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#1 hobbes_the_cat

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:10 PM

Well I bought this a while back from rbshaggs up in port angeles. said I would post a build thread so here it goes. she's a 1971 4 door with a L18 and a 5-speed. it has a welded in roll bar and a trunk mount battery. it was pretty gutted in the interior when i got it so i'm slowly adding interior parts as i find them. hoping to make it into a reliable driver for now and later plans are for a KA24de... someday. it had su's but i couldn't figue them out so i swapped on a weber and an offy manifod, just last week I lowered the front end about a inch and a half, added a strut bar and big sway bar and the rear bumper from a donor car i just picked up. here is what it looked like when i brought it home: Posted Image this is current. picked up the wheels off craigslist from a guy who had them on his 94 accord!!! :blink: Posted Image Posted Image Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:36 PM

That looks sweet! Polish her up. Fix that rear sag and BAM! I WOULD!
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:56 PM

Man thats a pretty clean car and start. I like it
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:57 PM

Looks good, how about some pics of the rear cage. or is it just the fronts?

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 07:30 PM

I have some better rear springs sitting on the floor of the garage waiting to installed to get rid of that nasty sag. Here's a few pics of the cage. it's a 4 point, kinda funky and the welds are not the greatest, but still makes me feel a little safer. :unsure: Posted Image
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Posted 21 August 2010 - 09:34 AM

Why are we not seeing more pics of this car? :huh: Can I see more pics of this car? :rolleyes: I really like the looks of this car :cool: You should cruise out to PortOrchard so I can check out your car. :P
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 06:35 PM

Your car does look like my car. I too have a trunk mount battery. Have we still got opposite bumpers installed? I should put a roll of tape on my driveshaft tunnel to use as a cupholder like you've done. Seriously though, can we see more poictures of this car? :D

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Posted 23 October 2010 - 01:13 PM

I finally got the rear springs installed. they put the rear right at the height that I like.
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The next job is to swap the dogleg from the 2-door into the 4-door. The 4-door's trans is getting harder and harder to shift without grinding... and install the front bumper.:D
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 03:36 PM

I gave the dime a little facelift. yellow fogs, a front bumper and a door mirror from a 65 mustang.Posted ImagePosted Image I also cleaned up the steering column with a better ignition switch (the key stays in and only 1 key works!), better column surround, and painted the switch bezel. I made a vintage billiards ball shift knob too, it fits your hand perfect. I think i'm going to make some more if anyone is interested. Posted Image Soon to come: front coilovers and moar lower!!!

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 08:26 PM

Like the shift knob how much would it cost to get me one of those. And what are those seats out of, or are they just aftermarket seats?

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:21 PM

Like the shift knob how much would it cost to get me one of those. And what are those seats out of, or are they just aftermarket seats?


Probably $25 for one of the billiard ball knobs. I have a 4,5,7,and a 13 in my stash. the seat is one of those cheap racing seats you get from summit or jegs.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:13 AM

is the 2 door fs.... :)

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:15 AM

is the 2 door fs.... :)



He sold it a while back actually, for peanuts!
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 12:42 PM

is the 2 door fs.... :)


Yeah that 2door is long gone, it has a good home though. the new owner has a build thread: Squirrels beater 510

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 01:53 PM

Been workin on the dime. Finished assembling the front coilovers. The T3 camber plates that I got didn't fit the rabbit strut inserts, but a quick e-mail to Gabe and they has a set of spacers in the mail for me. the 280zx struts brought the track width in about 3/4" in on each side, just enough to tuck the tires! The ride is so much better too with the RCA's and the tokico illuminas. Also got my fog light wired in with a relay and a toggle in the hole for the map light switch.Posted Image Posted ImagePosted Image

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 03:51 PM

Nice ride! Even a little cage. Too cool. Whats next?
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Posted 08 May 2011 - 09:38 PM

Next: waiting for fittings to hook up the mechanical gauges, swap in the good trans and a new clutch. keeping my eye out for cheap rear coilovers, and long term will be swap in the VG30 that's on the garage floor.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 03:02 AM

http://community.rat...rear-coilovers/

Here ya go! It doesn't get any cheaper than this! Unless someone gives you coilovers for free.
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Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:49 AM

Been workin on the dime. Finished assembling the front coilovers. The T3 camber plates that I got didn't fit the rabbit strut inserts, but a quick e-mail to Gabe and they has a set of spacers in the mail for me. the 280zx struts brought the track width in about 3/4" in on each side, just enough to tuck the tires! The ride is so much better too with the RCA's and the tokico illuminas. Also got my fog light wired in with a relay and a toggle in the hole for the map light switch.Posted Image Posted ImagePosted Image

where did you get the yellow fogs?:cool: i want!!!!

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:56 AM

krylon yellow stain i think is cheap

LOve this car. I just like beater 4 doors. I think some better wheels could really enhance this car.
Konig,Rotas ,TE37s ect.....this car needs to be Garaged from now on. looks solid
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