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Old July 21st, 2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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I made a recent post to the project update section of the forum and since there are no replies permitted there, I thought I might just mention it under this section for any of you who may have comments or questions. Here's the link to the other post
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cool progress. keep it up. glad the heart attack didnt take you out of the game
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cool progress. keep it up. glad the heart attack didnt take you out of the game

Thx for enouragement CM. I'll keep taking my meds regularly and exercise daily so my brats won't have to sell my projects at an estate auction any time soon...

Have a Good One !!
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I did some detail work and under chassis wiring along with mounting and installing the wheels & tires. I had to test fit a couple of size tires on the rear to find one as fat as possible that would still clear the inner body
Earlier in the build I did use a porta power and jack the wheel well opening outward as far as I could without kinking the panel. I ended up with a tire size of 205/60/15, which I used all around as the rear fit was close but clear and front fit was no problem. I included a photo from the beginning below as well





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Looks cool!
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I love the way this rig looks ! Great work .
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I love it! Your work is truly excellent. What are you doing for wheelie bars? Are you considering the traditional long single leaf springs and shopping cart wheels?
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I love it! Your work is truly excellent. What are you doing for wheelie bars? Are you considering the traditional long single leaf springs and shopping cart wheels?
Problem is V8T, I've never actually driven one just yet, but from what I've seen, they need wheelie bars on the front & rear both. They also tend to nose "down" extremely when you brake hard.

Guess I'll find all this out in time.

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It is VERY nice! Have you thought about lowering the top of the front wheel arch to be level with the rear? I realize this would require quite a bit of engineering to probably also lower the bottom of the door, but I think it would be a detail that others have never done?
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Nice work.

About the wheelie bars. You might want to check the PA Inspection book about them. Don't quote me but I don't think they are allowed on the street. Yea I have (& sure you have) seen them on Prostreet cars at different car shows, but I assume they just never got busted for them. This is just a warning. I don't care if you run them or not. Hell I run stuff illegal on my car but I have got busted & paid it laughing and continuo to run it this way. Just a heads up.
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It is VERY nice! Have you thought about lowering the top of the front wheel arch to be level with the rear? I realize this would require quite a bit of engineering to probably also lower the bottom of the door, but I think it would be a detail that others have never done?

Actually d3, I am intentionally leaving the basic body lines (other than the length) untouched. I'm putting the aluminum body trim just below the windows, back on and doing a 2-tone, white top/red bottom paint job. I did buy polished stainless bumpers to replace the usual painted bus bumpers.

What I am tired of seeing is the rear wells cut out round to mount fat tires

Oh, BTW d3, I did do a 3 to 4 inch lowering job on it all around. On these photos, there is no engine, battery etc. in the rear and I havn't adjusted the beam down just yet. It is still set about half way in the slots.
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Nice work.

About the wheelie bars. You might want to check the PA Inspection book about them. Don't quote me but I don't think they are allowed on the street. Yea I have (& sure you have) seen them on Prostreet cars at different car shows, but I assume they just never got busted for them. This is just a warning. I don't care if you run them or not. Hell I run stuff illegal on my car but I have got busted & paid it laughing and continuo to run it this way. Just a heads up.
No wheelie bars Scott. I'll just drive with care

I just found this video and it's one of the nicer ones of a shorty bus. The damn thing is a near dead ringer to what mine will look like other than I'll have a white top, body line molding and shiny bumpers

Click on the text link below and you'll see why I must drive with care


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So cool. I've always wanted a car that will wheelie. I'd do it from every stop light, in grocery store parking lots. That's a lot of work, good job.
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i am pretty sure that most that i have seen ran 1600 motors and they all pull wheelies. be careful. to help with the endos, you should look at switching the brake cylinders front to back. it will make the rear brake more and maybe help with that issue. it is looking awesome.
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No, I think you are right about NOT cutting the rear wheel arch. It looks much better uncut. I just remember a guy with a Chevy truck that brought the top line of the front wheel arch down a couple inches to make it level with the rear, and it was such an amazing mod. It took awhile to figure out what made this truck so pleasing to the eye, then you would catch it. It would be cool to at least see a photoshop of that, to see if it might have the same effect.

Yes, I realized that your motor is still not in, so it will be a little lower when all finished up. It is super nice job (and I don't really like shortys).
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"What I am tired of seeing is the rear wells cut out round to mount fat tires."

Funny you should mention that. I cut my fender wells back in '76, the tires installed on the then Corvair hubs (protruded about 3") slapped on a set of rubber flairs and am now tacking together a set of steel fenders to cover the big rear tires which hang of the Ford rear axle. I have it worked out so that I can mimic the stock opening within about an inch.
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