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Woo Hoo! Received an email from Smoothline (11/19/14) letting me know that the safety glass/defogger rear window is expected in next week (11/24-28/14).

The Club Racer hardtop has been finished for several weeks now (ordered 8/1/14) but hasn't been able to be completed due to rear window being on backorder.
 

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WooHoo :thumbs:
FedEx freight just dropped off my Smoothline Club Racer hardtop today (12/11/14). Damn, the top looks friggin tiny.

My plan for this winter is to take the hardtop, GXP fascia, Norms GXP front splitter, and OEM black door handles into a body shop so that everything can be painted together at the same time. No timeframe other than wanting to install everything by Spring of 2015. The J2 polished wheels, and the red heritage replica stripe should help offset the murdered out look.

I also have a set of the old Aftershock recessed grills that are no longer produced. I'm thinking of having the outer recessed parts hydro dipped in chrome, and the inner hexagon grills painted semi-gloss black in order to make Pontiac's split grill feature stand out.

A few weeks ago I found and bought OEM aluminum dead pedals via Nally GMC, and a used copy (Ebay) of the Solstice Performance soft cover book.



Sorry RTE, no pics. A new digital camera is on the want list for next year. Our old one bit the dust a few years ago.


Thank you Mrs. Santa. :cool:
Who says it doesn't pay to be naughty. :devil:
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Glad you finally got your top Chop. :thumbs: Look forward to pics when you get it painted. I think you will find it is a very well made and thought out product.
 

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Discussion Starter #25 (Edited)
Thanks NS, your top is what helped convince me to buy one.

Sorry for the length of this post folks, I'm thinking out loud to myself here. Visualizing and putting into words helps me to remain focused on the changes that I'd like to do with this car someday. God willing.

For Christmas (2014) my wife surprised me buying me a DDM short throw shifter that was part of their 12 days of Christmas sale.

I have a ultra :cool: wife. :bow: Thank you dear. :)

This is the basic look I'm going for. Except the windshield/tulip panel, and headlights are already blacked out (chrome door handles will be switched out to black gloss handles), and the red Heritage/Street Edition vinyl stripe that's already on the car will be added to the hardtop. I'm going for the classic hotrod combo of a black exterior w/red accents, and polished wheels.

Oh yeah, and a new hood too. I've been thinking about ordering a Norms low profile hood for sometime in the future, but lately been wondering if buying a used OEM hood and molding in an aftermarket scoop would be the way to go to save several hundred dollars. OEM used hoods and aftermarket scoops (I'd mold it in) are relatively cheap compared to Norms hood, and I do like the idea that a OEM hood should fit perfectly. Though Norms hood can be ordered to be functional, which is a big plus.

Also, would like to have the interior changed to red someday (except the boomerang), and of course either supercharging the 2.4, or better yet having a V8 w/a electronic Hilborn fuel injections stacks sticking out of the hood just a little.
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Wow Chop, I think it is going to look amazing. My 2 cents....if you are going to go with a hood go with Norm's. The combo of the hood and hard top together give the Sol a really aggressive look. As I have mentioned in other posts once I had Norm readjust my hood fitament is not an issue. It fits perfectly. :thumbs:
 

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Oh yeah, and a new hood too. I've been thinking about ordering a Norms low profile hood for sometime in the future, but lately been wondering if buying a used OEM hood and molding in an aftermarket scoop would be the way to go to save several hundred dollars.

I've been kicking this idea around for a while , my first thought being a cowl induction scoop like those used on Camaros and Chevelles . I came across this idea after looking back at the Solbra pictures I have it was built by Wades Garage a few years back but he never sold any of the body parts separately.Tony D. Branda who sells Mustang and Cobra stuff has a glass repop Cobra scoop that I think would look good on a stock hood and its only 82 bucks .
 

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Discussion Starter #29 (Edited)
3/13/15
I took the Smoothline Club Racer hardtop, GXP fascia, Norms GXP front splitter, and Aftershock recessed grills to five different area body shops for paint estimates.

1. $934.01
2. $997.51
3. $792.52
4. 1392.59
5. $1500.00

I plan on dropping the parts off next week. As of right now I'm leaning toward the $792 bid, but not just because its the lowest, but mainly because it's also the oldest body shops in town, and I've had other work done there before and been satisfied with their work. I let all the body shops know that they could take their time and do the job at their leisure, and a couple of them told me they would factored that into their estimates.

I'm really looking forward to installing everything on the car for this years driving season, and tweaking small things here and there design wise. Performance wise I still have to install the Werks adjustable sway bars, and definitely start thinking about a new set of tires either this year or next. Hopefully in the future I'd like to start thinking about engine upgrades. While my first choice is a V8 I may have to settle (Grrrr) for supercharging the 2.4. When you're paying for things with cash (i.e. no loans), it takes a lot longer to get a car to the point you want to get it too.

Update: Dropped all of the parts on 3/16/15, everything will be painted black to match the color of the car. Except the recessed grills, I'm having the outer rings painted bright silver, and then will add a thin stripe of chrome vinyl on the very outer edge, and the inner grills will be painted semi gloss black. I really want that sucker to pop out.
 

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Wow! I think she will look amazing. Can't wait to see pictures. I am busting mine out of hibernation in two days. First thing me and my buddy do is put on the Hard Top. Next, we are going to boost the battery and then I drive to my dealership to get a new one installed.
 

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Discussion Starter #31 (Edited)
NS, enjoy you're first ride of the season. I know after having the car parked all winter that when you take it out for the first cruise of the season you feel like you have a really sweet car compared to all the 4 door sedans, SUVs, and trucks on the road. Make sure you drive by some big windows to catch the cars reflection. :driving:


I'm hoping so, bodyshop left me a message for me to call them back, sure hope its something minor. Just called, they told me they forgot to get verbal authorization to work on painting the parts, apparently it's their bodyshop policy. I told them I thought dropping off the parts was a form of consent, they agreed by still needed verbal confirmation. Weird.

As far as pics, I know I've been bad at not posting anything. That's mainly due to thinking taking pics has never been a priority to me. Plus needing to buy a new camera, and needing a new TV, and a needing a new daily driver, and my wife doesn't need a new kitchen she WANTS a new kitchen, it never ends, lol.
 

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ChopTop's Obsession's

2006, 1st 1000, #482/Triple black/2.4/Manual/P/widows/air/Monsoon Stereo/1st 1000 memorabilia

PERFORMANCE MODS

1. BC Adjustable Coilovers
2. Gravanna J2 staggered 18 wheels/Goodyear staggered tires (245/275)
3. DDM 1/2 inch racing backbone
4. DDM Probeam

APPEARANCE MODS
1. GM Storage Pouch
2. Kappaspere header storage pouch
3. Kappaspere front seat storage pouches
4. GM black car cover
5. MRZ polished stainless steel deck lid covers
6. GXP black headlights
7. BMW jack pads
8. Cheap AutoZone seat/steering wheel cover
9. ASAP Windshield/Tulip panel vinyl wrap (gloss black)
10. Replica Heritage/Street Edition Stripe in Hot Rod Red
11. Aftershock rear ducktail spoiler
12. BMW lifting pucks
13. JPM Short Shifter (White shifter knob)
14. GXP dual exhaust
15. GXP dual exhaust plastic valance.

Awaiting installation; LV front brace, WERKS Front & Rear Adjustable Sway Bars. New purchase, OEM aluminum manual sports pedal kit.

EDAG hardtop complete w/all mounting hardware that continues to just sit in my garage. Below pics are from where dealership was storing it in their small parts department. Original owner gave it to the dealership w/he traded his Solstice in for a Ford. No mounting hardware was included, Revenge Design was nice enough to sell me a complete mounting installation kit. Primary reason I purchased it was I didn't want to see a part of Solstice history tossed into a landfill.

Only EDAG tops left are just the hardtop shells w/no mounting hardware, rubber seals, or inside felt headliner that are being advertised on Ebay and Craigslist for $500. BTW, the EDAG hardtop uses real glass for side and rear opening hatch window.




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2009, GXP, 2.0 Turbo, Aggressive, Auto, Monsoon, Convenience options, #480 of 1266 coupes,

PERFORMANCE
1. GMPP 290HP upgrade
2. DDM Pro Beam
3. DDM Backbone
4. DDM charger tubes (red starlight)
5. DDM fuel filter kit
6. BC Adjustable Coilovers


APPEARANCE Mods
1. GM CA
2. SOLO Cat Back Shorty Exhaust
3. DDM Wormgear T-bolt clamps
4. DDM Oil Catch Can
5. DDM Fuel Filter Kit
6. GM Q9Y polished split spoke wheels
7. GM optional soft top
8. GM Hardtop bag
9. GXP red embroidered floor mats
10. Wind Restrictor illuminated door sills
11. Norms GXP front splitter
12. ASAP turn/driving lights honeycomb covers
13. ASAP GMPP tuned 3rd brake light decal
14. ASAP small "GMPP Tuned" windshield decal (silver metallic )
15. Evolution car cover
16. Doorshox *door ding protectors
17. BMW jacking pads
18. ASAP decals "#480 of 1266" coupe back window graphic, GXP front fender decal & GXP wheel lip decals
19. Magnectic vinyl race numbers for doors, hood (#480)
20. GM interior saddle bag
21. Replica silver metallic Heritage/Street Edition racing stripe
22. MRZ red anodized billet engine fluids covers/caps
23. GM mudflaps
24. Griots Garage Autobahn blindspot mirror
25. Cheap AutoZone seat/steering wheel covers
26. GXP OEM bra customized to fit over Norms splitter.

Awaiting installation; (new purchase) OEM Aluminum auto sports pedal kit.

Misc; 2010 professional framed Motortrend Red GXP coupe centerfold, Solstice hats/Several t-shirts ,Solstice Parking Only/Diecast/Wallclock/Solstice Books/Magazine/Ebay Pontiac coupe wristwatch


Keep below notes until Smoothline hardtop installation complete for 06 vert.
8/1/2014, ordered Smooth Llne Club Racer hardtop (50% down on CC), premium headliner, and safety glass w/defogger.
10/3/14, Smoothline charged CC remaining 50% balance.
10/14/14, emailed Smoothline requesting status update.
10/17/14, received email; Your Smooth Line Removable Hardtop has been molded and is in the final stages of hand finishing. But; there is going to be a delay in your shipment. We are waiting for the rear glass with defogger window order. We have no firm arrival or shipment date yet. Thank You for your patience. :(
11/24/14 Received a Datsun 2000 hardtop, refused shipment.:cuss:
12/11/14 Received Smoothline Solstice Club Racer Hardtop. :)
3/16/15 Dropped off Smoothline Club Racer hardtop, Aftershock recessed grills, GXP front fascia, Norms GXP splitter, and extra set of door handles to paint shop. Everything will be painted black except the recessed grills which will be painted bright silver, and inner honeycomb grills semi gloss black.
 

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ChopTop's Obsession's

2006, 1st 1000, #482

PERFORMANCE MODS
1. JPM shifter (white)
2. BC Adjustable Coilovers
3. Gravanna J2 staggered 18 wheels/Goodyear staggered tires (245/275)
4. GXP dual exhaust
5. GXP dual exhaust valance
6. DDM 1/2 inch racing backbone
7. DDM Probeam

#1, 4, and 5 shouldn't be in the performance section as they don't improve performance.

2009, GXP, 2.0 Turbo, Aggressive, Auto, Monsoon, Convenience options, #480 of 1266 coupes,

PERFORMANCE
1. GMPP 290HP upgrade
2. GMPP CAI
3. SOLO Mach Shorty (cat back)
4. DDM Pro Beam
5. DDM Backbone
6. DDM charger tubes (red starlight)
7. DDM T bolt clamps
8. DDM oil catch can
9. DDM fuel filter kit
10. BC Adjustable Coilovers

Same with #2, 3, 7, 8 and 9.
Suggested changes in categories above. Your business of course, as to how rigorous you want to be about that sort of thing. Good bunch of mods on the GXP!
 

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Thanks WS, I'll going to do as you suggest. But this is just another reason I'd like to see the 30 day edit rule extended to 90, so I can make tweaks to the thread after 30 days, and not have to worry about reposting and seeing it come up under new threads.
 

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Hey, Chop -

You said:

7/31/14 ordered Smoothline Club Racer hardtop
Do you know if the name "Club Racer" hardtop would qualify this top to be used in SCCA Club Racing without a roll bar?

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Hey, Chop -

You said:



Do you know if the name "Club Racer" hardtop would qualify this top to be used in SCCA Club Racing without a roll bar?

Yogi
Unless there is a set of rules I've not come across, a hard top is never acceptable as a replacement for a roll bar. They don't even allow the coupes to run as true hard tops in most organizations. Drag racing rules might be different - I am talking just about road racing.
 

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Hey, Chop -

You said:



Do you know if the name "Club Racer" hardtop would qualify this top to be used in SCCA Club Racing without a roll bar?

Yogi
I'll answer the same as Bill, no! I just had this discussion via email with a fellow at the SCCA, and the Solstice requires a SCCA approved "roll bar" for use in a track night.

For competition, the Sol requires a "roll cage" AND a SCCA approved top, which is the the carbon fiber one specifically made for competition. The manufacturer of this top is specified in the SCCA rules which apply to the Solstice. It is also mentioned in the Solstice Competition book available via GM Parts sales organizations.

I don't have a copy of the book or the regs handy, but they are available online if you are good with google searching.
 

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Unless there is a set of rules I've not come across, a hard top is never acceptable as a replacement for a roll bar. They don't even allow the coupes to run as true hard tops in most organizations. Drag racing rules might be different - I am talking just about road racing.
I'll answer the same as Bill, no! I just had this discussion via email with a fellow at the SCCA, and the Solstice requires a SCCA approved "roll bar" for use in a track night.

For competition, the Sol requires a "roll cage" AND a SCCA approved top, which is the the carbon fiber one specifically made for competition. The manufacturer of this top is specified in the SCCA rules which apply to the Solstice. It is also mentioned in the Solstice Competition book available via GM Parts sales organizations.

I don't have a copy of the book or the regs handy, but they are available online if you are good with google searching.
Thanks, Bill and Dave. I sure wish that I could Club Race/HPDE but it just isn't possible. I'm 6' tall and if I added a roll bar, I would no longer be able to slide the seat back far enough. Not to say anything about the co$t!

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I did a bit of quick research:

Read The Book: Solstice Performance
If you want to learn more about building a road racer Pontiac Solstice, check out the new technical build book from Pontiac, Solstice Performance (GM PN 88958697). Out in October 2007, it provides details on how to upgrade a Solstice to meet the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) racing requirements, how to set up the chassis, and tips on how to go fast at the racetrack. There are more than 800 photos that show the details for creating a fun, competitie Solstice road racer.

From the SCCA GCR: For Pontiac Solstice in class T-2:
Detachable hardtop GM part #PCS-0664 shall be installed and convertible top shall be removed. Suspension option ZOK and Rear Spoiler (D52) allowed. This max tire size supersedes TCS 9.1.10.D.7.b. B&M cooler #70298 and Weldon Series 9200 pump may be used for differential and/or transmission cooling. The mounting and wiring associated with the installation of these coolers is unrestricted provided it serves no other purpose. Ron Davis radiator part #1-38S006 allowed.

SCCA 2015 General Competition Rules:
The Sports Car Club of America - Club Racing

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I got a kick out of the final response I got from my inquiry as to running a Solstice at the SCCA's new "Track Night in America"


SCCA representative said:
Hi Dave,

I totally understand your position and predicament. I do not think the rules will loosen and even if they did, your car may not be the right tool for this job- There is an old adage in motorsport, never track something you would are not ok with writing off- while Track Night events are designed to be as safe as possible, the advice is still good. I know I would hate to see your solstice get bent.

My advice would be to go find a $2500 miata, put a $500 bar in it (Harddog), spend $250 rebuilding the brakes and go have a blast.

Good Luck,
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