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  1. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    It's looking amazing!!!!! Thanks for sharing! Is it okay if I share these with the GTO replica fans on our Facebook group ?
  2. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Aww.. i missed that story.. and have a few of his books. Thanks for the heads up.
  3. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Welcome, Rockford! I have seen a few completed cars in Canada in the last few weeks.. I'll do some digging and see if I can find again too
  4. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    YES!! Wonderful job!!! How did you modify the stock window frames?
  5. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Nope, and neither can most V8s people put in this chassis. 6400 rpm stock, well blueprinted maybe 7000, which is more than most overhead valve, non race prepped, single cam engines as it has overhead cams. I do want a Hartley type V8 for my black fiero .. that goes to 14k redline.. but the price still hurts my brain.
  6. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    The 12 weighs less than a cast iron Small Block Chevy V8.. I think mine was about 325lbs.. an 12 cylinder has a distinct sound and smoothness.. The original GTOs had an all aluminum (2.5 liter) SOHC V12.. the BMW is 5-6 liter, SOHC and external dimensions and weight are about the same as the Ferrari engine Different strokes for different folks (pun intended)
  7. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Also, did you get ignition system figured out? I followed the discussion on one of the BMW forums and saw Fred with the V12 Vette was showing his setup with 12 individual coils. I run 6 dual plug coils and waste spark (fire coils on both the compression and exhaust stroke), which means any ignition computer that can fire 6 coils can manage it. And I batch fire injectors To fire 12 + injectors individually i would need to either get an EFI technologies ECU (almost $5k) or treat the engine as 2 six cylinders and run a computer for the left bank, and another for the right bank.. even with the EFI Tech ECU, you still have to use waste spark.. Short of a custom configured MoTeC M880, with 12 ignition outputs (for around $3k), waste spark is necessary unless you want to treat the engine like 2 six cylinders.
  8. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Welcome!! Isn't this the car that was listed with several Alphas on "Bring a trailer" in the Pacific northwest a couple months ago? Glad to see you're digging in on the car. Also I love the Montreal! I have a couple Urracos, which share the same distributor cap Your car is looking great! Please post more!
  9. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    I drilled holes in the sheetmetal behind the front shock towers.. then reinforced it and added some 5" fans to help extract heat.. I feel like every little bit we can do helps
  10. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    I second Tomohawk, those are great looking headlight rings! I made mine in a similar way and shaped mine out of aluminum. To look right, i also chose flat head screws like you chose.
  11. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    I welded moly tubing into the chassis inside the rocker and behind the front fenders. Technically, if I have a flat on the side of the road, i could use the original jack, but I also welded air jacks into the car so I can jack mine with an air hose.
  12. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Every original GTO I have seen in person had the interior all exposed metal and painted either silver or black.. with simple blue or black seats. Of course there is the one with roll up windows and full interior, but I haven't seen it in person yet. I have carpet, sound deadener, and A/c because I don't like to arrive at a car show looking like i just ran a marathon.. lol.. I do want more period seats though.
  13. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Not many changes here on my stuff to show. The White GTO is still on the table - we did give up on using the 350Z front suspension and switched to C4 Corvette, but still a long way to go .. I've started making body parts for it though.. Before spring I want more appropriate seats in the red GTO.. The coilovers really made the stance look a lot better.. I'll try to share some detail shots this week. I made my Jack hole plugs from a chunk of aluminum with a file.. took a while, but i think the result was worth it
  14. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Great looking car, Lee.. It doesn't really seem to me to be from the old Alpha molds either - so much of the nose is different... The trunk doesn't even seem to be Tom's trunk kit.. though the rear might be his rear .. I see bits of several different cars.. perhaps it's something early from Tom (ScorpionZ) I'm honestly a little stumped.. I'm not really used to being stumped by any of the GTO replicas lol Both of ours started life as Alpha1 cars.. and were modified far beyond that.
  15. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    TomoHawk wrote:This photo is of the Sir Stirling Moss car: Nice! I had never seen the interior of this one!! Thanks for sharing!! It's awesome to see this thread getting traffic again
  16. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    sorry to hear he's having to sell This is the first i had heard of his car.. please send warm thoughts.
  17. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    This is sound advice.. do with it what you will, but there is so much more work in successful execution of these things.
  18. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    I promise, i didn't feel slighted at all, I think you're awesome, and your build inspired me long ago Thanks for your kind words! The person who got upset with me was the guy who made and sold the Scorpionz parts. I didn't have issues with him, I just felt the trunk kit could use some improvements, or, more correctly, I felt there were a few things someone using the trunk kit could do to get a better final result, and that metal was probably a better route for anyone with the skill to make it. I probably spent 2 weeks on my rings getting to the point I was happy with them.. i do sometimes get a little anal about some details.
  19. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Chatz, I built my first trunk using the scorpionz trunk kit.. I posted a thread on here long ago about how I felt, that the kit was a decent start, but that if (and when) i did it again, i'd rather go metal. Unfortunately the maker took it as me attacking him - which was not my intent. Those trunk kits were an okay option. To use my kit, I strengthened it in several ways, but in the end, I still feel, metal is a better option. The crossbar won't ever crack, the trunklid won't have any issues distorting in heat or cold, affecting fit, and everything from the hinges to the latch will be better when done. I'll try and find my original post on this point
  20. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Okay, measured mine for trunk. I have a meeting in a few minutes, but will write more on my thoughts about making a trunk later here's trunk measurements and the headlight trim rings/headlight covers. I wasn't thrilled about placement of the screws, but the construction of the nose limited where I could place a couple screws. I liked using the proper hardware, gives a much better final result.. direct link to the images here: http://imgur.com/a/CQwPc
  21. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    RR is the one with the molds, and a body that was in them when he got the molds while helping EF get the parts owed to him I've known RR a few years, took him out in mine.. I love what you did with the doors, I'm doing similar except out of aluminum (making hood and already made trunk lid the same way) The frames for the side windows have been a real issue for me.. The last few days, having mine back, i walk out to the garage like 5 times a day an just smile..
  22. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Thanks for sharing the pics Peter!!! Wonderful work!!! You did use all the Puckett bits! A friend offered me the Puckett molds - they are interesting bodies, I only know of 4 bodies from these molds
  23. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    I did list mine.. was offered 90k.. just couldn't do it.. Here's my garage at home - lots of cars in storage though Album of my red car here: http://imgur.com/a/GgJqV
  24. chelle

    250 GTO Owners Thread

    Odd coincidence.. at random I thought to recover my password and check in here.. great to see so many are still around!! I still have the red car.. still working on the white one.. never ending projects.. Nice to see you got the car done, I assume that's the Puckett nose on yours? Looks awesome Peter!! Yours too Tomohawk! Speedracer, I made mine by shaping them out of .060 aluminum.. lots of hammering to get the shape, then filing to get the right look, and finally polishing.. I'm really happy with the look. Polished, standard slot screws finished them nicely.. lot of work, but totally worth it. I'll dig out some pics from the process
  25. chelle

    Chelle starting another GTO

    This morning we finished taking apart the front suspension and narrowed the crossmember. It's going to bolt in like it would in the 350z So far only thing worth taking a pic of is the now narrowed crossmember. We had to take 9.5 inches out, then weld in some plates to make it strong enough for my liking. I know it seems like a lot of narrowing but this is because the 350z used wheels with a lot different offset than the wheels we're using.. On the plus side the design of the suspension will allow us to use a lot wider tire in front as well as potentially a tighter turning radius. The piece in front of the crossmember is what we removed before welding it together. It's going to require a custom narrow rack so we also have to decide what ratio we want the steering to be Before the cut: After: Next we've got to start bending and cutting tubes
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