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STARTED OUR NEXT PACKAGE, ALREADY CHANGED THE WHEELS TO 18" CHROME ZR1 STYLE CORVETTE WHEELS,   IT HAS DISC BRAKES FRONT AND REAR,  A JIM MEYERS POWER RACK AND PINION STEERING FRONT SUSPENSION,  JIM MEYERS POWER BRAKE UNIT AND WE ALREADY LOWERED THE SUSPENSION FOR A BETTER LOOK. it will be getting a new crated LS3 motor, (we will use the LS1 motor that we just did over for some other project down the road), new 5 speed Tremec,  vintage a/c, along with the power rack and pinion steering,  color will be Atomic Orange with black leather interior,  20" wheels, plus, plus. plus?>>>>>>>>

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THE LS1 THAT BILLIE FINISHED PUTTING IT TOGETHER TODAY. 

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STRIPPING ALL THE CHROME OFF BEFORE WE PUT THE CAR ON THE LIFT TO REMOVE THE BODY.    WE'RE GOING IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION FROM WHAT I WAS GOING TO BUILD.  WE WILL STRIP THE PAINT AND STRIP THE UNDERNEATH AS WELL.   AFTER THE FRAME IS REBUILT FOR OUR NEW SUSPENSION,  IT WILL BE STRIPPED AND PAINTED GLOSS BLACK. THE EXTERIOR WILL BE ATOMIC ORANGE WITH A 1967 CORVETTE HOOD SCOOP WITH FIRE PAINTED ON THE HOOD AND THE COVE AREA.  IT WILL HAVE THE NEWEST L3  525 HP FROM GM PERFORMANCE.  A 6 SPEED TREMEC, CUSTOM TILT STEERING COLUMN ,  SIDE EXHAUST, POLISHED CURRIE REAR END WITH 4 LINK SYSTEM.   IT WILL HAVE A BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR INCLUDING THE DASH BEING ALL DONE IN LEATHER WITH ORANGE STITCHING TO MATCH THE SEATS AND DOOR PANELS BEING MADE BY AL  KNOCH INTERIORS.  WILWOOD 6 PISTON CALIBERS WITH DRILLED AND SLOTTED ROTORS FRONT AND REAR.   MANY OTHER CUSTOM CHANGES AS WE GO ALONG.

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PULLED THE BODY OFF TODAY, SO BILLIE CAN START ON THE FRAME WHILE I START STRIPPING THE PAINT OFF THE BODY.   I HAD A EXTRA FRAME TO PUT THE BODY ON SO IT WOULD BE EASIER TO WORK ON.

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STARTED STRIPPING TODAY.   JUST FINISHED THE COMPLETE BACK END, SEEMS LIKE ALL ORIGINAL BODY PANELS SO FAR.

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COMPLETE STRIPPED AND NOW TO START ON THE FRONT.  I ALREADY DID THE HEADER PANEL TODAY,  THE FENDERS ARE NEXT.    SO FAR IT'S A NO HIT, ALL ORIGINAL VETTE.  I DON'T SEE ANY PANELS REPLACED OR REPAIRED.

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custom dash that we had Al Knoch made up for us to match the rest of the interior that they are making for our 59 vette.  We didn't want to leave stock dash with all the custom work we are doing.  RECEIVED THE HOOD SCOOP FOR THE 67 STYLE HOOD TO BE FIBERGLASSED ON TO THE ORIGINAL HOOD.   

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US GETTING READY TO STRIP THE INSIDE AND AROUND THE DOORS ON THE 59 VETTE,    FINALLY ALL THE EXTERIOR OLD PAINT HAS BEEN STRIPPED, NEXT WEEK I'LL START DOING THE BODY SEAMS BEFORE I CAN FEATHERFILL IT

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GETTING IT READY TO FEATHERFILL.    JUST FINISHING UP ON THE STRIPPING OF THE  DOORS THEN  THE COMPLETE BACK WILL BE SPRAYED

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IN FINISHED PRIMER AND SANDED TO PUT ON A SINGLE STAGE COLOR TO PROTECT THE PRIMER WHEN BILLIE HAS TO DO HIS MECHANICAL WORK.   ALSO WHAT THE HINGES LOOKED LIKE BEFORE WE STRIPPED THEM COMPLETE, INSTALL NEW BUSHING AND PINS, PRIMED THEM AND WILL PAINT COLOR ON THEM TOMORROW ALONG WITH THE DOORS AND THE DOOR JAMS.

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BILLIE SPRAYING THE SINGLE STAGE ON THE PRIMER, AGAIN TO PROTECT IT FROM GREASE OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT COULD GET ON IT.   HE'S BEEN HELPING ME DO BODYWORK AND HE SPRAYED THE FEATHERFILL, PRIMER AND NOW THE SINGLE STAGE.   HE'S BEEN ONE HELL OF A HELP.   THERE IS ALSO A PICTURE OF THE HINGES AFTER STRIPPING THEM, REPLACING THE BUSHING'S AND PIN'S, AND PRIMING THEM FOR PAINT; WE BOUGHT NEW FACES FOR THEM , THE OLD WERE REALLY BENT BAD.

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PAINTED OUT THE DOOR JAMS AND HINGE PILLARS AND HINGES AND HUNG THE DOORS BACK ON.   WE WILL BE PUTTING IT ON THE LIFT TO GET THE BODY OFF THE USED FRAME AND START CLEANING, SCRAPPING AND AND OTHER WORK THE UNDERNEATH MIGHT NEED BEFORE WE PAINT IT BLACK.

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THE BODY COMING BACK OFF SO WE CAN WORK ON THE BOTTOM OF THE VETTE TO GET IT READY FOR PAINT.  A LOT OF FILLING HOLES THAT ARE NOT NEEDED AND SMOOTHING SOME OF THE FACTORY WORK THAT LEAVES A LITTLE TO BE DESIRED.   ALSO HAVE TO CUT THE SPARE TIRE AREA IN THE BACK TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE CURRIE REAR END THAT WE WILL BE INSTALLING.  ALSO A PICTURE SHOWING THAT WE EVEN STRIPPED INSIDE THE GAS DOOR.   IT HAD A LOT OF PAINT, AND HAD NO CHOICE.    I'VE DONE VETTE'S OVER 50 YEARS AND NEVER HAD TO STRIP DOOR HINGES OR INSIDE  OF GAS DOORS BEFORE.   THIS SHOULD BE THE BEST VETTE YET

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WE HAVE MOST OF THE FRONT FINISHED AND GETTING READY FOR PRIMER,  STILL HAVE TO FINISH SMOOTHING THE FIREWALL, FILLING IN HOLES WE DON'T NEED LIKE WE JUST DID ON THE INNER SKIRTS.   HAVE TO BLOCK OFF THE HEATER AREA, WE DON'T NEED THAT BIG OPENING WHEN BILLIE INSTALLS THE VINTAGE AIR SYSTEM.

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stripping the old paint, repair as needed and filling in the old heater box opening.   Finishing the under side of the hood, and put it in featherfill today, primer tomorrow and than I'll featherfill the front of the hood

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FINALLY STRIPPED COMPLETE UNDERNEATH, AND PRIMED IT TODAY, WILL BE SANDING THE PRIMER TOMORROW AND IF THERE'S TIME, WE START PAINTING THE UNDERNEATH, SEMI GLOSS BLACK

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WE STRIPPED EVERY PART -- FROM FRONT TO REAR AND EVERYTHING UNDERNEATH -- AND THEN SOME???

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Billie welding in the side round supports for the frame and for the side exhaust to go thru.  also shows the inside of the trunk and soft top lid that is in finished paint.  a few more pictures showing Billie welding in the rear frame supports for the Jim Meyers currie polished rear end with a 9"ford center with 4 link set up with a pan hard bar.

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THE POLISHED CURRIE REAR END, STARTING TO INSTALL FOR DRY RUN.   WILL REMOVE AFTER EVERYTHING FITS AND WILL PAINT IT ATOMIC ORANGE TO MATCH THE FRONT SUSPENSION AND THE OUTSIDE OF THE VETTE.  WE ALSO RECEIVED THE NEW LS3  525HP MOTOR.

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NEW MOTOR HAS ARRIVED AND BEING FITTED WITH THE TRANNY....

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THE FRONT SUSPENSION AND RACK & PINION THAT WILL BE PAINTED ATOMIC ORANGE.

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FINISHED PAINTING THE REAR SUSPENSION, THE CURRIE REAR, BELL HOUSING, ETC & STARTING ON THE FRAME...

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THE CUSTOM PAINTED FRAME IS READY AND THE SUSPENSION IS LAID OUT TO BE INSTALLED.  WE RUNNING A POLISHED CURRIE REAR HOUSING, FORD 9" REAR . WE HAVE SPECIAL AXLES  WHICH I'LL GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION LATER.   WE WERE ABEL TO PAINT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF OUR FRAME.    THE ATOMIC ORANGE SUSPENSION WILL GIVE IT A NICE LOOK.

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GETTING THE SUSPENSION READY FOR INSTALLATION...

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INSTALLED THE CALIPERS TO CHECK FOR THE BRAKE LINES TO FIT,   REMOVING THE CALIPERS TO BE PAINTED ATOMIC ORANGE.   PUT ON OUR SPARE WHEELS JUST TO ROLL THE FRAME AROUND,    ONCE THE BODY IS ON THIS FRAME WE CAN MEASURE THE OFFSET OF THE WHEELS TO HAVE THEM SPECIALLY MADE BY BUDNIK.

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getting the calipers and brake booster and wiper motor ready for paint.

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THE LS3, 525HP GETTING READY TO BE PUT IN THE FRAME.   BILLIE ADDED THE SPECIAL HYDRAULIC CLUTCH SET UP, AND THE VINTAGE AIR BILLET FRONT RUNNER WITH CHROME A/C UNIT AND CHROME ALTERNATOR

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PUTTING THE BODY ON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE FRAMES BEEN DONE.   WE WANTED TO CHECK IT FOR FIT, AND TO CHECK THE OFFSET OF THE WHEELS FOR BUDNIK TO MAKE UP FOR US.
 
THE BODY IS BACK OFF AGAIN SO BILLIE CAN MAKE UP THE STAINLESS STEEL SIDE EXHAUST, AND AFTER I FINISH THE INSIDE OF THE TRUNK AREA AND THE SOFT TOP AREA, THE BODY WILL GO BACK ON FOR GOOD.   THAN BILLIE WILL TAKE ABOUT 3 TO 4 WEEKS TO WIRE THE VETTE COMPLETE, INSTALL THE COMPUTER AND WIRING,

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THE POLISHED STAINLESS STEEL SIDE  EXHAUST THAT BILLIE IS MAKING  AND A FEW SHOWING THE TRUNK AREA IN PRIMER, READY TO PAINT IT BLACK TODAY, AND THE DRY SHAFT IN PRIMER, WHICH WILL BE PAINTED ATOMIC ORANGE.

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BILLIE POLISHING THE EXHAUST PIPES....

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THE SPECIAL BRACKETS BILLIE MADE FOR THE STEERING TO CLEAR THE HEADER ON THE DRIVERS SIDE.    STREET AND PERFORMANCE MADE US ANOTHER SET THAT FIT REALLY GOOD.   THE 3" STAINLESS STEEL EXHAUST SYSTEM BILLIE IS MAKING, BUT WE FOUND THAT NO BODY HAS A MACHINE TO BEND THE FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT PIPES THAT WE NEED FOR THE COLLATORS TO FINISH THE CONNECTIONS.  ANOTHER SET BACK, BUT I'M SURE TIME WILL WORK IT OUT. THE CUSTOM BE COOL RADIATOR AND ECLECTIC FAN THAT WE HAD THEM MAKE UP FOR US.   JUST ARRIVED YESTERDAY, AFTER ORDERING IT ABOUT 6 WEEKS AGO.    THE WOOD CUT OUT FOR THE TRUNK AREA.   WAITING FOR THE SUB AND AMP BEFORE HE CAN CUT THE OPENINGS FOR THEM, AND THEN COVER IT IN BLACK LEATHER.

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THIS IS WHAT BILLIE HAD TO DO TO GET THE STAINLESS STEEL 3" PIPES TO FIT OUR CUSTOM SIDE EXHAUST....LOOKS GREAT

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the body is finally on for good.   making some minor adjustments and than Billie starts on the wiring, computer, etc.

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the stainless steel exhaust system,

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Billie's just about done with the computer wiring, now he will start with the main wiring harness,   install the clutch lines and bleed the brake system, should be running in about 3 or 4 days

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THE POLISHED RADIATOR FROM BE COOL AND THE CHROME MASTER JUST INSTALLED.

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fitting the hood for the last time to put the automatic hood bracket in. ..

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HAD TO COVER THE UNDERNEATH WITH PLASTIC TO KEEP THE OVER SPRAY OFF THE FRAME AND SUSPENSION,    PUT A LIGHT COAT OF BLACK TO HELP BLOCK SAND THE BODY BEFORE PAINTING

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getting ready to paint.... 

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The finished painting is done ... now the chrome goes on ...

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THE FIBERGLASS CAP THAT WE ARE FITTING AND WILL SEND BACK TO AL KNOCH TO BE COVERED TO MATCH THE INTERIOR.   BECAUSE WE REMOVED THE SPEAKER GRILLE FROM THE TOP OF THE DASH,  WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE OPENING DOESN'T SHOW.   AL KNOCH MADE ONE COVER ALREADY, BUT WE CAN TELL WHERE THE SPEAKER GOES AND DIDN'T WANT TO INSTALL IT THAT WAY

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WE BOLTED ON THE HOOD, TRUNK AND SOFT TOP LID FOR FINAL FIT.  MOST OF THE OUTSIDE CHROME IS ON, WAITING FOR THE OTHER CUSTOM DASH FROM AL KNOCH BEFORE WE CAN INSTALL THE WINDSHIELD AND INTERIOR

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INSTALLED THE WINDSHIELD, AND THE POWER WINDOWS AND DOOR LOCKS.  GETTING READY TO PUT THE CARPET IN AFTER THE INSTALLATION TO KEEP IT QUIETER AND LESS HEAT.

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NEW STAT FAST BLACK TOP ON IT AND DIDN'T WANT TO REMOVE IT TO MAKE THE FRAME LOOK NEW.   ALSO THE INTERIOR GOING IN, PIECE BY PIECE

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both of the dashes that Al Knoch made for us; because you could still see where the speaker grille goes (which we didn't want),   he made us a fiberglass shell and recovered that.   now that's service.   he does all our corvette interiors for us.

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THE COMPLETED PROJECT.....

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