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Old 10-19-2017, 06:53 AM   #201 (permalink)
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so... have you tried sitting in it with the seats and cage?
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Old 10-19-2017, 10:03 AM   #202 (permalink)
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so... have you tried sitting in it with the seats and cage?
Of course, I spend more time day dreaming about what's next to do than actually doing anything. That is a good spot to do that. Just need tunes and a few beers.

But... I may end up tossing the "fat boy" racing seats and get the narrow ones, or go back to stock seats. The stock seats were waaay more comfortable and they would have adjustment for smaller folks (like my wife) to drive it. Plus... they would show off the cage. Yes...looks do matter.

Also, I missed a little seatbelt detail earlier about the racing seats. They are so wedged in there that they don't allow the stock 3 point seat belt to spool back up into the B pillar or even pull out without two hands. the stock seat belts are useless
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:40 AM   #203 (permalink)
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Main hoop chassis mount. I got lucky here. It was a straight shot to the chassis.

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Old 10-20-2017, 05:13 AM   #204 (permalink)
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Main hoop chassis mount. I got lucky here. It was a straight shot to the chassis.

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Looks great! Nice work
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Of course, I spend more time day dreaming about what's next to do than actually doing anything. That is a good spot to do that. Just need tunes and a few beers.
Haha! Glad I'm not the only one!
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Old 10-20-2017, 06:33 AM   #206 (permalink)
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Of course, I spend more time day dreaming about what's next to do than actually doing anything. That is a good spot to do that. Just need tunes and a few beers.

But... I may end up tossing the "fat boy" racing seats and get the narrow ones, or go back to stock seats. The stock seats were waaay more comfortable and they would have adjustment for smaller folks (like my wife) to drive it. Plus... they would show off the cage. Yes...looks do matter.

Also, I missed a little seatbelt detail earlier about the racing seats. They are so wedged in there that they don't allow the stock 3 point seat belt to spool back up into the B pillar or even pull out without two hands. the stock seat belts are useless
Awesome! I remember you saying earlier that was your big worry with the cage. Sounds like the racing seats should find a new home and you stick with the sexy 70s original seats

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Main hoop chassis mount. I got lucky here. It was a straight shot to the chassis.

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how did you know where to cut the body to get down to the frame? Sorry for the hijack, just trying to pick people's brains on how they perform this action without having a giant hole to patch when they are done
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Old 10-20-2017, 07:02 AM   #207 (permalink)
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Awesome! I remember you saying earlier that was your big worry with the cage. Sounds like the racing seats should find a new home and you stick with the sexy 70s original seats



how did you know where to cut the body to get down to the frame? Sorry for the hijack, just trying to pick people's brains on how they perform this action without having a giant hole to patch when they are done
The tubes dont go directly thru the floor they have 2 plates that sandwich the floor and you attach to that.
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Old 10-22-2017, 06:02 AM   #208 (permalink)
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how did you know where to cut the body to get down to the frame? Sorry for the hijack, just trying to pick people's brains on how they perform this action without having a giant hole to patch when they are done
It wasn't ALL luck, I knew the width of the chassis and was aiming for that when I was bending the main hoops.

The hoops do go directly thru the floor. There is a sleeved splice to be welded up just at floor level. Otherwise, I would have to weld the entire cage up in the car. The two spliced extensions to the hoop bolt the chassis.

So... in the car, I will have the main hoop splice, the T bars, and the front and rear mounting pads to weld up. It shouldn't be bad at all.

As far as sealing the tubes through the floor, I was thinking of something like this. They come in all sizes.

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Old 10-22-2017, 09:42 PM   #209 (permalink)
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This thing just keeps getting cooler and cooler. Nice job getting that cage to fit in there.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:46 AM   #210 (permalink)
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Thanks for all your comments! They really are motivating.

I had to get a little side tracked on the roll cage. I realized this is my only chance to get the dash off, fix some cracks, replace some dry rotted speakers, add some driver side gauges, and rocker switches.

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Old 10-30-2017, 03:41 PM   #211 (permalink)
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I love that you are fixing the dash and not leaving it looking like it's 30+ years old. Keep it up.

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Old 10-31-2017, 08:34 AM   #212 (permalink)
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The only reason I clicked in this is I figured Pirate wouldn't allow a 9 page thread about a 4x4 Vette if it was the BS hack job you half expect when reading "4x4 Vette". And I was right. Super cool build. Might be the best looking lifted 4x4 cars I've seen. Can't wait to see some trail action.
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Old 10-31-2017, 11:54 AM   #213 (permalink)
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:34 AM   #214 (permalink)
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Love it when a plan works out! I lifted the body up 10" and the roll cage stayed on the chassis. I made just enough room to finish up the welding.

I have no doubt the cage will spring some when unbolted, and it will be a pain the ass to line up when lowering the body with the roll cage in it. But... it's welded up now and I can scratch that task off the list.

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Old 11-27-2017, 06:08 AM   #216 (permalink)
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A little change in pace this Holiday weekend. I did a some wood working for a speaker box and started to put the interior back together.

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4 6x9s. The only way to make a better speaker choice would have been to put them all in separate boxes, just loose in the back.

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Old 11-27-2017, 10:17 AM   #218 (permalink)
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Thanks!

Agree, I think also the speakers should each face a slightly different direction from each other (instead of all four to the back of the head).

It may not be surround sound quality, but it will be loud and clear. Especially sitting in the front seat.

Can't have anything loose though. Gotta strap even the cooler down hard. Made that mistake more than once.

Cooler space did just get a whole lot smaller...
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Hot Damn!

You can buy anything online these days. I should be able to fit two of these bad boys...and easily grab and reload.

You can't have too much Mountain Dew.

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Hot Damn!

You can buy anything online these days. I should be able to fit two of these bad boys...and easily grab and reload.

You can't have too much Mountain Dew.
Hell yeah, brother! Do it fer Dale!
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:45 AM   #221 (permalink)
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Just a quick photo update...

The body is bolted to the chassis. Doing some interior work. Wrapped up the roll cage, made my cable connections for transmission, TC, E-brakes and throttle. Still have MC to plumb up and bleed out.

Front end head light, winch, horn, and etc. wiring complete. I realized I totally forgot to provide blinkers in the front bumper.

Next big task is getting the umbilical cord in the cab thru the fire wall with a safe dry spot for the computer.

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Old 02-05-2018, 04:59 AM   #222 (permalink)
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First run on the road! (Private roads)

All good so far, had a minor electrical issue, needs brake and trans cable adjust. Oh and I did run out of gas...embarrassing.
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Nice! Must feel good to get it out into the light.
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:36 AM   #224 (permalink)
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Some rear bumper progress.

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