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Jeff's 71 4-door dime

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Well I bought this a while back from rbshaggs up in port angeles. said I would post a build thread so here it goes. she's a 1971 4 door with a L18 and a 5-speed. it has a welded in roll bar and a trunk mount battery. it was pretty gutted in the interior when i got it so i'm slowly adding interior parts as i find them. hoping to make it into a reliable driver for now and later plans are for a KA24de... someday. it had su's but i couldn't figue them out so i swapped on a weber and an offy manifod, just last week I lowered the front end about a inch and a half, added a strut bar and big sway bar and the rear bumper from a donor car i just picked up. here is what it looked like when i brought it home: sddisk1051.jpg this is current. picked up the wheels off craigslist from a guy who had them on his 94 accord!!! :blink: SDC14439.jpgSDC14444.jpgSDC14440.jpgSDC14442.jpg

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That looks sweet! Polish her up. Fix that rear sag and BAM! I WOULD!

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Man thats a pretty clean car and start. I like it

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I have some better rear springs sitting on the floor of the garage waiting to installed to get rid of that nasty sag. Here's a few pics of the cage. it's a 4 point, kinda funky and the welds are not the greatest, but still makes me feel a little safer. :unsure: SDC14451.jpg

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Why are we not seeing more pics of this car? :huh: Can I see more pics of this car? :rolleyes: I really like the looks of this car :cool: You should cruise out to PortOrchard so I can check out your car. :P

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Your car does look like my car. I too have a trunk mount battery. Have we still got opposite bumpers installed? I should put a roll of tape on my driveshaft tunnel to use as a cupholder like you've done. Seriously though, can we see more poictures of this car? :D

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I finally got the rear springs installed. they put the rear right at the height that I like.

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The next job is to swap the dogleg from the 2-door into the 4-door. The 4-door's trans is getting harder and harder to shift without grinding... and install the front bumper.:D

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I gave the dime a little facelift. yellow fogs, a front bumper and a door mirror from a 65 mustang.SDC14648.jpgSDC14649.jpg I also cleaned up the steering column with a better ignition switch (the key stays in and only 1 key works!), better column surround, and painted the switch bezel. I made a vintage billiards ball shift knob too, it fits your hand perfect. I think i'm going to make some more if anyone is interested. SDC14647.jpg Soon to come: front coilovers and moar lower!!!

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Like the shift knob how much would it cost to get me one of those. And what are those seats out of, or are they just aftermarket seats?

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Like the shift knob how much would it cost to get me one of those. And what are those seats out of, or are they just aftermarket seats?

 

Probably $25 for one of the billiard ball knobs. I have a 4,5,7,and a 13 in my stash. the seat is one of those cheap racing seats you get from summit or jegs.

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is the 2 door fs.... :)

 

 

He sold it a while back actually, for peanuts!

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is the 2 door fs.... :)

 

Yeah that 2door is long gone, it has a good home though. the new owner has a build thread: Squirrels beater 510

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Been workin on the dime. Finished assembling the front coilovers. The T3 camber plates that I got didn't fit the rabbit strut inserts, but a quick e-mail to Gabe and they has a set of spacers in the mail for me. the 280zx struts brought the track width in about 3/4" in on each side, just enough to tuck the tires! The ride is so much better too with the RCA's and the tokico illuminas. Also got my fog light wired in with a relay and a toggle in the hole for the map light switch.SDC14698.jpgSDC14712.jpgSDC14713-1.jpg

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Next: waiting for fittings to hook up the mechanical gauges, swap in the good trans and a new clutch. keeping my eye out for cheap rear coilovers, and long term will be swap in the VG30 that's on the garage floor.

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Been workin on the dime. Finished assembling the front coilovers. The T3 camber plates that I got didn't fit the rabbit strut inserts, but a quick e-mail to Gabe and they has a set of spacers in the mail for me. the 280zx struts brought the track width in about 3/4" in on each side, just enough to tuck the tires! The ride is so much better too with the RCA's and the tokico illuminas. Also got my fog light wired in with a relay and a toggle in the hole for the map light switch.SDC14698.jpgSDC14712.jpgSDC14713-1.jpg

where did you get the yellow fogs?:cool: i want!!!!

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krylon yellow stain i think is cheap

 

LOve this car. I just like beater 4 doors. I think some better wheels could really enhance this car.

Konig,Rotas ,TE37s ect.....this car needs to be Garaged from now on. looks solid

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Thanks guys. The yellow fogs are wagner. $13.65 each on rockauto.com, part number 4412a, and don't worry Hainz, I have a carport in the works for this summer. I would love some rotas, but i think after I sand and polish the rims and paint the centers a gunmetal color they'll look pretty good.

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Nice, another 4 door :cool: . Glad to hear your going VG. I'm subscribing for inspiration :D you've got a PM

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Well, no VG30 swap yet, just some little updates: Added euro front turn signals.SDC14843.jpg Made a radiator puke tank out of a vintage 7-up bottle. not finished, i'm going to run the overflow line in copper. SDC14844.jpg hooked up some auto meter gauges, and a junkyard stereo. SDC14845.jpg back seatbelts so i can drag my kid around.SDC14846.jpg and replaced some melted wires in the engine bay and re-wrapped part of the harness and pulled about 40 feet of unused wire from the car.:blink:

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I just put some suntune gauges in mine and they SUCK ..are your Auto meter gauges electric ?

If yes how much?

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I just put some suntune gauges in mine and they SUCK ..are your Auto meter gauges electric ?

If yes how much?

No, they are 2 5/8" mechanical sport-comps and I got them all used off craigslist and e-bay. they sell electric ones that look the same tho. I had them in my first dime and they are very reliable and match the stock gauges pretty well.

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