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Old 12-30-2007, 09:42 PM   #76
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Bilsteins donated by G-Machine!


I also got some of the rear chassis worked out. I used the Competition Engineering SFCs with the built-in spring pockets. I measured it all out and notched the drop crossmember 1/2" to recess them in there to make them fit tight. Should be really strong with them set into the crossmember and welded to the floorboard. Don't mind my ugly tack welds.



I also fit the LS1 brake lines to the 1st gen brackets. I just painted them for now, but I'll powdercoat them later. It was pouring rain out and I didn't feel like having a powder cloud floating in the shop while I worked. I also used some stainless bolts on it.
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:21 PM   #77
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Ran into a major snag tonight. With the suspension and chassis setup the way we were installing it, there is no way we're gonna fit a stock gas tank in there. If anyone has any advice or can hook me up with anything, please let me know! For right now, we're just going to install it as far apart to get as big of an aftermarket tank in there as we can. He'll still be able to fit some big meats under there if Shawn ever wants to.


We did get in some goodies, though! Goodmark donated some inner wheelhouses, a radiator support, and a driver's door shell!




I also bent up a brake line for the front subframe. I need to get a junction block for the driver's side, but I got the crossover done. I used insulated line clamps and stainless bolts to fasten it down.



And last but not least, I got the rear leafs painted and installed the Prothane bushings!
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Old 01-07-2008, 07:58 PM   #78
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I wish I had more progress to post, but a lot of the things I've been doing have been things not worthy of pictures! I powdercoated up the rearend parts, worked on the axle I'm using for mockup cutting off the spring perches to shorted the spring width on them, and just some other small stuff.

I had it all set up so I could install the rear frame, suspension, and axle and have the back rolling this weekend. Of course, my brand new Hobart welder broke AGAIN and I am not sure if I'll have a welder for this weekend. Needless to say, I am PISSED!

Anyway, if I get lucky I'll have a welder for this weekend and then all my front suspension and steering parts will be here by next week and then I'll be rolling by next weekend.

Powdercoated spring hangers, spring plates, and a-arm washers:




I finished up the other taillight, too.


And I even had some help from Shawn's wife on Sunday. I taught her how to powdercoat and let her try it out on the dash bezel that was looking rough. She did a great job.
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Old 01-08-2008, 02:18 PM   #79
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That thing is gonna be awesome. Whoever gets it is going to be a lucky guy!
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Old 01-12-2008, 05:54 PM   #80
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I spent a large majority of today on sandblasting and powdercoating. The door hinges on the car were in ROUGH shape. They were incredibly rusted and the rollers were bent and broken, not to mention the pins were bad off, too.

After much sawzalling, hammering, sandblasting, straightening, swearing, and PCing, here are the finished products.

The red is the color we will be painting the car. My powder supplier has a line of automotive paints that matches their powders, so we picked a red we liked and bought a bunch of powder.






And I also powdercoated the rear calipers that RPM donated to the project. I went with a silver PC on the brackets and a Anodized Blueberry over a silver basecoat on the calipers. Tomorrow I'm going to do the front ones I have here.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:59 PM   #81
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Got the steering stuff all put together. We blasted and painted the center link in semi gloss black and then I painted the tie rods with gunmetal. The Prothane boots really set off the part, too. I'm also replacing pretty much every bolt and nut with either stainless of grade 8 stuff. I'm also eliminating all the speed nuts that I can.




And I powdercoated the front calipers. The slider pins were crap, so I didn't bother assembling them yet.



And in other news, we're gonna be on TV! A NC show based out of the Charlotte area called Cruise Control TV is going to be doing monthly segments on the car, out first interview is this coming Monday! I'll keep you guys posted on the air dates.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:13 AM   #82
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Congrats, That should give you more exposure. You might be getting some big name parts donated.

Keep us updated.
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:54 AM   #83
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Old 01-15-2008, 06:53 PM   #84
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Will do, man. I'm gonna get a plug in there for you guys, too.

Those parts you hooked me up with are gonna work out GREAT! Thanks again!
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Old 01-16-2008, 07:29 PM   #85
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Got the calipers assembled tonight. I bought new sliders, but found some old ones in the shop and used them just for mockup. I'll install the new sliders when we put them on the car. I am EXTREMELY pleased with the color scheme I picked for the brakes. The silver and blue just really pop.




I also got my welder back and they finally figured out the problem. This weekend the rear frame and suspension goes in!
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Old 01-16-2008, 08:17 PM   #86
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Get you a fuel cell man.
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Old 01-17-2008, 02:07 AM   #87
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Get you a fuel cell man.

i'd be willing to donate a nice aluminum one if you want to go that route, just let me know what size/color you want and i'll have it sent out to you man. This project is great, wish every service member could have something like this done for them.
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:12 PM   #88
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Juiced, thanks man! Fuel Safe has contacted me about donating one, but now they won't answer my emails. I gotta see if they sent one out first, but if not I'll measure up what I need and get back to you!
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:10 PM   #89
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Juiced, thanks man! Fuel Safe has contacted me about donating one, but now they won't answer my emails. I gotta see if they sent one out first, but if not I'll measure up what I need and get back to you!
Okie dokie, just let me know! Maybe there is something else you'll need that i can help out with.
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:10 PM   #90
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Not any new pictures since it has been friggin cold and my son has been feeling bad, but I did get the mock axle ready to go on so I can fab up the rear frame and suspension. This week I'll get that all squared away so this puppy can be rolling again!

We also have some Patriot Dream stickers for sale to help with the project. They are $8 shipped and come in red, white, or blue. We only have a few right now, but I'll get more if they sell quickly. Here are some photos of them on my wife and my cars.



If you want one, send an $8 paypal to donate@patriotdream.org or send me an email at that addy and I'll give you our mailing address if you want to send a check or money order.
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:50 PM   #91
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No real updates on the car as far as work goes. My little boy has an ear infection and we've been up taking care of him all weekend and all. Poor little guy.

But I did get a Flaming River steering column in that NPD donated to the project!
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:19 PM   #92
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Been a rough few weeks here. We found out what caused the ear infection in my son. If anyone has heard of RSV my son had a bad case of it. He had a high fever, and a horrible respiratory infection. Basically every moment I had where I wasn't at work was spent with him lying beside me so I could see if he stopped breathing or turned blue. Yesterday he was pretty much through with it, but guess who has a cold now....yep, me! This weekend will be a work weekend, though. TV crew from Cruise Control is coming to film us, so we'll get a lot done.

Juiced91z28 also hooked us up with a Summit 16gal fuel cell with sender and mounting straps. Thanks a ton man! Thanks for your service to our country as well!
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Old 01-28-2008, 08:36 PM   #93
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wow man, this is really an awesome thing you are doing for your brother-in-law! its soo refreshing to see people who still give a crap about our men in uniform and want to show their apprieciation(sp?). keep up the good work man and God bless. im sure it will knock his socks off!
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Old 01-29-2008, 10:00 PM   #94
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More goodies! Ron Davis Racing Products hooked us up with an LS1 swap radiator with fans and shroud and all the goodies!

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Glad to see you got the fuel cell in, let see that sucker mounted!
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:35 PM   #96
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i dont post here much but i cant help but check this thread every week
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:39 PM   #97
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Sorry for the long delay in posting! After my son finally started feeling better I got sick for a few days, but then I got a serious case of Sinusitis that had me all messed up for a long time. I couldn't even walk for a few days my equilibrium was so messed up and then for a couple of weeks after that I was still a little bit wobbly, so I wasn't supposed to be working in the shop. And then, of course, my computer died. Got a new computer now, though! Now I am back and running, literally! Just got word that Shawn's group got fast-tracked and he is coming home on April 20th! AWESOME news for all of us, but I am in a total rush now, especially after losing a month to being sick! I am going to try my hardest to get this thing done, but I am not sure if I can do it. Worst case Shawn and I finish the car together, which would be something very cool as well. With our budget and all, it is going to be a squeeze. If anyone wants to come help out on any weekend, or if anyone has any parts or anything they can help us out with, please let me know! If you offered parts and I haven't gotten back to you, I will get with you soon. I need all the help I can get in any way you can help us!

So here are some photos of my day in the shop!

Mocked up the Wilwood clutch master cylinder. I'm going to relocate the fuse panel down and out a little bit and modify the clutch linkage to work with this MC, but this should work out perfectly.


Upper a-arms powdercoated semigloss black with Prothane bushings installed. Thanks to HRT Performance for fighting the old bushings out and sticking the new ones in! Didn't even scratch the powdercoat! That's why they are the only machine shop I trust!


IROC steering box donated by a guy in Carolina F-body Club. All painted up and clearcoated in gunmetal.


Got the hinges mounted on the doors:


Worked on setting up the rear frame and suspension. Gotta basically start from scratch. I need help with this if anyone local wants to come and do it for me!


And finally, the sweet remote trunk release that Modo Innovations donated to the project!


Tomorrow night I'm going to do some more work and try and get some more photos.
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OK, got some updates! Got the gauges mocked up in there. The white circle in the middle I was going to use for another gauge, but I decided to use that spot for a few LEDs for turn signals and the like. I'm gonna mount the nitrous pressure gauge right into the dash somewhere. I have an idea, but not set yet. I have since painted the bezel semigloss black, so we'll see what I decide once I get the gauges in and in the car.



Also had some rust and some spots that I wanted to remove to smooth out the firewall. We cut out a small section of the firewall and I'm going to weld in a piece of metal there and smooth it over. I'm going to relocate the wiring bulkhead to under the fender to keep the clutter to a minimum in the engine bay.

Temporary tacked thin metal.


And I had good help, too. My good friend Russ dropped by and had some fun with the angle grinder.


My best friend also dropped by and sandblasted some parts for me, so last night I powdercoated them in semigloss black. These parts were ROUGH, so they came out pretty good for what I had to start with!
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I get multiple requests for what parts I still need every week, so here it is for those of you who might be interested!

Monetary donations always welcomed!
Trunk lid
Rear spoiler
Front spoiler
rear view mirrors
Bumpers
RS headlight parts
Hidden wiper motor
Entire windshield wiper setup
Rear interior panels
All the little trim pieces from the dash
LS1 MAF sensor
LS1 shorty headers
LS1 T56 bellhousing
LS1 T56 4th gear/input shaft
LS1 T56 6th gear
LS1 front plate
LS1 front and rear plates
Stereo system
2nd gen TA or Z28 rear axle, posi preferred!
New windshield and rear glass

And probably a ton of other stuff I'm forgetting. I'll update the post as I remember stuff. Feel free to PM me, post up, or send me an email to webmaster@patriotdream.org

Thanks!
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