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#1 Menesing Drifter

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 06:57 PM

Hey everyone, I'm Brandon! My bad in advance if I write a novel here, I tend to get carried away when it comes to cars and going fast. Anyway I've been cruising the forums here for a few months now trying to gather as much information as I could before I finally pulled the plug on my dream project. Ever since I was in high school I have wanted to own a Starion. I seriously think it is one of the best looking cars made to this day and I longed to own one but I was enveloped in my past addiction.... Mustangs! I had an S197 for years and made it into a beast of a car. I showed it, I raced it, had it in SEMA a couple times, and even drifted it. Drifting is kinda my current obsession (hence the name) I was doing it for fun for a few years before I moved away to attend college. So now I've had to step back and focus on school, of course with the occasional messing around in the rain and track days. I do plan to get back into in hopes of competing in Formula Drift one day. With these current goals of mine I new my current car had reached its potential as a drift car and I could simply not afford to run it. So to everyone's surprise I sold the car I once said I was gonna past on to my kids one day and decided what I was gonna do. I was ready to finally get serious and buy a starion but there was a problem, I have been driving American V8 cars all my life and couldn't see myself driving a 4-banger. I loved the look of the body so much but just wanted to put a gnarly motor in it. After talking with many people (mostly Convette) and looking over build forums I was confident in my goals and well, I bought a SUPER CLEAN 1988 Starion in Oklahoma for a steal (I live in Texas when i bought the car ). Then shortly after I bought the drivetrain out of a F-body Camaro in the hopes of building the ultimate drift sleeper keeping my focus on drivetrain and chassis, while ignoring the outside for now. For now this is gunna be my daily driver and also take it to local open drift days but over time I plan to really build this thing using John's (convette) car as an inspiration. Right now the surgery is underway. The new motor is currently put in along with a whole new floor, role cage, custom tunnel, and many many other things. I'm super excited about this whole project and also hope to take advantage of all y'alls advice and knowledge as I am truly a newb to this car and the LS platform. I also really wanna thank John (Convette) for all his help so far as I've probably been texting him more then a stalker ex girlfriend. So this is my build thread. This project was suppose to take 10 weeks but like anything custom that didn't happen. Its coming up on about 8 months now but its about a month away from being done so I've been racking up the pictures waiting to put a thread together. The car is currently in Texas while Im living in florida but I am moving back California where the car will live and be driven daily. This is what I got



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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:04 PM

sweet!
Are you going with the GTO oil pan?...or staying with what you have?
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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:12 PM

First thing was to place the motor in the car to mock it up. I wanted to try and not cut into the fire wall as regulation for most drift competitions states there can be no modification to the firewall.

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This obviously wasn't going to work... So we went ahead and cut the firewall

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This gave us plenty more room to be able to work on the engine down the road and have space for a big radiator.

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Motor mounts were next

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It was decided to mount it to the A support so the motor can just be dropped and easy to work on as I plan to build the motor down the line. Its basically stock right now besides a few bolt ons.

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I was lucky that this was the only rust that had to be fixed

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Then one day I came into the shop to find that the whole floor was missing.

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I was not very happy. This build was already 5 months behind schedule at this point so the fact that this was done without me knowing kinda pissed me off. I was assured that it was for the better though. This would allow for more ground clearance and would integrate with the role cage and tunnel much better.

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I was excited to see some seats in the car, starts looking like progress.

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Engine is sitting pretty too

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Just last week I got this picture, it is finally sitting on the ground for the first time in months.

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Interior is finally coming along too

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Thats all i got for now, I will keep this up to date as much as possible.

Edited by Menesing Drifter, 19 April 2015 - 09:44 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:14 PM

Weird. I know I've seen and read these before today. Either that or some perfect déjàvu
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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:15 PM

I was referring to the first two posts
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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:16 PM

View Postfreebird, on 08 April 2015 - 07:04 PM, said:

sweet!
Are you going with the GTO oil pan?...or staying with what you have?

The stock one would not fit so I went with a holly performance oil pan that is specific for LS swaps

#7 Menesing Drifter

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:17 PM

View Postpcristquester, on 08 April 2015 - 07:15 PM, said:

I was referring to the first two posts

I might have copy pasted part of my introduction topic and added it here, Im not big on writing stuff

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Posted 08 April 2015 - 07:20 PM

Yep, I was trippin'
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Posted 08 April 2015 - 10:51 PM

when u gonna stop by Temecula  ..........ha haaaa......are .u jn texas or florida....??great to see your progress.............

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 08:25 AM

I wish I could afford to go this fast.  I'm putting people to sleep with my build.  HAHAHA Awesome build!!!

Edited by autotr8er2, 09 April 2015 - 08:26 AM.

Does anybody offer Lay-away anymore?

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 01:29 PM

View Postmarkhansenconquest, on 08 April 2015 - 10:51 PM, said:

when u gonna stop by Temecula  ..........ha haaaa......are .u jn texas or florida....??great to see your progress.............

View Postautotr8er2, on 09 April 2015 - 08:25 AM, said:


I wish I could afford to go this fast.  I'm putting people to sleep with my build.  HAHAHA Awesome build!!!


Im in florida now but will be back in california this summer. I actually got family in Temecula so I'm gunna try to head out there sometime soon.

This has not been fast in any way, going on 10 months now haha

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 03:24 PM

Awesome work on that floor frame and interior,  that looks good. LS can fit in without touching the firewall but it's all good, hopefully nothing comes of that rules wise. LS motors also seem to be pretty easy to keep cool, a huge radiator isn't needed if you could use the space for something else. Just my opinion

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Posted 09 April 2015 - 07:21 PM

Looking good.
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Posted 09 April 2015 - 08:17 PM

Now I don't feel so bad,
Does anybody offer Lay-away anymore?

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 09:57 PM

Better pictures of the interior work with a little sneak peak of the headers

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The shop also got the steering configuration done. He said it took 8 hours and 2 different steering columns to complete.

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Posted 19 April 2015 - 11:30 PM

It's the simplest of things, at first glance yet it seems to take forever
Does anybody offer Lay-away anymore?

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Posted 26 April 2015 - 11:20 PM

Any updates on this my friend?

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 01:04 AM

View PostEVOMINUS, on 26 April 2015 - 11:20 PM, said:

Any updates on this my friend?


Motor is out for the last time. Wrapping up all the sheet metal work, finish fitting the booster (have to notch the shock tower alittle) then prime it all for final assembly

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 08:36 AM

What are u going to do now that you cutted the firewall with the new drift regs?
Is cutting the whole trans tunnel and floor allowed?
You machinist is doing one hell of a job,i really admire all the fab work done to your car
Its going to be a great street-track car but i don't know if they'll allow you to run with the bigger classes
Either way,keep up the inspirational work

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 09:02 AM

awesome work, it's gonna be a MONSTA !
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