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Posted 11/26/2004 4:46:38 PM
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This is a picture of my Gothic Avenger kit car. Shame it’s not a Batmobile. J I bought the body just over 2 years ago and have been building it ever since. You can tell by the photo I still have a long way to go. The body is indeed a Butts body. You can see in the picture I am adding headlights. What you can’t see is that I am making a lot of other modifications, mostly to make the car more usable and street legal. Just this week I was able to mock up the air bag suspension. A 1972 Chevrolet Impala donated the frame. I had to lengthen it nearly 20” to get the 140” wheelbase. I moved the engine back the same distance. This allowed me to keep the original driveshaft. I added what seemed to be miles of steel 1” tubing to the body as I mocked it up to the frame.

Currently the body is back off of the frame. I hope to finish the frame (welding, grinding, etc) and have it sandblasted by the end of December. Once the frame is blasted I will be spraying it with a layer of etch primer, epoxy primer, bondo all of the welds, and a coat of POR15 (Hardnose paint). Then it will be time to install all of the new bushings, ball joints, airbags, and such. The body will get undercoated with some form of bed liner to protect it and make it look really nice before it is reattached to the frame.

I guessing I still have another year or two before I finish.

No, the dash does not really sit like that. It was just thrown in the car at the time of the picture.

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Posted 11/26/2004 4:51:27 PM
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Glad you're out of the closet, Jack! I was waiting for you to make this info public. Can we post the other pics on my site now, or should we wait?
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Posted 11/26/2004 6:24:11 PM
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It doesn't look like you've installed the Clown Trippers yet...
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Posted 11/26/2004 7:58:32 PM
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AWESOME!!
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Posted 11/26/2004 10:56:15 PM
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What donor car are you using underneath that kit?
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Posted 11/26/2004 11:10:31 PM
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The frame is from a 1972 Chevy Impala 4 door. Looks like the engine will either be the 305cid that I have or a crate 350cid. The transmission is a 700R4. The floors and firewall I made from 16 gage steel and lots of 1" square tubing. To build a car like this be ready to learn how to weld, work fiberglass, do body work, engine work, suspension work, and I guess I'm going to have to learn how to paint too.


Hello Pinky
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Posted 11/26/2004 11:21:22 PM
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Hey Buttercup.
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Posted 11/26/2004 11:27:50 PM
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So what is the cost of building this cruiser?
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Posted 11/26/2004 11:35:33 PM
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Cost? That I will never tell as my wife my find out and kick my butt. I would guess that the build cost will be near $30,000 when completed. But remember I am doing all of the work myself. Well a few frieds have chipped in moving the body around the yard when needed. If a turnkey car could be bought for under $100,000 it would probably be a deal.
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Posted 11/26/2004 11:38:27 PM
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Why spend that much for a chick car when you already have a wife?
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