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Old 06-03-2013, 01:09 PM
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Well, I just wanted to come here and post about my project. It has been in the making for over two years now. I don't have a cool project name for it like Menace (Wish I would have thought of something like that), however I have always called the car "Fast Orange" (like the hand cleaner and because the car is orange and fast, lol).

Well just to give some highlights of the build so far, the car is being nearly stripped of all of it's badges. It will sport a Lingenfelter built LS7 with a dry sump system, backed by a T-56 Magnum 6 speed. The chassis is a tube chassis built by SRIII Motorsports (in fact SRIII is doing the bulk of the work on the car, [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click Here To Register...]). They do fantastic work. I will be running all C6 corvette suspension with Z06 brakes, HRE wheels for a Z06 (many of the used parts as you will see are from the C6 Z06). I have subtle body changes that might make it difficult to recognize the car as a '75. I will be adding quite a bit of modern amenities such as power adjustable and heated seats (Z06 seats) auto headlights, cruise control, A/C (car never had it), adjustable speed wipers, aftermarket hood with struts to aid in opening and closing, fully adjustable traction control w/launch control, and much more. We are trying to not leave any detail from being looked at.

The car once put together will then to go The Recovery Room for it's interior (whom have done interiors for several Riddler award winners, [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click Here To Register...]).

I have owned the car since I was 16. I re-did the car once and the overall look was really nice, however there were a few things that I wasn't happy with as far as how the car drove.

Attached is a photo of how the car looked after it was redone the first time. There is also a picture of the frame that was built for my car for the current build.

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Old 06-03-2013, 05:53 PM
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Looking for a name?
Orange and Fast? easy : Tropicannon

Do you mind sharing the hood struts rating?
Looks like it's gonna be one hell of a restomod
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:36 PM
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Looking for a name?
Orange and Fast? easy : Tropicannon

Do you mind sharing the hood struts rating?
Looks like it's gonna be one hell of a restomod
LOL that is a pretty good name. I am not sure what the rating is on the struts. The shop building the car picked them up for me. I could ask.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:24 AM
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Ok OK OK
with names like Lingenfelter, frame from SRIII and Recovery room interior...
You got my full attention.

This is going to be another great build

I do want to see more of it.
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I suppose I can share some other pics for now. Question, how do you post images so they show up one over the other in the post instead of small thumbnails at the bottom the way it was on my first post?
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Cool project. More details please on the hood opening modification. Pics, part numbers, etc.

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Old 06-04-2013, 02:19 PM
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Here is how the rear was modified. The bumpers were removed, license plate holder narrowed and notched out for dual dual exhaust (exhaust is Akrapovic for Z06).

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Here are the side markers I used to replace the stock ones with.

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This shows what a stock 75 front bumper looks like.

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This is a 74 bumper as you can see it mounts a little different.

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Here they took the stock 75 bumper and laid out where they were going to cut it in half.

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Here shows how the stock 75 bumper was cut.

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Here is how the top 75 and lower 74 bumpers were mated, eliminating the "bumpers" the 75 version had.

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Here is the finished product.

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If you go with the auto headlights, disable the DRL, it is brutal on light bulb sockets. Not sure if GM made changes for the problem but my 97 camaro would turn it's front turn signal sockets to charred brittle plastic and warp the lenses.

If it has a DRL module like what mine had you can disable the DRL and maintain the auto headlights by splicing the turn signal input wires to the drl output wires, real simple to do.
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Cool project. More details please on the hood opening modification. Pics, part numbers, etc.

DC
I don't think there is much for part numbers for the hood opening mod. They custom made most of the parts. I know they had to lower the radiator and made a notch out for the intake to go over the front of the radiator to get cool air. They then made the mechanisms that the hood hinges on. The only parts bought, I believe, would be the struts the hood utilizes.
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If you go with the auto headlights, disable the DRL, it is brutal on light bulb sockets. Not sure if GM made changes for the problem but my 97 camaro would turn it's front turn signal sockets to charred brittle plastic and warp the lenses.

If it has a DRL module like what mine had you can disable the DRL and maintain the auto headlights by splicing the turn signal input wires to the drl output wires, real simple to do.
Sorry, what is DRL?
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