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7th Gen ('06-'07): Rear Wheel Drive build thread, It is happening..

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Old 02-13-2015, 09:58 AM
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Very cool!!!

Love seeing Zippy's car in the background of that first shot
 
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:47 AM
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Well guys, I am on my way - as you can see the frame has been delivered to Paul's in Salt Lake as well as the RHS block. Matt has a few projects he has to complete first before he really gets into the meat of my project. I guess from what he says it will be about a month before he starts on it. The frame will be primed first with weld through primer. I am not entirely sure about the steps to disassemble the donor car but as I get more info on that I will pass it along. Greg Hubbs (Zippy02) has been gracious enough to do all the previous posts in this thread and as we go I am sure he will have a first hand look at what is going on and will pass it along - I owe him a great deal of gratitude for helping me out and keeping everyone here updated.
Matt, you asked about some details - here's a little insight.
Block: RHS Aluminum LS9 tall deck - 454
Diff: 9" Ford (3:73)
Trans: Allison (3:20 first gear)
Pwr Add: Whipple supercharger (size TBD)
Frt Susp: Type C-6
Steering: Manual - Electric Asst.
Frame: 4 x 2 x .1875 Welded Rectangular Tubing P&O
Wheels: 18" Forgeline (style TBD)
Tires: Rear M/T 335 DR - Front 235 M/T Rad
Donor Car: To be repainted '02 Monte Mid-night Blue
Donor Car: To be fitted with all factory '06/'07 SS fascia front, sides & back including steering wheel. Only the VIN will be the give away that it is not a real factory SS
Instrumentation: Dakota (tentatively)
Safety: Full Cage
Fuel, Cooling: ??
Exhaust: Jardine - same as my '07

I am sure things will change as they go - but this should give you an excellent idea what direction I am going in. Thanks
 
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Old 02-17-2015, 08:51 AM
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Oh, and I almost forgot. My goal is a minimum of 1000 RWHP.
 
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Old 02-17-2015, 09:12 AM
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That frame looks really strong and the donor car looks in good shape as well. I really can't wait to see it all come together, especially having that at least 1000 horsepower.
 
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:20 AM
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What do you have budgeted for the build?
 
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:45 AM
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Mel: On a project like this, like my last build you really can't budget - you just confront the expense as they happen. Everything is a work in progress with many unexpected cost issues. As they arise I just deal with them. However I can tell you that I waited a long time to put these cars together and I have worked with the shop on a pay as I go plan that works well for the both of us. Its not a question - did I save enough - its can I earn enough during the project to cover my costs and so far I have succeeded at doing just that.
 
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:49 AM
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David (StumpMI): We live so close we have to make a point of getting together sometime this year. My'06 won't be complete - so my '07 is my only option at this time. Stay in touch. SAM
 
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Ya know ive alwasy been curious about this subject. Ive also heard of people using holden/G8 or camaro/firebird chasis for making the w-body a RWD unibody design, But converting a unibody monte to a full frame? Thats just bad ***! Cant wait to see updates on this, all the power to ya!
 
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I must bow down to this project 454 rwd monte will be a monster. I'm jealous already. Can't wait to see the finished product just to see the real potential gm gave up on. Good luck with everything man hope that the random expenses don't beat you up too bad man! Enjoy the toys! I've seen your SSV on youtube, you ever gonna make anymore videos on it?
 
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:23 AM
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Sam do you plan on having the 07 MC at the W-body Meet this summer in Michigan? I would love to see it if I make the trip from Iowa.
 

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