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Hey Mike,

Although "Oz" does have strong feelings about the sidepipes keep this in mind while doing your build. It is "your" car. If in fact a true to original or "replica" is what you're going for then maybe not. This is an expression of yourself. Of your personality and character (probably why you didn't just buy a factory built car). You obviously want something original and unique. I've seen pics of a VR with pipes...not bad. And everything is reversible. Consider that at the end of the day you have to like the car.

 

Oz, I received the manuals. They look awesome. Great job. Thanks.

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Guest Mike

Thanks Con Brio. I'm not REALLY concerned about what anyone thinks:mrgreen: I'm just looking for opinions. I appreciate your input and encouragement. Oh... what happened to the valve covers?:-D

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Now the proud owner of a v12 Jag engine with four dual throat webers and a tranny. Very cool hot rodder sold them to me for a song. He had a v12 '26 ford roadster - beautiful, and didn't need the spare stuff.

 

The thing is gorgeous. I'll get photos up soon.

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Guest chlorinepirate

not to bug you all but where can i find the body kit to do this to my Z? ever since i found out the guy that produced them is located in the city i live in i've been having a field day of imagination

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Guest Mike

There are at least 3 sources. If someone else hasn't posted the links, I'll post them tonight.

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You want to think the whole process through before you do anything. Think about how much time, money, skills and resources you will have for the project. I bet there are plenty of half-finished (one-hundredth finished more likely) replicas lying around in garages all over the place. You could start looking there or you could buy a complete 6 cyl car (I think the one that has been on e-bay for months would take $20,000) and add your own V8, or, you can can do a full rotisserie-up build or somewhere in between. It's your call, but don't put any side-pipes on it - right, Mike! That's what Cobras were designed for.

You might want to try these for starters, and good luck:

http://www.zcarkits.com/

http://www.thunderranch.com/gto.html

http://www.scorpionzcars.com/

http://www.classicrevival.com.au/

http://www.kitcarz.com/

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Guest Mike

Hey Ozzie Boy... I think I'll put dragster pipes on mine. They'll exit through big holes on top of the fenders just outside of the hood edge!!:icon54:

 

Oh, and you forgot this one link... www.reactionresearch.com

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Guest chlorinepirate

yeah i found the thunder ranch site but i was curious if their kit is topless or not. i wouldn't want to swim in the rain. and i would prefer it if it wasnt a convertible top kit, which is what im looking for and can't seem to find. Oh it will take quite some time before i go through with this and plan on making it look very swell, i have a 75' 280z and one day was like whaaat that looks amazing. i can do that to my car? haha well thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Google sucks hahaha

 

edit: thanks i found everything my heart could desire haha beats buying a real ferrari. hell of a lot cheaper.

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I've seen 2 or 3 removeable tops for the Thunder Ranch roadster but they were all custom-made.

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Yep... straight out the back. I can feel my short-hairs burning just for even THINKING about side pipes.

 

Note in particular where the exhaust are!

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Duke... Mine has a few umm... challenges. I'm working on them though ;) I'm sure I just didn't upload the pic right. I copied and pasted from my AOL photo album. I really need to get this right in the future, don't I? Perhaps I should start a HZ album.

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I know that Con Brio is in the midst of completely rebuilding his. I hope he does a thorough photo documentation of his work!!

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I've been posting and updating my pics in my album. Sorry guys but I haven't been posting here in the forums. The motor is in and it's back at the body shop. Only took 4 hrs to slide the whole thing together and slip it in. That's including the laser cut flywheel, Centerforce II clutch with matching throw out bearing, roller bearing pilot bushing and custom Slik Stix shifter relocator by McCleod Ind. Haven't decided if I'll keep the Edelbrock Pro-flo EFI or go back to the carb set up.

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Hey Duke, Thanks. The rims are standard 15" knock-offs. 10's in the back and 8's up front. I don't know the manufacturer though. They came with the car and there's no visible markings on them. They need to be cleaned up and polished but are otherwise in great shape. A little heavier than I would like, but they go with the era of the car.

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Per your request - and to help make this the "Official GTO Owners" thread - here are a couple of pictures of my car.
 

Ferrari_32

 

Photo4

Speed

PS - Thank you for your support! Seriously, it's been great to watch each of you develop your own versions of the ultimate classic. Please let me know if I can help.

Edited by SpeedRacer

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