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Ollies 75 rebuild

Postby Ollie68 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:06 am

Hi everyone

Welcome to the beginning of my rebuild.

I thought it was time to start to document bits of my rebuild for myself and for anyone else looking to do the same thing.
In August of 2011 I bought what I thought was a resonabley complete car from a guy I knew who was contracting at the place where I work. I have always wanted a C3 corvette since I was a little kid so here was my chance to fulfill my dream at a low entry price of $5000 including import papers. This didnt include the motor, radiator, rad support and fair bit of damage to the nose area but as we all do first time around I put on my rose coloured glasses and bought her. This is last photo of her before she got pushed into the shed for the strip down
[url][url=https://flic.kr/p/Yg1XY1]Image[/url]photo_zps1cd0a923 by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr[/url]

I thought a bit of elbow grease and a bit of fiber glass and away I go. We moved house not long after getting the old girl so I didnt do much work on her except investigate and read all the information I could about the particular model. Once we were settled I went to town and stripped her down to a pile of parts that are spread all over the shed, yard and garage. I have stripped all of the suspension components, bead blasted and repainted them ready for new parts. The chassis is solid and has no rust but it has been hit at some stage and has had the lower RH A arm ripped off and a poor attempt to repair has been done.

ImageVettehalfstripped_zps49ce1aef by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

ImageVetteframe_zps3f20576d by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

Imagephoto1_zps69b9052d by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

I will purchase from paragon corvette a replacment lower section of the front cross member and a new set of A arm supports which I will have welded in by a boiler maker mate of mine.
So with the chassis put aside for now I am starting on some body work and sanding all of the many coats of paint that have been applied to her.

ImageVetteframewelds_zpsb5967d7b by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

ImageVetebodycracks2_zpsd1022c3e by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

I have just started on the floor of the body and the cleaning of many years of dirt and grime. I have also found a few holes/cracks which I will repair in the next week or so.
I will post some photo's in the next couple of days of the under side.

Cheers

Ollie

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Postby TroppoVette » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:34 am

Well, I'm impressed! That is a bloody huge job you have in front of you mate. There is no way I could even think about attempting something like that! :shock:
Good luck! Love the pics!

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Postby DOC » Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:56 am

Yes looks like a large job ahead to a finished car. But it should be a nice one. The biggest issue I have seen with projects of this scope. Is guys losing there drive to finish. Hang in there Ollie! one day you'll be driving that Stingray on a run with a bunch of other Vette Heads!

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Postby Bazzas77 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:02 am

thats a big job ahead for you for sure :o


what was the reason for taking the front clip off ?

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Postby Ollie68 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:59 pm

Bazzas77 wrote:thats a big job ahead for you for sure :o


what was the reason for taking the front clip off ?


To put it bluntly, It fell off as it was never attached properly. I will need to do bit of research with regards to reattaching it. I'm kinda glad as it has show up some other faults that need fixing. I want to do this properly and finish with a car that will last a long time.

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Postby Ollie68 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:06 pm

DOC wrote:Yes looks like a large job ahead to a finished car. But it should be a nice one. The biggest issue I have seen with projects of this scope. Is guys losing there drive to finish. Hang in there Ollie! one day you'll be driving that Stingray on a run with a bunch of other Vette Heads!


I must admit I would love to be driving one now but I'm on a budget and an outright purchase of a going car is out of the question. What I can afford is to do the car up over the next few years or so. Ive had some great assistance from fella's on this forum already which has helped greatly and kept the costs down a little. :-)
I've rebuilt bikes in the past over a few years so I am used to waiting for the finished product. :-x
Hopefully I can stick it out with this project :: .

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Postby DOC » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:17 pm

Glad to hear you have had practise with patience.
I build and customize Bikes for a living. Have finished many a project that others have started and then ran out of steam.
Most of the time, for the "New" owner who bought up the unfinished project for a song.
Take your time, Do it right, Buy your parts when you find the good deals.
Patience will pay off big in the long run.
And yes there lots of moral support and advice here.

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Postby bfit » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:07 pm

Ollie
You just keep chipping away at it
You will get there.
By the look of what you have done already
It won't take that long
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Postby 98lux » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:15 pm

Lots of good info here,

http://www.corvette-restoration.com/
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Postby CraigH » Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:57 am

Great project ahead of you Ollie.

As said work at it bit at a time and you will end up with a great Vette

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Postby Ollie68 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:03 pm

Hi all,

Well the cleaning has begun under the floor and wow its amazing how good the fiberglass is under all the built up grime. There are a few little repairs underneath that wont take to long to fix and then a good coat primer/filler and then the satin black for the floor. I have a few repairs to do on the firewall and I have started to do the lower ones whilst the body is at a height which is easy to work with.

Here is a couple of photo's, I know you all like photo's :-)

ImageVettebodycracks_zps1244ab6a by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

And then after the repair.

ImageVetebodycracks1_zps27a5075f by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

This is a nice height for the lower part of the firewall for me.

Something that might help any future restorers is an item I bought from Ebay recently. It has help me greatly in getting the body off and doing all those lifting jobs that you would ask half a dozen mates around for. It has a total height of 3.6 mt and is 2.4 wide. You can see the top rail in the last photo which fits in my shed and the following photo is the gantry at full height. It has wheels and can be moved into place easily.

ImageVettehoist_zpsfd517202 by Wayne Oliver
, on Flickr

Cheers Ollie

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Postby LRC89 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:42 pm

Well done Ollie, I'd love to do a similar rebuild one day but worry about the time taken and space required. I agree the gantry would be a very handy item to have in the workshop. Well done mate, love your photos. :o

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Postby 98lux » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:21 pm

Great progress, Yep that gantry would be the next best thing to a hoist.
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Postby DOC » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:06 pm

Just wish I had the room!

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Postby Trudgeo » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:38 am

Gantry, block and tackle, all come in very handy for this sort of thing. But then again, so does a forklift and a body rotisserie :) :-x :o
Great work Ollie :o :o

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Postby DOC » Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:20 pm

But you have the space George!

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Postby Trudgeo » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:10 am

Sort of Doc, but if all goes well today, I'll have heaps more......... :shock: :mad: :mad: :mad:

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Postby Ollie68 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:23 am

Yep a body rotisserie would be a huge help but I'm going to have to live with the gantry. I hope to be finished under the body by the start of may and I can put it back on the cradle and continue with the chassis and body works.
I have to move things around alot and think ahead with what I have to do as my shed is only 7.5 x 4 mt which makes getting around it at times a bit of a challenge.
I have to ask George but if all goes well today ??? dont leave us hanging too long :-x

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Postby DOC » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:30 am

That would be George.
He loves the leave us hanging thing.
But I do know he's been looking at properties for a while now.
Perhaps he's found something.

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Postby Trudgeo » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:45 pm

Spot on Doc, we've decided to see if we can get a loan to by the property we want at Wood ford and then rent out this one. The shed at the woodford property could house 4 Iroquois Helicopters and still have room :shock: :) :o and the house is near new with a separate mud brick cottage on it that we can also rent out.
reason for doing all this....we're over waiting for the developers to finalise this sale , so we're on the move till it finalises, then we'll be debt free again :) :)

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Postby Ollie68 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:34 pm

Good luck with it George, I hope it works out for you as you can never have enough shed space :o

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Postby DOC » Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:39 pm

The bigger the Shed, the more junk we find to fill it up!

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Postby australi » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:23 am

I have PURE ENVY George; I should've bought out that way when I won my court case. I would LOVE to have a shed or triple garage big enough for a hoist. :evil:

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Postby Ollie68 » Fri May 03, 2013 12:50 am

Well I had planned to have the floor finished and the body back on the cradle, but a trip to Hervey bay for the holidays put a dent in my spare time. I did manage to get the repairs all done and the floor primmed ready for the body deadener to be applied then back on the cradle she goes.
Progress photo:
ImageVetebodycracksrepairedd_zps2ac57384 by Wayne Oliver, on Flickr

Cheers Ollie

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Postby DOC » Fri May 03, 2013 6:42 am

Looking good Mate!
Mine hasn't been that clean underneath since late 1976!

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Postby Ollie68 » Fri May 03, 2013 6:53 am

Hey Doc, its amazing how well the fiberglass has held up for all these years. Thet dont have any fancy finish and yet it came up as clean as the day she left the factory. :o

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Postby CraigH » Fri May 03, 2013 8:20 am

Underbody looks amazing. Keep up the great work

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Postby 98lux » Fri May 03, 2013 8:43 am

Great work, i love when some colour goes on and you can see what you have achieved.
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Postby Fissan » Fri May 03, 2013 9:49 pm

Nice work ollie, :o If you finish the build to this standard it will be one sweet looking Vette. If you can get hold of series 3 of Dream car garage they go through a full body off rebiuld of a L88 69 Vette very informitive :o :o
Cheers Bruce

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Postby Ollie68 » Fri May 03, 2013 9:55 pm

Fissan wrote:Nice work ollie, :o If you finish the build to this standard it will be one sweet looking Vette. If you can get hold of series 3 of Dream car garage they go through a full body off rebiuld of a L88 69 Vette very informitive :o :o


I have caught some bits of it and your spot on it is very informative. 8)
Infact all there shows have some great tips and techniques which are quite handy. :o

And thank you fella's for the support. :D


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