser. I as well would have kept the bench seat.

It looks to be in very good shape. you have a gem there.


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Thanks for the compliments guys. I haven't made many updates here, so i'll catch ya'll backup...

Ran into some issues with the front disk swap the previous owner had done, which caused me to tear into the front suspension that he had redone...
After completely tearing apart the front suspension and redoing everything he had touched(it was quite frightening once i realized how bad things were that i drove it like it was at all!) i got it all back together and brakes & suspension are all good now.

Fabbed up a cover to close up the ginormous hole in the floor the PO put in for his shifter. No way to attach a boot to it as huge as it was... Got it done and the carpet installed. Eventually it will get gold carpet, but for now this black one came from a friends car who changed from 4spd to auto and was only a year or two old, so i can't complain.

 

Met my goals of being able to drive it up to the local cruise in... did a few hour long shakedown runs, and then drove it the hour to work, and home again.
Got stuck in a traffic jam at lunch and had to pull out & shut it down after crawling along for 20mins because it had reach 220degrees, but it was fine to go again once the temps dropped. Ran fine the whole way home.

I swapped out the crazy low rear springs (24.5" ground to lip) for a set of stock ones out of a friends 69. They Brought the rear end up 1.5" where i wanted it (26" ground to lip w/ 28" tall tires) but it introduced violent wheel hop any time the wheels spin (which is all the time)... So i need to get an angle finder on the driveline and the axle and figure out what is going on. Its not particularly tall in the back, so either something is horribly worn out and the taller stiffer springs exposed it, or something is way out of alignment and it may need adjustable uppers to correct.
We shall see.

I've started wetsanding the car, carefully taking the grey primer & green farm equipment paint off exposing the older gold paint below it. The primer comes off easy with 600-800 grit and polishes up real nice (see pic below). the green however is thick and tough and needs 340 to come off. Going to continue the work- if i can make it look halfway decent by removing the ugly paint i may keep it like that for a while.. but i'm kind of doubtful i can avoid burning through the gold enough to not ruin its looks (going for worn patina here, not show quality of course). Too bad the guy painted this gunk on it. would have looked fantastic with the gold. 

If not, my original plans are to do some basic bodywork on it- install some patches, block it, seal it and then wrap with vinyl in the spring.

Overall pretty happy with how everything has worked out so far. Not bad for a zero budget and zero time!
I'm still reassessing my project priorities for the winter & spring months so i can set some new goals. For now wetsanding is cheap



 



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Great job there Ben. Congrats on Making your goal of the show and getting the car on the road safe! Just a quick note those A body's are notorious for wheel hop with the way that the rear suspension is set up from the factory. There are solutions for them.Dick Miller and Edelbrock have "Stop Hop" upper control arm relocation brackets. I would stay away from The Moroso units-they raise the upper control arms up to high.Also on that paint removal I have found that Zep Purple Power works wonders. I wear gloves spray it on,keep it wet for about 10 minutes and scrub it with a red scotchbrite pad till the old paint is almost gone. Wet a soft cloth with the purple power and finish removing it with the cloth.Rinse it well with soap and water and your ready for your favorite polish. The purple power is strong but will not damage a factory baked on finish. Hope this helps with your daunting task of saving the factory painton your car. Fantastic progress!!



-- Edited by Spike on Thursday 5th of October 2017 06:46:20 PM

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Very cool car you got there

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