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Old 07-26-2012, 05:34 AM   #41
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More progress pictures from the body shop. These guys are doing an incredible job, and are enthusiastic about the project. That's hard to come by these days.

Hood underside painted.

Fenders ready to be squirted


Drivers door opens and closes like new.

Right rear quarter needed quite a bit of work, and huge ding above the fuel door is gone.

The stock rack & pinion BROKE while pushing the car GEO got a rack and installed it now so we can move the car around again. K member and underside will be cleaned up and repainted too.



Car is scheduled for paint coming up shortly. 8.8 rear end is getting built this week, with all kinds of goodies, so stay tuned.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:27 AM   #42
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While the car is being finalized for paint, Geo tore down the 8.8 housing, and installed the heavy duty goodies.

Donor from 1998 GT

Housing bushings cleaned out


Bushing shrapnel !

Free from the stock Trac-loc and 3:27 cogs, cleaned & awaiting a new cog

Gun owners should .appreciate this. Geo used numerous passes with brake clean soaked rags to insure the inner tubes were free from old lube & contamination. Numerous passes until the rags came through with ZERO dirt.


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Old 07-31-2012, 04:33 AM   #43
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Looks brand new

Races

A set of 3:55 gears going in, thanks to Chris Jones at BBR for donating a set of take outs.

Ring gear mounted to the Eaton differential, Thank you Jeff from Nitrostang for the great price.

Superior 31 spline axles nestled in

Assembled!




Mounting a T/A Girdle, after the axle tubes get welded up, & paint
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Old 08-04-2012, 04:25 PM   #44
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Some teaser pics of initial paintwork. Car got squirted today, so Ill post more Monday



Still loooks wet, but it's dry.


Fenders are arrow straight





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Old 08-06-2012, 06:30 PM   #45
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Paint work is complete! Wetsanding and buffing, and final tweaks commencing this week, then she is back to the shop for wiring and the reconstruction.












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Old 08-07-2012, 08:54 AM   #46
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Is that sounds deadner in the middle of the hood or just the bare fiberglass?

Looks fookin specatcular thus far man.
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Old 08-07-2012, 09:31 AM   #47
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Is that sounds deadner in the middle of the hood or just the bare fiberglass?

Looks fookin specatcular thus far man.
Its the fiberglass. We decided to paint it black, to offset all the white, and to hide dirt chips etc.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:28 AM   #48
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Its the fiberglass. We decided to paint it black, to offset all the white, and to hide dirt chips etc.
I like that look... I was thinking of something similar when I paint my Cervini hood just to hide any dirt that may come up.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:44 AM   #49
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:05 AM   #50
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Paint work and wetsanding/buffing is now complete. She's back in GEO's shop awaitng reconstruction. Wiring will commence soon, with interior restoration to follow.
The pictures just do not do the workmanship justice. Quote, It's CRYSTAL CLEAR!

Ride back from the body shop




Back to the operating room



Alright, wheels gotta go

True Forged Mach 5's may be in the future, like these








Engine bay the way it should be, without the swiss cheese look

Tucked away
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:17 AM   #51
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Pictures coming this weekend. Wiring process and battery box installed
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:32 AM   #52
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Looking good Fred! Can't wait to see new pics!
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:24 AM   #53
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Lots of progress since coming back from paint. The painstaking process of re-wiring and modifiying the entire cars electronic wiring is nearly complete.

A new windshield was in order, so we took care of that.

SCRATCH THE PAINT AND I WILL KILL YOU!!


Remote shut off


Sneak peek of under fender wiring


Lights




Behind front bumper

Battery Box

Molding prep & finish work





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Old 10-11-2012, 05:25 AM   #54
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Old, dingy, and faded.

Prepped and squirted

Although the quarter windows were redone, we wanted all trim to match perfectly


Special glue flown in from the LaBrea tar pits

Coming together!

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:53 AM   #55
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you spraypaint very nicely
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:16 AM   #56
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Did all that trim just pop off pretty easily? i need to do the saem thing to mine and that looks fairly inexpensive
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:12 AM   #57
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Did all that trim just pop off pretty easily? i need to do the saem thing to mine and that looks fairly inexpensive
Removal, restoring, and re installing is a bit of an art form, since you have to be extremely careful not to bend them, or break the clips .

Also, trial and error has found the CORRECT paint that provides a factory finish, without excessive gloss, yet holds up years longer than O.E.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:52 PM   #58
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Looks great. Fresh trim goes SO far in making the car come together.
I did the cowl, mirrors and top well trim on my car a while back and it instantly updates the whole car.
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Old 10-16-2012, 04:33 AM   #59
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More work on restoring the window moldings and trim pieces.

Tore off the old back window tint, and removed the old glue ( about as much fun as a trip to the dentist!) Also clay bar treated the inside and out, which removed years of hard water spots and debris.


Passenger side process was the same as previous, however we decided the inner portion of the B pillar needed some TLC in black.



Done. Drivers side got the same treatment shortly after



Quarter window




Some salvage yard serching rewarded us with door hrnesses, a complete steering column, and a couple of other goodies. Spare steeering wheel is being sent out for restoration & wrap.





The next point goes for ANYONE who has ever rewired a car, this is like Frankenstein coming to life.
WE HAVE POWER!!!!

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Old 10-16-2012, 10:18 AM   #60
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Looks great. Fresh trim goes SO far in making the car come together.
I did the cowl, mirrors and top well trim on my car a while back and it instantly updates the whole car.

Truth.

I bought all new trim and did the qtr windows on the fox. Mine were in rough shape, and it was a pain getting the 1/4's out. So happy with the trim though, it makes a huge difference.

Looks great Fred.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:49 AM   #61
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what did you use for trim paint?

car is looking great
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what did you use for trim paint?

car is looking great
We used a 3m trim paint on pops old Mercedes... I'll take a pic of it tonight for ya. It came out amazing.
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I used Duplicolor trim paint... comes in a spray can. **** came out spectacular. I been using it on most anything I want black now. Even used it to black out the chrome window trims on my Pontiac G8. Came out tits and you really cant beat it for 6 bucks a can.
Here's my mirror...

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The trim work is about 90% complete. We may replace the door belt moldings, or try a different base coat/top coat methond, ans the originals were in pretty rough shape.
New door lock actuators, lock cylinders, and door handles installed. The factory pop rivets them in, but this method can lead to the handle contacting the door skin. We bolted them in instead. Straight and clean.


Finished. Also LRS hooked us up with all new door seals, run channels, and weatherstripping. Doors work better than NEW!


Tailight assemblies got buffed and polished
BEFORE

AFTER

After some thought, we dcided to shoot the license plate and tailight panel in black.


Quick hand drawn vanity plate! THE FURY II

Now to the Headlights. Long story short, the hardware assemblies needed some modifications and drilling, but GEO got everything in, weather sealed, and better than new.



Had to drill for proper depth and diameter





Still some aligning to do, but after the headlight bulbs come in.
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Great progress man! Nothing like crisp white paint with fresh, super clean black trim. Love it.
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Great progress man! Nothing like crisp white paint with fresh, super clean black trim. Love it.
Gonna have to hit you up for some 3 inch Dr Gas X pipe pieces for LT's.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:30 AM   #67
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Time to overhaul the HVAC system. Out comes the heater box/blower motor assembly
Out of the dash

The behemoth



New vs Old


Installed


We were talking door handles. OE are riveted on, and you can see here how this method puts the handle too close to the door skin, leading to contact. GEO installed the new set with bolts.


Coming off

The right way

Drivers door finished
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Time to overhaul the HVAC system. Out comes the heater box/blower motor assembly
Out of the dash

The behemoth



New vs Old


Installed


We were talking door handles. OE are riveted on, and you can see here how this method puts the handle too close to the door skin, leading to contact. GEO installed the new set with bolts.


Coming off

The right way

Drivers door finished
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Gonna have to hit you up for some 3 inch Dr Gas X pipe pieces for LT's.
I'd have been honored to help you out with that too... but sadly Dr Gas is no more. Closed shop about 6 months ago....


Guess I should change my sig.
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Been awhile since I've posted. Put the project on the back burner for a few months.
Got ahold of some go fast goodies:

306 A-4 long block assembly, with some TEA worked TFS heads by Brian Tooley. Ike from MPR Racing engines went through and freshened everything up, and got it ready.











Vortech T trim kit going out for a service & rebuild. We'll polish up the housings and discharge while it's apart.


Working on the interior re-dye and resto, along with the stereo install over the next couple weeks.
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Bout time for an update

Agreed.T My main guy was hurt in a rear end collision in his work truck. Set back for over a month.

Will have some updates coming soon. Just scored a ported intake
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:11 AM   #74
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Interior progress

Very happy with the prep & dye outcome. New material and process has resulted in a good finish, and light sheen.





Working on the rear quarter panel liners now, speaker grilles, and the headliner.

Door panels are in rough shape, so we opted for new ones from the guys at Late Model Resto

The old: Water damage and warpage.



Even the door panel pads are dismal. Custom work commencing

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Looks nice.

But I never understand why people insist on painting the side rearview mirrors the same as the body. Looks so much better how it came from the factory, in black.
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Looks nice.

But I never understand why people insist on painting the side rearview mirrors the same as the body. Looks so much better how it came from the factory, in black.
Agreed, but the black was just not coming out good, so we went white.
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:21 AM   #77
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More trim work, prep and dye






Thats a lot of black!


After
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Old 12-06-2013, 06:31 AM   #78
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Time for the rear suspnsion goodies. Rear end is all assembled with 3:55 cogs, Eaton Diff, 31 spline axles, new bearings & seals.
Steeda 5 Link II going in, along with UPR Battle Boxes, Tokico 5 Ways, and Steeda Billet Weight Jacker LCA's







Lets weld the axle tubes too.

Fresh coat of black paint

Stud girdle on
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Mounting tabs welded in, for the new postions of the 5 Link's upper control arms

Upper brace welded

Welded in mount

Other mounting tab, with HD hardware

Better shot of the upper control arm mounting position. also new 400 lb rate rear springs


Almost finished. Need a set of rear isolaters, rear swaybar, then tighten everything up, set pinion angle after engine and rest of drivetrain installed



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Slightly out of order, but a few shots of the completed dyed interior parts



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