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Post by driveit on Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:09 pm

Playing around in my down time.
Blacked out grill, Red halo headlights, Red LEDs behind the grill, Air splitter, stingray scoop, Satin black paint, Tinted windows.

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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by JB2wheeler on Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:55 pm

I prefer blue, red is aginst the law. With your blue interior your car would look good with a pearl blue paint job. JB
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by dynchel on Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:02 pm

It looks cool, but the whole satin black thing has been played out way too much (IMHO) however it ('74 chevelle) could pull it off better than some of  Turd boxes I've seen with that look.
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:37 pm

Actually the interior is black on mine. I am really wanting to go with a gloss black and the red down the side. The blue one up there was for another member. I was thinking the flat or satin black for now, to get by on the cheap and when I get the cash to do the frame off I want to take the whole thing down to bare metal and give it the paint job it deserves.

When the time comes Gloss black with a bright candy red. Not set on the color exactly, but kinda like the one in my signature. The red will be the stripe down the side. I want to accent everything in red, but not over do it. Just a little red to break things up. There will also be some chardcaol colors. I am thinking about doing the bumpers to match the wheels.

I want the car to be dark with bright red accents. I want it to be something that if someone walked by they couldn't just walk by. I wan't people to stop and say woah, look at that thing it is mean lookin! lol

I really want the car for a daily driver, but I want it to seem like it could eat anything on the road alive or at least that is the goal.
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Fri Jul 18, 2014 1:40 pm

Was gonna catch up on some design work last night but was kinda sick. Not feeling very good today either, but thought I would try to get something done.

Ok,so a little bit of an update here. So a while back I bough a set of half inch wheel spacers. I attempted to put them on this morning, but once again brought my bad luck with me. I must have at my spinach before I tightened those lug nuts last time, because they would not come off. I went to my uncles to borrow his impact. Came right off. Thought, this is going good. Spoke too soon as usual. There was no where near enough thread in those nuts to keep that wheel on and it wasn't even close to touching the hub. If it doesn't touch the hub will this be a problem? Also what size lugs do I need if I go with the half inch spacer? Any tips are appreciated.
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by Tom77 on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:14 pm

What about knocking out the studs and getting longer ones?
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Post by dynchel on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:20 pm

Ghost Rider wrote:What about knocking out the studs and getting longer ones?
The only problem i see with that idea is the axls may need pulled for clearence.
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Post by driveit on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:41 pm

That is what I am trying to find out. how long is the original stud so I know how long to get the new one.

Maybe I should just wait and try the centerline wheels to see if they will work.

Does anyone know the size of the lugs?
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by dynchel on Fri Jul 18, 2014 3:48 pm

Should be 7/16ths
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Fri Jul 18, 2014 5:59 pm

How long?
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by dynchel on Fri Jul 18, 2014 6:01 pm

What style nut? Acorn? Shank?
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Post by driveit on Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:16 pm

Ok, so I spent part of the day yesterday working on the Chevelle as I took off to help Jess with the kids so she could get ready for applying for a new job and such. My one year old Chelsea was sleeping so me and Jacob along with my uncle decided to give it a go on the wheel issue.

Spacers were too thick for the lugs. No one in town has longer logs that would not require drilling the flanges. The Centerlines had actually a half inch less back spacing or more back spacing... This confuses me! Anyway they were worse than the rallies and they are 8 inch wheels where the rallies are 7s. At that point I said screw it and cut the exhaust off about 8 inches behind the flowmasters. I will see if I can reroute them out in front of the wheel some how later. I liked the sound better before, but this will do for now. At least I don't hear embarrassing scraping and rubbing sounds everywhere I go.

Car show Saturday anyone coming?
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Post by switchbiker on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:20 pm

Enjoying your ideas for your ride. Sometimes just making the decisions can be the most time consuming part of building a car, so it's good to visualize, even if the only purpose is to motivate yourself to get through the endless hours you'll spend wrenching/grinding/welding parts of the car that the casual observer will never notice.
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:34 am

Agreed. I want to move the exhaust tips to where they exit in front of the rear tire, but they will be very low to the ground going under the frame as they are 3 inch tips. I wonder how it would look if I notched it out and inverted then re-welded the piece I notched out so it hugs the frame better and gives me more clearance. Do you think it would cause to much back pressure?
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by switchbiker on Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:55 pm

for side exit pipes under the frame rail you might want to consider the flattened rectangular shaped NASCAR style tips. Over the frame and out the body panel would be cool but lots of work to section part of the floorpan, reconstruct and heat shield. The result would be awesome though and carbon trailing from the pipes to the back of the car would be shnazty
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:58 pm

I am just wanting to do under the car for now in front of the wheel.
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:21 pm

With a pro-touring daily driver theme in mind ideally I would like to get a custom built chassis. That is just a dream, so I have been thinking of borrowing the chassis from the 75 I plan to give my son down the road. The car is in very rough shape and needs to get out of the rain anyway so I am thinking of pulling the body off the frame and putting the body in my moms barn up off the ground instead of back in her field rotting away.

I don't have a garage yet and can't afford to build one so I want to get some cheap lumber from my brother in law who owns a saw mill and build something just large enough to hide the frame in and keep it dry. I plan to work on the frame this winter. Sand it, clean it, re-weld it where needed maybe add some extra bracing here and there. I want to get serious on the hunt for some upgraded front and rear brakes. I am tired of this thing not wanting to stop! I want to add a posi now that I have upgraded the power and have need for it. I also need to find a rear sway bar.

Does anyone have any tips for me as to where to start? I know absolutely nothing about building frames and such, but thought I would give it a shot. Do you guys think this would be a good approach and where would you start with beefing up and stiffening the frame?
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Link to an Awesome PT G3 Thread.

Post by driveit on Fri Jul 25, 2014 3:36 pm

http://www.pro-touring.com/threads/83706-1973-Pontiac-Grand-Am-LS7-Swap

Love this car! Hope this guy don't mind that I borrowed these.



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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by LS_Quest on Fri Jul 25, 2014 4:14 pm

That frame is a work of art! Mmmmmmm
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:18 pm

Yeah. It is nice. I wish I had the tools and the skill.
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by LS_Quest on Fri Jul 25, 2014 5:40 pm

.... AND the money!!!!
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:19 pm

My pockets are so empty that I tore em out looking for more money!

Two people just paid me for design work and its already gone. I didn't even get to hold it. Sad
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:56 pm

I have been day dreaming today.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/QA1-GS401-10650C-Front-Coil-Over-System-Single-Adjustable-Shocks-650-Springs-/271440648777?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f331f9a49&vxp=mtr



I have been working off and on today with 74Malibu383 and the guys from QA1. After all was said and done they recommended the ones above for the front. They said they didn't have a coil over for the rear. So I guess I will just work with what I have there. I am going to start saving up for these. After that it is wheels, tires and paint!
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by dynchel on Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:26 pm

I just ordered up some adjustable (rear) upper control arms from that very seller.
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Re: Driveit's day dreaming and build thread.

Post by driveit on Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:54 pm

Cool. Got a pic or a link?
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