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Old 05-12-2016, 08:28 AM
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Hello, I'm Bill...

And I'm addicted to cars, motorcycles, firearms, etc. Pretty much, if it comes apart, I probably want to build one.

Currently, I have:

-'72 "442" convertible (BBC, Richmond 5-speed, GTO IRS, etc)-as with most good projects, it's not yet finished

-'89 Jeep Grand Wagoneer (LY5/4L60E swap)-this one runs, drives, gets nearly 20mpg on the highway, and gets driven regularly.

-'76 Yamaha XS650 (Café Racer)-build in progress.

-'69 Triumph Bonneville (owned since I was 19)-in boxes.

-'93 Nissan 300ZX 2+2 (Wife's daily driver).


Currently, I am exploring some ideas for a daily driver build. I'm thinking '81-'8whatever Grand Prix or Cutlass. I'm thinking of going with a Ford MN12 IRS, and AWD based on either a Blazer of Toronado front suspension. Power will be an LS engine, probably an LS3/L99 with a 4L60E or 6L80E.

When I'm not dreaming up silly build ideas, I write novels... well, OK, I'm working on my first, but I am on what I hope will be my final (5th) rewrite.

So, that's me and my delusions in a nutshell.

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Old 05-12-2016, 08:45 AM
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Bill, welcome to the site. You must enjoy being "busy as a bee "!

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Old 05-12-2016, 08:54 AM
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Bill, welcome to the site. You must enjoy being "busy as a bee "!

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Yeah, something like that.

I forgot to mention that I've been traveling from our home in Lenoir City, TN (near Knoxville) to Youngsville, NC (near Wake Forrest) to help my dad with his '59 Impala (L99/6L80E swap). Frame off, but pretty much finished and on the road now.

Oh, and we're in the process of selling our house (as my wife says, we want "more sticks").

I need a life...
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:20 AM
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Welcome to GBC! Post up some pics of th '59 Imp. I've always liked them, would love to get a 59 Elky but they are too hard to find or way to much $$.
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Old 05-12-2016, 09:36 AM
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Welcome to GBC! Post up some pics of th '59 Imp. I've always liked them, would love to get a 59 Elky but they are too hard to find or way to much $$.
Here's what I have... haven't had the time to get any really good shots yet.





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Welcome and Fantastic car!! Dads one lucky SOB!!
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Old 05-12-2016, 10:32 AM
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Welcome to the site! That 59 looks great!
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Wow! Very nice.
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Old 05-13-2016, 05:17 AM
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I have a request.....

Ask Dad to take this car to the store, just make sure he drops or leaves his keys somewhere easy for me to find. I'll take good care of her!!
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Welcome aboard Bill,
That is one fine looking '59 Impala. The engine installation looks meticulous. I forgot that the '59 2-dr HT had the bubbletop. I like that you guys kept the car relatively stock looking.
I also like the subtle upgrades in the interior...plus the hood tach mounted on top of the dash.
Thanks for sharing the pics. Oh, and you don't seem to have a lack of projects yourself.

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Old 05-14-2016, 06:01 PM
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beinvenidos! good looking 59i sold one to the japanese back in 03,and my homie just recenly bought it back.i have a good 72 cutty parts car if you need any parts? has good rust free sheetmetal,and a couple interior/dash components? i also have a excellent original 88 cutlass with the 307 if you decide to go with one for your gbody fix,hit me up
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:28 AM
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Welcome aboard Bill,
That is one fine looking '59 Impala. The engine installation looks meticulous. I forgot that the '59 2-dr HT had the bubbletop. I like that you guys kept the car relatively stock looking.
I also like the subtle upgrades in the interior...plus the hood tach mounted on top of the dash.
Thanks for sharing the pics. Oh, and you don't seem to have a lack of projects yourself.
Lots of little things... and they always seem to take the most time (the a/c outlets, for example).

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beinvenidos! good looking 59 i sold one to the japanese back in 03,and my homie just recenly bought it back.i have a good 72 cutty parts car if you need any parts? has good rust free sheetmetal,and a couple interior/dash components? i also have a excellent original 88 cutlass with the 307 if you decide to go with one for your gbody fix,hit me up
I'm pretty good on the '72 stuff. Once we move, I will be looking for a '70-'72 Supreme roof (I want to make a lift off hardtop), but that will need to be close to home (shipping! ).

As with the roof, my next project (all projects, really) is on hold until we move. After that, I'll start looking for the G-project. Whether Cutlass or Grand Prix based, it will need to be a T-top car, though.

Thanks for the compliments, guys!
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Old 05-15-2016, 08:33 AM
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Welcome to the site! That 59 looks great!
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Welcome and Fantastic car!! Dads one lucky SOB!!
He's crazy is what he is... I think it's my fault, though. Too much "kit-bashing" when I built models as a kid. Now he and I seem to think thats how you build the real thing.

I'll dig around and see if I have any shots of his '56 BelAir convertible. '96 Corvette LT-4, 700R4, front frame clip from a '79 Firebird, etc, etc, yet all subtle, as though the silly thing just might have come that way.

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I have a request.....

Ask Dad to take this car to the store, just make sure he drops or leaves his keys somewhere easy for me to find. I'll take good care of her!!
With as badly as he blew his budget on the build, the right leverage might convince him to do that!
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Hey, welcome from West Michigan.


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