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My '68 Lemans rebuild
Bought my well used primer gray (original Verdoro green) '68 Lemans Sport (350 CI, bucket seats, 3-speed manual w/console,speed warning buzzer, low fuel light) going on near 12 years ago for $900. Made it "safe" and drove it about a year and then rebuilt a mild '72 400CI and redid the brakes/suspension. Fun daily driver/toy until I lost oil pressure. With 8 years and 25,000 on it I wanted to rebuild it less a daily driver and more street/strip toy. Long term project this time and I want it to look like the mid '70's style cars I grew up with -455 CI w/noisy gear drive, headers, tunnel ram w/velocity stacks, no hood, an aggressive high stance with the rear slightly jacked-up with 10" rims & wide tires, smaller tires on 8" rims up front, Nascar "D" window style black steel rims(but I have the period correct aluminum slotted mags if I wanted to), rear window louvers, modified/custom spoiler from a Trans-Am, roll bar, 2 bucket seats, white interior panels, black paint to include bumpers, custom decals designed by me, tinted glass. 1973 455 .060" over with all new internals, solid cam. '72 7K3 iron heads prepped by me. Looking for about 475 HP/500 ft lbs torq @ 5,800-6,000 RPM's on gas. Installing a 125-150 shot of Nitrous just because I can. Engine machine work is done, and have most all parts. The 2x4 tunnel ram looks like I'm going to have to fabricate. Installing a TKO-600 5-speed and 12" McLeod pressure plate/disc which is ready to go. Rear end is a heavy duty aftermarket Ford 9" made to fit the "A" body. 31 spline axles, and all the best internals, 3.89 gearing, 11" drums. I pieced it together rather than buy a complete ready to install unit(which may have saved me a few dollars). Based the rear on handling 600 HP/Torque. It is assembled and ready to go. Disc brake conversion, bigger front sway bar, new springs (454 Chevy), rear sway bar and traction add-ons (got most of this as well). Hoping to get the body off the frame this summer and begin the chassis work. Body is fair and needs the usual rust repair fun spots. Purchased a VFN one-piece 1969 GTO nose minus its hood. I will modify the '69 lights so as to add my '68 style marker lights. It will be a tilt nose. Also purchased the VFN fiberglass rear bumper. I do most all my own work except for things like engine machine work and setting up the Ford 9" center section. And that's why it is called a long-term & slow project! 5 years maybe? HaHaHa. It's going to be awesome. Click on my photos for more info.
8-16-2016. Boxed my frame rails & painted. Body bolted down on new bushings (PST). Front end done. Was rebuilt 20,000 miles ago, so upgraded a few...
Here's where I am at. The rear half of the chassis is 98% done. All the items in silver are my fabrications. Got the Quick Performance 9" in place...
Sandblasted & painted. Now I am working on all the modifications to the rear frame/rear axle. Welding gussets & bracing, a 3" lift kit, self...
Yay! Got the body off the frame myself using a hydraulic jack. Slipped pressure treated 4x4's between the body & frame, then one 4x4 lengthways which...
My 1968 Lemans rebuild has begun.
 
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