84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by DWNUNDR » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:25 pm

parked the car for the last 2 mths or so due to winter... and being lazy I havent touched it since... so last night I decided screw it lets go play.. Ive been watching a show called Texas Metal and got my juices flowing to mods... haha

so I started back on the 8.8 rear end shortening... not bad for freehand with a grinder... tonight I hope to get some c-channel and bigger clamps to get the alignment set.. so far the sides are less than 1/16" difference.. aka about .020" or .508mm

I also hope to redo my intercooler (upgrading) and changing up the way it is all mounted etc.... also hope to get my stereo and alarm all done but not likely as my buddy is super busy (his trailblazer has sat at my place for 3mths now waiting to swap motors out...
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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by Hobbawobba » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:57 pm

As nice as it is making progress a lot. I think it's good to have some time off occasionally aye! The axle casing is looking pretty slick there aye! th:

What setup are you going with your your stereo bro?

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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by DWNUNDR » Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:03 pm

Hobbawobba wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:57 pm
As nice as it is making progress a lot. I think it's good to have some time off occasionally aye! The axle casing is looking pretty slick there aye! th:

What setup are you going with your your stereo bro?
Ill post some pics when I get home.. I have a sony HU that was sonys entry into the car market a while back.. picked it up super cheap.. has apple play etc so I can use it for navigation etc.. I have Hertz front speakers, some amps, have to find some rears yet and will either go 12" or 2 10s... my buddy who used to do the custom installs (also my painter) said he has some good 10s I can have...

custom boxes in the rear corners facing forward etc.. had a similar setup in my 7 back in Aus.. loved it..

Got the rear end welded up... I may stay late and cut out some of my brackets tonight although I cant fit till I have the car up on the lift and stock rear out.. which I dont plan on doing till it blows haha
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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by Hobbawobba » Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:42 pm

Should be a pretty sweet audio setup there aye!
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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by DWNUNDR » Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:05 pm

put a hold on the rear end build for a bit while I clarify some measurements, and which way I want to go with brakes ie: fc calipers and custom brackets (grannyspeed sells a kit or make my 5letter ones to fit using custom designed brackets (me) or use ford stuff... which I need to replace due to rusted condition it all came with.. but then the ebrake wont work...

then I also need to get axle face to axle face measurements from stock axle compared to my custom rear setup... then know if my current rims will work... if they dont then I may just buy a pair of 5 bolt ones to suit and run stock ford axles... Im hoping the length overall is about an inch less, then if my thoughts are correct it will bring my current rims in nicely as they sit right out and if I lower it more it will rub... so far it doesnt where it sits...

THEN I need to finish my custom brackets for the control arms.. ie flowjet them at work.. but what Id like to do is get a half cut of a first gen and using the stock arms etc hang it on a wall/stand as a jig then be able to locate exactly where to weld to locate the rear end correctly.. then once that is done I need to make a bracket for the watts link??.... or I have to drop the rear end out of my car and I dont want to do that till it blows up or till Im ready.. Id rather not blow it up as I could sell it for a few hundo and pay for the 8.8 conversion Ive created haha

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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by Hobbawobba » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:51 pm

I'll reply on here haha. I can see how there are a few things needing some thought aye! :lol: That makes sense bout bringing the flange to flange distance a bit closer together. Now would be the time to do that! :D No point in blowing the rear end up if you can make a bit of money back also aye bro! -haha-

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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by DWNUNDR » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:24 pm

it finally begins...
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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by DWNUNDR » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:03 pm

started the glassing.. and have my acrylic/poly insert ready to mill...
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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by DWNUNDR » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:53 pm

While in the swing of fiberglassing a sub box and stuff, I figured Id try my hand at making new door inserts... had a little vision and went for it

its not perfect but I think with some sanding to remove ripples and another thin coat itll work out...
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Re: 84GSLSE 13BREW Swap build

Post by Hobbawobba » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:23 pm

What wood material did you use for the inserts?

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