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45 minutes ago, hursst said:

possible just mud wasp-related dirt?

That might be.... the picture where I'm pointing my finger at, it looks / feels like straw or hay ?? Maybe nest of some type ?? I feel like I went two steps forward and 5 steps back...

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I use a blow gun with a long piece of plastic hose on the end so I can feed it in a hole. Then you can go deep into the frame or rocker(whatever needs to be blown out) and blow the stuff back towards the hole.

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13 hours ago, chistech said:

I use a blow gun with a long piece of plastic hose on the end so I can feed it in a hole. Then you can go deep into the frame or rocker(whatever needs to be blown out) and blow the stuff back towards the hole.


^^^^^This. I used this method on my 66 Impala the past month. Frame design should be pretty close. Not dirt though - mouse nests. And one mouse carcass… frame and rocker panels were cleared with my compressor and a blow gun with plastic hose. A shop vac helps too.

 

Mark

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Hi Steve,

 

Not far at all. 4:11 12 bolt and power front discs from a 70 are on it so far. Have a 402 that’s a sort of copy of a 375 hp 396 that’s  mostly done, not in the car. Looking for 4 speed parts for it. Have pedals, the floor hump and a floor shift column. Long way to go. The 66 needs to be finished up first! Thanks for asking about it, the plan is a stock/junior stock drag race look from the early 70s. So it has Keystone Kustomags on it now too, 15x4 front, 15x6 back.
 

Mark

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4 hours ago, Mark I said:

 plan is a stock/junior stock drag race look from the early 70s

Very cool.... I had the opportunity 10 years ago to purchase a '69 Biscayne ex- drag car. The fellow was friends with Jody Anderson who was President of the National Impala Association at the time. It needed A LOT of work, I ended up going with the Super Sport that I have now.... 

 

Once I finish up my work rotation this week, I'll give the hose / air gun a try !

 

Steve

 

Oh, one of many pictures that I've collected of Biscaynes and Bel Airs....

 

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Steve,

 

Jody is one of my best friends. I know the car you describe. It needs a very dedicated owner to put right. I’ve been collecting the 2 door sedan pics myself. Here’s one pic of my Bel Air. Didn’t mean to hijack your thread…

 

Mark

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That is really cool, I like it - looks really solid ! Small world, tell Jody that I said Hi, made a lot of purchases from him.... I saw his profile over on Facebook and friend requested him, but that was a while ago - maybe he's not on it as much.  I like the air / hose set up Mark, thanks for posting the picture !

 

Steve

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I'm off for the next few days...... my weapon to attack the issue with dirt within the frame.....my old drain snake. I should have no problem in getting this thru.  I'll get the hose later tonight to attach to my air gun. 

 

Thanks for all the input, I appreciate it.

 

Steve

 

 

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Late night.....I was able to push the nest thru a stamped hole in the frame using a screwdriver. Next up, the snake....I want to try and get as much of the dirt out as possible before using the air hose set up. 

 

Steve

 

 

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Steve, my brothers 67’ Olds cutlass frame had a huge mouse nest on both sides of the frame big enough to house all the mice in NY city! They were also up over the headliner. There was so much he gained a tenth of a second in the quarter after he got all the nests removed!🤣. It seems they like this big old GM cars! Thought you might enjoy this picture.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Just a little update.....the driver's side frame rail is now clean... I used the hose / air gun set up and it work really well ! Thanks guys for the suggestion ! Now onto the passenger side. This side of the SS has the fuel lines ( 3/8" main line with a 1/4" return line ) , I went ahead and order new lines with attachment clips - naturally the shipment came with the wrong clips and missing the 3/8" line 😕... a email to the company resolve that and hopefully the missing parts will be here by the end of the week. Going to go ahead and remove the lines and see how the inside of the  frame looks like.... will give an update.

 

Steve

 

 

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Late night, almost 3am....so I started with the fuel line removal, started from the engine and work my way back - ran into a road block. The section of the line that goes over the rear end and down to the tank, is held into place by clips that are attached to the top side of the frame. I'm unable to gain access....looking back at the body manuals and pictures,  these lines were install prior to the body being lowered. So I left the fuel line off the section of frame ( between the front and rear tire ) and move ahead with my snake and started to work it back and forth to see if the frame has any dirt / mouse nest etc..  it does. So I'm at the point of working the snake from the front to rear and rear to front to loosen up the packed in dirt. Once I'm satisfied , I'll move onto the air gun  / hose set up.

 

Steve

 

 

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Yeah John, I know what you mean.....I know the location where the SS came from... started out in Kansas, then Chicago, New Jersey and Maryland. I don't understand the silt issue..... the mouse nest, yeah, I get it... dust storms while in Kansas ??? I don't really know, everything is solid ( floors, trunk etc )

 

Steve

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6 minutes ago, Mark I said:

Just a few holes in the sides.

Mark, I actually was able to stick my little finger in the hole and feel the silt packed in there....the snake is working great, really loosing up everything.... later this afternoon, I'll hit it with the air hose.  Did you spray a rust inhibitor inside your frame rail ?  I was looking at this product:

 

 

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Steve

Really enjoying this thread and can sincerely appreciate all the thought and labor - and patience - involved.  In the few cars I have owned over the decades none had a totally boxed frame, but sections, and it seems like it took longer to get it all cleaned out then it did to strip the paint off the fenders and get them in primer!

No one at any car event ( show, cruise night etc) will ever understand the time it took to keep a car the ways it was made, if they knew they would wonder why we did indeed take the time to do so.

Walt

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53 minutes ago, STEVE POLLARD said:

Mark, I actually was able to stick my little finger in the hole and feel the silt packed in there....the snake is working great, really loosing up everything.... later this afternoon, I'll hit it with the air hose.  Did you spray a rust inhibitor inside your frame rail ?  I was looking at this product:

 

 

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Steve, I have used this on my cars. Honestly dont know if it does any good but like you I blew out all of the debris with air and figured that anything was better than nothing.  I used the green stuff. It is very thin and will ooze out of any small opening. The end nozzle fans out the pattern in a 360 and seems to be pretty efficient.

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52 minutes ago, STEVE POLLARD said:

Did you spray a rust inhibitor inside your frame rail ?

 


Steve, 

 

I did not. Trying to leave well enough alone. Bought the 66 in CA 35 years ago. Most of the inside of the frame still looks really good, just leaving it as is. I am considering using something like that at the bottom of both sides of the cowl. Mouse nests were down there for a year or two. 
 

Mark

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  • 3 weeks later...

Taking a break from the SS project, been looking for another vintage truck for the past three years and came across another 1969 C20, similar to the one that I had  years ago. All original truck with a 396 engine and a 4 speed ! She is located out in South Dakota and I should have it here in a few weeks. With limited space with the truck coming, I decided to let go the Bel Air, I have listed here on the forum.

 

Steve

 

 

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