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#1 jonesy

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:43 AM

1977 LX SS Hatchback 4.2l original drive line matching numbers

Well the long process of the hatch is moving forward,

The project started like this, when the car came up I just had to have it. I sold my one ton ute the next week (the previous project) and before I knew it I had a lot of work to get done on my hands, that was 12 months ago now but I have not had the time or the money free to start due to just building a house and things were prioritised and the Torrie came second. Here we are anyway and starting to crack into it.

I brought the car off of a fellow that had good intentions of a resto job and was heading in the right direction when I picked the car up. He obviously did not have the time to complete the task as it seemed that he had a few things on the go. When I say that he was heading in the right direction I mean that he had semi stripped the car and sourced a lot of spare and replacement parts, I would not normally buy something in bits but when I seen how well he had catalogued the parts into separate boxes all labelled and easy to indentify it seem ok (we will see I spose).he had also had the steering rack reconed/serviced and pedders suspension fitted up to the front and back nice gloss black finish on the K and diff.

As the car stands now, I have finished completely stripping it and made up a jig to roll it around (with the help from a mate and his shit hot mig and quite a few cans). The car and a little bit of rust in all the usual spots but doesn't look too bad and is off for diamond blasting at bare naked soda blasting on the 8th of this month I will get it back 12th and will know any other secrets that the paint might be hiding (pics will be posted)

Where am I going with the car roughly?

SBC, TKO 600, 9 inch with 31s at 355, white with blackouts, flares bobby scoop, re trimmed to original grey golf ball interior and just a nice clean look about the car I think?

the one i sold to start funding

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the roller

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guards off k frame out

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diff out

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rear jig

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front jig

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will post more as project continues.

#2 LH8VD69

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 06:29 AM

Off to a nice start mate. It's great to see you sticking to the original interior. Let's hope the road ahead isn't to bumpy.I look forward to your build updates ! :)

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:04 PM

:welcome: to the poor mans club nice looking hatch good luck with the build .
cheers sting

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 05:14 PM

Hi Jonesy

Good Luck with the resto!

Is the colour of that Antelope?

It also looks like it had Orange and Red Stripes.. Interesting combination..

cheers
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Posted 01 September 2011 - 09:07 PM

Hi Jonesy

Good Luck with the resto!

Is the colour of that Antelope?

It also looks like it had Orange and Red Stripes.. Interesting combination..

cheers
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yer mate original colour is antelope and they were the stripes special order off the line (as far as ive been told)
the dealer letter does not say any thing about the stripes though.

7 days til blasting

thanks for the interest guys

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 09:32 PM

Welcome! Another Antelope SS Hatch! This is the 3rd one I have now come across!

Mine originally has the orange/red stripes...

Flares etc will look tough as on the car! Some will plead at you not to cut it up, but at the end of the day, its your car and Torana's look better with flares! HAHA! Especially hatches!

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:48 PM

Awesome project, love your plans for it. Sounds like a great driveline.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 08:18 AM

another hatch being done excellent been a real plague of hatches being done at the moment which is a good thing

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:09 AM

another hatch being done excellent been a real plague of hatches being done at the moment which is a good thing



gotta be a hatch i have been i love with these since i was a early teen

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 09:37 AM

another hatch being done excellent been a real plague of hatches being done at the moment which is a good thing



That is because hatch's are the best. :D

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:04 AM

Hatches the best?!:blink: Maybe two Hatches! Thats four doors!!:P
Joking lads!! Gotta love them all!

Looks like a great project Jonesy! Look forward to it.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:07 PM

well heres a pic all loaded up and heading to the blasters...hope something comes back! too late to worry now..



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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:55 AM

Got the hatch back and it's looking no worse than when it went out (which is a big relief) Greg at 'stripped bare soda basting' commented that is was in very good condition for a hatch. Very happy with their work, genuine blokes and would recommend them highly.

Hers some pics of the after...looking good in a primer

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heres some pics of the rust spots

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:41 PM

Wow, they don't come much cleaner that that these days...!

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:24 PM

Seeing as you've gone to so much trouble (nice job btw) why not unpick the plenum chamber welds and do in there?

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 05:38 PM

How i Remember when i was at that stage i was full off excitment now its hurry up i just want it finished ,great looking shell was that all for the rust or is there more good luck.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:23 PM

little bit more around the top of the hatch, rad support and a touch on the left wheel arch about the size of a fifty thats about it. will post all before and afters at panel beating stage..
the next item on the list is the motor, this might take a while as bathurst is just around the corner and i have only saved 3/4s of the cash for the motor.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 07:00 PM

how much did that cost?

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:44 PM

how much did that cost?

they are charging $2500 grand in nowra

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:28 PM

how much did that cost?



To do a hatch $2400 and it is not soda blasting it is diamond blasting...softer than sand and a little harsher than soda (i think) check them out- they have a site heres the link

http://stripped-bare.com.au/

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Posted 08 November 2011 - 11:24 PM

Looks like i will be running a beefed TH400 as the TKO600 is going to blow out in cost!!! i think i have picked the motor as well looks like its going to be a 434 small block with about 565hp at the fly from raw performance industry...just working out the banking details.

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 06:40 AM

Hi good looking car wish all hatches where that clean after all these years.
Anyway just wanted to know why you wanted to go with the t400 as the t350 can handle upto 750hp when built right.???
You will louse less power through the t350 then the t400.??? and you wont need to modifi the tunnel for the t350

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 06:48 AM

all the tranny builders i am talking to are recomending TH400 as apposed to TH350 not sure why?

mod the tunnel? what mods need to be made, i have been told it is just a tight fit.....

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 11:26 AM

Good shell to start with. Looking forward to the build. If you intend on registering it I would also be speaking to an engineer before buying that thumper to make sure it can be legally registered. :-)

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Posted 10 November 2011 - 06:18 AM

already rego'd mate -engineer won't certify what i am doing.....




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