That is AWESOME! Keep up the work. Very excited to see how this comes out. Eventually..
This era is far from over. There's plenty of work to be done. If all goes well, winter will put some finishing touches on it. New headlights, new wheels, new bushings, etc...I hope this doesn't mean the end of an era (thread...) This is one of the few I actually look forward to reading.
PS. I'm still waiting for another "Screaming like a ****ing banshee" moment!
Last I checked I'm in the 11k ballpark, car included.The very last question that came to mind was what it cost you to actually convert the gt to what it is today. I guess my question is was it cheaper to do this by hand vs buying a terminator with the same mods?
It definitely could use an emblem, but I think if there was a snake there RZNBRAN would have an aneurysm. :bubba:I think she needs a little snake in the front grill
But i must say awesome build thread man and props to all the hard work, it has definitely paid off! and BTW if you every want to detail the **** outta that thing let me know! try and get that rattle can paint job lookin sick! oh and sell me your old C & L
aaaand I botched your name. Close 'nuff, right? :gayfight2:...:shiftyeyes
Thanks. I was actually shocked how decent it was.Sick car, and that paint job came out pretty decent
:bowWicked. In honor of what you did... here, take this.
I sure hope I do. I'm glad I got it wrapped up, and I still wish I could keep plugging along on it, but not with this uncertainty.Good luck, Hopefully you keep your job
It certainly came close to getting burned down several times, figuratively and literally. The broken crank bolt, the overheating, the oil cooler, the heater core, the f*cking cylinder head fittings...it was rough. Not to mention the odd puff of smoke from the engine bay the one day.Great build. It's awesome to actually see a build thread all the way to the end. I feel so many times people get frustrates and burn their car down.
Hopefully I do, and if I do, stage II should be a blast, if not bordering on horribly dangerous. otstirawesome man. glad to see its finally driving. hope you keep that job, and we all look forward to stage 2!
Your welcome bro. It's nice to see someone else do these swaps and actually enjoy them in the end. I know alot of people say its not worth the hassle but I'm sure you can attest to it the same as I can......It is SO worth it in the end over just a Vortech and some headers on a 2V.Well the thread has been relatively quiet, and hasn't had any real closure.
Time for an update.
I thought I had everything set. Took the car out for some romps, and after awhile, she pissed coolant. Changed cap. Still did it. Checked stat, it was bad, replaced it. I thought I had this licked. Took it for a spin when my parents were in town...and it blew coolant all over the windshield after a hard pull. :computer: I had just about resigned myself to it being a head gasket.
In the interim I also gave it a parking lot paint job, all rattlecan. No wetsanding yet-
But I had noticed one thing when I got it back as it bordered on overheating; the top of the radiator was hot, but the lower was cool. Grasping at straws, I took the radiator out and took it to a local shop. It flowed well, but they cleaned out a large amount of rust/silica in the lower half of the radiator. Percifield's did an excellent job I might add. I finally replaced it and wanted just a little more peace of mind. I picked up a Napa head gasket test kit that checks for exhaust gas in the coolant.
Not a head gasket.
I took it for a few more runs and the temperature has stayed well below the halfway mark. I think the cooling system has been resolved. Not to say it won't be getting an upgraded radiator in the near future.
So let's wrap this chapter up in a nice neat bow shall we? Here's some pictures after a nice wash.
There we are. The first stage is complete. There's plenty of upgrades to be had, and plenty of plans made for a stage 2, including a compound boost setup, IRS bushings, tubular front, and coilovers. Not to mention finally mounting my 03 cobra wheels come spring.
In the meantime the build will be in limbo. My employer has announced an impending layoff of 1500 employees. I won't know until late November, so I'm hesitant to make any moves until I know for sure.
So there it is. Project: Secondhand Snake (Stage I) start to finish. It's been a hell of a ride for a hell of a ride. It's gone from a mild sporty car to one that has no qualms about rolling burnouts and kicking the rear out at will, with a whole bunch of blood sweat and tears in the process. I can't tell you how many times I thought about giving up, but there it is, the fruits of my labor. Don't let anyone tell you what can and can't be done. Some of the most beautiful works of art are what some considered impossible, and those that put their own signature into their work through what they craft with their own hands make the most outstanding builds.
Now for the all important thanks. I couldn't have done it without them. I'm sure I've forgotten a few, so if I have, feel free to PM me and I'll add you to the list.
Wedan Street Performance
Percifield's Radiator Service