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#81 Duntov

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:19 AM

Som much for the old stock ride height issues that everyone carped about over the years.... this is nice!!!!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

Thank you!

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 03:52 PM

Greg - any more progress pics? Curious how this build turned out.



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

Kinda stalled out for now. I'm in the middle of opening a restaurant and I haven't had any spare time. I'll get back to it at some point and I'll update here with any progress. Thank you.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:05 PM

How have I missed this one...Gonna be sweet when finished for sure



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 07:43 AM

Ok. Well the restaurant is opened and doing well so it looks like I might have some spare time this fall and as promised, I'm getting back on this badboy. Not a whole bunch happened yesterday as I spent the majority of my time at the bench getting reacquainted with the darn thing!  :lol: 

 

I was always unsure and hesitant on how I was gonna pull off the exhaust system I had planned. After staring at it for the afternoon, it suddenly hit me and away we went. There will be more pictures coming as I put this together but I have my exits all sorted out and I thought I'd show them off.  B)

 

 

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Posted 24 September 2014 - 08:26 AM

Cool idea!



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Posted 24 September 2014 - 05:32 PM

Thank you Randy!

 

Nothing too exciting but I drilled out the head for the exhaust and primed the engine tonight. The exhaust conundrum was the last piece to the puzzle on my engine so now that that's ironed out, it's onto paint and assembly. I worked on a couple of other things but want to wait just a bit before sharing.  B)

 

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 05:50 AM

Glad to see that you are back on this one. I need to find one of these to build in a similar style. I love the stance and the engine work. Keep it up.

Later-

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 06:03 AM

The way those exhaust outlets are placed, the paint would be ruined real fast.  :(



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 06:36 AM

They will stand off just a bit when they're put on permanently.



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 01:34 PM

Very cool build! Love the way this one is going.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 01:35 PM

Thank you!

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 04:47 PM

Still watching. Still looking great.



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 04:56 PM

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 05:00 PM

The way those exhaust outlets are placed, the paint would be ruined real fast.  :(


the factory exhaust location caused paint problems too.

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Posted 26 September 2014 - 05:40 PM

I like what your doing. This is going to be one sweet Vette.



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Posted 26 September 2014 - 08:41 PM

Thank you so much guys! I finally made it to the LHS and picked up the paint for this bad boy. I decided against going with the stock white and instead I'm going with a gunmetal gray with red interior and black soft top. I want it to have just a little more attitude than I feel like the white could deliver.

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Posted 27 September 2014 - 03:46 PM

Really like the direction that you are taking this one, not using the Wimbledon White is another good styling breakaway from the restoration crowd. This one should be a real stunner when finished!

Go with a couple metal doughnuts around the exhaust outlets, would look good with a pair of cut out plugs on the outlets then run some sort of exhaust beneath the car. Idea two - when I first saw this outlets I first thought, twin side pipes; there was a Mercedes of the era that ran a similar setup.

Throttle bodies - Like the setup you have already but, an improvement could be triple Webber 48's being used as throttle bodies, Kinsler and a few others make a conversion for them.

Other thoughts - 1. AMT's '51 Bel Aire came with a Wayne cross flow head for its six, these cross flow heads were a hot setup in their day. Visually would create balance under the hood. 2. Headlight Bucket Screens - How about a plexiglass covers ala XKE Jag? Use the stock screened buckets to make a mold of the lens area, then cast lens area in resin include the bezel, smooth out the screen by filling with Bondo, Vacuum form the covers over the resin copies using clear plastic sheet.

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 03:43 PM

I've been working on many small projects on the car it seems. Not any of them are quite complete yet but I thought I'd show some of my progress. 

 

After my color change decision, I decided the car would look better if it was smoothed out a bit. I still plan on using the stainless trim and the "Corvette" logo on the side of the car but I plan on shaving everything else, bumpers included. Here you can see where I was working on the rear exhaust outlets and the trunk lock cylinder. The four holes you see there will be filled also. 

 

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I figured a big ol' chrome toothy grill would look kinda funny with the bumpers gone so I came up with this. I've still got some work to do to what you see behind the grill mesh. I don't really care for what is currently behind it.

 

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