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    Posted: 13-September-2014 at 6:33AM
Hi, I reckon it's time to start a project thread. I've done a lot of work already. Just rebuilt original 351w, c4 trans in middle of rebuilding, rerun under hood wiring cleaned it up and replaced the rubber. Installed the lares 841 steering box, and other things. My name is Matthew, I call the car Bella. Here's some pics.
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I need to reattach this. How??
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Originally posted by mkshelton mkshelton wrote:

I need to reattach this. How??
 
Is that the seat belt return spring?
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Originally posted by mkshelton mkshelton wrote:

Hi, I reckon it's time to start a project thread. I've done a lot of work already. Just rebuilt original 351w, c4 trans in middle of rebuilding, rerun under hood wiring cleaned it up and replaced the rubber. Installed the lares 841 steering box, and other things. My name is Matthew, I call the car Bella. Here's some pics.
 
Motor looks nice!
 
I am all about people doing whatever THEY want to do to their cars but... this nose? lol
 
I'll be replacing some of the parts on my nose and would be willing to send you the parts I pull off... CHEAP! IF you need them!
 


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It's not done yet! Lol! The disk thing came from the bottom of the climate control unit.
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This nose was hacked when I got it but I'm rather happy with it so far. Note the bumper.
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I'm building a hand formed trim/header piece out of steel flat right now. It will clean it up nicely
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Ain't no Lambo baby, Love it
 
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engine's looking great! hey just a thought for you since you're going for a flatter look, maybe use a 73 front bumper? my 74 had a 73 bumper on it when i bought it, i liked it so i kept the 73 bumper (well actually i got another 73 core and had that one rechromed!)
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Get a cougar/montego/tbird hood without the "bumps" for the lights and give it a front like a 68-69 torino/fairlane... (or talledega!)
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
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THanks for the feedback guys! The headlight buckets and back plates are actually from a 69 Torino GT. I tried to integrate the grille but it was way too narrow.
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in looking at that flat blank area between your head lights, another thought came to mind,  69 or 70 firebird grill surround piece???
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The 69 would look seriously bad azz! I'm going to see what I can put together by hand and I'll probably adjust/change as time goes by. That's what is cool and fun about it. When I first was looking at the cut fenders it was tough to see how to make the car even legal. But now I'm enjoying the experiment. Raising and tucking the bumper was the biggest challenge. I used the original inner bumper and cut it thinner. One cool thing, this nose probably is 100 pounds lighter than stock.
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That's a good idea! I'll keep my eyes open for one.
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Originally posted by Big Bird Big Bird wrote:


Get a cougar/montego/tbird hood without the "bumps" for the lights and give it a front like a 68-69 torino/fairlane... (or talledega!)

Oops.
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Does the floor insulation contain asbestos?
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Not from the factory....
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That's good to know as I forgot about asbestos in some insulation. Anyway, I pulled out the ratty carpet and the insulation below. And found this. That aforementioned crappie sure does cause rust and this is an AZ car.
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Most of it is only surface and I can grind or sand off. But i had to cut 3 good sized areas out and I'm welding in patches. I take a pic later today.
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your floor is a hundred times better than mine was!
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