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NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

I just picked up a 70 Chevelle for my 14 year old son for him and I to build he wants it to be Pro-Street I've done a few unabody cars but not a full chassis car.

To all the PS guys what are your thoughts [keep in mind 14 years old] but he is a good kid so far.What is out there four the Chevelle and what are his and my best options?Before you say Team Chevelle he has already joined up over there and will be searching and talking it over with some of those guys add gals...

I will post some picks later....Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 102 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 08, 01:32 PM
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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

VERY COOL!! My son is about the same age and could care less about cars.

A full frame car is going to be easier. Chevelles already can hold a lot of tire with minimum work. If it were me I would just notch the frame keep the 4 link the car came with just upgrade the control arms. When I say "notch" the frame I mean build a step into the frame to allow clearance for tires and axle. Should be failry cheap and easy. It's a much better foundation than a uni-body car.

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Check out S & W Race Cars inSpring City Pa. They sell a pre-welded frame kit that slips right up into the stock frame, is welded in place, and then the section of the old frame is cut out. Give them a call and they can explain it better.

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Check out S & W Race Cars inSpring City Pa. They sell a pre-welded frame kit that slips right up into the stock frame, is welded in place, and then the section of the old frame is cut out. Give them a call and they can explain it better.

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That is exactly what I was talking about. I didn't explain it very well though.

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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

Dave,

Sounds like a great project.

I have a friend with a 69 chevelle that is a older prostreet car. He cut out his factory rear frame rails and then added a 2 x 3 square channel across the 2 frame rails then added the factory frame rails to it so the frame was narrower. It is easier to do than our camaros.

But like Royce and Lou said there are easier kits now.

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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

Thanks for the input I think the first recomendation was for me to try and use the original equipment. The ladder bar set up will be more of an expence than we have right now with the goodmark parts and need a motor. He has to have a BBC too because the SBC looks lost in a Chevelle so my son says for the excuse to get the BBC I think.

Royce,is there any links on the web you know of that has any description on the best way to do this I think the stock suspension will be the best ride and I want to retain the back seat.

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Thanks for the input I think the first recomendation was for me to try and use the original equipment. The ladder bar set up will be more of an expence than we have right now with the goodmark parts and need a motor. He has to have a BBC too because the SBC looks lost in a Chevelle so my son says for the excuse to get the BBC I think.

Royce,is there any links on the web you know of that has any description on the best way to do this I think the stock suspension will be the best ride and I want to retain the back seat.
I don't know of any links but I would check the S&W website to see what the kit looks like. that should give you a pretty good idea. Also try doing a search for "tubbed Chevelle" I bet there is plebty of info out there.

When I saw what you wanted to do that is the first idea that popped into my head and that's how I would do it. Clean, simple, functional, and much less esxpensive.

I have to agree with your son on a BBC in a Chevelle and I am a SBC kind of guy. Certain cars just cry out for a BBC like the early Monte Carlos, you can almost fit 2 SBC under the hood.

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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

As you probably already figured out: The Performance forum on Team Chevelle should get all the BB info he will ever need (and then some). I have two back-halfed A-bodies in varying stages of project form:





Plus Old Blue runs a 305/50 street tire with some upgraded arms on the rear suspension:


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When do we get to see some pics?
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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

Hes out there now workin on it taking the front off hes happy as a kid in a candy store oh he is a kid.I just gave my buddy a list for all the sheet metal to order.I post some picks after that.Thanks for the intrest I think this is going to be fun.He is still not sure if he wants to back half it...

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Dave,
With your fabrication skills,that '70 Chevelle is gonna be as nice as your '69 Camaro. I think it would look good with the "Heavy Chevy" graphics on it!!

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I just picked up a 70 Chevelle for my 14 year old son for him and I to build he wants it to be Pro-Street I've done a few unabody cars but not a full chassis car.
I wish I had a Dad like you!

And it's your Birthday today as well...Happy Birthday there Dave!

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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

Thanks Joe for your thoughts and relpy and I think this project is gonna be more fun for me than him.He is realy keyed up about it.He is in Vo-Tech and cant wait till he gets into his body shop class.

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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

Here are some pics of my sons car I think it has potential.Check out this blog on this Chevelle how the fella narrowed his frame.
http://www.chevelles.com/forums/show...hlight=camcojb
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I think we are going to replace all the sheet metal except the roof,doors, rockers,and back panel....

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Re: NEW 70 Chevelle for Father Son project?

OK, ordered the sheet metal now looking at back halves.I looking for suggestions I like the S+W but its a little pricey but it retains mot of the floor.Here are our two choices.
http://www.swracecars.com/store/64-7...36=10-501.aspx
second:
http://stores.checkeredracing.com/Detail.bok?no=5

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