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Old 03-14-2011, 10:51 AM   #99
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Wow, that is a LOT of taping and masking areas off.

Nice job though.

Safe and it looks HOT !!

Thanks Bruce.

It looks much better than what the pictures show. It has been a little over 3 months for the dis-assembly, roll cage/seats/steering fabrication, and completing the paint work.

Today, The body shop is spraying the roll cage Victory red.

This week the Dashboard and window glass will be installed, along with the exterior detailed and all the graphics installed.

I pick it up Friday from the body shop, and then I can go to town putting it all back together.. YAY!
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:06 AM   #100
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Progress... The roll cage is painted, and dash re-installed.

The colors together look amazing!

Mike at West Fitchburg Auto Body does excellent work.







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Old 03-25-2011, 08:00 PM   #101
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OK... my car is home. I wil post some pictures over the weekend of the result.

Right now I have a single code in the system..for the airbag, and that's it.. only the 1 code!

No One at GM will allow the airbag circuit to be disabled. Not that it matters now - there are NO airbags. I can live with it the way it is. It means I have the "service airbag" light on the dash cluster gauge when the car is started. It's not that big a deal for me, as I am used to having the "Service TPS? or it is TPM?" for the tire sensors. I can clear the service errors from the dash cluster after starting the car.

I have a new service light on the dash cluster - from the stabilitrak system. It is disabled. Not sure what we did to break that.. funny thing is we aren't getting any codes for it. My TC button is useless. does absolutely nothing. The service tech said the stabilitrak system is not talking to one of the other modules.
Good thing is I can break traction (smoke the tires) as it is.
We are going to fix stabilitrak some time in the future.

Onstar is disabled. had to keep the box in the car - the onstar box affects the fuel mgmt. I guess that is how Onstar shuts the car down - by trimming fuel. The tech shut off the VCIM from the SDM module to the onstar box, removed the battery backup for Onstar box, and disabled the GPS.

So, when I start the car, I need to clear a few messages with the reset button, which I have been doing anyway, due to the TPMS sensors for the Tires.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:57 PM   #102
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Passed my NHRA chassis certification today.
Roll cage is now good to 8.50 seconds and slower.

I got another pretty sticker on my car.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:05 PM   #103
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Well congratulations !!! Not easy getting a true 8.50 cert cage installed...

Also with regards to the Airbags, OnStar, etc. You have to be so careful because everything has tentacles to everything else... Crazy stuff on a CAN bus.
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:15 PM   #104
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I was pretty happy.. it passed with no issues.

Yes, the tech at Portsmouth chevrolet had to rework a lot of the systems to get everything squared away.

I am down to doing a little work in the rear seat area - adding a piece of 1/8" MDF, carpeting the rear seat area, and installing the passenger seat and passenger 5 point harness. That will make the interior modifications complete.

I will post pictures of it tomorrow after I finish up and can clean it up a little bit.
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:32 PM   #105
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Ok, I got the drivers seat and harness done.
For the rear seat area, I built a false floor out of 1/4" MDF and a 2X4, and then carpeted it.

I need some more hardware from Jeg's for the Passenger seat harness - that needs to be installed before the seat.

Here's a few pictures of the interior.







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Old 03-27-2011, 07:46 PM   #106
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That has to be the blingest autoX car in you race series!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks awesome.
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Old 03-27-2011, 08:44 PM   #107
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Beautiful cage install !!

Just remember (which I am sure you already know) when you go to C5FestII, the cage padding near your helmet has to be SFI approved padding.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:10 AM   #108
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Beautiful cage install !!

Just remember (which I am sure you already know) when you go to C5FestII, the cage padding near your helmet has to be SFI approved padding.

Yup.. I heard that was a change to NHRA rules this year.
Figures.. that stuff is 30.00 for a 3 foot section.
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Old 03-29-2011, 03:11 PM   #109
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Here are some pictures of the outside. I washed it today.
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:29 PM   #110
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New 9.5" rear end from Lingenfelter arrived. Complete with Axles and driveshaft.

The diff and related parts can handle 1400 HP on the LPE drag car. It should do nicely for me. I ordered this with a 4.10 gear set, and no pre load on the carrier - as I am using this for road race and autocross. The carrier has worm gears in it, and will do an instant torque bias, side to side. Just what I need for Autocross!

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Old 04-02-2011, 01:35 PM   #111
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That is one big differential. You break that and we will have buy you way more than a beer...

Looks good though. Hope it goes together smoothly for you.

What ratio were you running before the 4.10's ?
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:46 PM   #112
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That is one big differential. You break that and we will have buy you way more than a beer...

Looks good though. Hope it goes together smoothly for you.

What ratio were you running before the 4.10's ?
It's perfect for me.. adding weight to the rear of the car. I am going to corneer balance it (I hope, tomorrow). The diff is a lot bigger.

I don't think I can break it.. It's going to be a LOT of fun trying...
Lingenfelter had the same setup in their 1400HP drag car all last year, no issues. It should be just fine with my little ol' 530 HP...

I was running Stock gears before.. 3.42's. or 3.45's - whatever came with the M6 SS cars.
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