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Old 08-01-2011, 07:59 PM
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Update on 1965 442 Project

I think it's been about two years since I posted an update on my '65 442 post project. I found the car in a bunch of trees in SW Kansas, most of it was missing. I also bought a '65 442 hardtop, hoping to have enough parts for one, but the 400 motor and a lot of the other stuff I got was junk; the car had laid in the dirt so long, the front brake hubs were rotted completely thru....which should give you an idea of the car's shape. I pulled the body off the frame and built a body stand, sandblasted and POR-15'ed every part of the car, including the topside and bottomside of the body floor, put a '70 Cutlass front suspension under the chassis with 72 Monte discs. I used the 3:55 rearend from the hardtop, ran all new brake and fuel lines, new brakes, new shocks. I had to replace several body mounts on the frame due to bad rust. I then found a '76 455 from a GMC motorhome that would go back together standard bore and completely overhauled it (replacing the crank with a standard tranny crank) and bought a 2.54-low 4-speed, bell housing, etc. I used a 2818 Holley and an HEI distributor, and had a buddy build 2 1/4 inch exhausts with an X-pipe and Flo-Masters. The body's lower rear quarter panels, the trunk floor, the supporting structure which connects the trunk floor to the fenders, rear fenderwell flares, rear wheelwell tubs, transmission tunnel, and areas in the floor and firewall were all cancered or butchered badly and had to be rebuilt or replaced with 18 ga. metal. I decided to make a custom out of the car, so I also removed all the chrome on the sides and tail of the car, replaced the taillights with custom flush mount taillights, customized the grille, built a new dash panel with custom gauges, had the dash repadded. I replaced all the window glass in the car (after rebuilding both the windshield and rear window lower channels), bought and installed an EZwire harness. I've installed fiberglass bumpers on it. I've parted out another '65 Cutlass hardtop finding enough parts to put it together. I'm now getting ready to start blocksanding the car for paint....as soon as the weather gets below 100 degrees....welcome to Kansas!
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The car in the picture is a post, not a hardtop.
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Lookin good man. I love the mid 60 s cars.
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thats quite the project it looks real nice thanks for sharing
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The car in the picture is a post, not a hardtop.
Re-read his post, he never called it a hardtop, said he bought 2 hardtops for parts.
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Re-read his post, he never called it a hardtop, said he bought 2 hardtops for parts.
And just to be even less clear ( ), Olds called the post cars both Club Coupe and Sport Coupe. The hardtop cars were called Holiday Coupe.
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Joe, you are right on on the confusion of what they call those cars. I have to be really careful when I order stuff or I order stuff for a hardtop. They do sometimes call the sedans a coupe, depending on the company. Some stuff is being re-popped for the hardtops, but the post cars aren't popular enough, I guess.

I guess I didn't realize what a job it was going to be when I bought the car. I hadn't done my homework on availability of patch panels, etc. for that make/year of car until after I already bought it. There were so few of those cars built that apparently it's not profitable for restoration companies to re-pop panels, and the post cars were worse than hardtops (I think there were a tad over 1700 4-speed post cars built in '65). 1966-1969, some stuff is available and after 1970, repopped stuff is fairly plentiful. Every panel I needed had to be scratch-built from sheet metal. I could get interior floors and trunk floors, as Chevelles were the same, but were too pricey for my shallow pockets. But I did learn how to build that stuff from scratch, so guess it was time well spent. I'm going to paint the car 2010 Camaro Synergy Green with Gunmetal Z-28 type stripes on the hood and trunk, so ought to stand out.

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