Hey guys and gals did anybody else catch last nights wrecks to riches?
They built a 71 GTX from a 71 RR and 71 Sat.
Used a crate 426 as the block they bought was junk [:@]
727 and painted it Plum Crazy Purple. looked sweet when they finished it.
They had 425 Hours in labor and 55 K in the car.
trick push button transmission shifter on wheel ala "F1" not paddles but buttons.
Sold it in Reno auction for 72K....
The best part was they used a Magnum Force "K" member to install coil over front end and rack and pinon steering..
it was made from 4130 and allowed a bigger 10 qt oil pan
Of course the replaced the 8.375 with a 9" Ford 373 gear.
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I saw it~Really nice~But I have noticed this guy is using "Krylon" to paint interior and other parts!! What no insulation or powder coating~Makes you wonder if the cars he builds have other cut corners~What was up with the 9" ford?~A Dana would have really rounded the mechanics with "ALL Mopar" stuff~Dana is a Better Third member too!
I saw that episode as well. And I had thought about them cutting corners but it was in reference to something else. The car did come out looking nice, but I sometimes wonder how long these cars would last in the 'real world'. Though, it seems that most appear to be bought by collectors that are going to display them in a garage or trailer them from place to place. And I agree that the rear should have been a DANA. Should have gone with the 8 3/4". Just my opinion...
I too caught that episode and would have recorded it if I had any blank DVD's left. Now I'm just waiting for the repeat since I have the blank discs to record it. I really want that trick K member for my Roadrunner, nothing like dropping almost a hundred pounds while making it better and stronger. I was also quite shocked that the numbers matching restored Hemi Roadrunner before his only sold for high fourty thousand and he was too as it worried him since his was a poser that has more than that in it.
The next episode I saw was with a '69 Camaro that was supercharged and didn't even go for nearly as much as the '71 Roadrunner/Satellite/GTX thing did.
When I finally get my numbers matching 383 and 727 checked for condition I will then decide what I will ultimately do to it. The 383 was blown by the original owner whom I guess drag raced it since everything was stripped from the car such as the A/C and all related hardware and the windshield washer assembly (bottle, pump, hoses, nozzles, etc. and pushing the washer button/**** blows the horn[sm=icon_beat.gif]) and threw a rod which has take a small chunk out of the bottom of two cylinder walls. The 727 is said to have a hair line crack that keeps it from holding fluid pressure, but I think that's absolute BS as it was in the car when I bought it and drove it for several years. It was rebuilt, or was allegedly rebuilt and was how this problem was found, when I bought the 440 that's in it and had it put in. Up until this point it was strong enough and good enough to kick solidly into gear and if I left it in drive and simply stomped it it was good enough to lay down much rubber and break the tires loose each time it shifted, once at 45 MPH when it goes into 2nd and again at 90 MPH when it goes into 3rd gear, so I know that it was and is perfectly fine. The street/strip 727 I bought shifts ever so slightly harder in normal driving than my original, but is the same when floored. If both are saveable and useable, I may go back to 100% stock, but if either is trashed beyond use then I will go wild with it and make the one on that show seem tame in comparison. If I go wild I will either build a 440 or get a Hemi or get the Hemi heads for a 440. It will be either n/a and adapt the air grabber scoop to my hood between the scoops/engine call outs or I will put a blower up through the hood scoops/engine call outs. Oh, well....I can dream can't I?
I sometimes wonder if the TV producers do their best to show conflict. It makes for better "Drama" than just watching somone restore a car. Overhaulin' is different in that the "Drama" comes from the person who's car is being overhauled. It almost seems like the producers are trying to recreate American Choppers. The only difference is that I know Paul Sr., Jr., Mike, Vinnie, ect... And they all are really like that.
I saw that episode with some fellow muscle car lovers and all of us thought that he should have put a little more time & effort and fixed up the Roadrunner NOT the satillite...at least the Roadrunner is rare and a better investment than a satillite, and the Roadrunner should have been saved.[>:] We all noticed this Berry White guy always cuts corners on the show. The finished "fake GTX"looked nice, but he sure aint no Chip Foose.
Everybody needs to take a closer look at Berry White's show. Do some of the numbers backward.
If he really put $17,000 in his pocket and really went through 425 manhours - then his shop rate is $40.00/hr. Do you think that his shop woould put a world's class paint job on your car for $40.00/hr. + cost of materials and get it done in 20 or 25 manhours?
About the $17 grand - Barrett/jackson has taught us that somebody paid up for the auction fees - wonder if any of that was subtracted from the $17 gees?
About the 425 manhours - does anyone think that any shop could:
Locate/purchase and transport the two cars
Strip out both the rebuilder and the donor cars
Locate/order/inventory all of the parts needed for the rebuild
Design the finished product
Do the steel work - floor boards - fenderwells etc.
Prep the body for paint
Paint and detail the car
Do the glass work
Install the wiring
Install power train
Transport the car to Reno and get home?
There a bunch of steps involved in getting down to bare metal and then getting to the street. The hours just don't seem to add up.
Berry White's series is the best of the 3 shows I watch (American Hot Rod/Chop Cut Rebuild).
Coddington is a soap opera - everythings late - people cry and quit - tatoos all over the place - Bleeps over bleeps. Berry and his crew seem to be much more grounded and overall more professional. No tricks no gimmicks - just plain steel in the street and rubber on the road.
CCR spends too much time cruising the streets in a great rod talking about what's coming up. Not enough time showing the work.
I just watched the GTO buildup again last night. Did anyone else notice the shower of sparks under the car when Barry was powerbraking the car? Looked like it was coming from the driver side of the engine towards the back. Since this was an automatic, I am fairly certain this was not clutch dust... I had seen this episode before but this was the first time I noticed the shower of sparks.
This is the episode where they have a bunch of young guys from one of the local automotive tech schools working on the car. They are in competition for a job at Barry Whites speed shop. The GTO looked nice, but did not bring what he wanted at the auction so he did not sell it. I am sure they will run the episode again.