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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 13, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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My 1968 So Cal restoration

I will begin with the history of the car.
My father in law bought the car in 1970 and drove it for almost 20 years. My wife then got the car and drove it for a few years. The car started having issues and it got parked. There it sat for the next 20 something years.
I convinced the wife it should spend some time in our garage and get restored. So a few months ago we dug it out and relocated it into our garage.
The best part is, it's completely rust free. It's always been a Southern California car and spent those 20 something years in a garage.
It is a 6 cylinder PG standard car in grotto blue.
I've already begun the resto. I've had the subframe powder coated and am waiting for the front suspension components to show up.
I've sold the powerglide and the 250 and plan on putting in a built small block 350 with a 700r4. Changing from a column shifter to a console shifter.
I also plan on pretty much replacing everything on the car. Wiring, brake lines, fuel lines etc...
Any advice or comments are welcome. Thank you.
And yes I will be posting pics as I go.
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post #2 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 13, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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The day I got her home.
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post #3 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 13, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Sheetmetal off and the undercarriage all cleaned up.
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post #4 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 13, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Firewall all cleaned up and painted. Waiting for the subframe to get back from powdercoating.
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post #5 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 8th, 13, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Front end going back together.
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post #6 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 13, 12:01 AM
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Welcome to TC! Looks like a fun project and that you have already made a good start. My advice would be to sit down and think about the whole project and what will be required so you do not have to redo things later in the process.

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post #7 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 13, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I have seen that advice several times here. I have put a pretty good list together of the direction I want to go and what I will need. I'm trying to avoid doing things twice.
Now I just need some free time and money.
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Grotto blue is a great color. Are you going to keep it that color? Is it a Los Angeles built car? Looks like a great start, keep up the good work and keep the pictures coming!
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post #9 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 13, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Grotto blue is a great color. Are you going to keep it that color? Is it a Los Angeles built car? Looks like a great start, keep up the good work and keep the pictures coming!
Thanks.
Yes it's a Van Nuys built car. The plant was less than 10 miles from where I live. That is before it was turned into a shopping center.
Definitely keeping it grotto blue, maybe add a bumble bee stripe or some z28 stripes. Not sure yet.
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Great color and great story...I will be watching..

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post #11 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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The front suspension goodies have started to arrive.
Got the coilovers, swaybar and LCA's.
Just waiting on the UCA's to show up.

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LCA and spindles. I just cleaned up the stock ones
and clear coated them.

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post #13 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 17th, 13, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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If you've never used Evaporust you should.
Here's a before and after pic.

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post #14 of 48 (permalink) Old Oct 30th, 13, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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I got the front suspension installed. Here's a few pics.

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