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Old 11-08-2007, 08:01 AM   #46
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He's the only one who asked.

There is a lot of people doing stuff for family members who are serving right now, this is his thing.
Yeah i know its his thing and thats cool. I guess i'm just supprized that he has recieved thousands of dollars in donations for a private party.
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Old 11-08-2007, 08:35 AM   #47
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Exactly. I get a lot of hate mail from parents and spouses of military members saying why am I not helping every one of them. Truth is, all you need to do is ask. I spend hours a day sending emails, making phone calls, etc. A lot of these companies are more than willing to help a serviceman, all you really need to do is make a few phone calls.
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:11 AM   #48
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Exactly. I get a lot of hate mail from parents and spouses of military members saying why am I not helping every one of them. Truth is, all you need to do is ask. I spend hours a day sending emails, making phone calls, etc. A lot of these companies are more than willing to help a serviceman, all you really need to do is make a few phone calls.
Thats really cool that the companies are willing to help, i'm sure it takes a lot of work on your part as well. The future pic of the car is badass, keep up the good work
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:54 AM   #49
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I spend tons of time and money on this car, but it'll all be worth it to see his face when he gets the car.

I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I'm doing a great thing for my bro-in-law, meeting a lot of new people, learning new things, and I even got to spend a long weekend with my dad when we went up to get the car in NY. It even made me realize what I really want to do with my hobby and I have since sold my 79 SE TA and am picking up a 68 Firebird to build once the Camaro is done.
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:03 AM   #50
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I spend tons of time and money on this car, but it'll all be worth it to see his face when he gets the car.

I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I'm doing a great thing for my bro-in-law, meeting a lot of new people, learning new things, and I even got to spend a long weekend with my dad when we went up to get the car in NY. It even made me realize what I really want to do with my hobby and I have since sold my 79 SE TA and am picking up a 68 Firebird to build once the Camaro is done.
Cool, does he know you are building it?
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Old 11-08-2007, 10:29 AM   #51
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He has no idea. He sold his truck before he left to get my sis-in-law a better car to replace her POS, so he doesn't even think he'll have a ride when he gets home!
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He has no idea. He sold his truck before he left to get my sis-in-law a better car to replace her POS, so he doesn't even think he'll have a ride when he gets home!
wow, sweet man. You should get a hidden news station to record the event or something.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:55 PM   #53
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Comp Performance Group came through huge for us. They hooked us up with a Zex LSX wet nitrous kit and also have hooked Shawn up with discount pricing on any Comp Performance Group part for the rest of his life. They are also going to be putting out a press release about the project and said they'll get us in with a few magazines!

And my little man approves!


Also got the body completely stripped down and the junk subframe off the car. This weekend we'll be POR-15 painting the front subframe and I'll hopefully have the rear frame rails by then as well. I built a little body cart for the front out of some junk 2x4s that were in my way. Worked out pretty well since the back is on casters.

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I gotta say, this is really f'n cool that you're doing this for your Brother (in law). Way to go! My hat is off to you (and your wife) for being able care so much, and to put forth so much effort. And to him, for serving for our Country.

It truly is a good, and rare thing to see in all of you.



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Thanks, man!
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Prothane has sponsored the build and has hooked us up with a complete Total Motion Control kit. Now we've got all the bushings and mounts we need! We're picking the a-arms up from HRT tomorrow where they tanked and blasted our a-arms so we can powdercoat them. Should have the bushings installed in them next week!
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We received a donation from POR-15 of their rust-proofing paint system! We had hoped to get the front subframe stripped and painted this weekend, but I've got a wicked cold and am pretty much stuck inside. I was hoping to really get ahead on the car this weekend, but other than yanking the spindles to send to Ed Miller to be modified for the LS1 brakes, I haven't gotten crap done.
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Well, I felt a little better this afternoon and I got a ton of work done. I had to split my time between the Camaro and a huge powdercoating job for a friend's machine shop, so I wasn't as productive as I could have been, but gotta keep the side business going!

Anyway, I got the firewall modified to fit the LS1 booster and MC. First I took the booster and cut out a template for the hole. Then I traced it off on the firewall and went to town with the cutting tool. Fits like a glove! I still need to weld in the section where the old hole used to be and modify the booster shaft to fit the existing brake pedal, but so far so good!



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OK, finally was able to get some real work done on the car! I got the pedals all fitted for the Modo Innovations covers, then I took everything down to HRT Performance to be tanked and blasted. Tonight I powdercoated it all semi-gloss black and reinstalled the Modo covers. Came out amazing. I also cleaned and painted the parking brake assembly. I ordered all new pedal bushings and pins and all from Firewheel, so those should be in tomorrow or the next day, then I can get the pedals all ready to go back in the car once I finish up the LS1 booster and T56 Master cylinder modifications to the firewall and get the seat supports welded in this weekend.
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