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Kingpin4329

Here's a little history first:

9 Years ago, I knew enough about mechanics to get past a valve cover before I felt like I was in over my head. Around that time I purchased an 1989 Mustang GT and over the course of the next two years, I put myself through my own self-taught mechanics class with professor google and doctor youtube. In that time the mustang went from "ready for the scrap yard" to a 400rwhp turbo'd 302 show car (after blowing 3 motors while I learned what not to do). 
I fell in love with mechanics and motors. I sold the mustang to afford the down payment on a house and immediately turned my garage into a shop - buying up every tool I could find. The next 6 years I spent building sport bikes and flipping cars but always had this itch to build another show worthy "race car". 6 months ago, I sold my full build ZX10R and began looking for a high dollar flip. For no particular reason I stumbled across a 1999 Corvette coupe 6-speed on craigslist with a rebuilt title and 158k on the clock. I had ZERO knowledge about corvettes but it looked neat so I bought it.

 

I'll never forget that first drive home and the fucking smile i had plastered on my face. Needless to say, when i got home, the whole "flip" idea had been thrown out the window and I began grinding away online trying to find out everything I could about these cars.

 

Well i'm officially 6 months into the build out of this C5 and it's been an absolute headache of a blast!

Felt like it was about time to start putting together a little build log so here ya go!

*I'll keep this first post updated with the parts I add as I go

 

LINK TO COST/LABOR WORKSHEET

 

PART LIST:


    EXTERIOR LIGHTING:
        Fixed Projector Headlights
        Smoked LED Laser Side Marker Housings
        6000k LED Daytime Running Lights and Turn Signals
        6000k LED Reverse Lights
        6000k LED High/Low Beams
        LED Halo Taillights (Previously Installed)
        Tinted Tail Light Lenses and Reverse Light Lenses
        Clear Daytime Running Light Housings
        6000k LED Daytime Running Lights
        
    BODY:
        New Hood Struts
        ZR1 Side Skirts (Previously Installed)
        ZR1 Front Facia (Previously Installed)
        ZR1 19x10 Rear Wheels (Previously Installed)
        ZR1 18x8.5 Front Wheels (Previously Installed)
        Windshield Wiper Bolt Covers/Plugs
        New Windshield Wiper Motor
        Bosche ICON Wiper Blades (22")
        
    INTERIOR:
        Corbeau A4 Seats w/ double locking sliders
        NRG Wheel Hub Adapter
        NRG Quick Disconnect Hub
        MOMO TUN35BK0S Leather Steering Wheel
        G-Force Pro Series Camlock 6-Point harness
        Brey-Krause Lap Belt Mount Kit
        Passenger Sunvisor Retaining Clip
        Black C5 Floor Mats
        Autometer Dual Gauge A-Pillar
        Door Panel Access Covers
        Dash Temp Sensor Cover
        RPMRollbars Roll Bar
        White LED Replacement (Door Control Panels)
        Key/Ignition bezel
        Custom Fiberglass Radio Bezel with triple gauge pod
        Custom Sub Box
        C5 floor mats
        Black Driver and Passenger Side Area Carpets
        Black Passenger Area Fuse Carpeted Fuse Cover
        Black Rear Wall Molded Carpeted Covers
        Black Rear Wall Center Carpet
        Black Waterfall Carpet
        Black Driver and Passenger Side Doors
        Black Glove Box
        Black Knee Bolster
        Black Seat Belts and Receivers
        Black Passenger and Driver Side Lower B-Pillar Trims
        Black Passenger and Driver Side Carpet Retainer Trims
        
    ELECTRONICS:
        AEM X-Series Wideband
        Glowshift Boost/Vacuum Gauge
        Glowshift Trans Temp Gauge
        Glowshift Diff Temp Gauge
        Glowshift Fuel Pressure Gauge
        Valentine One v1 Gen1 Radar Detector
        Airbag Light Resistors
        New TPMS Sensors
        HP Tuner MPVI2
        12v ACC Fuse Box
        12v Constant Fuse Box
        4GA Fused Distribution Block
        4GA 12v Power Line (From Battery to Electronics Stack)
        4GA 50amp Breaker
        Steering Lockout Column Lock By-Pass module (Previously Installed)
        Holley Sniper OBD2 Shift Light
        Pixel 2XL (GPS Tracking/Hotspot)
        SKAR SK-M9005D 5-Channel Amp
        SKAR 6.5" Component Speakers (front door speakers)
        SKAR 6.5" Coaxial Speakers (Rear speakers)
        Speaker Adapter Plate (Front Door speakers)
        SKAR 8" 2ohm Dual Voice Coil Subwoofer 300w RMS
        Double Din Touchscreen Android 10 PX6 Radio
        
    ENGINE:
        Varam Cold Air Intake (Previously Installed)
        EGR Aluminum Block off plates
        AIR System Delete
        Catch Can
        PVC Valve Relocation
        Hinson Spark Wires
        Titanium Spark Wire Sleeves
        NGK 1465 Laser Iridium Spark Plugs (.045 gap)
        Vaccum Distribution Block
        New Oil Pan Gasket 
        Hinson Urethane Engine Mounts 
        New Valve Cover Gaskets 
        New Engine Coolant Temp Sensor 
        
    EXHAUST:
        Borla S-Type Classic Over Axle Pipes and Mufflers (Previously Installed)
        Catalytic Convertor Delete (Previously Installed)
        Stainless Steel Long Tube Headers 1-3/4" (LG style) (304 stainless)
        Stainless Steel X-pipe 2-3/8" inlet/outlet (LG style) (304 stainless)
        Titanium Header Wrap
        
    DRIVETRAIN:
        Anti-Venom mod (1 shim)
        Skip Shift Eliminator
        MGW Short Throw Shifter w/ Black Flat Stick
        Stainless Steel Braided Slave Clutch Bleed Line (Previously Installed)
        Hinson Urethane Transmission Mount
        Quick Time RM-6036 SFI 6.1 Bellhousing (Previously Installed)
        
    SUSPENSION:
        Adjustable Lowering Kit (Previously Installed)
        Prothane Front/Rear Sway Bar Bushing Kit
        Metal Swaybar Endlinks (Previously Installed)

    BRAKES:
        Russel Stainless Steel Brake Lines (Previously Installed)
        DOT4 Fluid Flush
        Parking Brake Lever
        
    OTHER:
        Vaccuum Distribution Block
        New Clutch Return Spring

 

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ORIGINAL PHOTOS FROM AUCTION 
*I bought the car from someone who picked it up from the auction and then sold it to me after 8 months of beating it up and installing ZR1 body trim

 

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FIRST DAY PHOTOS:

*Here are the photos I took the day I bought the vette (I swear i'll never learn my lesson with not taking enough photos of projects before they start haha)

**No - those are not awesome "sleepy eye" headlights.... they are a Harbor Freight light bar headlight abortion (he destroyed the whole assembly and they didn't work)

 

 

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ELECTRONICS:

 

With any vehicle or motorcycle project, I learned my lesson that the best way to start is to put together a central "aftermarket electronics stack" where everything you add can be properly fused and powered from. It can get extremely tricky to trouble shoot electric gremlins when every thing you've added is t-tapped into factory wiring wherever it was "convenient" at the time.

 

 

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COMFORT:


It's not fun to drive if you're not comfortable! Next up on the table was new seats and a steering wheel. Corbeau A4's were the same seats I had in my mustang and I loved them - thankfully that turned out to be the "go to" seats everyone on these forums mentioned. Same story with the MGW shifter :)

 

 

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SAFETY:

 

Can't be too safe right? Plus I know there's a +20hp when you install a roll bar and seat belt harness.

I bought the roll bar from a guy on craigslist. It was an RPMRollbar but made for a convertible C5. Naturally I didn't do any research and just assumed it would fit but much to my not-suprise, it was a shade too tall for the coupe. I tried to shorten it myself but after realizing my welding skills just aren't quite there yet, I brought it to a buddy of mine who fabricates RZR roll cages to make sure it was done correctly. Installed it to make sure it fit and then pulled it back out to paint and reinstall.

 

 

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MONITORING AND AUDIO:

 

Hello my name is Seth. I'm an auto-hypochondriac. I've been 0 days sober from it.

The only cure is obsessive system monitoring and loud audio.

*I also changed out all the tan carpets/plastics/trim during this time... nothing worse than tan interior...except for trying to source all the black replacements without needing to refinance my home to afford it.

 

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EXHAUST:

 

I've never had long tube headers before but thought i'd try them out on this build. Yup - never again will I make that mistake. They are a complete pain in the ass to deal with and now i've made every engine bay job take an extra hour so I can deal with these damn long tubes in the way.

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EXTERIOR:

 

Paint needs alot of love, body panels are misaligned, fenders have chunks missing - all of which I don't mind while i'm building this thing out. The headlights HAD to go though and the only affordable options was the frog eye headlights. Why in god's good name the stock flip ups cost 1000$ used is beyond me but that's what i'm hoping to end up with.

I cut out the front license plate mounting brackets (in anticipation for the future intercooler), replaced the headlights, replaced the DRL housings, replaced the side markers, and tinted the brake/reverse lights. This was my first time tinting lenses with window tint. Really easy to do if you're familiar with vinyl.

 

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Extender32

Nice post, good luck with the remainder of the build.

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CrimsonNCream

I enjoyed all of your detail, photos, and struggle with this build as it is always a “love, cuss, kick” doing these over time. It gets harder as you age, like me, when you have to bend, get up and down, knees, back, etc. But, it is all satisfying in seeing a a job completed and knowing you did it!

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Desertdawg

Going with an electronics stack is damn smart, tapping into the nearest hot wire is asking for trouble with all the other electronics. 

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Nice write up for sure... definitely popcorn worthy!!! :lurk

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Grape Ape

This a very cool build thread. Can never take to many photos, or videos, of which I'm guilty of too. Good luck with the rest of it too.

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TheCMSH

Pewter adds 10 HP, this is proven fact

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@TheCMSH I really didn't like the color when I first got it but hot damn has it grown on me! I'm in love with it now :)

@Grape Ape Thanks Grape! I'm definitely great at remembering to take a ton of photos during the builds but rarely ever have "before" photos - which is the most important!!! haha

 

@P51tj Thanks partner!
 

@Desertdawg Not many folks really appreciate how helpful this kind of thing can be - definitely encourage everyone to do something like this at the beginning of every build before the wiring gets out of hand!

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