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post #1 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 07, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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In the Beginning - A 68 rises from the ashes

I thought I would cronicle the rebirth of this sad sack 68 , a SS / 4speed car with deluxe interior . Plans include a 6.0 LS engine , automatic tranny (TBD) , with a 9" rear w/Calvert Racing leafs and CalTracs , DSE minitubs , and all new sheetmetal .

In the beginning.....




And now , after a round with the plasma cutter .....










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post #2 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 07, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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...and her new clothes....



a shot of the engine mockup ...


I will be updating as the project proceeds , Terry
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Wow, good luck. You got yourself quite a project there.

http://s238.photobucket.com/albums/f...v132007038.jpg

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post #4 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 07, 04:08 PM
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Re: In the Beginning - A 68 rises from the ashes

WOW! and i didnt think it looked too bad i that first pic.

good luck, keep the pics coming.

Don't stop now!!!
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The slotted mags are way cool!

good luck with your project.....mine looked almost exactly like your about 6 months ago. Still workin' on it-
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I love projects like this.. I love your combination of plans.. I love it when they are upgraded like this, and I love it when a old car like this is saved from the crusher..
Don't crush em.. Restore em..
I'll be watching this one


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post #7 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 07, 05:30 PM
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Shims, don't forget the shims!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, I don't think you can strip it any furthur. A true re-birth. What is amazing is when they first built it, it only took hours. And they lined up the sheet metal in a few minutes. That always puts me away.

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I'm assuming your next step will be sandblasting then epoxy??

Also curious.. Do you have a completion goal??
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post #9 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 07, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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WOW , I'm amazed , first 5 responses to the thread and not a negative remark in them ! I think I'm going to like it here ! Seems like there's always one where they say " you can't do that " , " I don't think I'da done it like that " or " I've got a buddy that knows a guy that ......" LOL . BTW , YES , blasting and epoxy is the next step , I still have a few pieces to remove ( inner wheelwells , package tray panel , cowl outers , and floorboard / rest of trunk floor ) , but I think I'll wait untill after blasting to remove these because of moving the car in the current structural condition . As far as a completion goal , well ..... I kind of quit putting deadlines on myself , a year would be great , two years would be ok , besides , I'm in my element , I love this and it's my therapy . This is my 8th one in the last 20yrs and it's still fun ! Terry

These are a few pics of my last build



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post #10 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 07, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Forgot 1 thing , I bought all the sheetmetal from Firewheel Classics in Wiley , Texas , had everything I needed in stock . Great people to deal with , just called them , told them what I wanted , when I'd be there , hooked on to the car hauler and headed up there . I would highly recomend them to anyone and they will get all my business . Terry
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Forgot 1 thing , I bought all the sheetmetal from Firewheel Classics in Wiley , Texas , had everything I needed in stock . Great people to deal with , just called them , told them what I wanted , when I'd be there , hooked on to the car hauler and headed up there . I would highly recomend them to anyone and they will get all my business . Terry
Great people! I went there once to check it out and bought some POR15 while I was there. Went back 6 months later, and they remember me and my project!
Great people to deal with!!
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post #12 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 07, 08:00 AM
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Not to Hi-jack but I bought this car in April and worked on it on nights & weekends ,taking a month off not working on it at all because of the heat in August.

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post #13 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 07, 09:41 AM
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Out of curiosity, when you do a massive rebuild like this, what reference points do you use to hang the inner fenders, rear quarters etc. to make sure all the new sheet metal goes right where it is supposed to? I am pretty sure when the car was originally built, it was jigged together. Is the car built up with clecos with the frame on wheels so you can actually see it assembled before you start tacking and welding?

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post #14 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 07, 11:27 AM
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Wow great looking Nova. I've got a feeling the Camaro will turn out sweet based on that Nova. This post reminds me of the "Impressive metalwork" thread. I'll be following this one.

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post #15 of 1001 (permalink) Old Nov 23rd, 07, 11:36 AM
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Congats on saving it from the scrap heap, and i agree if it turns out like the chevy 2 it will be a beauty....
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