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    Wyoming GTM Underway

    Now that I have had GTM #500 for a little over a year guess it is time to post some information on my build. Have been reading the forum off and on when I get a chance and even posted a few responses, but it has bee a very busy year looking after my aging parents and younger kids with grandkids (found out what the sandwich generation is) but better late than never I would guess. My name is James and we all live in Wyoming, so the weather up here was bad last winter just after I received my GTM. Good news is, I am lucky enough to have a nice shop to work in due to weather or everything would shut down in the winter.

    I received my GTM I September of last year, had to unload it at our local Shopko (we live in a small town in Wyoming only store around with exception of grocery store) because there is no way for a truck of that size to make it up to our shop on the hill much less be able to turn around to get back out. We took delivery in the same weekend as my town Newcastle, WY. has its annual Shine and Show car show. There is usually around 200 cars that show up from all over the northeast corner of Wyoming and parts of South Dakota. Needless we had a lot or visitors watching us unload the GTM form a big truck that said Factory Five Racing on the side in the local parking lot during the annual car show.

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    In the shop and ready to start the long task on making it all work. And before I forget I want to thank Shane VRaptor for his assistance, ideas and making the aftermarket parts that make the build better and more functional, along with the guys for Infinity Box, Stan and G-Box and everyone who has help me get to the point I am now on the build.

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    GTM frame is on stand with front and back A arms install, steering installed and some of the aluminum panels installed. First fit up of wheels to make sure they had clearance with Wilwood 6 pistons front, 4 pistons back brakes with EDS racing rotors and new Detroit Axle hubs.

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    Fast forward, my pit crew (3 of my 6 kids) assist in setting the 585 HP LS3 into the frame for the first time. Engine installed with Kennedy Engineering transition plate and clutch assembly installed on block prior to installation.

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    Moving on, this is my 6-speed transmission (996 G2) built by Stan at G-Box in Denver. We added a limited slip and upgraded the final gearing with gears from Australia to change the final gear ratio lowering the RPM when in 6th gear. It is now mated to the transition plate and mounted in the frame with modifications to the rear frame section for transmission mount as shown with plates installed from Shane at VRaptors for mounting the wing.

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    Gear shifter mounted in tunnel, Cable Shift provided the shifter and cables with the modified shift mount from Shane.

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    A/C Blower relocation using VRaptor supplied kit, it worked very well and opened front end for other modifications such as moving the battery up and evaporator over to make room for everything in the front end. Picture of these modification to follow.

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    Added structure to the front nose as it was flimsy, and I figured it would move and rattle during so using thin wall square tubing I fabricated this removable frame to stiffen the lower aluminum plate.

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    Fabricating my hard lines for the front-end radiator using silicon fittings to make installation and removal simpler and something that can be done after the car is built.

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    Fabricating cooling lines to the water pump again hard piped to silicone fittings for removal if needed. All tunnel piping, cooling, heater and A/C lines in the tunnel are hard piped and insulated, installed on hangers to allow spacing and air flow through the tunnel.

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    Had to modify the frame at the water pump (Using a LS1 water pump on LS3 as recommended by Shane) to allow the thermostat housing enough room to keep it from hitting the frame. Fabricated a triangular tube for this section and added a thermostat housing that could be swiveled so the neck was in the proper place for the hard piping. Hard piped form one side of the engine compartment to the other for the heater lines and steam vent. IMG_1583.JPGIMG_1584.JPGIMG_1676.JPGIMG_1679.JPG

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    Fabricated the harness bar for the 4-point harness I am planning on using on this build.

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    Once again, thanks to Shane who sent me his storage compartment I was able to modify it to fit in the tunnel even though my lines were hung and spaced in the tunnel. Would have been simpler if they were all laying on the bottom but was able to work with what a had and it came out better than I was expecting.

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    Installed the Infinity Box system (20 circuit Control module, 2 power modules, InTouch module and temperature control module) along with Dakota Digital HDX gauges, GPS and fan controller. Also installed is an Escort Passport 9500 system integrated into the GTM, pictures show the location of the different modules and the closure over the center section of the front end that was sectioned into 3 pieces for removal and access to the different areas if needed.

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    Some pictures of the initial layout of the interior used to insure all wiring was installed and that I could modify the center console to fit my head unit with navigation and the touch pad to operate the Infinity Box system.

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    Another look at the modules and Center cover with ductwork.

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    A look at the LS3 installed for the front and back of engine compartment.

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    Here is the central console modified to except the head unit, a separate cover piece to attach the touch pad for the Infinity Box system through the veneered dash with the HDX gauges installed, veneered panels for the push button start, electronic e-brake, windows switches, interior lights etc. on the center console. The veneer is from Africa and finish quality is good and I hope it comes out at the end of the day looking like a some of the interiors in like hyper cars.

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    A few more pictures of interior work and front panel.

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    Beautiful work. Great thing about Wyoming is there is plenty of room for nice large shops. No such luck in Los Angeles. I used to call on Dixon Bros in Newcastle. Great people. Know any of the Dixon’s?
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    Aluminum gas tanks installed with fabricated hold downs to insure they do not move.

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    Yes I do, Jim Dixon and his son I have lunch with them ever now and again...

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    In most towns that doesn’t work but in Newcastle, it’s a good bet people know each other. Tell Jim that’s Steve Traversi from Polar Tank and Heil Trailer says hello. I saw the roadster in the back of your shop. Did you build that as well?
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    On the lighter side of thing these 2 are my junior shop helpers, Cooper just had to have my powered 3/8 ratchet he is the one in the walker and the little girl Brooklynn is up in the engine compartment with Grandpa she is just a working away. The really like being in the shop with their Grandpa and I really enjoy having them around, the are a blast and you never know what hey are going to try next. The good new is they are to small to break anything still so watching them try to figure it all out is something else!!
    They are both walking now so keeping up with them can ware one out!!

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    They are a racing team....

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    And while I might be getting older, I still like playing with toy trucks... I is fun to drive and everyone really seems to like it. Not how may picture have been taken of the truck but no matter where I travel in it someone always wants to take a picture !!

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    Well this kind of brings me up to date. Have not really started on the body yet and have a couple of thing to finish, electrical check out and it should be ready to run as go kart if he weather will let me take it out. Been quite a year and have had a lot of fun so will continue to march on and hopefully have it done before the Newcastle Show and Shine in the fall of 2019..... Hopefully !!

    I will try harder to keep post now I have started up to date somewhat and for everyone on this forum it has been great reading what everyone has done, getting ideas and keeps me busy when I am traveling thanks to everyone for sharing with us all and aain special thanks to Shane for his advise and assistance...…….

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    Yes I did, but needs to have transmission replaced so as soon as I get the GTM off the lift I will but new C4 or C6 in it. It is an automatic not standard (the wife made me do it) she wanted it and I have never been able to get her to drive standard, she tried once and then just quit so since she wanted the car it had to automatic. Not a lot of room in transmission tunnel for automatic but we got her in there.....

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    I will tell Jim the next time we have lunch. My partners and I were the minority owners of the small refinery here until 2016 when it was sold. So I know him well as they hauled product for us off the rack.

    One would never know that as small as Newcastle is there are cars in the area. I have a couple and at the local cars shows around the Black Hills there is always for 150 to 300 collector and hotrod cars. I have no idea where they keep them all and only see them at the car shows but they do come out and they are all for this side of Wyoming or western South Dakota. It really is amazing for as small as these communities are

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    Looks like things are coming along nicely! Very nice build!
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    Hey James,

    Thanks for bringing us up to date on your build. You are doing some excellent work and I'm very jealous of the shop you have. The custom woodwork will really make that dash stick out. I'm building 501, and feel like a slacker now LOL.

    What fuel vent filters are those?

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    Holy crap, I just looked up that Passport 9500ci, that is some serious hardware there. I need to research this some more as I love the built in functionality.
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    Great looking build, very clean! And cup holders!
    How are you heating your shop? I'm in talks with a contractor to install a wood burning stove. I'm out in the sticks and we don't have a gas line. Been using a propane salamander up to this point.
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    Hey Shoeless,

    I got them on ebay they are 9mm engine/oil crankcase valve vent intake clamp-on cone blue filter/breather but will work for my needs was around $7.50 and the come in different colors as well.
    Yea being built in is a great option and I molded the indicator into the steering wheel cover so it is right in my line of site, this is the hump on top of the steering column.

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    Hey Beeman,

    I live right on the edge of town, the city street ends 10 before my gate, so I let the city have 3/4 of an acre in a strip so I could get them to lay a natural gas line to the place. So it is heated with natural gas one meter for the shop, cars storage (keep it around 55 in the winter) and one for he house. The shop is 40 x 60 approx. pole barn construction and has two 75,000 BTU heaters so depending on how cold it gets don't have to run them both all the time. Insulated with R36 in the walls and R39 in the ceiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesfr58 View Post
    Hey Beeman,

    I live right on the edge of town, the city street ends 10 before my gate, so I let the city have 3/4 of an acre in a strip so I could get them to lay a natural gas line to the place. So it is heated with natural gas one meter for the shop, cars storage (keep it around 55 in the winter) and one for he house. The shop is 40 x 60 approx. pole barn construction and has two 75,000 BTU heaters so depending on how cold it gets don't have to run them both all the time. Insulated with R36 in the walls and R39 in the ceiling.
    I need one of those... Stupid California space confinements...
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    Hey Neighbor, I'm across the state line just outside Custer. Would like to check out your build some time.

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    Was reading my last post and realized I had gone brain dead, spelling and grammar went out the window. I had been up since 3 am on a conference call with parties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, they done know we need to sleep at night!! I guess I was more tired that I though have been at it for a couple of days with them working on a proposed project in Africa. Think I need to retire all the way!!

    Installed tilt and telescoping steering column that is controlled by two momentary switches on the right side of the dash shown in earlier.

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    Picture of the cooling lines, heater lines and A/C lines entering the tunnel. Also shown in this picture is the fuel tank crossover that is using 16 AN fitting so is large that the original. Of note, in reading the post on the forum there have been several comments on having to open the cooling system with no good way to drain the system. The angle the radiator sits at in the nose the pit **** is point up on the inside toward the dividing wall and would run all over the front nose pan if opened not to mention you can barely reach it to open it in the first place with the hoses in the way. So, to take care to the problem of emptying the cooling system I added two pit cocks to both lines before they tur exiting the tunnel to the engine. I will look at a way to be able to access them without having to remove the belly pan when I get to that part of the build.

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    Made my own clutch stop to keep from pushing the clutch too far and made modifications to yoke on clutch pedal to eliminate the problem of the yoke hitting the clutch pedal and shortened the rod from the clutch master cylinder to the yoke so the clutch moves smoothly through the full range and will not go completely to the foot well back wall. So, to keep from having issues and possible breaking parts in the clutch system in the transmission I added this stop to insure I could not stroke the pedal further than needed.

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    Here are some close up picture of the wiring that is complete with all pulled for head unit, all switches, on the passenger’s side is the speaker for the 9500ci and the connection for computer for updates and on the driver’s side is the PRM limiter for A/C, the wiring terminal block from the Infinity Box Master Cell to the various switches etc. and a close up of the warning indicator for the 9500ci built into the top of the steering column. Not shown but it is there is a 1 inch PVC pipe that the wiring passes through from the passenger’s side where the Power Cell and the inMotion Cell are located along with the Fan Controller and the controller for the 9500ci. I will try to get some picture that show the wiring and the crossover through the top of the compartment where the A/C unit is located.

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    Here are a few pictures of the GTM nose that show the battery relocate, turning it sideways and raising it so the hard-cooling lines run underneath the battery. The A/C evaporator was moved to the side and you can see my separate ground block and the outside fuse blocks for ignition on 12V and constant 12V that are not connected to the Infinity Box System. I am using a Digital Guard Dawg, PBS-II for Classics, RFID Push Button Start System + 5 output channels for power locks or other power accessories. The power lock feature will operate my door poppers and the popper that will be on the back hatch. It also controls systems that are hooked up to accessary power only that will operate without engine running so I do have a couple of fuse block outside the Infinity Box system. Also pictured is a better picture of the cover over the A/C compartment, the passenger side and driver side foot box area. As mentioned it is sectioned into three sections and any one of the sections can be removed without having to remove the other section, there will screws that overlap two section on the seam line but section bcan be removed without removing the whole cover.

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