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4/10/12 1:47am - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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Adams' Apple said: Try this one....
http://www.vetteprojects.com/bmv/frameoff/2012/apr/1/drivingvideo1.MOV
DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK! Copy/paste it to your browser....you will be downloading the video. Otherwise, you will continue to get a 404 error!

It's ALIVE!!! ALIVE!!!! Clap Way tuh go, Ben!!! Ho does it feel to be driving that monster again?


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It feels great Joel...  I am a little concerned about the traction.  It spins a little too easily.  I knew moving from a 7.4 (2.2*3.36) launch ratio to a 9.6 (2.87*3.36) was going to make a difference but this was too effortless.  Once I actually get it tuned and running right the tires wont stand a chance.  Once these melt off I will try to put some 305's on the rear.


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4/10/12 9:21am - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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That video is just a teaser, Ben! It does sound like it's running pretty good! Come on, just a month to get it done  Wink   
 
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4/10/12 3:14pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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Jaws79 said: That video is just a teaser, Ben! It does sound like it's running pretty good! Come on, just a month to get it done  Wink   
 
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No way in a month...  but I did just buy a billy Bob pickup from Joel's neck of the woods yesterday so that I have something to haul it with.
 
Im going to try to haul it in to the alignment shop thursday.


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4/10/12 6:27pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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That's OK Ben, Corvettes at Carlisle is in August!  Wink 
 
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4/16/12 11:29pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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I got the car aligned today.  Pictures to follow.

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4/17/12 1:03pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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cthulhu said:but I did just buy a billy Bob pickup from Joel's neck of the woods yesterday so that I have something to haul it with.

Hey! Leave me outta the Billy Joe Bob deals! LOL


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8/29/12 12:49am - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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this was my last work before the summer.  I really havent worked all summer.  lots of other projects (expanding my house).
 
ive been stuck trying to figure out a wheel spacing problem.
 
my drivers wheel is further back in the wheel well.
 
the fiberglass is squared to the body. I checked this over and over.
 
the problem is the wheelbase is shorter on the left side than the right.  even after an alignment.
 
How do I move the wheel forward 3/4"????
 
here is the most recent work.
 
 


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8/29/12 9:11am - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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Looks good , Ben! But that video (at least what I saw) is such a tease! One little blub and that's it! You had better have it done by spring or we'e going to organize a trip to see it in it's natural habitat (your house!). Don't have a clue on the alignment issue. Is the frame good (I sure hope so at this point!)? Keep up the good work!
 
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Yeah the frame is square And in spec for length as well I tried loosening the bushing bolts an tightening the rear ones first to push it forward and it only took about 1/4" out

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Ben,
I have no useful advise other than put a bigger tire on the one side to make it look the same!
Now just for kicks, are they the same size tires?
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8/29/12 12:59pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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Well...this is gunna sound stoopid, and I prolly know the answer anyway, but I gotta ask....are you sure the upper control arms are on the correct side of the car? They will fit on either side, but the wheels will not be centered properly if reversed, or one of them is wrong. I said it was a stoopid question, but still had to ask. NO offense intended. Big smile
That's really the only thing I can think of if you are certain the frame is right....


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8/30/12 12:41am - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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nice build I have been fallowing it myself, giving me ideals that I think are going to cost me money :)

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Yes they are correct but not saying one wasn't damaged and is kicked back a little farther They arent very rigid and I remember them flexing quite a bit when I was pressing the bushings in The pass side is perfect The drivers is too far back In thinking about going to offset upper brackets, are the upper brackets slotted ?

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Neither the tabs on the frame, nor the control arm shafts are slotted, as far as the originals. Some of the aftermarket stuff does have slotted shafts, I think, to allow different adjustment limits. Don't know that any of them would actually move the ball joint/steering axis forward or backward, but they might.

I just had another thought....and that will be my limit for this week....LOL

Take a look at the control arm on that side, where the alignment shims go....you stated earlier that you were taking it to the alignment place. I wonder if they put too many shims in the front, and that has the ball joint too far to the rear? That would move the centerline of that wheel rearward....putting the wheel farther back in the wheelwell, as well as making the wheelbase on that side shorter....

Might be a far-fetched idea, but....I've had worse....LOL

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i think i may try some after market upper control arms.
i just remeber there being a lot of flex on them.  very well could be bent 1/2" from something as simple as jumping a curb but not sever enough to "look damaged"


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im still stuck at the same place.  the front wheel spacing isnt even.
 
are there any corvette body experts near me (arkansas).  at this point I am at wits end.  i would be willing to take the car a couple hundred miles to get an expert to look at it and tell what I need to do to move ahead. 
 
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3/23/13 2:35pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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Nice, I have been doing the same thing... Pita









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cthulhu said: im still stuck at the same place.  the front wheel spacing isnt even.
 
are there any corvette body experts near me (arkansas).  at this point I am at wits end.  i would be willing to take the car a couple hundred miles to get an expert to look at it and tell what I need to do to move ahead. 
 
body work is not my forte.



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3/28/13 12:56pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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Ben, I asked for recommendations for you over on the NCRS Tech board. If there is a good, reliable place that can help you figure this out, someone will let me know, and then I'll pass that info on to you, asap. Big smile

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3/29/13 12:31pm - Reply: 'Re: Frame off project 2012 updates'
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So far only one response, and I'm not sure it's good one, but...

Joe Ray at Joe Ray Parts  ....North Little Rock area.

I'll keep asking....


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