ChevelleForum.net

Go Back   Chevrolet Chevelle Forums > Chevrolet Chevelle Garage > Paint and Body

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-25-2011, 03:05 PM
Rattler's Avatar
Rattler Rattler is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 325
Default Smooth Firewall

Has anyone here smoothed their firewall? I've still got my motor out and decided I'm going to clean up the firewall before the motor goes back in. I've had the heater assembly gone for years now and it was just covered with a piece of aluminum screwed over the hole.

I cut out a piece of 16 gauge mild steel this past weekend and I'm planning on covering the entire passenger side so the firewall will be smoothed out. I'll post pics as I go along.
__________________
1964 Malibu SS, now a LS1 and T56, Back halfed, rollbar, narrowed 9 inch, 4.11 gears and 31x16.50x15 Mickey's on Weld wheels.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-25-2011, 04:52 PM
Ms Grumpy's Avatar
Ms Grumpy Ms Grumpy is offline
Bowtie Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: North of Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 7,186
Default

Actually sounds like a cool idea. I think it would look good.
__________________
Get in, sit down, shut up, hold on...cause Ms Grumpy is driving !

For the audio geek try: www.audiokarma.org

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-25-2011, 06:25 PM
earthquake68's Avatar
earthquake68 earthquake68 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: THIS IS SPARTA!!! ....Mo.
Posts: 800
Default

I've done it before. It goes a long way to clean up the looks under the hood. Clean all the seam sealer out of the joint and throw a few stitch welds in there to keep it tight before you mud over the seam.
__________________
Alan
1964 Chevelle SS
Speed's expensive, how fast do you want to go?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-25-2011, 07:29 PM
Rattler's Avatar
Rattler Rattler is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 325
Default

I've got everything stripped and out of the way


Here's the piece of metal I'm going to weld over the existing firewall.
__________________
1964 Malibu SS, now a LS1 and T56, Back halfed, rollbar, narrowed 9 inch, 4.11 gears and 31x16.50x15 Mickey's on Weld wheels.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-26-2011, 09:39 PM
earthquake68's Avatar
earthquake68 earthquake68 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: THIS IS SPARTA!!! ....Mo.
Posts: 800
Default

That should look really nice when you're done.
__________________
Alan
1964 Chevelle SS
Speed's expensive, how fast do you want to go?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-28-2011, 06:29 PM
Rattler's Avatar
Rattler Rattler is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 325
Default

I had time to work on the car today. When I pulled off the passenger side fender I had a bolt rusted that decided to seize up in the nut so I had to cut it off to get the fender out of the way. Once the fender was gone I removed the door to get to the upper fender nut above the door hinge. After an hour or so of fighting with the broken piece I finally got it out and welded a new nut in it's place.

new fender nut welded in.



The next step was to get the new firewall piece tacked into place.


All welded up and ready for some grinding


And mostly ground down. Little bit of grinding and a small amount of body filler will be my next step.


Hopefully I can get some more work done in a couple weeks.
__________________
1964 Malibu SS, now a LS1 and T56, Back halfed, rollbar, narrowed 9 inch, 4.11 gears and 31x16.50x15 Mickey's on Weld wheels.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-28-2011, 07:14 PM
grandsport's Avatar
grandsport grandsport is offline
official chevelleforum greeter
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Latrobe,Pa.
Posts: 4,857
Default

Like the saying,it's your car do what you want with him.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-29-2011, 09:27 AM
Derek69SS's Avatar
Derek69SS Derek69SS is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mantorville, MN
Posts: 773
Default

I'll be doing mine real soon... not completely sure if I'm going to do a whole new panel like that or just fill the holes.
__________________
Derek Kiefer, member of Minnesota's Northstar Chevelle Club
69 Malibu Pro-Touring - 69 SS396 3spd - 23 Model T roadster pickup
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-29-2011, 02:03 PM
earthquake68's Avatar
earthquake68 earthquake68 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: THIS IS SPARTA!!! ....Mo.
Posts: 800
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Derek69SS View Post
I'll be doing mine real soon... not completely sure if I'm going to do a whole new panel like that or just fill the holes.
The new panel is faster and easier, for sure. Unless you don't like the idea of two pieces of sheet metal laying up against one another. Then fill all the holes.

It looks great so far, Rattler.
__________________
Alan
1964 Chevelle SS
Speed's expensive, how fast do you want to go?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-29-2011, 02:42 PM
flash flash is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Canton Georgia
Posts: 7,333
Default

Looks nice and clean .
__________________

John
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Audiokarma.org