Discussion in 'Wrenchin' Secrets' started by skymangs, Mar 11, 2004.
Here is what the scoop will look like on the hood. Tomarrow, weld it!!!
Wow. That looks really cool. That has to be the best scoop i've seen. :TU:
Where did the idea come from?
I think I can speak for lot's of us reading this thread ans keeping up with it. I am quite impressed with your welding and fabrication skills!
To back up a couple of weeks, I did see the "Dude, where's my car" 67 buick build up on Overhaulin'. I'd watch that show, any episode if they keep the hostess.....Grrrrrr LOL
Seriously, they put a huge amount of work into that car and I was impressed with the finished product though it wouldn't be how I would have done it. I'm really not into low-riders though some of the engineering can be top-drawer. I guess what I liked least about the Skylark they did was the lacey paint. Ugh! I did like most of the interior work and the air suspension they hung on it. One of the things I like about looking at diiferent build styles such as the low-riders, street rodders and, dare I say it, even some of the import guys trick cars is that I can get ideas about what to do to my projects.
To think that was all done in 7 days is just amazing. I guess if Chip Foose was doing any of our cars and we had unlimited funds (which you might need to get the attention of all those builders), all of our projects would be finished. But where is the fun in that? I need to get dirty! Do the work, tear it out cause I'm not happy with it and re-do it. Even if getting it right means installing that rear glass 70 times!
Yup, Yup..... Couln't have said it better myself!!!
I said I liked SOME of the ideas... I am thinking about filling and peaking the front bumper like Overhaulin did on that 67. Their paint is for the birds though. I like smooooooth, clean, and doing it myself too.
Thanks Rob, I like the scoop perticularly well myself. I guess it strikes me that a real hotrod HAS to have some visual cues as to what's underneith, therefore a scoop is natural. At the same time I wanted to keep the ultra-smooth look I envisioned from the get go. Great compromise, looks beefy, yet subtle.
Great Job Chris, looking good as always!
Amazing work, it is going to be one sweet ride. It is a very enjoyable read.
nice. keep it going. realy looks great:TU:
All right guys.... Finally, a moment 9 months in the making. My bodywork is DONE!!! Here are a few pics
Here is the other side. Short list of body mods include but are not limited to... Shaved handles (remote operated doors), shaved drip rails, flush fit front and rear windows, frenched marker lights, and shaved antenna/all other trim. Note the Mustang "Bullet wheels" too. Oh, and don't forget the Cowl hood scoop!
Here's one more from the rear
I did the front channel the same way as the back one. The windshield now fits right up to the body, with only a 1/16" gap all the way around. Here is a shot of the channel
And finally here is a couple shots of the awesome hood
Well, It's been a busy week. Tomarrow this thing comes home for a while for my finances to re-cuperate, and the motor to get done. I will keep yall posted.
I've been watching this thread for a while. All I can say is WOW! :shock:
I'm jealous :Brow: :TU:
Thanks Joe, It's still a long road ahead.
When I first started this project, I decided that I wanted it to have four wheel disk brakes, for the saftey, and the cool points. I did some research, and found that rear disk kits for my car run typically 7-800 dollars. Now I can't see spending $700 on something I can do myself. Here's what I did. I went scouting at the local Pick-n-Pull. I came across 2 cars that looked like the setup would be usable. Early 80's Cadillac Seville (RWD) and 84-85 Riviera/Eldorado. The Seville has 11" rotors vs. the Eldorado's 10.5". Since I only have 11" disks up front, I chose the Eldo's setup. I gave $85 for everything. Good rotors, calipers, e-brake cables, and caliper brakcets. (These cars have integrated e-brakes on the calipers, one of the reasons I chose this setup.) Here is a pic of the loaded bracket. :bglasses:
I really only had to make 2 modifications. 1 was that I had to file the lower bracket holes inward about 1/16" (our Skylark rear ends flange bolts dont make a perfect square, the Caddy's do.) The other was to turn the alxe flange down 1/4". (It is my understanding that all the $700 kits on the market require this.) The inside of the caddy rotor is 5.9" in diameter, the outside diameter of the flange is 6.2". I can only assume that these companies are charging you $700 for a caliper brakcet, since everything else is over the counter parts. Here is a shot of the mocked up rear disks installed