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The Italian Lavoro

Postby bonez » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:08 pm

Hi guys, im new to the forum, but ive known Unity, not in person, for qite a few years.
I bet you guessed it already cuz of the title, im italian, i did live in london England for about 8 years, since i was 18.
I got there in '96 and i think i got custom/lowrider concious around '98/'99. From then on the sickness never left me, it actually still gets worst every other year, ahah..
Anyways, this is my build, im not gonna type the make and model, cause some time ago i got pulled by a scumbag of a cop, which took dozens of pictures and told me he was gonna find out all ive done to the car(i told him it was all stock on the gt model, ahahah), so because i know the sunovabitch can inpound my car i try to be careful and not do anything that will pop up googleing.
Down to the details.
I'll do a photo/description kinda thing to cut the wrodin to a minimum.

This is more or less how the car looks now:
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Lock up.
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:40 pm

I'll start from the front suspension.

This is the stock lower A arm.
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which i modified extensivley so that the bag doesnt rub. its also reinforced a ton.
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underside its all 4mm plate. overkill, but better than "underkill" imo
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Finished "Air-Member" prior to install
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:47 pm

Dunno if you noticed on the 1st post, but the arches are flared, very late 70s early 80s.
It was a major pain in the butt to do them but im real happy now.
i had to cut the door lower lip otherwise the flare would have been cut in half orizontally, whch would have sucked.
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you can kinda see the skeleton i made for the flare. a factory flare wouldnt, but im no metalman and i felt it was beefier this way.
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All seams are welded solid. Gotta be smoooooth.
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Then i peaked both the front and rear fenders, followin a factory crown all the way to the doors. i like this one a lot.
but it was also a major pita.
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Then i had the usual old car hackjobs to fix. someone thought it was a good idea to overlap patch panels tack welding them over the rust, then slap about half inch of bondo to make everything nice.
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here i just finished trigger weldin the internal part of the body, and i was ready to do the outerpart.
wont post anymore of this stuff, as its boring. Unless someone wants to see this o course, but i doubt it.
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:07 pm

One thing that really needs to be assessed when you bag a car is the shocks.
You always hear people saying thet they are not necessary, but its bull. at least on a light car, but being such an easy job, i really dont see an excuse for not doin them even on a 60s full size yank.
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Basically, the top bracket i welded to the "frame" while the lower one on the strut rod. on a set up that has real double wishbones theres no strut rod, so the lower bracket goes on the lower a arm itself.
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top of the bracket is boxed for added strenght. I made tese from a sqare piece of 4mm plate. kinda like origami :)
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This is how things look at full drop. shock should still have about 2cm of travel or so.
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After installin the shocks this is how the car looked. exactly like b4, but rode a lot better, trust me.
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Had to do the fukin lower valance too, as the original was rotten.
This i got from Motomobil in germany, about the only shop that has spares for german fords.
It wa less than perfect, to be polite, i had to cut, beat, and swear quite a bit to fit it proper.
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while at it i filled some seams
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lookin better now
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These wheels are my pride. im into early lowrider magazine cars, or even earlier, say 1970 to circa half of the 80s, so Cragars and any other mag wheel, well almost any, Tru spokes, Star wires are the shoes that make my heart pump.
This set i got dirt cheap as is a bit ruff, what killed me was the 150$ per wheel shipping cost. :crazy: gotta pay to play ah?
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ive found a set of 4lug Trus. im gonna have'em i think by early next year. cant wait.
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:10 pm

im currently finishing a step notch, that includes new trunk w/ mustang tank, d-shaft rise, and a lot of sheet metal to cover the air bridge.
i'll post pics tamarrow. im gonna go get dirty now :stars: :crazy: ..emh, dirty-er. ahah
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby chris » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:47 pm

awesome build dude looking forward to seeing more pics :music:
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby neil » Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:57 pm

great pics bonez keep them coming! :bomb: :bomb: :bomb:
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby jon » Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:25 pm

you can really see the 70's lowrider inspirations coming through, paint will be the crowning glory on this !!
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there is no old school, thats just lowriding like its supposed to be!
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:16 am

Thanx guys.
Heres a run down on the rear section.
This is the 4th time i re-dp the rear suspension, second w/ bags.
Im not gonna go on details about the previous, lets just say that 1st was just hacked, and fucked up the bushings good, second one was a veeery good idea, but not adjustable and was too low and scraped everywhere, 1st bag install was my 1st, bag didnt rub, but bracketry was hacked and i never felt confident.
Now my skills are better and i thought i'd do it how its supposed to be.

This is how the suspension pivots (lower trailin ar), im keepin the factory triangulated 4 link.
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this is the upper bar, notice they are already boxed.
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factory coil seat, bump stop housing and various shizzit.
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this is how i had my set up layed out, but was never happy w/ it, for instance runnin air is illegal here and the hideaway panel was too easy to remove, plus ,i hated the gas tank, and this was my 1st "upholstery" job.
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so i welded sum bracing and cut everything out. a mustang tank and custom trunk floor will go in next
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Now, because this POS is a unibody, and the subframe rails were all kinda stamped shape, i couldnt join the step portion like you do on a "normal" full frame car, so i plug welded some 5mm plate on top of the rail to use as anchor point for the new railin section
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to make it a little overkill i even layed a couple beads. theyre not necessary but i like to not worry about a thing when throwin sparks, ahah..
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:31 am

mockin up the new rails
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fish plates...im a show off yeah :)
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everything secured, yet final weldin to do, ready to cut the old floor.
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taking shape
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layed out i still have room for a party.
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just needs paint now, i'll do all the trunk area and suspension in bed liner
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did a new rear frame section to join the step rail, the old one was rubbish and all bent.
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its joined this way
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I had to cut the lower cups and angle them, they were originally set up so that the sleeve was parallel at ride height, but rubbed like mad when deflated because of the axle rotation. so cut and paste and now its fine.
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The set up is now here, it will be hidden by a trunk firewall, you can see the bracing for it behind the tank, and the rear bench seat, which i will have to also make from scratch. i need a second comp to be able to sucessfully use the small 2 gal. tank. it will get there soon. priority is finish this, paint and get on the road, i'll worry about "play time" after that.
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:41 am

Last instalment.
This is where im at.
This is how the car lays now, i gained a good inch or more, cant really tell w/ these wheel/tire as its smaller than the cragars, but even if i didnt gain any drop, which i did, it would be a win win situation nontheless as now it will ride better and safer than b4.
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As much as i like to tuck a serious tire under my wheel wells, the 13"cragars are on 155/80s, i really startin to like this small wheel look, so i guess iwill have to find a nice 13wheel on which to mount lo-profile tires w/ a white band flapper.
The smoothies on this pic are 14s and are alredy being panted and wil be fitted w/ 175/75s real thin whites like the s/s.

I was workin on this a few days ago until i ran outta gas....until next wed its no game as im broke.
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Thanx for the feedback guys.
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:52 am

oh yeah, just for shizzit and giggles, heres some of that og stuff that inspire me.
when im done, my goal would be a car that could say both UK lowridin w/ a late 70s yank vibe.
i hope i will manage that, but its still kinda early.

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i guess its clear i am :crazy: for midsize cars....really nothin like a corvair for i to keeps it real..next proj. maybe.
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby mikeymike » Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:04 am

great build cant wait to see more
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby neil » Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:26 pm

talking of corvairs

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Re: The Italian Job

Postby loudmouthaussie » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:30 pm

wow! youve done some amazing work on this car. my grandad had a very similar car up untill he died in '06. a ford cortina ghia :0) heres another corvair.
where in italy you from?
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1970 Dodge Charger 500 Factory 383 Big Block Yankee Muscle

1973 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 455 Rocket Big Block

1968 Holden Monaro GTS - sold '01
1964 Chevrolet Impala coupe on juice and daytons - sold '04
1964 Chevrolet Impala coupe - traded '07
1978 Ford LTD - sold '08
1964 AP5 Valiant - sold '12
1977 Lincoln town coupe on daytons - sold '13
1978 Chevrolet El Camino - sold '13
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby loudmouthaussie » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:33 pm

heres some pics from my "oddball lowrider" folder :0) i collect these pics as i get sooooo sick of 64/63 impalas (even though they are awesome looking)

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1970 Dodge Charger 500 Factory 383 Big Block Yankee Muscle

1973 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 455 Rocket Big Block

1968 Holden Monaro GTS - sold '01
1964 Chevrolet Impala coupe on juice and daytons - sold '04
1964 Chevrolet Impala coupe - traded '07
1978 Ford LTD - sold '08
1964 AP5 Valiant - sold '12
1977 Lincoln town coupe on daytons - sold '13
1978 Chevrolet El Camino - sold '13
1975 Mazda bongo van - sold '13
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby EddieB » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:34 pm

Love the ride and the style your going for.

Where in Italy are you?

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Re: The Italian Job

Postby Steve 65 Mercury » Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:42 pm

Loving this post! The quality of work is awesome, keep up the updates!
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby bonez » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:25 am

hey now. thanx a bunch, appreciate it a lot. but im no ace at this, im just a former hack tryin to step up his game.
oh, and im close to Venice, Mestre, its the closest city/town w/ tarmac next to it

Neil, yeah i remember the Unity 'vair from when i lived in London, always loved that car. I think that i loved oddballs even b4 i knew they actually where oddballs.....does it make any sense?? :)

Loudmouth, 'cept the Granada that i dont really like the others are sweet, and i have'em all saved cept for the hoppin jap, that is exceptionally sweet.
gotta love slammed pintos. i can easily say that a juiced pinto or vega wagon is a sick secret dream of mine :)
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Re: The Italian Job

Postby Jamie » Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:42 am

loudmouthaussie wrote:wow! youve done some amazing work on this car. my grandad had a very similar car up untill he died in '06. a ford cortina ghia :0) heres another corvair.
where in italy you from?
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Was it the Corvair that had serious road holding issues??
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