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Post by NOMOREWORK on Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:30 pm


Decided to put my story here so I can document my upgrades. So far I have replaced original upper and lower ball joints, front and rear springs with 1 inch lower Bell Techs, front bushings with parts from Energy Suspension and a close ratio steering box. Rear drums have been replaced with a SSBC disc brake conversion kit, and a UMI rear suspension kit is waiting to be installed next.

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Post by REVINKEVIN on Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:39 pm

This will be a nice project to watch. I like that car.
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Post by fasrnur on Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:49 pm

Nice looking ride sir.
That's quite some budget(?) build. lol
I'm on a bit of a lower budget build and have been using as many factory parts to get where you are at. WS6 Trans Am front sway bar (1 1/4"), Impala SS rear sway bar (1") and complete set of Impala SS springs. For the rear disc conversion I have the complete set up off a 93 Camaro. †I have a set of stock rear control arms that I'm going to box as well. I do plan on installing a quick steer box on mine as well. Which box did you go with?


I wish I had that kind of budget cause I could go wild with factory parts. haha
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Post by NOMOREWORK on Wed Jul 04, 2018 1:55 pm

It's from a company called PSC from their Resto Series, got it from Summit. I guess the word budget is a bit misleading but after spending some time on the Pro-Touring forum I am definitely operating on a budget !!!
I also don't have access to an abundance of good used parts in my area.

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Post by NOMOREWORK on Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:12 pm

Ordered my tires today,245-45-17 for the front and 275-40-17 for the rear. They will be mounted on American Racing 17x8 and 17x9 Magnum Wheels.

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Post by NOMOREWORK on Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:45 am

Rear suspension pieces installed so I took only a very short ride because something was banging big time in the rear. Put car back up on jack stands and discovered a caliper bolt was hitting frame, so I rotated it and bolted it back up. Gained some clearance but thought I could use more. Installed a spacer between the rear spring and the mounting point and no more banging. So far everything I have changed has been a noticeable improvement over stock, steering, handling , braking and ride quality have all gotten better! I am very pleased! Next up wheels and tires, and then I will take a break.

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Post by NOMOREWORK on Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:53 pm

Picture taken after lowering.

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Post by NOMOREWORK on Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:07 pm

So I take the wheels to the tire shop and leave them to be mounted, 2 boxes marked 17x8 2 boxes marked 17x9 just as I ordered them. Tech starts to mount tires and checks each wheel first noticing that one wheel is stamped 17x7. So back to Indy Auto Parts I go to get the right wheel. Guy there says I think I will ask American Racing to overnight the right wheel since this wasn't your fault. Ya think !!!

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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:24 pm

It is looking mighty fine, though!
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New wheels and tires.

Post by NOMOREWORK Yesterday at 4:08 pm

New wheels and tires finally on!

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Post by REVINKEVIN Yesterday at 5:45 pm

That worked out nice. I canít wait until I get to this point with my car. Good job. Whatís next??
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