Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fuel Gauge....Driver Window

pulling off fuel tank

fixing driver window

It has been awhile since we last worked on the car cuz we have been so busy. The car still runs great! Need a new battery though. The driver window finally gave up. The tracks and stuff were breaking, along with the wheels. We took everything off of the window and replaced it with new parts. We also took off the fuel tank to try to find out why the fuel gauge in the car isn't working. Unsuccessful there. Last night me and my dad disassemble the dash to try to see if the gauge was stuck but t wasn't... The car probably has some electrical issues. Hopefully that will be solved.
Now we are still needing a paint job along with lots of body work, and the interior (roof and floor) need to be replaced with new material. The main priority now is to fix that fuel gauge.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


On Saturday we took the car to the emissions testing place to see if we would pass since the Chevelle has been running really good lately.

Here are the results for our previousEmissions Test on 4-01-05:

Loaded reading: 269 - passing is 450: Pass
Idle reading: 608 - passing is 450: FAIL

Carbon Monoxide
Loaded reading: 6.72 -passing is 3.75: FAIL
Idle reading: 11.41 - passing is 5.0: FAIL
Saturday's Results:
Loaded reading: 240 - passing is 450: Pass
Idle reading: 228 - passing is 450: Pass

Carbon Monoxide
Loaded reading: 2.64-passing is 3.75: Pass
Idle reading: .19- passing is 5.0: Pass

WE PASSED!!!!!!! I was so nervous when we took it in! I cant believe how much lower our results were from our last test.

Our next project will be to replace the brake shoes since we are hearing some squeaks and feeling some vibrations that arent normal. I LOVE the chevelle!! haha.
The car is still running very smooth and sounds great.

Friday, September 18, 2009


For my dads birthday my mom got him insurance for the chevelle (i new this for a few days and it was so hard not to tell him haha). Then my dad bought himself a 30day pemit! So whenever we go somewhere with out the entire family we are always taking the chevelle. WEewent to auto zone last night and bought 2 mirrors, since we dont have any side mirrors, and some wing nuts to keep that air filter from falling off. The car is still running great and it is also not blowing the black or white smoke our of the tail pipe which is very good and it also doesnt stink as bad as it used too!

Our next project will be finding the time to go and get the car emissioned test.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Last night my dad and I started up the car and turned the idle down a little cuz it was a little too high. The car is running really nice right now. My dad took it out to the church parking lot and back to the house. Its been like a week or so since we last started it and normally by then trans-mission fluid will have leaked out and it hasnt so woohoo for that!

We just now need to get insured and get a 30 day permit and drive it around for a few hours then get it emissioned tested!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Update - we adjusted the carb on labor day, and also got the brake lines bled out. Running much better and the brakes are working again. Emission test here we come.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Oil Change

So last night Me and my Dad gave an oil change to the Chevelle. Is was actually quite fun. It was pretty hard getting under the car since its a low rider lol. We didnt spill as much as we did when we did the suburban. The car is running alot smoother with the clean oil. Im sure the car is quite happy for that. Thanks for letting me do the majority of the work Dad!! :)

Our next project for the chevelle is bleeding the brakes, and adjusting the fuel mixture along with the idle so it runs a little better. And we also need to get a few gallons of gasoline in the car as well. :)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Seat Cover

This is what the seat cover looks like. I think it looks pretty good. It definitely makes the inside look better. Now its on to the oil change.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Oil, Seat Cover

(the oil and filter is beind the seat cover :])

Ok so me and my dad went and bought, octane boost, stop oil leak, Mobile 5000 oil, and a seat cover. The octane and oil leak will help us bring down all the crap we are blowing our of the exhaust pipe so we can pass emissions, and the oil currently in the car is 5 years old so that needs to be changed. All of this will be done on friday!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our next project...

Our next project for the Chevelle is do give it an oil change. When I cash my check we will go and buy some oil and an oil filter.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Progress since we first bought the car...

History of The Malibu Since Its Purchase

Acquired on Dec 16th 2004
Dec 18 : Replaced sparkplugs and got engine running.
News Years Week Pounded out dent in door enough to get door to open.
Jan 11 : Finally got title.
Jan 12 : Tried to pass emissions but failed.
Jan 16 : Rebuilt carb to correct emission problems.
Jan 18 : Retested for emissions, failed again.
June 9, 2006 : parked in garage with a dead carb, not going anywhere for a while. :(
Outa time-Outa money
Sept 26, 2006: Jump started car and still runs but carb still leaking gas.
Oct 1, 2006: Found a replacement door

Oct 4, 2006: Bought door from Desert Valley Auto Parts in Phoenix. check it out at this site;
Oct 4: Another good link to the same lot
Oct 4 : Put door on.
Aug, 08’: Drove on freeway, lots of power still. Moved to new house.
Aug 22, 09: Drove around the block, took out rear deck. Washed and vacuumed interior. Greased broken door hinge. Cut down headliner.
Aug 24, 09: Ran out of gas with kids in the car. Embarrassing….
Aug 27, 09: Replaced all spark plugs and spark plug wires

Yesterday we changed all the spark plugs and spark plug wires and the car is running alot smoother.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


The blog for the '71 Chevelle is currently under maintenance and will be running ASAP.