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This thread being kept with no bias is also a grand testament to the class and motivation of the man that runs this forum. This is the enthusiast that is reporting his passion with pride, not the controversial company, and the members also show great class supporting him. Just another reason why I really like this place. Perfect example Centerline is that I see that your criticisms can be quite harsh sometimes but usually to the point and spot on. Even at that, you give it up for the enthusiast here. Once again, really like this place.

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This thread being kept with no bias is also a grand testament to the class and motivation of the man that runs this forum. This is the enthusiast that is reporting his passion with pride, not the controversial company, and the members also show great class supporting him. Just another reason why I really like this place. Perfect example Centerline is that I see that your criticisms can be quite harsh sometimes but usually to the point and spot on. Even at that, you give it up for the enthusiast here. Once again, really like this place.

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I'm no fan of Streetbeast as anyone can tell you, however the purchase has been made. All I wan to see is a successful build and I'm very glad to see he's getting the factory help he needs to get 'er done. I only wish the average guy didn't need all that help to successfully build a Streetbeast.... but that's another discussion entirely.
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Hello all,

The latest update on the build is:

1. Installing with a friend the McLeod Hydraulic Throw-out bearing that wasn't put in by the engine builder that initially 'helped' us. His version of 'help' included an aftercharge for everything that he was involved with during the duration of his assistance.

2. Drilled and installed an ididit firewall coupler that allows the steering column to come through the firewall.

3. Test fit and Installed the fuel tank yesterday.

So far, so good!

Sorry no pics this time.

Learnin' as we go along,

Jay K.
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In addition to learning how to use a rivet gun we (my father and I) ground down the knuckle that connects to the ididit steering column. At it's default distance, it looked a good inch or further between the knuckle and the steering column and that didn't look right to me. So we ground it down to roughly a 1/4" and it now looks perfect!

The funny thing about learning how to rivet was the fast realization that all store bought rivet hand tools aren't worth the packaging they're sold with. We purchased one for $17bux from harbor freight and didn't get a SINGLE use out of it! The teeth were bad to begin with, but the drive to the store and back would cost us more in gas. Same thing for the local Autozone too. We wound up ordering an air rivet gun from sears.com and spent close to a hunnert bux and it was money well spent.

So far, so good!

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JGK95, I'm not a regular poster here but I visit the site almost everyday for the education it provides. You are making excellent progress on your build and it is looking very good. I have seen several Streetbeasts in the past and I was not that impressed but your 34 is coming along very well. I was also pleased to see another person from Chicago here so please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever help. Keep up the good work on your 34.
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JGK95, I'm not a regular poster here but I visit the site almost everyday for the education it provides. You are making excellent progress on your build and it is looking very good. I have seen several Streetbeasts in the past and I was not that impressed but your 34 is coming along very well. I was also pleased to see another person from Chicago here so please don't hesitate to let me know if I can ever help. Keep up the good work on your 34.
Hey Michael,

Thanks!

We're not experts and don't work on it every day, but when we do, I'll definitely keep you in mind.

Cheers,

Jay K.
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jgk95, I'm certainly not an expert but it is always good to have someone near by to bounce ideas off of and who may know of businesses that they can refer to to others. My 39 is done but as usual not finished. Maybe I'll see you around the city some time.
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Updates 2010

The latest work that's been done is the following:

* Dad measured and cut the d-bar to the proper lengths.
* I hung the driveshaft between the Viper Transmission and the Currie differential. (What's the big deal? Aren't all u-bolts the same? You mean they're not? )
* Mounted the steering wheel to the ididit universal column. However, the steering wheel is from Grant and it required milling to allow the white vertical tube from within the ididit column that supports the horn button to pass through. We'll probably go with a flashier steering wheel instead of the one shown in the pictures.

The entire steering assembly is now complete, but the Streetbeasts provided column drop really needs to go for an ididit column drop.

A casual observation that might capture your attention is that Streetbeasts is running very lean at the present moment and our attempts to receive our side door windows that we've paid for is taking a longer than necessary amount of time. Two-way communication is largely non-existent and this is very disappointing. Some form of dialogue containing a shipping number is what we're after. I should mention that we did receive the front windshield with the kit, yet the side windows were on back order at the time.

I can no longer reach Mike Suhor, who is known as Grandpa Cobra here on the website as I'm certain he's not with Streetbeasts anymore.

Centerline, if you think I have favored status, I ask you to contact Streetbeasts on my behalf for the two side door windows that we paid for and still have not received. They are long overdue and were a part of the initial purchase. Heck, surprise me and even obtain a shipping number for them!


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any competant glass shop should be able to make side windows, so after you'v had enough of waiting, just cancel the order and have a glass shop make them.. looking good so far
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Matt,

The side windows were part of the initial purchase. Would you pay twice for something you already purchased once?

UPDATE:
My father is in Florida visiting family and friends and is going to try tomorrow to reach anyone at Streetbeasts to see if he can obtain the windows/shipping number/any form of commitment.

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I understand u arleady paid for them, but that does not mean you can't ask for a refund if they cannot deliver the goods in a timely mannor... you could always try using a diffrent telephone. if there as dormant as you think they are, they most likely don't have very many clients/ orders in the works so they just might be avoiding you
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Wow.

These clowns can't get glass in a year and a half?
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I understand u arleady paid for them, but that does not mean you can't ask for a refund if they cannot deliver the goods in a timely mannor... you could always try using a diffrent telephone. if there as dormant as you think they are, they most likely don't have very many clients/ orders in the works so they just might be avoiding you
Unfortunately, I believe your last scenario is the likely one. I hope that's not the case.
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I'm sorry to here you're missing the glass, but I sincerly believe your chances of getting Streetbeast to send them to you or get a refund if you cancel the order are slim at best.

George Lavin has a well documented history of stiffing his customers and there is no reason to believe anything has changed. Given the trouble his buddy Rothstein is in, it wouldn't surprise me at all to here that he's been arrested before long. Anyone that funnels billions into his buddy's ponzi scheme can't escape the law for very long, especially since Rothstein has already cut a deal and plead guilty. My guess is Rothstein is singing like a canary and Lavin along with several others luck is about to run out.

I think at this point your best course of action is to cut your losses and just have a local company cut the glass for you. Its flat glass and shouldn't be that expensive.

Good luck.
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Centerline,

I've read what you've read, however, until the outcome is truly defined, I'm going to hold off on passing judgment. It's my hopes they do right by us and send us out the glass.

Thanks,

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