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Andy 09-13-2013 12:18 PM

1969 Chevelle Build
 
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We are just starting the build on our Chevelle and I wanted to share because I am over the moon excited about it. I have never raced a car, but I have raced deep into the 11's on a Harley and I have been tagging along with my Dad as part of his crew for at least 30 years. (I am 6'4" and my Dad is 5'9" so I stopped fitting in his Super Comp Dragster when I was 15, or at least that was the last time I was allowed to get in it after getting stuck and breaking 2 toggle switches off the dash trying to get out) This Chevelle means a lot to our family. It was originally Jim Endicott's car, my Dad's best friend and one of 2 guys that got him on the track. It was an I/S record holder in the 70's as well as a back to back Track Champion car at the old Tri-City Dragway here in Michigan. It was raced from 1972-1978 when Jim passed and we bought it in 1994 from his wife. We put treaded tires, mufflers and synchros in it, then went to Woodward and other cruise spots. The time has come for me and Dad to go racing again.

Starting next year we will be hitting the local bracket races, with the eventual goal of going H or I/ SA then eventually a 427 engine to run with the big boys in C/SA. Paint and body are untouched since about 1975 , as is most of the car for that matter, and the flat tow brackets will stay on there forever. My Dad is the engine guy and I do the fab, machining, welding stuff. A new floor pan from Auto Metal Direct is waiting in the garage. I just joined this forum and so far I am very happy I did. A lot of knowledge and minimal amounts of ego's floating around in here. Thanks for having me!

Dan Fahey 09-13-2013 12:52 PM

Re: 1969 Chevelle Build
 
Wow !! What a nice car..
FWIW ...your historical ride would fit perfectly in Pure Stock with what you have and be very competitive..

D

Andy 09-13-2013 12:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Dan Fahey (Post 399761)
Wow !! What a nice car..
FWIW ...your historical ride would fit perfectly in Pure Stock with what you have and be very competitive..

D

Thanks Dan! I wish there was a 'like' button on here similar to Facebook.:)

Dion Hildebrandt 09-13-2013 01:02 PM

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Nice car, one of my favorite years of chevelle. Are you going to keep it a 3 pedal car? the AMD panels are good pieces the floor repair should go pretty well. Keep us in the loop, we need more stockers in the world :)

Charlie A 09-13-2013 03:15 PM

Re: 1969 Chevelle Build
 
If I see the front fender emblem correctly, this is a 300 series 2 door hardtop!

I have not seen every Chevrolet ever made but I have "NEVER" seen a 300 that wasn't a post sedan, 2dr or 4dr.

Andy 09-13-2013 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Dion Hildebrandt (Post 399764)
Nice car, one of my favorite years of chevelle. Are you going to keep it a 3 pedal car? the AMD panels are good pieces the floor repair should go pretty well. Keep us in the loop, we need more stockers in the world :)

Thanks Dion. I would really like to keep it a 'man' pedal car, but we already have all of the hardware to go racing with an automatic and a budget to match the lower parts replacement nature of a slush box car. I will keep updating the build as it progresses.

Andy 09-13-2013 05:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Charlie A (Post 399785)
If I see the front fender emblem correctly, this is a 300 series 2 door hardtop!

I have not seen every Chevrolet ever made but I have "NEVER" seen a 300 that wasn't a post sedan, 2dr or 4dr.

I have not either Charlie, but I don't believe that Jim (Original owner) did any badge trickery on this car. It is a factory radio delete car too and was originally the light, snot green color. You have inspired me to do some research and figure out if the 300 was actually offered as a 2 door hardtop. I will let you know what I come up with.

Andy 09-13-2013 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Charlie A (Post 399785)
If I see the front fender emblem correctly, this is a 300 series 2 door hardtop!

I have not seen every Chevrolet ever made but I have "NEVER" seen a 300 that wasn't a post sedan, 2dr or 4dr.

According to this website: http://www.devotedtochevelles.com/production.htm they made 3,321 6 cylinder 300 Deluxe Coupes in 1969. I do know that this car started life a 6 cyl auto car. So I guess that it is somewhat rare...cool!

Jeff Lee 09-13-2013 06:11 PM

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I like the drivers side. What happened to the passenger side lettering? I wouldn't paint it either. You may be able to drive a stick in it for less than you think. It will be way more fun and cool meter goes hard right.
$2000 - $2500 used Jerico w/ Long shifter
$2100 new complete (clutch PP flywheel) Sportsman 10" with owner consultation ANYTIME
$700 lite-weight spun housing bell
Make Jim proud!

Alan Roehrich 09-13-2013 06:13 PM

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It will be a "technicality", but the L-72 427/425 was only available in the Malibu coupe, not the 300 coupe.

The Stock Car Classification Guide apparently does not recognize the 2 door post as being a 2 door sedan in 1969, only the 4 door is listed as a sedan, all 2 door cars are evidently considered coupes.

I had one guy tell me that a 300 post car could legally run the L72 427/425, but several tech officials said no, only a true coupe can run the L72 427/425.

Also, the L72 427/425 in a Chevelle is a natural B car with an automatic and a natural A car with a 4 speed. As a 4 speed car it cannot run in C, it can as an automatic. But I cannot imagine anyone wanting to run at 3995 pounds with an L72 427/425, it would be really hard on parts.


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