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Old 6th-September-2016, 09:48 AM   #1
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'62 Chevrolet Chevy II Project

Hey guys! I introduced myself sometime ago when I bought myself this '62 Chevy II. Now as it's time to start working on it, I thought I'd post some pics in here as well.

So I'm currently a 19 year old student from Finland and I bought a '62 Chevy II 100 4 Door Sedan from a friend in December 2015. Earlier that year he had mentioned that he had one of these that he might let go. I was thinking about buying it as he told me it wouldn't be too expensive, and finally decided that let's go and see how this little car looks. It looked just perfect for my purposes and while it wasn't expensive, I bought it.



The car had been sitting outside under a tarp for the last eight years. I don't know any history beyond that point, but it hasn't been driven for a long time for sure. Anyway, it's a car that was sold as new here in Finland in 1962.

My plan is to build an Old School style Street & Race type car that I can have some fun with on both, Street and Strip. I will be converting it into a 2 Door Sedan as it looks so much better, and in fact, it was a pretty popular modification here in Finland back in the early days when pretty much all you could find was 4D Sedan models...
Considering it has been sitting outside for a long time, the car is in good condition. It has only few rust spots found so far and it's pretty straight. It needs a lot of work of course, but I prefer working in the garage than going to the bar on weekends (As that's what many of the guys of my age do )

So it was in December when we went to pick up this car. To everyone's surprise, three out of four tires were full of air. The fourth one had a hole in it so we just pulled the Chevy on our trailer like that. Next morning we drove the car to the garage at our summer cottage. It was because I wanted it to be inside during the winter, and there was no way I could start building as I had to join the Army in January 2016.










During the spring despite the Army I was able to find a set of front tires for this. They're not really neccessary at this point yet, but as they were not that expensive, I bought them. They're 165/80/15 Hurst Racing Tires.



Well, I was happy to be back home from the Army in June 2016, and now as I finally got another car moved to other place from our home garage, it was time to bring this Chevy II home to start building. So on Sunday we picked it up.





Interior floor was full of little parts. Mainly seals, chrome trim and that kind of little parts. I shelved them for future use and started cleaning the floor a bit. Here you can see how good the floor actually looks when it's just cleaned up. Luckily, only one minor rusthole was found in driver's side.



There's some more stuff in the trunk... Once I figure out where to put them waiting for their future use, I can see better how the trunk floor looks.



Yesterday while I was in our garage, I decided to take a couple of parts off from the body. Front fenders seemed to be in a pretty good shape. Someone has done a good job with rust repairs on both front fenders. Co-Driver's fender is from a "DeLuxe model" though as it has holes for chrome trim. They need to be welded shut.



Inner fenders, and actually the whole engine bay looks good. There are some rust repairs, but they're done so cleanly that I don't have to re-do them. That's neat!



And this is how it looks now. Doors are in great shape too. Though some cutting and slicing will be needed for the 2 Door conversion...



Thanks for lookin' and Greetings from Finland! I'll be updating this thread as I make progress...
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Old 6th-September-2016, 10:03 AM   #2
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Looks like a pretty solid starting point. Good luck with your build.
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Best of luck with your build. It is always good to hear about a young man working on older cars.
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Old 7th-September-2016, 10:04 PM   #4
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From the pics appears to have already been changed over to 5 lug
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Old 8th-September-2016, 09:50 AM   #5
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looks to be in good shape. Did you get any interior parts with it?
Here is a great thread on an interior project:
http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums...d.php?t=142528
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Old 9th-September-2016, 01:40 AM   #6
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I'm subscribed. Looking forward to seeing an international project. Looks like a solid start and I'm sure it must be rare to find a decent Chevy II in Finland. Hope your 6 months in the Army wasn't too painful.

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Old 11th-September-2016, 04:07 PM   #7
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Thanks Guys!

It's a shame that nowadays very few young people are interested in these older cars. Most of the guys are spending their time with somekind of tuning cars and to be honest, I'm not interested in it at all !

Yep, it's good someone has already changed those 5 lug parts on this one. It saves me a bit money and work.

As far as the interior parts go, no, steering wheel and column and dashboard were only interior parts that I got. Though it doesn't matter in a Street Race project like this, it'll have two bucket seats and aluminum "upholstery" on door panels and no backseat. I will need to order a carpet from somewhere and somekind of headliner too.

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I'm subscribed. Looking forward to seeing an international project. Looks like a solid start and I'm sure it must be rare to find a decent Chevy II in Finland. Hope your 6 months in the Army wasn't too painful.
Yep, bunch of these 1st Gen Chevy IIs were sold as new here in Finland, and this is one of them. Most of these were used as taxis so almost all were 4D Sedans. You're right that nowadays it's not easy to find one of these in a good shape. This one has been quite rusty too, but one of the previous owners has done a good job with lots of rust repairs. So there's not that much rust to be fixed anymore and that's of course great.

And yep, the Army wasn't a big deal after all.

I took out all of the extra parts that were in the trunk. Now I could see that the trunk floor looks actually really good. A couple of rust spots have been fixed in the past and now everything looks solid.



But then I started watching the rear quarter panels from inside... I was sure this is a Chevy II 100, but then I noticed someone has welded holes for side trim shut. After looking at the chassis number I found out this has originally been a Chevy II 300. Well looks like I have a replica !



Then I started to make a bit clearance for wider rear tires. I'm not going crazy with the rear tires, but if I could make a 10.5" wide tire fit inside the wheel wells, I'd be very happy. I started from driver's side as the wheel well on that side is a bit trickier shape than on passenger's side.




I cut half of the original wheel well off, and it'll be moved inwards so that it starts from the point where the "frame rail" ends.



I had to weld the floor to the "frame rail" as originally they were welded from place that I just cut off. Those welds need to be smoothed out before I can weld those wheel wells back on.



Here you can see that someone has worked hard with this car in the past. Lots of new sheet metal has been welded to the rear wheel well.



And as I had my welding machine out, I filled the gas filler cap's hole from driver's side. My car will have a fuel cell in the trunk so this hole is not needed anymore.




Antenna hole was also filled. It was on top of the rear fender.

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A Little rust spot was found on the "frame rail". Luckily it wasn't a big one so it was fixed pretty easily.




And today I had to weld a couple of rust fixes to the wheel well that I cut off from the body. Now the weld seams just need to be smoothed out and then I can start fitting this wheel well on its new place.



Removing that old underbody coating from the wheel well was no fun...
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Looks like your off to a good start
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Thanks David! I gotta keep busy if I want to drive with it next summer.

Well today I did some more work on the driver's side wheel tub. After a bit of fitting I was able to weld that original tub, or a part of it, on its new place. After all the fitment was really good, only in the front corner there is a little hole. I'll fabricate a correct size patch in there tomorrow.



Then I started making pieces to patch the tub as one piece unit again. I had to make it from three pieces, and the center piece that went on top of the tub was of course the hardest one to make, and to weld on place. Luckily I was able to make it fit and I also succeeded covering the whole seam with welds from upside so I didn't have to do any welding from underneath the car.


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Thanks! This site is a great place, lots of interesting information and projects and nice people with lots of knowledge too.

Today I welded that little hole from front end of the wheel tub shut. That was an easy thing to do, and now the next thing will be starting the same operation on co-driver's side.

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I've been working on co-driver's side wheel tub now. I did it the same way as I did driver's side, so I started by cutting half of the tub off and removing floor so that the tub will be welded where the "frame rail" is. Then I welded that floor and frame rail together, and a small rust hole was found on that frame rail too. That was an easy fix.



Next I mocked up the tub on its new place and welded it there...




To be continued...
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Looking good, wish I had your welding skills. I bought my car with the tubs cut out from the previous owner and due to cost of paying someone to complete the mini tub I had them welded back in the original position. When I go to buy wheels I know I'm going to regret that.
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Looking good, wish I had your welding skills. I bought my car with the tubs cut out from the previous owner and due to cost of paying someone to complete the mini tub I had them welded back in the original position. When I go to buy wheels I know I'm going to regret that.
Thanks! I've done pretty much welding in the past on different projects as cars that have been here in Finland for a long time are usually a little rusty... And you're also right that the original tubs are not too large.

Last Friday I had a day off from school so I headed to the garage to finish the wheel tub on co-driver's side. It was done the same way as I did on the other side, three pieces plus that little patch on front that's welded to the tub and to the floor.





Here they are both completed. Another choice would have been buying them from Detroit Speed, but the price tag of $475 per pair forced me to do them myself. That price together with shipping, tax, etc would have been a bit too much for me. And doing them myself cost me only a couple cut off disks for my angle grinder...



Next project is converting this from Four Door Sedan to Two Door Sedan. Luckily a friend of mine has done the same thing on his '66 Olds Cutlass so I got some good advice and pics from him.

First thing to do was to cut rear end of the inner door sheet metal off. That will be then moved a bit backwards as both, the outer door skin and the inner sheet metal will be stretched by pieces taken from original rear doors.
Someone has welded a couple of rust repairs on this door, too. They were so nicely done that I couldn't tell from top side if the door was welded or not.



Then I had to cut outer door skin and inner sheet metal as separate parts from the rear doors too. This wasn't so easy as the angle grinder simply didn't fit in all places. So I had to do the rest with a saw... And, someone has been welding this door too! The bottom part is completely new and there is a patch or two on the outer skin too.




Then I mounted front doors on place and started fitting rear door outer skins on them. Minor fitting was required, but then I welded those rear outer skins together with front doors. So now I have long doors. Those are not completely welded yet, but enough to do a mock up. When I get them completely welded together, I'll measure the right spot to cut new, longer, outer door skins on front doors.


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