Shelter at home 67 convertible project
Posted 11 May 2020 - 07:48 AM
Posted 26 May 2020 - 04:39 AM
Otherwise things are moving along and I expect to read test it soon.
Posted 14 July 2020 - 10:08 AM
Next life happened and I had to go to Illinois for a family issue that ended in a funeral which was bad enough but add to that 2 weeks in hotels and over 2600 miles on the road during this COVID thing. I was happy to get back home and thankful that my masked assistant was able to accept delivery of my repaired trans while I was gone. My assistant had been on the road for business so he and I decided we should each quarantine for 14 days before we got back to work.
When we got back to work it didn't take long to get the trans back into the car. The initial test on jackstands went MUCH better. No leaks at the front of the trans and it went into reverse then drive before a cooling line hose burst. We replaced the hose and tried again with identical results. I've determined that the hose that was supposed to be designed for this purpose was in fact not good enough.
That brings me to today. I'm getting ready to install a new and different hose before a road test.
Posted 14 August 2020 - 01:52 PM
The Shiftworks shifter conversion continued to present problems until I bought a Lokar ACA-1802 infinitely adjustable transmission shift arm. I installed it and everything seemed to fall into place. Now the Shiftworks conversion provides a very solid feel and precise control.
After reading multiple transmission suppliers installation instructions I decided that verifying fluid pressures in each transmission shifter position was cheap insurance that the transmission was assembled correctly. My pressures all came out good.
A short road test went well but there was a small fluid leak coming from the cooling lines. I tightened everything up as well as I could and drove the car about 12 miles to a shop to fit exhaust system around my crossmember and connect it to my existing system.
Tomorrow I will pick it up. Can't wait.
Posted 19 August 2020 - 06:32 AM
Great progress Martin!!
RIP Jay - So glad to have known you
Posted 19 August 2020 - 10:27 AM
The only disappointment is that the differential is not as quiet as I would like.
All in all it has been a very interesting and sometimes frustrating experience. It's the type of project I have always wanted to do even if to prove to myself that it could be done. I started ordering parts on April 9 and made my final adjustments on August 15.
Now I just need to drive it and enjoy it.
A quick rundown on modifications made are as follows:
1) Stage 1 200r4 transmission and conversion kit purchased through TransDepot in Hudson, FL
2) G Force transmission crossmember.
3) 3.36 Yukon rear gear installed.
4) Auburn limited slip differential installed.
5) Shiftworks shifter conversion.
6) Custom exhaust routing (required to clear aftermarket crossmember.
Posted 09 September 2020 - 03:11 PM
Posted 09 September 2020 - 03:16 PM
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Posted 09 September 2020 - 05:02 PM
She's a beauty
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Posted 10 September 2020 - 07:45 AM
Great looking car Martin! The Yukon gears seem to be a bit louder than stock in my experience.
Posted 11 September 2020 - 05:10 AM
Posted 11 September 2020 - 11:00 AM
Any more pictures..... please .
I have always admired the 67/68 cars with their simple, straightforward styling, relatively compact size, and great performance. I bought a 1968 brand new (yes, I’m that old) for my (now ex) wife's daily driver - Aegena blue coupe w/ parchment custom knit vinyl interior, 350 2bbl, 4-speed, 3.23 Safe -T-Track, front discs, Rally II wheels. I had a 1966 GTO at the time. But seemed like more fun to drive the Firebird.
Love your ride. Thanks for preserving a part of Pontiac history. Great job!
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381ci all-forged stroker (Callies Stealth, Oliver billet rods, BME 2618-T61 nitrous pistons) - 10.8:1 - CNC LT4 heads/intake - Comp Cams solid roller - MoTeC M48 Pro engine management - 8 LS1 coils - 58mm TB - 74#/HR injectors - 300-shot dry nitrous - TH400 - Gear Vendors 0.78:1 O/D - Strange 12-bolt - 4.11 Pro-Street gears - AS&M headers - true duals - Corbeau seat - AutoMeter gauges - roll bar - Spohn suspension - QA1 shocks - a few other odds 'n ends. 800HP / 800lb-ft at the flywheel, on a 300-shot. 11.5 @ 117 MPH straight motor
Posted 11 September 2020 - 11:08 AM
Posted 02 October 2020 - 09:08 AM
I've added some more photos, including one of my masked assistant and me at work. He was a tremendous help throughout the project.
Posted 02 October 2020 - 09:14 AM
For some reason the pic of me and my masked assistant won't upload. Sorry
Posted 02 October 2020 - 03:47 PM
looks great !! it always helps to have another set of hands and someone to help you keep your sanity...lol
Posted 05 October 2020 - 03:09 AM
Looks great Martin! I also have a2004R and love itand it also gives you a litttle better kick off the line over my TH400 I had, plus drops the RPMs about 1000 at highqway sppeds with 3:73 gears in the back.
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