Dreamland 70

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by Zulu28, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Zulu28

    Zulu28 Veteran Member

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    Well guys, I tried a build thread a while back but got destroyed by Photoheist along with countless others.
    Picked this 70 up a while back, looks to be a rust free solid body although there's been some repair work in the trunk hinge area, this was done at the body shop where I picked up the car from. I'll try a couple of pics just to get going.

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  2. Zulu28

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    A bit of an update, next up will be mini tubs and sfc's, I'll be starting at the back and work my way forward.

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  3. 7/3-SplitRS

    7/3-SplitRS Veteran Member

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    Looks like a good starting point. What are your plans for the car? Color, driveline, style?
     
  4. Zulu28

    Zulu28 Veteran Member

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    One thing for sure it's Not going to be a six figure car lol !
    Along with the mini tubs will be a three or four link from one of the vendors, right now I'm looking at Chassisworks, the front will be stock sub frame with upgrades, the one area I won't cut corners on is body and paint, with that in mind the engine and trans will come last... as we all know that can blow a serious hole in the budget!! Being from Canada is an extreme disadvantage because of the weak dollar exchange, everything I buy you can tack on 40-50% by the time I get it home, plug that into your calculator! I already have a brand new Strange nine inch with 4:11s and some T56 swap stuff so that's the direction I'll be heading in, I'm not sure which engine I'll go with, probably an Ls something or other, if costs spiral out of control it will be a used engine, lots of good ones out there but not necessarily cheap.
    The one area of concern is filling the mini tub gaping hole, 18x12s are difficult to find, the high end wheels are 3500 bucks a pop in my money which ain't gonna happen so I'll have to make do with a much cheaper wheel and just make it work.
     
  5. 7/3-SplitRS

    7/3-SplitRS Veteran Member

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    I can barely afford the resto on mine in American dollars, let alone having to add on 40 to 50% in Canada! I feel for you, but good luck and I look forward to seeing some progress on the mini tub and the rest of the build.
     
  6. Zulu28

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    Well guys, so much for my budget, just bought an Ls7 with under 7K miles, now I'm faced with a decision on what to do with the valve guide issue that some of these engines had, I'll upgrade the rocker trunnion for sure and maybe while I'm at it I'll do the valve springs, difficult choice to pull apart such a low mile engine just because, anyway I'll check everything just for peace of mind, I'll see if I can decipher the engine build date code and go from there.
     
  7. RS1979

    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I guess you believe in the old saying "Go big or go home" with the LS7. It should be a fun ride.
     
  8. dave@ztech

    dave@ztech Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Get your car driving, then start with the engine mods, I am still in paint jail, 15,000 and counting and I just want to drive it !!
     
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  9. Zulu28

    Zulu28 Veteran Member

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    You said it right!! I've tried piecing these engines together in an effort to save money and at the end of the day I found that it wasn't going to work out, by the time you get all the components together to make everything work properly in our cars when you add everything up no matter how you slice and dice it there's a considerable cost, an Ls7 came up for sale and I jumped in with both feet.
     
  10. Zulu28

    Zulu28 Veteran Member

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    I hear ya, that's a fat bill I'm not looking forward to, there's only so much painting that I can get away with in my driveway....neighbours, sure wish I didn't have any!!
     

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