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Hello everyone!
  I'm Shawn and I live near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. I retired from the Navy last year and now work on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell oil company. I work 2 weeks on/2 weeks off and fly back and forth.  I recently bought my first Chevelle. It's a 1971 Malibu with a 350/turbo 350, bench seat column shift, and is in pretty good shape overall. Not real sure what the cars future is. Right now just going to make it look nice and fix what is needed so it will be a fun summer cruiser. Then will come the go fast parts :)  Nothing to extreme though, definitely not a track dedicated car. I have some new Torq Thrust wheels and tires on the way right now. Tires are BFG TA Radials, 275/60r15 and 225/60r15. So the cragars on there now will be for sale if anyone is interested! Also have some new door panels, arm rest pads, and other little things coming too. Once I get the new tires and wheels on I will see what I need to do to get the stance right. The nose is high right now. The previous owner said he rebuilt the front end. I think he put new springs up front but left the old ones in the rear. I like the look when the very tops of the tires are just inside the fender wells (front and back). So maybe cut the front springs, or maybe an Eibach pro kit? Open to suggestions. It has drums on all 4 corners, so maybe a drop disk brake kit. Anyways, look forward to looking and learning on here, and hopefully attending a BBQ or cruise with yall soon!



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What a beautiful 71! Dig it!

Cutting springs seems to draw plenty of arguments. Personally, I'd never drive a car with cut springs - front or rear. I've run the Eibach and the Suspension Techniques product in the past with good results. Getting ready to rip apart a 67 I just bought and am kicking around a couple of options. I've never had a bagged car and if I can convince myself to drop the significant cash, I'll do it. Had the chance to talk to quite a few people this week and got several opinions on the results. All positive. I'm really digging the possibility of adjusting the ride height on the fly. Brakes for me are always my first upgrade. Nothing worse than a big HP motor and no ability to stop the thing when I want!

Looking forward to seeing your updates. Gotta love winter time for getting some work done!

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Welcome, nice 71.

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Very Nice, I think I saw that for sale a while back and tried to get a friend to go look at it. Love the color. Welcome and we're ready to help you go buy go fast parts LOL.

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It was for sale down in Olympia, I just bought it a couple weeks ago.

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Looked like a very good deal.

I bought a 4 wheel power disc brake set-up recently for my 68 chevelle, same kit your would use, with drop spindles and drilled and slotted rotors, for a very resonable price. Not a fancy name brand kit but I'm pleased with it and it's awesome compared to the 4 wheel manual drums I had on it.

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Would love to hear the details abou that disk brake conversion kit FRYNTYR.  I have freshly redone power drums that work fine, but would definitely still prefer disc brakes up front at least.



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Chevysquid wrote:

Would love to hear the details abou that disk brake conversion kit FRYNTYR.  I have freshly redone power drums that work fine, but would definitely still prefer disc brakes up front at least.


 Yep, this is how it starts!!biggrin

Welcome to the family!!



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I have lots of "would like to do ideas" for the car. Just a matter of time and money. I bought a 2012 silverado last year and wouldn't you know it, had it lifted and voided the warranty within 6 months! So I am pretty sure it won't take much arm twisting from anyone to push me in the "faster, faster, faster" direction!

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Welcome Shawn, nice car.



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Welcome! Nice looking 71.

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- Martin -
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Very nice ride, welcome to TCNW. not a Chevelle, but Taz has been on front cut coils for 20+ years.

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I say cut them, it's free to try.  Nice car! 



-- Edited by Brettd85 on Monday 11th of November 2013 06:14:54 AM

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heat em with a torch

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- The Other Greg -
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Welcome



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- Shane -
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welcome...nice car..

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- Todd -
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Welcome to the group Shawn! You have a nice looking 71. I really like the color! It's always nice to see another 71 in the group. smile



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Toddney wrote:

Welcome to the group Shawn! You have a nice looking 71. I really like the color! It's always nice to see another 71 in the group. smile


 What he said! 



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