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Project Doolittle, '68 2000


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but ka roadster, has that been done before?

 

I've seen quite a few actually. A fellow I know in Houston has a silver one with a KA24E in it. Honestly, the L-series Roadster is the rarity. Used to be a common swap back in the day, but now... Not so much. 

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Finally got the engine/trans today...

 

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Need to find a flywheel for it, but otherwise it's pretty complete...

 

Still waffling on whether to put it in the Roadster or my 620. Leaning towards Roadster now...   ^_^

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Picked up some donuts from work...

 

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Aired up the flat tire and pushed it outside...

 

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Jacked it up, took off the turbine wheels, and put the donuts on. Had to use some 2" adapters I had on the front because the Roadster spindle is too big to fit though the hole in the Nissan Versa spares...   :rofl:

 

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My friend Pat (aka FlyinPat) used his wrecker to then tow it over to my house...

 

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Did all that because my buddy Mark the painter came by to give me a quote on doing the body work and respray. We came to a number I could afford and so now I need to get all the trim and lights off so he can pick it up and start on it in a few weeks. Hoping to have it out of paint jail by late December.   :thumbup:

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Your roadster is in pretty good shape. Should look nice when it is done.

 

 

I hope so. The body is in surprisingly good shape. A few pinholes in the lower left rear, and a few small dings here and there, but it shouldn't take much fettling. 

 

 

 

I really like those turbine wheels. Had a set on my old 72 goon that I wish I would have kept for my Roadster.

 

They shan't be going back onto this car, though...  ;)

 

I like them a lot, but they are a little too 70s for a Roadster in my opinion. They'd look much more at home on a B210 or 710...   :thumbup:

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Engine bay...

 

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Interior (what's left of it)...

 

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Looking at the steering bits, it sure looks like the idler arm and steering gearbox are ambidextrous and could be flipped side-to-side, so...   B)

Somebody has a 66-67 moredoor Chevy II

 

Edit: saw the later pic showing whole Nova in back ground - Plans?

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Somebody has a 66-67 moredoor Chevy II

 

Edit: saw the later pic showing whole Nova in back ground - Plans?

 

It belongs to my landlord's friend. I've been trying to buy it for 3 years now.   :rofl:

 

I'd like to have it to do something like this...

 

This

 

Still trying to decide. May not know until it's time to bolt it in...   ^_^

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It belongs to my landlord's friend. I've been trying to buy it for 3 years now.   :rofl:

 

I'd like to have it to do something like this...

 

 

Still trying to decide. May not know until it's time to bolt it in...   ^_^

That would be cool. Since the 4 doors kills the traditional hot rod look for me I always thought it would be fun to do a 4 door early Nova in a Euro look with Mesh wheels, molded in body color bumpers etc.

 

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Check that firewall for cracks around the brake master. Weld it up if it needs it and even if it's good buy a brake brace from one of the vendors on 311s.org.  Money well spent.

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Check that firewall for cracks around the brake master. 

 

Just did. None found. Thanks for the tip!  :thumbup:

 

 

even if it's good buy a brake brace from one of the vendors on 311s.org.  Money well spent.

 

Will do.   B)

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always thought it would be fun to do a 4 door early Nova in a Euro look with Mesh wheels

 

I'm with you...

 

 

molded in body color bumpers etc.

 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand you lost me...

 

 

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Now something like a Nimbus Grey with all black bumpers/trim, I could see that...   B)

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My one serious domestic love is a 1966 Chrysler Newport 4 door. Painted gloss black, miles deep, and all of the absurd amounts of chrome all over it done in brushed nickel.

 

 

The reason behind that story, I also don't know how I feel about the body colored bumpers, but I hate chrome.

 

I would like to see a domestic done up both the ways you guys are talking though

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all of the absurd amounts of chrome all over it done in brushed nickel... don't know how I feel about the body colored bumpers, but I hate chrome...

 

I love chrome. But looking at the Chevelle where the bumpers and door handles are brushed nickel, and the door trims are black, I could easily get with that.   B)

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I love chrome. But looking at the Chevelle where the bumpers and door handles are brushed nickel, and the door trims are black, I could easily get with that.   B)

Tip from old cars restoration! Nickle is the chome for really authentic old restoratuons. It has a "yellow" overcast when viewered in the sun or if you want theTri-Plate Copper/Nicekl/Chrome ? Any way,good luckon responses! Chrome has a "Light Blue" overcast. Sublty, but noticable to knowable buyers!
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Starting pull trim off today...

 

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Trunk cleaned out, floor is in good shape, but you can see the pinholes I need to fix in the quarter panel skin...

 

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While cleaning out the trunk, found the original tonneau cover!  :thumbup:

 

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Seats and door panel tops out...

 

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Took the tonneau off and started removing all the fasteners for it...

 

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Everything off the back except the bumper...

 

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Put everything in labeled ziploc bags so nothing gets lost...   :thumbup:

 

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Decided it's best to start at the back end and work my way forward. Need to get the back bumper off and those last two hard-to-get-to tonneau attachement pins, and then it's on to the console and dash.   ^_^

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And the grail has been obtained.  B)

 

 

Found a good deal on an early 1500 dash...   ^_^

 

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Pad off...

 

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Pad is in decent shape. Thankfully they are just a hard molded piece covered in vinyl. Should be able to peel off the vinyl and have it recovered, likely minus the tonneau attachments...

 

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The 1500 dash is my personal favorite, so I am very glad to find one of these. Finally get to ditch the late padded dash!  :thumbup:

 

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