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Old 10-21-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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Default Blue Marauder Repair progress

6 months later, the hard work has finally happened.

Day of the wreck:








Diagnosis: frame bent, cowl and firewall crumpled in spots, wrinkle in the roof and wrinkle in the drivers side rear quarter.
Car was totalled, but no way in hell was i sending it to heaven.

Fast forward to yesterday, when I finally got it to the frame rack where my buddy worked miracles.
After we squared it and blocked it to the rack, this is the view of the passenger tire. Think the frame is bent??? LOL!!!



Its hard to tell by the pics what was done, but seeing it all happen in person is sure convincing.












Frame is now straight, cowl pulled and re-shaped.
All doors are in perfect alignment. I have every single part but the fenders to start re-assembly. I have to save some $$$ for the paint job, but im essentialy in the home stretch now.
So friggin excited and glad I saved this car.
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Fuck yeah Zack!!

Are you still doing the LS swap?
Will it be ready for Louisville?
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Im building a turbo for the 4.6 first because the car is going to Louisville at all costs.

I have to do some research on the LS cam and crank sensors....I want to run the LSx off the Ford pcm if possible.
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[quote=Zack;2530593]Im building a turbo for the 4.6 first because the car is going to Louisville at all costs.

I have to do some research on the LS cam and crank sensors....I want to run the LSx off the Ford pcm if possible.[quote]

Interesting
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Not sure if it will apply or help, but there is a guy on CVN who's applied a turbo LS swap to an Aero Vic and has all his gauges working...

My '97 CV, Turbocharged 6.0L Chevy Swap - Crownvic.net
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Good to see bro! He had a good frame rack to do it on (Chief)!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:17 AM   #7
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Ill post some after pics once I unload it off the trailer in the driveway.
The entire process took 4 hours and cost me $300.
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So you're gonna build a turbo 4.6 and then swap in an LS motor with a turbo? Man, you like working on shit. That's a lot of work to get it up and going just to swap it out. Good luck!
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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So you're gonna build a turbo 4.6 and then swap in an LS motor with a turbo? Man, you like working on shit. That's a lot of work to get it up and going just to swap it out. Good luck!
Im doing the 4.6 first because

A: I can use the kit on another car if need be
B: I could run into unforseen problems with the LS Swap.
C: I made a promise to have it done by next years Kentucky meet in April. I will not fail!
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I'm interested to see what you do on the headers. I made a set earlier this year then abandoned the entire project. There was a company I found that made a header that's pretty close but the primaries were only 1-1/2"
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Dam...Zack is like a mad scientist lol reviving his monster before April..hmm they should make an episode in Overhaulin dedicated just to Zack and his built on his marauder .
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I'm interested to see what you do on the headers. I made a set earlier this year then abandoned the entire project. There was a company I found that made a header that's pretty close but the primaries were only 1-1/2"
Shit im not making headers. Im gonna use a Ford manifold.

Not gonna lose sleep and get stressed over the few HP I might gain with tubular headers.
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Shit im not making headers. Im gonna use a Ford manifold.

Not gonna lose sleep and get stressed over the few HP I might gain with tubular headers.

Agree on that. End up with a gain that wasnt worth the time $ & trouble. I think I mentioned before that Frame damage appeared to be approx a half day for a good frame guy, Glad to see making progress.
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Diagnosis: frame bent, cowl and firewall crumpled in spots, wrinkle in the roof and wrinkle in the drivers side rear quarter.


Frame is now straight, cowl pulled and re-shaped.
All doors are in perfect alignment. I have every single part but the fenders to start re-assembly. I have to save some $$$ for the paint job, but im essentialy in the home stretch now.So friggin excited and glad I saved this car.
You're gonna replace the windshield too, aren't you?

BTW, I'm real glad you saved the car, too. I'd HATE to lose a charter member of the Blues Brothers...
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You're gonna replace the windshield too, aren't you?

BTW, I'm real glad you saved the car, too. I'd HATE to lose a charter member of the Blues Brothers...
LOL I had the windshield removed last month, and yes its getting replaced.


The car will be as good as before, maybe better.
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Delightful.
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LOL I had the windshield removed last month, and yes its getting replaced.


The car will be as good as before, maybe better.
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Glad to see ya get ol Billy Blue back on the road again! These Marauders are too special to some people to let go to the scrapper like that!! Thanks man I can sleep better at night knowing another Marauder has been sphered another life!!
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Glad to see it's coming along nicely. Good on you for fixing it, I'dve taken it out back and shot it.

Why are you trying to drive the LS motor with the Ford PCM? The GM harness/ECM is cake to set up as a standalone unit and very easy to tune for F/I.
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Glad to see it's coming along nicely. Good on you for fixing it, I'dve taken it out back and shot it.

Why are you trying to drive the LS motor with the Ford PCM? The GM harness/ECM is cake to set up as a standalone unit and very easy to tune for F/I.
Because it would be way cooler.
That's all I got to say.
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Because it would be way cooler.
That's all I got to say.
Mullets and t-tops were way cooler at one time too.
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Damn good progress man!
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Whhhhhaaaa????

They still are, aren't they?
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