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66 lemans convert rolling resto started

Well I'm 2 banjo bolts away from driving it. Got the front end rebuilt. Like the way it sets althought the rear springs are next along with clean paint and repair of the third member. Floor pans. interior and top are have all showed up. Since it's parchment and white It will sit in a closet until paint work is done. BUT it will be driven during this process...
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Awesome!! Bet it feels better now. Keep it up!

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even having one in the garage behind me it amazes me how sharp the lines of these cars are every time i see a pic...like the knockoffs on your rims and i always liked the shark gills of the LeMans...looks like a big ole hammerhead ready to rip a stingray into shreds....

Just a suggestion on the rears, these car set low as they came if you plan on running wide tires you may want to get the HD springs which i think are the vert ones, even so i had to add air bags to stiffen them just a bit so it did not rub over speed bumps.

I bet you all ready get people slowing down to stare at that sweet old ride in your drive...
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Insta... I seem to have plenty of clearance even with it sagging. Ended up going 15x8's 4.25 backspace with 225 60 15's all the way around it. BUT I haven't driven it yet. Gonna bounce in the rear when I do as the shocks are junk. Should find a rub quick if it's gonna do it.

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225's should clear just fine....get a set of monroe gasmatics good bang for a little buck and i really am glad i got the bags, set them up independantly and i can adjust and level it (only using around 8psi) and it handles with much less body roll too.
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Got some more stuff done. Got the floor boards in And working on the passenger side fender. It was pretty bent PLUS someone drilled 18 holes in it. Getting closer.










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Looking good.
They must of fixed that fender on the car. Now with it off, hammer and a dolly will get it straighter. Looks really rust free. That bottom corner is usually rotted off the car.

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Looks like nice work so far, this will be one nice cruiser when your finished.

Parchment/white interior in a vert is so nice and the wheels totally rock.

I think it's cool that people appreciate the Tempests and Lemans rather than clone them into GTO's. They are such cool cars in their own right. I mean, those are some neat names for a car model and they had specific trim that fit the bodylines and added unique character. And they make great "sleapers" because they are not GTO's. Just my 2 cents.
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Yeah someone has done some body work all over this thing. Thankfully it was the owners previous to the last as he's the one that drilled all the holes. This car has been fixed before but it was done well but 10+ years ago. All and all it's coming together nicely. Thanks for the compliment on the wheels.

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