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Found a 68 tempest on craigslist. Body looked straight with very little dings. 400 motor, b&m shifter and I'm hoping there's good hearings in here, I was told this was used on a strip.

Motor was never started since 97 , but was told that it still was running before they stashed it. Anyone got ideas on what the first steps are? Drain gas? Dump oil? Rebuild carb?
 

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Nice score! Congrats.
Drain the gas tank and clear all the lines. I would run it off a gas can first, then do the tank later.
Drain/refill oil, rebuild carb and clear out the sediment.
Check/change plugs.
Me- I would make sure the oil looks good, throw a battery in it, then see if it turns over. If it does, let it crank for 10-15 seconds to get some oil moving, make sure it has oil pressure. Then, dump some gas down the carb, ounce or so and see if it fires up. If it runs at all then you know the ignition works. This will also tell if they are lying and the motor is blown or it has a spun bearing, thus making all maintenance a waste of time. If it runs, then do all the maintenance stuff above. If it doesn't turn over, then put a big wrench on the crank and see if the motor turns at all. If it still doesn't, then pull the plugs and try again.
Good luck, hope it cranks right up.
 

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As far as the gap between the fenders and bumper, that's correct. Your just missing the filler pieces....
 

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Nice score! Congrats.
Drain the gas tank and clear all the lines. I would run it off a gas can first, then do the tank later.
Drain/refill oil, rebuild carb and clear out the sediment.
Check/change plugs.
Me- I would make sure the oil looks good, throw a battery in it, then see if it turns over. If it does, let it crank for 10-15 seconds to get some oil moving, make sure it has oil pressure. Then, dump some gas down the carb, ounce or so and see if it fires up. If it runs at all then you know the ignition works. This will also tell if they are lying and the motor is blown or it has a spun bearing, thus making all maintenance a waste of time. If it runs, then do all the maintenance stuff above. If it doesn't turn over, then put a big wrench on the crank and see if the motor turns at all. If it still doesn't, then pull the plugs and try again.
Good luck, hope it cranks right up.


those steps are perfect. im gonna start as soon as i get time. thanks for the tips and welcome.
 

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As far as the gap between the fenders and bumper, that's correct. Your just missing the filler pieces....
thank God. i was already thinking that it still wouldnt line up if i pushed it back a bit. how are is it to find these trimmings, what what should i call it when searching? front bumper trimmings?
 

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First thing you need to do is remove those stripes!!! :mad::willy::rofl:;)
for sure, lol. i was wondering what he was thinking when i saw it for the first time. this dude used it for drags, hope it has a posi in it. but i definatley need to start looking for INTERIOR, this was looking like ****. what other car make and models fit for back and front bucket seats?
 

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thank God. i was already thinking that it still wouldnt line up if i pushed it back a bit. how are is it to find these trimmings, what what should i call it when searching? front bumper trimmings?
It's called a "grill to fender seal" in OPGI's catalog( Chevelle Parts, Chevelle Restoration Parts & Accessories, El Camino Restoration Parts & Accessories, Restoration Parts, Monte Carlo Parts, GTO Parts, Cutlass Parts, Skylark Parts, Cadillac Parts | OPGI.com ). $61.95 for the pair. Other vendors may have them too, Ames YearOne etc....
 

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That's an awesome find with the original paint and stripes still in tact. Even the front valance didn't look like it had any dings. I wish I was that lucky I have some ugly hood/fender/nose adjustments on my 70 with the use of an aftermarket fender :(.
 

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is there another grille that i can use that would eliminate the use of the trimmings?
An endura bumper that came on most GTOs for '68/'69. They can be spendy. Aftermarket around $550. May have to use the brackets for an endura too.

Here's some e-bay listings, warping/chipping can be an issue on used ones:
endura bumper | eBay
 

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Sweet... I wish I could find stuff like that. Just my 2 cents I would leave the tempest bumper and spend the money on fender wells and a fan shroud.
 
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