My 1971 LS Swapped Pro-Touring Project

Discussion in 'Project Progress' started by 1971CamaroGuy, May 15, 2012.

  1. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    Thanks! Yeah I am finding out a lot of GM vehicles had a lean...it just becomes more noticeable as they are lowered. I read a post on trans am country that a member said he had a spacer / shim in one of his coil springs that claimed was factory (he bought new). I am looking at coil overs, but that may be my winter project so i can drive the car a bit and enjoy it this summer.
     
  2. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    Started putting my new bilstein front shocks on and removed the drivers front shock. A little backstory on this....I carried my car to a alignment shop to get the alignment done end of last summer. I guess in my hastiness I didn't put the bolts in the drivers front shock? I'll own that if I did...it's possible.

    The alignment shop told me that the shock had gotten damaged from the bolts being out of the bottom. Had to be my trip there because I haven't driven the car up to that point.

    I told them to go ahead replace it, I finally got around to pulling the one they "installed" out and I kept thinking damn this thing is long and looks weird. Here it is against my bilstein fronts...can anyone spot whats off about it?

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    It's a freaking rear shock they installed on the front....and a cheap one at that. Needless to say I won't be using them anymore. I had them bleed the brakes too and was missing a lug nut on the rear by the time I got back home.

    I guess that explains some of the harshness I was getting from potholes and stuff...and it felt like it was coming from the drivers side. That thing had to be bottomed out with no compression.
     
  3. Troy72Camaro

    Troy72Camaro New Member

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    WOW. I would have to go back and say something. I try to do everything myself as I don't trust half of these so called certified mechanics. Maybe they have a Facebook page or website you can leave them a nice review on??? Lug nuts are another story I usually just bring my rims in and have them mount and balance then install myself at home or at least re-torque as soon as I get home.
     
  4. 1971CamaroGuy

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    Yeah I think they may have a facebook page...I'm going to def look for some opportunities to rate them if I can
     
  5. Jas0n

    Jas0n Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    That is a horror story! Have a shop should be forbidden to some ...
     
  6. lapedr

    lapedr Veteran Member Gold Member

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    So what did you decide, did you butt weld or do it like the factory? I am in the same boat
     
  7. jfreakofkorn

    jfreakofkorn Veteran Member

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    in a beer can ....
  8. lapedr

    lapedr Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Do you have any pics of when you welded the qtr to the roof prior to applying filler and doing bodywork showing this specific area?
     
  9. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    I don't sorry, all I did was clean the area..and spot welded similar to factory..then seamed it together to close up the two joints for strength. Then applied a fiberglass stranded filler as the base and rough shape, then a skim coat of standard filler on top of that to finish. Should never crack in that area with the way I did it...no flexing.
     
  10. 1971CamaroGuy

    1971CamaroGuy Veteran Member

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    Haven't done much with the car in a while, got a wild hair and bought another engine to replace my high mile 5.3 that's in the car.

    I went back and forth, and thought about getting a Ls3 crate engine, but I still would have needed to get a transmission and torque converter as the one that's in the car is from a 2004 V6 trail blazer and wouldn't have cut it.

    In the end I cheaped out and got a 80,000 mile LS1 pull out from a 1999 Trans Am for $3400 shipped.

    I don't need the harness or accessories on that motor so I can flip some of those parts to whittle my purchase price down some.

    Should work nicely with my holley system as there is a file already for it based on that combo



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