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Post  Ralph Longo on Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:42 pm

I'm not going to be doing any how to's or anything like that. but I will be taking many pictures along the way and you see that I have done something that you need to do feel free to pm and ask.
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What you can't see is all of the filth from the previous owner and being open to the elements with two broken windows for nearly a year. The starter tumbler is bad and frankly I could care less, I added a start button :wink: I have made sure to have a few security features built in.

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Post  Ralph Longo on Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:44 pm

I have FINALLY spent some time on this bad boy.
To get it on the road I need to still:
Get the side glass in, I do have it though (donated to the cause by my buddy with the EVO, Andy)
Clean out the interior
Put in the new seats (donated to the cause by Julian)
The rear glass
Fix the small oil leak
Here are pics of the older new front end (the reason it's not body color yet.)

Without the header panel, bumper shocks, and front bumper, all were toast.

It's not perfect, but far more road worthy than before Very Happy


Down the line I'll be getting some fenders and other body pieces for it, now I'm just concentrating on getting it on the road.

I'm going to dry to drive lowered, it rides amazingly well (read better than stock probably.)

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Post  Ralph Longo on Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:48 pm

Both window motors are currently out, I'll be purchasing the drivers side one on July 5th and I'll be driving it again on a regular basis. It's been a nightmare of "common E36" issues, up to this point, I freaking LOVE driving it though Cool

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Post  JRSTANGE on Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:52 pm

nice project. I like that body style.
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Post  Gru on Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:23 pm

Toss a bigger motor in there. Smile


But seriously, I *love* the 318 for everything but the motor. Just too wimpy for such a kickass chassis like that.
I'd love to see a LS1 or RB26 in there. Wink
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Post  Tennessee Steinmetz on Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:42 pm

I have been telling him bigger motor for awhile, and all he does is poo-poo me; then he starts mumbling about balance and turn-in...Pah!
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Post  Gru on Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:33 pm

RB's are pig-nose heavy, but a 350hp LS1 is probably lighter than the stock motor.
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Post  Ralph Longo on Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:12 am

I'm telling you, this car is faster than any of my sx's were and it's crazy, crazy stable in anything I have asked it to do up until this point (except stay on the road Laughing ) This chassis with this engine is a PERFECT setup for me, I may throw a turbo on at some point but nothing too crazy.

That being said, I could easily buy another in my next life and put an 8 of some sorts in it Cool

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