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Post  Northwest outlaw on May 16th 2010, 9:44 pm

Looking good Doug sorry had to jump off the phone kids were going crazy....
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Post  72mav on May 18th 2010, 4:00 pm

Lookin good Doug!.
If I may.. Id knock those sharp corners off your radiator mounts. What happened to your front frame crossmember?
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 18th 2010, 6:00 pm

Al Martin wrote:Lookin good Doug!.
If I may.. Id knock those sharp corners off your radiator mounts. What happened to your front frame crossmember?
Regards.
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Thanks Al. I already knocked the corners down on the radiator mounts, and I had to take the crossmember out 'cause it was in the way of the front edge of the radiator. I already welded another one in yesterday.




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Post  ThndrChkn on May 20th 2010, 1:21 am

Well, I got my modified bumper installed this afternoon. I "had" a guy lined up to build the fiberglass one, but he changed his mind and said it was cost $600.00 to build it, so I decided to use the stock one. What I mean by modified is, I used my buddy's plasma cutter and cut the bottom 1/3 of the bumper off. It was bent pretty good across the bottom anyway, so by cutting it off, I not only got rid of the bent up part, but I also took 23 lbs. off of it. Leaving the bumper at only 23 lbs. itsself.
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In these pics, you'll see I drilled 3 holes and used 3 #10 screws on each side to hold it in place. I was going to use rivets, but I decided I would use the screws instead so I can remove it if I had to. I think due to the weight the screws will work fine. Also, I'm going to paint it. What do you guys think, yellow, or flat black?
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I'm also looking at building an air dam of sorts from the bottom of the bumper, about 5-6" long. Any opinions on this? My steering stuff, and front engine plate will be here tomorrow, so I can get that stuff done tomorrow. Very Happy Cool



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Post  res0rli9 on May 20th 2010, 1:31 am

I would use bolts not screws, they could come out and give you flat, not good.

looking good



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Post  ThndrChkn on May 20th 2010, 7:20 am

Thanks Keith. I'll probably change them out before I make any runs with it, but I didn't have the nuts/bolts when I got ready to mount it up. Gotta keep the ball rollin' ya know. My goal is to have this thing running/driving by next Thursday.

I shot some flat black on the bumper. I think it looks pretty good in black.
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Post  Northwest outlaw on May 20th 2010, 11:03 am

I like the black....
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Post  billandlori on May 20th 2010, 12:41 pm

X2 on the flat black.....although I may be a bit biased!! Makes it look kinda intimidating, you'll have the bowtie boys shaking before they even hear it!!

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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 22nd 2010, 12:36 am

looking sweet there Doug!
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 12:38 am

Got my front engine plate mounted today. Got tired so I'll finish welding the mounting tabs tomorrow.
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Also got my bumpsteer kit from UPR, and got it on and primarily adjusted.
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It's gonna be close, but I think it'll be running/drivable by my goal date of Thursday the 27th. Wink




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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 22nd 2010, 12:42 am

like i stated earlier! looking sweet! It is amazing how a few 5/16 bolts hold all that weight
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Post  Northwest outlaw on May 22nd 2010, 12:43 am

Killer job Doug I wating on the start up vid...
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 1:05 am

Thanks guys. I doubt there will be a start up video Jason. But there will be a vid next Saturday when I drive it throught the Memorial Day Weekend Parade. I'm only gonna drive it a couple blocks though. Just enough to get some attention. Twisted Evil






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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 22nd 2010, 1:06 am

open headers? Cool
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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 22nd 2010, 1:08 am

Doug, I hope you don't mind..but i think I am going to steel your idea about using the tubular K member for my build. Then again I might use cool40's look
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 1:10 am

'65 T-BOLT wrote:open headers? Cool

You know it Big Dawg! Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil





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Post  '65 T-BOLT on May 22nd 2010, 1:11 am

sweet! let the mighty power be unleashed!
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 1:23 am

YUP YUP! Twisted Evil Very Happy





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Post  Northwest outlaw on May 22nd 2010, 1:26 am

I just seen i missed your call hit me up in the moring. i have to get to bed im whipped out.
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 1:29 am

'65 T-BOLT wrote:Doug, I hope you don't mind..but i think I am going to steel your idea about using the tubular K member for my build. Then again I might use cool40's look

If you do decide to go with the K-Member, it's a fairly straight forward set-up. After I got all of my stuff here, it only took a weekend to get it all in place.








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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 10:15 pm

She's all done except for the radiator, steering shaft, and alot of the small stuff. All I gotta do now is wrap 'er up, fuel 'er up, and let 'er eat. Twisted Evil Cool
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It's raining pretty good outside, so all I got is this frontal shot for now. If it's nicer out tomorrow, I'll get it pushed outside and get a few outside shots.










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Post  Nevs on May 22nd 2010, 10:20 pm

Doug, are you going with the same radiator or a smaller one? I seen you kicking the tires on the Vw one...
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 10:57 pm

I'm just going to use the truck radiator that I've been using. It's plastic/aluminum, so it's not very heavy (without the fans), it cools good, and it fits like a glove. I sat in my truck after I set it on the floor, and it felt like I was sitting on the ground compared to last year. If things work out, it'll be running in the next couple of days. cheers








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Post  Nevs on May 22nd 2010, 11:00 pm

Cool deal, lower is more better! Wink Cool
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Post  ThndrChkn on May 22nd 2010, 11:08 pm

That's what they tell me. Laughing








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