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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #160 on: May 14, 2015, 12:38:47 PM »
Nice Car! Great job on the restore, can't imagine what you have into the bird $$ wise. Looks great, I'm thinking of the same idea for the front spoiler. I like the look of the 68/69 Camaro spoilers but I don't think they fit without modification. They are cheaper however. I want to get the look of the old trans am racing cars, but without using the TA flares I guess. I think you could taper that spoiler easily, then wrap it in 3m carbon fiber, it would complement the rim tire package you have. But, the red looks great too!

Congrats on the work, looks great.

I think we are in the same business, but working for different companies. I noticed that oar in the background of your garage, thanks for doing what you do. After 20 years in this business, i know the difficulties of balancing the family, travel, and hobbies. Good job, keep doing what your doing and thanks for the updates!

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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #161 on: May 14, 2015, 01:26:32 PM »
I have less than 12k tied into it so far. By the time all said and done I'll be in it for about 22-24k. Thanks. I can't wait to get it done.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #162 on: June 10, 2015, 04:38:16 PM »
Figured out the rims. Gonna run 17x9.5's up front and 17x11's in back. Torque Thrust II's with the center cap from FbodyWarehouse. I think that'll be the perfect wheel for the car.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #163 on: June 22, 2015, 05:15:16 PM »
Found the pair of torque thrust 2's I bought for my 3rd Gen a few years ago in my attic. Forgot they were there, so I dragged them down. 17x11s. Thought they had a 6 1/2 inch backspacing and need 6 inch to fit. Looked them over and the sticker is still on them telling the info on them. 6 1/4. So I need to come up with a little space and they'll go on just right. The rotor is not installed, so it should be real close when done. The leaf spring to the rim is right at 3/8s gap. Same with the shock. The other spot may need a little trim, but we shall see when I get there. Otherwise I'll back it down to 9 1/2s all the way around.






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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #164 on: August 15, 2015, 07:58:56 PM »
17x11s are a no go. Only because they stick out of the wheel well too much. Probably gonna sell them here soon.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #164 on: August 15, 2015, 07:58:56 PM »

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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #165 on: November 01, 2015, 07:24:37 PM »
Well. I got the March pulley kit for my car. The 13105-08. Parts look great. Instructions are difficult/challenging even with the pictures and the pics are kinda vague to understand. So I kinda " winged it " and guessed. I only needed the kit for the alternator and power steering. Got it mostly done today, but ran into a big snag. The instructions have 2 ways to run the belt depending on how you route it. If you're running a fan off the water pump you need a 66 inch belt and 69 inch belt if not. Well I'm running a fan off the water pump. So I get a 66 inch belt. Doesn't fit. Belt is too long. So I've been back and forth to the parts stores trying to find a belt most of the day. Gonna be looking again tomorrow for a belt. Hopefully I can find. So far I'm not happy with anything but the looks of the parts. I'm not even sure the alt is lining up with the rest of the pulleys.

Found a belt. Went to a 65 inch belt. Still not impressed. There's not really a way to tighten the belt. The idler pulley has an adjustment and the alt has an adjustment. Had to adjust the idler to where I thought the belt would be tight. Force the belt on the idler. The rod that's "suppose" to tighten the belt doesn't really tighten the belt. Also with the movement of the power steering pump. Need to a different pressure hose. Hopefully I can make the low side work. Also noticed that there's an extra bolt that instructions don't really tell me where it goes. Think I would've been better sticking with the original stuff.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #166 on: November 21, 2015, 05:48:46 PM »
Ok. Here we go. Called March to get it figured out. Help was great. Think his name was Doug. We went through it and come to find out the instructions are for the old design. Once we figured that out. It's good now. The the extra bolt I had went into the back of the pump where the stud was. The belt routing used now is for the 69 inch belt setup. One the belt is installed the idler is adjusted so the belt is snug. Then the alternator is used to tighten the belt. Now for the power steering hoses. I had to use a 90 degree fitting right off the gear box and run it a little different for the low pressure side. The high pressure side I had to get a 45 degree fitting off the gearbox and a 90 off the pump. Everything seems to be back on track for the bird.

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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #167 on: November 02, 2016, 09:01:11 PM »
I do have updates to the car, but it'll be this weekend before I get the pics and info up.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #168 on: January 24, 2017, 08:52:06 PM »
Sorry for the long delay. Lot's going on here. So here goes.

Finally got the brakes done and while I was bleeding them I wasn't getting any pressure to the rear even though I was getting fluid. Took the master back off and set it level. Lot's of air in the back half of the cylinder. Once the air was gone. What a difference.

I rebuilt the trans. Ran into a bunch of problems with that. First it was during assembly that the two shift pins broke as I was putting them back in. That was fun getting the trans taken back apart to remove them for new. Went to put the tail housing on and remembered that I still needed to add the location for the speed sensor, so material was added and a the hole was machined. Then went to put the tail housing on again and notice the bearing was gone. Went to get another, but it was discontinued across the board. Found a bearing that does the job and machined it out to fit. Trans is finally back together. Won't go it until I get the clutch kit.


Had the dash bezel restored. Looks awesome! Nothing more that can be said about it.

Got my front seats finished up. Look and feel great! Can't wait to actually sit in it while driving instead of a temp gaming chair.


Everything is slow right now due to funds and snow on the ground here in Great Falls, Mt, but the next projects are what wheels, fuel system, cooling system, and diff. That'll be a little bit though.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #169 on: January 24, 2017, 09:15:39 PM »
I forgot to add. I figured out why the nose is still high. The front springs are wrong,so I ordered the correct ones and they'll go in one the trans is back in.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #170 on: February 23, 2017, 08:30:42 PM »
The Summit Racing fairy showed up to my house today and left me something.


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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #171 on: March 10, 2017, 08:53:53 PM »
Been a few days since I last updated. Got off work early today, so I got a few things done. Finally got the rear seat done. That was a fun chore to get them covered and installed, but they look good. Not a big empty spot anymore. Got the dash panel installed with the trim rings too. Looks awesome. Thanks Rcombs. Also spent most of the afternoon getting the left front spring swapped out. Tomorrow I'll be getting the other side done. Got the trans installed last weekend. I'll probably be ordering the rims sometime next week. Might even have electrical about done too, but that is the most dreaded part of a restoration.


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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #172 on: March 17, 2017, 07:13:25 PM »
Teaser pic till tomorrow.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #173 on: March 18, 2017, 09:38:58 PM »
Finally back on the ground and ended up sitting perfect. Wheel gaps are great. The rims really stand out on the car. 17x9.5's. with 275/40/17 all the way around.

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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #174 on: March 18, 2017, 10:13:27 PM »
Finally back on the ground and ended up sitting perfect. Wheel gaps are great. The rims really stand out on the car. 17x9.5's. with 275/40/17 all the way around.



Oh man, I've waited so long to see that. Looks spectacular! What's your plan on spoilers? Are you just doing the T/A front valance, or the wheel flares also?



Really cool to see a console delete car. Not too many of those out there.
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Re: 71 Formula
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #175 on: March 19, 2017, 08:03:40 AM »
I have been waiting a long time to see this bird on the ground with it's wheels. I only plan on the chin spoiler without the fender flares. Maybe later on I'll add the flares, but not for now. I like the console delete too. Just about all the others I've seen have one. My dad has a white 70 T/A that's console delete too.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #176 on: March 21, 2017, 12:49:52 AM »
Man this car came a long way!

Great work.

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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #177 on: March 21, 2017, 07:29:24 AM »
From a skeleton to a beautiful car! Well done!

I'm honored to see you chose a set of my center caps for the TT II's! They look really nice on there. For those following along looking at small screens on phones etc. here's a couple pics of the caps. There's info on what wheels they fit on the lab-14.com website now.



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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #178 on: March 22, 2017, 12:02:35 AM »
Yeah, those center caps look sweet on the wheels! 

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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #179 on: March 23, 2017, 05:23:00 PM »
Update for electrical. Fuse's. Great falls has been a challenge for many parts for my car at orielly's, napa, and car quest. Their are parts that I expect to order, but yesterday I went looking for fuses for the car. They have to order the glass tube fuses in the packs with 5 of one type at $5 a pop. Variety packs cannot be located through them, so I have to order them from Amazon. That's pretty sad. Spent $8 on a variety pack from Amazon. Be great if there was an adapter to go from the glass tube fuses to the blade style.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #180 on: October 05, 2017, 08:30:13 AM »
Its been awhile since I've done an update. Got the car out for a decent cruise. I took a pic of it while out. Hopefully this works for the upload instead of photobucket.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/x2nLYDBEDqN9yqcr2
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #181 on: October 05, 2017, 08:35:51 AM »
Very nice ride.

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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #182 on: October 05, 2017, 11:20:23 AM »
Thanks. I'll get more pics up this weekend and a bunch of info on it too.
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Re: 71 Formula
« Reply #182 on: October 05, 2017, 11:20:23 AM »
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