Build Thread 1978 Fairmont: Another brick in the wall…

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CarMichael Angelo

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Me and the 3 were talking last night...

What is the downside to making a “ dogleg” ( if you can even call it that) that will extend the shifter handle forward?
My thinking is that for every inch you move this thing forward, however much the shifter ball height would change through normal shifting, will change exponentially.

Unlike any other console, I‘ll have room to extend the shift arm forward under the steel mesh. ( provided that shifter itself doesn’t extend too high past floor height.)
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I’m thinking that that shifter is gonna be right where the rear cup holder is right now, or somewhere in between the front and rear cupholder at best. ( way too far back). So, if I make a extension that moves the shifter forward and penetrate the mesh say...between the rear of the existing shifter, and the front of the first cup holder, it should be right where I’d want it. of course, i’ll have to replace the existing mesh with a new piece, and move the cup holders forward ( Where they should be in the first place).
 
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This should be your next project, heck it has your name on it.
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CarMichael Angelo

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Well I don’t know what I was worried about. That shifter is gonna come through just barely behind the current location.

I found this to be worth celebrating.

I ordered the stage 3+ Spec clutch, and the GM T/O bearing.:banana:
 
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There’s a “ cars and coffee” like thing tomorrow. Magic City Octane.

When I found out it was happening, I’m like “ Fck me.....I’m so tired of missing these things because i have to work every freaking Saturday”

Then i’m like “ It’s from 8 am to 11:00am....ain’t sht happenin at that place in the morning, and I’m going, fck that place”.

So,...I go into the desk today and tell mgmt that I’m gonna be late tomorrow.....really late,...like 12 pm really late.

They just look back at me.....”uhh you planning on tying one on tonight”?

Nope...but i’m still gonna be late.

Done deal.

The Monster gets to rub elbows with the Ferraris, and Lambos tomorrow.
 
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CarMichael Angelo

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Well... now I can say I’ve been to a cars and coffee type event.
One with mega exotics, Ferrari's, Lamborghini’s, Porsche’s, Standard fare German stuff an occasional Tesla or two, C8 Vettes, various other gasoline fueled oddities, and every make of ricer on the planet.
I can take it or leave it.

I keep searching for the right venue for this thing, and it always seems to miss the mark.
So far, the big venues are worth the wait for me. It’s still Cliquey, (the mustang/camaro/challenger guys hang around each other, the tri-5 guys bring out their awnings and lawn chairs, and make it a family reunion) but there’s still a constant stream of spectators and gawkers to make it fun to sit around and watch and wait for them to come.
Right now I’m at one of the lesser attended bonafide red-neck bonanzas, in Moody al.
Everybody here all appear to be related
( maybe that’s just how I see it)

It seems that there are 3 each month that attract the bigger draw, and since I’ve never come out to this one I figured it was close enough to ck out. I will not be coming back here.
 
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Had I been able to stay at the redneck bonanza last night, it would’ve proven to be OK after all. About 1/2 hour after I posted that update last night, cars ( and people) started pouring in. But as is usual in the car business, people that I talked to earlier in the day decide that coming back at 5:30 ( when we close at 6) will give them enough time to buy a car, when we haven’t given them a price.

It don’t.

Nonetheless, I get a call letting me know I got people looking for me. Fortunately i’m only 15 minutes away. But i have to leave, just as it’s starting to get good.

So...No Big Deal. There will be another one after this, then another, and another.....

And,.....as I sometimes do when I’m mega bored...I look back at the old stuff in this thread. Since more than likely, there’ll be a picture that might confirm or deny a current concern on something I may have....

Like,....”Will that new shifter location get into the floor reinforcement”, given that it looks like it’s gonna end up being immediately behind the existing hole in the tunnel.

So I look for a picture...and there it is.

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Yep...Right smack dab in the middle of it.

I kinda expected it..so it’s not the end of the world. What i’ll end up doing, is welding a tubular reinforcement there to add back strength to what I cut out.
 
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Put the current trans on FB marketplace to test the water At 1500.00. W/i 30 minutes of publishing it, two inquired, w/ one supposedly coming by on tuesday to ck it out.
Evidently, 1500.00 for the trans/converter/shifter is in the ballpark.
 
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Are you sure that you want to let it go before you have a chance to drive and bond with the MT Monster?
I thought about that. I drove the car a fair amount over the last two days, and I just keep wondering why I’m doing the swap. If not for the potential power increase, reduction in heat, and the ability to put the thing easily into neutral in traffic I wouldn’t go through with it.
But, there are those reasons.,.,
 

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I keep searching for the right venue for this thing, and it always seems to miss the mark.
So you build something to be unique and found no where else, but are surprised when it doesn’t fit in anywhere?

Cars N Coffee seems like a solid event for the Monster. Surely there is a parking spot between the Mustangs and Supras.
 
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So you build something to be unique and found no where else, but are surprised when it doesn’t fit in anywhere?

Cars N Coffee seems like a solid event for the Monster. Surely there is a parking spot between the Mustangs and Supras.
i said it got better at the redneck bonanza...The “ cars and coffee” thing isn’t this car...I fit in better with the “street machine” resto mod guys....guys that take the old sht and make it better. Which in hindsight is Better than the street rod guys, the rat rod guys, the doo wop guys, the ricers, the euro thrashers, and their upper crust mega exotic buddies, and the late model everything else .
 
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Spec called. The clutch is ready for pick up.
The trans is complete. I have a flywheel, a hyd t/o bearing , its been modified to fit the 2jz, there is a shifter mounted that works, and I just got the slip yoke to allow for a standard u-joint match up to a driveshaft. I even have the 3.31 gear set to make this sht work. Everything else is gonna require that I “just do it” in order to determine the hydraulic master cylinder/ clutch pedal/shifter location/drive shaft length. That process is bound to be a month of down time..,
Question is:....Do I want to take the car out of commission again, or wait till winter.
 
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