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    1. Member JDII's Avatar
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      08-29-2011 09:17 AM #26
      need pics mang!!!
      Smile it will get Worse!!

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      09-18-2011 01:10 AM #27
      All right so The Beam is in the car and everything in the area has been cleaned up and replaced New Master cylinder new brake lines hard and soft new fuel line.


      The problem is shes now too low for my balloon 165 tires so I still cant go any where. No turning radius at all!




      I ordered some 135's today so hopefully I'll be rollin soon
      Oh yeah I had bad luck with J bugs they sent me the wrong brake lines and a bum master cylinder any one else had any problems with them?

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      Last edited by sethbilodeau; 09-18-2011 at 08:35 AM.

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      09-18-2011 09:55 AM #28
      Notch them for more low ( / suspension travel)?
      I did mine...
      I actually used a longer 'jack' screw incase I ever wanted to adjust it up higher (I haven't, but...... )

      & 165 = 'balloon tire drop'... been there!
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      09-21-2011 04:58 PM #29
      yeah I'm going to notch them and probably drop it one click as well. Is that what you are at with your set up?

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      09-22-2011 12:31 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by sethbilodeau View Post
      yeah I'm going to notch them and probably drop it one click as well. Is that what you are at with your set up?
      'Clicks' are relative (depends on what you start?) I guess it was 'stock' height when I started:




      On the first install, "One click" wasn't low enough, even with the adjuster screw adjusted all the way down, my screw adjustment preset could have been off on this first try, too...:



      "Two clicks" & some screw adjusting got me in this range:



      I used a longer adjuster screw (about 1" longer than the one that comes with them....that way I could set them lower than I thought was "practical", and have enough to adjust UP from there. ) w/ subtle tweaks over the years:





      (yeah, needs to go in the "Before & After" thread!!!
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      09-22-2011 01:55 PM #31
      ^^^You nailed it Geeti, perfect setup...

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      09-22-2011 05:41 PM #32
      Nice, that is the stance I'm shooting for. I love the look of stock smoothies on a properly lowered car I just need to find 2 more decent ones. I got some Ranger tire paint but am reluctant to use it for rear of it not looking right. Is that what you used or are those porta walls?

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      09-22-2011 08:39 PM #33
      I miss my '61

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      09-23-2011 08:54 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by sethbilodeau View Post
      nice, that is the stance i'm shooting for. I love the look of stock smoothies on a properly lowered car i just need to find 2 more decent ones. I got some ranger tire paint but am reluctant to use it for rear of it not looking right. Is that what you used or are those porta walls?
      deem is porta walls .
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      09-24-2011 01:00 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by JDII View Post
      deem is porta walls .
      Yup ( check my thread in the (o\!/o) link in my sig )
      15x2" wide
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      09-28-2011 07:47 PM #36

      The Front end is done! Its up all the way right now. I think I'll mess with it after I get the rear down some. Sand blasted and painted the front smoothies and just picked up another set that I sand blasted today. New hub cap clips should be here on friday so I might just be rollin in style by the weekend. Until then drag racer style! 135 R15 nankangs up front 16580R15 kumhos in the rear(I have 4 and they came new with the car).

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      09-28-2011 08:45 PM #37
      Dig!

      Wheel color is too, looks good with no caps.

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      09-29-2011 09:01 AM #38
      LOOKIN GOOD MAN
      Smile it will get Worse!!

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      10-07-2011 06:09 PM #39
      I finished the rear end and found two more smoothies that I sand blasted and painted with new clips and hub caps I think they came out pretty damn good.

      Proud owner!

      I reindexed the rear the same amount down on both sides. Im guessing two outer splines, I did it by measuring off the body mounts down to the spring plate on both sides. Notched the spring plate just incase and have it adjusted all the way up in the pictures above. So I can drop the front 4" more than I have it and the rear another 2" if I want. I'm pretty happy with the stance as it is right now but I'm sure I'll still tinker with it

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      10-07-2011 10:34 PM #40
      Man that's top class bro. Very nice. Stance looks good too.
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      10-07-2011 11:11 PM #41
      did you buy this buy lake winapausake(thats spelled wrong but whatever)cuz i was the this summer and saw one for sail that looks the same just wondering
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      10-07-2011 11:17 PM #42
      Nice man , real nice.
      Smile it will get Worse!!

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      10-08-2011 06:10 AM #43
      Low & Slow___(o\ ! /o)___

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      10-08-2011 08:34 AM #44
      Nope, I bought it over near Nashua and I have had it since last spring so it wasn't mine.

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      12-11-2011 07:37 PM #45
      I put the Bug away for the winter today I'm thinking of pulling the Body off the pan and sending it out to get blasted and Sprayed. I got a baseline quote of $3500 to start depending on what is revealed by the blasting. I know the passenger rear in front of the wheel well was replaced at some time so the shop is anticipating some time there. Other than that though the car was from California and seems completely solid. Does this seem like a reasonable quote? Does any one know of a good shop in the Northeast so I can possibly get a few quotes?

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      12-16-2011 04:00 PM #46
      Anyone? Any input on this would be appreciated. Schell? Any other body guys? Just trying to get a general idea of how much money I need to have set aside for paint, Headliner and glass install the rest I will do. Thanks in advance

    22. 12-16-2011 04:32 PM #47
      That doesn't sound terrible actually. When I got my 4runner painted from a friends body shop. I got a deal at 1500 with no body work. Plan for the worst though as far as rust. That way if your wrong you'll at least be pleasantly surprised. See if doing any prep work for them can get you a lower price too. good luck!
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      03-01-2012 06:04 PM #48
      I pulled the engine last weekend and sent it out to be rebuilt. 40hp parts are hard to come by I've spoken with wolfgang international and vintage parts inc and they are both out of stock. Any other distributers that have rebuilt heads for 40hp engines that people have used?

      Pics of my buddies car that I'm helping him finish so you don't get bored


      engine pics to come!

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      03-01-2012 06:49 PM #49
      Man, for a split second I thought you painted your car..I was .."ohhhh WTF did ya do"....I love your car the way it is, so dont get any ideas

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      03-04-2012 12:03 AM #50


      Man, your car is perfect!
      Enjoyed reading through the thread, too.
      I am looking for one just like that right now.

      Enjoy it!
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