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  • #5045
    V8 Staff
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    For a performance upgrade, we installed a Hotchkis Total Vehicle System suspension kit. The goal was to have a car that drove comfortably, but still had a far better handling and cornering ability than the original.

    The Hotchkis components include any large diameter front sway bar, front lowering coil springs, rear lowering springs, adjustable tubular rear control arms, the rear sway bar, and a set of Bilstein shocks absorbers all the way around.

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    #5046
    V8 Staff
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    #5047
    V8 Staff
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    The rear axle assembly was rebuilt with new bearings and seals, and installed in the chassis.

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    #5048
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    The crew bent new fuel lines front to rear, as well as new brake lines. Rebuilt steering components include the center link, idler arm, inner and outer tie rods, and a new steering box.

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    #5151
    V8 Staff
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    A pair of Scat Pro Car bucket seats were chosen for increased support, adjustability, and for the fact that the pattern looks similar to what originally was available in 1965. The crew made custom brackets to mount the seats to the floor using the scat seat tracks.

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    #5174
    Frank Szymkowski
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    brings back memories. I remember pulling the body off the frame of our 65 El Camino with my Dad.way back, we broke all of the bolts. That was a nightmare.. The resto is looking fine

    #5175
    Joseph Marconi
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    Kevin, that is some great work that you and the rest of your team do in your shop.

    #5176
    V8 Staff
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    Kevin, that is some great work that you and the rest of your team do in your shop.

    Thank you! These guys make it look easy, but are extremely talented.

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    #5201
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    The rear window had leaked in this car, and the victim was the Chevelle’s trunk floor. A 3-piece trunk floor set was ordered from OPGI to replace the thin and rusty original floor.

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    #5202
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    The crew carefully trimmed the pieces to fit, and sprayed weld-through primer over the bare steel where the welds would occur.

    The panels were MIG welded in place with a series of tack welds with our HTP MIG 200 welder. After the perimeter was tacked in place, the welds were ground smooth.

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    #5348
    V8 Staff
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    The body was installed on a rotisserie for the final welding and work on the bottom side of the car.

    The trunk floor supports were welded to the new floor section, and the seams were MIG welded and metal finished.

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    #5555
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    The rear decklid / rear window filler panel needed some attention, as the channel around the rear window was rusty and leaked into the trunk. We didn’t want our new trunk floor to be taken out the same way, so we elected to replace this panel.

    A window was cut in the panel to gain access to the spot welds on both sides.

    Like many repairs, the first steps are to drill out the original spot welds and separate the old panel from the body structure.

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    #5556
    V8 Staff
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    The outer skin was then removed with drills and cutoff wheels.

    The new OPGI panel was test fitted.

    The overall shape was accurate and the edges all appeared to line up nicely.

    This panel would be screwed in place until the fit can be checked against the quarter panels and the rear deck lid.

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    #5557
    V8 Staff
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    #5558
    V8 Staff
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    While the body was on the rotisserie, it was time to final coat the bottom side to prep for mounting the body on the completed chassis.

    The bottom of the body shell was cleaned and prepped for epoxy primer for corrosion protection.

    The bottom and firewall were sprayed with black epoxy.

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