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May 08, 2017, 11:44 AM #100

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what are u gonna do to keep that from rusting???

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    May 08, 2017, 12:18 PM #101

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    I put some.sort of anti rust coating on it. Can't remember what it's called.

    I got it from a guy I know that does all kinds of metal work. He said it will keep it from rusting. It's some sort of special clear coat made for bare metal. No idea. We'll see if it works. It should, he leaves **** outside all the time and it never rusts.

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      Originally posted by #StreetFocus
      I put some.sort of anti rust coating on it. Can't remember what it's called.

      I got it from a guy I know that does all kinds of metal work. He said it will keep it from rusting. It's some sort of special clear coat made for bare metal. No idea. We'll see if it works. It should, he leaves **** outside all the time and it never rusts.
      ahh okay, so the clear is right over the metal and welds, neat

        May 08, 2017, 12:49 PM #103

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        Originally posted by Shaun
        ahh okay, so the clear is right over the metal and welds, neat

        Yup. And I put a crap ton so it should be good. If it does start rusting I'll just paint it I guess.


        Noticed a very small amount of coolant on the edge of the block where the head sits. So I'm guessing there's a small head gasket leak. Lol looks fine though so it's probably just the outside. Not going to worry about that right now.

        There's a company making a new head for my engine that I'm thinking about getting so I'm not gonna touch it till I decide if I want that or not.

          May 16, 2017, 05:53 PM #104

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          Good news that anti rust coating works like a charm. Not a spec of rust after a few rains now even on the bare metal so I'm happy with that.

          Ended up finding someone willing to sell me more bumper conversion stuff for a great deal. So I've got those on the way. Last piece I need is the actual rear bumper but I've got a line on one.

          Rear bumper trim pieces, these go above the bumper. Mine are much longer since I had the ugly bumpers



          And front bumper, bumper filler piece, license plate bracket and one mount. I'll have to fab up a second mount, guy couldn't find the other one. No biggie.

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            May 26, 2017, 08:37 AM #105

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            Bumper stuff got to Winnipeg yesterday. Had Runnin red pick it up at the border.

            Install this weekend hopefully.


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              Originally posted by #StreetFocus
              Bumper stuff got to Winnipeg yesterday. Had Runnin red pick it up at the border.

              Install this weekend hopefully.

              How'd the process with Runnin Red work?
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                May 28, 2017, 08:23 PM #107

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                Originally posted by cluelessk
                How'd the process with Runnin Red work?
                They're great. This is the second time I've used 'em.

                Send them the info, weight, etc they send you an invoice and that's it. Go pick it up a day or two later.

                  June 06, 2017, 10:40 AM #108

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                  Rear bumper is at the border. Real close to having this thing ready. Also started making my new grille. About half done it.

                  No pics yet, sorry.

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                    Alrighty, Update time since a few things have happened.


                    I finally finished my small bumper swap, the big bumpers came off the second weekend I had the car (around a year ago) and i've been driving it around locally without bumpers while I waited to get a set of small bumpers off an earlier year car. These are hard to find for a good price, but after a long time of waiting and looking all over, I came up with a pretty decent set of bumpers.

                    The front actually showed up first in may, but I had no brackets for it and was still trying to hunt down a set of those, so the rear ended up going on first as the one I found came with brackets.

                    some shots of the rear installed.






                    Then last week I finally got front brackets in, and was able to slap the front bumper on last night. so the small bumper swap is complete!









                    Painted the rear blue / white striped valance solid white today as well, the front I might paint as well, we'll see.

                    and here's a before and after. big bumper vs small bumper.



                    I also started working on a new grill, progress is slow on this because I got so much stuff going on, and the car already has a grill so this isnt a priority, but the shell is done. just need to make brackets and fill in the open space with expanded metal.













                      July 05, 2017, 11:10 AM #110

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                      Muffler showed up today, hopefully I have time tonight to toss it on. Not sure how much quieter it will make it, hopefully enough.

                        July 09, 2017, 11:33 PM #111

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                        Painted the valance white. mucho bettero.

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                          July 10, 2017, 10:15 AM #112

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                          Looking really good! Bring this thing to a meet already!
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                            Originally posted by Ctown8
                            Looking really good! Bring this thing to a meet already!
                            Lol thanks. It doesn't look as nice in person.

                            We'll see how much the muffler quiets it down, I wanna do a drive to Lockport one of these days. Been too long since I've been there. I'll keep my eye out for one of those.

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                              Looks good.
                              Needs moar ratty though
                              Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                              I'm not a fan of blowing for a long time anyways ; )


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                                Originally posted by jordisonjr
                                Looks good.
                                Needs moar ratty though
                                Yeah I can't really call it ratty anymore now that I painted it all to match. Its still pretty rough, just doesn't look like till you're up close lol.

                                She's good from far, but far from good.

                                  July 13, 2017, 10:45 AM #116

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                                  So I got the muffler on, i expected it to still be loud but not quite as loud as it still is. so I picked up a cheap thrush turbo to toss into the mix. Why not, see what it does anyways.

                                    July 13, 2017, 11:43 PM #117

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                                    it's a little quieter now. Quite tolerable.


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                                      @Madbuzz41 happy? lol

                                      actually had the bracket, just didnt realize it was in my shed. derp.

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                                        Originally posted by #StreetFocus
                                        @Madbuzz41 happy? lol

                                        actually had the bracket, just didnt realize it was in my shed. derp.

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                                        Looks 10x better! Now if you want to finish it off put a cover on it so it has a nice black border ;) haha ! But it looks good. Can't wait to see it one day in person


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                                          Originally posted by Madbuzz41
                                          Looks 10x better! Now if you want to finish it off put a cover on it so it has a nice black border ;) haha ! But it looks good. Can't wait to see it one day in person


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                                          Does look better for sure.

                                          Now I just need custom plates.

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                                            The back bumper supports... It may be just me, but are they totally rusted through? 

                                              July 18, 2017, 02:42 PM #122

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                                              Originally posted by dan
                                              The back bumper supports... It may be just me, but are they totally rusted through?
                                              The old ones were. New ones are good.

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