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Old 05-15-2019, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Ever built a vehicle from scratch?

I don't have the know-how or all the necessary equipment but I would LOVE to one day just go out and buy all the parts and build it myself one step at a time (picture Tim Allen here ).

I mean, I go just go buy a junky late 70's truck and buy a new engine to drop in and find parts, and I definitely might just do that.

OR.. just find a chassis, all the panels, all the parts, etc.

Anyone ever built something??
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never built one from scratch....but i'd love to build a '63 vette that way.

*find a body-on-frame that's in decent shape (small amount of rust is acceptable)
*buy an old 427 and rebuild it from the ground up
*buy an old 4-speed and build a bullet-proof tranny that can take a beating
*put on a really tight suspension so it handles like a sports car should
*put on some slotted/drilled rotors and 6-piston calipers
*buy rims that look close to stock, but definitely aren't so i can put some meat on them
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I haven't either and would love to.
The Haynes and Chilton manuals would be a great help.
LMC Truck and Classic Industries have parts for older vehicles.

My dream project would be an '80 Silverado. I'd update the suspension, beef up the chassis, drop in a modern crate engine like the LS7, and have a top notch paint job(that would be done by professionals).

It would be fun and very satisfying.
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There's also those kit cars where they have all or most of the parts and they ship it to you and you put it together. I think I saw a '66 Shelby was the common car to build. I wonder how a modern 3.5 Ecoboost would work with that lightweight chassis? It'd probably be a screamer!
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