- 1969 Chevelle Malibu Hardtop Coupe
- 18 gauge cold rolled sheet metal
- Weld-Pak® 3200HD (current model is the Weld-Pak® 140 HD)
- .025” SuperArc® L-56 MIG wire
- 75-25% Argon-CO2 shielding gas
In his own words
My dad used to drag race when I was growing up so I’ve been around fast cars my entire life. The ’69 Chevelle has always been my favorite car, so when a co-worker offered to sell one to me, I was eager to bring it back to life.
This project is a full frame-off restoration which has taken me about four years to this point. I’ve done all the sheet metal and mechanical work myself, but have had neighbors help me lift the body during alignment. I’ve actually had to take the body on and off three separate times to get the correct alignment.
I’ve had to weld several parts of this car, including: the floor pan, tail pan, quarter panels, rocker panels, wheel houses, custom firewall, frame and the frame-to-body mounts. I’ve ran this MIG welder for hours on end, and it has held up great!
I hope to have the body work completed this year, and have all road-ready within the next 1-2 years.
As for my plans for the car, I will probably just drive it around on the weekend and enjoy it that much more, knowing the amount of time I spent restoring it!
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