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68 Lemans Daily Driver Project

Hi, I've been looking for an older A body car to have around as a daily driver. I've owned a few Chevelle's (and still own two of them, a '68 Malibu and a '71 SS car) and when I ran across this Lemans, I grabbed it.

Its pretty rough and some previous owner did not take very good care of it. I keep finding little things wrong with it but nothing that can't be fixed.

So I drug this home for $2500.







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The interior is trashed but it looks to have the correct buckets and may even be original. Somebody removed the headliner with a knife and the wiring is a mess. I plan on putting in a new interior and doing a ton of cleaning.



I've already ordered a new headliner, carpet and new covers for the seats. I also ordered that SEMA landau black for the rest of it. Hope to repaint and cover the dash again.
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Its starts getting fun when you pop the hood!

The guy told me that it had a '66 389 with a 3/4 race cam in it and solid lifters. Was rebuilt with about 10k miles on it.

Since a 3/4 race cam doesn't really tell you much these days, I can tell that it has some kind of cam in it. Also has a nice intake and some long tube headers with some 2 foot pipes for exhaust. It also has a turbo 400 tranny.

Looking at the numbers, he might have been right with the engine.







The car gets up and moves pretty good! Its got a 10 bolt posi with 3.23 gears and runs really well.

I dont think the timing is correct on it though. I noticed that the vacuum was not hooked up in the right place so I'll have to check that out.
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On the shake down drive, the radiator gave up the ghost and the manual drum brakes were basically barely working.

So I got it home and started wrenching.

New three core radiator!



Old two core that steamed real bad:



and the new one on place:



Also pulled out a bad brake line. Looks like it got pinched when the headers went in:

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The choke was not hooked up so I got it together and also saw that the coil was just laying on the back of the engine. Looks like there is a holder on the firewall but I dont think thats right. I'm going to move it to behind the carb.

I have also found some wires dangling around under the hood that I will have to figure out what the heck they do.



Also got some new/used door panels as the factory ones had holes in them for speakers.

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welcome to the forum, look forward to seeing you get her back in shape.

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Welcome! Looks like a nice project car for sure. Can't beat the entry price for a 60's Muscle Car like the Lemans.
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I think you did great for $2500. You're going to have fun with that one!

You'll want to get a fan shroud; summer temps and no shroud = probable cooling issues.

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Thanks guys!

Yeah, I was looking at that and thinking either a shroud or just go to electric fans. Have to see how it shakes out.

I hated how loud the exhaust was. The exhaust shops around me are not worth anything so after a bunch of searching and reading on here, I ordered in a Pypes exhaust kit. I went with the full one with a crossover with 2.5" pipes.

Wow, what a nice kit! It went on like a glove and didn't take very long at all. I just fired it up on the jack stands and it sounded fine. Wont really know how it is until I can drive it around again. I welded it all up for a smooth look.



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I replaced the bad brake line but the system didn't want to bleed so today I'll bench bleed the MC and just start from the top. I also tightened the drivers front wheel bearing and found that the front u-joint in the drive line is a little sloppy so I'll swap it out while its on stands.

The brake lights don't work. Looking into it, the switch is unplugged and its held on with a hose clamp. Also the rear light housings seems to be in really poor condition.

So do I need to pull the rear bumper to get those housings out so I can go through them? I have not looked at it that hard yet.
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