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TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
8/8/21 3:31 p.m.

Next distraction, neighbor picked up a CTS-V coupe that was nice ,presented well, but needed some custom touches. First off was get rid of the chrome, next up was an order to Billy Boat for headers and full exhaust, all stainless, paint front and rear bumpers, fix and paint door from previous damage, tint tails, a carbon fiber splitter, tint the tails, cover up the interior woodgrain trim, new "correct" front rotors plus caliper paint.

 

Before

 

We wrapped all the chrome in matte mettalic grey vinyl, had the wheels done in a matching powdercoat, wrapped the interior woodgrain in 3M carbon fiber vinyl, and yadda, yadda, yadda....

 

 

After a paint correction too

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
8/8/21 9:19 p.m.

File in the "If it has an engine I'll work on it". Neighbor bought this air ride bagger with a lot of custom parts BUT it was just put togehter, they didn't pay attention to the details. Air ride but no storage tank which means you have to kick it on, wait for air pressure to lift it, iffy wiring everywhere(this was an ex police bike), the aftermarket panels had ill fitment, flat white paint, and of course he wanted to do some custom work. We bought new side covers to flow with the bags, remounted the front fender so it was right, deleted the non-functional ABS, new brake line front and rear, custom pearl white paint with no color tint as all have, added a 4x100 amplifier, Infinity Kappa speakers included in the new lower fairings, new 14" bars with internal wiring, air storage tank, chin spoiler, chrome hand controls, and new exhaust. 

 

Before

 

Stripped

 

After

 

Also at the same time he picked up a 1969 Chevelle SS 396 that had been fully built including a bran new crate 6.0/4L60E and had been sitting for three years.

 

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
8/12/21 8:28 p.m.

Then no to many days later neighbor shows up with this, Backdraft Cobra with a Roush 427, dyno sheet shows something over 550hp.

 

But of course it needs a few tweaks. wink

Also added to his fleet was this, 2017 Z06 with the Z07 package, of course it needed a paint correction and one tweak, a Corsa axle back exhaust and wow it sounded mean

 

We also did a paint correction and new blackout emblems to his brother's Panamera GTS and got a quick shot of the blackout crew

 

Pain in the ass to keep clean but look oh so good when they are!

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
8/15/21 9:56 p.m.

In the mean time let's order up more stuff for the Malibu. Snake eater performance injectors, Holley/Hooker drivers turbo header, start of the fuel system after hours of research which came to the "buy once, cry once" ethos, I didn't want to build it just to hit the 700whp goal, it needed to go far beyond that for future growth. Aeromotive extreme flow -10AN regulator, Fragola fittings, -12AN Aeromotive fuel filter, Motion Raceworks dual channel inline flex fuel sensor mount, yea, that should do the trick for now. Until the fuel tank situation gets handled.... 

 

RacetruckRon
RacetruckRon Dork
8/16/21 11:00 a.m.

So much win and enlightenment in this thread.  That tiptisserie is something I didn't know I needed until reading this thread.

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
8/20/21 8:13 p.m.

A few tweaks and a wheel color change to the Cobra, easy fixes. This thing is a hoot to drive

 

Neighbor is in to trucks too, so this shows up in the driveway

 

Before

 

After

 

Quick order from Western Chassis and 22.5" Alcoas cut down to 22" wheels plus tires from Lowboy Customs in Arizona and voila!

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
9/23/21 7:26 p.m.

Of course a flurry of cars start coming through from the neighbor. The CL got sold and he upgraded to the twin turbo V12 version which we again blacked out, paint corrected, and put Forgiato wheels on.

 

We tarted up another Dually

 

Picked up a 50 Merc

 

I grabbed a K5 for a deal and played with it for a while, even had a rebel flag for a headliner. The wife hated it lol

 

All the while the Malibu sits as we play with other tuff. Starting to get closer to real time now, just a few more distractions, I mean cars to insert.

 

And I did build a deer blind somewhere in here too, another one of my distractions. Used a bunch of old 1" square tubing from work, ordered up the camo corrugated steel from Sweetwater Metal, marine grade plywood for floor/roof, some throwaway shingles plus frost guard, windows/door from deer blinds.com, and a Facebook trailer to mount it all to. No problems getting it to the lease 2.5 hours away the day before season opening.

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
10/16/21 10:03 p.m.

So end of Aug I broke my leg, boooo. Lot's of time spent sitting in a chair, lot's of time to order parts for the Malibu. Thankfully I had a bunch of credit card points saved for the car fund, blew through them fast.

 

1- 3 port Mac Valve
3- Pressure Transducers(fuel pressure, boost pressure, and something else)
2- Fragola ORB fittings for fuel filter
1- Borgenson Pressure reducer kit for power steering(have a smaller factory pulley, may go with the Dirty Dingo 5" to be safe)
3- Solid state 40amp relays
6- Various power distribution studs
4- Various upper and lower radiator hoses
1- Spal fan connector harness
1- Factory C7 Z06 PWM fan
1- Hobbs switch
1- Trick Chassis frame boxing plates(body coming off for paint eventually
1- Pair of Speedtech Chicane front coil over brackets
1- Weatherpack Crimper set

8-4g battery cable ends
8-2g battery cable ends
Timing cover/oil pump/seal alignment tools
ATI crank pin drill fixture
Holley 6.86" Pro Dash

Then I grabbed a spare short tail TH400 plus a brand new Autokraft LS oil pan, stuff from his abandoned Volvo LS swap, also bought the 1979 242 GT plus fully recovered interior with Recaro seats and Volvo LS engine mounts. Earlier in the year I had grabbed some stuff from the same buddy GM LS performance heads(one beat up cylinder but fixable), Gen IV rods and pistons, and I have a complete Gen III 5.3 bottom end already. The garage is tarting to get full.

 

When I get back to it I "shouldn't" have any excuses.

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
10/20/21 1:54 p.m.

Do you happen to have blueprints for your tip tisserie? Looks like it would be very handy For an upcoming project

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
10/21/21 7:47 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:

Do you happen to have blueprints for your tip tisserie? Looks like it would be very handy For an upcoming project

I'll have to dig it out and get measurements, I went by seat of the pants on it, bought the four pieces of steel angle first to bolt to body and then built the wood uprights to the car. 

TheWraith
TheWraith New Reader
10/22/21 10:37 a.m.

Also makes a handy body dolly when needed although not built for the Camaro height with a rear end in it 

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