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    Tom, you have mad skills and boundless energy. I love following your builds.

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    Thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I am having to put the GTM build to sleep for awhile. I am picking up a 33 kit from a customer at 8:30 AM tomorrow to build for him. I had to rearrange the shop some. I will be taking the GTM to be dyne-tuned on a chassis dyne soon though. Maybe work on it a little on Saturdays that I take off from customer work.

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    It has been a while since I have worked on the GTM. I recently had some heath issues but I am fine now. I am taking the GTM to Rollin's to put it on the chassis dyno to be tuned tomorrow. My friend Art drove the GTM in my trailer for me. Boy that thing is low to the ground!,LOL. Once that is done I can start on installing the body. I may have someone interested in buying the car as well once it is ready for paint. I will make them a deal if I do not have to pay to have it painted for sure. Stay tuned. 33 is out being painted for my customer right now and big car show this Saturday for my MK4.

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    Got my GTM back from Rollin's today. Very happy with the chassis dyno results after the tune. I was wanting a little more power than the stock 2002 LS1 but still a very street able ride. Very happy with the flat torque curve. Should be a really nice car to enjoy on the street. Big HP numbers look great and are always bragging rights, but good street able HP and TQ is what I wanted. Car really sounds awesome as well. RWHP was 377.90 at 6330 RPM and Max RWTQ was 361.33 at 4840 RPM. Based on normal 20% loss that would be close to 453HP, 433TQ at the crank. Decent #'s IMO.

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    Yes, I am back working on the GTM, Yea! I have it close to ready to put the body on. I installed the A/C hoses. I use S/S screws to hold them on the A/C unit.

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    Thanks to Mike Everson of Replicaparts and Shane at VRaptor I was able to correct my mistake and reroute the hoses thru the top of the panel. I used my overhead winch to install the rear body. I only had time today to attach it in the door area. I hope to get more done this week. Car really looks mean so low to the ground.

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    didn't even see you updating over hear on the build thread part of the sight. Looks great! keep the pics and the updates coming!

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    Installed the rear body mount. I took my time to get everything lined up correctly. I used a aluminum angle to mount instead of the FFR mount. I used 2-5/16" S/S bolts to the trans frame and 3- 5/16" S/S button head screws into the angle that I tapped with a drill tap. More solid IMO. They will be hidden behind the license plate. Also drilled and tapped the sides for 10/32 S/S screws as well.

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    Today I worked on the front panels for the hood. First I mocked them up including the wiper box. Then I used 10/24 rivnuts and screws to attach them to the body. I will rivet them to the chassis after coating them. This will allow for the body to come off easy for paint or whatever the need is. I also used Wayne Presley's flashlight method for locating the door striker holes. Very trick, thanks Wayne.

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    Have not had much time to work on GTM due to sale of MK4 and ordering my 35 P/U. I did wire up all the tail lights and rear view camera. Also reinstalled front hood parts after coating.

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    Ran the B/U camera cord up to the console. Mounted the front end, catches and hood gas struts. Had to move the GTM off the lift to get a once over on my MK4 I have sold before I take it to the new owner. Could not help myself to take a few pictures of both together. Rear wheels are lined up in pics.

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    Tom-

    Great seeing you get some time to work on the GTM! I always enjoy following along on your builds.

    Will you finish up the GTM before the pick-up gets to you, you think? I don't know what kind of lead time there will be for the pick-up.

    Thanks for the update!

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    I hope to have the 33 and GTM done before I get the 35 P/U.

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    It has been a crazy last 8 days I sold my MK4, my P/U truck got a huge coolant leak, my 2-post lift blew a cylinder and my wife is out of town and I have no ride, LOL. I did however install the other front hood latch.Instead of the way the manual has you line up the catch I installed 2 screws and used anti seize to mark the holes and used 1/4-20 rivnuts. Also installed rear diffuser and VRaptor diffuser grill and louvers. Also VRaptor front grill and fog lights mounts. This stuff is really nice stuff, Thanks Shane. Everything is removable , I used 10-32 and 10-24 screws, nuts and rivnuts to install everything. Hope to install lights in front tomorrow.

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    Worked on front lights this morning. FFR no longer gives the template in the manual. I installed the screws to the lights and put silver anti-seize on the ends to mark where the 25/64" holes go. Worked out well. I also mocked up the front splash shields. I will coat them later. Busy buying a new truck so I do not get to spend as much time working on the GTM as I would like right now.

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    Very busy last few days. I got my new F-150 on Friday, next day I replaced the leaking cylinder on my 2-post lift. Also wired up all my front lights. Caution!! Look at your Turn signal/parking light socket closely. Mine had the 2 + post touching and this would cause the LED to go up in smoke. Make sure they do not touch. I had to adjust mine with a small screwdriver.

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    Started to mount the doors. I can see there will be a ton of work to make these fit and work right. All part of the build, LOL.

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    Your hatch insert is post-curing now, if you're starting the doors you won't need it any time soon anyway! There are mods to make the windows go down all the way and mods to upgrade the seals and weatherproofing that others have already done. The weatherstrips that comes with the kit are cheap and scream kit car.

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    great updates! you may not feel like it but you're making fast progress! makes me feel like I need to do more lol. I feel like I'm just a few steps away from making big leaps on my build, just need to button up some of the last few electrical so I can button up the interior with all the panels. I can't wait to do that because it also means I can mock up all the lights like yours is now, your kit looks really good with those lights in! Do you know what color scheme you're going to go with when you paint her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker298 View Post
    great updates! you may not feel like it but you're making fast progress! makes me feel like I need to do more lol. I feel like I'm just a few steps away from making big leaps on my build, just need to button up some of the last few electrical so I can button up the interior with all the panels. I can't wait to do that because it also means I can mock up all the lights like yours is now, your kit looks really good with those lights in! Do you know what color scheme you're going to go with when you paint her?
    Not sure. I really like the black top with red bottom look. I may have a customer who wants the car to vinyl wrap it to his personal preference.

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    Worked on both doors today. In post #42 I mounted the frames in the doors. However the latch side was not lining up at all. I ended up cutting the frame a few inches from the hinge area. I then mounted the doors and made them fit close to where they need to be. Then I mounted the latch and bracket. Now both doors open and close fine. I will then bolt the cut frame to the latch bracket and weld the other side back to the hinge area and all should be good, LOL.

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    thats the first i've seen that technique.........brilliant lol

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    Waiting on some stuff for me to finish my doors. I ended up redoing my gauge panel and mocked up my center console.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wallace18 View Post
    Waiting on some stuff for me to finish my doors. I ended up redoing my gauge panel and mocked up my center console.

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    Hey Tom,

    Who did your carbon fiber center console cover? I'm looking to do something a little different and not sure if I want to get all the hardware and try the carbon fiber myself or just pay someone with the experience to do something one off for me. Thanks!!

    -Sean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoeless View Post
    Hey Tom,

    Who did your carbon fiber center console cover? I'm looking to do something a little different and not sure if I want to get all the hardware and try the carbon fiber myself or just pay someone with the experience to do something one off for me. Thanks!!

    -Sean
    The console came from Shane at VRaptor. I had it and my e-brake cover done with Hydro-dip CF.

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    Well I had to put the GTM off to the side while I finish up my 33HR for my customer. Hope to get back at it come Jan. To tell the truth I need a break from it. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoeless View Post
    Hey Tom,

    Who did your carbon fiber center console cover? I'm looking to do something a little different and not sure if I want to get all the hardware and try the carbon fiber myself or just pay someone with the experience to do something one off for me. Thanks!!

    -Sean
    I make a nicer version of the center console cover in REAL carbon fiber if you're interested, pm me or call (336)847-3521 It is shaped instead of flat stock and looks way more oem. This is the longer version in the pic but I make a short version as well. 0619151431-00.jpg
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