I tackled the fabrication of the driver side bracket for the lower grille support today. Above all, Chevrolet cars cannot function without its parts. This involved a lot of stripping, painting, and new rubber installation. I scoured the interwebs and the Pull-A-Part lot to no avail. Anyway, the only options left to me were to either start working the phone book to tackle the local junk yards or just go ahead and fabricate one.
My cut and buff job left a lot to be desired, but it was my first go at it. The sound deadener had become very very fragile. He ended up getting really busy, so we just went ahead and had the truck towed back to my house as-is. So instead what I did was make a little bracket that hooked onto the shifter body and used a pushrod similar to a cable for bike breaks or something to move a linear potentiometer. So I sprang for a pricey Lokar shifter.
So if you own one, be proud that you've got a car that has 'America's Finest' written on it. Since I had the cooling system out too, I took the chance to install my Jetstream 2 fans. Booger welds on the rest of it with mig wire still attached, when there were any welds at all. I brushed the rust off and greased everything up and it slides much better now too. I also snagged a set of door condits off an old Sunfire that I plan to use to conceal the speaker wires in the doors.
I took a lot of time to be sure to get the shifter area and highbeam cutouts as close to perfect as I could. One thing I wish I had done is weld up the holes where the trim used to go through. We have all the parts and accessories you need to help restore your 1978 Chevy, at the best prices! Also, I was burning up alternators. I replaced the cable with a screen door cross-support the kind with a turnbuckle and it was an absolutely perfect fit. Fill out your contact information and your part request will get distributed instantly to a nationwide network of auto recyclers, salvage yards, wrecking yards, junkyards and parts brokers across the country. He ended up getting really busy, so we just went ahead and had the truck towed back to my house as-is. Shortly after, you will receive price quotes directly from the sellers that stock the part.
Mine went missing sometime during its stay at the paint shop. I plan on dressing things up slowly before it is all said and done. Chevrolet cars are equipped with original Chevrolet parts that complete the whole image of this car. I re-ran pretty much all the wiring under the hood in the hopes that my electrical gremlins would be excised. It really only has about 20 hours on it so far, so we will see what the future holds. That was all we got done saturday, so sunday I tackled the remainder. I was disappointed, but I do not believe he did it maliciously, I think he just got stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The carpet was next and the several years it spent in storage had taken their toll. I was surprised by how easy it was, and how well it turned out. The pulleys still have some alignment issues and so I still get a little bit of belt dust, but nothing like I used to. We were supposed to go to a wedding, but the planes got delayed due to weather, so instead I did truck work. My current one is actually in pretty good shape except for a really large an inexplicable hole on the top driver side. Before I delve into the new stuff, I should probably catch up the blog here on how some of the earlier big pieces of the project have held up so far.
I also had to preform some surgery on the front clip which had some rust on the bottom passenger side under the battery very typical spot for rust. The potentiometer then feeds into an arduino microcontroller which in turn controls a little led display that I worked into the gauge cluster. That kit turned out to be really worth it. It came out really well! I left the upper 6 inches or so unglued so I can easily access wires and whatnot. Then it is carpet and sound deadener time! Most Chevrolet cars became renowned in the motor world, and owning this kind of car also means receiving high regards because of the known quality and performance. More glowing header action I also started migrating the inner door components to the new door shells.
We also ran the wires for the speakers themselves and put in a chassis ground for the amp. I spent the last few months finishing out our metal building as my new workshop. This problem persisted even when I swapped out all my pulleys, tried different alternator brackets, redid a bunch of the primary wiring for the electrical system, purchased actual belt tension tools, and went through about 5 different alternators. During the break-in of the new engine the headers were glowing. I also took off the now vestigial column shift lever and cut it down and domed and polished the nub hah! The most recent Chevrolet models have made significant improvements in the small cars and have also launched the Volt plug-in hybrid. All in pursuit of keeping the belts from squealing and from melting belts seriously — like throwing molten rubber onto the underside of the hood.