Purchased this 65 coupe mid December 2018. This is my 1st classic car and my 1st "build" so i'm learning as i go and learning that i have been quick to do some things and have to redo them. Anyway, I'm in no way an expert but i figured i would show my progress. The intent of my build is to have a decent looking car that is reliable enough to cruise around town on the weekends. Below are a few of the Items i noticed when i purchased the car. They seemed to be somewhat expected and that it wouldn't be impossible to fix in my garage.
(1) Started life as a straight 6 and was converted to a 289 and a C5 trans at some point prior to my ownership. (No battery so didn't start motor and trans was "rebuilt" at some point.)
(2) The car had a bad paint job (4 paint jobs including the original) i think. There was alot of filler between each paint job. (did i mention chevy stripes??)
(3) Both front fenders and the bottom front of the 2 doors, and the floor pans where rusted out.
(4) Car was hit in the real left Quarter panel. Looked as if the pulled it a bit and added about a gallon of filler. The tail light panel didn't look bad but was tweaked from the hit.
(5) Dash pad supports where cut off and dash had a smooth pad. Under the pad was body filler on top of bare metal. At some point water got through the body filler and started rusting the dash.
On its way home.
Got it in the garage. (Did I mention Chevy stripes?)
Motor 289 with 302 heads.
Seemed pretty clean inside. Not much gunk at all.
Cylinders looked decent. There was some minor scoring on the cylinder walls. The motor looks to be .030 over so i plan on swapping out to a fuel injected roller motor at some point. This one should be fine for now.
Timing set had more play than i liked. Replaced the gear, chain and while i had it apart tossed in a new Crane cam, push rods and lifters. Photos still show old cam in place.
New water pump and some paint. Already ruined the paint on the intake manifold from dealing with gas leak issues. Still need to address the sketchy fuel line setup. It runs right by the exhaust manifold. They used some kind of copper tube by the manifold. Debating on getting some hard fuel line and an fittings or just buying all new fuel line. Probably go with the latter.