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Old 06-14-2010, 05:02 PM   #51
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Not a new Corvette. Older stuff. Orlando? Cool. That is even closer. Can go cruisin' with a bunch there.
Maybe not new but did you use the same name under the CorvetteForum? I have been there for almost 10 years..
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:09 PM   #52
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Hah, you have good eyes. MisterCamaro69 knew this car has those so he cheated...

I'll get those posted up probably tomorrow. Gotta get some sleep tonight...
I can't help it!

Did you tell em about the [edited] and the [edited] yet?

... And my favorite was the [edited] with the [edited] in it

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Old 06-14-2010, 05:19 PM   #53
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I can't help it!

Did you tell em about the [edited] and the [edited] yet?

... And my favorite was the [edited] with the [edited] in it

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Old 06-14-2010, 10:07 PM   #54
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I can't help it!

Did you tell em about the [edited] and the [edited] yet?

... And my favorite was the [edited] with the [edited] in it

I'll shut up now
Ha, ha... j/k

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OK, I gotta go to an event GTA would know about in Tampa tomorrow so I will get this post out tonight.


After we started in to the cage project I got this retarded idea to see what it would take to mini-tub the rear of the SST since this was done on Project Freebird and came out really well. So...we looked it over and decided to try it. Red Zone did a super job. My only complaint was it took a L...O...N...G time, but I guess that's what happens when you have to figure it out from scratch. At the same time we found that in order to make a mini-tub job feasible, the frame had to be notched and sectioned (especially where the front inside of a larger tire would rub) in order to fit 345 rubber and then slicks later.

First Pic is the mini-tub job where we had to make the least impact to the back seat since one major requirement I had was that the interior must look as stock as possible including keeping the backseat for the kids to ride in. (They like holding on to the rear cross bar - and yes SFI 45.1 padding will be added when they ride their so they can't knock their teeth out like Chicklets...)

The second pic is the view from the trunk area. Note the beading of the inner mini-tub to keep it from resonating. Nice touch.

The third pic is from within the wheelwell from the tire's viewpoint - the seam has since been sealed with fireproof caulk and painted. Also, take note of the upper coil over mount. On the new setup, there is a new upper mount which is not the 5" diameter of the factory beehive setup, but a 2.5" small diameter setup with a uniform diameter spring. This will allow the ability to change the SST spring rate easily with readily available racing spring sets. It also keeps the upper spring mount inboard of the outer frame edge. [This is a pic of the factory spring still.]

The fourth pic is the fully fit mini-tub as well as the sectioned and notched frame. A change since this pic is that the brake line mount had to be moved inboard.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:21 PM   #55
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:26 PM   #56
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wow where u get rims to fit 345.. got to be custom..
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:30 PM   #57
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Wow!!!

That's a lot of work. I can't believe you'll still get a functional backseat in there. Amazing.

Can't wait for the end result. It's gonna be really cool watching this.

Bruce, thanks for sharing this.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:31 PM   #58
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Wow!!!

That's a lot of work. I can't believe you'll still get a functional backseat in there. Amazing.

Can't wait for the end result. It's gonna be really cool watching this.

Bruce, thanks for sharing this.
if someone sits in backseat i hope they wear a helmet
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:46 PM   #59
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Good work. Nice and clean.
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:23 AM   #60
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That fab work is amazing!
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:37 AM   #61
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Old 06-15-2010, 12:55 PM   #62
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:03 PM   #63
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Will post more soon. Have to take a quick trip to CA. Sorry. :(

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wow where u get rims to fit 345.. got to be custom..
NICE ride
Yes. Forgeline SP3P 18 x 12.5 with maximum backspace. Will post pics a little later in the build thread.

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Wow!!!

That's a lot of work. I can't believe you'll still get a functional backseat in there. Amazing.

Can't wait for the end result. It's gonna be really cool watching this.

Bruce, thanks for sharing this.
Glad you like it. Hope it helps members with some cool ideas of their own. P.S. You won't believe how the back seat came out - really incredible work. Will post later in the thread.

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My kids will !!

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Good work. Nice and clean.
Thank You. Some of the fabricators are real artists.

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That fab work is amazing!
Credit Nick at Red Zone for some very nice work.

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Thanks Rick. It's getting closer now.

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Added a couple more interior pics here.

First Pic - Fabricated dash panel(s) to work with rollcage downtubes.
Second Pic - Detail of fit and finish for front downtube and interior integration.
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:08 AM   #64
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Man - it'd be cool if someone could come up with a mini-tub kit. I'd LOVE 345s, but I don't know if I need them so bad that I'd cut the car up that much. I might just stick with 315 :( That looks totally cool though!!!
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:55 AM   #65
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:06 AM   #66
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Man - it'd be cool if someone could come up with a mini-tub kit. I'd LOVE 345s, but I don't know if I need them so bad that I'd cut the car up that much. I might just stick with 315 :( That looks totally cool though!!!
I'm surprised no one has done fender flare patch 1/4 panels and fenders...
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:28 PM   #67
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Hey, sorry about the delay in posts. Last week I was pretty much all over the place BUT... I was in California for a whopping 24 hours and got to sit in the SST at the shop and see the top-of-the-line craftsmanship and fabrication that has been done. Incredible quality. If you didn't know any better you'd think it came that way from the factory. I know this post is a little out of order, but then you can compare the raw cage work with the finished product.

Utilized companies that were recommended for each of the main areas:
Chromoly Rollcage, Mini-Tubs, Frame Sectioning - Red Zone Fabrication (Nick)
Aircraft Quality Wiring Harness - Nelson Supercars (Dave)
Carpet, Seats, Dashpad, Deckpad, Headliner, Sail Panels - The Upholstery Zone (Ramon)
All other "interior" fabrication - Nelson Supercars (Tom & Crew)

In the first two pics the non-factory modifications are: 8.50 cert rollcage, front dash integrated with rollcage, air conditioning vents re-routed, seat bases moved inboard while retaining lateral seat alignment, custom made carpeting and mats (replacing that oh so old factory carpet with a whopping 669 miles on it). Also a cool little mod for the racers is that both the line loc and transbrake are controlled at the steering wheel.






In this pic, the rear tray was completely modified for the cage as well as have special grilles and boxes made that along with the firewall added in Post 28 make it 100% fireproof.
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:37 PM   #68
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Here are some more interior shots.
First Pic - Handmade visors to clear the front halo bar.
Second Pic - Cage with allowances to use factory seat belts.
Third Pic - Cage fit behind drivers seat with provision for 5 point harness.
Fourth Pic - Crossbar. Also note the rear seat/panels have been narrowed 1 - 1/2" each side to clear the mini-tubs. New lower side panels were fabricated and covered to match.
Fifth Pic - Upper rollcage. Headliner was cut in to four pieces and then reassembled for minimum rollcage clearance.
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Wow! Functional and Pretty ~ you gotta like that!
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Old 06-20-2010, 12:49 PM   #70
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Thanks Cyn...Slowly but surely. It's been a L...O...N...G... year. :(
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:26 PM   #71
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Here's some cosmetic stuff in keeping with the theme.

First pic - SST Grille and Tail emblems in polished stainless steel - Emblem Pros
Second pic - Dash Plaque - Emblem Pros
Third Pic - Barton Shifter
Fourth Pics - Camaro 5 Window Sticker (PQ) - Gotta Have It ! er...GTAHVIT...
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:48 PM   #72
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Wow! This is awesome!
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can,t believe how nice car came back together....its a good feeling when you see quality work being done...now the only sleep you will lose is thinking about all that $$$$...but 1 hell of a nice build..
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