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    Plans for our 78 2door

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    bgkid2966
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    Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  bgkid2966 on Mon Aug 25, 2014 6:15 pm

    We have a 78 I picked up back in 98 for $150. I drove it home about 40 miles and the 305 ran good and the trans felt nice and tight. The steering was a different story, loose was an understatement. Half a turn on the wheel to get the tires to start to move! The plan for it is a 496 big block for street and strip use. I have not been able to do much with it for the last 10 or so years. It has been stashed in the garage behind lots of stuff. I have the engine ready to go to the machine shop and the front of the car is on the roof so I can clean and paint the frame. I am now thinking a frame off might be the way to go. I just do not know how to support the body when I remove it.

    Anyway I am glad I found this forum as these cars are not very popular. The more people come together the better it will become.



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    Re: Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  solo79 on Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:37 pm

    Welcome to the Forum. If you got it for $150.00, you did really good even for '98. You couldn't get one at that price today even for a shell. The scrap yards pay more than that and so do the race car guys. Would love to see some pics of it sometime. You are right, a frame off is the way to go because at least you know you've covered everything in the car. I'm hoping to have my frame off the car by winter and when I do, I will post lots of pictures of how I support the body and I'm working on a grass driveway outside. You basically are disassembling the entire car piece by piece and then restoring/refinishing, replacing each piece before it goes back together. Take lots of photos, document and label everything as you go. Start securing parts that you know you'll need now before you even get it all the way tore down. You never know if they'll be available when you actually need them.

    You are right in that these cars were never really a popular choice to fix up/restore. I think it's slowly changing though. They've got good looks and are solid cars to build and a big block will go right in there with little effort and room to spare. I too am contemplating that myself.


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    Re: Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  bgkid2966 on Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:21 pm

    I tried to post a picture or 2 and was informed that I do not have permission.



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    Re: Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  solo79 on Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:31 pm

    This is how it should work if you use the Attach file option just under the Post window:
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    Photo of my 79
    You don't have permission to download attachments.
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    Re: Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  solo79 on Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:33 pm

    Personally, I prefer to use an offsite image hosting service such as photobucket. It's easier and you can keep all your photos in one place and it's free! I did check your username and I don't see anything that would prevent you from using the Attach file method.


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    1989 Pontiac Firebird Black T-Top 305/700R4 -nice sunny day daily driver
    1997 Chevrolet Silverado Ext. Cab 3rd Door White Vortec 350/4L60E

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    Re: Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  bgkid2966 on Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:44 pm

    Here are 2 pics

    It says"Could not upload file : exceeded user allowed storage. (Free space : 0)"



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    Re: Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  GM B-Body Forum on Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:50 pm

    bgkid2966 wrote:It says"Could not upload file : exceeded user allowed storage. (Free space : 0)"
    Thats because if you want to host a pic on the forum without using an outside source like photobucket, you have to click on "host an image" in the toolbar, once you select your image and upload it, it gives you 3 links to copy, only choose the bottom one, then you click on "insert an image" which is right next to host image, and paste it in there, and then youll be good to go. Its confusing at first and sometimes annoying, but once you figure it out its nothing. But please keep us updated on your project!


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    Re: Plans for our 78 2door

    Post  bgkid2966 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:47 am

    Here is a pic, I hope!







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