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Old 11-11-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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My Wifes 69 coupe.

This is my Brides 69 454 4 speed, more pics to come later.
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Started the strip down for inside clean up or change.

And the back, the rest of the pics are crap is they were taken in the shed with to much light outside, but here is the back, not to keen on the tail lights :?
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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This might seam quick, but i am copy and pasting till i get up to recent. I try to do about 4hours a week on it once i get the kids to bed and the bride is still at work 3 nights.

When we got the car the bloke told us the motor was rebuilt :shock:
And he and the machanic both could not get it running correct, he said he thinks the timing was out by a tooth on the timing gear :cry:
It would run but popping badly out the passenger side exaust. On the weekend I took the plugs out and the tops of the pistons were still clean EG no carbon build up on top, the passenger side plugs were old and black so 4 new plugs as the drivers side were new. He told me he changed the drivers side. So changed them and it still did not run correct. Checked the points and they forgot to tighten up the dizzy, runs like a charm :<> :<>

Picked up a set of brand new polished S/S side pipes, payed for the today and should be here bye the end of the week.
Got the chassis paint kit for it last Friday, going with http://www.kbs-coatings.com.au/kbs-chassis-coater-kit
it is supposed to be as good as POR-15 but made in Australia. There is one clip on youtube of the bloke putting 1 coat of the KBS then a piece of fibreglass cloth then 1 more coat :shock: " apperently" it works great on steel floors :shock: :?
this weekends job is to clean under neath (chassis) and give it a coat before i put the pipes on.
Then pull the steering ram of and send it away to someone in Brisvagas somewhere to get rebuilt.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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Well I started to get the chassis ready to paint, then thought i would only be painting half the chassis? So the body is nearly ready to lift .

After about an hour today, my mate ,my 7yearold son and myself had the body sitting on the box trailer and a good looking chassis with NO rust

Chassis with the body just taken of and a pressure clean.





Not so rusty corners :-)
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:11 PM   #4
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After Sat morning, 1 wire wheel and 1 grinder the chassis is stripped (even the new paint in the pic above) and ready for step 1 of the KBS coatings system.

Step 1. marine clean, this is a industrail strength degreaser. had to keep it wet for 20min just a light spray then work it then mist spray it.

Step 2. Rust blast keep this out of your lungs (hey steve it might help loosen all that nicotine in the lungs ) with this i just sprayed this on and wiped it over with a scourer and hosed it all of.

it is now back in the shed and will take the A arms and rear end out and paint it all hopfully this week.
i will post some pics later.

After the body was of it was time for the chasis strip down.
Engine out.



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Old 11-11-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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Then it was outside for the clean with the wire wheel on the grinder. Then the step 1 as i mentioned before.


Then it was time for step 2.



This is a close up and it should look like this.
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Old 11-11-2012, 06:14 PM   #6
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Draining the water out before it goes back in side for final strip down.


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Old 11-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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This is where i am up to.

Next up was the painting.


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Looks like a ton of work, very impressive so far.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:46 PM   #9
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"Well I started to get the chassis ready to paint, then thought i would only be painting half the chassis? So the body is nearly ready to lift ."

And these are the last words many of us have said prior to a full blown restoration!
I think mine were something like.....
"I can't wait to finish these front brakes so I start to drive this thing"
4 years later and I was driving. Now it's been 5 years since I finished and couldn't be happier. Well I could have been if the body work and paint would have been done properly the first time but those imperfections will be corrected this Winter.
The one thing you may want to consider is the installation of a 5 speed. There will never be a better time to do it than now and it was the best upgrade,by far,that I have done to my '69.
Just something to ponder as you restore...I mean re-paint the chassis! LOL!
Good luck!
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #10
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Looking good......

I like to watch these builds, this one looking fantastic. Finding what was wrong with the new engine was a happy day.

A '69 454 4 speed...... lucky wife.

Keep us updated with progress.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:07 AM   #11
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Looks like a ton of work, very impressive so far.
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Nice job! Keep up the good work
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Funny how one thing leads to another... great work, thanks for the pics
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Wow great job so far *****
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Your certainly not mucking around, you have definitely been bitten by the corvette bug !
You know there is no turning back now and you will need a matching one for yourself....in time
I don't think the surfboard in the garage is going to get much use this summer !
looking forward to your progress.
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