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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-16-2011, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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New 64SS Owner

Hello, new to the forum and glad to be a member. I've recently purchased two (2) 64 SS's, the first being a rust bucket with a rusted out frame and the 2nd in not so bad shape with a good frame but without a valid VIN tag (was re-tagged in a different state after salvage I guess and no cowl tag). Plan is to do a total restoration from frame up. I've been playing with an MG Midget the past couple years and plan to do the SS as a grandfather, son, and grandson project, me being the grandfather. I've learned that you can learn a lot from forums so that's why I'm here, to ask questions and learn.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-16-2011, 07:30 PM
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Welcome to the Team Bud!

You have a good start. First thing I would do is consult your DOT in your state and appraise them of what you have in mind to see if it will be legal to continue.

Your car could have hidden VIN numbers depending upon it's build (high value cars were marked in many places; basic transportation cars were not as extensively marked as they were less likely to be stolen). If your VIN's do not match come time for registration and tag (it will need to be certified as road worthy unless it has a current registration now), you may find your hard work being seized and crushed under old but still enforced federal anti-organized crime statutes.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-16-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Big Dave,

I'll probably end up using the frame from the better of the two and restoring the rust bucket, a lot more sheet metal work but at least I'll be assured of a legal car and will have plenty of extra sheetmetal if needed. Already have the engine (327 - 250hp) and powerglide out and to the shop to be rebuilt. I'm in for the long haul.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 05:24 AM
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You might as well change that powerglide to a 350. Welcome
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 09:17 AM
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Like Big Dave said, get the title sorted out first. You don’t want to invest all that work and find out it is on the stolen car list and have to surrender the work you have done back to the original owner.

As far as cool mods to consider, that will depend on how original you want to keep it and how much money you want to throw at it.

-If you like an automatic, look into the 700r4 or 200r4 transmission swap. Low first gear to get things moving and an overdrive to keep the engine rpms down on the freeway.

-Poly bushings (Energy Suspensions) for the suspension can help firm things up a bit.

-Easy power from a stock looking 327 can be had by stroking it to a 383. It does take a couple tricks since the 327 has a small journal crank, unlike the 350 most folks use to make a 383.

-Radio upgrade, there are companies that take the AM radio and remove most of the guts and replace them with a small AM/FM/Aux input system. Still uses the old knobs to operate it.

-Watch the body mount bolts, sometimes they rust up and will break off when you go to remove them. Soak them with penetrating oil several times before removing them.

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