1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 1 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 1 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Part 1 in a series restoring a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 called the "SS496" - deadline, SEMA show in Las Vegas, 10/30/2007. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today.
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1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 2 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007! V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 2 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007! V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We just pulled the motor, and the body is almost stripped! Deadline, SEMA show in Las Vegas, 10/30/2007. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 3 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 3 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -The body is stripped... let's see what it looks like on the Autotwirler rotisserie! Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 4 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 4 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The chassis and suspension teardown. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 5 - Deadline: SEMA, V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 5 - Deadline: SEMA, V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -We brought the body to Imperial Blasting Technologies for paint stripping. Now we pray it's not trashed. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 6 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 6 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Nick Scavo tears down the Chevelle's engine, and is pleasantly surprised. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 7 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 7 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Picking up the Chevelle's body from the media blaster... uh oh. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 8 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 8 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -Getting a good look at the bottom of the Chevelle's tub after primer. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 9 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 9 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - This time, we're installing the front suspension pieces on the '69 Chevelle. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 11 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 11 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - John keeps cutting more out of this car faster than it's getting welded back together! Tonight, he sectioned out 1/2 of the passenger inner wheelhouse to cut out some rust-damaged sheet metal. Convertible inner wheelhouses are not yet reproduced, so the top 1/2 of the wheelhouse - the "convertible only" part - will be retained and mated with the lower 1...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 10 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 10 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -Tonight, John crawls into the belly of the beast and makes a lot of sparks. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
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1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 13 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 13 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We've finished welding up the quarter panels on the 1969 Chevelle "SS496" project. John used a MIG welder for the factory-style spot welds, and a TIG welder to seam the new panel to the original. You see, there are no reproduciton 1969 Chevelle convertible panels, so we had to modify a pair of hardtop panels to work. Now it's bodywork and sanding tim...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 12 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 12 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The passenger side quarter panel is now screwed into place, waiting for final welding. Here you can also see the driver side wheelhouse coming together. The complete quarter panel and wheelhouse installation will be an episode of V8TV, so look for it on the TV show and also in the Project Cars section under 1969 Chevelle SS496. Discuss this project at ht...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 14 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 14 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Tonight's update brings you more sanding in the wheel tubs, filler on the quarters, and the first test fitting of our new front fenders from The Paddock. These are a new reproduction, and they make restoring a '68 and '69 Chevelle much easier! Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 15 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 15 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Kelle offers tips for sanding the small spots in the trunk of the SS496. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 16 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 16 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The quarter panels are straightening out, and Kelle offers advice on body filler fire safety! Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 18 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 18 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The vast majority of body filler has been spread all over this car, and now the crew is sanding the filler down to a paper-thin layer of smooth and straight 1969 Chevelle. Nobody likes this part of the game... it's when you loose your fingerprints and get dust in your ears. But it's what it takes to make a car stright. Next comes a layer of spray po...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 20 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 20 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -Several months ago, we test assembled our primered chassis to see if all the new parts fit. Which they did, but now we're doing some detail work on the frame before final paint & assembly. It's amazing how many times you take these things apart and put them back together. Also, body man Mark Poole sheds some light on the theory of high and low spots. Di...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 21 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 21 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -Block sanding is what makes cars straight. The repetitive process of sanding a panel over and over again removes high and low spots in filler or surfacing primer, helping you achieve an arrow-straght panel. The downside is that it really isn't any fun to do. Here, Mark Poole blocks the Chevelle with a Durablock sanding block from Eastwood and some 3M p...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 19 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 19 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Tonight, the crew taped the car and sprayed a coat of sprayable polyester - or "Bodyman In A Can" according to John. It goes on thick, covers all he sanding scratches, and sands like chalk. More sanding tomorrow! Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 23 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 23 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We received an email asking how to convert a bench-seat floor to a bucket seat setup... here's how we did it. You also have to add the console brackets and shifter to make it complete. More on that later! Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 22 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 22 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We're beginning the reassembly of the chassis for the last time. It's been stripped, media blasted, primed, test-assembled, disassasembled, bodyworked, sanded, re-sprayed, and now it's all going back together again. Hopefully without the need of all the king's horses and all the king's men. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!

 

 

Part 1 in a series restoring a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 called the "SS496" - deadline, SEMA show in Las Vegas, 10/30/2007.

 

We just pulled the motor, and the body is almost stripped! Deadline, SEMA show in Las Vegas, 10/30/2007. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!

 

The body is stripped... let's see what it looks like on the Autotwirler rotisserie! 

 

The chassis and suspension teardown.

 

We brought the body to Imperial Blasting Technologies for paint stripping. Now we pray it's not trashed.

 

Nick Scavo tears down the Chevelle's engine, and is pleasantly surprised. 

 

Picking up the Chevelle's body from the media blaster... uh oh.

 

Getting a good look at the bottom of the Chevelle's tub after primer.

 

This time, we're installing the front suspension pieces on the '69 Chevelle. 

 

Tonight, John crawls into the belly of the beast and makes a lot of sparks.

 

John keeps cutting more out of this car faster than it's getting welded back together! Tonight, he sectioned out 1/2 of the passenger inner wheelhouse to cut out some rust-damaged sheet metal. Convertible inner wheelhouses are not yet reproduced, so the top 1/2 of the wheelhouse - the "convertible only" part - will be retained and mated with the lower 1/2 of a new Goodmark wheelhouse.

 

The passenger side quarter panel is now screwed into place, waiting for final welding. Here you can also see the driver side wheelhouse coming together. The complete quarter panel and wheelhouse installation will be an episode of V8TV, so look for it on the TV show and also in the Project Cars section under 1969 Chevelle SS496.

 

We've finished welding up the quarter panels on the 1969 Chevelle "SS496" project. John used a MIG welder for the factory-style spot welds, and a TIG welder to seam the new panel to the original. You see, there are no reproduciton 1969 Chevelle convertible panels, so we had to modify a pair of hardtop panels to work. Now it's bodywork and sanding time!

 

Tonight's update brings you more sanding in the wheel tubs, filler on the quarters, and the first test fitting of our new front fenders from The Paddock. These are a new reproduction, and they make restoring a '68 and '69 Chevelle much easier!