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#1 Walker

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Posted 29 June 2014 - 02:29 PM

parted ways with my other projects and decided to focus on the one good/running car i had and make it mint(and change the color)


first part was getting rid of the after market sunroof which Slowquest took care of and posted pics elsewhere

2nd was getting it stripped down for body work and sending the engine off to Dad's for a rebuild  .....despite being a low mile engine (65k) it had a cracked head among other things wrong ><


now my body guy is working on the car.  the 2 fenders were NiB and have been initially mounted ...... the 2 NiB 1/4s are in the process....one has been put on and the other side has been cut off and waiting to fix the wheel well rust issues before that goes on


finally there is some progress on the car

i'll update as the work progresses


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Posted 29 June 2014 - 03:37 PM

Your body guy is doing an amazing job.

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Posted 05 July 2014 - 05:14 PM

new front fenders too......where did u get those???  nice work.....

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 10:35 PM

i got all 4 new body panels and rear inner wheel wells from Zoso here on the forums

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 04:23 PM

should be real nice when I get it back!

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 04:49 PM

body guy is making steady progress.......since the last pics the wheel liner rust was dealt with and the driver side 1/4 hung....


.....and Dad said the engine should be ready soon....but it's looking less likely that i will get to drive it this year due to fall/winter being right around the corner...and there is no way this car will ever see rain or snow/salt



maybe if i'm lucky and there is enough time i will get time to break the engine in before i have to park it for the year

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:17 PM

You will have the winter to make it perfect.
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#8 Walker

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Posted 15 July 2014 - 07:43 PM

it's hard to not drive it for a year :(

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:38 AM

Its looking really good man, and I feel you about having to put it away before getting to really enjoy it. I'd like to finish mine asap so I can get atleast a good month of enjoying it before its put away again.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:16 PM

yup.....the hang up is the body guy....he does it by trade but my job is on the side so he works on it when he has the time.... which i dont mind because he's very good and communicates well every step of the way


but once i get the shell back from him....it will go back to slowquest for reassembly  after we reevaluate what is still needed to be replaced, cleaned, or otherwise attended to

it started out as a very nice car.....but i want it to be like new when i'm done with it.....so there is no real rush......just withdrawal :P  

and it's easy to lose motivation when you don't get to experience the finished product for such a long time :P

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 02:35 AM

Keep the faith man it will get there. lol

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Posted 18 August 2014 - 01:46 PM

paint wont be done till october so no chance ill get to drive it this year before parking it for the winter.....so i was gently persuaded into doing the ls1 swap i was considering....so that's the direction i'm going now

i have plans to pick up the engine pullout this weekend

slowquest will get the reman'd g54 that Dad is currently working on....and i guess i will be selling some of the parts i had hoarded...like the 52mm TB kit....and the NIB 14g turbo


here is some pics of the body work progress


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 06:33 PM

Great looking body work going on what color you going with?

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 12:47 AM

a scion color called Ultramarine blue(E8H)

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 06:26 AM

Great looking color are you planning on changeing the entire color on the inside as well?

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 06:48 AM

what do you mean the interior?   like the interior paint on the chassis?  if you mean chassis then probably yes....since the car has to be completely stripped now that i'm going ls1 to cut the tranny tunnel there is really no reason not to do it

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Posted 19 August 2014 - 08:06 AM

Yeah i mean behind the interior panels.

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 06:07 PM

ideally yes.....but it may have to wait


here are some more pics....83 hood down to bare metal....the pre-existing paint was flaking everywhere.....and the stripped engine bay

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 06:12 AM

Your body man is really on his grind getting it done.

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Posted 24 August 2014 - 07:00 AM

he's doing a good job....

the hood pic may be deceptive....any "rust" you see on it is purely surface rust on the bare metal...... there isn't a dent or real piece of rust on the entire thing.....truly mint




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