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My Wife’s 88 T-Top Chop-Top LS4 Build by F355spider
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What a great build. Wish I had just a fraction of your skills. Those last shots of the car from the side just look damn sexy!

Edit: I own a page after three years of being here lol!

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I was skeptical at first but I was wrong. It's looking good, very exotic.


We are not finished so hold that thought.
 
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Coming together very nicely.

Good decision moving the side vent back, looks 100% better.


Thanks your opinion is important to me.

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What a great build. Wish I had just a fraction of your skills. Those last shots of the car from the side just look damn sexy!

Edit: I own a page after three years of being here lol!



Thanks Going for sexy so that sounds good.
 
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back at ya.


Gianina and I went down to bring the car up to San Antonio this weekend. Some pictures of Gianina doing some sanding and us loading up the car.


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Feels good to get the car up here. I have Speed Scene here in San Antonio building the new engine harness and programming the ECM and trans controller and trans harness for me it should be done the middle of January. If so I might get to fire the car up by the end of January.




With it being a little cooler out Gianina is happier to help. Plus she caught me over at the neighbors drooling over his new ZL1 Camaro. It might have been he was not home at the time but his wife was.










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The last shot we took.

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Merry New Year to y'all!

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Looks good with the black on it.

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Merry New Year to y'all!


Gianina and I want to wish everyone a happy new year and thank you all for being paitent with this long drawn out build. 6/15/2013 will be three years.

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Interesting build, can't wait to see more.

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Interesting build, can't wait to see more.


thanks,
The car is at the new home. Looks like I have some more changes in mind.



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Gianina shut me down on more body changes said she wants it done already. So it will stay as is. I started smothing out what I have.




Going to try to do some more sanding today.

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Gianina shut me down on more body changes said she wants it done already. So it will stay as is. I started smothing out what I have.




Going to try to do some more sanding today.


That is good news. The car should stay a Formula. Are you still planning on painting it Black or did she get her color choice also? Looks great as is.

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That is good news. The car should stay a Formula. Are you still planning on painting it Black or did she get her color choice also? Looks great as is.


It will be her final decision on paint. I am pushing for black my favorite color.

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Got an email from Speed Scene today should be another week and the new harness will be built and ready. So engine harness is still on schedule. I hope to get more sanding done this weekend.

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Got some sanding done today.






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Loving it !

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Awesome work! I love it! If Gianina won't let you turn it into a GT. Maybe you could make a panel to fill in the triangle behind the door window and fake the GT look.

Just a thought.

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Thank you all. Gianina and I took the car off the trailer today. Sad to say she could not hold the brakes without the power on and crashed into the workbench. A guy was driving by and stopped he said hey is that a Fiero? I said dang you know your cars. He was shocked to see the LS4 in it. I was a little shocked he knew what the car was.

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Thank you all. Gianina and I took the car off the trailer today. Sad to say she could not hold the brakes without the power on and crashed into the workbench.


Nothing a little more bondo can't fix.


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Nothing a little more bondo can't fix.



So true.

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I forgot to check on the car today! Oh well, always next time.....

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I forgot to check on the car today! Oh well, always next time.....


I thought about that when you left. I had to take some pictures of the engine swap for the harness maker so I thought I would post a couple of them.







This was the email I got today.

Sweet. I have your base powers and grounds down and will be moving forward. The routing is perfect but I will see about tweaking some more tomorrow.

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Sounds like you might have it running any day now!!

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Sounds like you might have it running any day now!!


I hope so.

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I made a change today. I will go with my original plan for the roof.





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Looks good but you may have a serious blind spot.

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NVM, i forgot you will be one of the shortest cars on the road.

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Looks good but you may have a serious blind spot.

...edit...
NVM, i forgot you will be one of the shortest cars on the road.



Thanks; I worked a little yesterday fitting the sail panels to go behind the side wing vent. I plan to have a rear camara on the car. Every choptop I have had a bad blind spot. You get use to using the side mirrors a lot.

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when you modify the weather strip in the window area on a choptop, do you use weather strip adhesive to butt two pieces end to end?

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when you modify the weather strip in the window area on a choptop, do you use weather strip adhesive to butt two pieces end to end?


I always have some black silicon around and I use it. Not sure about the adhesive.
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That thing is looking HOT!

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That thing is looking HOT!


Thanks,

Got to work on the car today. Added some more dyno glass. Worked on fitting the piece behind the T-Tops and the fast back vent pieces.

It was a long day of sanding more.





I like the way the back looks now. Gianina is turning away from me painting the car black. We talked today about Silver with black and gray snake skin stripes. I think she really liked the Silver chop so this one might end up Silver also.


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Now I see how you did the chop...

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Loading up the car at Stephen's House. Many thanks for letting us pick it up Christmas.



This was such a nice looking car. I was looking back and thinking how nice it would have been just to add the LS4 and keep the car like you picked it up . Do you still have the wheels? I would like to have a white formula with those wheels. I would like to build the car you started with.

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This was such a nice looking car. I was looking back and thinking how nice it would have been just to add the LS4 and keep the car like you picked it up . Do you still have the wheels? I would like to have a white formula with those wheels. I would like to build the car you started with.


It was very clean and had a very rare blue interior. The more I look at it you are problllllyyyy right. I just get carried away a lot. The wheels are on Becca's car. Most body parts were sold. They are Enkei wheels you might be able to still buy them but not sure.

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It was very clean and had a very rare blue interior. The more I look at it you are problllllyyyy right. I just get carried away a lot. The wheels are on Becca's car. Most body parts were sold. They are Enkei wheels you might be able to still buy them but not sure.


I need to sell the old 85 and find a white formala without the very rare blue interior.

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Just found this picture of the 89 Prototype. Check out the sail panels on it...

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Does anyone actually own one of the 90 prototypes?

Would love to purchase if it ever goes on the market!

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GM owns one! As far as I know that's the last surviving one.

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Just found this picture of the 89 Prototype. Check out the sail panels on it...



It is close to the same idea.

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I get to pick up the engine harness tomorrow. Bad news is the yard gave me a Cadillac Northstar ECM (same part number but different program) back when so I had to get another ECM. I guess I will ebay the Northstar one to try to recoup that. Looks like I will get away from the body and work on getting the fuel lines and exhaust hooked up. I will get it running next before I get back to the bodywork. I needed a break from sanding anyway. I hope old Frankenstein comes to life soon.

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