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08-31-2014 10:09 PM headlight assembly 1
OK, so I started working on blending the BMW headlights into my car. This has definitely been a project of learning what to do by doing everything wrong first. So much so that I've had to order a second pair of lights (a $300+ lesson)

It appeared that I had a choice of either adapting the BMW lights to my Firebird brackets/ assembly, or using the BMW assembly. I started with trying to use as much of the Firebird assembly as possible to ensure proper placement of the lights. This was the wrong approach. It didn't work and I made one of the lights unusable for the BMW assembly in the process.

So I started to adapt the BMW mounting to the Firebird backing plates that hold the lights. Fortunately I have (had) 2 sets of these because I measured wrong and ruined the first plate I started to modify. With the second plate I got the lights where they should go, and then made the passenger side even better (practice makes perfect..) After making the passenger side better I decided to remake my driver side again (a third time) as I realized the holes I had to make could be much smaller and retain more metal for structural support.

I also had to pull the bumper back off to remove material around the headlight areas to allow the new larger lights to fit. I can finish this project up after my second set of lights come in, hopefully next weekend. Stay tuned.


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08-24-2014 10:12 PM assembling 19
Still plugging away on my wiring, ha ha ha... So I'll share some pics of my progress. For the most part- under the dash is done. (still have a few lights to wire in) I mounted the computer underneath the pass side of the dash along with the fuel pump relay. One day, if and when I put a HVAC system in this will all need to change. I have the wiring for the cluster all set, but I can't put that in until my replacement light socket arrives. This one little socket is the only piece I can think of so far that I have lost during the entire build of this car, which, is pretty good, actually.

In the engine bay I have the wiring harness mostly on the engine (minus the obvious not yet installed parts) and the wires mounted on the firewall. I also used an LT1 style junction block (in the far left corner, it's red, and barely in the pic). I really like these parts as they have a plastic cover helping to protect the metal and two posts for mounting wires. GM seemed to discontinue them on the LS cars. Not sure why... Still need to wire up the fans and lights. Speaking of which I picked up a set of tinted BMW style headlights. I'll have some fab work to do to get these to fit. I'm thinking I may need to pull the bumper back off to make this happen. These lights are deeper (especially the projectors). I'm hoping I can simply remove these and modify my firebird sockets/ plate and use this set up to mount the new lights. It would be best as this will locate them properly as opposed to trying to modify the BMW mounting assembly as that is way different and would take a lot of fab work to modify.


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08-17-2014 10:39 PM weekend distraction 2
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08-17-2014 10:38 PM weekend distraction
I had bought the remnants of an old wagon almost a year ago, and have done nothing with is as I've been busy with my Firebird, and my wife just bought me a fold up wagon as a gift, which I guess lit a fire in me to do something with the wagon I had already bought, so I spent this weekend in the garage making a chassis for it. Pics below. I painted it black but I'm not liking it. It hides all the work I did... So I'll repaint it silver at the least, but I'm thinking of having fun with it and using some type of sparkly metallic candy spray paint. Maybe I'll hit the "tuner" section of my local pep boys and see what they have to offer, ha ha


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07-27-2014 10:36 PM assembling 18
So I snuck into the garage after work this past week and installed the front bumper. It still needs a tiny bit of adjustment for my bumper/ passender fender but I'll wait to do that until after I put the hood on. The bumper went on fine, but then, of course, the garage door wouldn't close, so I had to carefully use 2 floor jacks to lift the car and push it back. (still no wheels yet) I kept the jackstands near the frame rails to help keep it balanced. This weekend I installed more wiring...


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