Dave Cozzi's 1970 RS Project (pic heavy)

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  1. dcozzi

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    Dave's 1970 RS

    I figured I would FINALLY do a progress thread since the car has been down for 5 YEARS!
    The car was an original AZ car. I turned it into a hotrod and drove around without a hood for awhile with a 500+HP 406CI. New big cam would not pass emissions so, motor came out and I decided to repaint the car. That is where it all began.....
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    Talk about rust free!
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    At first, I started to use a D/A on it. Screw that! Bought a media blaster and I spent 40-50hrs. dissassembling and media blasting it in my garage.
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    Then I got some $$$ and heard about Lateral Dynamics 3-Link rear end setup. Had it minitubbed and setup right.
    Old 9"
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    New 3-Link w/Strange third member and axles.
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    Looking good! What motor do you plan to replace the 406 with?
     
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    Car in primer.
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    Motor back in. 454HP/457TQ roller cammed 406. Streetable.

    Serpentine setup.
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    Rewiring the car a bit because 40+ years of ghetto engineering can hide anywhere.
    And it did.
     
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    Removed alot of unnecessary wires and crap like the alt relay. Ran a new exciter wire and a new fuel pump power wire to a new relay(the one on the radiator shroud).
    Reinstalled the 12.19" rear Wilwood brakes with a new mounting plate since the new rear is a Torino "big bearing" rear. No pics on that one. It is all safety wired and Loctited though.
    I broke a molar chewing gum while doing the rear brakes and wound up with a root canal and a crown. Another $$ setback. Thats what happens when you have metal fillings and decay gets in.
    Back to the car.
    Front end needed new ball joints and springs. Strip, repaint and reinstall.
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    Fear the coil spring!!!
    New brakes were in order so, I bought a setup from a member here.
    Kore3 hubs, B-Body spindles, Corvette C4 rotors and Wilwood 6 piston calipers.
    Old Wilwood 10.75" vs. new 13" rotors.
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    Mockup of new stuff.
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    Still cannot fit it inside the old 15" rims so, have to wait to install permanently. 18's going on the car eventually.
    This weekend, I started to paint and prime some sheetmetal. There is alot of it, I have found out. I have not used the paint gun in a long time but, I still have a basic understanding of it.
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    Had to wash the bare metal with mild Phosphoric acid and a scotch brite pad since they developed some surface rust. Dried quickly and went over with cleaner before spraying. Got the neighbors real high today! Painted outdoors.
     
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    One real cool thing I noticed on the UCA's I got from Lateral-D. They are threaded on the cross shafts. Tis allows you to add or subtract caster from the front end by moving the arm fore and aft. Mark is a crafty man indeed!
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    Today I also worked on getting the Scat Procar Sportsman seats to fit in the car properly. Anyone who thinks about buying them with the brackets, save your $. The brackets are CRAP. I will post the way I found to get them lower in the car and further back as well. I am 5'10" and my head was near the roof and knees were in the steering wheel. A little welding sourced angle iron and some grade 8 bolts should give yield a simple solution. Just give me a little time with the cutoff wheel and grinder.:crazy: I'll post the solution I came up with so you can add it to the other ones fellow members have done. They are all ingenious yet simple, I think.

    Lots of parts left. Lots of parts.:confused:
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    you got a price on those uca from lateral-D,i`m on the lookout for some.
     
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    Nice :D
     
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    Unfortunately, Lateral-D is no longer in business. They were working on LCAs and UCAs as a part of a full coil-over front end package to go with the 3-Link rear right before they closed their doors.
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    Dave, looks nice! I see that I am not the only one with piles of car parts in the extra bedrooms. :)

    Do you have additional pictures/info on your rear suspension setup? What I can see in the one picture looks very interesting.
     

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