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post #16 of 319 (permalink) Old 08-09-2016, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Since there was a few questions on this, I thought I'd dig up some old photos.

The minitub process represented about six+ months work.
The inner minitub was easy.
Stretching the rear quarters, reshrinking the metal a few weeks

Blocking the quarter panels took ages, but was well worth the time.
Each step involved checking the progress. It involved setting up some halogen lights on an angle, then sheening the quarter with a spray of lightly soapy water, to make the quarter panel shiny.

There are a few important body lines on the quarter panel. The top ridge, is most important. Next the scallop where the scoop sits. Then the fender lip region. Then there is an additional line at the back of the rear quarter, where if you look closely, you can see a strip of masking tape. This technique was used everywhere on the car to sharpen all the body lines.
Then of course matching the fender extensions to the quarter panel, bumper and valance.

1st two pics are before pics

In the one photo, you can see there is about 15" from the inner wheel well to the outer lip.

I got a test 11x17" mustang rim, from a local tire company, to mockup for fitment and backspacing.

Brings back bodywork nightmares
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post #17 of 319 (permalink) Old 08-12-2016, 01:48 AM Thread Starter
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When I took the transmission out, the pilot bushing had fallen out.
I thought that was the source of my transmission vibration.

I decided to have the flywheel and pressure plate balanced.
The flywheel was fine.

The pressure plate was surprisingly almost 1/2 lb out of balance.

I decided after entertaining a few craigslist people who were undecided, that I would put the 5 speed back in.

I changed the trans oil, with royal purple synchromax. and installed it tonight.

Wow what a huge difference. It's like a completely different car.

So I am going to drive it like this for a while, I think before doing the 6 speed swap, and see what it's like.

I have to top up the fluid and adjust the position of the starter. It seems to be a bit noisy. Not sure why.
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What pain code is that? Your car is an inspiration; not overdone - a perfect restomod/protouring car.

So you stretched the quarters, rolled the fender lips and did a minitub?

Did you ever think of using a MII front end? What motor are you using?

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What pain code is that? Your car is an inspiration; not overdone - a perfect restomod/protouring car.

So you stretched the quarters, rolled the fender lips and did a minitub?

Did you ever think of using a MII front end? What motor are you using?
The paint is a Lamborghini colour blue.
This colour has a tiny bit of colour changing properties to it. Not like the ford sonic blue, a little more subtle.

I actually have seen some really nice new colours on newer cars that I like also.

I shot the trunk in three colours before deciding... well to be truthful my wife and daughter picked the colours. I was going to go triple black but I had to cater to their wishes. They wanted blue with chrome wheels. It was the trade off for all the late nights working on the car.


I also did some tricky things to the front fenders, and had the front wheels machined, so I could go wider there.

The engine is an all aluminum (pond block) 487 cu FE
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Now that everything is back on track and the car is running great, I have another project; to make it quieter.

With the larger engine (8L) goes a larger exhaust. I ordered the mufflers, which should be here in a week or so, and will mock up the system before ordering pipes.


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Last night the clutch master cylinder pushrod snapped. I had a spare on hand because I had been finding the wilwood clutch and slave set up, tend to blow through seals every 1.5 years.

I haven't changed the m/c for about 3 years, so I will use that parts fail as a reminder to change out the clutch and slave cylinder each year in the off season.

The mufflers arrived. Each one looks to be very well made and each has it's own remote control key fob.
Hoping to have the muffler system redesigned in a couple months
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Who makes those mufflers?
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This weekend I am going to pick up my 3" pipes and accessories, hopefully do a mock up during the week


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Started working on the exhaust. I demoed the old system yesterday.

I made some wood supports for the mufflers, which will be the key area to locate.

Next once I am happy with the mufflers, it will be the tailpipes.

I have a flex coupling that I want to locate inline, to reduce transmitted vibration through the exhaust. Because the car is quite lowered, I have to locate it a little higher up under the car somewhere. I don't know where that is yet
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great build man.
car looks excellent.
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great build man.
car looks excellent.
Thanks!

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A little more work (a lot) on the drivers side tailpipe. That's the tightest area, so I thought I'd get it over with first.

I think I have the pipes close to mocked up where I need them. I had to enlarge the chrome trim ring a little for the larger tailpipes.
So decent progress. I need to plan for hangers and do a bit more clearancing before doing my welds.

The new welder is great, though. Lots of power. Now I have to work on my welding skills
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Worked on the driver's side from the muffler back. It's definitely the toughest, with little clearance between the fuel tank and leaf spring. I added a number of extra brackets so that it won't rattle. The tips are larger than before. It should free up quite a bit of horsepower with the switch to the 3" exhaust on the big engine.

Just gonna hope that this extra long winter is over in time for me to try it out
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The exhaust looks good, are those the tips from the kit? I have been thinking about the Magnaflow kit myself, but getting ready to do the SoT 3 link so I may wait to check for clearance.

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The exhaust looks good, are those the tips from the kit? I have been thinking about the Magnaflow kit myself, but getting ready to do the SoT 3 link so I may wait to check for clearance.
Hi, The tips are dynomax.

was thinking about the 3 link too, but I have yet been able to convince my wife to let me track it again


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Dove in and got a bunch more work on the exhaust, from the x-pipe back. Welded in the flex couplers to hopefully dampen vibration.
Unfortunately one exhaust flange was mis-packaged, so I have to wait until the new one is shipped to complete the welding to the muffler flanges, darn.

Ideally I wanted this done, before doing the custom oval section from the collector to the x-pipe. Maybe I can do it, I'm not certain yet.

Otherwise I am 1/2 happy tonight lol
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