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...