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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-18-2010, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thinking of Bringing Out the Beast.....

Hello, I've been reading around this forum a while and it looks like a great community. I'm thinking about bringing my '65 out of storage this year and finally putting some work into it.

It's a mostly original 2-door hardtop passed down from my grandfather (whome I'm told was the original owner though I've never checked).
Rebuilt 283 sometime around 1996 with about 7k on it since then. Runs great.
3-speed manual column shift transmission.
Original light yellow paint, never been in a real accident.
Manual brakes, manual steering and suspension is shot.
Small rust spot starting under rear window and inside trunk.

I'll be looking for info about getting it ready for occasional city driving and hopefully stopping the rust without having to repaint the whole car. Thanks to everyone in advance.

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Wow! That car's beautiful! And it doesn't look like you've got too much to do to it.. 'cept the suspension which shouldn't be too hard or expensive to remedy.

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Nice car, My first 65 was that color.

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Welcome to the Team Daniel!

Butternut yellow is the color and the car looks great.

Buy American made suspension parts; not so much to save American's jobs, but to save your life (and possibly mine if we should happen to meet on the road).

Imported parts from China and India are of very low quality. That is why the corner auto parts stores offer the free replacement, no questions, asked warranty on their parts; because they know that four out of five of the parts will fail under warranty. I shop NAPA and only at the parts counter. I look at every part to see where it is made before the credit card comes out. Most American made parts today are actually hecho en Mexico due to NAFTA.

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Big Dave's right about NAPA, You can inspect your parts before you buy them. And they carry a lot of 60's and 70's Chevy parts.

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That's a great original looking ride right there. Welcome to the site Daniel!

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Thanks everyone!

The suspension is REALLY loose so I'm going to buy complete kits. The Performance Plus Front End kit from CPP looks like the best bang for my buck so far.

Good to know it's called "Butternut Yellow". Why do some people call it "Crocus Yellow", are these the same?

Also, what's the correct term for my transmission setup? I find myself having to explain it several times before people understand.
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you got the tranny description right in your initial post, most non-car people have never seen/heard of a manual shift 'on the column'. Car peeps call it "3 on the tree".

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Hey there welcome..for a stored vehicle she looks great. Most people do one change... from a 3 tree, to a floor shift (easier I guess) your manual tranny Is more popular than an auto. When you start to do the suspension work, post pics If you could so others could see what you did, how you did it, and the end result with the products you choose. As for the rust issue POR 3 seems to be the way...stops progression dead in its tracks. You could take her to a local body shop and see what they say about the issue and how they would deal with it and how much. Get enough info from them and if your handy....there ya go.

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"Crocus Yellow" was an original chevy color, but I don't recall what year. It wasn't '65.

PS: I LOVE "3-on-the-tree" !!

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Welcome to the site. Love the car, all original and clean.
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My only question is "why was it in storage?". Great looking car, you should be driving it a bit on weekends



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welcome nice car indeed

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PS: I LOVE "3-on-the-tree" !!
probably one of the coolest things ever
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The same color code paint received different names over the years (refrigerator white has about ten different names). This was done as a marketing tool to make an older model car run appear "new and imnproved".

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I don't drive it anymore since I moved from a nice small town to a big congested city. I still start it up and let it warm once every few months but it just doesn't feel safe for city driving. If the manual steering, brakes, transmission and blown suspension didn't make things hard enough - now the rear main leaks like crazy.

No, it needs some work before it comes back out on the street. My goal is to make it a nice Sunday cruizer with all the options to make it more pleasant. Definitely keeping the 283 though, love that motor.

Thanks for all the answers. I love this forum.
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I don't drive it anymore since I moved from a nice small town to a big congested city. I still start it up and let it warm once every few months but it just doesn't feel safe for city driving. If the manual steering, brakes, transmission and blown suspension didn't make things hard enough - now the rear main leaks like crazy.

No, it needs some work before it comes back out on the street. My goal is to make it a nice Sunday cruizer with all the options to make it more pleasant. Definitely keeping the 283 though, love that motor.

Thanks for all the answers. I love this forum.
Needs more seat time. Your rear main seal is a piece of cotton rope which is drying out for lack of use. Let it get a few miles under the belted tires and the rope will expand again, to swell up sealing the rear main leak, if you don't wear it out with five minute warm ups.

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