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Old 03-29-2010, 05:43 PM   #1
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PUN1SHER's 1969 stingray restoration and LS swap

Hi. Used to browse this forum a while back when CF was on the frits. Figured i'd start posting and see how i like the place as it's a good wealth of extra information and ideas.

Sold my 96 LT1 for a 69 with a "70's LT-1"(decked motor) so i can begin a life goal of learning how to restore an old car.

So far all i've done is taken off and sand blasted the headers as there was an exhaust leak i needed to fix. As well as ordered a new suspension kit and bushings rebuild kit that should be here sometime this week.

The only time the two cars saw each other as the black one was sold right after this photo was taken.


Trailering the car home.


Home



Interior and Engine





With it in pieces and the headers being sand blasted.



The blasting box I built. Takes forever with my tiny 15g compressor....+ header paint= time consuming.

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Old 03-30-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
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hey Punisher, welcome to DC! I'm sure you'll find it to be a great place to hang out

Looks like a great project to get you started. One question though... Since those aren't sidepipe headers, are the 'pipes just for show?
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Welcome to D.C

I owned a Big Block 69 when I was a kid

It was painted Cobalt blue with alittle pearl in it.

My license plate was "69tyme"


The car made me Famous on the streets

True Muscle car

Keep us posted on your progress
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Old 03-30-2010, 05:36 PM   #4
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hey Punisher, welcome to DC! I'm sure you'll find it to be a great place to hang out

Looks like a great project to get you started. One question though... Since those aren't sidepipe headers, are the 'pipes just for show?
Yeah the previous owner i guess never wanted to hook the side pipes up for some insane reason.

I'm definitely going to get some but the ones on there are pretty rusty at the fake collection tubes and inside the long tube. Not sure if they're savable yet but i'll have to look into it further when i get to that point i guess.

new side pipe headers would just bolt on to the long tube that runs down the side right? Hard to tell how bad the rust is on the inside of that part but maybe i can save that tube and it'll save me money by only needing to buy the headers. Since the headers just bolt on to that tube right?
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Old 03-30-2010, 05:47 PM   #5
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yep, the "sidetubes" will slip over the collector on the hooker headers.
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You're to be commended for breathing new life into an old muscle car. Have you decided on the extent of your restoration yet? ....paint, engine, interior, body on/off?
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Old 03-30-2010, 07:31 PM   #8
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You're to be commended for breathing new life into an old muscle car. Have you decided on the extent of your restoration yet? ....paint, engine, interior, body on/off?
Black is the only color duh.

Since it was originally a gold car the interior is also gold which i'm not planning on changing till after i paint the car. Who knows maybe i'll like the black/tan combo? But i don't think it's really tan so it might look off but i'm going to wait on that.

The carpet definitely needs replacing though and i'm sure i'll order that sometime this year.

My garage isn't big enough for a frame off right now. I do have access to a huge unused bus garage my family owns that i store my cars in the winter there. But I think it would be too much trouble doing the frame off there. Having to haul tool and being over there so much.
But there is plenty of space...




Right now i'm fixing an exhaust leak for the engine but as far as I know it should be a good low mileage LT-1 or at least a low mileage 350 from 1970. IF i have to dive into an engine rebuild I'll either consider a replacement or a huge overhaul to beef it up a bunch. Not sure on that yet. Right now i'm just looking to get it running. And my complete suspension overhaul and performance kit comes this week so that'll be exciting.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:17 PM   #9
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You could test your engine work by doing donuts in that garage!
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Glad to see you made it back!

If you don't keep us posted I'll haunt you not only on DC, but the other place also.
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I have to say I am quite envious, I would love to have a 69 to do a restoration on
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I'm envious of that garage. That would take me exactly 2 days to fill with cars, parts, and lifts
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I'm envious of that garage. That would take me exactly 2 days to fill with cars, parts, and lifts
I'll give you a warning ahead of time but your car is what i'm shooting for.

Not sure i want to spend the money for $1,000each rims. and your engine will be way out of my league but in terms of looks i'm shooting for yours.

Also not sure if i can manage installing fender flares... might "have" to leave that part out even though it's a big part of why your car looks so good.
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I'll give you a warning ahead of time but your car is what i'm shooting for.

Not sure i want to spend the money for $1,000each rims. and your engine will be way out of my league but in terms of looks i'm shooting for yours.

Also not sure if i can manage installing fender flares... might "have" to leave that part out even though it's a big part of why your car looks so good.
Thanks! Well, sorry to disappoint, but my rims were only about $600 a piece and they were the cheapest I could find in that size.
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