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My '73 build long project

Post by Trbulnc on Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:14 pm

I will post some pics. of my build as it slowly goes together. I am doing all the work myself with the help from another buddy so life comes with it. I try to get 8-10hrs a week on it to keep progress going. Taking everything to bare metal to start fresh.






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Post by Trbulnc on Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:20 pm





doors, fenders, and trunk now in primer. Shaving the parking lights on the side this coming week. Should go pretty quick and then get it in full primer and bodywork.

Rockers were super solid, not a hint of rust



Top was spliced in thanks to Chuck from HP tv for the donor. Great guy to hang out with. Getting it sanded and down to bare metal this week. Starting to come along.



few donor pieces for patch panels coming down to bare metal.



Car will be 4 linked to hold a 335 tire and set up on air ride. Back will be set so can swap from air ride to coil overs easily.

Engine will be pulled and put in a corner, doing a 632 to go in its place.




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Post by 1973 454 MONTE on Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:31 pm

looking good. Thumbs up
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Post by maliburacinfreak on Sun Jan 22, 2012 9:59 pm

a 632???? holy whoa nelly!!!! looks like a nice project! whats up with the caddy?

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Post by Trbulnc on Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:30 pm

Caddy is one of my buddies in for a repaint. I'm next in line. I really like what he did with it.


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Post by orange Juiced on Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:57 pm

Man that caddy looks sick
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Post by pila on Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:28 am

Air suspension ?

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Post by Trbulnc on Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:55 am

Yeah. All bagged.

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HATS OFF TO YOU !!!!!!!!!!

Post by 2fat2fly on Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:25 am

[quote="Trbulnc"]Yeah. All bagged. [/quote
Thumbs up WOW! I'M IMPRESSED, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE FUTURE PICS ,KEEP UM COMING
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Post by pila on Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:35 pm

You have some serious "stuff" going on there ! Good work ! Very Happy

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Post by oldstofty on Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:00 pm

so the reason behind the 632? I mean i know we all love power but your talking about a street car and a 632 is not a easily streetable engine. What all are the plans for the 632? Hp hope?
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Post by Trbulnc on Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:08 pm

A 632 can easily be streetable just as a 350 can. My last ride was a 540 with f2 procharger making just a touch over 1100hp and I drove it to work at least once a week and that was 70 miles round trip. This one will just have more creature comforts. It will be street/strip.

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Post by oldstofty on Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:45 pm

what all plans for the engine? hp goal?
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Post by Trbulnc on Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:14 pm

Start off as a 9:1 motor setup so future can be a single rear mount turbo on a blow through. Still have ac, all power. Don't really have a hp goal. Just whatever it gets me. Somewhere north of 800 ish.

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Post by Trbulnc on Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:12 am

Few updated pictures. Bullet is pulled and ready to start cleaning firewall. Top is stripped and etched. Used the Eastwood metal blast etch. Worked really well, sprayed it on and used a scotch brite pad to work it in. quickly showed any spots left. Ready to shoot primer on the roof, rockers and sides. Next up is start patch panels. Slow but moving. last picture is the etch when wet and shows the buff marks. They disappear after the etching.








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Post by JB2wheeler on Thu Feb 09, 2012 2:19 pm

Trbulnc, I am quite impressed with your past and present projects. I have a 540 in my 74 Elky that I had built for 95% street use. It does not have as long a stroke as some other big blocks and revs like crazy on the street. It has plenty of torque for a bore inspired engine. I am posting because of the comment about large cubic inch engines on the street. JB
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Post by Trbulnc on Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:25 pm

Thanks. I really appreciate that. I am by no means exceptionally talented just not afraid to try things and have an eye for details.

I had quoted another 540 Bottom end as it was a blast in my last car especially with the Pro charger but there isn't much price difference between a 540 and 632

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Post by pila on Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:18 pm

I haven't heard of a 632. What block do you start with ? Gotta be LONG stroke ! Very Happy

I had a '73 coupe some years ago.

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Post by Trbulnc on Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:45 pm

Aftermarket 10.2 deck height block to start

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Post by taz575 on Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:30 am

I like your statement . Not exceptionally talented just not afraid to try things and an eye for detail . A bit modest maybe . Sometimes what i am posting seems like bragging on my car the truth is i am so happy/suprised it came out i want to show the world LOL .
I take your approach to building cars but if i kept the things that didnt work out i would have a pretty good size pile of junk over the years .I only show the stuff that did work .

Great job on the car look forward to see its progress .
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Post by Trbulnc on Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:10 pm

My didn't work pile is pretty big too. Here are a few pictures. Progress a little slow the last 2 weeks but my buddy and I are flipping a house and getting it ready to go back on the market. Fenders and doors coming along well. Have a big patch panel test fit and getting close for trim and install. Weather is supposed to be warm this weekend so I plan on getting some priming done on the body.




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Post by Trbulnc on Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:49 pm

Few update pics. Have primer on the car. Doing some sheet metal work now. Splicing some sections







Before and after pic of core using just rust converter. Prepped for the rust inhibitor coat now. Big difference





Backside of a splice panels just to show before and after of the rust converter. Ready for sealer now






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Post by Trbulnc on Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:59 pm

Got 1st big patch panel installed. I am happy with it.








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Post by alleyball4 on Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:30 pm

you are doing an unbelievable job on it ... love all the pictures !
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Post by 77mali on Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:07 pm

Nice Work.
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