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Old 12-15-2010, 02:04 PM   #21
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damn, I didn't even notice the headlights! That's super clean.
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:39 PM   #22
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Killer work on the headlights man.
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:44 PM   #23
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:50 PM   #24
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Nice job on the lights dude. Thing looks factory made.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:04 AM   #25
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I saw a pic of the car at first and LOL'd

Then I saw what you did to it and my jaw dropped....holy freaking crap man. That is an amazing machine. You should have kept the stock lights and wheels and make it sleeeeeper : )
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:51 PM   #26
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I got some polishing done today.

Not perfect but about as far as I would like to go for a DD.








Here are some of the other things I've done that will be in the bay:








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Old 01-09-2011, 10:19 PM   #27
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:24 PM   #28
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And keep in mind I know all about how far you can take these engines with a heat gun m90 or a properly sized turbo. I just want to see how far I can take it n/a while still being streetable. hp/$ blows but it's more interesting to me.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:25 PM   #29
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Wow lookin good man
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:54 AM   #30
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Sweet. Polishing just does the engine bay good. I am doing the same. Quickly polishing everything I can in my engine bay to make the DD a bit nicer.

Dont know wtf you were thinking buying a Bonneville thinking it will look good! I would drive that thing any day of the year, great job on it!

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Old 01-10-2011, 09:53 AM   #31
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What kind of product did you use to get those looking so nice?
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Old 01-10-2011, 10:47 AM   #32
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Thanks guys. I'm glad that other people are diggin the car even if it is a granny mobile.

As for polishing, it's time and sanity.. lol.

Just to give you and idea, that tensioner assembly and coolant elbow probably took 18 hours or so, the master cylinder was 16 I think and everything else I think I forgot on purpose.

For the most part I take everything down to 180 grit via hand sandling. I use a dremel with a plain shank and directionally wrapped sections of sand paper for the smaller radii. It's the only real way to get rid of the porous surface and casting marks. After that it's 220, 320, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, and polish with white rouge on a buffing wheel then mothers mag and aluminum polish. For polishing the tighter radii, I use a dremel with a section of old cotton t-shirt directionally wrapped.

Parts with a lot of curves are less work since it's easier to burn through a radius, 90* angles and tight spots obviously blow, and flat spots are 2nd easiest.

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Old 01-10-2011, 11:22 AM   #33
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Honestly, I probably would have given up before I even took the stuff off lmao. Looks great none the less man, good work!

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:00 PM   #34
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Sick car man I'd love to know what kinda power you can get out of a 3800. Although I'm selling her soon I own an 01 impala ls nd originally had planned to work it myself. I just love the gm 3.8s tho. Beat of luck with urs
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:28 PM   #35
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At least you'll never break your transmission from power production. I've broken mine twice and I'm working on the the third time now.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:25 PM   #36
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Yep. It's a nice aspect of the build.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:25 AM   #37
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The attention to detail on this car is insane PROPS!
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I'm finally making some headway.

I stripped the bay, picked up most of the stuff from the powder coater, got the car off the street, fixed the blower motor housing where it had rusted through, and got some obligatory in the engine bay pics.

I've been thinking about a solution to the cracked firewall plastic.. I broke off all of the old plastic and insulation when I was stripping the bay and realized that the bare blower motor housing, if cleaned up, would look just fine. I'm going to give it to the powder coater and have it ceramic coated. That will be simple enough to keep a lot of the heat out and make it look good. I'm also going to give them my STB to have done in purple and probably other things as I go.

My electric water pump is boxed up and ready to be sent out for a rebuild, I've got 8 S1 L67 injectors boxed up and ready to be cleaned/tested, and the parts I need anodized ready to go as well.















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Should look sweet when you're done!

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