1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 24 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 24 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The block-sanding is complete on our Chevelle's doors and front sheetmetal, so this time, John and the crew removed it to prep the inside of the fenders and inner fenders for paint. The process includes scuffing with scotchbrite pads, sanding, and priming. Then the firewall can be prepped for seam sealing and paint. Discuss this project at http://www.v8...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 26 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 26 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We're getting closer to spraying paint on the SS496 - the bodywork is done and today we sprayed the last coats of PPG surfacing primer! Tomorrow, the wetsanding begins to prep the primecoat for paint. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1970 Chevrolet Chev...
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1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 27- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 27- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Sealing the seams of a car body before paint is not really a glamourous job, but it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to an overall clean and crisp look. This time, we show you the trick John Blandford likes to use to make the seam sealer lines nice and straight, not just globbed on like the originals were. He tapes off the area to be ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 25 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 25 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - This time, we offer up a tip for not getting a parts-store rental spring compressor stuck in a control arm... (duh)... and then Kevin goes off on a rant about the misleading cheap paint job stories found in magazines. Discuss this project at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1970 Chevrolet Chev...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 28 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 28 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Tonight, we've reached a turning point... there's color on the SS496! John mixed up some PPG sealer to cover the last prime coat, then brewed up a batch of PPG Deltron basecoat in GM Butternut Yellow. The first color application was on the door jambs, the trunk jambs, and on the backside of the fender jambs and doors, hood edges, header panel lip, tail ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 29 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 29 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The firewall on the SS496 Chevelle is supposed to appear basically stock, so we welded up all the extra holes that accumulated over the years, straightened out the non-factory wrinkles, and now it was time to turn it black. So out came masking tape, paper, and plastic again for another round. The firewall and dash were shot with PPG DP90 Epoxy black. C...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 30 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8T-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 30 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8T-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Some trim on old cars is anodized aluminum - it's got a thin clear coating over polished aluminum. This kind of trim is tricky to fix because you cannot just polish the anodized coating. Here, we show you how to make aluminum trim shine like new. Comment on http://www.v8tvshow.com today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 31 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 31 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Kelle really got bent about paint and body stories leaving stuff out, so here's her daily masking tape count. Comment at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 454 - The Last One?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pczqb76mhw -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 32 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 32 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The Chevelle's body is off the jig, and now we're spraying Schutz... a rubberized undercoat to keep the bottom side nice! Post your comments on http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 454 - The Last One?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pczqb76mhw -~-~~-~~~-~~-...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 33 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 33 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The body's back on the frame, and we're hanging doors and other sheetmetal. It's starting to look like a car! Post your comments on http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 454 - The Last One?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pczqb76mhw -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 34 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 34 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 -Tonight, we re-installed some of the front sheetmetal. Even though the panels were pre-aligned on the jig, the jig had is different from the Chevelle's frame from a strength standpoint. Even though the jig maintained the exact GM dimensions, the additional strength of the jig did not account for the amount of flex inherent to a 40 year old GM frame. B...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 35 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 35 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - So we put the hood on the car, and had an idea about giving something back in appreciation to all those who take the time to watch these videos and have helped and supported V8TV along the way. Here's what we came up with... it's time sensitive, so act fast. Simply register in the V8TVforum - www.v8tvshow.com/forum before midnight central on Friday, Oc...
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1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 36 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 36 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - We're entering the final steps before spraying the outside of the SS496... that's the final panel alignment, and then wetsanding all the panels glass-smooth up to 600 grit. Kelle and Scott installed the top frame, and Kelle also dropped in some more Dynamat to keep the car quiet. http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Musc...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 37 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 37 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Kelle isn't a big fan of repetative tasks, and there are few things more repetitve than wetsanding a car. Same deal, over and over. This time, Kelle learns some tricks from John about the proper way to bring a car to a 600 grit finish just before it goes to paint. Comment at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week V...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 38 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 38 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The shop is getting a little chaotic these days, as everyone is anticipating the Chevelle finally getting painted in the next day or so. Today, we worked on trim details, installed the windshield, and masked and sprayed the bottom white part of the SS496's 2-tone paint scheme. Comment at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 39 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 39 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The SS496 is getting its last wrap in masking paper and tape in preparation for being loaded onto the trailer and heading to the paint booth! Comment at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 454 - The Last One?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pczqb76mh...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 40 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 40 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The momentus occasion has arrived - the SS496 Chevelle is painted! John shot 3 coats of PPG Deltron basecoat and 3 coats of PPG Concept 2002 clear for a great looking paint job right out of the SATA gun. Special thanks to Greg Bartnett at Meramac Heights Collision Center for letting us use their fantastic Blow Therm downdraft booth to spray the car an...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 41 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 41 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - Even though we just got the SS496 back from the paint booth, we elected to wetsand and buff the car to make it mirror-flat. Tonight, John and Mark scuffed the car with 1500 grit 3M wetsand paper, tomorrow will be 2000, then the buffer brings the shine! Comment at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The We...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42b- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42b- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - Building the engine, part 1b... -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​Muscle Car Of The Week Video Episode #182: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 454 - The Last One?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pczqb76mhw -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42a- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42a- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - We started building the 496 Chevy for the SS496 today at Fast Times Motorworks, but we had an issue with the head bolts. At any rate, here's a look at the shortblock and heads on the car. This piece also containes a quick lesson in flow bench operations and head porting. Part 1a... Discuss at http://www.v8tvshow.com/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Chceck out: "​M...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 43 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 43 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - The 496 Big Block Chevy for the SS496 Chevelle is taking shape - which means the crew at Fast Times Motorworks literally had to change the shape of a few things to make it all match perfectly. They chose to mill the intake slightly to match the ports precicely, the trick Lunait rocker arms were machined to fit under extrememly short stock valve covers... little things ...
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1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 44 - Dyno!  SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 44 - Dyno! SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
http://www.v8tvshow.com - 314-783-8325 - The moment of truth... the SS496's big block Chevy engine finally came to life on the Fast Times dyno! The Lunati reciprocating assembly under Holley heads and intake fired by an MSD Digital E-Curve Distributor spun it's way to over 550 HP and 572 Ft. Lbs. of torque at just 4400 RPM, and it idles smoothly at 750 RPM. The 150 HP NOS Nitrous shot will pu...

 

 

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!