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    Hey all
    Hope this works.
    Work is coming along slowly but surely.
    Really want to get to powder coat and primer (over fabrication, not whole body) by end of Feb, but we'll see.
    ^^^^ HaHaHa, what a noob! I actually thought that it would be possible in that time frame too!!!!

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    My wife and I have started the rebuild on our beloved HQ coupe as a 10th Anniversary present for each other.
    What started out as brake, suspension and driveline upgrades has turned into a frame off rebuild with the whole lot engineered (Bill at Talk Torque)to be street legal.
    The engine is a 427sbc. Dart SHP block, Eagle crank, AFR 210 alloy heads, Comp Cams hydraulic roller, RPM air-gap, Quick Fuel carb from Scott Shafiroff. Have the dyno sheet and it's going to be a real grunter on the street.
    TH400 from Hugo and the guys at Raceglides.
    3800rpm (or there abouts) converter from Dwayne at TCE.
    Two piece tailshaft going to a fabricated 9" housing with Moser bolt-through alloy center, wave-trac, 3.9:1 gears, 35 spline axles and floating hubs.
    The diff, suspension, mini tubs, cage, fuel tanks and anything else that needs fabrication is being taken care of by Duncan at MSK Racecars: https://sites.google.com/site/mskrac...jects/hq-coupe

    Brakes have come from Hoppers Stoppers with C6 Corvette fronts and Ford Territory rears, thanks Shannon.
    The floating hubs have meant running a pair of additional mechanical calipers to act as the hand brake.
    We are doing a lot of things differently with this build that I haven't seen done with these old coupes and we can't wait to get it back on the road.
    I've met some great people already with this project and I'm sure there will be many more before it's finished.
    Still looking around for a trimmer to work with us, so if anyone can recommend someone who puts out quality interiors I'd be really appreciative.
    Last edited by v8-coupe-fan; 23-09-2011 at 10:44 AM.

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    WOW, Awesome work mate.
    Where in Melbourne are you?

    Cheers Dave

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    NIce work there. the rack and pinion steering conversion looks good... is it one of the WA ones?

    67 SS Camaro

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    Hey again V8-coupe-fan.

    If you move the mouse pointer over the images in Photobucket, a little box should appear around it (It'll have four line of code underneath it...). If you highlight the bottom one and copy it, and paste it into a post, it'll insert an image. I've added some spaces in the code below so you can see roughly what you're looking for...

    [ IMG ] http :// i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h467/v8-coupe-fan/FrontC6CalipersandDBA5000rotors. jpg [ /IMG ]

    It should come up like this...


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    Love this car already, can't wait to see more updates!

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    CNCDAVO, I'm based in the Eastern suburbs, the coupe is in Preston.
    GTS454, yep, it's one of Blacks Racks. Took a bit of fabrication to get it all together, the width of Graeme's jig rails was a touch wider than mine, but it's all in now. Didn't use the sway bar that came with the kit, it was too small for my requirements. Fabricating a trick moly one.
    Beeb, I'm pretty new at this whole forum thing but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually.
    Thanks all for the encouragement, it hasn't all been sunshine and roses but I know that the first drive will make it all worth it.

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    All good mate, you're getting the hang of it just fine. I just know everyone will hound you for pictures of this beast, so you might as well know how to put them up in advance!

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    Vey nice v8 coupe fan, some very nice fabrication there and killer looking engine . Get the pics up here so we can all have a good look and watch the progress, anytime line for finishing this beast.

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    I wish I could take credit for the fabrication work. I know my limits and can't weld anywhere near that well.
    Duncan and Phil at MSK Racecars have been responsible for all of the fab work on the car including the rust repairs. The photos don't do the details justice.
    I'll keep the photos coming.
    Finishing.....I still remember thinking that I'd give her a quick tidy up and get her back on the road in 6 months, that was in March this year.

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    Looks like a great build happening there. Try to keep the updates comming .

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    Some photos:

    Diff nearly finished.

    Sway bar mounts for moly sway bars front and rear.

    Details...

    Details...

    Mechanical calipers for handbrake.

    Lucked out with this NOS rear panel section from Dave at Holbusters. I couldn't believe it, got a NOS radiator support too, he even had LX hatch rear 1/4s.

    Raising boot floor/rails part 1.

    Raised boot floor/rails part 2.

    I'll keep them coming.
    It helps keep me motivated.

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    Welcome v8-coupe-fan. I'm interested in the custom made sway bars. Who makes these?
    Pedders Frankston - Simon http://www.pedders.com.au/
    Tyrepower Frankston - Chris http://www.tyrepower.com.au/
    APS Frankston - Frank http://apsperformancetuning.com.au/
    360 Gearboxes & Diffs Bayswater - Jacqui http://www.360gearboxesdiffs.com.au

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    Hi PeterD
    The sway bars are being made by Duncan at MSK Racecars 0406 406 440, or 0450 219 929.
    I'll take a shot of the diff with the sway bar mounts welded in and post it tomorrow, thought I had one but don't.
    There are a couple of shots on his website: MSK Race Cars and Hotrods: Current Projects
    Cheers

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    I'm digging this one

    Rear end porn:



    King of the Unfinished Project

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    Hi All, some more photos:
    Rear sway bar mounts


    Completed diff, still for powder coat

    Rear frame rails trimmed and re-boxed in line with the lower edge of the 1/4s. I hate how they stuck out if you looked at the car from the side.


    PeterD, if you want another option for your rear sway bar check out Brett Youlden's race car coupe in the current (January 2011) Street Machine, now that's a nice car.

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    So what are your plans with this thing, looks quite serious.

    What engine you plan on using, wheels, interior blah blah blah???

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