1977 Corvette 350 H.O. TKO 500 5 speed conversion.

1977 Corvette 350 H.O. TKO 500 5 speed conversion.
I have personally have been working on cars since the age of 17, I am now 45. Since than I have dreamt of doing a conversion very similar to this on a second generation Camaro. But to be quite honest, I did not realize just how much time and money actually go into a car when  converting a classic car with a modern drivetrain. When  we first took delivery of this 1977 Corvette. I was under the assumption that this was going to be an simple engine swap / five speed install and the car would be in and out of our shop in just a couple weeks…….
I WAS WRONG!!!! So please continue reading, I will explain in detail what is actually involved in performing a drivetrain conversion similar to this and the complications that you might experience. 
First it is important to realize the scope of this project…. The project car is a 1977 Corvette 350 v8 with turbo 350 automatic transmission. The customer purchased a GM 350 H.O. turn key engine from Jegs, part number 19210009. A Tremec TKO 500 5 speed manual transmission, part number TCET4616, and an Profit TKO installation kit, part number PFGM-20008 from American Powertrain. Giving us an opportunity to transform this tired Corvette  into the car it was meant to be. 
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GM 350 H.O. turn key engine kit part #19210009. 330hp 380tq
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American Powertrain TKO 500 with Profit installation kit. Part numbers PFGM-20008 and TCET4616.

Day 1:
Here at Glory Days Automotive Restoration I firmly believe in keeping a note book and taking notes as you go through a major project. Taking pictures before you get started is also a very smart idea. In fact taking photographs through out the entire project is a great idea. I am certain that you have heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Trust me when I say that you can never take to many photographs as a reminder. The picture you did not take is the picture you are going to need.
The first thing when we received the Corvette, was to pressure wash the car. This gives us a clean vehicle to work on. While allow the car to dry in front of the shop. We set up a table and laid out all of the parts in a nice neat orderly fashion. Making certain you have everything you need before you get started is another important tip. Having to stop working to look for a tool is a serious waste of time.

when performing any major projects on a vehicle it is always intelligent to disconnect the battery before you get started.

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MGB restoration, 7 months into a 3 month project 12-11-2015

For the past week I have been getting up at 5a.m. for the purpose of working on these videos for youtube. Glory Days Automotive Restoration has documented the restoration of this 1963 MG MGB roadster in great detail. In the beginning the customer expressed that his desires for his car, was for it to have no ripples, no waves, and no orange peel. His desire is for a near perfect paint finish, and that is our goal. Throughout the entire course of this project the customer has been adamant about the fact that the sheet metal work was done, the body work was done or at least was very close. In fact the car already had primer on it. In our original conversations it was discussed that we would start our process by block sanding the car with a 180 grit sand paper, continuing the work others had done prior to us. Unfortunately from the very first day we started working on this car. We have had to take steps backwards to rework many of the previous repairs that have been performed on this car. The purpose of this videos series is to show the viewers the amount of work that had to go into this car in order for Glory Days Automotive Restoration to deliver the laser straight finish the customer desires.

 

MGB under carriage complete.

Jason completed the udercarriage of the 1963 MG MGB today. Another hurtle behind us. After replacing both left and right jacking ponts with new sheet metal, for a profesional, clean, long term repair. A moisture cure urethane primer was applied to the entire undercattiage. This type of products creates a moisture and air tight bond with the sheet metal. Once cured we applied red tinted monsterliner, so that the undercarriage is the same color as we are going to paint for the rest of the car. We had stopped there and waited for the customers approval. Evan though the undercarriage looked very presentable, the owner of the car pick out several areas were the monsterliner was thin, and realy not up to his liking. No problem.. but we had used a full gallon of the monsterliner to cover the entire undercariage. We purchased another two quarts for touch up. The fist quart was used for touchup. Once the monaterliner was tack free, we shot a mist coat of body color over the monsterliner, this way we know beyond a shadow of a doudt that the color of the undercariage is exact to the rest of the body. The final step was to shot a coat of clear coat, now the undercarriage is the same color and sheen.

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October 2015 MGB roadster update.

We have definitely had some major set backs with our MGB project. That is just how the automotive restoration industry is sometime. Before the car arrived, we had been told all of the sheet metal work was done, the body work was close to being done and the car already had primer on it.  The owner of the car believed that the MGB was almost ready for paint. Since taking delivery of this project it was decided that it was in our best interest to start over.The MGB was sent out to be media blasted so that we had a clean slate to work with.

Jason has been working on the MGB for two month just to get the car to were it is in these photo’s. The first eleven photo’s were taken just before the application of the first coat of Mastercoat. All of the metal has been thoroughly cleaned with various abrasive tools preparing the metal for the application of primer. This specific product had a recoat window of 3 to 48 hours. So we allowed the first coat to set up overnight before the second coat of Mastercoat was applied.

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The next eighteen photo’s were taken to show appearance of how the mastercoat looks once two coats have been applied over clean abrasive etched metal. The mastcoat sprays and lays down beautifully. This is the fourth car we have applied mastercoat too, and mastercoat never stops amazing us how smooth the finish primed surface looks.

 

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Monday morning when I arrived at the shop I found  the MGB roadster with the trunk, interior, and engine compartment in red base coat / clear coat. Allow me to say the customer desires a concourse quality finish and so far this car looks amazing. These five photos probably do not do the car justice. I certainly cannot wait to see the finished product.

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Sunday morning relaxing

As I sit on my couch surfing the internet this Sunday morning watching videos on YouTube and Petrolicious. Before I finally feel motivated enough to go work on the remodeling of our upstairs bathroom. I came across a truly amazing father son story and found it necessary to pass it on and story with you. If you are an automotive enthusiast and have never watched the short heart felt films over at Petrolicious. You definitely need to check out their website and subscribe.

http://www.petrolicious.com/this-is-where-l-a-s-whiz-kid-bike-builder-lives

Be careful, sometimes you get what you pay for.

I wanted to post this video that I edited this morning, here on the blog. In the video we show two of the vehicles here in the shop and the quality of the work do to them in the past. One of the biggest set backs when restoring an automobile can be the previous work that was performed on the cars by other businesses, or other people. In both cases the automobiles in this video were manufactured in the 1960’s. They are both European, and to my knowledge they are both from Kansas.  But they both lived very different lives outside of that.

The first is a 1968 Porsche 911 that was never taken care the way a Porsche should have been . This Porsche started life Slate gray in color. Then for unknown reasons I would guess either rust problems or a front end collision. The car underwent the first of three complete color changes. With no proper repair to the body, only cosmetic work to make the appearance of the car look fresh and new. This is what I like to call shining up a turd.

The second car, a 1963 MGB roadster led a very different life. It has been lovingly cared for by its owner since 1982. In fact although I would say this is the first time the car is being restored. The car does show sign of having sheet metal work done before. As you will see in the video. As you watch this video ask your self would you be happy with the performed on either of these car. Please leave us a comment and please be careful when having work done on your classic or antique auto. Sometime you get what you pay for.

                           

The return of the 1963 MGB roadster from Soft Strip.

Here at Glory Days Automotive Restoration we have started evaluating each car that comes to us for restoration. The intention is that we find any hidden surprises. Just because a vehicle has been worked on by another shop does not always mean that the work performed was up to the highest of standards. Sometimes it might means the opposite. More often than not I see were the work has been done down to a customers budget.

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Last month we took delivery of a 1963 MGB . The owner, Robert purchased this car in 1982 and this MGB roadster is his baby. Robert’s wishes are that we bring his MGB to a very high standard. Robert wants a finish that has no ripple, waives or orange peel. while cleaning up excess seam sealer around the left front frame rail extension located in the front left wheel well housing, per his wishes. A hole was found at a seam, with surface rust following the seal. For us working on any customers car this is a big red flag. Although some may not think of this as a problem. This is an unforeseen problem that will continue to grow and spread. In a few years down the road all the money spent on having this car restored will have been a waist of time and money.

We called Robert to inform him of our findings. The decision was made that for the betterment of the restoration. That the MGB be sent down to Soft Strip in Wichita, Kansas. This is the third car I have had Dean and Adam blast for us and I have been extremely happy with their results.

On Monday June 29th I delivered the MGB to Adam and Dean at Soft strip today, today July 1st 2015 I drove back down to Wichita to pick up the MGB. Now the real fun begins and we can give Robert the kind of finish he desires with the confidence of knowing the his car that he will be able to enjoy his pride and joy for years to come.

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Busy, Busy, Busy part 1

Here at Glory Days Automotive Restoration we have been extremely busy trying to finish up both the 1964 Impala SS and 1972 Chevy Pickup (project Eugene). While brining in two new customers. On May 26th I drove to Topeka, Kansas to retrieve a 1963 MGB Roadster, then the 27th I drove to Hutchinson, Kansas to retrieve a 1960 Willys Jeep pickup.

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May 26th, was a busy day, because while I was driving to Topeka a new employee Jason Maskrid, started working for us. We see him being a valuable asset to the company with 20 year experience working in the collision field and owning his own business. Jason’s passion is painting, so is happiest when he is in the paint booth.

The project Jason has been working on for us is the 1963 MGB Roadster. A restoration project that was started by another shop, that we are going to finish. Jason has been working on the MGB now for three weeks and we are finding ourselves having to go back and make repairs to the work that has already been done. Sometimes taking over another companies restoration project can be a challenge. Different shop have different ways and techniques for reaching an end result.  The best way to explain might be to say “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. Did the previous company do the work correctly? I won’t tell you they didn’t. I will say that more often then not many companies are working for speed versus quality. It all depends on the customers wishes. The owner of this particular car wants a laser straight body with ripples or waives and no orange peel. He would like his car to be as nice as possible. The previous work we are finding on his MGB might be ok for some people but would not have achieved the level of quality he desires.

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The 1960 Willys Jeep, also another vehicle started by another company that we might finish for the customer. So far all that has been done is a thorough inspection of the Jeep both cosmetically and mechanically. A bid was written explaining our findings now we are waiting on the customers response.

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McPherson College C.A.R.S. club car show

On the first Saturday in May each year, McPherson college students enrolled in the automotive restoration program host a very impressive car show. This show is always something special. For me it is more of a social event because I get to see friend who I attended college with. This year was no different. Except this was the first car show that I had a car at….Well, sort of. Because it took me an hour and a half to load Kacy’s pickup on to our car trailer by myself, I was not very eager to unload the truck at the show, So I pulled the truck around to a parking lot were it was visible to those in attendance. The important part was more that Kacy and her family all got to see and enjoy the truck. Project Eugene received many complements and was major boost to my ego, now I am extremely excited to get this project through to completion.

Below are the photos I took at the car show. I do apologize, I missed a lot of the show because of talking with old friends. There were many terrific automobiles in attendance that I did not get the chance to look at.

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Tom Hoover, “Godfather of the 426 Street Hemi,” dead at age 85 | Hemmings Daily

Tom Hoover, “Godfather of the 426 Street Hemi,” dead at age 85 | Hemmings Daily

I wish the best for Tom’s friends and family our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Project 1964 Impala SS slide show

I threw together a short slide show video with photos of Mikes 1964 Implala SS. The paint work is approaching completion currently I still have to paint the hood, deck lid, and the steering column. The radiator support core, front wheel well housing, bumper supports and bumper brackets also need to be paint in a flat  black single stage paint. Check out the video see the condition Impala was in when we took delivery of it last April. Compared to it’s current condition, this car has come  a long ways. 

Project 1964 Impala SS February 25th, 2015

Here is another short video featuring Mikes 1964 Impala SS, now we have the doors fenders painted and mounted on the car. I will finish painting the hood, deck lid and steering column sometime next week. With car show season coming up I am working crazy hours in order to finish a few different projects here in the shop. Thanks for watching

1964 Impala SS body has paint

I have to say it is an absolutely great feeling when you finally complete a major hurdle in what is a year long project. This poor Impala required a great deal of work. We have replaced the complete floor pan, both rocker panels, trunk floor, both quarter panels, the drivers door, the deck lid, the hood, radiator support core, all of the badges and trim. After this we are going to install a brand new interior. This is no longer just a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS, this is now a 2015/ 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS.

While we were working on the body, the owner Mike replaced the frame because we discovered that the front cross member had received a hard impact putting a large dent in it, also buckling the right frame rail and cracking the left frame rail. Mike found a replacement frame, rebuilt the steering, front suspension, rear suspension, and the brakes.

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1964 Chevy Impala SS January update

The 1964 Impala SS is moving into the paint booth tomorrow for the second priming. Once I have the Impala blown off, wiped down and in the bright light of the paint booth. I am personally going to do a once over of the Impala to make certain that this car is as straight as it needs to be. Mike has chosen an extremely dark blue, and for all the work that has gone into this car. I do not want any ripples or waves.

 

I arrived at Glory Days at 7:30 this morning. I spent 8 hours of my day working on getting the Impala fuel door fit to the car. I had to completely redo all of the work that had already been done.

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January 5th 1968 Porsche 911 update.

Having time to perform the restoration work, which is how I how pay the bills, monitor employees, shoot videos and edit videos is not very easy. Editing the videos is probably the most time consuming part of the process. Also finding the time to sit down at the computer and compose meaningful content for this blog can be difficult. So allow me to apologize for my lack of updates. When I first started the blog I was imagining that I would be posting twice a week or updating the progress on each of the vehicle here in the shop on a weekly basis.  Maybe I will do better in 2015. 
 
This video I shot on January 5th. The actual purpose of the video is to give myself a game plan of how to attack this project. Last week we purchased a second car to use for parts, and as I sit here typing I am waiting for the car hauler to arrived here at the shop from a 20 hour drive from North Carolina. Check back because I am going to have more videos for the Porsche to shoot this week

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