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  • dobie44
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    Last edited by dobie44; 07-05-2020, 11:18 AM. Reason: I finished the plate welds and work on installing the buckets ,they still need to be cleaned up but turned out ok. the real GTO look will come with the dual driving lights in the grill

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  • dobie44
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    The last update was awhile ago So this will bring everyone up to date. I have been working on getting the headlight buckets cleaned up and installed. The problem I ran into is the build has been going on for so long now I'm starting to forget how things go back together , or is that old age starting to creep up on me
    So I ended up having to get ahold of Don O. and take look at his setup That he designed and built . This was the first time I've had a opportunity to actually work with the headlight buckets. “Don and I calculated that it’s been 6 years with a 3 year hiatuses during my move since I started the original 308 kit that morphed into a custom 288 GTO. THAT’S a long time WOW!”
    They were the first molds I actually made ,having made quite a few over the last while I have to say they are not the best, once I get the buckets cleaned up I'll have to make new molds.
    As this was the first time Installing the buckets I found I needed to make a couple more mods to the inner headlight area to accommodate the Front facias of the buckets.
    So out came the plasma cutter and welder. As I am cutting into the back structure of the bumpers I needed to make sure the inner welds were strong before welding in a fabricated plate.
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  • dobie44
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    So I got the spoiler painted and ready to mold just waiting to get my 45 Gal drum of Fiberglass resin. I’ve pulled out the head light buckets and am finishing and cleaning them up.

    stay safe
    Wayne

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  • dobie44
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    Thanks Adrian I’m really excited that I’m finally getting to the finishing stage of this car thanks for visiting again.

    Hi Vince
    yes I picked the lift up used , it has a 6000 lb capacity with a 52” lift. Which is a perfect height for working on the car. I would highly recommend one to anyone, the only drawback I found is my car is so low I have to drive the car up on 3 - 2x12’s to have enough height to move the arms and clear the scissor.


    so I’ve now completed the last of the front end panels and am working on finishing the spoiler , I’m adding a flat piece for along the top where the front grill will mount.
    once that is done I’ll take some light finishing bondo to fill in the tight corners on the vent areas to help in the mold building , then some Epoxy primer and slick sand ,sand To 400 grit before I paint and mold.
    in order to get all the angles correct I mounted the fenders and center fill , gives a good look of what the car would look like in white.

    at the same time I’m Working on the vent/headlight area to get the angle and size of the vents to make a tool to hold while I’m welding.
    here are a few shots .

    wayne


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  • TRcrazy
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    Looking great Wayne, keep the updates coming. I read that you added a lift and saw one in your pictures. Is it the scissor type lift that Harbor Freight-Princess Auto sells ? Can you elaborate more on what make & model#, quality, features etc. ? I'm sure there's other members like me, who are considering one of those lifts. Thanks ,Vince

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  • AdrianBurton
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    I had forgotten how good that car looks

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  • dobie44
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    Here are some of the fender molds

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  • dobie44
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    Since my last posts I have been busy, I finished all the Sanding ,priming and painted the front of the car In preparation for building molds of the panels. I have have now completed 7 of the 9 molds that make up the front end from the rear fenders forwards.


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  • dobie44
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    I was contacted by a guy from lower USA that wants to buy and build one of my kits so
    I decided to take a break from the the interior build and get back to finishing the body and get it ready to make molds.
    after alot of work, its getting close.





    Don O. came by today and gave me a hand, it's back to one color again
    now back to sanding and getting it ready to paint.








    That's the short version of the last 10 months but hope you enjoy the update.
    Thanks for looking
    Wayne

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  • dobie44
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    Well its been awhile since my last post here on MM. I have been having a problem posting pictures on this site. Don came over today to give me a hand and showed me what he is using so I'll give a quick short version update.
    I have been very busy with the build, my last post I was starting to work on the interior so we will start there.
    I elected to install a set of ARP racing seats for my 4 point harness


    Then I decided I didn't think the pisa interior was going to work for my build and elected to build my own dash, it took way longer than I thought it would. In the end I believe It will take the build to the next level.






    I got into doing vaacum bagging and making carbon fiber parts so made a dash for the VDO gauges aux panel and lights


    The main dash will be covered in Alcantera covering with carbon fiber caps on the glovebox area as well as below the instrument panel.



    one thing that I found was the auto shifter had to much travel for and aft and because I was going more electronic I installed a PCS paddle shifter.
    AS Riceburrner isn't building the HVAC controllers any longer Don O. graciously is building me a electronic HAVC controller.

    Last edited by dobie44; 02-15-2020, 08:32 PM.

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  • dobie44
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    Thanks Guys ,itís great to be back to work
    Wayne

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  • RCR
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    Welcome back, Wayne. Looks good.

    Bob

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  • 88.5countach
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    Originally posted by dobie44 View Post
    Well Iíve finally finished all the home and yard projects that have be holding up my build since we moved, and am back to work.
    i picked up a lift for my shop which will makes working on the bottom and sides of the car much easier and perhaps even save my back!!!
    I am working on my interior the ultimate goal to make a more modern updated interior. Starting with the dash endeavouring to incorporate the 550 instrument pod I picked up from Riceburrer a couple years ago into a modified 308 ďPisaĒ dash. I didnít want to destroy a perfectly good dash so I molded the dash and layer up one to cut up to add the pod.

    For the centre console Iím using one I picked up from Don that is for a 355 I picked up all the switchers from him as well. Iím running a 4T65e auto I wanted to eliminate the shifter Ē takes up to much real estateĒ replacing it with a PCS paddle shifter and controller.
    The seats Iím replacing with some APR racing seats , much more support and allows for a 4 point harness install.
    ill post some pics as I go need to figure out how to post them , itís been awhile.


    Wayne
    Coming along, looks great been following an while great to see. love this car

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  • Don
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    Looking good Wayne.
    I think I will try to do the image post to get the images right int the thread and not just links to see if that works. If it does, I will text you with the instructions. Talk soon
    Don




    Yepp worked. You can only post 8 images at a time though.....












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  • dobie44
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    some pics

    https://imgshare.io/images/2019/04/2...B3C97520E6.jpg
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    https://imgshare.io/images/2019/04/2...B3C97520E6.jpg
    https://imgshare.io/images/2019/04/2...EEC8F9A570.jpg

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