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Username Post: 66 winter project        (Topic#374098)
tommy49 
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tommy49
Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
Reg: 09-28-12
11-29-23 09:03 AM - Post#2864602    

I've got my neighbors 66 in the shop, it's been sitting for 20 years, and we're going to get it back on the road. It’s really a basket case on wheels. One front hub had a loose inner bearing race, the other hub had 2 oversized lug stud holes & studs. The engine block is a generic 327 car truck block with no identifying Corvette markings. It does have the correct heads, Winter intake, carb, and solid lifter cam, so it could be an "L76". All the fuel & brake lines are rotted, and it's horribly cobbled together. Right now, we’re trying figure out how to lift the body off the frame. This was going to be just a quick brake job & engine tune up, then back on my 49, but now the Vette will stay here for the winter and get an overhaul.









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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




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bobb 
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Loc: paradise
Reg: 09-05-03
12-03-23 12:54 PM - Post#2864712    
    In response to tommy49

just me but i would look at getting some long 4x4s to sling the body from and lift off the frame. maybe an engine hoist on one end and who knows what on the other. depending on weight. hard to know without being there.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
tommy49 
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tommy49
Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
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12-04-23 09:17 AM - Post#2864727    
    In response to bobb

There is a specified process for lifting the body up, just have to build up the courage.

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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tommy49
Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
Reg: 09-28-12
02-01-24 06:18 AM - Post#2866468    
    In response to tommy49

Finally got around to posting pictures. We did a 2 engine hoist lift and welded a 2x2 tube framework to hold the body off the frame. works great! we even welded brackets to the frame for jack stands.













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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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02-01-24 06:29 AM - Post#2866469    
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The frames been cleaned with a air needler, rust repaired, most of the frame has been painted Rustoleum red primer and satin black.













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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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tommy49
Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
Reg: 09-28-12
02-01-24 06:50 AM - Post#2866470    
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Pressed out the lower control arm bushings. The sleeves were rusted to the shafts, so I had to split them with a grinder. The upper bushings came out with just a whack with a big hammer.











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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 
tommy49 
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tommy49
Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
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02-01-24 06:59 AM - Post#2866471    
    In response to tommy49

Once the front suspension is together, we'll start rebuilding the rear suspension. Paul, the owner, is down in Florida and ordered all the parts from Van Steel. We did find that the front coil springs have different wire sizes and were the wrong length. More evidence the Vette was built with "spare" parts.

Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




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tommy49 
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tommy49
Loc: Kaleva, Michigan
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02-23-24 06:36 AM - Post#2867155    
    In response to tommy49

we're moving right along! The spindles & control arms have been cleaned & painted and new bushings & ball joints installed. We even made the "special tools" for pressing in the bushing, out of the steering column tube from the 49. We're also disassembling the rear suspension and we found that the rear end crossmember bolts are missing!! It's been held in by rust!











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Tommy

49 Deluxe Sport Coupe, 4.8/4L60E, MII, power brakes, power steering, air conditioning.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyfortynine /album...




 


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