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'73 Chevelle SS Wagon (local find)

Discussion in 'Other Vehicles' started by bucket, Feb 13, 2020.

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    bucket Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah, there's way worse examples out there. Obviously the front seat needs reupholstered, the RF door panel has some significant water damage, there's a couple mouse holes in the headliner and the 3rd seat lower cushion is missing a large section of foam where a mouse had made a mansion of a nest at some point. Plus there's a general mouse piss smell.

    Rock Auto had one remaining master cylinder with the proper Delco markings and bleeder ports, so I ordered it. I also ordered a pair of KYB Gas A Just shocks for the front and a pair of air shocks for the rear.
     
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    A few years ago, I bought a big bag of random springs from a hardware store. It's come in handy so many times, like today. No more throttle cable falling off.
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    Today I spent a good amount of time with a heavy cut compound on an aggressive buffer pad. Looks pretty good as long as you don't stand too close, ha.

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    Looking great!!
     
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    I was thinking you might be able to switch the front and rear seat bottoms, but taking a closer look it appears the rear seat is maybe a little thicker?
     
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    A lot of switches and things might come back working after a while of use. Looks good so far and even been growing on me a bit from ugliest body to somewhat acceptable
     
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    They are completely different in design. The rear seat basically sits on the floor, with a couple little bolts that keep it in place. If I can find a black and white "saddle" blanket, I'll fashion a redneck seat cover out of it. That should work well until the interior gets a full renovation. Maybe by that time, new parts will be available.
     
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    Mine didn't have bleeder ports in it.

    Just mentioning it as both may be correct; maybe a different m/c for wagon vs coupe, or maybe variation based on assembly plant (mine was built in Oshawa).

    Cool idea(s) - both having a bunch of springs on hand, and the application here. I've often said I need to just buy the whole fastener aisle at the hardware store and have it shipped to my house.

    I don't think you are missing anything on the throttle cable. The shape of the fitting is what creates the crimp. Maybe yours has just lost the shape over time.

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    82sbshortbed Fuckemall!!

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    I also have a filter before pump for same reason.
     
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    Spraying some elect.contact cleaner in those switches will make a big improvement.
     
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    DoubleDingo When In Doubt, Throttle Out

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    DoubleDingo When In Doubt, Throttle Out

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    Well yeah, he vacuum it out :33:
     
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    The master cylinder appears to be original. Iirc, my '69 and '70 Impala master cylinders have bleeders too. I assumed it was super common on GM's of the time, but I'm not normally looking at the master cylinder when I'm looking under the hood of other cars.

    A few of the listings specifically stated "except wagon" while others didn't. I'm curious what the difference was.
     
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    Today I installed the new fan clutch and also the new choke pull-off. The old fan clutch was date coded '73. It will go in the box with the other original parts I have removed. While changing the choke pull-off, I noticed something laying on the intake near the base of the distributor.
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    Hey, I know right where that little guy belongs!
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    I drove the car for about 10 miles, still with the old master cylinder and old shocks. Besides the low brake pedal and the seized rear shocks, the car runs great. Had it up to 55mph. Gave it a few hard stops and the brakes were actually working well. They sure put out a lot of brake dust on the front wheels though, like I had just driven it in the city for a couple weeks.

    Also, I was amazed that the AC still works. The blower is still inop, but the compressor kicks on and tries to cool (low charge). I would have bet money that the AC no longer worked.
     
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    That looks great! My parents had a 76 Pontiac Safari Wagon when I was in High School. It had some rust on the lower rear quarters but my dad kept it waxed and you didn't even notice since the rest of the car looked nice.
     
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