View Full Version : The rebuild has begun!

07-21-2007, 11:46 PM
Here are the first photo's from todays chop session. It was hard to get started cutting but once I got going it felt pretty good. Will keep you guys updated on the progress. Many more pic's to come!

Left side

Right side- still cutting

Side view- looks like we need to expand the opening a bit!

Left rear view, Believe that will work! :D

07-22-2007, 05:34 AM

Yes keep us informed on your progress.....looke like your pretty good at cutting...Looks clean and straight!

More pics as you can!

07-22-2007, 06:33 AM
yes sir, a back half, makes me wake up and smile SWEET!!!!!!!

07-22-2007, 06:38 AM
now the fun part can begin.... you need to support the back of the body when installing the frame, it can sag. Make sure the doors open and close ok....

07-22-2007, 07:37 AM
This is just the initial rough cut, will mark for final cuts when we get ready to do tin work. Need to get my wheels and mount those 16 x33 slicks so I can see exactly how much to cut the wheel opening. Doors still shut good but have a bit more cutting to do, may loose more support? The real fun starts when I put in the frame rails and cross memeber. The car is currently a ladder bar and I'm changeing to 4 link. This means the existing crossmember has to be moved back (replaced). Problem is the main hoop of my cage is tied into it, will have to get creative.

Whatcha think carbon fiber tubs? :wink: :wink: :)

07-22-2007, 11:38 AM

Like ya said, the hard part is getting started. And, like mentioned earlier, use plenty of bracing. i weld in temporary angle or tube, use jack stands, wood blocks, whatever. Really makes it look "frankenstein" till I'm done. But then everything fits and all the alignments look right to the eye (sheetmetal, I'm talking about) even if the tape measure's off a hair.

Keep us posted, I can't wait to see the finished ride. Should be AWESOME!

P.S. Gotta love women with big up fronts and cars with big out back! :lol:


07-22-2007, 12:01 PM
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h139/spib/spib%202/th_008_5A.jpg (http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h139/spib/spib%202/008_5A.jpg)
my builder jacked my blazer up and welded stuff to my blazer and took lots of measurments, there was no shagging going on at all, he supported the back of the body untill done with rolling chassis, Yes a backhalf is kick ass!!!!!

07-22-2007, 07:19 PM
One reason I left the back glass and rear package tray in for now is it does provide some stability. I will brace the extreme rear for now all that would be in the way. I'm not a little feller, so I need plenty of room to move around! :D :D

Finished cutting the right side out this afternoon. Have to cut the floor back more but haven't decided how much yet. Some where close to the tailshaft I think.

08-13-2007, 10:04 AM
Looks like alot of hard fun, gonna be a nice camaro when it's done.

08-13-2007, 01:44 PM
Yep, I love to do fab work. It was ready to go race as it was, just tired of the 10" tires. I bought this car new in 1980, so I had a hard time deciding to cut it. Here is what it looked like before I started. Hopefully the finished project will be a head turner.


08-13-2007, 03:24 PM
Looks like you have a very nice start on your project an glad to see that you are doing it yourself. You will be proud of it when you finish. Good job cant wait to see it finished.

08-13-2007, 03:52 PM
I'm starting to teach myself how to do fab work..I think welding and bending metal is about as fun as it gets.

08-13-2007, 06:54 PM
Well I weld and fabricate just about everyday. Sometimes it's hard to keep going when I get home, especially in this heat, 104 today!

If all goes well, I plan on being complete by Jan 08. Have allot to do and work isn't really cooperating right now. The joy's of self employment :roll:

08-13-2007, 09:20 PM
I hear ya there, i'm a few months behind my build..but at least it's running..and on the road when I want..

09-01-2007, 02:46 PM
Thinking 36" wheel openings would do the trick for those tires. Also watch your tire to tub height I am thinking you need 3" from top of tire to tub to be safe with tire growth and at least an 1" on sides for clearance but i'm just learning, mrcars I am sure is the expert in this. You don't want to have the rear up too high to clear tires or it takes away from the apperance of the car. Good Luck :D

09-06-2007, 02:28 PM
nice work, hey when you get done- wanna do my truck :)

09-06-2007, 06:57 PM
nice work, hey when you get done- wanna do my truck :)

Sure why not, bring it down. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Your bulldog can play with my bulldog while we work! :wink:

09-07-2007, 05:25 AM
alright 8) :lol:

09-07-2007, 02:12 PM
alright 8) :lol:

Just kidding, if he's anything like mine he doesn't play well with others. Here's a pic of him.

Here's Bo a 95lb Hybrid AB.

Here is his son Pistol Pete 80 lb. at 7 months. Should have named him coil spring. :lol: :lol:

01-16-2008, 05:18 PM
cool dog reminds me of my old dog- mine was mixed though , he was lab ,and pit - -basically a tall pit, he was a good dog

the pit we have now is good looking , friendly but dumb most of the time

anyone have any pics of russian blue pits???