My 1965 442 is finally home

Old June 25th, 2015, 04:11 PM
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My 1965 442 is finally home

Hi Everyone, I pulled it home yesterday and getting thing situated in the pole barn. Im in the process off taking everything apart to get the body and frame ready for media blasting. Floor and trunk pans are gone. Rockers, doors and fenders are in great shape. Quarters are good other then behind the rear wheel. I have been searching around on the net for pans and quarter patches. I found a lot of floor pans but nothing for the quarters. I guess I'm looking for anyone's thoughts on where to get sheet metal. I'll post up some pics soon.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 04:18 PM
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Welcome Tom. Sounds like a great project. Post pics when you can.
We want to follow your progress as well. I would suggest to post
a want ad in the parts wanted forum. Good luck with it, looking forward to the pics.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 04:18 PM
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Here is a couple pics, I'll get more posted as I get the car opened up
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Old June 25th, 2015, 04:26 PM
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Its for my dad, he had to sell his when he went Vietnam in 67. Hopefully give him some enjoyment in his final years. I love the 65...not to big and not to small.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 05:38 PM
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And the old school Cragars look nice on it too.
A solid project from what I can see. Your pops is a lucky man.
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Old June 25th, 2015, 07:58 PM
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That car was in TX right? I believe the seller had a few decent cars for sale. I read that ad a few times when I was stopped in TX on a roadtrip this month. Great look and should be excellent when done!!
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Old June 25th, 2015, 08:18 PM
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Welcome! There are a lot of us 64/65 guys here. It'll be tough to find lower rear quarter patches - tough but not impossible. Your pic of the car on the trailer struck a chord with me...
Can't wait to see more of your car. Keep us posted!
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Old June 25th, 2015, 08:45 PM
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Welcome! Very nice car

Sheet metal is not available only good used is the trunk pan is the same as most A body's of the same year

A lot of gto parts interchange

Ask 2blu442 if he still has the 64 quarters they were a little rough, but solid if I remember correctly .

I did fab up my right rear quarter, out of door skin and parts of two fenders a few flaws and a little goofy, but the trim covered most of it. if you spend some time very possible to do a great job

Could you do me a favor ? I need to add the window trim clip for my rear window and I need the measurement for the bottom ones in the corner if you could post a clear pic with a tape measure in the lower corner for me about 8 inches worth it would be great

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Old June 25th, 2015, 10:16 PM
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Nice project. Are you going to completely surprise him or get him involved with the resto?
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Old June 25th, 2015, 10:38 PM
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Well I thought about both options but I wanted him to take part in the whole project. The original color was dark blue with lite blue interior...his was dark blue with black interior. I want to do it as much as I can like his was.
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Old June 26th, 2015, 04:34 PM
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Hey Oldstata are u talkin about the trim piece that goes between window and body? When I get organized I'll get it for u if I have that piece.
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Thanks I need a pic of this area with a tape measure out about 6-8inch

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Nice! Hey I had that car for a while too. I pulled it home from the Nashville Tennessee area.
When he bought it from me it still had the 4 speed console in it, but he sold it separately for some reason.
Good luck with the car, it is a solid car, just needs the trunk and floor help.
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Old June 30th, 2015, 07:31 PM
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Hey have you checked out the w29.boards.net
It's early years 64-67 a few great guys that are in it for the hobby it's worth looking into I have found great parts

Also here was the channel clips I was looking for
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Just in case some one might need it as well
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Toms65, You may want to look into my thread in Major Projects titled "update progress on 64 F-85 Post" Tons of pictures and dialog. Ames Performance is a great source for parts with great prices. Alot of 64-65 Tempest, Lemans-GTO parts are the same. Very nice car to start with!
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Please add some pictures of your progress when you get a chance.
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Old December 23rd, 2017, 05:27 PM
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In my opinion the '65 442 was the best of all. Wicked fast and easy to drift while accelerating through the corners. Too many of them went to the circle track or got cut up for the drag strip. I hope you like yours, cause I sure do.
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Keep the pics coming. My first "modern" car was a '65 4-4-3 convertible with a 4 speed. I have always like the '65 body style best.
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cars 002.JPG The '65 in the picture is my first car purchased in'75, still own it and the nugget gold W30.
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Originally Posted by classicmuscle.442 View Post
Attachment 199408 The '65 in the picture is my first car purchased in'75, still own it and the nugget gold W30.
Beautiful cars! I love the stance of the 65...I like the midsize look of the 65s.
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I converted to disc brakes and set the engine in the frame. Drilled and tapped a hole in the starter for the starter brace. Fabricated a heat shield being so close to the manifold. Flywheel and clutch are mounted. Now I'm looking through my parts for clutch and shifter linkages. Brake lines, fuel lines and exhaust system is here so they will be going in soon.
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I converted to disc brakes and set the engine in the frame. Drilled and tapped a hole in the starter for the starter brace. Fabricated a heat shield being so close to the manifold. Flywheel and clutch are mounted. Now I'm looking through my parts for clutch and shifter linkages. Brake lines, fuel lines and exhaust system is here so they will be going in soon.
Tom thank you for the update. I am so glad that car is making a comeback.
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Olds designed a sheet metal heat shield to replace the brace. Find it on early eighties Olds.
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