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Postby dgekiere » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:32 am

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so i have had he car for a few weeks now, spending most my time working out the bugs before i start modifying it. heres my original post http://forums.genvibe.com/zerothread?id=46220so heres what i have done so far,right inner tie rod and alignmentserpentine beltbrass shifter bushingscleaned vvti oil control filtercleaned mafnew air filterNGK iridum spark plugsafter fixing all that the car still felt under powered compared to my 2004 gt. i found in the air box the warm air inlet in the back side was coroded shut. after i opened the valve and drilled a few extra holed in the bottom of the air box it is back to its original power.now that its running properly i started to take apart the interior for the roll cage.once i set up the appointment for the roll cage i will pull the ront sats out and the dash. right now i still want it drivable
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Postby dgekiere » Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:53 am

i had to laugh when i saw the battery cable. its amazing what people will do to fix their cars.




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Postby jkm311 » Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:44 am

Totally following this thread.

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Totally following this thread.

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Postby dgekiere » Wed Feb 22, 2012 11:45 pm

the prodject should be coming along fairly quickly now. my buddy talked to the roll cage guy and his schedule is open right now. so this weekend we will be tearing the rest of the interior out of it and the sun roof. then my buddy will put in sheet metal in place of the sunroof and paint it pry by next week. he wants to two tone it with black on the bottom and the new camaro green on the top. so in the next few weeks this is gonna be a completly different car.
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Postby jkm311 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:26 am

Doug, I'm only an hour from you. When this puppy gets put through the paces, I'd love to know when and where. Hanging on your every post.

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Postby dgekiere » Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:52 am

will definently have to get together. heres the event im building the car for. its the last weekend in january every year. i would like to run more events though throughout the year.
http://sno-drift.org/

maybe we can have a mini meet at one of the events

http://www.rally-america.com/

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Postby jkm311 » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:01 am

4-hour drive Up North in January? Woof. Good thing I have snow tires! Do you take 33 North at Alger, or stay on 75 all the way to Otsego Lake/Gaylord?

Either way, this event looks fun as hell.


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Postby dgekiere » Thu Feb 23, 2012 12:15 pm

Yeah i get off at alger exit. My parents have a place in lewiston so atleast this event is convinient
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Postby dgekiere » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:05 am

update

last night we stipped the interior out. later this week the sunroof will be getting pulled and sheet metal will be installed in its place. after that off to the roll cage shop it goes.
heres matt my partner in this prodject










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Postby KITT222 » Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:10 am

Once you have it converted, keep it registered, and occasionally drive it to the grocery store. All the empty space in there will be great for groceries!

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Postby dgekiere » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:23 am

update

she's now ready for the roll cage, the moon roof has been removed and the patch panel has been put in its place, thanks matt. we are still deciding on a paint color to two tone it. right now its sunburst orange. we have until after the roll cage to decide. the dash is out as much as we need to for now. heres a few more pics
of how it sits now



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Postby mac99d » Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:56 am

So are you going to fill in the roof rack side rails in with something? I have thought about pulling mine off and having them smoothed out with some metal like it is on the matrix. I just don’t have the tools to do it myself right now, but hopefully I will someday.
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Postby dgekiere » Tue Mar 06, 2012 10:21 am

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So are you going to fill in the roof rack side rails in with something? I have thought about pulling mine off and having them smoothed out with some metal like it is on the matrix. I just don’t have the tools to do it myself right now, but hopefully I will someday.

no they are just off right now for the paint to go on. we will be putting the side rails back on, but the cross bars are staying off. my dad has a 2005 that doesnt have the cross bars so he took them.

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Postby dgekiere » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:24 pm

update:

took it to the glass shop and got the windshield removed so the roll cage can be fused with the a pillar. tomorrow we are taking it about 2.5 hours away to the rollcage guy. he will have the car for about 3 weeks. when we get it back the fun will begin with the assembly and paint.

here it is all ready to go

more updates in about 3 weeks

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Postby KITT222 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:50 pm

That's awesome. A Vibe towing a Vibe. Just great!

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Postby dgekiere » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:33 am

Made it to zeeland mi with no problems. Vibe pulled the vibe great. I was actually able to carry 6th gear at 70 the whole way. Got fuel on the way back and averaged 22 mpg. Its better than pulling it with my buddys truck and getting 15 mpg. Now just have to wait for it to get done.
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Postby dgekiere » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:24 am

well i finally got some pictures of the roll cage progress. he called the other day and said it would be done in about a week.
here are the pics he sent... enjoy

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Postby jkm311 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:36 am

B*tchin'! :)

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Postby dgekiere » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:47 am

thanks alot.... i can't wait to get it back from the fab shop
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Postby Mrvsfriend » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:25 pm

That's pretty cool, I've never seen this done to one of these, that's going to be sweet when you're finished. Do you have a weight goal in mind?

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Postby MrHatchWagon » Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:28 pm

That looks freakin' amazing. Any plans to paint the roll cage or are you going to leave it like that? And have you decided on the paint job for the rally Vibe yet?
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Postby 86foxgt » Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:04 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock: You have my attention. What mods are you planning to hide under the hood?
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Postby dgekiere » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:10 am

Mrvsfriend wrote:That's pretty cool, I've never seen this done to one of these, that's going to be sweet when you're finished. Do you have a weight goal in mind?


i think minimum weight is around 3100 with driver and codrive. so with stock weight about 2750 and approx 400 lbs. of driver and codriver weight and some extra strenthening mods to the body we will pry be a little over minimum weight. we are trying to get put in a production class for now so we can't do to many weight reducing modifications.
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Postby dgekiere » Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:15 am

MrHatchWagon wrote:That looks freakin' amazing. Any plans to paint the roll cage or are you going to leave it like that? And have you decided on the paint job for the rally Vibe yet?


yup the roll cage will be painted, possibly a grey color. the cars paint hasn't been finalized yet, only that it will be a 2 tone since the sunroof got removed and still needs paint. the last thought was to paint the top sunburst orange. final decision will be made when we get it back from the roll cage.
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Postby Mariachi » Tue May 01, 2012 7:39 am

vedy nice!!! im jelly. :) good luck on completing the build! :)
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Postby dgekiere » Sun May 06, 2012 11:07 am

Teaser pic .... more to come later tonight
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Postby dgekiere » Sun May 06, 2012 4:36 pm

After 6 weeks of waiting the roll cage is finally done. it looks awesome. its way better than i could of imagined. i am so amped now to get it done and run it. so here it is :D

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Postby KITT222 » Sun May 06, 2012 4:52 pm

Sweet! That's going to improve handling, too. Of course, let's hope that stiffening the unibody is the only thing it'll need to do.

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Postby mac99d » Sun May 06, 2012 7:43 pm

Wow!!! that is some rollcage. Cant wait to see the finished product.
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Postby SeattleJeremy » Mon May 07, 2012 9:01 pm

Looks awesome! Looking forward to seeing more!
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Postby meidou » Thu May 10, 2012 6:01 pm

This looks amazing.Just curious about one thing, I thought that GT vibes could not be towed with 2 wheels on the ground but instead needed to be placed on a flat bed.
Gl with the mods, I hope this can rival the DS3 that Leob drives.

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Postby mac99d » Thu May 10, 2012 6:16 pm

Not sure why you could not tow with a dolly....Please explain further what you are saying.
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Postby KITT222 » Thu May 10, 2012 6:44 pm

meidou wrote:This looks amazing.Just curious about one thing, I thought that GT vibes could not be towed with 2 wheels on the ground but instead needed to be placed on a flat bed.
Gl with the mods, I hope this can rival the DS3 that Leob drives.


You can't dolly-tow an AWD Vibe. If you do that you'll ruin the rear differential and transfer case. However, the Vibe base and GT are FWD-only, so the rear wheels just trundle along. While on the dolly they still think they're being pulled along by the front wheels (don't tell them the truth, or they'll get confused!).

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Postby dgekiere » Thu May 24, 2012 6:19 pm

mac99d wrote:Wow!!! that is some rollcage. Cant wait to see the finished product.


first off i would like to thank everyone that is following this build. i am having a blast building the car. it is taking me more time than i originally thought to get things done. i have only been able to et a few things done since i got it back from the rollcage shop.

last weekend i staight piped the muffler. it sounds pretty good but i havn't driven it on the road since there is no windshield.

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today we got one coat of paint on the roll cage. tomorrow i'm gonna put a second coat on it. once the cage is done being painted i am gonna install the dash and a few other interior pieces.

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more to come as it gets done.

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Postby dgekiere » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:01 am

HAVN'T UPDATED THIS IN AWHILE SO HERE IS WHERE ITS AT NOW.

GOT SOME PRESSENTS IN THE MAIL YESTERDAY, PRY TO BE INSTALLED THIS WEEKEND. THE BARS ARE PAINTED AND THE DASH IS INSTALLED. I INSTALLED THE REAR PACKAGE TRAY FOR SOME STORAGE AND SOUND DEADENING.

MY BUDDY IS STILL SMOOTHING OUT THE ROOF BEFORE IT GET PAINTED (STILL HAVN'T PICKED A COLOR YET). DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGESTIONS FOR A COLOR? WE ARE PAINTING THE CENTER OF THE HOOD AND ROOF. I AM COLOR BLIND SO IT REALLY DOESNT MATTER TO ME. MY BUDDY WAS THINKING RED TO MATCH THE SEATS.

HERES SOME CURRENT PICS OF THE NEW PACKAGE FROM THE MAIL :D
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AND THE PAINTED CAGE AND DASH INSTALL
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Postby Blanco_Diablo » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:50 am

Do you have a theme in mind? Car name? Any sponsor logos to consider? Are you planning to paint or utilize vinyl graphics, or a combination? Is there a budget you had in mind? A lot of options out there for paint and finishes limited only by imagination and funds. With more info a few of us PhotoShop savvy members could mock-up some paint options for ya!

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Postby KITT222 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:41 am

Well... it might be taboo over on Jalopnik, but you should paint the Vibe in Gulf Oil livery!

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Postby Doug14 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:22 pm

This is awesome, going to follow this thread for sure. Excited to see how it progresses!

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Postby KITT222 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:37 pm

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C'mon... Gulf Oil livery!


Or... take your pick: http://jalopnik.com/5918722/the-ten-coo ... /gallery/1

Martini striped might look good, since it's a rally car
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Postby Zimm » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:14 pm

looks awesome!

if you're still looking for color suggestions, i'd like to suggest mustard yellow, with any accent work done in dark green. and all low gloss-shininess is overrated. i talked a buddy into this color combo on his little honda cafe racer project and it came out brilliantly.
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Postby MrHatchWagon » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:19 pm

Just curious, are you going to put a racing seat on the driver's side too?
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Postby ligion » Sat Jun 23, 2012 3:06 pm

Paint suggestion!

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Postby MrHatchWagon » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:56 am

ligion wrote:Paint suggestion!

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+1, and I like the matte black triangle... things up front, by the wheel arches. I thought about doing that with mine. And that stripe down the side is very tasteful as well.
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Postby dgekiere » Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:02 pm

wow i missed alot of posts and only got one email :? oh well.

Blanco_Diablo wrote:Do you have a theme in mind? Car name? Any sponsor logos to consider? Are you planning to paint or utilize vinyl graphics, or a combination? Is there a budget you had in mind? A lot of options out there for paint and finishes limited only by imagination and funds. With more info a few of us PhotoShop savvy members could mock-up some paint options for ya!


no theme yet but open for sugestions.
no car name either but we discussed definently not calling it the vibrator ;) .
one of my friend has a company and will be sponsoring us but i have never seen his logo yet. i keep meaning to get it for some stickers for the car.
we will pry utilize vinyl for most of the art on the car. just incase a few panels have to be replace along the way.
the budget is coming out of my pocket so yeah i would like to keep things simple when possible, but not going cheap on safety items. the wife hasn't complained about anything yet so i must be doing ok so far with what i have spent. i also fix cars on the side to make some extra cash.
the painting shouldn't be a problem or a real expensive part of the car. the guy i am building the car with can paint and his dad restores car. he has done some painting for me in the past on other projects.
definitly wouldn't mind seeing some photoshop ideas, i see a few from a few posts down and am getting some ideas from them.


KITT222 wrote:Well... it might be taboo over on Jalopnik, but you should paint the Vibe in Gulf Oil livery!


lol. had to look this up cause i didn't know what it was. i started working with ford in 2004 when the development was going on for the new gt 40 and we had 2 of them painted like that. if i ever have to paint the whole whole car who knows it would be interesting to see, got to try everything once right.


Doug14 wrote:This is awesome, going to follow this thread for sure. Excited to see how it progresses!


cool, thanks

Zimm wrote:looks awesome!

if you're still looking for color suggestions, i'd like to suggest mustard yellow, with any accent work done in dark green. and all low gloss-shininess is overrated. i talked a buddy into this color combo on his little honda cafe racer project and it came out brilliantly.


thanks, my first car was a 84 mustang i had it painted yellow and later added a black stipe down the hood. the color code was from a ford ranger splash. i miss that car, it looked sharp being yellow. definently a eye turner.

for now i would like to leave it base black and add some color to it. but one day if it needs to be all painted i may go crazy and do something like this.

MrHatchWagon wrote:Just curious, are you going to put a racing seat on the driver's side too?


lol. should i ...j/k yeah that was just the day i got them and the passenger seat was already out so i threw it in to see it. waiting untill its painted to get some of the stuff mounted in the car, and trying to figure out how some other equipment will be mounted, like fire extinguishers and timer box.

ligion wrote:Paint suggestion!

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cool thanks.
im pry not going that color but i like the design.


[quote="MrHatchWagon]
+1, and I like the matte black triangle... things up front, by the wheel arches. I thought about doing that with mine. And that stripe down the side is very tasteful as well.[/quote]

i like it too. looking to break up the car being just black


well i think that everything i missed, again thanks to everyone who's following
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Re: dgekiere 2003 Vibe GT Rally Car

Postby dgekiere » Sat Jul 28, 2012 8:39 am

Seats are mounted, now onto paint and seat belts.

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Postby tpollauf » Sat Jul 28, 2012 9:39 am

Looking REAL good ;) .. You know you're gonna have to go with the best color .......................... RED so that they match those awesome racing seats :mrgreen:
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Postby NascarXprt » Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:44 pm

Man i am really lookin forward to seeing this thing finished! as well as the paint decision
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