• Car For Sale

    Car For Sale

    If anyone is interested (or knows anyone who might be interested) in picking up a very nice (and VERY fast) Ultima GTR, please check out my Hemmings ad and get in touch. Hemmings Ad

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  • Seats and Seat Belts

    Seats and Seat Belts

    The main effort these last few days has been the installation (at long last!!) of the seats and seat belts.  However, before we get to that, a brief aside regarding the fuel caps and their countersunk screws. The short version is that, having tried all possible combinations of fuel cap, […]

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  • Center Section Mounted

    Center Section Mounted

    I did quite a bit of work on the car this last week or so, but didn’t take as many photos as usual.  I’ve noticed that my iPhone’s thumbprint scanner (which I use to unlock the device) doesn’t work reliably when one’s hands are sweaty.  As it’s been really hot […]

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  • Instrument Holes, Dashboard Leather, and Rear Bulkhead Carpet

    Instrument Holes, Dashboard Leather, and Rear Bulkhead Carpet

    First task on the panel was to mark and cut a hole for the “extra” instrument the factory sent for my LS7-powered car: an oil temperature gauge. With the new gauge’s wire run down the right side of the car in preparation for the gauge, I decided to fit the […]

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  • Touchdown!

    Touchdown!

    With the side pods, wheels, and tires mounted, it was finally time to set the project on its own feet for the first time.  Thanks to friend John for securing an engine hoist for the balance of the project.  I’d planned to rent one for the engine installation, itself, but […]

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  • Engine Under Construction

    Engine Under Construction

    Not much to say in this entry other than that my engine is nearly ready to ship.  I received these photos today (from Gail at American Speed) of my 700HP LS7 under construction: Looking good so far; I can’t wait to get this car finished and running!

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  • Steering Rack/Column and Wiring Fun

    Steering Rack/Column and Wiring Fun

    The most challenging aspect of installing the steering rack/column was the not-at-first-obvious necessity to bevel the universal joint (UJ) edges.  Each UJ has four “shoulders”, if you will, each of which impinged, at some point in the rack’s 2.5 turn travel, with its opposite surface.  A few of those impingements […]

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  • Rear Uprights & Shocks

    Rear Uprights & Shocks

    With the wishbones in place, I couldn’t resist mounting the uprights.  I spent a few minutes getting all the various bolts and washers in order, opened a fresh packet of silicon grease, and loosely mounted the left upright. At this point, I went back and re-read the upright section of […]

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  • Main Floor Panel and Riveting

    Main Floor Panel and Riveting

    A long day spent working on the car today.  Thanks to my buddy John for coming by to help out – the second pair of hands (and good company!) was greatly appreciated. As with the preceding floor panels, all the prep work was accomplished in the usual manner.  A stealth […]

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  • Flipped!

    Flipped!

    Thanks to this morning’s flipping crew (Jeanie (my wonderful, understanding, and long-suffering wife), John, John Sr., Mel, and Dexter – plus Novie on video duties), the chassis inversion was accomplished with far more ease than I anticipated.  The fruits of our (brief) labor: The crew: I couldn’t resist placing the […]

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Recent Posts

Door Gap Final Riveting

Door Gap Final Riveting

I’ve been puttering around this weekend identifying the remaining “before starting on the engine ancillaries” tasks and knocking them out, one by one.  First on the list was completing the door gap final riveting.  This refers to the outboard row of rivets through the luggage bin covers, the side pod […]

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Rear Bulkhead Riveted

Rear Bulkhead Riveted

My trusty building assistants (the Johns, III & IV) arrived this morning ready to work.  The primary, multi-handed pending job was the final drilling and riveting of the rear bulkhead.  First, however, the guys had to try the car on for size, as neither had seen it since the seats […]

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Fuse and Relay Mounting

Fuse and Relay Mounting

I’ve been puttering around getting the interior and front of the car finished up prior to beginning on the back end (engine ancillaries, et al.) and decided to get the two side pod access panel areas done.  The left side (where the fuses and relays live) seemed simpler, so I […]

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Steering Wheel, Brake Bleeding, and Wheel Torquing

Steering Wheel, Brake Bleeding, and Wheel Torquing

My buddy John came over this morning and we managed, despite a couple of minor setbacks, to accomplish a few critical tasks.  Since I had my hands full for most of the work period, there were very few photos taken today. No sooner had he arrived, then we discovered that a […]

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Side Lights & Rearview Mirrors

Side Lights & Rearview Mirrors

The side lights (indicator/signal repeaters) are simple, LED affairs connected by two wires with tiny spade connectors.  The two complicating factors (there always must be something, right?) were: The male spade connectors on the lights were flimsy and moved around with each attempt to engage them.  That the loom ends only […]

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Brake Fluid & Windshield Washer Reservoirs

Brake Fluid & Windshield Washer Reservoirs

Installation of the brake fluid and windshield washer reservoirs seemed, at first glance, to be a fairly straightforward task.  However…  The two plastic tanks must be positioned such that the front clip can close over them.  So, not too high and not too far outboard – they have to be […]

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Dashboard Gauges

Dashboard Gauges

The dash gauges were installed (along with three momentary push-button and two toggle switches) in much the same manner as the rocker switches: penetrate the leather with a razor knife in the center of the cutout, make a cross to the edges, excise each flap, and fettle as necessary (I […]

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Switches and Doors

Switches and Doors

With the body’s center section permanently mounted (I still need to trim and glue the “wings” of the rear bulkhead carpet and rivet the aluminum rear bulkhead in place), I decided to begin working on installing the dash gauges.  I should point out (perhaps unnecessarily) that I’m completely terrified of […]

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Body Permanently Mounted

Body Permanently Mounted

Today was a big day on the project.  The body is permanently mounted!  All nuts have been tightened and all rivets riveted. With my two chief assistants due to show up at 8:30AM, I was out in the shop at 7 doing the layout and drilling of all the forward rivet holes. […]

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Seats, Carpets, and Gearshift Rod Trouble

Seats, Carpets, and Gearshift Rod Trouble

Fixing the runners to the seat bottoms was a simply matter of bolting them in place and then tapping the adjusters on with a large, rubber mallet.  Seats are ready to install. My head carpet trimmer did a great job!  Thanks, buddy. Don’t ask me why, but in the course of […]

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