1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 24 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 24 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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 firewal...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 26 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 26 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum today! -...
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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
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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 str...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 25 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 25 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Take a tour of our restoration shop!:...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 28 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 28 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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 ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 29 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 29 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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 ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 30 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8T-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 30 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8T-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Take a tour of our ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 31 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 31 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - Kelle really got bent about paint and body stories leaving stuff out, so here's her daily masking tape count. Comment at http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Take a tour of our restoration shop!: "Muscle Car Restoration Shop Tour V8 Speed & Resto Shop November 2018 V8TV" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgMz3iRMHW...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 32 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 32 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Take a tour of our restoration shop!: "Muscle Car Restoration Shop Tour ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 33 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 33 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Take a tour of our restoration shop!: "Muscle Car Restoration Shop Tour V8 Speed ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 34 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 34 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. -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 j...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 35 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 35 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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 regist...
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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
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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 q...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 37 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 37 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- ...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 38 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 38 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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 schem...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 39 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 39 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum today! -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Take a tour of our restoration shop!: "Muscle Car Restora...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 40 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 40 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 41 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 41 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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://w...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42b- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42b- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - Building the engine, part 1b... -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Take a tour of our restoration shop!: "Muscle Car Restoration Shop Tour V8 Speed & Resto Shop November 2018 V8TV" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgMz3iRMHWE -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42a- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 42a- Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 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.v8speedshop.com/contact/forum t...
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 43 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
1969 Chevelle SS496 Blog Part 43 - Deadline: SEMA, 2007 V8TV-Video
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 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 v...
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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
#musclecar #v8tv http://www.v8speedshop.com/contact - 314-783-8325 Produced by Kevin Oeste and V8TV Productions, Inc. - 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...

 

 

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 that take time but make big differences. We'll hit the dyno later today! 

 
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! 

 

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. 

 

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 painted the engine Poppy Red, the original Chevy engine orange color to lend a stealth appearance to the SS496.

 

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 tramsmission to the TCI SFI-spec felxplate and the TCI Breakaway torque converter. The Breakaway offers a 2400 RPM stall to deliver a good launch and decent highway cruising. We were considering a lower stall converter seeing that this car makes alot of torque at a low RPM, but we'll see how it feels on the street. We may be going through tires often! The header flanges on the head side were contacting the taller-than-stock ARP head bolts, so a little grinding was in order. Other than that, the ceramic-coated tubes look great. We also received the 17x8" V40 wheels from Vintage Wheel Works... these are awesome! Vintage Wheel Works builds some fantastic looking wheels, and the 2-piece V40 has the perfect look for this car... nostalgic and aggressive without too much flash. Wheels make a car, and these really kicked the SS496 up a notch. Stopping this big ragtop is being helped by a Hydratech Hydroboost system, which we installed and plumbed today.

 

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. 

 

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 also installed the trick headlights from Musclerodz. These are 9007 bulb new-style glass lenses with a headlight relay kit. Cool stuff. More to come!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

The SS496 comes to life, a mere 10 hours before we're supposed to leave to go to the SEMA show in Las Vegas!

 

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!

 

We've got the Chevelle SS496 loaded up and headed for Vegas... now we just have to get there safely!