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14 Dec 2014 16:26 #168 by oestek
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Next, the subframe was epoxy primed and painted a satin black. It was reinstalled on the body to check the fit of the new crossmember and subframe connectors.





Then, the subframe was removed and the entire bottom of the car one strip to prepare for paint and undercoating. This was originally a California car, so the bottom side was not rusty.






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14 Dec 2014 16:26 #169 by oestek
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Once the bottom side was stripped and prepped, the car was masked and the bottom side was sprayed with black epoxy and a 3M Body Schutz undercoat.










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14 Dec 2014 16:26 #170 by oestek
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The front suspension components were cleaned, and the steering box was painted. Then the detailed front Global West suspension components were installed on the subframe, along with a new transmission crossmember.







Next, the freshly rebuilt Pontiac 468 was prepared for installation on to the subframe.



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14 Dec 2014 16:26 #171 by oestek
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A Tremec TKO 600 5-speed manual transmission and clutch were bolted to the engine.





The engine and transmission were bolted into the subframe, ready for installation on the body.



The body was then lowered onto the subframe and the engine, transmission, and subframe assembly were attached to it.


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19 Mar 2015 12:22 #645 by oestek
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The E-85 conversion necessitated a new fuel tank, as E-85 is very corrosive and will release any gum and varnish from the original tank, potentially perpetually clogging fuel filters and carb jets.

Plus there is a cool factor in a Rick’s stainless tank!




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19 Mar 2015 12:23 #646 by oestek
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Front stub coming together…





The Pro Systems E-85 tuned carb



Plumbing the CPP master cylinder and Hydratech hydraulic booster with custom stainless lines




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