1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 45 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 45 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The final assembly begins on the SS496. This time, the convertible top mechanism went in, some trim, rear bumper... there's alot to do. The wiring job, engine install, and brake system are all up next. These are the days that turn into long nights... 11 days to go! Discuss on http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 46 - Deadline: 10/26/07 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 46 - Deadline: 10/26/07 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We had the 496 Engine shipped to our shop from Fast Times Motorworks, and now we're starting to transform it to look like it belongs in a 1969 Chevelle. Comment on www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 47 - 8 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 47 - 8 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - New-style lighting not only looks great, it helps keep your car safe. This time, we're starting the install of several high-tech lighting products on the SS496 with the taillights. These are called Digi-Tails from Spaghetti Engineering, and they're LED lights that sequence or light up traditionally. You can see a demo video of these here . We also ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 48 - 7 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 48 - 7 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We've cleared another hurdle with the SS496 project - the engine, transmission, and driveshaft are all installed in the car! We still are not 100% sure about our hood clearance issue, and the Hooker Super Comp headers needed a little massaging to fit, but at least it's all in the car. We bolted the 496 in the car, then installed the Turbo 400 tramsmi...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 49 - 6 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 49 - 6 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The wiring process has started on the SS496. Kelle is installing a reproduction harness from American Autowire, and it seems to be going well. The AAW harness is completely correct for the car, and Kelle started by installing the wires on the dashboard and then installing the dash unit into the car. Comment on www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 50 - 5 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 50 - 5 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - More front end items went on today - the grille, trim, bumper... lots of resto items from Original Parts Group, Inc. They've got tons of parts for GM "A" bodies, and we're happy they've had what we need in stock. OPGI also had a new set of the original style valve covers for this car, seeing that we dented up a set "clearancing" the rocker arms. We als...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 51 - 2 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 51 - 2 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Here's the wiring for the headlight relays and how they all work. There isn't that much wiring to do on this car, and it's almost finished! Discuss at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 52 - 2 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 52 - 2 Days Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Tonight, Kelle make progress on the interior, John mounted the side trim on the car, Kevin added more detials to the engine, and we honor Gene Kranz, a great American and inspiration to us all. Discuss at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 53 - 1 Day Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 53 - 1 Day Left to SEMA V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The sound of a muscle car is half the attraction, and tonight, Scott Guehne began installing the 2 1/2 inch stainless exhaust kit from Magnaflow. Magnaflow systems are nice because they are pre-bent for the car, all mandrel bent, stainless steel, and they utilize cool clamps and hardware to make the install easy. Later, Kelle gives you tips on how to oc...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 54: We Leave for SEMA Tomorrow V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 54: We Leave for SEMA Tomorrow V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We've been working on this car for almost a year, and now we're down to the last 36 hours before we load it on the trailer and haul it to Las Vegas for the 2007 SEMA show. It's almost ready, but we're still tackling details. We fixed the spring situation with the help of OPGI, and we hope to fire the engine later tonight!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 55: The Chevelle Runs! V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 55: The Chevelle Runs! V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - The SS496 comes to life, a mere 10 hours before we're supposed to leave to go to the SEMA show in Las Vegas! Comment on www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 56: Ready For SEMA Show! V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 56: Ready For SEMA Show! V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Well, we've done all we can, and the SS496 is a running, driving, stopping, and good-looking ragtop! We've loaded it into the trailer and we're off to the 2007 SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV! Look to www.v8tvshow.com for more updates from the SEMA show during the whole week! Comment on www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 57: On The Road SEMA 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 57: On The Road SEMA 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We've got the Chevelle SS496 loaded up and headed for Vegas... now we just have to get there safely!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 58: Showtime! V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 58: Showtime! V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Finally on-site at SEMA, 2007! Check out V8TVshow.com for coverage of the SEMA show, and also for the complete build of our 1969 Chevelle SS496 as seen in this video! SEMA coverage brought to you by Royal Purple Synthetic Oil, http://www.royalpurple.com Join the forum at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today!
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 59: Electric Fan Install V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 59: Electric Fan Install V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We've finally gotten back into the groove after the hectic SEMA show, so now we're finishig detials left undone before SEMA. Tonight, we installed the SPAL dual 12" electric fans (PN 30102130) and their 185 Fan Relay Harness. The fans pull huge amounts of air, and the innovative shroud has little flappers to allow natrually occuring high-pressure air to...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 60 - ARP Catalog Rant V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 60 - ARP Catalog Rant V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Everyone uses ARP fasteners, but to they ever tell you WHY? We realized that the first 30 pages of the ARP catalog are loaded with tech and info on everything you could want to know about fasteners and how they're measured, rated, and tested.
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Muscle Car Restoration at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop - 314.783.8325
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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!