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  1. #1
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    Default 68 Firebird "68 Widetrax"

    This is a project I started 13 years ago as someone's left over parts car. At that time Pro touring was just getting started. But I always liked the old Trans Am and IMSA look cars. Here is my attempt to release my interpretation.
    This is when I had just gotten all of the welding and grinding done on the quarter.
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Size:  92.8 KBJust showing some of the pie cuts it takes to bow a quarter panel in 3 inches, in just 18 inches.Name:  0213092113-00.jpg
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Size:  146.4 KBI had to weld the original quarter back on 3in out to be able to use a patch panel. The patch panel does not have the crown at the top, and are made to be spliced in on the quarters face.

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Size:  84.8 KBThis shows the 3in patch in the tail panel, and the 305/50/15 euro T/A's I used to jig the car with. they are on a modded pair of Craiger SS wheels that I made 14 inches wide. Name:  1126092342-00.jpg
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Size:  83.7 KB This is where it is today, I used some fibrefill bondo to seal the welds and keep them from corroding.

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    LOVE it! And you say my project was sophistocated. I like your direction and design. I look forward to more updates.

    Wes

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    Awesome!


    Cliff
    1968 Firebird
    Project Cheyenne Pro Performance

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    OMG WOW!!!!! looks great!!!! can't wait to see more!!
    Kevin S. (overseas in Germany)

    1972 Buick Skylark GS 455 (Stage 1 Clone)

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    Nice fab skills!
    Some times I'm fast sometimes I'm half-fast

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    That's cool!

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    Thanks for all of the compliments guys!! This is the first time I have shown anyone online my work. I have a lot more pic's of the work I have done but I will have to retrieve them from DVD's backing up my archives. If anyone wants to see what a certain stage looked like just ask!

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    Nice, I love widened Firebirds
    Traven

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    oh yea post more pics of the steps! I just love to look at metal work like you do!
    Kevin S. (overseas in Germany)

    1972 Buick Skylark GS 455 (Stage 1 Clone)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CruizinKev View Post
    oh yea post more pics of the steps! I just love to look at metal work like you do!
    ^^^ What he said! Love to see more pics on how you widened the fenders.

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    need to see more of this car!

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    I love wide bodies like this. Had plans to do a Mustang with my son but he is packing up to move to Ga. Maybe someday....

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    Its been a couple of years since I promised to put more pictures from my build, finally getting around to it.Name:  3F02-7-15(21-44).jpg
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Size:  36.6 KB This shows the 3 inch wide strap that I welded in between the top cut line. I had to roll and contour the back end to emulate the weld flange of the rear quarter to the tail panel.Name:  4F02-7-15(21-44).jpg
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Size:  51.7 KB Then I had to cut the tail light openings out and slid them out 3 inches, then filled the inside void with scrap sheet metal.Name:  floor extension 1-5-02.jpg
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Size:  72.8 KBwhile I was working on the top of the quarter panel, I also had to address the trunk floor extension. So I cleaned all of the rusty original quarter sheet metal off of it and repaired its issues then held it 3 inches out and filled in the gap. Now you can also see the new outer wheel well that is moved out 3 inches from the original outer wheel well. A little secret I found was that the outer wheel wells are flat curved, like a 55gal drum, all you have to do is leave 4 inches of it from the pinch weld area attached to the structure, then weld the new one on 3 inches out for a 1 inch overlap. then you can index the rest of your metal from that.Name:  quarter pre-fit 12-28-01.jpg
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Size:  78.5 KBso my repair panel quarter then looked like this. But repair quarters do not have the crown on top because they are made to be attached on the vertical face of the panel, so I had to weld what was left of the original quarter panel back on. Then cut it back off on the vertical face.
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    More...More.....More....

    Awesome.

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    Looking forward to this!

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    Welcome to the site..... I love early birds!! Subscribed!

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    Anything new ?
    68 Camaro TT LSX 427 "Golem" / click the link
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    Wow that's ambitious.

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    Any updates?

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