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Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:13:08 PM »
I have a '68 Firebird Convertible that I've been neglecting and this summer my boys and I will be doing some major suspension upgrades, closing & smoothing the firewall, installing a vintage air a/c system, etc.


Anyone here interested in learning more about this stuff?  If there is interest, I'm happy to share what I know and setup some show & tell days :)




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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2012, 09:53:03 AM »
Majorly interested here.  My dad has a 64 1/2 fastback mustang that's been sitting in a garage for...well...forever now.  I'm hoping when he passes away I'll be able to snag it.

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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2012, 11:16:16 PM »
I started my current project journal over at pro-touring.com  If you want to see pics of the car, or learn its history, that's a good place to start...



http://www.pro-touring.com/showthread.php?90778-68-Firebird-Convertible-Still-Evolving


I'll get the most input on fabrication, suspension, etc. over there with that journal. I'll likely create another project journal here when I'm working on the wiring and electronics design...






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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012, 11:19:36 PM »
I'm planning to pull the engine on July 7th or 8th. I could likely handle one or two more people (max) in the garage with me, the kids and some other friends that have promised to help -  if someone is interested in participating and seeing the process, shoot me a PM / email. I'll be doing the prep work this weekend if you want a smaller crowd and want to potentially get your hands dirty. 8)







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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2012, 05:40:42 PM »
Prep work is done. Only need to remove the motor mount bolts, raise the engine with the lift and roll the car backward.


Let's hope my engine cradle arrives this week...

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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2012, 11:44:56 PM »
Wow, lucky you. Mine's been rotting away on the side of my house. I don't see having the money to fix it anytime soon and my health took a dive a few years back. I can barely handle maintenance on the bikes and truck. I'm heading over to check your pics now.
 
BTW, I may have to sell my Pontiac Tri-Power setup. Needs lines & linkage and collecting dust in the shed.
 

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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2012, 12:21:25 PM »
That's a nice car, much nicer than mine was when it ran. Something to look into though, that open plenum intake (looks like the one I tried) is terrible for low end power. I lost a lot of low end power but I ran an automatic so maybe it's not as noticible with a manual. Unless you're motor is really beefed up (I think you said it was) you might want to consider changing it, it's more of a top end intake. The difference with mine was drastic and I dumped it real quick and went back to an Edelbrock split plenum. I don't care much about top end, I just like sinking into the seat when I take off.

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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2012, 01:21:39 PM »
Agreed, that manifold is a poor choice for optimum street power, however currently traction and my driving ability are the limiters - it has massive amounts of low end torque when called upon.


My current goal is to not get into the engine this time around, so it will stay for now.


The front suspension is almost completely out, and I hope to have the subframe off later this weekend or next weekend so I can start welding up the firewall, which is the big gating item for much of the other work.




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Re: Interested in learning about Hot Rods?
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2012, 08:43:37 AM »
I'll be continuing the suspension disassembly today and tomorrow. Ping me if you are interested in observing or helping. (Please consider going to the lab and helping with electrical, they need help!)


Specifics:
1) Remove uprights (spindles) & rotors
2) Remove upper control arms
3) Remove lower control arms
4) Remove subframe & start cleaning / inspecting...


Next up will be cleaning & prepping the firewall for welding...