Be prepared, C-Prepared Autocross (1981 Camaro)

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  1. 1981paul

    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    Started hacking on the frame again today to clearance for the front AFCO coilovers:

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    I still need to plate the top and bottom, finish weld, support the a-arm attachment point, and do the other side, but progress is progress.
     
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    Very cool, every time I need to adjust ours I wish we would have gone ahead and moved them outside the frame.
     
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    1981paul Moderator Staff Member

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    So a lot has happened, but not a ton of pictures to show for it. My parents (I'm 30) are getting divorced, so I no longer can use their garage, as the house has been sold. Because of this, the car had to move over two hours away, but luck would have it that it is staying with a friend who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty.

    So here it is on move-in day:
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    On the trailer on they way up the car it 80mph. It hasn't done that in over 5 years. I added racing stripes to make it look faster. More importantly, I buttoned up the front suspension so it was ready to roll. I'll get pictures of it next time I'm out there, but it's all boxed in, hung, and ready(ish) to roll.
     
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    So about that guy I left it with... We call him "Mustang Boy". He's a fellow autocrosser and a good friend of mine. Being a college student, he needs to blow off steam, so I let him have at the car.

    He was a little nervous when I told him to cut the car up, so I drew some lines for him to follow:
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    He tagged the car with the team logo...
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    A cut above the rest... (he looks like a skinny terminator)
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    (Please ignore the bird-poo welds.... they are getting redone)

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    Sweet, progress is always good, nice to have some help too. Are you going to add any reinforcement from the cage to the body where that's cut out now? It's always looked to me like that would have added some rigidity to everything, even as light of metal as it all was.

    Cutting that out would have made so many things easier on ours :screwup:
     
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    Seeing as how he got a rollcage, it can't get much more rigid! LOL

    Little at a time, atleast that's what I tell myself..
     
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    There is a X missing from the back of the cage, along with a crossmember for the shocks that will tie into the cage as well. Probably a few other things too.

    I do love the view in the trunk now, and the best part is it will stay that way.
     
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    this is one of my favorite project progress posts! maybe one day ill find the balls to cut clean straight metal away, but for now im stuck heavy. :rolleyes:

    keep it up it looks great!
     
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    Cutting was sooooo therapeutic. Either way, the car started life as a 1981 V6 - I like to think I'm giving it a better life.
     
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    so so so much better
     

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