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Old 04-25-2005, 07:07 AM   #201
 
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Hi All,

Making a little more progress. Mounted more items in the engine bay and mounted the rear drivers side fender flare. For those who wish to know, we used "Duramix 4040" to bond the FRP fender flare to the steel quarter panel. 4040 is a specialty adhesive used for both structural and cosmetic repairs.

Today we start assembling the front and rear suspensions. If everything goes as planned, we should be ready to mount the engine and trans by mid week.

Wish us luck.

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Looking good

we need to plan another GTG soon, to see the new paint etc.
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Hi All,

Yesterday was a tough day.

After much debate, we decided to powder coat the front spindles and the rear lower control arms. I was wishing to keep them natural, but I was beaten into submission by the rest of the guys in the shop. Both items had a few cosmetic issues (stains in the castings and inconsistent surface texture) that just did not look right. I dropped these items off at the powder coater, but they will not be ready until Thursday, which is going to slow us down a bit on the assembly.

Also, I found out that it will be a week or two before we can receive a cooling mod kit from LDC Chicago. This means that we are going to have to continue with the Apten kit and make it work as best we can. I am sure we can get it to fit up right, but it would be a lot easier with the LDC Chicago kit. This is also going to slow us down a bit.

Wayne finished off the interior of the flares by grinding all the surfaces smooth and "filling / skim coating" the inner gaps and contours with the same 4040 material used to bond the flare to the quarter panel. Once we apply the undercoating to the inside of the wheel housing, it will look perfect. When he was done with the flares, he started skim coating the roof and the top of the cowl area.

Just for grins I posted a close up of the chassis (of the fuel and brake lines between the rear frame rails). If you look close you will note that we are using 3m strip caulk at all the pop riveted and screwed components (you can see it ooze from behind some of the mounted items). This may be a little excessive, but we feel it is good insurance against any rust weeping from where the fastener scratches the coating during installation.

Today we continue to detail and assemble as many parts as we can. We will concentrate on the suspension and chassis as well as finishing off the engine cooling modification.

Wish us luck today, we are going to need it. :-)

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Looks awesome!!!!

great work and you choose the right color...

As far a graphics, small classic one may work but nothing too large or cheesy.

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I was just wondering when you guys can start building one for me? wow thats thing is a jaw dropper and its not even together yet. I cant wait to see the finished product. looks great if we can help at all let us know.
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Hi All,

We did not get as far as we had hoped yesterday. Work raised it's ugly head and I had some issues that needed my personal attention. Also, I will have to go out of town next week so the schedule will slip a bit more. I guess that ain't too bad in that we will not have some of the parts needed to install the drivetrain. We really need a new clutch pressure plate, etc... and Centerforce says that they currently have 300 03 Cobra clutch setups on backorder.

Anyway, we have been plugging away on the IRS. The re-assembly and the installation of the Maximum Motorsports bushing kit is a bit more complex than we thought it was going to be. We thought "just insert the bushings and bolt it up, but no such luck. Lots of shimming and alignment issues. And you know us, we are not happy unless this thing lines up right on the button.

Anyway... Here is a shot of the IRS as it sits this morning.

While I am working on this, Wayne will be finishing the FRP work on the rear fender flares.

Well it is time to get back to work. Wish us luck.

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Hi All,

Well... I almost have the rear end assembled. I should have it finished today. I just have to shim and mount the upper control arms and we are done.

What a project.

You have to be very anal when replacing the IRS control arm and center section bushings. The factory bushings bent the mounting tabs to conform to the steel bushing housings. The replacement bushings need to have these tabs flat and parallel. Achieving this is no easy task and requires a lot of fiddling about.

Our tabs were so out of alignment that we could not just bend them back into alignment. We had to take a 1/2" bolt with nut and use it as you would a small screw jack. We positioned the bolt in the bracket and unthreaded the nut until it came into contact with the area we needed to expand and then applied as much elbow grease as physically possible. Lucky for us, this expanded the bracket enough to give us the flat and parallel condition required. I do not know what we would have done if this did not work.

Anyway... Here is a photo of the IRS as it sits this morning.

You all have a nice day. I will just keep plugging along.

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Making a little more progress. Mounted more items in the engine bay and mounted the rear drivers side fender flare. For those who wish to know, we used "Duramix 4040" to bond the FRP fender flare to the steel quarter panel. 4040 is a specialty adhesive used for both structural and cosmetic repairs.

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FIRST TIME ON FOR ME. JUST EDITING BOBS POST 4040 WASN'T USED TO BOND THE FLARES. THAT PRODUCT IS USED FOR REPAIR OR BONDING OF SMC PLASTICS. WE USED 3M 8115 PANEL BOND ADHESIVE WHICH IS MADE FOR NON STRUCTURAL BONDING OF PANELS.

FYI I HAVE BEEN BUILDING OR REPAIRING AUTOMOBILES FOR 28 YEARS AND THIS CAR HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO DO.

I APPRICIATE ALL THE SUPPORT & COMMENTS ON THIS BUILD.

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Anyway... Here is a photo of the IRS as it sits this morning.
Picture of IRS brings back a lot of memories. Looks like you went w/ MM Delrin bushings (good choice). Also looks like you painted or had the LCA's powder coated black.
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Hi All,

Sorry I have not posted any updates lately, but I had to fly to Houston and solve a wastewater treatment problem at a Texas Instruments chip manufacturing facility....

Anyway, I am back in Chicago and itching to get back to work.

Here is what has transpired in my absence.

Wayne has been continuing with the bodywork. The fender flares are looking real good at this point. We have contacted LDC Chicago ad should be receiving their cooling mod early next week. We have contacted CenterForce and we should be receiving the clutch kit early next week. We have received the Magna Flow Cobra exhaust system. We have picked up some misc hardware to install the revised steering linkage and the revised oil filter casting modification. Etc...

It is good to be back.

Also, since Wayne is now posting every now and then, I guess I should start using my real name.

Well, with that said, it is time to get back to work.

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Hi All,

Wayne is still plugging along on the fender flare / rocker panel areas. He has trimmed the inner lip of the flare so that it is consistent all the way around (compare photo one to photo two). We will have to trim for clearance the very top of the flare once we install the wheels and suspension. We don't want the wheel to bottom out and hit the inside lip of the flare now do we. I am betting that we end up tapering the inside lip down to about 1/4" at the points closest to the wheel.

Also, we are going to keep the lines around the flare crisp, similar to the 03 flares. When finished the only difference between these flares and the 03 will be that the outside "flat" area will only be about 1" where it is about 2" on the 03.

Wayne has gone through great pains in order to maintain all the factory date stampings and spot welds on the bottom of the rockers. Details like this (even tough you will only see them from below) will help set this car apart from the crowd.

I am pretty much at a standstill until I receive the clutch and cooling modifications. Once I receive those, I will be able to install the drivetrain and get this sucker on its wheels for the first time (at least with the drivetrain totally installed). That is going to be a really exciting day for me. There are some issues that need to be resolved and we will only be able to address them once the drivetrain is installed with the car sitting on the suspension.

Well, with that said, it is time to get back to work.

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Hi All,

We continue to patently await the clutch and cooling mod. In the meantime we continue with the trial fit of the components we can.

We have installed the new oil filter / lower coolant casting to the block (new gasket and bolts). I am going to have to do a little research into the lower connections on the casting. the one facing down is plugged, but the one facing forward is currently open. I have no idea what these connections are normally used for. Anyone out there have a clue???

We are going to have to make a few adjustments to the two lines that come off the front rack and connect to the hydraulic system. Remember that we moved the rack forward 7" so these lines will have to be modified accordingly.

Also, the sway bar is now 7" forward and it appears that we will have a minor interference issue with one of the radiator coolant tank support brackets. We will just have to remove this item and bend accordingly. We are going to wait on this one until the front end is installed and we can run the sway bar through it's full range of motion.

We have the revised steering linkage installed and ready to go. I think this is going to work just great.

On another note, one of the body men glued a rear emblem on the tail light panel as a reminder to Corvette owners worldwide that this is the only part of the car they are ever going to see. :-)

Catch ya'll l8r, it is time to get back to work.

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Hi All,

Well... We have the front assembly just about as far as we can take it at this point. All we have left to do is paint the sway bar and the lower control arms and we are done.

We should have the clutch and the cooling mod in house by Monday. At that time we will assemble the engine and trans. Then the rear-end and the entire front suspension, engine, trans, etc... assembly goes in and we can roll this beast around the shop on it's own wheels for a change.

The tension mounts. Will the components arrive on time? Will Wayne be able to finish the chassis detailing before Bob is ready for assembly?. Will they meet this incredibly tight deadline or crash and burn along with all their aspirations? Tune in next time to the REAL American HR and see true personnel conflicts as Bob fires everyone in sight and Wayne turns around and hires them all right back.

Catch ya'll l8r, it is just about time for me to fire someone.

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Very Nice - if your fire someone can you hire me to work in the Hot Rod shop. This office is getting to me.
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Have you thought about subframe connectors???
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its going to be made better then a new car
(all thats nice shiny paint everywhere)
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Hi All,

The drama continues on this issue of American SN65 as Wayne gets the jump on Bob. While Bob is still frustrated by the delay of key components, Wayne surges ahead and gets the Wheel housings undercoated. Bob, frustrated by his brotherís progress, sabotages the entire build by putting a giant butt print in the newly applied Kent quick seal. Even though this meant Wayne had to rework the entire area, he still had the last laugh as Bob was rushed to the hospital for an emergency butt-ectomy.....

Anyway... I digress.

The Kent #P-13706 is a sprayable seam sealer. It is similar to the material applied to the factory wheel housing. The Kent material should be a bit better as far as mechanical properties (stone chips etc...). After the material completely sets, we will be painting it with satin black paint.

The rest of the materials I need for assembly should be in the shop on Monday. Next week is going to be great. I can't wait to get the suspension and drivetrain installed.

Life is good.

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Hi 10,

If we knew you were available, we would hire you on the spot. Of course there would be personality classes as others in the shop gave you stupid nicknames and made fun of mechanical capabilities. And of course we would end up having a major blow up over some stupid design issue and I would not only have to fire you, but I would then have to black ball you throughout the industry and make a fool of you on the internet....

When can you start?

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Hi WR,

Yes we have thought about them. When we first started planning, we were going to install them. After we merged the two cars together, we found that the 1" x 6" structural tube rocker reinforcements we used to join the 65 inner and 03 outer rockers (along with the reinforcements to the cowl, etc...) made the chassis VERY stiff. At that point we decied to leave the subframe connectors off.

It is an obvious omission on our part and one that we feel will be a conversation starter at car shows and race events. Subframe connectors are typically a no brainer on just about every Mustang build. In fact, they are so common that people can't help but ask the question.

See, it worked. :-)

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Hi all
I think bob has been back in the paint room agian.
But anyway hopefully parts will arive monday and the beast will roll under it's own power by the end of next week. As long as we don't run into any problems. :nonono:
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Hi All,

Yesterday, I took a drive to the south side of Chicago and picked up the LDC Chicago 4.6 cooling mod (I left at 6AM and returned to the office at 10AM). I just have to say that it looks very impressive. I will be installing it today. I will be posting photos and comments, but I am sure that it will work just fine. Also, they seem like a dedicated group of guys who have given a great deal of thought to the design and installation of this product.

You will notice that we now have the car up on a lift instead of the rotisserie. We are now ready to start another restoration if anyone is interested in rotisserie time.

Wayne and the crew installed the rear end after I left last night. When I rolled in this morning, at about 5:45AM, I fired up the lights and ran to get the camera. I was both very impressed and very happy to see how far they got after I left last night. Now I can install the fuel tank and the rest of the fuel system and chassis components.

All we need is the clutch from CenterForce (they assure me it is on the way) and get the lower front control arms painted, and we can install the front suspension and the rest of the drivetrain.

Wo Hoo!!!!

We are getting close now. So close that I can almost taste it.

Today is going to be a good day.

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So the rotisserie is how you painted the under side of the car so well
She's going to be beautiful !!!
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Hi All,

Yesterday we installed the LDC Chicago cooling mod.

What a nice piece of work. I am VERY impressed with this well thought out engine modification. Where Apten just gives you $30 worth of parts (for $125) and leaves all the custom modifications to you, LDC Chicago actually put some thought into supplying a totally engineered product.

If you want to view a detailed discussion on the product follow the link below.
http://www.svtperformance.com/forums...9&page=3&pp=25

Also, yesterday I was working on installing the gas tank / fuel system. I ran into a bit of a hiccup when I realized we (Bob) broke the small check valve off the bottom of the filler neck. :-( We did install the carbon canister and finished the brake line, anti-lock break sensor hookups.

On the negative side, I made a slight miscalculation on the installation of the rear wheel impact lock system. These are the mechanical assemblies that impale the rear tires in the event of a heavy impact from the rear, stopping the car from rolling after the impact. I can install the device, but it would be tied to the rear frame rails and not the rear bumper reinforcement. Making this change will greatly alter their operation to the point where I am afraid they would become useless. That being the case, we are not going to install these devices. :-(

On the positive side...

The clutch has arrived, the clutch has arrived, the clutch has arrived!!! Yes the clutch has arrived and we can assemble the trans and the motor and bolt up the K member and install the power-plant at long last.

Well, I would love to tell you more, but I really have to get to work. Catch ya'll l8r.

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Hi All,

I hope that 4" is enough ground clearance, because that is where we are at right now. Man does this car look low. Real low. Low, Low Low. How low, you ask??? Real freakin low!!!

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