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    Default 67 Chevelle Build

    Ive been meaning to start a build thread on my 67 Chevelle, so here goes. The first part of this thread will be catching up with about 9 months of progress. I casually looked for a nice 66 or 67 for several years, but hadn't had much luck. But in the summer of 2017, I came across this one on Craigslist. It's a really clean 67 Malibu that had buckets and a console automatic. The previous owner had it for 14 years. He had already replaced both full quarters, inner/outer wheelhouses, and repaired the package tray area. So, there wasnt any major rust repair that needs done. It came with a ton of new parts including all new interior pieces. It has a pretty mild 350 with a th350 trans and a high geared, open 10 bolt rearend.
    My goal is to make it a car that's both fun to drive, and comfortable. The plan as of right now is a big block with a tko600. It will still be a slow process since I will be do all the work myself in my shop as time allows. Heres some pictures of it when I brought it home and mocked up the trim and bumpers.


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    I had Quick Performance build a 9" with 3.89 gears and an Eaton truetrac. Built to handle 650 hp. I doubt I will be throwing that much power at it, but I do plan on having too much power for the 8.2" 10 bolt.*
    I also ordered Wilwood front and rear brakes. 14" 4 piston rear, 14" 6 piston front from MCB Parts (great people to do business with btw)
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    A few more pictures of the rearend
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    I went throught the instrument cluster and added aftermarket gauges from Shiftworks. Replaced or cleaned up every piece of the cluster I could. While this car will be a SS clone, I want to try to get as many of the small details correct. They aren't exact matches for the original guages, but they still look nice. Only a purist will know the difference. I also took the vent windows apart and replaced the rubber pieces. While I had them apart, I cleaned them up and repainted/polished them. They came out pretty nice I think.
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    Suspension will consist of ridetech level 2 full coilover setup with Detroit Speed rear chassis braces. Pic is apparently sideways?
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    Around Oct 2017 I started taking the car apart for paint. Before starting that process I put on a ABC Performance smooth firewall.
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    Next I shot the interior parts with some satin black
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    I used all Southern Polyurathanes products on this car from primers all the way to the color. It was my first time using their products, and I was very impressed with everything I used. A few pictures after stripping the car down and shooting the epoxy.
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    Back panel painted black
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    After many hours of blocking out high build, it was time for sealer and some color. Color is SPI red single stage
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    A few more pictures straight out of the booth.
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    Right after bringing it home from where I painted it.
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    I then cut it down with 1500 then 2000 grit and polished using the 3m Perfect-it three step polishing compounds on white/black/blue foam pads. The florescent lighting in these pictures gives a pinkish look for some reason. I don't treat any of my old automobiles like show cars, and this one will be no different. So I was happy with how it turned out for a car that will be driven alot.
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    I shot Lizard Skin sound and heat coating inside the trunk and on the inside of the quarters. I plan on spraying it on the inside of the floor pans later on also. I put Dynomat on the ceiling and inside the doors. Here's a shot of the trunk and a couple of pictures with the decklid and rear trim on.
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    Next up was putting the doors on. This ended up being much harder than it should have been. The original hinges needed rebuilt, but I got lazy and just ordered new aftermarket ones. I should have known better, the doors would not even come close to fitting with the new hinges. After comparing them to the originals, I seen why. The casting on the lower hinges is so far off its ridiculous, and the holes were way off on the top hinges as well. So I rebuilt the originals like I should have done to begin with, and the doors bolted up without issue. I'm sure I don't need to tell anyone here how frustrating repro parts can be.
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    Good looking car. Wish I had your paint skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJohn View Post
    Good looking car. Wish I had your paint skills.
    Thanks! I'm not sure how much skill i have, but I do have alot of patience. And to me, that's the key when it comes to painting.

    Some shots I took of the front suspension and brakes going on...
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    Nice build, Jonathan.

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    Looks great so far. What steering box are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZR1 View Post
    Nice build, Jonathan.
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by rixtrix1 View Post
    Looks great so far. What steering box are you using?
    It's a Jeep Grand Cherokee box. I put it on before I took the car apart, but I only got to put a few miles on it. I liked the way it felt MUCH better than the original box. We'll see how I like it once I get it on the road.

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