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Old 01-21-2019, 06:45 PM
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A FAST and easy way to get the staked in studs out is to place it over a small socket that will allow the stud to drop into it and smack it with a hammer. They pop right out and does not distort the retainer.

A good N95 particle mask is good to have so you do not breath this stuff. It depends on how much of dust cloud you put yourself into. and if you have any air movement. A Tyvek paint suit does not hurt either to keep the dusts of your clothes if you are worried about that.

Good job!!! Keep it up.

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Old 01-21-2019, 09:07 PM
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Great tip Dub! Thank you. I guess if the front uses the same type of bracket system, Iíll use that method on there and save myself some time and headache.

I made some flexible sanding blocks out of 3/4Ē rubber cork material I have lying around. Really dense stuff with the ability to flex pretty good against the body lines. Hopefully these will keep me from destroying the curves of the bumper when I take them down to flush. I know I can fix them later with filler but my pops always has said to me ďThe straighter you can get it and the least amount of filler the betterĒ. So Iíll shoot for that.

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Old 01-22-2019, 10:40 AM
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Your 'pops' is right. the least amount of body filler is always best. But I can say that try not to worry so much about that when using the VPA due to it is not like normal body filler and it can do more for you without FEAR that you have too much on.

So use as much as is needed... and if it is a lot...then it is what it is as I always say.

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Strokemyaxe,

Sorry if I missed it in your posts, but what bumper did you purchase for your project? Looks like there are multiple manufactures out there, did your choice have a reasonable fit?
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Some great tips and tricks... No way I'd thought of some of those.
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Originally Posted by BlackC3vette View Post
Strokemyaxe,

Sorry if I missed it in your posts, but what bumper did you purchase for your project? Looks like there are multiple manufactures out there, did your choice have a reasonable fit?
I purchased it from Don at Glasworks. It fit well enough. Iím having to back fill the parameter of the bumper from the inside due to needing to remove about 1/8Ē of material in various places and reshape peaks to meet. I was going to have to sand down a lot of one corner anyway due to some shipping damages that occurred (still working through that with UPS) But... Keep in mind that these cars are all hand fit together and could have as much as a quarter inch difference in some areas where body panels meet. Mine could be way off or right on from the factory, but it is absolutely an undamaged car for sure.

West systems epoxy kit showed up today. Took forever to get here. Now itís 30 degrees this week. I donít really feel like working in this cold right now.

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Old 01-30-2019, 08:44 PM
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Yeah, but think about how much work time you will have with the glass. Enough for it to slide right down off the car...

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Hey Dub, this is the crack I sent you a PM about.



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YES...seen it before and I know what to do. You know I can type it out if you want me to...but a phone call will save me a lot of typing time.

So....call me or let me know if I need to type it all out.

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So Iíve been pretty busy on the corvette. Front and rear bumpers are roughed in and bolted up. Quite a bit of work on the front bumper due to a fitment issue. Flares roughly fitted and bolted on today after cutting the fenders. Itís coming along.

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Pictures of the front bumper with new surround and flange that I hand built, filled emblem holes and installed l88 hood





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I really want to do this to the front end on my 73 and I'll need the same L88 hood.
Looks real nice.
Did you purchase the new surround and mod it or make the whole set up on your own?
Please keep us posted.
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I really want to do this to the front end on my 73 and I'll need the same L88 hood.
Looks real nice.
Did you purchase the new surround and mod it or make the whole set up on your own?
Please keep us posted.
The whole front bumper assembly was purchased (Edited)I had just a really funky fitment on my car so I had to cut the entire mounting flange off and rebuild by hand. Others before me haven’t had that issue. My car was never wrecked and measured out correctly everywhere... so I dunno. I’m happy with it’s fit now though. Lol.

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At the risk of starting the inevitable argument about the implications fo removing the rear impact bar.......

I remember that you said you were planning on fabricating something to replace the OE impact bar. Have you gotten to that yet?

Srsly, don't care about opinions as to IF it should be done or not.
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Originally Posted by Strokemyaxe View Post
Pictures of the front bumper with new surround and flange that I hand built, filled emblem holes and installed l88 hood





Very cool look.
Did not see where you mentioned ( I may have missed it).........
The front bumperettes/brackets/etc are missing which looks cool.
Are you fabbing a grille for that space and how will you mount it?
What will you do for signal lights?
I have one project where I am using the FIA headlight assy and one where I will stay stock.
Both will have 1974 front solid fiberglass bumpers instead of the 1975 originals.
One grill setup will be the 68-72 style with no license plate bracket so all 3 grilles. I have all 3 of those pieces.
2nd one I am still contemplating how to deal with that. Like the C2 look.
Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration.
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Very cool look.
Did not see where you mentioned ( I may have missed it).........
The front bumperettes/brackets/etc are missing which looks cool.
Are you fabbing a grille for that space and how will you mount it?
What will you do for signal lights?
I have one project where I am using the FIA headlight assy and one where I will stay stock.
Both will have 1974 front solid fiberglass bumpers instead of the 1975 originals.
One grill setup will be the 68-72 style with no license plate bracket so all 3 grilles. I have all 3 of those pieces.
2nd one I am still contemplating how to deal with that. Like the C2 look.
Keep up the good work and thanks for the inspiration.
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Yes, I am fabbing a billet grill from a late 80"s chevy pickup. Will complete disassemble and rebuild to proper shape, with provisions for signals and foglights. It will mount to the front impact support triangle plate. I'm not sure what signals I will be using in the grill yet. I am however replacing the side markers with C6 sidemarkers in both front and back. I go back and forth on what I'm wanting to do for the actual markers (stock or aftermarket) so I've been putting that off until I'm certain.

I'm glad I could inspire. It's been a fun journey. Fiberglass work is certainly dirty, but the limits are endless.

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C6 side marker lights?
Now you have gone and done it....I'll have to check that out now.
Like I didn't have enough to do already....
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C6 side marker lights?
Now you have gone and done it....I'll have to check that out now.
Like I didn't have enough to do already....
Haha. Yeah, I donít think Iíve ever seen someone do it. Itís trivial, I know. But Iím going for very subtle updates that will compliment a ďlittle touch of modernĒ look. Z06 NPP mufflers going on this week.

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