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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Hello to all! 1970 Kingswood Wagon

Hi, my name is Nick; I am new to the forum. After years of thinking about it, I have purchased a 1970 Chevy Kingswood. I bought it purely for sentimental reasons (it was my father's car and the first one I ever drove). Actually, it was a Townsman, but this is close enough (as well as the upgrade model). It seems that this car originally belonged to one of the members here (martin13), as I still see his ad posted on the site.

Now, that I have it I am not sure what I want to do with it. I want to restore it to original condition, but cooler. I dont want to build a race car, just a highway cruiser that looks good and sounds good. I intend on using the car for Home Depot runs and car shows.

So, if you guys don't mind, I would love to hear some suggestions on what to do.
Questions:
1. Current engine/trannny are out of a '72 El Camino.
I think I would like to replace these with the correct ones. 350 / 400 / big block? Don't have a huge budget, but have even less spare time. I hope to get my sons interested...
2. Anybody ever cut their roofs for sunroofs? With this long roof, I was thinking of putting in a huge sunroof right down the middle, from front to back. If I cut out the center 1/3 of the roof, I dont think that will affect the structure.
3. Paint - I beleive my paint is original (lacquer?). What is the paint of choice these days? Do I have to prime first?

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Welcome! Sounds like a fun project. Let's see a pic.

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If the budget is small, and the time is less, forget about big engine buildups/swaps. Also, don't butcher the roof for a big sunroof. Concentrate on getting the car running and driving nicely. Tune up, brakes, suspension, steering. Then, once the car is driving well, think about paint. If the car is original paint, the whole thing will not need to be primed, just in areas that need bodywork.

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RE: 1970 Kingswood

Thanks for the advise - You're right about the sunroofs, I was thinking bodywork first because the previous owner already started working on the body. He removed most of the trim, the driver's rear quater window and completely sanded the roof down to bare metal. So, I have to at least prime the roof. I can do mechanical work, but I have never done body work, so, I fugued I would give it to someone to paint first.
Regarding priming, I heard you can get away with priming with a paint roller, instead of sraying? What's your feeling on this, and what kind of primer should I buy (I ask because I dont know what kind of paint will be used later.
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I don't have any new pics of it right now, but it is syill listed in the site's classifed section (for sale by martin13).
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You must get some paint on the metal or it will rust. If you are going to get it painted properly/professionally down the road, throw some primer AND paint on it to protect the metal. Use a foam roller. Google "paint car with roller" and you will find lots of results.
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Thanks jayoldschool, thats what I thought. Do you think that covering with a tarp will reep it from rusting or will it still rust?
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It will rust worse with a tarp.
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 09:37 PM
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Welcome to the Team Nick!

For a motor I would use what Chevy had in there originally a SBC 400 with a TH400 tranny. Mild rebuild with better heads and a mild cam will double the 230 horsepower it was rated at with the two barrel carb.

If you are interested in a sun roof graft in an Olds Vista Cruiser glass nose only carry the glass look all the way down both sides with paint. It will look like a sun roof without cutting anything.

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Welcome to the site. Glad to see another 70 Kingswood owner. Looks I am not alone anymore :-)

Post some pics of your project.
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Drabina,
great to hear about a fellow '70 Kingswood owner. My email is [email protected] if you want to keep in touch.
Is your wagon restored; if so, do you have any pics? I have a long way to go with mine. What engine do you have?
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Did you see the article in Motor Trend Classic a few months ago? Great wagon stuff...
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No, I didn't; I will have to find it.
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This will give you some inspiration:

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What month is this, I would like to chack out the whole article.
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