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post #16 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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post #17 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 03:14 PM
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The doors are the original convertible doors. I only changed the glass and the regulators. Both are readily available.


I really like the front fender vents... did you make the fenders yourself? are the vents functional? if so, did you have to modify the inner support brace to clear the vents?

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… I see you answered most of my question in post 16.....


but I really don't want to modify MY fenders....

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What an absolutely excellent job! , no, make that
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post #19 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-22-2019, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, it is necessary to modify the structure behind the fenders, but it really is no big deal. Fenders are cheap. Just buy a pair and grab the jigsaw!
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Just a reminder to folks who are reading this thread the pics below are what Wade started with. Very impressive skills.

Little history, this was coupe #802 that was owned by a forum member and had to be bought back by GM under the Lemon Law because no-one could find the cause of the electrical issues that plagued the car. It was cut in half by GM to prevent it from being sold to anyone. Only to be bought and turned into a coupe again, lol.



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Just an absolutely amazing accomplishment!! My coupe looks a lot alike it, but without the white stripes. Owning one now, it really helped me following your photos. Can't imagine how long you spent completing such a project. Guessing you must have an engineering background, mechanical or electrical is my guess. And, unlike the tops that have been developed, yours has the Targa top too! I didn't see the back window open, but I'm sure it does. A great coupe, but suspect more than mine cost, without the LS7 conversion.
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That is beyond sweet!

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post #23 of 42 (permalink) Old 01-23-2019, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Just an absolutely amazing accomplishment!! My coupe looks a lot alike it, but without the white stripes. Owning one now, it really helped me following your photos. Can't imagine how long you spent completing such a project. Guessing you must have an engineering background, mechanical or electrical is my guess. And, unlike the tops that have been developed, yours has the Targa top too! I didn't see the back window open, but I'm sure it does. A great coupe, but suspect more than mine cost, without the LS7 conversion.
Thanks for the kind words. The back window works just like yours, with the button and the fob. I am not an engineer, but I am fortunate to have a restoration shop with all of the right tools, equipment, and help to do projects like this for myself from time to time. Sometimes my guys appreciate working on a project where no rust is involved!
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Wade,I'm 99% sure that I saw this car in a local car show years ago after the V8 conversion. Will you be doing any shows now with the coupe conversion? I would love to see it up close and personal. Don
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Wade,I'm 99% sure that I saw this car in a local car show years ago after the V8 conversion. Will you be doing any shows now with the coupe conversion? I would love to see it up close and personal. Don
If I had known that it was going to be ready by now, I would have had it in the Pittsburgh World of Wheels. Maybe next year for that. My only PA plans for the car as of now are the Flashlight Drags at Waynesburg airport this summer.
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Im amazed what a great job.
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That's gorgeous - excellent work.

Oh, how I'd love to have a down draft paint booth...

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Here are a couple of pictures behind the seats.
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any suggestions on where/how to buy fenders, and the inner support if available?
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sorry, dumb question.... even Amazon has them (just a bit pricey tho….)
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thanks wade, I do go to those drags at times, I'll be watching for the schedule, usually about 4 times per summer, hope to see you there. I think the show I saw you at was in downtown Waynesburg. Don
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