Discussion in 'Members Restorations' started by gdrill, Jul 28, 2018.
Looks to be only minor rot. Pretty typical spots, easily fixed.
Yes it is very minor. The fact is, two owners ago, the guy did his own repairs. Good on him for having the ambition to do it. But, he only built exterior patches. The trunk extensions, really aren't too bad, but he did not repair them. The rockers, are a little more involved, but they are repairable. They need a few hours of work and they will be fine. Along with those repairs this car basically needs lower quarter patches in front and behind the wheelhouses and the back end will be great.
This is the sad reality that a lot of good cars faced. In our area, (Western Canada) it's no different. The odd one was spared the circle track fate or the demo derby fate. Some were used up as parts cars long ago, and some made it to drag race. At least the drag race cars had a chance at surviving, on a demo derby or circle track, their fate was sealed. And the very few left these days are either drivers, show cars, survivors or project cars. Find 'em and save 'em if you can is the way we do it these days............
Most of what we got here are slant sux A body cars. Nary a B or E body project car either.
Same here no A or B bodies, I seem to find a lot of E bodies still in decent shape.
Of course w slant sux cars your only buying the body anyways unless its a 74 up and your getting disc brakes, but if not M body brakes work.
I wish I had your motivation! Good job saving cars!
Thank you Sir. I do enjoy reviving these old girls. I also kind of think we are the last of the ones who will be doing it for the most part. The next gen is moving onto their favorite body / style that intrigues them. Much like the 32 Ford, the tastes and styles change with time.
Well, even if we are the last ones who will be fixing these up, they’ll still be getting fixed for a long time. I’m 24, so if I live till 75, at least a few will be getting fixed for another 50 years!
Well my friend, that I'm glad to hear! You are what we need. Many people your age don't have an interest in these cars. Fully understandable. But you will help to ensure that future generations see and appreciate them. Thanks for that.
My son is only 6 but has an interest in this stuff, so maybe it will carry on even further than that. We built our first model car together the other day. 1970 chevelle snap together. He loved it, wants to do another one. Maybe i will stop at hobby lobby and pick up another as a Christmas gift. They had a cool split window 63 vette. Not much in the way of mopar snap kits though :-(
He told his mom that he is going to fix cars when he grows up.
Muscle cars will never go out of style. Universal appeal across the ages. Thats why they are making new ones that look similar to the old ones, with even more horsepower and better street manners. Theres still young people out there tinkering with 30s, 40s, and 50s stuff that was built before their parents were even born. This old stuff is simple to work on and simple to understand, that is a big key to its universal appeal.
Matt, I'm glad he has interest. Hopefully it doesn't fade away to other things! OK, girls can work well with cars! I tugged another straggler home.......ya, I'm ill. It is a 67 Newport. Didn't run but it does now and quite nicely! It is a 383 auto, console car. A little bondo-ed up rust and a crappy vinyl top, but a good cruiser. I have a buddy who want's to buy it so it will move on quickly. Here is a video of it when I first fired it up.........
I would drive that. Sportsroof newport, automatic console car 383.
And another straggler found a new home. A guy drove from Calgary last week to see the Swinger. He bought it before he left. I delivered it to him today. It sounds like the plan will be 5.7ltr Hemi and a 42r. He didn't want the bench seat as he plans on modern comfortable buckets. I think the Swinger is getting updated! I love giving these old girls a new lease on life.
Nice. Man every time you do that it's chilly there. lol
LOL, it is Canada! 3deg C is pretty good for January though! And notice the lack of snow. I forgot to mention. On this trip I met the new owner of my old Scamp "Rex". He acquired him a month or two ago and we have been chatting since. I still had the original 318 under my bench so I delivered it to him to have. He is going to do a little bit of work to it and reinstall it between the inners! Here is a current pick of Rex, he looks just as happy as the last time I saw him!
Awesome stuff, George! And it's good to see ol' Rex is in good hands..............
Yes, Rex ended up with a great guy. He is already playing with things. First will be a 4bbl and some gears in the diff to spice it up a bit. Then next year he plans on building up some form of engine. Probably 350ish HP. Nothing crazy, just fun.
So with the 69 down the road, it was time to take on a bigger necessity. This 70 RT came to me in a trade a while back. It's a cool Challenger, and it's a purple one. But it has rust issues. The overall typical Challenger rust is average if not below. But the worst parts are the frame rails. The front rail ends at the T-bar cross-member were shot from the rusted cross-member. Not any more.
Then it was onto the rear passenger side. It had damage at the drop down curve at the front. I had a parts shell that donated the T-bar cross-member and this section of rail.The back ends still have swelling, but I likely will leave that for the next owner.
Whoever had the car before me had installed a 440 / 4 speed. Installed is a generous term. They hacked a huge hole into the frame to mount the ball stud. I cleaned that up and repaired the damage. I didn't get a before pic, but this is the chunk I cut out. I also repaired a hole in the roof from the vinyl top.
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