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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:42 pm 
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Welcome to my Build Log.

I have ONE goal I intend to accomplish with this build.

To finish.

I've seen so many start with the best of intentions (look at the number of inactive builder's logs), only to grind to a halt. I plan to finish. With this goal in mind, and after A LOT of research and self evaluation, I plan to keep this thing simple. And this is my first scratch build, so I wanted to follow a recipe, others have called it "cook book" building. Oh, and by the way, I'm very frugal -read cheap SOB- so this thing will be a low budget build, and therefore it will take me awhile to finish.

Alright, now here's the build specifics:

My donor car is a 1987 Thunderbid TurboCoupe, Five speed manual (Borg Warner T-5). The car comes with an 8.8 Solid Rear Axle with disk brakes. I bought the car off of Craigslist for $950 bucks, and drove it home. It was important to me to get a car that I KNOW runs to start with. Only after I bought the car, did I discover that the passenger side rear axle shaft was bend. ( oh so that's why the car wobbles down the road while squeaking ! ! ! Grrrrrr !!!! ) And I found out from Jim (locostV8) that the front spindles are less than ideal with the strut replacement adapter. So I started looking into getting a Merkur for it's suspension pieces and going with the Haynes Roadster (that's what they call the Chris Gibbs car.... aka the 'new book' frame)

Below are the pics the car was advertised with, followed by some of my own shots.

Oh, and I love it when the other builders put a lot of pictures in their build logs, so that will be my course of action too. Pictures really do say a 1000 words and maybe looking at some of my pics will help you as much as the pics of other builders have helped me.

-Indy " I'm a builder now " Joe


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 Post subject: Donor Pics
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:45 pm 
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Here are some more donor pics


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 Post subject: more pics
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:46 pm 
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 Post subject: Build SCORES ! !
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:50 pm 
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Being on a TIGHT budget motivates you to scronge for deals. And these two are some good ones.

I got the Hobart Handler 135 MIG with the bottle and gages you see for $150 bucks off Craigslist.

I got the engine hoist shown ( and an engine stand ) for only $65 off C-list too. Note: the engine hoist needed one of the casters replaced... no big deal to a Locoster.


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Looks like you're off to a good start.

That donor appears to be in pretty solid shape aside from the front grill and axle. Any chance of reselling parts?

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 Post subject: Yeah & thanks
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:12 pm 
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Andrew, Thanks for the sticky.

I've sold $120 worth of stuff already. I think I'll be able to get about half the cost of the donor back with selling parts, maybe more.

-IndyJoe

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 Post subject: nightmare
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:14 pm 
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My biggest fear with the entire build is the ELECTRICAL. You might even say it's my Nightmare.

See Pic below.....


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 Post subject: Stripping
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:16 pm 
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Stripping the Donor is Easier when you've got help. . . . .


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 Post subject: pulling the engine
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:20 pm 
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And I got the engine pulled out too. I had to go REAL high with it, since I don't have a proper 'leveling bar' that I see most other builders using.

And yeah I shouldn't have put the hook in there where the turbo down pipe goes . . . but when you read the next post you'll understand why.

-Indy " I got her outta there " Joe


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:25 pm 
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Yeah.. . . . .
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OK, so maybe this IS a heavy engine. When I started to pull up on this thing, the rear engine lifting tab broke off. Sheared the metal right around the bolt.

BOY ! was I glad that didn't happen with the assembly up in the air. The good Lord was watchin' out for me.

-Indy "thank you God" Joe


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 Post subject: Going to School
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:28 pm 
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Ok, So now I have to get the tank on the welder filled up and actually learn to weld. Maybe I'll take a class here locally or something. Some of the guys I work with are professional welders, maybe they'll give me some pointers.....

-Indy "let's make sparks" Joe

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 Post subject: leveling
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:41 pm 
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Here's the engine out and poor man's leveling system.


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 Post subject: Toast
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:44 pm 
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Yeah,

The Clutch Pressure Plate is Toast. It's got some BAD scortch marks on it. So this will be one item that I need to replace with new. By the way. I plan to put the engine in just like it is, and get the car drivable, then look into performance mods. ( gotta have something to do during the winter here in Indianapolis )

-Indy "that clutch is toast" Joe


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 Post subject: Fun
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:49 pm 
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It sure was fun cutting the front end of the car off. It was so liberating and had a 'Duke's of Hazard' feel to it.

-Indy "feelin' like a red neck" Joe


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 Post subject: Heat
PostPosted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 11:51 pm 
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This will keep me warm in the garage this winter. I think every Midwesterner / Northerner should have one. It's a Kerosene Heater for those of you in the South.


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