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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What makes a Chevelle a Malibu?

Q: Why is it important to know the difference?

Q: How can I tell a car is not an SS?

Q: How do I remove the headlight knob?

Q: I have a 72 chevelle, the body is bad, the front clip is good, I found a 69 body. Will the front clip and tail section match up on the 69 body?

Q: Has anyone tried the new reproduction 70 Chevelle SS hood or fenders? 

Q: How do you install a rear quarter panel on a 69 2 door hardtop Chevelle?

Q: Where I can find a 4 speed setup for my 71 Chevelle?

Q: Where can I  find a place that refurbishes the paint and/or guts and markings on a '69 tach and gauge assembly?

Q: How do you swap out a 327 in a '67 to a '75 model 454. What changes will have to be made? What parts will be needed? 

Q: How do you remove the ignition on the dash on a '66 Chevelle?

Q: Can I change my VIN tag to make a real SS from a Malibu?

Q: Where do I start on restoring a 72 SS 396 Chevelle? 

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Q: What makes a Chevelle a Malibu?

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A Malibu is a Chevelle with the Malibu option package. (Fancier trim and nicer interior basically)

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Q: Why is it important to know the difference?

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It's not that important except in the case of the SS vs. Malibu, the SS cars generally had larger engines and more PERFORMANCE upgrades than just a Malibu.  This will make a difference if you are purchasing an SS that is really a Malibu in disguise.  Chevelle SS's are sometimes faked by people to get more money. Then again sometimes they are turned into a "fake" SS purely because that's what the owner or restorer preferred, which is FINE as long as the car is not MISREPRESENTED as a REAL SS. 

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Q: How can I tell car is not an SS?

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For this I will refer to a comprehensive explanation by Dan Carr on the ways to tell an SS from a NON-SS car. 
http://www.chevelles.com/shop/ss_ident.html

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Q: How do I remove the headlight knob?

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Reach under the dash and find the little spring loaded button on the body of the switch housing. Press this button in while pulling out the knob. The knob will come out attached to the shaft. To put it back in just push it right back in.: How do I remove the headlight knob?

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Q: I have a 72 chevelle, the body is bad, the front clip is good, I found a 69 body. Will the front clip and tail section match up on the 69 body?

A:
Nope, not even close.

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Q: Has anyone tried the new reproduction 70 chevelle ss hood or fenders? 

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I bought a passenger 70 fender made from the original tooling. There still not perfect, or mine was a fluke. At about a 1/2 inch below the style line where the fender meets the door make sure the fender is crimped to the inner structure ensuring a even parting line from fender to door. My seam was off a little bit in this area, and I didn't realize until I painted the car and almost chipped the corner off opening the door. Don't expect to use the original shims either. They will get you close. The hoods from what I hear are just fine.

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Q: How do you install a rear quarter panel on a 69 2 door hardtop chevelle?

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Installing qtr panels isn't a easy job you should some help from some one who has done this kind of job before. You can really screw a car up if you don't install them right. The best qtrs to use are full factory ones. The aftermarket qtrs that are part of a qtr require a lot of filler because you splice down the top body line. To install if can't find anyone you has done this before buy the part first. Then you will see how it will fit on. Then you need to start buy drilling out all the spot welds and grind the lead out of the roof line that will get you started. You need to have a mig welder to spot weld it back on. Drill out all the spot welds as mentioned. Unless you want to spend $600 or more on factory quarters you'll most likely use an aftermarket panel. Spend the extra money and get it from a reputable source like year one or classic industries. try to find one that comes over the top of the ledge, next to the trunk. This way you limit the area that you have to do filler work. if you have to splice it down the center of the panel try to do it under the original body line. Take your time fitting it, make sure you check and double check so that you don't cut you old panel to short. Leave a few inches extra, lay the new panel over it and hold it in place with sheet metal screws. Get it exactly where you want it with the screws before you weld. You will probably have to put it on and take it off again a few times and trim here and there. Don't rush it, when you weld don't make one long weld or you will warp the shit out of it. Jump around when you are welding it. Grind the welds flush and finish with body filler. If you have no body work experience I wouldn't recommend trying this yourself. If you supply a quality panel a body shop will install it up to primer for around $400-$600 and you'll be happier with the results. or if your daring try it yourself, that's how I learned.

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Q: Where I can find a 4 speed setup for my 71 chevelle?

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Keep scanning the Team Chevelle parts for sale ads. They turn up every now and then. Also scour the local junkyards if you have any good ones near you. I just picked up one for my 72 from a GTO in the local yard. (Try to find one the same year as your car as there are minor differences that will need to be corrected if changing out from a different year car.) GTO and Monte Carlo 4 speed setups will work as well as Buick GS and similar A-body cars.

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Q: Where can I  find a place that refurbishes the paint and/or guts and markings on a '69 tach and gauge assembly?

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Pick up a copy of Hemmings Motor News (http://www.hmn.com) there a several guys in there that do it. Mine were done by Clock Doc in Tenn. Very happy with their work.

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Q: How do you swap out a 327 in a '67 to a '75 model 454. What changes will have to be made? What parts will be needed? 

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It should drop right in. You'll need new motor mounts for the 454, but the mounts on the frame should work and line up just fine. It will also bolt up to the tranny just fine, If I were you, I'd change to Big Block front coil springs to handle the extra weight and go with a bigger radiator. Of course your exhaust manifolds or headers from the small block will not fit.

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Q: How do you remove the ignition on the dash on a '66 Chevelle?

A: With the dash in, you must remove the heater ashtray and the mounts for it, so you can reach above the dash to unplug the ignition. Should have three connectors. With the ignition key, turn the switch to the accessory position and insert a paper clip in the little hole in the switch face. Turn the key and the tumblers will come right out. Remove the bezel ring (unscrews to the left) and the switch falls back into the dash (that's why you have to remove the ashtray components). Reach up and worm it down so you can see it, then unplug and install your new one. Reverse the process.

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Q: Can I change my VIN tag to make a real SS from a Malibu?

A: Isn't that illegal? I might as well get some Porsche data plates so I can make my VW a 356! Not only is it illegal, it's dishonest. Definitely a frowned upon practice by every Chevelle nut I know. If you want a real SS, fork over the cash for a real one. If not enjoy your clone. The only reason I can see for switching VINS is to rip off and unsupecting buyer. What's the difference if the VIN says its a real SS or it just appears to be one.

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Q: Where do I start on restoring a 72 SS 396 Chevelle? We pulled out of the shed after sitting in there since 1984. needs bucket seats, a console, and a steering wheel for it, and I need to know what years interchange. Also what about fenders, and rear quarters. And where to find replacement body panels? The area just below the rear window where the stripes are, is rotted really bad. Is there a panel for this? How is this repaired ? Any tips on that ?

A: Bucket seats are the same for 69-72. Consoles are the same 68-72. (71-72 console lids have a lock in the them, previous years do not have the locks.) Fenders from 71-72 are the same. Quarters 70-72 are the same. Try http://www.goodmarkindustries.com/HomePage.html for replacement parts. They are the major supplier who most retailers get their parts from. Also try http:// www.ss396.com for parts of all types. NOS (New Old Stock) is always better than reproduction except for the quarters for these cars. From what I am told the repro quarters are excellent. 

The area just below the rear window where the stripes are, is rotted really bad. Is there a panel for this? Yes there is a panel for this.  How is this repaired ? Carefully! cut out old one, weld in new one. Any tips on that ? Have a pro do it! Good luck!


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