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I'm just now getting back to building my 34 I bought when the company was Fiberfab/Classic Motor Carriage... I sort of gave up years ago. But since I retired and my new shop is going up I decided to get back at the project again. I wanted to share a good resource I found on how to do the doors, trunk, headliner, wiring, suspension and just about every other aspect of the build done with fewer problems. If you go to YouTube and type in streetbeast there's a lot of great info. Pete, Southwest Rod and Custom, (my favorite) has a complete set of great, easy to follow videos posted on how to do just about every aspect of the build. Pete has lots of tricks of the trade you will find nowhere else. This link will get you started and make your project a lot more fun and less frustrating. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDULQUCqOPA

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Hey thanks alot for the quick response. We are planning on priming this weekend and still trying to decide if we want to cut the fenders off and replace them, or how we are going to work this out. My dad is good with fiberglass but we'll find out how good. When you put your new fenders on did you glass them to the body of leave them seperate? I pulled the rear end out yesterday and i'm pretty sure its a Ford 8.8, however having the 5x4-3/4 axles it confused me. I looked into it a little more and it comes out to 5x120.7 mm which seems to have been standard in older camaros. I found this casting number on it E4DW 8A and a Ford stamp. I'm going to post a few pictures if I can figure it out. I only have a few but the first one is what the car looked like when we first got it a few months ago (not sure why the mini 14 is posing with the car). Theres one of our motor, I know I know, SBC.. But thats what we had here. 383 with 10.5 to 1 pistons, L98 Aluminum Heads and a good size Comp Roller cam, Scat rods, Sanderson headers. Oh and three 2's that just came in today to finish the motor ( Need to be painted). Also a pic of the rear end and the car a few days ago before I pulled the motor out.
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As far as the bashing goes it's more about the company, than the car, they screwed a lot of people.

When I put my fenders back on I glassed them. Now you have to know what you are doing so that when you cut the old fender off the car you leave enough to glass too. When you take the new fender you have to cut the amount off of that fender that you lift on the car. A spot you have to check is were the fender meets the running board, you don't want one wider than the other.

These cars were setup to take a Ford rearend, Like I said I put a jag in mine, so I cut everything that was there out. and put a new crossmember in to hold the jag.

That video that gearhead posted is ok, but I can tell you some better things to do. That guy is a builder and want's to get it done as fast as he can, time is money. Everyone has things they can do to make a build easier.

Pm me I will give you my phone # and we can talk about somethings you might want to do. Also if you can get down and take a straight on picture of your front fenders, I should be able to tell if yours are the same as mine were.

Oh I have a CMC body also, it is different than the streetbeast body a little mostly in the firewall.

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Here are a couple pictures of the front. It doesn't help that the driveway is slanted though so the car is not evenly sitting on the jackstands. Maybe its not as bad as I mentioned. From the front you can't really tell. I think it bugs me more because i've layed a tape measure down and measured them.
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How can I tell if mine is a Streetbeast or CMC?
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I'm just now getting back to building my 34 I bought when the company was Fiberfab/Classic Motor Carriage... I sort of gave up years ago. But since I retired and my new shop is going up I decided to get back at the project again. I wanted to share a good resource I found on how to do the doors, trunk, headliner, wiring, suspension and just about every other aspect of the build done with fewer problems. If you go to YouTube and type in streetbeast there's a lot of great info. Pete, Southwest Rod and Custom, (my favorite) has a complete set of great, easy to follow videos posted on how to do just about every aspect of the build. Pete has lots of tricks of the trade you will find nowhere else. This link will get you started and make your project a lot more fun and less frustrating. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDULQUCqOPA
Funny you mentioned Pete. I actually was at his shop on Tuesday. I live in Denton and he works down the highway in Lewisville. Very nice bunch of people over there. I had previously seen his videos thats what made me go by there and check it out.
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How can I tell if mine is a Streetbeast or CMC?

I'm not sure that CMC had the flat firewall, if you go back and look at the pictures I posted, and look at the two when the car was still black, they made them with a step in the firewall, like Henry made them, not flat.

I didn't mean those guys were wrong or anything, I just did things to mine that were easy and made it better.

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I'm not sure that CMC had the flat firewall, if you go back and look at the pictures I posted, and look at the two when the car was still black, they made them with a step in the firewall, like Henry made them, not flat.

I didn't mean those guys were wrong or anything, I just did things to mine that were easy and made it better.

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Oh no, I definitly understand. I was actually going to ask you about your firewall. I thought yours looked like it had a outlaw fire wall on it or something. Glad you cleared that up. What do you think about my front??? Does it look like one fender is wider than the other?
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Oh no, I definitly understand. I was actually going to ask you about your firewall. I thought yours looked like it had a outlaw fire wall on it or something. Glad you cleared that up. What do you think about my front??? Does it look like one fender is wider than the other?
Well yours is not the problem I had. I tried to use a scale to measure yours, but the picture would have to be dead on straight. Looking at it the drivers side does look a little different, but it could be the sanding, with all the colors.

Jason pm me I will give you my # . To me it is easier than this typing.

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I'm having a crazy idea of justing cutting all the fenders running boards off and building a car w\o any of them. What do you guys think?
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I'm having a crazy idea of justing cutting all the fenders running boards off and building a car w\o any of them. What do you guys think?
A guy posted on here awhile back that had built his like that, but I think he had channeled it first, not sure, they sit pretty high.

Looking at your fenders, it is hard to tell. it looks like the tires and fenders line up, but that could be the picture. Where is the one wider?

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The driver side is the wider one. I think I notice it more just cause I know its there and it bugs me. The wheel and tire looks like it sits in the fender well a little further.
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The driver side is the wider one. I think I notice it more just cause I know its there and it bugs me. The wheel and tire looks like it sits in the fender well a little further.
From the picture it looks ok, when you get everything back on it that's when you might see it looking from the front, but I don't think so. If the stands for the head lights are the same I think I would leave it. if you want to make them the same you will have to find out where it is off, then make your cuts there and pinch it in.

When I laid my grille back I had too make the hood fit I had to make small pie cuts from the front and back so the hood looked right. One of the hardest pieces was the part of the hood that fit to the grille. I had to cut the front of the hood off, in front of the scoops, leave the front of it just like it was, but narrow the hood, then that piece I had cut off, I had pieces laying all over trying to do that, but it fits well and looks good.

Cutting the fender would be about the same, you just can't cut away. but it can be done.

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I've managed to "install" spider cracks on my fiberglass SB hood, so I am thinking about putting on a metal hood. One of my son's friends does metal fabrication and can build a buck, etc for the hood shape.
Before I go about re-inventing the wheel, is there any one currently producing the hood in metal for these cars? )I've checked all the usual sources, including Brookline, etc. and no one appears to be in that market.)
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I'm not sure that CMC had the flat firewall, if you go back and look at the pictures I posted, and look at the two when the car was still black, they made them with a step in the firewall, like Henry made them, not flat.

I didn't mean those guys were wrong or anything, I just did things to mine that were easy and made it better.

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My CMC had the flat fire wall... I think they had more then one mold..
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I've managed to "install" spider cracks on my fiberglass SB hood, so I am thinking about putting on a metal hood. One of my son's friends does metal fabrication and can build a buck, etc for the hood shape.
Before I go about re-inventing the wheel, is there any one currently producing the hood in metal for these cars? )I've checked all the usual sources, including Brookline, etc. and no one appears to be in that market.)
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