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'73 Chevelle SS Wagon (local find)

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

  1. bucket

    bucket Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I've got an '88 Celebrity Eurosport VR coupe that I bought in Piqua... it's really rusty, lol.

    The fella that had it for sale there, he lived near London. Right next to Choctaw Lake on Rt 56.
     
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    One of my biggest concerns is taken care of. It turns out, Steele Rubber products offers most of the important weatherstripping for a station wagon. Most importantly, they offer the window weatherstripping (on the body) for the front and rear doors. Mine is toast. Now I just gotta fork out the cash, lol.
     
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    A 79 cougar xr7 my dad had actually had steel wheels with a similar rubber design bonded to them just like that.
     
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    My first car was an 87 celebrity station wagon! 2.8L, silver with grey interior, stainless hubcaps with gold bowties in the center. I paid $400 cash from the mother of a girl in my graduating class for it, paid for it with my graduation money. Beat the piss outta it for about 4 years till i wanted a truck, gave it to my dad and bought a 90' gmt400 chevy k1500.
     
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    Now that you mentioned it, iirc, there were some wheels like that used on the early style Taurus too.
     
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    Honestly that XR7 is still sitting in my moms yard, and so are the wheels!
     
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    I went to VA for a few days and didn't get to look over the car much more. This afternoon I got a chance to look around under the hood and realized there's a smog pump and a charcoal canister, which I wasn't expecting. The emissions sticker on the radiator support says it conforms to federal and California standards where applicable... whatever that means. More than likely I will remove those parts and install a vented gas cap. Every single original part I remove however, will be boxed up and saved for potential future use.

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    Then I went to pull off this little guy. It's a Rochester 2GV I do believe.
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    It's the large bore model like what came original on my '69 327. Although I really don't remember my old one having a choke pull off.

    Anyway, it's not seized up and the choke coil works well. There were only 2 bolts holding it to the manifold, so it must have been off a time or two in the past. Rebuilding it will be the first step in going through the fuel system.
     
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    I realized something this evening when I was on my way home from picking up an engine for another project and it turns out, this station wagon's history hits closer to home than I ever imagined. Yet another long-winded post coming...

    When I purchased the wagon, I actually had looked up the address of the PO (Frank Ward) to see exactly where this car was for all those years. Sure enough, on Google's satellite and street views, it looked like a large property and there was several vehicles and a large camper up by the road. Seemed like the type of place that a car could potentially sit for a while. So then today I happen to be driving that stretch of road, not really paying attention to my surroundings because I've seen it all many times before. Then as I'm driving past, I realized "oh hey, that's where that Frank guy lives" because it still looks just like the Google Street view. I almost turned around to go knock on the door, but decided against it.

    Then maybe a quarter mile down the road, I pass by the old closed down filling station where I once nearly bought the Suburban that was discussed here:
    https://www.gmsquarebody.com/threads/think-i-should-buy-it.13532/

    As I'm driving past, then it REALLY hit me "Hey wait a minute! That guy's name is Frank! And he said he lived close to his little old shop!" So I looked through my contacts list on my phone and wouldn't you know it, that Frank's phone number was the same number listed on the old paperwork that came with the Chevelle wagon! Small world, right? Lol.

    Back when I was looking at purchasing that Suburban, Frank had told me that he had a whole bunch of stuff that he'd be willing to sell since he was getting older and didn't have time for most of it. He said he was willing to show me around if I ever had the time. I wish I would have taken him up on his offer, as I would have found the Chevelle several years ago and it would have been cheaper too.
     
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    I feel like @bucket ’s posts are getting more and more like @HotRodPC ’s every day. Long winded. Gotta go grab a cold snack before reading those suckers. I’m tired. I need a nap now.
     
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    Yeah, I've noticed that myself. I tend to be windy these days. I blame @HotRodPC for training me to be that way.
     
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    Dammit @HotRodPC

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    Please note that I went and found a new "picard" just for this!
     
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    You ain’t that special. Puhlease. :crazy:
     
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    Look here ya silly bish DON'T make me turn this car around! :slap: Everybody tells me that I'm "special" not sure what they mean :boxed:
     
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    That's super cool. You HAVE TO call the old guy now, hopefully he's still kicking and working on old Chevys
     
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