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#1 gpugh1976

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:05 PM

So here is the last of my current "In-progress" builds. I have five that I need to finish up before starting on any new projects. This is a personal goal of mine. To see if I can resist starting another one. Lol.

So this one got started as my entry into a CBP. Well, the CBP moved on and I stayed stalled out not far from the starting line.

I'm going to catch you up a little bit.

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I did some trimming and shaving here....
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After some primer...
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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:08 PM

Now, we move onto the rear wheel wells and frame area...

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I also had to thin out or section (in a way) the spare tire well to help maintain some clearance with the upcoming frame mods.

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The stock frame...
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#3 gpugh1976

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:11 PM

Here, you can see where all of the exhaust system was removed and you can also see where my marks are for cutting the rear of the frame
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Point of no return now...
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All back together...
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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:12 PM

Yay! They fit now!!

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:15 PM

I'm impressed with your knife skills. Look forward to seeing more of this build

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:16 PM

And here's what I started playing with last night. Time to move onto the front. Here's where I'm working on the spindles...
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And with lowering the car with the dropped spindles and also the large wheels/tires that I'm using, I had to shorten the length of the lower control arms. It might be kinda hard to see in these next two pics but the first one shows the left side control arm that's had a section taken out of it and the second pic shows where they've both been shortened.

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More to come. Thanks for looking.

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 05:17 PM

Your off to a great start so far. Looking forward to see how this goes.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 07:00 PM

I played around with this a little bit this weekend. Had a lot going on so I didn't get very much done. I did however scratch out some spindles using a piece of the kit's parts tree. I'm using white Elmer's glue to hold everything together during the mock-up phase. As soon as I get it all buttoned up and the wheels/tires on, I'll post some more pics.

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Posted 26 December 2011 - 08:33 PM

Doing a great job so far. :)

What type of engine are you going to use?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 04:24 AM

I originally had my heart set on using a hopped up six-banger. Maybe turbo'd or something.....exhaust cut-outs just behind the left front wheel.

But, a newer Vette engine....a big ol' big block.....a nice small block

Choices, choices.....

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:21 PM

So I fiddled around with this a little more. Again, this is just mock-up and nothing is permanently glued yet. Let me know what you think....

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:23 PM

And with the body on....

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 06:55 PM

It's really cool Greg! I wasn't too fond of this body style at first, but it sort of grows on you. And now with full scale customizers using MB headlights, it's suddenly in style, as it is, bone stock. Strange, eh...? Great job with the chassis and wheels!

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 07:05 PM

ram jet chevy vette would killer :wub: to new school wheels to have a i6 :lol:

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 02:49 PM

Holy smokes! It's been a while since I've worked on this one. Now that the Chevelle is done, I'm getting back onto some older projects. I spent this last weekend finishing up and smoothing out the frame, the front suspension and the rear end and hiding all of the surgery scars. Then this afternoon I threw some paint on it.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:14 PM

Great looking Vette ... I think the inline 6 would be awesome ... I like the unconventional power plants though ... Either one would fit very well though
Enjoyed looking at your progress ... Hope to see more when you get time

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:28 PM

After thinking about it, I decided that I'm going the 6 cyl route.


It wont be any Blue Flamer though...... B)

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:31 PM

Nice work. Will be cool with a straight 6.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 03:46 PM

Great work so far Greg, the ride height is dead-on! Where did you get those rims, I need to get myself a set of those beauties!

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 04:46 PM

Hi Greg, This is going to be really cool!! Nice work so far and looking forward to the motor.


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