67 valiant redo

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    N8track Well-Known Member

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    So I've had this car since about 1999-2000, it was one of the first cars I ever owned. It started as a /6 3-speed manual car that my father and I got out South Carolina(if I remember correctly). We rebuilt it the first year and put together a 451 low deck stroker - 833 4-speed combo for it. The car was decently quick for the time(as a street car) it ran mid-low 12's at about 116 mph.
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    You will have to forgive the front seat choice(I was 20 when these happened)... and yes they were the cheapest available then.
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    Over time, as I got newer nicer driving cars, I kind of lost interest in driving the old one. I couldn't bring myself to sell it, so it sat for the last 8 years or so. I would maybe drive it once or twice a year. However, I did manage to sell the motor and trans this Spring and so begins the re-imagining :)

    I've been redoing the interior:
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    Still need to paint the gauge cluster black
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    Got these seats from a Chevy Sonic RS
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    Test fitting seats
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    Re-did the trunk with spatter paint, it looks OK. I am not in love with how the spatter paint works.
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      One other notable addition, HDK front end:
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      Also trying out some LED projectors:
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        -- Me too. -- Nice one.
         
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        Thanks guys, the next job is wiring up the car with the new American Autowire Highway 15 harness.
         
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        Far out
         
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        Good start on the build! The coilover and r&p up front make for a great driving machine. I no longer have to continuously turn the wheel side to side trying to keep it straight on the road and braking quality had improved a ton. Drives straight and brakes straight.
         
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          Great looking car.
           
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          Yeah, the reason I didn't drive the car much lately was the old manual box was so sloppy. At some point once you get used to driving the newer cars(99 z28 camaro & 01 z06 vette in my case) and I couldn't go back to the steering box.

          The other part I will probably buy in the next few months is a t56 Magnum trans if I can't find a decent deal on a used one. The end goal is modern fuel injected motor - 6-speed. I have a couple more small appearance changes to do as well.
           
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          Check in with US Car Tool. Chris was the guy telling me about it. They were making a tunnel/crossmember for the T-56 but I'm not sure when it will be available. I bought their GM 200-4R crossmember to put in my Dart. Like you, I eventually want fuel injection, but the trans swap will be first. Will be nice to cruise 60mph @2K rpm with 4.10 gears and still run 10's all day long. The T-56 will be a lot of fun though!
           
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          Thanks for the heads up on US car tool trans tunnel. I have been looking at doing their inner fender braces as well.
           
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          US Car Tool has great products in my opinion. We used a kit. Front and rear torque boxes, frame connectors, core support brace, drive shaft loop, and inner fender braces. They all fit our Valiant very well.
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        • Sedanman

          Sedanman 67-9 Valiant specialist

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          Nice looking ride. We don't see too many 67's around here. I have 2 at the moment.
           
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          So, I had some time to work on the car this weekend and I got the US Car Tool inner fender braces installed and undercoated:

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          Also, we put some hood vents from a 2013 mustang in the hood. I will admit that I felt a bit guilty cutting into the hood on an original paint car which is in decent shape.
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          Cut out hole and frame tack'd in place. Thankfully the hood is still rigid with the frame we made.
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          Also kind of hard to see in this picture, I have the OER camaro front splitter mocked in place:
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          • Sedanman

            Sedanman 67-9 Valiant specialist

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            Lookin good. If you want the factory grille look back I have a few nice 67 grille sets
             
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            I like what you did with the hood. Real nice touch!
             
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            Thanks guys, I may look you up sometime for a grill Sedanman.
             
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            I'm doing some garage cleaning and I have plenty for the 2 67's I'm working on so it's time to release my leftovers. I have 7 sets of taillights listed for sale also.
             
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            Just a little update on some parts that showed up today.

            T56 magnum wide ratio
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            Headers
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            • hemitheus

              hemitheus 19? Plymouth Scampenstein

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              nice restomod.I am not feeling the mustng vents but they dont look bad at all. That trans will make a TON of difference.
               
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              Thanks man, I just couldn't go back to the older transmissions after being used to new cars.
               
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              I got a few more items taken care of this week. Here's the guage cluster I am working on, still need to add a few lights and switches to it.
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              The top line of the gauge bezel should straighten when it is actually screwed in.
               
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              We also cut the trans tunnel for a test fit of the T56. Trimmed away quite a bit, Not as much would have needed to be removed(drivers side) if the car didn't already have a 4-speed tunnel piece.

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              I'm trying to mount it as high up into the car as I can, to keep the exhaust tucked up as close to the floor pan as possible. We're probably going to trim it a bit more near the firewall for better access.
               
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              We also did a preliminary test fit with the new engine and headers. Its a 6.0L lq4(ls type) engine. The headers were a tight fit, but seemed to clear everthing with no denting. The HDK front end played a huge factor in making header fitment issues minimal.
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              Here is the driver side header clearance. I have a fair bit of wiggle room with the steering shaft to get more clearance.
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              Passenger side, there is a tiny spot on the pinch weld that I will need trim(red arrow)
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              As far a the engine mounts go, I have a set of 5.7 hemi mounts and we are building a set off of them. The passenger side is shockingly close to working as is. It would probably work with a shim and slotting 2 of the holes like 1/4". The driver side mount is not very close.

              In case anybody is wondering, the headers are Speed Engineering 1-7/8" swap headers for GM A & X body cars. I am pretty impressed with the quality for a $280 set of headers. They even have merge spikes in the collectors. Also, the ground clearance looks very good.
               
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