mini wide body (Page 1/19)
bjc 350 JAN 12, 02:59 PM
I finally started work on this 88 GT project that I've owned for several years. It's been lowered in front 1/2 cut coil plus 1" Dickman ball joints. I've added a Warber style hood vent and am now nearly finished roughing in the front 3/4" flairs and the rear 1" flairs, thus the name " mini wide body". New home made side scoops and a rear spoiler that will be glassed to the rear deck. I'm planning to make a custom rear light panel, possibly using 59 Caddy tail lights. That may be a little over the top for this car, we will see. The front nose will be a one off and the aero skirts will be extended downward and out at the flaired wheel arch area. This car has a long way to go, and I don't work steadily, so updates may not be too frequent. It will have Mr. Mike's seats which I have already. I have an alum Champion radiator, new sail windows already. But the motor is running on 4 cylinders, so will need an upgrade. I had intended to install a 3800 sc, but I recently bought a nearly finished car with one already installed. I have a 350 sb car, so I'm thinking a 5.3 alum with associated auto is the way to go. Finances will likely dictate the final outcome on the motor. A long, long way to go. But, I can see it finished, in my head. Body work sure makes a hell'a mess out of a shop! I will add some pictures, not necessarily in order of work process.

test fitting the final corner.

Front roughed in.

Foam rear air dam in place ready to glass.

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Ang84Indy JAN 12, 03:39 PM
Looks great so far!
Pete Matos JAN 12, 05:13 PM
Very nice man....please post more pics....peace


"May the grins begin when you turn the key and hear the engine roar over your shoulder" ......Gall57 (slightly modified LOL)

nitroheadz28 JAN 12, 05:42 PM
Very nice work!!! Eagerly waiting for more progress!
bjc 350 JAN 12, 09:54 PM
Here are a few more pictures of work and work in progress.

Home made battery box for under spare tire.

Warber style hood venting. No grill installed yet.

The base/aero pan for the one off nose to be built upon. Doesn't look like much now.

First layer of glass mat on the air dam. Wish I could fiberglass like Archie's crew!

And lots of sanding dust everywhere. I've given up cleaning until most of the body work is complete.

The passenger quarter roughed in to near final profile. Still needs sanding.

Rear shot passenger side.

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jaybug56 JAN 13, 10:41 PM
Lookin' really good. Keep posting pictures, it motivates me
RCR JAN 14, 12:51 PM
Looks good...Added to favorites.

BlackEmrald JAN 14, 01:45 PM
Nice vents!

Are those IMSA style?
bjc 350 JAN 14, 02:09 PM
The vents are home made using stock 1/4 panels. I have made about 15 sets over the last four or 5 years. This is the only set that has such a large opening. I had to heat the panel in order to get the material to bend so sharply. I then just glued up fillers to hold the panel open. They do look somewhat IMSA style and they are set out at the trailing edge about an inch to match up to the new flaired fender. The rear bumper will be flaired as well, to match up the opening.
Here are some other styles that I've made, the one on the left is the current style. You can see where the patch has to be added in place of the factory scoop.

BlackEmrald JAN 14, 04:15 PM
Very cool. It's nice to see someone fabricating something that most people buy. I love it.