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Sharp-ZL1 02-10-2013 09:10 AM

Simba's Build [COTW 5/13/13]
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It has been my dream to have a muscle car. So I figured after 29 years in the United States Army. I deserve to by this car as my retirement present to self. I have only had a few older cars that you might consider a Hot rod. But nothing like this. Now that I am 50 I can appreciate the power and styling of the Muscle car and not go out and destroy it on the first drive. I worked with John Fitzpatrick and Al Oppenheiser to ensure that I was able to get an allocation and they really helped out. They even drove 80 miles to come and sign my car for me.
So now that I have my Dream car time to start making it better.
I just retired from the U.S. Army in Aug of 2012. After I took delivery in June 2012 then shipped her to Germany where I am currently living. I hopefully will be staying in Germany for another 4 years before returning to the USA.
I just wanted to have 600 RWHP. So I did some research and made my list. Here is what I come up with and the pictures of the build
Here is SIMBA Named in memory of our departed Siamese Cat.

Sharp-ZL1 02-10-2013 09:14 AM

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Now for the updates

Sharp-ZL1 02-10-2013 09:25 AM

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Now after I got my 620 RWHP, time to make Simba look better under the hood and in the cabin.
So I removed the Engine brace, engine cover, fuse box cover and got brake reservoir cover and had them painted to match the car.
Removed the Silver steering wheel parts, Speedometer Bezel, Center vent and silver console took them to the paint shop.
I am still waiting on the Console and the Vent to come back from the paint shop.

SUKXOST 02-10-2013 09:28 AM

Happy retirement. Car looks good!

Sharp-ZL1 02-10-2013 09:31 AM

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Next mods,

Kook's Long tube header
Hurst shifter.
Painted Bow Ties front and rear.
Shock tower covers.
Painter Vents for driver and passenger.
Nano polish.
That should do it for now

I am looking at taking Simba to the Hockenhiem Ring and Bitburg Drag race this up coming year.

Pkus a few car shows

Sharp-ZL1 02-13-2013 05:28 AM

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Here are the lastest parts. Just need to get them instatlled now.

Bowtie724 02-16-2013 03:46 PM

Did you order that center console or have it custom painted

Kartashian 02-17-2013 06:21 AM

Loved the red paintings!!
Keep up the good work.

Sharp-ZL1 02-19-2013 03:53 PM

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I removed it and took it to the good paint shop. Cost me 100 Euro's about 130 dollars to paint the Steering wheel, Console, vent and Speedo ring.
Here they are installed.

Next up are the bowtie's and the round vents by the door. And I got a model car that I am going to have him paint to match my Z

Frid 02-19-2013 04:14 PM

Looking good!

Sharp-ZL1 02-21-2013 01:49 PM

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Just got these and installed them. The easiest install to date.

Vengeance Graphix 02-22-2013 05:07 AM

looks great!

supercharged zl1 03-06-2013 05:49 AM


MY CA.ZL1 04-04-2013 01:39 AM

honor and valor badge
i saw the badge on your car and wanted to say i have the same one on all of my cars plus the lic.plate.and send to my son all daughter too.good looking car you

ZWA SS 04-04-2013 02:24 AM

Very nice car.

Sharp-ZL1 04-04-2013 03:12 AM

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Yea I had them Installed by the dealer for free. That was the best part.

Ok so today I decided that it was time to install the Hurst shifter that I had for about two months now. I read the instruction and watch the Hurst install video about three times. I am ready to do this.

I drive to the Auto Craft shop and remove the Console and then the four screws that hold the shift boot in place. Next is says to pull hard and not hit yourself in the face when it come off. I did this for an hour of trying this with no movement. I even found the biggest guy in the shop to try. No luck. So I think that there must be something holding it on. So I start peeling (breaking the Plastic base that holds the boot on. Finally I see a torx bolt. I remove that bolt and with my pinky remove the shifter knob and boot.
This was an easy install after figuring out that bold. It made a huge difference in the shifting distance.

Install of the header is next.

Pictures below.

pierre777 04-04-2013 05:42 AM

great lookinn ride good work .

Sharp-ZL1 04-15-2013 02:49 PM

Here are my dyno runs.

Just got some more Goodies in the mail and will pick up some parts from the paint shop on the 16th.

Now to install

Sharp-ZL1 04-16-2013 01:59 PM

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Just got some goodies in the mail. Small things but I think they look nice.

Just need to clean up that Pulley.

Waiting on other items from the paint shop.

Takes awhile for thing to come here in Germany.

Sharp-ZL1 05-09-2013 03:21 PM

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Ok so I have been fabricating parts, then waiting on the paint shop to get done and waiting on some parts to come in the mail. Now I am almost competed. Still have to find time to install the headers. I was going to pay a shop put I have decide to safe the 800 dollars and do it myself and not be lazy.

First I got the Oracle ghosted side marker light. Watch a video and install them in 30 minutes to easy.
Next I installed the last of the interior which was the vent rings on the dash. But after looking at the picture I think in need to paint the bow tie on the steering wheel. What do you all think?
Back to under the hood. I installed the battery terminal cover painted. Then the homemade covers for the wiring and Brake valve.
Then I was time to tackle the front bowtie and with a long pinch bar and the help of my lovely wife we got it off.
I have the rear bowtie painted and waiting on the tape to do the install along with the Rock guard. I would like to Thank Normagene for the Tape she is sending me free, and thank you to ********** for shipping them overseas.

kold 05-13-2013 02:02 PM

congrats on COTW

LAWMAN 05-13-2013 02:14 PM

very nice,but i have a question,in one of your first few photo's,in the interior,i see the latest radio with the nav.,but in the last few photo's,you have the early years radio,....?like in the 2010 model,

Sharp-ZL1 05-13-2013 02:28 PM

No I have not changed out the radio yet. Waiting for a German and USA map set in the same system.

Ivan @ Southwest Speed 05-13-2013 02:32 PM

Congrats on the COTW!!!

Love the VR!!
Ivan @ Southwest Speed

Behic2320 05-13-2013 02:44 PM

Congrats on COTW thats a purty car right there

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