Yea! The mower broke this weekend. Why am I so excited? It gave me some time to do some major work on the car. Set the hood on the car and lucky me... no gaps.
Also installed the floor shifter. Instructions from an old copy of Chevelle Report was right on the mark. The console needed a coat of Landau Black. Powder coated the plate under the indicator bezel so that it holds up better than paint.
It won't be long and I'll be taking a spin around the neigborhood.
It has been 8 years in the works and my 1970 Chevelle is starting to come together. Here are few of the most recent pictures of her. (By the way... Thats not me in the picture. That's my son Ben. He helped me eat freezee Pops during the reassembly.
The interior is in. Hung the rear door panels, put in the rear seat, laid the carpet, put in the console and mounted the bucket seats. Beware the Reproduction bucket seat brackets. The distance between the bolt holes on each bracket was about a 1/4" to small. Had to do a little modification to get them to work.
Also won the battle of the deck lid springs. one was broken when I got the car so I removed the other during the blasting process. It was a job getting them back in. There were a couple times when I had to walk away but I pulled it off. I had asked around to see if anyone knew how and found little help. If you need to do this yourself drop me an email and I will fill you in.
Need to put some fluid in the brake lines and put in the drive shaft and she should be able to leave the garage under her own power!
I was preparing to tell you that I had completed the body work on the doors, got them in primer and hung the front clip... But now I have even better news. I have to pull them back off again.
So your wondering why that is good news? Well I landed a 454.
It's a fresh rebuild in need of a cam and a little freshing up. It was always one of my long range plans to replace the 350, just didn't think it would happen before I got the car done. It was one of those deals that I just couldn't pass up.
Also found a local guy who was parting out a Chevelle that had a 12 Bolt Posi. I had to bring that home too. Yes... some gears, a decent torque converter and the big block and there should be a couple burnouts in my future.
Ron at Dietz Auto Repair http://www.dietzauto.com/ picked up the Chevelle. He will be finishing the body work and paint at his shop over the next couple weeks. I have seen some of the cars that his bodyman Joe finished and the work is top notch. I don't think that he has used a gallon of bondo since they delivered his paint booth in the spring. Will post some pictures as the work progresses.
I put the big block on hold for right now. In hopes that I will be able to take it out a couple times this fall. Figure the 454 will be a good winter project.
Thats it. The car is in the booth. It won't be long now.
These guys are top notch!!! http://www.dietzauto.com/
Well the 454 is back together and waiting to be dropped in. Also have the 12 bolt in respectable condition.
Just waiting for an opportunity to put it on the lift at my friends shop to do the swap.
Just in time for these crazy gas prices. Oh well.