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    Got the car ready to haul to the chassis shop next week. I'll have him tack in the tunnel hump so that I can remove the engine and transmission before the car goes to the body/paint shop. What size hole should I have him cut for the shifter?

    I'll also have the cross bar and a couple triangulating pieces installed. One area I'm fairly certain about will be short pieces that connect the vertical section of the roll bar to the subframe connector behind the front seat. I'm less certain about whether to have some low door bars installed. They'll help keep things stiff and I'd have them done low enough so that they won't interfere with me getting into or out of the car, but not great aesthetically and I'm sure will create headaches when it comes time to do the interior. Thoughts?

    Also wondering if we missed something when we installed the Quadralink spring pocket brackets, since the nut for the lower link is not accessible through hole the frame rail. Easy enough to make the hole bigger, but it seems odd it's so far off, which made me wonder if we goofed somehow. Has anyone else run into this?

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    It’s been raining here on and off so we haven’t made it to the chassis shop yet. Had lunch with my body and paint buddy. We mapped out a plan to move forward so he could be finished by the summer. I think the timeline is very ambitious. I’ll be ordering brakes tomorrow, 14” Baer 6p fronts, 13” SS4+ rears. This way I can install them along with the wheels and tires so that any issues can be taken care of before the car is in paint. It’s going to be an expensive 6 months.

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    It's been a busy couple weeks at work and with family, so not much progress on the car. Our son is really into soccer and he's had tournaments the last several weekends, two of which require out of town stays. This weekend's tournament is in town, but we are hosting three players from a team visiting from Japan. The things we do for out kids! Anyways, next week life should get back to normal. I received the brakes so I'll install them to make sure they'll work with the wheels. Hopefully we make it to the chassis shop too. Randy told me he'll be ready to take the car back on May 1 to finish the body and paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alponcho View Post
    It's been a busy couple weeks at work and with family, so not much progress on the car. Our son is really into soccer and he's had tournaments the last several weekends, two of which require out of town stays. This weekend's tournament is in town, but we are hosting three players from a team visiting from Japan. The things we do for out kids! Anyways, next week life should get back to normal. I received the brakes so I'll install them to make sure they'll work with the wheels. Hopefully we make it to the chassis shop too. Randy told me he'll be ready to take the car back on May 1 to finish the body and paint.
    Man do I understand, it's baseball and UTV racing for mine. If i'm not at a tournament or a race then I'm probably fixing what he broke at the last race, then work on my car.

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    Just got the car back from the chassis shop. We decided against the door bars I had in mind. The chassis guy felt that the benefit of the bars we designed (down from the main hoop then angled sharply low to the floor, below the entire seat bolster) wouldn't be worth it. He felt the triangulating pieces from the hoop to the subframe connectors behind the seats would add enough stiffness given how I plan to use the car. I'm kind of relieved...was worried about them being in the way and the interior will look a lot cleaner now. I kept the harness bar removable.
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    I threw on the brakes quickly to check for clearance with the wheels. No issues. Next step is to mount tires on the wheels and install on the car. Body and paint guy said he'll be ready for her in May. At that point, we'll hang the front clip and deal with any tire clearance issues before she's painted.

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    Had the tires mounted today. Mobile installer 2Utire, did a great job. Car is back at home. Just waiting for a spot to open up at Randy's for paint.

    I feel like I should be doing something to move things forward, but not sure what to make progress on next...

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    Still waiting for a spot to open up in shop for paint. In the meantime I messed around with a few things.

    First, I removed the rear springs to see where the suspension would bottom out and found that I still have about .5" between the tire and lips. I think this should give me enough clearance even if I flatten the bump stop, so I should not have to trim or roll the lips any. Relative to a Camaro, the wheel opening is more rounded and so there's a bit more space available. I have plenty of clearance on the inside as well.

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    Second, I figured out that the motor mounts work without spacers after all. The problem was that the transmission was hung up on small section of the floor in an area that was difficult to see. I'm happy about this, but now I see that the transmission is not quite centered in the tunnel. Don't know if this is a normal or will create a problem?

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    Mind blowing build- make me want to pour a few gallons on gas on my 72 and set it on fire (j.k. I love my Bird, as humble and simple as it is).

    Geno

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    I started thinking more about how much space there would need to be, given the current set-up, between the tires and lips at ride height to give me sufficient downward travel in the suspension. I would end up with slightly more of a gap at the tops of the wheel openings as compared to the sides. I played around a bit, and found that the car looks much better with less of a gap at the tops of the wheel openings as compared to the sides. So I ended up ordering the shorter shocks that now come with the Firebird specific Quadralink kit. I bought my kit from DSE years ago when there was just a generic 2nd gen kit developed with the Camaro in mind, so there was no accounting for the higher/rounded wheel opening of the Firebird. The shocks are pretty expensive and the lips will need work now, but a slightly lower ride height should look better.

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    Received the Firebird shocks. The body is .5" shorter than the Camaro ones. I installed them without the springs, and with the suspension fully bottomed out, I still have a sliver of space between the tires and lips. That was an expensive half-inch! If anyone needs coilovers for a Camaro, I know where you can get a good deal

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    Car looks fantastic and I am happy to see that you are still working on it.

    Now that you lowered you may want to consider doing the outer wheel house mod when you roll the quarters. If you ever decide to run a taller tire this is the next spot that rubs.

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    I'm starting to think about interior. I'm torn between going with factory Sandalwood color (as in the photo) or black. The plan is to buy Recaro Specialist seats in cloth and have them recovered in leather in a factory appearing pattern. I think this would look good with the factory door panels, dash, etc. I know I mentioned this previously, but the exterior will be Carousel Red (Hugger Orange), the car’s original color. Thoughts about an interior color like this in a pro-touring car?


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    I say hell yea!! That color would be awesome!

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    Here's a photo of a Carousel Red over Sandalwood Formula I found on the web.



    Part of me also thinks it would be cool to forego the TA engine turned dash bezel I had planned in favor of the original woodgrain one.


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    I like it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Alponcho View Post
    Here's a photo of a Carousel Red over Sandalwood Formula I found on the web.



    Part of me also thinks it would be cool to forego the TA engine turned dash bezel I had planned in favor of the original woodgrain one.

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