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  1. #181
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    Really nice work! Great ideas!

    Regards,
    Leigh

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    https://www.pro-touring.com/showthre...Project/page27


  2. #182
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewb70 View Post
    Dude....just stop...you're seriously making us all look stupid and lazy...LOL

    Andrew
    lol 100%


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  3. #183
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    Eventhough the car has a full cage, I like a cozy interior so I wanted to hide the tubes around the seats as good as possible. Here's how I did a headliner that will hide the tubes away. It's glass fibre, weights around 1 lbs and will receive a thin layer of foam and then leather or suede...

    A rottisserie helps... ;)










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    And all my fasteners has been surface treated...

  5. #185
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    And the K-member (?) for the subframe is also done. It took some serious time to fab, but it came out really good! It's 12 lbs lighter than the stock steel, so it's both stiffer and lighter than stock. It's supposed to be welded to the stock parts, just because regulations (I need to save some parts so it's still a GM construction, otherwise it's impossible to get it through the registration process). Otherwise I would build a subframe from scratch...

    I'm making these kind of attachments for every bolt since I'm using thin walled tubes (0,06-0,08"). It's welded in both walls which makes it really stiff.






  6. #186
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    Incredible fab work on this car.
    marty-mj
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  7. #187
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    Sweet! More headliner pics and info!!!

  8. #188
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    Chadman; What do you want to know?

    Syborg; Thanks!

  9. #189
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    I go away for a little while only to come back to this. I'm so amazed and impressed! Glad to know you're making progress still. Keep up the excellent work.
    Trey

    "The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."
    ~ Jon Hammond

    1979 WS6 Trans Am stock LT1/T56 drive train out of my Formula. BMW M-parallel rims. C5/C6 brakes

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  10. #190
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    Welded the K-member together with the rest of the subframe;




    The cut away in the rear part of the profiles are just to be able to tuck the frame as close to the body as possible:

  11. #191
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    The unorthodox budget Firebird (-74)

    Just discovered this thread. Absolutely amazing--the fab and design work are most impressive!!

  12. #192
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    I just found this as well, wow!

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  14. #194
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    I'm having some thoughts regarding paint. Eventhough it's not really time yet, I've started thinking about it a little.
    I want something subtle and typical late 60, early 70 color. Ie the Corvette Electric Blue is really nice, but I'm not really sure it'll look right on an old car. Not trying to offend anyone in here - it's not bad looking. But I want my car to look like a stock classic except for other wheels and lowering springs...

    So, anyone has any ideas?
    For the moment, I'm into light blue and green colors.
    This is what it should look like (except the color obviously...)


    Green is really nice, I think. This one is beautiful;

    This color is also great, I think.

    More ideas are welcome!

    As for updates, here are some reinforcements for the new seat locations. Driver seat is adjustable, but passenger seat is bolted to the floor as low as possible (having the CGH in mind)

    I needed some spacers to clear the seat mount on the drivers side. Instead of just adding a pile of washers, I made a spacer... Devil's in the details...



    And reinforcement for the 6-point harnesses;



    My new seats;
    FIA-approved, upholstered in leather!




  15. #195
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    This thread makes my jaw drop every time I review it! Too bad the laws are so strict over there for registration, I'd have loved to see what you would have created from scratch! Still looks awesome, though!!!

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    I vote for the green that is on Frank's 70 Lemans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenworks View Post
    This thread makes my jaw drop every time I review it! Too bad the laws are so strict over there for registration, I'd have loved to see what you would have created from scratch! Still looks awesome, though!!!
    Thanks!
    If I wouldn't have any restrictions, I would probably have built a light weight tubular chassis of high tensile steel, flat floor with venturi on the back, C6 transaxle with a down stroked Pontiac 400 (goal something around 300 cui), Glass fibre body (since the frame doesn't need a steel body anymore). Individual suspension with pull rods front and back. A weight around 2000 lbs would feel as a good goal together with 400 hp "streetable" horsepowers.
    Same look as what I'm doing now, but even more evil under the shell...
    After it was finished, I would probably start experimenting with some kind of computer controlled hydraulic actuated active suspension instead of sway bars... Probably not faster, but developing things is fun. However, I probably have the same problem as everybody else - lack of spare time.

  18. #198
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    Colour = Muscle Car Red

    The same as the Red you started with.

    Sorry..... it just looks good on that Poncho!

  19. #199
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    Just noticed the reply! How about shots of it wrapped/painted and how you attached it to the roof/sides? If you are there yet that is. Cool ideas here. Thanks for posting it up.

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    Well, what you see in the pics are as far as I've gotten for the moment. Right now I'm focusing at getting it on four wheels and installed drivetrain.
    The headliner needed to be made before the body came out of the rotisserie, but I'm waiting with the wrapping until I've decided colors on the interior... Which will be after I've decided color on the body...

    Probably two years until I've started at the interior - the car can be driven without interior, so for the moment it's full focus at getting it driveable.



    Body has been taken down from the rotisserie! Next thing are these the coming years...


    Quote Originally Posted by andrewb70 View Post
    I vote for the green that is on Frank's 70 Lemans.
    That car is gorgeous. But I'm afraid the Firebird won't be as good looking in the same color...

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