Project Phoenix - A Chevelle rises from the ashes

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Project Phoenix - A Chevelle rises from the ashes

Postby M20_fever » Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:53 pm

Well today was the day I mustered up enough motivation, and help, to get started on the tear down of the Chevelle. For those of you new here, my Wife had a little fender bender in our '72 Chevelle, which will require a little massaging. :)

The day it happened.
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The frame is bent in several places, and as you can see the rear end was shifted pretty bad.

What needs to be replaced:
New control arms top and bottom
New axle
New fuel tank (cell)
New rear brake lines
New soft fuel lines
New rear quarters both sides, full sail panels
New trunk pan
New shocks all around
New front and rear springs

Whats getting replaced "since I'm already this deep":
New front quarters
New high rise cowl hood
New front and rear bumpers
Rear disc brake conversion

Plan is to get the rear end rebuilt and the disc conversion installed, get the rear end reinstalled with the new control arms and pull some string measurements to see how tweaked the frame really is. Then its off to the frame shop to get straightened.

Once it gets back from the frame shop I'll cut all the new sheet metal in, then it goes to the body shop for a full paint job. Color is going to stay the same, but I'm having a pearl clear laid over it.

Today I got the rear end pulled, fuel tank out, and old control arms out. The rear end goes to Dick Strange this week for a full rebuild and new axle, then it goes back in the car.

onto the pics!

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You can kinda see how the axle is bent where the wheel flange meets the axle shaft
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rear end liberated!
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old control arms, do you see a problem? :) These were stock stamped units that were boxed and welded, it bent right where the welded plate ended.
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The new control arms, full tig welded tubular with zirk fittings. :twisted:
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I just refurbished this tank and installed a return line for the fuel injection, but its junk now...A fuel cell in the trunk will be the replacement.
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The only thing being reused in this pic is the sway bar.
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Hopefully I'll have some progress to report before Xmas, either way I'll keep this thread updated as the project moves along. I'll also be using my digital camera since I can't seem to get decent pics out of my new phone...
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Re: Project Phoenix - A Chevelle rises from the ashes

Postby Yoshi » Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:49 pm

I'm still surprised that chassis is salvageable.
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Postby M20_fever » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:02 pm

I know, I wouldn't have believed it either but my buddy owns a hotrod shop and assured me he has fixed worse. My Dad also said he wrecked a Trans-Am and a GTO worse back in the day and they fixed both. Its a different ball game with body-on-frame cars, a unibody would be scrap with less damage than this.

My buddy doing the frame work said it will be mote straight when he's do e with it than it was when it rolled off the assembly line. He builds 100k+ hotrods and muscle cars so I trust him completely.
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Re: Project Phoenix - A Chevelle rises from the ashes

Postby Rick » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:53 pm

Awesome, looking forward to seeing more
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Postby mvrk10256 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 12:28 am

excited to see this. I would upgrade what I could. Had a friend who had one of these and it wasnt much fun to turn. Great boulevard cruiser.
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Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:52 am

Can't wait to see progress. Those tubular control arms are sexy!
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Postby M20_fever » Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:08 am

mvrk10256 wrote:excited to see this. I would upgrade what I could. Had a friend who had one of these and it wasnt much fun to turn. Great boulevard cruiser.


Yeah, its already got some beefy sways front and rear but its no e30 through the corners, lol. I'll be increasing spring rate in the rear and putting some good shocks on to replace the air shocks it has now.
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Postby Court M3 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:39 am

Don't forget to lube those zirk fittings!
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Re: Project Phoenix - A Chevelle rises from the ashes

Postby inkk » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:35 am

You've definately got your work cut out for you on this one. Old cars never die we just make em go faster.
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Postby M20_fever » Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:35 pm

Oh I'll lube em, I'll lube em good Court! :)

No doubt inkk, but I'm hoping to have it ready to go for paint by spring so I'll need to keep up a good pace. I already made it fast enough for my Wife to drive on the street, but I'll be bottle feeding it pretty heavily for days at the strip. :twisted:
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Postby dsc201knoc » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:22 pm

If you look at it like this -dizzy- it really isnt that noticeable
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Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:50 pm

dsc201knoc wrote:If you look at it like this -dizzy- it really isnt that noticeable


Bwahahaha!!!
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:30 am

Surprised nobody has said it will buff out yet...

-ouch...it hurts-
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Postby dsc201knoc » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:53 pm

M20_fever wrote:Surprised nobody has said it will buff out yet...

-ouch...it hurts-


ha.... that one is a classic..... when is the footprint gas pedal going in?
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Postby M20_fever » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:59 pm

Its on back order with the chain link steering wheel. -XD-
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