BUILD PJ’s bad idea - notch edition

PJx5x

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Figured I might as will document this train wreck. I bought this car a long time ago as an unfinished project and parted it out. Sold the caged shell to a buddy who needed a replacement. He ended up getting out of racing and it sat for a few years. Well he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse… so it’s back

Intentions are to fix some things I don’t like, finish some things and make it a nice complete roller. At that point I will see if I can sell it quick for a little profit, otherwise I have an LS and th400 to put in it for the spring


Some details:
- Certified 25.3 chromoly cage (good for 6.50 in the 1/4 at 3600#)
- fiberglass front clip, doors, trunk
- TeamZ front suspension
- Strange brakes



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PJx5x

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First project is to get a rearend for it. The car had a boogered together 9” in it that I opted not to purchase.

So I played car shuffle and pulled the overbuilt 8.8” out of my ‘68

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Well it was way too wide. I probably shoulda measured first. I could either buy new wheels with a larger backspace or build a shorter rearend. I made a cost comparison chart to help decide lol. So I bought the boogered 9” in the car and will build a new housing for it.

First I’m going to try and unfuck this housing on the cheap. If it doesn’t work I will get the basic Racecraft housing

Forgot to take a good before pic. But here you can kinda see the disgusting upper control arm mounts

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Then got the China plasma cutter out last night and went to town. Only melted a little bit of the plastic saw horse

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I will draw up my own adjustable upper control arm, lower control arm, and shock brackets this week. I also have room with the axles to narrow it 1” overall. I was hoping to tuck the wheels further but it’s better than nothing
 

strtcar

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Started messing with drawing the adjustable lower control arm and shock mounts. All will be braced with a chromoly tube through the holes. Should probably print them out on paper and test fit before having them cut lol

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no way dude, cut first, realize not right, then use harbor freight tools to make fit better, then just bugger in weld where necessary.
 

PJx5x

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Finally had a chance to finish cutting off all the brackets. Mocked up the 1/8” mild steel back brace. It needs a little touch up with the grinder to fit perfect. Then wire wheel rest of the housing and I can weld it on

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And since I have ADD I started something else and made a removable parachute mount

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