file 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS Resto-Mod

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27 Dec 2014 23:26 #275 by oestek
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Our crew fabricated some small patches to repair the floors. We also used some floor sections from another donor car. There were several holes, but not enough to warrant a complete floor replacement. Our goal was to metal finish the holes in the floor so the repairs would be undetectable.









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27 Dec 2014 23:26 #276 by oestek
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The recently rebuilt 350 Chevrolet V8 was removed from the maroon car. The engine had good compression, so we stripped it clean. We would soon make performance upgrades to this engine and reinstall it.





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27 Dec 2014 23:26 #277 by oestek
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The maroon car had disc brakes previously installed, and we decided to reuse them. The brakes and spindles were removed from the chassis, and were media blasted and all the pieces were powder coated. These were rebuilt with new bearings, seals, and brake pads.







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27 Dec 2014 23:27 #278 by oestek
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27 Dec 2014 23:27 #279 by oestek
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The next metalwork project was to replace the trunk floor. The floor was rusty and was full of holes. The crew carefully drilled out the spot welds in the floor braces, and remove the rusty sheet metal. Replacement trunk floor sections were obtained from OPGI.









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27 Dec 2014 23:27 #280 by oestek
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The trunk sections were carefully trimmed and fit to the car, and then they were MIG welded in place. We used a butt weld a technique, bouncing around from one area to another and using small tack welds to minimize warpage. After the welding was complete, the welds were ground smooth to ensure an undetectable repair.











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