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    Default Butchering yet restoring :p 86 GT build

    I bought this car a year ago thinking it was pretty solid and rust free....and I was somewhat wrong. Shock towers rusted out, hatch rusted, a few other small areas as well. So I decided to pull the motor, repair shock towers and save another 86 fro the jaws of death! Here's my build from the end of September...to present. And I know some purists won't enjoy some of this but try and take it easy on me here lol.

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    Fast forward to my first go around at making it "look better" and just having a little fun driving it.

















    Found seats front and rear on craigslist btw


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    Then came a vinyl wrap, cut springs a cervinis hood and some wheels lol.










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    Then came the engine bay and some real work. Color change to silver YN code...same as my old 98 GT.

    YUCK!!!






















    After lots and lots of welding, grinding, sanding, filler, sanding, filler, sanding, sanding, sanding and then some sanding, she was ready for primer





    Then came base and clear...uncut and unbuffed/polished






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    Scored a Holley systemax upper/lower and msd distributor from 69clark (sinisbuilt) (Tom Clark) lol.



    Then went on to the 5 lug/disc swap.











    And that's where I'll leave it. Much more to come soon. Thanks for looking guys

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    Very Impressive work!

    I doubt you will get any flak from Members here. We all want to see as many Four Eyes running,driving, and on the roads as possible. All of your modifications so far are no different than I myself and many others have made to our own Four Eyes.

    Keep up the good work and keep the pictures coming we love that here at FEP! Oh and Welcome to FEP!
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    What's the plan with the brake lines since you welded the holes closed that back through the inners?

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    Nice engine bay, you show that in one post, I imagine that took a month or so though.

    Will this be a race oriented car? Mini-tubbing?

    I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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    Looking Good! Nice work!
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    So far I don't see any butchering just a good old resto mod!
    If you blink at the end of the straight away you'll miss the twisties and what fun would that be!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basin Motorsports View Post
    What's the plan with the brake lines since you welded the holes closed that back through the inners?
    I'm just going to bend new lines, run through the kmember and such. Not really sure exactly how yet honestly. Any tips or tricks are welcome lol

    Thanks guys! Wasn't sure if ditching the heater core, shaving wipers etc would be considered butchering. Some get a little upset but I plan to keep her so I'm building it how I'd like it to be. No racecar, just a clean four eye street cruiser.

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    Nice job! Lots of talent!

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    Looks awesome so far. Look forward to seeing more progress pics.
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    Doesn't look butchered to me, keep up the good work.
    -Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTurbo View Post
    Looks awesome so far. Look forward to seeing more progress pics.
    Quote Originally Posted by NY5speed View Post
    Doesn't look butchered to me, keep up the good work.
    Thanks fellas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-O-N-Y View Post
    Thanks guys! Wasn't sure if ditching the heater core, shaving wipers etc would be considered butchering. Some get a little upset but I plan to keep her so I'm building it how I'd like it to be. No racecar, just a clean four eye street cruiser.
    No judgement on the mods, I've done much more to my car. Your car is looking good.

    I do wonder at the decision to run without wipers and a heater for a street car though. Those were things I chose to keep on mine even if I expect to seldom need them. Not having them on the car would really limit the times I would be able to drive it around here. I won't plan to be out in the rain, but it could happen and without those items I'd be stuck waiting it out.

    Maybe your climate is better than ours and less unpredictable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Rider View Post
    No judgement on the mods, I've done much more to my car. Your car is looking good.

    I do wonder at the decision to run without wipers and a heater for a street car though. Those were things I chose to keep on mine even if I expect to seldom need them. Not having them on the car would really limit the times I would be able to drive it around here. I won't plan to be out in the rain, but it could happen and without those items I'd be stuck waiting it out.

    Maybe your climate is better than ours and less unpredictable.
    Rainx lol, does wonders. As for heat, I never drive anything I build in the winter. My heater hardly ever seen any use on my old mustangs. Both in which I never ran wipers simply in order to have a cleaner look.

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    We need heat even in summer up here.

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    I can't believe how good the car looked to begin with to need all that work! Bummer you kind of got the shaft on that. But, with it all properly repaired and some show car mods, it sure will be one sweet ride when you're done! Really enjoying this build!
    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by BMW Rider View Post
    We need heat even in summer up here.
    Lol...I just noticed you were in Canada. Not quite as bad here. Once I can't be outside with just a hoodie on, the car sits in the garage.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave9052 View Post
    Nice job! Lots of talent!
    Thanks Dave!! Appreciate it.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrEFI View Post
    I can't believe how good the car looked to begin with to need all that work! Bummer you kind of got the shaft on that. But, with it all properly repaired and some show car mods, it sure will be one sweet ride when you're done! Really enjoying this build!
    Yea I did get played a little no doubt. Glad you like the build so far, thanks man

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    Interior looks perfect..

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    Quote Originally Posted by noac View Post
    Interior looks perfect..
    Thanks!

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    Struggling with fish eyes :/

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    The changes look great so far! I like a nice interior! I was wondering why you got nice new to you four lug wheels and then are changing to five lug? Are they universal?

    For the fish eyes, I have been lucky and not had really any issues with that. Probably every other issue though!

    I am sure you know already based on the work you have done but ensure you are doing the proper degreasing and cleaning on the substrate and gun. If those patch panels were off the shelf, they probably have a bit of machine oil/preservative from the forming and factory. Likely is that it is coming through the gun from the compressor. Do you have a dryer in line? Maybe need to upgrade or replace. At least the spots you showed are not too obvious locations. Hopefully you can figure it out before you do the rest.

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