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12-21-2014 08:43 PM exhausted
Time sure does fly by. Had a last minute trip to China (for work), and a bunch of other things come up. Not much progress on the 'bird. I was able to muster up getting my exhaust welding finished, painted and hung back under the car, as well as I made some front license plate brackets. Progress is progress....


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11-09-2014 09:56 PM Tail lights
No exhaust update this weekend, I wasn't able to get the 309L welding wire I need for mixing SS and mild steel. So it's on order and I assembled my taillights. My electronics engineer buddy was building a set for me, but got lazy and ended up ordering a "Digi Tails" kit for me instead.


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11-02-2014 10:29 PM exhausted
I had some time and worked on mocking up my exhaust. With exception of my cut outs (these will locate at the first bend of the exhaust for a "Straight through" fit), I have it roughed out now, and next weekend will hopefully finish it up, paint it and loosely install it. I'm so glad I made those exhaust cut outs in my floor. they provided enough room for me to get the exhaust up and out of the way. I won't torque it down until after the drive shaft is in, and I have my drive shaft hoop built.


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10-26-2014 06:29 PM show n tell at work
At my work they are showcasing projects of employees who build/ make things this week, and I have participated by showing the build process of my Firebird. I've made 6 or so presentation boards with highlights of my project over the past few years, and I was asked to bring the car in to supplement the presentation. To do this I needed to borrow some wheels and figure a way to get the car and back. I was fortunate to receive help from my neighbor on both tasks. Thanks, Brett!! We put the car on wheels on Sat, and it sat like, well, like a Mustang! ha ha So we quickly lowered it and got it to a more respectable stance. The spacing/ offset is still narrow for my car, and measuring this will help me dial in the rim sizes I will ultimately need to buy. I also need to get new springs for my shocks, as the ones that came in the DSE kit won't work for the stance I want.

It will be unveiled on Tuesday. I can't wait!


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09-21-2014 11:26 PM assembling 21
Small updates this weekend. I got the headlight wiring finished up, and I installed the AC cover panels, even though they will need to come back off again for me to install the rubber pads, and later adjust the headlights, but it looks nice seeing them on there. I also have part of my RC catch can installed. I need to figure out where a few of the hoses still go- their instructions are not clear on a complete installation of this. I also had to make an extension for their optional air breather as it didn't clear the coils, and rebuild their bracket as it didn't fit my car. I pressed the extension on and then brazed it with some aluminum brazing rod I picked up at Pomona to seal it up. Cool stuff, especially since I don't have the tools to weld aluminum. All it took was a propane torch...

Part of installing that catch can assy included blocking off the pass valve cover tube, and I had to pull the valve cover to get a nut that dropped down while doing that, so I took a pic of the shiny rocker arms. I can't wait to hear this engine run


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