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Old 04-19-2012, 10:34 AM
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This is a great thread. I forgot what the car is getting for a drivetrain

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This is a great thread. I forgot what the car is getting for a drivetrain
Thanks ! I'm starting out with an HTR street motor 455 using #197 heads, tranny will probably be a 400 and 3:73 12 bolt rear. Should make for a good entry level street/strip car for the wife.

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Here are some photos of the floorpans. Always takes longer than you think. Good old Rusty Jones was a pain in the a** .
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Here's the fuel cell that I'm putting in the car. Sixteen gallon with a gm ohm meter for the fuel gauge.
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Now that I've got the body bolted back to the frame, it's time to put the roll bar in. I put pilot holes in the floor and trunk before I rolled the shell rightside up. So I wouldn't cut any more than I had to. I put the main hoop in and welded it to the frame. I used re-bar to make the shape for the two bars that go into the trunk. Dropped them off at a local metal shop to have them bent correctly.
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This is the only way I'll be able to weld the roll bars in the trunk area. Also the fuel cell is not going in through the aero coupe trunk opening. You've only got 10 1/2 inches of trunk opening and have part of the trunk latch in the way!
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I'm lov'n this build! What type of paint did you use on the frame (and was the frame sand blasted?).

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I'm lov'n this build! What type of paint did you use on the frame (and was the frame sand blasted?).

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Doug, glad your liking the thread. I'm enjoying this build, having to be a little more creative than just restoring. As for the frame I did sand blast it. But prior to that I scraped the old "Rusty Jones" tar treatment off it. I used an etching primer then urethane primer prior to painting. I couldn't see using a high dollar rust preventative[$$$] paint since I had already invested my time and effort to make this frame rust free. I used Rustoleom oil based black and cut it about 10% with mineral spirits. I let it sit for awhile knowing that the curing process would be slow. I don't think I'll be disappointed with it. The frame shouldn't fade to much since it wiil be hidden from the sun. The rest of the car is being painted with automotive grade paint.

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Just ordered the manual brakes master cylinder part #10-1905 "Cordone" from Advance Auto. $33.99 will be in tomorrow morning. Then I called Master Power and ordered the firewall plate adapter needed to complete the conversion. Part # AD2732K . I first checked on the =ir online catalog and that adapter plate wasn't listed for the 78-87 g-body. Talked to one of their tech guys. He said he was pretty sure that it worked but would physically get one out and call me back so we could compare measurements. He called me back and the part did check out for the good. So I ordered it. Needless to say I was happy with their tech service. All the info that I have for this conversion has come from the PY forums, again showing how valuable this forum can be for us Pontiac people.

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Very cool that this car is getting the love they all deserve.

I am sure that with this powertrain, you are looking at different rims and tires. For those who are looking at restoring one and want the original look, Kelsey has just reintroduced the Eagle GT in 215/65/15 and 255/60/15. Here is a pic to remind you of what was the coolest tire at the time.

http://www.kelseytire.com/pages/larg...p215-65-R.html

If you have any questions about these tires, I am happy to help!!!!

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Old 05-01-2012, 11:33 AM
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Very cool that this car is getting the love they all deserve.

I am sure that with this powertrain, you are looking at different rims and tires. For those who are looking at restoring one and want the original look, Kelsey has just reintroduced the Eagle GT in 215/65/15 and 255/60/15. Here is a pic to remind you of what was the coolest tire at the time.

http://www.kelseytire.com/pages/larg...p215-65-R.html

If you have any questions about these tires, I am happy to help!!!!
I do plan on using Pontiac rally II's. 15X8 for the back. Hadn't given much thought to the tire. This is good to know, thanks.

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Old 05-03-2012, 01:18 PM
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Came up with a company in california that can make custom width from your supplied rim. I'm thinking four inch in the front and nine inch in the back with my fifteen inch rally II's.

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Here's the firewall finished. I'm using stainless brake lines and plan on stainless braided brake hoses. Refurbishing all the firewall components now.
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She coming along really nice Mike! Gonna look good!

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Got back the rear sections of my roll bar. I was hoping to get them a little quicker but all that really mattered was that they bend them correctly. Welded them in today and painted the welded areas. Next step is to close up the holes around the roll bars.
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Mike - Do you think you can make the hole in the firewall any BIGGER !!

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Mike - Do you think you can make the hole in the firewall any BIGGER !!
Just look at the weight savings on the front end !! Got any aluminum?

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Just look at the weight savings on the front end !! Got any aluminum?
No gotz on the aluminum... But that might be the route to take.

OR... Go with 1/16" clear Lexan... for the "fish bowl look" - That way you can see header leaks while driving your Aero Back Coupe!!!

Geeeeze with all this work being done... making Michelle's old pile look NAKED ~ Raw Dog of-course

Can't wait to see your new ride in motion!

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I've been working on putting the fuel cell in the trunk. I had to take out the rear seat bracing so that I could fit the fuel cell in the trunk. I'll be putting the bracing back in for the rear seat. I ran into a clearance issue with the trunk hinges. They're nothing like a regular g-body or a-body for that matter . More like a hatchback that uses hydraulic hinges. Add a C shaped bracket that swings into the open trunk area. Here's a photo of that bracket. Fortunately I had enough room to set the fuel cell that I already bought in the trunk. I'm glad that I didn't have to buy another one.
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I've been working on putting the fuel cell in the trunk. I had to take out the rear seat bracing so that I could fit the fuel cell in the trunk. I'll be putting the bracing back in for the rear seat. I ran into a clearance issue with the trunk hinges. They're nothing like a regular g-body or a-body for that matter . More like a hatchback that uses hydraulic hinges. Add a C shaped bracket that swings into the open trunk area. Here's a photo of that bracket. Fortunately I had enough room to set the fuel cell that I already bought in the trunk. I'm glad that I didn't have to buy another one.
Always nice when things work out ! Can you access the fill hole ?

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