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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 2:35 pm 
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Hello all, Here is my build. After a Year of reading researching some saving, buying tools its FINALLY time to start my build.

Thanks for hosting this site. This is a true blessing to the US builders. Thanks to Car and Driver and the guys that convinced me that i can do this.

And now on to my build. I will update this thread as long as work on the car.

I will be building a 442 with 1.25" chassis. As i will be Auto-xing in the car and driving it on the street. Another reason for the increase in marerial size is the heavy Iron Block and head GM 3800 Series II SuperCharged. The car will resemble a Super Stalker, at least in theroy.

I orginally wanted a Honda F20c (2.0l S2000 engine and tranny) but the cost of the engine and tranny is very costly as would put me out of budget for years if i was to go with this route. So the next thought was factory boost.... I looked at the Nissan Sr20det, but more thought lead me away, as to the "what if's" what if the "oil pump broke" i wanted to be able to find parts easly. So i came to a GM L67. I have a few friends with this engine and i have a "soft spot" for it.

I will be using a 1999 CHevrolet Camaro SS rearend. So it should take the torque and come stock with a LSD.

I don't have much completed right now, as my time is very limited in the shop.

In the past year i for some time and i remodled the car in Proengineer wildfire 2.0 It give me a little heads up on the car and where everything goes, and lets me check for clearances and drawing issues.

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But here is the lower fram rail. I hope to have the Front nose done tonight.

Lower rail.

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7/19/07
I'm getting there slowly but surely.

I had to remove a few parts that i had all welded on (highlighted in red)... The back part of the chassis was not square, See pic
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This is where i stopped tonight. having a blast. I few more days and it should really look like a car :shock:
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I like that combo!

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Update.

Everything is going well. I'm having TONS-O-FUN cutting and welding 8) It is slowly coming together. The best pics that i have right now are CAD files...

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I hope to have a "roller" buy the end of summer.

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I finally got access to a camera.

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I spend most of the day in the Garage working on the rear area of the chassis, and some other fill welding.

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and a frontal shot.... not that much has changed in this view.
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I ran out of wire and gas, so i guess that i'm done for weekend...

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looks good. What's the story with the square tubing on the "luggage rack" area? Won't that make covering it with AL sheeting a lot tougher?

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Well i have the square tubing, i don't have a pipe bender and reading all the horror stories of trying to bend that part.... So i will be adding a piece of bent flat steel to give it the rounded contour shape of the triditional shape. I may not need to bring the body work up and over the top of the part as i plan on some sort of lid.

thanks for looking.
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I'm gonna have to stop by and check out the action! We should talk about combining forces on tools and some fab'd parts as well - I should be welding very soon.


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Yea come on over Fil! I would love to show you around.

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Chetco - this is what i'm planning on doing with the corners.

Credit who's pic this is, i don't recall who the owner is.

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Plugging along on the build. :D

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Looks awesome Ken! When can we drive it!!!? :D


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Not soon enough... But when we do we better have bail money ready :twisted: 8) :twisted: 8) :twisted:

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Look at you go! I need to really work hard to catch up. Any new progress?


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Ken,


You are fast! I started my chassis about the same time and you are smoking me! I need to really start my own build thread and upload my pictures.

The SR20DET motor should be here next week. Muahahahha (EVIL LAUGH)


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