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  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motoracer838 View Post
    This car is going to be amazing...

    Joe
    Thank you.

    For some reason I’ve been having problems on this site and can’t edit my post or even get on here from my phone or computer. My iPad seems to work for now though. Here is the pictures that some how didn’t make it to the post.





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  2. #22
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    Ok lets get on with the firewall work. Seems the small parts take forever to fit up. I got the passenger side pretty much ready for grinding, metal finishing, and ready to weld the wiper cowl back on. I need to finish a few small parts on the driver side and get some epoxy shot in it before that happens though.






    Seats showed up a day later than I had hoped for so I wasn't able to get them test fit. I went with C7 seats and will upgrade the backs to the comp seats and eventually have them recovered when the interior is done.



    Kris Horton updated my renderings with the wide body as well. Just like the real car its hard to tell anythings been done, but having a before and after he for sure made it wider in all the right spots.




    Thats all for a few weeks. I have other things to do the next 2 Saturdays, so no work for a while.
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  3. #23
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    Ok so I was wrong about the weekend I had to work, its next weekend. So I was able to get some work done on the car Saturday. I started off by putting the seats and dash back in so I could see how it all fit. The ergonomics are great and they bolted right in. The C7 seats sit a little higher combined with the 1/2" taller seat floor mounts they still have enough clearance to safely fit a helmet. The passenger seat all the way back has enough room for someone 6'3" to sit in it comfortably and not be cramped. I like how the driver seat fits and the pedal placement works very well for me.






    After getting the seats in I moved onto the wiper motor. I've been over thinking how to mount it for way to long. As it turns out simple is better in this case. As soon as I find my wiper arms I'll get the transmission link finished up and check one more task off my list. Before anyone asks, that is a 2002 Deville wiper motor and modified wiper transmission links. Yes it is what Detroit speed used on their early kits, and it works with pretty much every GM wiper switch with delay.




    Since I still had a little time in the day I started on the dash mounts. I got the driver corner finished up and started to weld it in place. I'll finish welding it when I get the dash out.




    After finishing up the wiper motor I've been playing with the idea of quarter vents to cool my trans and rear diff. while using the door vents for the brakes. I liked the C7 Z06 vents and made a paper template off a C7 to see if there was room. Since the paper lined up nicely I bought a vent off a wrecked C7 to see how the real vent lines would line up. Turns out that the C7 and the Camaro have the exact same body line, which kinda tells me that I have to put them in. Kris Horton saw my update in Instagram and added them to the render real quick. They look pretty sick on there so it looks like I have another project added to my plate. I plan on venting them out one of the rear defuser fins on each side.




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  4. #24
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    It's all in the details, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peanut1959 View Post
    It's all in the details, isn't it?
    Sure is.
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  6. #26
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    Helloooo to my new favorite project thread! I've been fascinated with the idea of rebodying a car onto a C5 or C6 frame. Plenty of people swap the suspension components and a few event swap the cradles but this is the closest I've seen to retaining the vette frame.

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    Definitely one of my favorite builds at the moment. The rendering looks amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad-1stGen View Post
    Helloooo to my new favorite project thread! I've been fascinated with the idea of rebodying a car onto a C5 or C6 frame. Plenty of people swap the suspension components and a few event swap the cradles but this is the closest I've seen to retaining the vette frame.
    A few big shops told me it couldn't be done when I asked about it a few years ago when I was researching the idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by Revvv View Post
    Definitely one of my favorite builds at the moment. The rendering looks amazing.
    Thank you.
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  9. #29
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    "So then I told that chip guy and those ring a ding brothers , hold my beer".
    Spinnin'my tires in life's fast lane

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  10. #30
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    This is what was said to me about it. I took it more of a challenge.

    “Speaking from experience, its a cool idea you will never be able to finish as the work to do it right is unreal. There are just so many variables to deal with. If your cool with possibly never finishing the car and just having a never ending project go right ahead (and some people are). Do it. It's way more work to do than anyone realizes.”

    I started this redo, version 2.0 if you will in 2016. I was able to work on it basically every other Saturday for a while. Then I lost the ability to work on the car so it sat in my trailer in a storage lot for almost 2 years just starting again this past March. Now I only get to work on it from 9ish to 4pm almost every Saturday and it’s made huge strides in that time. My goal is to drive this car next summer. It won’t be painted and look the best, but I’ll be able to sort it out and get the car figured out and make any changes before taking it apart for body and paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CamaroAJ View Post
    This is what was said to me about it. I took it more of a challenge.

    “Speaking from experience, its a cool idea you will never be able to finish as the work to do it right is unreal. There are just so many variables to deal with. If your cool with possibly never finishing the car and just having a never ending project go right ahead (and some people are). Do it. It's way more work to do than anyone realizes.”

    I started this redo, version 2.0 if you will in 2016. I was able to work on it basically every other Saturday for a while. Then I lost the ability to work on the car so it sat in my trailer in a storage lot for almost 2 years just starting again this past March. Now I only get to work on it from 9ish to 4pm almost every Saturday and it’s made huge strides in that time. My goal is to drive this car next summer. It won’t be painted and look the best, but I’ll be able to sort it out and get the car figured out and make any changes before taking it apart for body and paint.

    Nice work ,Killer project! I have one of those never ending or finishing projects

  12. #32
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    Saturday I got back to work on the car. The wheels I've decides to run showed up and I mounted the rear tires as that's all I had. They are C7 Z06 20x12 and 19x10. The rear tires are 335/25-20 and I'm going to run a 295/30-19 front when I get around to finding a used set to mock up with. I think the Corvette Racing caps give it a nice tie into the chassis and driveline in the car.




    They fit very well and aren't as bad looking in person size wise as the pictures make it look. I really didn't want that big of rims, but thats kinda what I had to work with and I knew they cleared the ZR1 brakes.




    The front fender is for sure getting cut up. I was hoping to avoid that, but its gonna happen.



    The 15.5" brakes look killer in them though



    With the wheels fit checked I went back to the firewall thats been kicking my ass. Specifically the driver side trying to get it finished up. The small parts take the most time to fab and fit up as well as come up with a good layout that doesn't just looked hacked together. This is where I started the morning.

    <a href="https://www.hostmyjunk.com/image/B3cLT"><img src="https://i.hmjimg.com/images/2019/10/21/wiper1.md.jpg" alt="wiper1.md.jpg" border="0"></a>

    And with a lot of english wheel and shrinker work I ended up with this.



    I wanted to build a close out panel to cover the wiper motor and tie the outer tulip to the firewall that bolts on. So I did and I added a bead rolled "X" like the original Camaro firewall had. Annnnd then I realized I forgot to pre stretch the metal for that deep of bead. Here you can see side by side how much pre stretching the metal with the english wheel helps.




    And here it is installed with the booster so you can see the curve matched the firewall.

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  13. #33
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    Kris Horton also updated my render to include the extractor hood setup I've been planning on doing. This might change a little once I get the front end of the car mounted and see where everything lines up. Based off rough measurements this is really close though.
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    Killer build ! Rendering looks like 200 mph standing still !
    Like it should gooo....

  15. #35
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    Love it. Can't wait for more updates!

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    Really nice build !

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    Thanks guys, I'm loving how its coming along and ready to move onto the next part.
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    Saturday I wanted to get the firewall finished up. It didn't happen, but there isn't much more left to weld and grind. I got the outer tulip panel finished and the cover ready to bolt in place. I ran out of riv-nuts so I couldn't finish that part. I recently got the HammerFab riv-nut dimple dies and they take things to a new level by flush mounting them.




    The wiper cowl is all thats left to finish welding. I got most of it done, but not all of it. I'm hoping to get it finished early next Saturday and still move onto something else. I built it to match the curve on the upper cowl panel then flare out at the ends to match up to the original firewall and fender mounts.




    I've decided to go with a stock C7 Corvette radiator and condenser. I've done a lot of research on it and I feel this radiator combined with an extractor hood and possibly 1 or 2 sub radiators will work for me. They will be mounted at a pretty good angle and be fed from the Anvil carbon fiber lower valance and the center of the grille. The rest of the grille will be blocked off to keep air from getting into the engine bay.




    To cool things down when not in motion I've decided on a 2018 CTS-V cooling fan. Its the 850 watts and 19" PWM controlled by the ECM. As you can see its much bigger than my cooling stack. After trimming it to what I need I've figured out how to mount it and I'll work on building the top part of the shroud with some sheet metal and the english wheel.




    I've also started on the vacuum pump bracket. I need to do some hammer and dolley work on it to make the bends a little more crisp, but its almost ready to weld and finish out.


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    I like what you're doing. That's a real nice shop you're working in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfo guy View Post
    I like what you're doing. That's a real nice shop you're working in.
    Thank you. It's the Chevy dealer I work for that lets me work on it here. The best part besides not having to pay for electric and having a compressor here is the shop has A/C lol.
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