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smithy71RS 09-12-2013 10:58 PM

71 RS Finally!
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It's been nearly 14 months since I last posted any progress on my 71 RS, it's now finally happening. My original post is lost in the bowls of general discussion due to the big issue with this site many months ago. It was very frustrating having to put all plans on hold with the downturn here in WA, for various reasons I can literally say I've had 3 jobs in 3 months through the course of the last 14 months, something every good resume should detail, NOT!
I now have some stability with work so I've pulled the car out and she's off to Rowe & Sons for a makeover. She's getting basically a whole new bum except for one outer quarter, deep tubs from DSE, new door skins, modified front inner guards and clean firewall.
During the downtme I've had plenty of time to comtemplate the direction to head down, I've decided to let the big block go along with all the bits i've collected, purchase an LS2 and six speed manual. I've revisited my engineering application and actually read the standards in regard to suspension, wheels, rims, wheel track etc. My finding say WA licencing have got it fairly well tied up when it comes to wheel selection. I decided to get the string line out and start measuring everything, finding info on line and remeasuring everything again and again, i've basically drawn the front and rear of the car in autocad, from this i can quickly figure out exactly what is allowed and what will fit.
Based on my findings and subsequent engineering approval I've purchased a set of Forgeline wheels via Jay at Speedtech, 18 x 11s fitted with 285's in the rear which still maintain the original wheel track, fronts are yet to be decided, hoping for at least a 18 x 9. Other goodies from Jay include full suspension package including complete Trutrac 9 inch, Baer 6P brakes with 14inch rotors and new 12.7:1 steering box. I'll post some more pic's as I visit R&S's.:D
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Anchor 10-12-2013 06:49 AM

Good work man. Must be a pretty stable job haha. That's a lot of dollars in parts!

smithy71RS 10-12-2013 09:05 AM

Re cost, it's been along time coming ( 7 years ), was intending on purchasing some of this gear over the last year but held off. Likes most guys rebuilding you're either completely committed or live in the land of denial and just try not to think about what it actually costs.

Anchor 10-12-2013 09:18 AM

Hahaha, yep. That's me. I'm in denial about what i've spent!

smithy71RS 20-12-2013 04:34 PM

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Been down to Rowe & Sons yesterday, below is a few pics of removing rear quarter sections and cutting out inner guard for DSE deep tubs.
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Big Vic 20-12-2013 07:27 PM

Hey Chris, glad to see another 71 on the way to recovery. Keep us posted on your progress.

smithy71RS 15-01-2014 10:22 AM

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Rowe & Sons have dived right in on the first week back, below are some progress pics of final install of DSE deep tub, rust repairs and a good helping of POR15. As they dug deeper into the car they found a bit more rust and an old repair that needed attention, we've alos decided to replace inner guard and fill panel across the botom of the back window. The roof rust is a legacy of the original vinyl roof, the rust along the edge is where the vinyl is held in place via steel tacks.
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smithy71RS 15-01-2014 10:25 AM

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RAW454 15-01-2014 06:03 PM

Full respect for the commitment there Chris ;) Am sure 99% of folk who see finisved cars would be totally gobsmacked if they saw behind the scenes like this.

Keep it up and enjoy!

smithy71RS 15-01-2014 06:26 PM

Yep, this is only the beginning, it will look a whole worse before it gets better.

REDZ-28 15-01-2014 07:49 PM

Nice! Love the early second gen camaros. Subscribing to this thread

tonner 15-01-2014 08:17 PM

In good hands there Chris, all coming apart well :D

smithy71RS 15-01-2014 10:08 PM

Greg, you bet, they're doing a great job. had a call from fedex yesterday, wheels have arrived! Not sure when they will release them, hopefully tomorrow? We moved home last week, what a mission! Spoke with my new neighbors yesterday both have no issue with my plans to build a new man cave complete with hoist! Next hurdle is the council.

69SS 15-01-2014 10:16 PM

Nice one Chris - going a be a sweet 2nd Gen, are you still down south?

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