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616racing 03-13-2012 07:56 PM

My odd project....
Hey, figured I might as well put this on here. It started out as a rusty Volvo amazon, and a sh!t kicked gross SC400. I cut them both in half, and turned them into one.

Why? I like vintage style, I like modern performance, and I like race cars.

Here goes:

Sick smoke show:

turned that into this in a couple days:

cut out the whole rear drive train and floor pan:

Built a little subframe to match the width of the inside of the volvo rockers and to keep everything together.

Had to shorten the lexus 3" to get the wheelbase perfect:

More trimming and now they are one!

I am going to get the body dropped even more and build some fender flares sort of like this guy:

Mini update, had a few hours on it.... managed to get it about 2.5" lower with dropping the body more. Next up is levelling, squaring, and basically making sure the body is back where it belongs.

I had some help :

After a couple week delay I got to here:

I have been really debating what to do for flares etc, and i hate the super high positive offset wheels on there.

These are some wheels I bought years ago that are doing nothing....

18x9.5 and 18x8.5 both +35 offset....If I have to get flares....I might as well get flares and build this thing to fit some tires. rears are 265 vs the stock lexus 205 or 225 whatever they were. Plus if I go this wide there is still room on the inside of the wheel to go in so I could in the future get some 11" wide wheels and some really fat tires if required as well as letting me fit almost any wheel style, the previous method only allowed me tuner type wheels.

Keep in mind this car is still jacked up like a 4x4 and it will be coming down 2" lower with coilovers and the flares will tuck the wheels nicely. So in total I have to cut 4" of the fender out to allow for 2" uptravel at its destined ride height.

Onto the fenders, I went with pulled fenders, i just tacked the factory arch on to see what it would look like. I will find an arch off of some car at an auto wrecker that is about 2" wide and a bit bigger diameter.

I am going to alter both the curve of the pulled fender and the remaining curve on the body to make one gentle curve and blend it right in.

Im pretty excited about how its going to look.

I ended up shaping a piece of plywood to make a mold to hold the sheet metal where i wanted it and forced it into position with various lengths of 2x4's on the back side. It worked really well.

the joys of sheet metal work:

Rear end lowered to proper ride height, I just cut the springs for a quicky lower job, trimmed the fenders and now I can start on the wheel tubs. :)

Starting to look like a car again, and made some coilover adapters to ditch the stock strut things.

Coilover adapters to fit the lexus rear lower control arm:

First coat of blue stuff! Finally! Not looking forward to sanding most of it off.

Wheel tubs started:

Figuring out where to mount the fuel cell:

Once I'm happy with all the body and structural aspects it's moving to Independent Speed Shop to let Bill wire, plumb and make it run.

Yay Parts!!!

Did a bit of sanding to see what its gonna look like:

Trunk done other than where the coilover mounts go...waiting for my DOM to come in:

Ewwwwww, guess I have to build new rockers, and make them out of tube to make a perimeter frame now.

Out with the old rusty sh!t:

In with the new structural sh!t:

2x4 .120 wall, it will become my outer frame rail and something really solid to attach a cage too.

Made new coilover mounts:

Then on to the pedal assembly,

to this...

to this...

Oh and best find of the week, these zip disks are by far the best I've ever used. 7" costs only $4.14 at Raider. They cut FAST!!! and last a long ass time. Great value.

Pedals hung....

New plan for the crap I cut off:

Yay paint. has finally rolled out of the shop sprung on its own springs. F*ck what a great feeling. ;)

Camaro hydraulic slave with custom line and quick disconnect:

Corporate whore day:

Some of Bill at Independent Speed shops work....making me nice brake lines, plumbing and wiring everything. Dash is not installed so all the switches and buttons are just dangling.

Hydraulic Hand Brake, I need to make the lever next:

Wilwood pedal assembly:

Got a bit of a start on the cage today, all 1.75" .095 wall DOM to be legal for CACC GT class. And yes that is Flux Core....I'm just tacking it with a lil welder cuz mines to big to drag into this part of the shop.

Got it to fit ultra tight.

Just about done the cage:

Got the body back together:

and started making fiberglass fenders:

First Drive!

nack 03-13-2012 08:02 PM

OH LAWD :sweetjesus::sweetjesus::sweetjesus::sweetjesus:

CorneringArtist 03-13-2012 08:06 PM

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twixxer 03-13-2012 08:42 PM

That is truly amazing. Can't wait to see the finished product.

jstn86 03-13-2012 08:43 PM

i literally could not wait to scroll down and press the thanks button.

Super Dipper 03-13-2012 08:50 PM

bad fucking ass!

616racing 03-13-2012 08:51 PM

Hahah Thanks!

GabAlmighty 03-13-2012 08:51 PM

Oh and btw my 242's running now, lemme know when you're free I'd love to come have a look at this beast.

JSALES 03-13-2012 08:51 PM

that is fucking amazing!

616racing 03-13-2012 08:58 PM


Originally Posted by GabAlmighty (Post 7828881)
Oh and btw my 242's running now, lemme know when you're free I'd love to come have a look at this beast.

Oh right on! I'm around a fair bit now, I'm trying to get all the stuff necessary to drive on the street legalish done so I can give it a real test drive.

murd0c 03-13-2012 09:17 PM

I told ya everyone would be drooling over your build :D

I think this would have to be the best first post in Revscene history as well ;)

kchan 03-13-2012 09:19 PM

huge props on the project

you are awesome!

Firmware 03-13-2012 09:21 PM

Holy shit

GabAlmighty 03-13-2012 09:26 PM


Originally Posted by murd0c (Post 7828919)
I told ya everyone would be drooling over your build :D

I think this would have to be the best first post in Revscene history as well ;)

We're all subtely interconnected to a creepy extent...

R&R 03-13-2012 09:29 PM


JHatta 03-13-2012 09:29 PM

Wow. first serious build thread I've seen on RS for AWHILE. Props OP!

About fuckin time someone did it right!

murd0c 03-13-2012 09:30 PM


Originally Posted by GabAlmighty (Post 7828935)
We're all subtely interconnected to a creepy extent...

the local 4x4 scene is small and it's not all about trucks :thumbs:

GabAlmighty 03-13-2012 09:44 PM


Originally Posted by murd0c (Post 7828939)
the local 4x4 scene is small and it's not all about trucks :thumbs:

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!! Hahaha.

616racing 03-13-2012 09:47 PM

LOL the internets are just creepy in general.

Gallardo 03-13-2012 09:48 PM

Damn, that's badass sir!
I logged onto RS just to thank you :thumbs:

s300ae 03-13-2012 09:55 PM

Ah wow!

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PiuYi 03-13-2012 09:55 PM

super awesome!!

HondaGuy 03-13-2012 10:00 PM

Nicely done! Glad to see some real builds + workmanship

StylinRed 03-13-2012 10:07 PM


nlo 03-13-2012 10:11 PM

I've ALWAYS wanted to do a kind of "shell swap" or whatever you call it. I applaud every little bit of work you've done , keep it up man!

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