Hey guys, figured id include you lot on my build, not too mention, sure i could learn a thing or two from some of yall! Heres a quick copy/paste from the local racing forum to get ya up to date.
Well, had a work log for this, but that was a while ago, and i was dumb(er back then.) Wanted to start a work log earlier, but was gonna wait till i had something to show, anyone can make pipe dreams...
Overall goals for car, not much other then a clean *** third gen. Building this thing for me and me alone. Only set goal is i would like it to make it on the pages of a magazine some day....
Speaking of pipe dreams. Current vauge plan is:
2001 5.3 with ls6 cam (Acquired 2-17-13) (also an fbody oil pan)
Edelbrock Performer rpm carb intake
WINDSHIELD WIPERS N' ****
Jakes performance stage 1 th350
Strange S60 rear with LS1 rear brakes
Bigbrakeupgrade.com LS1 front brakes (ordered)
Koni spa-1 up front with moroso trick springs (have)
QA-1 double adj rears with stock v8 spring (have)
Founders camber plates (have)
Spohn x-member mounted torque arm (Have)
Spohn tubular LCA's
Spohn Panhard (have)
blah (Looking to buy
Got this car when i turned 16, This was then:
Being a stupid ****ing teenager, i beat the hell out of it and thought it was fast (yay LG4). Started with cutting off of exhaust, removing smog and ac, bunch of stupid regrettable ****. If i had a chance to do it all over again, i would have bought a beater honda and started restoring this car then. But oh well, ya learn.
Did a couple decent things, ceramic headers, stainless Magnaflow, but eh, was still just a 305 turd.
Fall of 2009 (i think... maybe 10") i got hit and runned by some dip**** with no insurance, so i ended up with:
Thats what happens kids, ya be stupid, ya end up parked next to jeffo. :doubt:
That spring, bought another car, and this set.
UP UNTIL about 3 months ago. Decided to finally start tearing into it.
Thats enough rambling on.
Pulled motor and limping tranny out, and started getting dirty.
I wanted to do a clean engine bay, but not overly JDM shaved.
Started by welding the strut towers smooth. (excuse me, some of the pictures were taken with my iPotato)
some filler (Evercoat rage, fancy stuff)
Smoothing out coolant and washer fluid bottle mounting bumps, and then removed the ONLY bit of rust the car had (battery tray). ( i could have wirewheeled, but this looks better..)
Then throw on some primer (And were a quarter of the way there! YAY BLOCK SANDING!)
From there, it was hours, and hours, and hours of block sanding, i wanted this ***** to be smooth as glass, and so i made it be. Couple coats of slick sand (Like feather fill on roids). Very high build primer (about 3-5 mil per coat). Sands INCREDIBLY well, and highly recommend it if you are trying to make something as straight as can be. Followed by more block sanding of course!
No pics of the slick sand, but picture smooth grey primer. Got it? Good. Moving on.
Last weekend i finally finished up the engine bay. I can step back, and say it is how i pictured. It took 2 attempts of spraying ( first attempt thinned the paint too much and had coverage issues) so.... more sanding. Second attempt went perfect, only issues were some small dust nibs from my old sheeting (should have replaced it, but oh well, they.... sanded out (1500 grit, followed by M105 on PC 7424 with orange LC pad, then m205 on black LC pad, and pinacle 360 on blue LC pad) (im so sick of sanding and i still have to do a whole car)
Here is what i got:
In between the engine bay work, i wirehweeled the complete underside of the car, primered, and coated with 3m rubberized undercoating. ( no pics, tight quarters down there)
Same treatment to front wheel wells (looks better in person, really nice looking rich matte black) (every seam on car is hit with 3M 2k seam sealer, good stuff.)
Did some chassis suspension refreshing:
(Eastwood epoxy primer (same primer used in engine bay) and Por-15 matte chassis coat)
A-arms got the same treatment, but those are at work so i can press in new ball joints tomorrow.
Thats about where it sits now. Picked up a heart today from DJ. (2001 5.3 ls6 cam)
Updates will be coming at a steady pace.