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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-22-2013, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Newbie here from Eugene Oregon with a 65

I've built several vehicles thru the years, but this time I'm building my wife's car she has always wanted. Just picked it up and brought it home. Its a 65 2dr. sports coupe. Needs ALOT of help, but its very solid and a great foundational start. Thought I would join this group to learn and participate with other builders of these great cars. Thanks
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-22-2013, 07:38 PM
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Welcome Colton, Looks like you found your wife a good one.
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post #3 of 38 (permalink) Old 08-22-2013, 10:21 PM
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Welcome to the Team Colton!

A good body to build upon is the way to go. Your wife will love the car I'm sure.

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post #4 of 38 (permalink) Old 09-24-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thanks guys. Not much new to report. I've located some badly needed missing trim, installed a good known transmission, rebuilt the carb, installed HEI distributor, new intake gaskets, new vlv cvr gskts, got the motor running, looked up the engine numbers to find its the correct motor for the car, purchased seat upholstery and carpet kit. Still in need of the RF headlamp eyebrow to complete the exterior trim. I don't want reproduction if I can avoid it. Hope to start sanding and body work this winter and plan on paint come spring/early summer. The wife wants two tone like a cup of caffe latte. light brown bottom with cream top.
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I had a 4 door 65 those colors.
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post #6 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Well here are some updates, Stripped the car clear down to nothing. Sent it out to get the four layers of paint blown off at media blast. Had to find a RH front fender really bad and wound up buying a complete 65 SS donor car for parts. It had a really nice fender plus some other goodies. Tore seats down to bare frames, had them acid dipped and painted and reupholstered. Car just got sprayed in epoxy primer today and will get body work started. Hope to have it back painted and ready for assembly next month.
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post #7 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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Here is the donor parts car.
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post #8 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 08:23 AM
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You are making god progress. What color is it going to be?
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post #9 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 02:43 PM
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Shoot the "Donor Car" looks better than many others project foundations I have seen here, unless the entire passenger side is staved in, or it has no floor pan or trunk with only bailing wire tying the frame together.

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post #10 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-04-2014, 02:49 PM
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Wish I lived closer, I'd take that parts car off your hands.
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Makin' big headway now man! Exciting stuff!

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post #12 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-05-2014, 01:18 PM
 
 
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nice to see someone doing a 65 aswell, however your progress is very fast, i Always need to wait at least a week to get the parts. And can't seem to find any donor cars for it. great job what youre doing anyway
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post #13 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-06-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
 
 
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You are making god progress. What color is it going to be?
This picture is a photoshop'd image of how it will closely look. White top (painted not vinyl) and mocha brown main body. Same stance, same wheel and tire package.
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Also you guys might can help with my question, I have search all over the place and can't seem to find a definitive answer. As I stated before this is my wife's car that I'm building for her and she wants the dual rear antennas. I see the repop stores offer them, but I need a template or measurement for hole location. Anybody know or can give me a link to a thread. Thanks guys.
And if any of you guys are curios as to what my car is that I have... It's a 1972 Buick Skylark that has been in my family since new. Currently its getting a LS platform engine/trans swap. I'm half done. Building two cars well three if you count the 30 Model A truck I'm working on for my Grandfather-n-law. Busy Busy
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The Assembly manual and/or the Fisher Body Repair manual (both sold for about $25 each as a series of scanned images of the original paper book on a CD) should both offer those measurements as well as answer any other question as to what goes where and what was put on the car originally.

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post #16 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-06-2014, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Can anyone confirm which book, so I can purchase the correct one. Thanks
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The Assembly manual shows the production line workers how to put the car together. it lists every part that that is used to make your by part number and quantity. It shows you where every part goes and the torque spec to tighten it to if it screws together. Every operation appears upon it's own page, and the sub assemblies are shown going together as an exploded view. It also lists the tools you need to assemble the vehicle if it requires anything besides an impact or a screw driver.

The Fisher Body Repair manual was written for the collision repair technician out in the body shop. It shows how to hang body panels correctly (dimensions and gaps are called out telling how much to measure from a reference point and what that reference point is. It also list every type of clip and retainer needed to attach the trim and where the trim goes. Since unlike the assembly line repair techs work with sheet metal that doesn't have holes drilled in it already to mount trim or any additional upgraded trim that distinguishes one model from another such as the SS. It tells you what size drill bit to use and where to drill any holes (such as your antenna holes). It also tells you how and where to apply any decals or stripes that have to be painted on.

The Fisher Body Repair manual also covers what goes where in the interior. It list every model and trim level with the part numbers to get (if they where still available) to make any model into any other model so that an expert couldn't tell the difference. But the Assembly manual has that information also so there are no excuses for not being able to clone our favorite car or model from a base model if you can find the parts.

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1965 Assembly manual

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Heres a free link off the 1965-66 Chevy Talk site. There are some pages missing but RPO U73 is there. In case you have not used an assembly manual, all the base or standard equipment is listed first and then the options are next in alphabetical order. Scroll to page 414, the dimensions are there just a little hard to read.

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http://www.goezinstruments.com/tgoez...mblymanual.pdf

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Thanks guys..
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Well i knew I had a tweaked core support assembly on the car, so I had taken the nice one off the donor parts car and had it blasted and powdercoated. I went to the body shop last weekend to install it on the car. Removed the old bent one, and that's when the project took a turn. The car revealed a big black eye from its past that nobody seen until the battery tray inner fender and core support was removed. That's right the RH front frame horn was bent up over a inch. Soooo the snowball has just gotten bigger. So option one was to just take it to the frame shop and have it straightened, which would be fine but I didnt really like the idea of the frame being fatigued. Option two was to use the frame from the donor car.. So I took option two, but of coarse that has snowballed the project into more expense. Because now is prim opportunity to blast the frame and chassis black paint it, and install all new body mounts. scrap all loose old undercoat off the bottom of the body and apply new. blah blah blah. Here are some pics. More to come..

In the meantime, Ive been working over the instrument gauges and converting them to white face and LED bulb conversion. So far very happy with the change and the LED's make the viewing much much brighter.
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Some updated pics of the new frame, core support, and new frame under the car.
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new frame under the car
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Been awhile since I've updated, here is the progress. its looking really good.

These pics, its getting ready for paint
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Pallet of powder coated goodies..
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We have paint!!!
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