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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by Wallyuph on Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:28 pm

Typically if you are putting vinyl over something us in the Upholstery world pad it first so it will look smooth that why I said glue on Vinyl top pad as you can sand it down flush to the edges where you will be wrapping vinyl around corners.

Now if your filling in speakers holes with fiber glass and your looks like the orange on in photos I would spray rock guard (http://3mcollision.com/3m-rocker-panel-spray-clear-05911.html)
over the entire dash and use SEM paint of the color you want and it will look really close to factory and you can touch it up down the line if needed. we use the rock guard on trim pieces that are scratched or gouged after filling them in. The texture is almost factory.
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Post by 77mali on Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:54 pm

I like that idea, it says the product has been discontinued though ... ?
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Post by Wallyuph on Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:36 pm

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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:09 am

Wallyuph wrote:I would spray rock guard (http://3mcollision.com/3m-rocker-panel-spray-clear-05911.html)
over the entire dash and use SEM paint of the color you want and it will look really close to factory and you can touch it up down the line if needed.  we use the rock guard on trim pieces that are scratched or gouged after filling them in. The texture is almost factory.

Interesting. When I did my pillar gauge pod I used wrinkle paint to get the texture. Only noticeable if you're looking closely.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:03 am

Well hopefully the vinyl shows up now that my tranny is assembled and ready to be painted. That will go into the shop and I have my workbench free to try the dash recovering. I'm gonna work slow and try to avoid wrinkles, if it works I will be so very happy. Otherwise boo hoo. So in the meantime I ordered the LS wiring harness and the tailshaft for the 4l80E that has a mechanical speedo output. Gotta keep chugging along.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:07 am

Recovering the dash did not work. It all started well and I think another attempt and I might get it. But I need vinyl without a backing. It stretched real good but in the middle with the big curve I had a fight and it was slowly giving in till finally the backing of the vinyl separated and I gave up. So I glued that crappy dash cover to it and I'll paint it this week. I'm not waiting any longer. I might look for another dash and try again or have it covered then change it next year. Boo. 4 hours wasted. I just won an auction for an LS2 intake brand new unused. Gonna put that on the car in place of that truck intake. This week I wanna paint the transmission and bolt it up. Then maybe some little things like get the latches cleaned up, trunk installed, door handles. Little things I can do after work. Cause soon I have to start running the wiring harness for the engine and I have to decide where the relays and fuse box will go.
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Post by thatfnthing on Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:46 am

Got anything like a Joanne's Fabrics store in your neck of the woods? I got some really nice black vinyl with no backing from them when I was doing my console...
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Post by Wallyuph on Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:55 am

Did you get the fuel rail and injectors with the intake?
They are different between the truck and the car. The Wire plug to each injector I believe is different from car and truck intake also.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:08 pm

I did. Its a crate motor take off. Manifold, injectors, rails. I need adapters for the wiring harness cause I bought it for EV1 injectors and these all use EV6 mostly. But summit has the adapters and its easier then sending it back for modifications.
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Post by Wallyuph on Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:48 pm

ratnfested wrote:I did. Its a crate motor take off. Manifold, injectors, rails. I need adapters for the wiring harness cause I bought it for EV1 injectors and these all use EV6 mostly. But summit has the adapters and its easier then sending it back for modifications.

Glad you did your research was just trying to help out if you did not know.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:30 pm

I always need help. Smile
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Post by 77mali on Mon Nov 03, 2014 6:37 pm

Sorry the vinyl didn't work out for you.
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Post by ratnfested on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:12 pm

Hey for the fender installation I am use to putting the wheel wells in after the fenders are on and aligned. But I wanna try the opposite this time. Has anyone put the fenders on after the wheel wells? Is it simple to do without scratching anything?
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Post by Joe73 on Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:14 pm

I also put fenders on then the wheel wells. But I have the 73 plastic fenders. Might be a little easier with them since they can flex some.


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Post by Limey SE on Tue Dec 30, 2014 1:58 am

ratnfested wrote:Hey for the fender installation I am use to putting the wheel wells in after the fenders are on and aligned. But I wanna try the opposite this time. Has anyone put the fenders on after the wheel wells? Is it simple to do without scratching anything?
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You could try but most of the inner fender bolts to the outer fender after install of outer, I tried when I painted my Inner ones you may have better luck than I did if you have another person helping you guide them in, But seeing as they bolt to the outer fender I don't see how it could work by yourself
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:33 pm

I usually do it inners last, but I wanna finish up wiring and do some little tweaks without leaning over the fenders. Oh well. May I'll try it.
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:49 pm



Quick update. Wiring is done. I started putting the back end lights, bumper and trim on. I have to get more pics. I'm waiting for top and headliner installation and I will put the interior in. Fuel system is also done.
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Post by ratnfested on Tue Dec 30, 2014 9:00 pm



I welded on an adapter to accept the GM fuel pump module. I had to shim the tank down a hair so I attached strips to the tank. Fuel hoses are Aeroquip TFE line with reusable AN6 ends. Overkill yes but they will never rust or fail. Trans lines are the same. I have the dash installed and I wired in a hidden oil pressure gauge which might end up in the center console.
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Post by 77mali on Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:04 am

Looks stellar!
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Post by thatfnthing on Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:46 am

77mali wrote:Looks stellar!
X2!
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by Wallyuph on Wed Dec 31, 2014 12:38 pm

Sweet job. I like the tank retro fit. Never thought of doing that. Where did you get the flange for the mount of pump?
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Re: 77 Malibu Classic frame off resto

Post by ratnfested on Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:44 am

vetteworks. Overpriced bigtime. I will say its a sturdy piece though.
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Post by ratnfested on Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:46 am




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Post by ratnfested on Fri Jan 02, 2015 11:49 am

Thanks for the compliments. Its been fun putting it together.
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