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  1. #61
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    Quote Originally Posted by renegade6 View Post
    I didn't think I made much progress since the last update but, was able to get a few things done.

    One other little project was building a caulking gun for the 50ml 3M seam sealer. Short story is I saw a great deal on seam sealer but, didn't realize that it was only 50ml instead of the standard size so, instead of spending another $50 for a new gun, I just made one.

    Clever little tool. I almost did the same thing when I ought some fiberglass-metal adhesive. The 50ml tube was $20, but the gun was $50. I just did my best to squirt out the same linear displacement of material per tube. Ain't it fun when a 20 minute project gets a 2 hour diversion?

    Quote Originally Posted by renegade6 View Post
    I haven't gotten much accomplished. I really need to shoot some primer and lay down some filler but, with the daytime high temps in the teens, that isn't going to happen anytime soon.


    Is there going to be another piece you are going to make to create a bulged trunk floor? Maybe I'm over engineering this, but the return plumbing looks like it can easily be pinched in the event something very undesirable occcurs.

    Great work, someday I'll post some pics of my build, the 16-year-younger brother to your ride, my 79 Caprice.

    Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by K-Gene View Post

    Is there going to be another piece you are going to make to create a bulged trunk floor? Maybe I'm over engineering this, but the return plumbing looks like it can easily be pinched in the event something very undesirable occcurs.

    Great work, someday I'll post some pics of my build, the 16-year-younger brother to your ride, my 79 Caprice.
    Thanks. I got a lot of use out of a $5 caulking gun. I used it for the 200ml tubes until I got the good one. I really like the late 70s to late 80s B bodies as well.

    As for the floor, the line on the right side was a vent and I replaced it with a vent. As for the lines, I have an additional cut-out (you can see the outline for the cut in the picture) and I'll put some edge guard where the lines pass thru the cut out.
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  3. #63
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    6L80E Malibu shifter

    I finally had some time to get some work done, after being gone away on a work trip for a couple of weeks. Time is getting short, I have to get this somewhat together before I move in June.

    For this update, I mounted a shifter from a 2008 Malibu. Because it is such a tall shifter and my tunnel is also tall, I had to build a recess for it so that it would reduce the height. Additionally, the Malibu shifter cable wouldn't attach to the transmission with the original bracket so, I had to fabricate one of those as well.

    Life would have been much easier if I had a brake and a shear but, I can't ask for everything.












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  4. #64
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    I've been gone so much with work trips I haven't had time to post an update. I didn't think I accomplished much until I started looking at all of the pictures. I would have had it in primer sooner but, until recently, it's been too cold to put any paint down.

    For this update I've done the following:

    -With some help, built the center console out of household foam insulation and laid it up in fiberglass. I don't have a final picture but, should have one soon. Because of the size of the planned head unit, I had to make a spot in the tunnel for the radio to fit in.

    -Installed the front bracket for the AC condenser.

    -When I finally put the transmission in, I saw a few problems. The cross-member didn't go back far enough for the 6L80E to fit in so, I had to move the cross member back, weld some nuts to the frame and put some pass thrus in the cross-member for the exhaust. I really appreciate Dale Schwart's help with figuring this out.

    -I took it off of the frame for the last time so I can get the frame powder coated. Additionally, I started laying out the brake lines. Once I get them installed I'll drop the body on the frame for hopefully the last time. If anyone is interested in an Auto Twirler rotisserie, PM me. I expect that it will be up for sale in the next two or three weeks.

    -Installed front and rear seat belt mounts.

    -Also,I seam sealed everything under the car and put SPI bedliner underneath the body to act as the undercoating. One thing I wish I would have done differently is use some black primer. I ended up using just shy of three gallons to coat the entire bottom of the car!

    -Last accomplishment was getting it covered in epoxy primer. I still need to prime the trunk lid and one door but, I should be able to knock that out soon. I need to get everything covered before I have to move in six weeks. I would hate to get more rust on it than it already had.




















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    Looking good!

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    I haven't done much since the last update. I did manage to seam seal everything on the inside as well as putting some 3M expanding foam in some of the areas where I might get some vibration. Some of you may think, that foam will only rust but, it is an automotive grade. If any of you do this, it expands about 10X the original volume.

    Because I wanted to sell my rotisserie before I moved I went ahead and put the brake lines on it. This was my first experience with NiCop (cuniform) and it was much easier to work with than stainless. I did have to make a couple of modifications on the top of the frame rail and I used studs to hold on the clamps but, nothing too difficult.

    The biggest news is that I found my final engine for this. A 2012 L77 (Caprice PPV engine, the multi-fuel version of the G8 engine) with only 18,000 miles and most of the accessories.

    It's together for the time being, just enough so I can trailer it to the new house.











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    impressive project!

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    An update...Finally

    I figured I had better post an update. Since the last one, I've moved to Texas and occupied a new shop. I wish I was staying as this shop is fantastic. Unfortunately, I'll only be here a couple of years. The one thing I don't like about it is the cottonmouth on the toilet...

    Nothing really dramatic other than the body work is just about finished!!! Additionally, I received my fiberglass hood from VFN

    The majority of the metal work and filler is done and hopefully next weekend I can shoot the high build and block it out. Then it's on to the engine to get it running. As far as the engine goes, I received my cam from EPS along with pushrods, springs, retainers, etc. Here's the Specs for the cam:

    222/226 .604/.604 113 LSA +2 advance

    My goal is to have it running by the spring and then finish up the paint and go from there.

    I'm just glad the body work is just about done. I can do it but, I'm not quick at it and there are a lot of things I would rather be doing. Fortunately, I've had some help from someone far better at it than I.

    One last tidbit is that I modified Chevy HHR lights to work in place of the stock Biscayne/Impala taillights.

    Now, on to the pictures
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    High build--Finally!

    I finally was able to spray high build (Featherfill G2). There are a few spots that will end up needing some more filler but, so far it looks pretty straight. Still have to fit up the VFN fiberglass hood but, the body work is getting closer.

    Once it is blocked and shot with 2K, I will work on getting it running. My intent is to do all of the final cutting, drilling, etc and not have to worry about scratching paint in the process. I did that on my last project and it was a good lesson learned.

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  10. #70
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    Dude, AWESOME build! I am doing a '63 Belair (project rust belt) I just put mine up and will be updated back-logged pictures. (subscribed!!)

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    Not a whole lot to update on. Showing pictures of block sanding is even more boring than doing it.

    I finally received all the parts for the engine, installed the EPS cam, valve springs and push rods. I also finally picked out the colors, which allowed me to paint the engine.

    On to the pics:

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  12. #72
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    Nice project, I'm in the middle of a frame off restoration. Chassis is all done, body panels are all fixed. The car is in the body shop and should have it in primer sealer by next month. I'm going to do the same as you and get her running and driving, then tear down and paint. I have a 5.3ls from a 2008 tahoe, did springs, turbo cam, and have a s400sx single turbo setup. Will be running a th350, 3800 stall, Moser 9in, on e85. I have a build thread here and on ls1tech. Once I get my car back, I'll be moving right along. Running 20x7 245/35r20 up front, 22x9 265/35 22 rear. Slammed on coilovers. Nice to see other b body's on here

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    Misc stuff (steering column, header mod, ECM Mounting, battery cables)

    Despite not posting an update, I've actually been working on the car. For the most part, it has been blocking and sanding. Not a whole lot to take pictures of or, even remotely exciting.

    Now that I'm to the point where I'm about ready to spray 2K primer, I figured I should start doing a lot of the mock up so I don't have to risk drilling thru fresh paint or scratching it. I did that on my last build and really regretted it.

    So, for this update I did the following:

    -Mocked up engine, made radiator mounts and a mount for the ECM. Because I used a re-worked stock harness my options were pretty limited on where to mount it.

    -Mocked up the steering shaft. Because of the angle, I had to use a third joint and a eye bearing to hold it. I really didn't want to grind of powder coating but, we were able to hit the hot metal with powder had it stick and finished the job with a heat gun.

    -Did major surgery on a set of speed engineering headers to get them to fit around the steering shaft. I've only TIG welded a few times but, pretty happy with the welds for the V bands on the outlets. The welds on the tubes are kind of ugly but, they will hold. Polishing them up gets rid of some of the ugliness.

    -Ran my starter power cable and installed the battery box. I used P clamps along it and before I go final I will use some braided wire loom to make sure it doesn't chafe anywhere. I plan on using a Mad electrical solenoid but, have to wait until my allowance builds up.

    -Cut holes in the ends of the dash for the vents. I ended up using parts of a dash cut out from another car, glad I did as they are a really difficult template to get it to fit correctly.

    -Made a neutral safety/back up light switch for my Malibu shifter. I've been wracking my brain on how to do this because the 6L80E doesn't use a switch instead it goes thru the BCM. I ended up using a F body switch and modified the shifter to make it fit.

    -Lastly, a few other odds and ends like finishing fitting the body mounts and a lot more sanding.

    Glad I have some help from friends with this. Spatial things like figuring out how to re-work the headers makes my head hurt.

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    Gotta work on that TIG! ;)

    Did the passenger side header work out ok?

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    I'll have to get a better picture of the last flange, looks better than the rest of them but, far from great. I suppose not too bad for only doing it a few times.

    The PS worked out just fine. I just had to shorten the collector a couple of inches to line up with the DS header.
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  16. #76
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    Cool. Yeah the V band flanges are looking good.
    Sometimes you can just go back over the areas you welded to make them look prettier. Clean with a brush then go back and pedal it with little blasts of heat.

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  17. #77
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    Thanks. I really need to invest in a tig welder but, that would mean less parts.
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  18. #78
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    Exhaust and AC mock up, and LS AC pressure switch adapter

    I've made a little progress since the last update. For this one, I finally received all of the parts to finish up the accessory drive, installed the top cover for the radiator, mounted the fans, mocked up the AC lines and have just about finished the exhaust. Just a little bit to finish up on the exhaust but, the big pieces are finished.

    One of the challenges I had was finding an adapter to connect the LS pressure switch to the AC lines using an EZ clip fitting. They make pressure switch adapters but, most don't have the right threads. I purchased a weld on adapter and TIG welded it to a pressure port EZ clip fitting.

    Next step should be paint unless anyone else has some other suggestions.

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