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Old 29th-October-2006, 10:28 AM   #1
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Update on the budget Street Fighter

I haven't really officially introduced myself here yet. My name is Jason and I have a 1st gen II(that feels like the introduction to an addiction meeting). I originally planned on building a drag car but have since decided I want to go road racing.


I spent some time yesterday setting up the rear suspension. Nothing is welded in yet and I need to fab some brackets for the lower links to connect at the cross member. I am mainly waiting on my bushings to do this.





Here are the brackets for the axle housing. All I needed was the lower portion so I cut the tops off. I am going 3-link with a watts link.









Here is the CE front ladder bar style cross member.



Here is what the frame looked like before. (notice the new CE rear frame rails already in place). I moved these rails inboard of the stock rails to gain wheel clearance. I am hoping to run 12" wide wheels with a 335 tire.







Here the crossmember and CE subframe connectors are in place. I had to cut the floor slightly to fit the subframe connectors in this position. I switched the connectors from side to side so they would go inboard of the frame rails instead of to the bucket.



Here you can see where I had to drill a hole in the subframe connector to slide the cross member into. Also notice the brackets just hanging there. These will be changed in time I just needed something to hook the links to for moch up.





Last but not least the rearend in place and the lower links jurry rigged to the front brackets.





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Old 29th-October-2006, 10:34 AM   #2
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Just for giggles I mounted my dads drag wheels up front to see if they would clear the Corvette brakes. It looks like I might need to keep an extra set of wheels around for drag days.





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Old 29th-October-2006, 11:08 AM   #3
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did you make that front clip? if so nice work dude.
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Old 29th-October-2006, 11:21 AM   #4
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Looks like things are coming together quite nicely! Keep us updated on your progress.
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did you make that front clip? if so nice work dude.
Yes, the cross member & suspension is from an 85 Vette and I just used 2X3 boxed frame to connect it. Here are some pics from a few months back. I will need to run a very big backspace wheel(similar to the new C6 vette rears) to clear the fenders.













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Old 29th-October-2006, 01:18 PM   #6
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Looking good! Welcome to the site!
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Old 29th-October-2006, 06:32 PM   #7
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looks good dude!
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Old 30th-October-2006, 10:55 PM   #8
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nice job! Did youhave to narrow the Vette crossmember?
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Thanks for all the kind words.

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nice job! Did youhave to narrow the Vette crossmember?

No, I didn't narrow it. It is 59" wide and will require a very deep back space wheel to make it work. I am planning on running these wheels in either a 19X10(79+mm offset) or a 18X9.5(65mm offset).

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Old 30th-October-2006, 11:44 PM   #10
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That looks very sharp!!!!
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Keeps the pics coming! How will the rad support fit? Also, what about the wheels scrubbing the fender. I like what your doing and I'm really curious to see how it comes along.
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Keeps the pics coming! How will the rad support fit? Also, what about the wheels scrubbing the fender. I like what your doing and I'm really curious to see how it comes along.

The car isn't superlow so they actually clear fairly well. The 16" saw blade vette wheels you see in the pics above were an 1" to wide. The skinnies in the later pics gained about 2" per side but the ZO6 wheel will gain even more room. Worst case scenario is I will have to make a bit of a wide body set-up. I am going to a 1 piece front end so I don't mind "massaging" it if needed.
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Old 31st-October-2006, 07:06 PM   #14
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I would say it is nice for all of us to have you aboard. I wish I could do that kind of work. Everything looks really good. I don't know that I have seen a road racing 1st gen duece.
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Don't get me wrong, but this picture has been buggin me. Maybe it is just the pic, but it looks "twisted" and not in a good sense of the word.

Follow the lines of the roof, lower control arm mounts, lower points of the crossmember and the sub frame ends. It just looks "off", but like I said, it could be just the picture. Or maybe just how the rearend is blocked up???

Will it be safe to drive, especially in a road race?

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