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05-24-2013 05:41 AM
Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
If you are new to this build 496, you are in for a treat looking it over, we are talking MASTER craftsman here with an eye for detail like few out there, just BE-UU-TEE-FUL work!

true and if he drives it and uses it, even better, as to many cars with this much detail become garage queens..
my junk will never be this detailed, as it's not my cup of tea.
and that comes from see'n cars that were used all summer get a paint job from a master craftsman either my dad or others with an eye on flawless, only to see the car become garage art..
and come out for 1 or 2 shows and then a few years later sold as the owner got bored with it..
if we all built the same thing, and the same way it get mighty boring real fast.. I like looking at cars with crazy detail, but I'll never build one.. I'm a miles of smiles gearhead, you dig
05-24-2013 05:33 AM
Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Al the people who are condemning the rambler,mabe you should post a picture of YOUR cars to show ,what it should look like,??.
no one condemning it..
commenting yup..
if my post about the map sensor sticking out like a sorethumb (I only said, needs some love) is condemning.. oh boy
05-23-2013 11:24 PM
thinwhiteduke [QUOTE I'm not sure I'm crazy about it.
What you guys think?

Bit too 'pretty' for me....

I'd give it a coat of GM chassis black and call it good!.... But that's me..

05-23-2013 10:39 PM
LameExcuse I think it looks awesome. Amazing attention to detail. The only thing "I" would do is get rid of the brass. To me, it draws the eye to random parts of the engine compartment that don't seem to complement or blend with the rest of your work. However, that is being extremly picky and just personal preference.
05-23-2013 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by americanLT1 View Post
My wife thought the valve covers on my lt1 look a bit plain and unfinished so I fabricated a trim plate to mount on top and machined some stainless washers to go under the chrome acorn nuts. I'm not sure I'm crazy about it.
What you guys think?
How bout engine turn the trim plate then pinstrip the edge like you did on the valve cover. It'll help make it pop from blending into the valve cover and it'll kinda highlight the engine turn work.
Or just toss a pinstrip along that trim edge to set it off, that would be easy easy.

Some one could probably photochop some of the engine turn from the center of the engine onto the trim pieces just to get an idea.
05-22-2013 07:41 PM
americanLT1 Thanks for the kind words and input guy's.
This project has been a love hate relationship from the start.
First the lt1 motor is a bit of an orphan in the small block chevy world because the majority of parts aren't interchangeable with traditional chevy small blocks. Then putting it in a orphan body had my buddies looking at me like I've completely lost my mind.
I have to admit, when I purchased the car it was buried in the back of this guy's garage surrounded by junk. When my buddies helped me pull it out I had second thoughts about being able to make this homely car cool.
My friend looked at me and asked if I'd been smoking crack and that it was one of the ugliest cars he has ever seen.
At first it was going to be a just shoehorn the motor in and call it done. A good plan that I should have followed.
A few weeks later after purchasing a plasma cutter and my first welder I cut the car up so all that remained was the outside sheet metal.
I had to learn a bunch of new skills to build the frame, narrow the 9" and fabricate the roll cage. Made my share of mistakes and changed the build plan to many times. If I had to do it again, I would have a definite plan and stick to it instead of figuring it out as you build.
This car is the first fabrication work I've done but I had a lot of help and encouragement from the people on this board and the best wife ever.

Here's a couple more pics early in the build if, your interested.

Thanks again.


05-22-2013 09:25 AM
Valve covers look fine.

LT1, The valve covers need nothing more. Its amazing that with the dress, it doesn't look like an LT1 anymore. At first glance the valve covers almost look LS.

IMPO, I think the whole build is super cool and is destined to become a multiple car show winner. The attention to detail and your fabrication skill is second to none.

I love the fact that your wife takes interest in your project, but I think that you are doing fantastic work all by yourself and don't need any outside influences interupting your natural flow.

I would love to see a video of this beast fired up.

Nolan(also an LT1 nut)
05-22-2013 08:19 AM
AutoGear I had to show this post to my girlfriend. Generally shes around stock style hot rod builds (67 chevelle with a 406SB for example). She was absolutely amazed by whats possible when you put passion into it
05-22-2013 05:41 AM
Engine turning

I have done some engine turning on mostly SS I use 1/2 in.wood dowel,leather tip about 1/8 in.thick.glue shiny side to wood.Permatex makes valve grinding compound in a tube.NAPA has it.Paint it on SS with an acid brush.Sill plates for my 39 LaSalle I overlapped .300 in.(on milling machine) took about 40 time.
05-22-2013 05:33 AM
Valve covers

Creative, surpurb workmanship on all you did here! Twin turbo's wow!
since you asked about the V C's, I would have some sort of GM/Chev logo on them.

Awesome Job!
05-20-2013 08:58 PM
NEW INTERIORS Much better !!!!!
05-20-2013 07:58 PM
americanLT1 Made a cover for the map sensor.
Thanks for the input.

05-18-2013 08:38 AM
MARTINSR Click on his name and then on "find posts" and go back a few pages and you will see thread after thread on this build, check them out.

05-18-2013 08:33 AM
Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
Could you post a photo with front view if possible.also have probably built others from looking at the qualiyy of this build,any photos,
If you are new to this build 496, you are in for a treat looking it over, we are talking MASTER craftsman here with an eye for detail like few out there, just BE-UU-TEE-FUL work!

05-18-2013 08:19 AM
Originally Posted by americanLT1 View Post
The engine is in a 1959 Rambler American.
It's cool to get other peoples opinions. I know the busy engine compartments aren't for everyone and I probably got a bit carried away but I enjoy fabricating hardware.
Thanks for your input.
Could you post a photo with front view if possible.also have probably built others from looking at the qualiyy of this build,any photos,
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