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    '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Hi all. Over the last year or so I've been working on resurrecting '87 GLHS 362, a car I bought a few years ago but had largely let it sit. The story behind this car is that a friend of mine had bought it sometime in the early to mid 90's after it had been hit in the front. He had it repaired and gave it fresh paint. Based on the mileage on the title, he put about 6k miles on it, I know it had made a trip to a couple of the very early SDAC conventions and local club events. In the late 90's, the car was disassembled to turn it more into a road race car. It got a fuel cell, the strut towers were cut for plates, all suspension was removed, got a brand new S60 harness, interior removed, etc. From that point, the project stalled and the car has sat covered in a local garage since then.

    I've known of this car since around 2006 and always kept half an eye on it. A few years ago, the guy who owned it approached me to see if I'd be willing to buy it, and all of the parts that he had collected from way back when. After some back and forth, I ended up buying the car. It sat for a couple more years as I worked on other projects, but I eventually got the urge to put it back together. My intent was the build the car using many of the parts I have in my stash, along with parts collected that came with the car when I bought it. I have about a year worth of catching up to do in the log, so over the next few days I'll get progress that was made and pictures posted.

    To start, here is where it sat as a shell for all those years and what it looked like when I dragged it home.
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    cool.

    does that trailer have some crazy lowering mechanism or is it just the picture?

    Brian

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Trailer deck lowers...it's awesome. Wish it was actually mine! (I borrowed it)

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Very cool. I canít wait to see what you do with it.

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    The first thing I went after was a project I've wanted to try, narrowing a dual pivot K frame to fit it. I talked to a few people who had done this in the past to get an idea of how much I had to trim out and then went after it.

    I started by pulling the L body K frame and making a ridiculously simple jig to get the spacing right, using the mounting holes. From there, took the '90 stamped arm K sectioned out what was about 1.5" from the center, bolting it into the jig, find fitting and checking it multiple times to make sure it was square, tacked it, rechecked it, fit to car multiple times, etc. Eventually welded it up. I did at a brace bar on the underside just for some added insurance. Also had to make a very minor adjustment to the passenger side forward mount on the K frame to get it squared better. I'm not sure if this is something that is required for this modification, if the car isn't perfectly squared after the accident it took in the front or if I was just correcting/adjusting what was more normal manufacturing tolerances. Either way, it was a minor adjustment so I wasn't too worried about it.

    The one thing I didn't have done in these pictures is the relocation of the bobble strut bracket. That had to be moved to the left side of the car by a bit.
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post
    Trailer deck lowers...it's awesome. Wish it was actually mine! (I borrowed it)
    sweet!

    k frame rocks too.

    Brian

    Quote Originally Posted by turbovanman
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Next thing I went after were brakes/brake lines. Prior owner started to run brake lines to run a front circuit and a rear circuit with an adjustable prop valve in the interior. I decided to finish what he started, but move the adjustable prop valve to the engine bay. Made a quick mount for the prop valve off of the trans mount in front of the MC and ran the lines. Converted the rear to 1g Neon disk brakes, had to make a coupler for the ebrake cable since I couldn't find the original in the pile of parts that came with the car. Some of the pics are from when I did this last year, some I just took.

    You can also see where the prior owner had mounted the fuel cell, which I removed and put a stock gas tank back in. He did a very clean job removing the spare tire well, which he saved. My plan is to reinstall the spare tire well at some point...just haven't gotten to it.
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Then came the massive clean out...most of the interior was disassembled already anyway and scattered between my place, the prior owners house and the garage where the car was stored all of those years. The interior had evidence (and smell) of mice at some point, so I tore everything out of it and washed/disinfected everything. The heat/sound deadening was gross, that that got tossed. Installed new heat/sound deadener on the firewall, cleaned/rebuilt the heater box and got the dash all put back together. Also couldn't resist giving it a good washing to see what it was all starting to look like. You can see some of the appeal this car had to me...the floor looks brand new inside and out, the car is very straight and other than a few minor flaws, the paint is in great shape. Bogarts also got a test fit. :-)
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    Nice clean car Pat, and nice work! Keep the project photos coming; We love project photos!
    best 1/8 ET-6.16 sec. best 1/8 speed-119.70 Best 1/4 MPH 145.5, Best 1/4 ET 9.65 sec. 8 valve NO NITROUS!!

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Last update for today...rest of the suspension. The car had just welded rods holding it up, so I was somewhat starting from scratch. It had been set up in the rear with machined aluminum bushings, with a c channel mount for rear coilovers. It also had a the same rear axle set up bolted in as the Hooters Omni did when Barry was autocrossing it regularly. It needed some finishing work, which I decided to pass on for the time being. I put the original stock rear axle back into it and found the original rear Koni's and stock springs. Upon checking them, the appeared to still be functional so I just threw them in. At a minimum, my intent for the rear is to go non stock style coilover at some point and either go with an aftermarket bar or go to the modified axle. For now, stock rear is going to be fine. For the front, the strut towers had been cut out and machined caster plates were installed. There isn't any camber adjustment in the plate, but the top of the strut is definitely mounted further in than stock giving me plenty of camber capability. I ended up disassembling everything, cleaning it up, painting them and gave them some new pillowball bearings. For the struts, I took the stock Koni housings, removed the innards and installed Koni race insert. The strut top was then fitted the inserts to the caster plate mounts. Installed coilover sleeves and used a pair of 250 lb springs I had sitting here. The thinking there was that the 250's will be fine with the stock rear springs that are in it at the moment. In time, beefier springs will end up in both the front and the rear.
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    That looks like a significant improvement in geometry.

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Quote Originally Posted by cordes View Post
    That looks like a significant improvement in geometry.
    There is definitely more camber and caster capability.

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Looking good and subscribed !!

    Thanks
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    As I'm looking at some of these pictures, I'm realizing that some of the order I'm posting wasn't exactly the order that I did some of the work so if you notice some things out of sequence, bear with me.

    The drivetrain is nothing fancy. I wanted to use primarily stuff I had around here or that came with the car. I did end up getting the original motor, but that had been sitting for 20 years and with other projects I had going on, did not want to take the time to open it up. I ended up pulling a 2.2 bottom end that I had previously run in some of my GRM efforts in years past. The motor had run great, I know it was stored properly for the 4-5 years it had been sitting. Dug that out, cleaned it up, gave it a fresh headgasket and swapped it over to a 2 pc intake. I didn't have a good 2 pc rail, so I grabbed a rail from TU, it got brand new +40's that came with the car, a 3 bar map and an old Gary D. cal that I had borrowed from Dave Skrab years ago and he thankfully still hasn't asked for it back yet. The turbo I used was an unused one that Barry Miles had picked up from Dave Zelkowski at some point. He thought it wasn't completely stock, but looking it over, it appears to be a stock T2 to me. I didn't pull the housings, so I suppose I'm not completely sure.

    The trans I put in is a 568 that came with the car. It was a fresh new/rebuilt trans with an interesting LSD differential. It's a clutch style diff that the prior owner had bought from Zelkowski. What I was told was that it was a Wissman built clutch style LSD diff that used Dana 30 clutches/pieces. I did not pull it apart to look at it. Jammed it all on the motor with a stock clutch, and dropped it into the engine bay.
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Bring the project log back. Love it! Nice work as always Pat.


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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Nice progress !!

    I sure would have liked to have seen that LSD unit.

    A few years back I built a 555 LSD retaining the 4 pinions.

    There's not much extra room in a stock 555-568 diff. carrier!

    Thanks
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Quote Originally Posted by lengel View Post
    Bring the project log back. Love it! Nice work as always Pat.


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    Damn right...need to get the action on the board up more. I fell away from it for a while, but I miss hanging out here.

    Quote Originally Posted by GLHS60 View Post
    Nice progress !!

    I sure would have liked to have seen that LSD unit.

    A few years back I built a 555 LSD retaining the 4 pinions.

    There's not much extra room in a stock 555-568 diff. carrier!

    Thanks
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    I'll save for later posts, but I did just pull that trans back out last week. :-)

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    For the intercooler, I went with a Spearco 1080 that I had in another project at one point. I mounted it slightly offset to the right to make room for piping and a big air filter that I wanted to mount in the nose to the left under the headlight. I then went after piping. The prior owner had neatly trimmed some of the rad support away where it was blocking the stock intercooler. At first, I thought about filling in the sheet metal that had been cut and running a full sized T1 radiator, but had some trouble finding one. I also had two GLHS radiators that came with the car, both in good shape. I then thought instead of messing with the metal on the car, I'd try to make a metal plate that fit in the stock intercooler brackets and bolted in and out with the GLHS radiator. I then realized I could add pass throughs in the metal plate. This is what I came up with....it's tidy, pipe runs are short, air is blocked from entering the engine bay. I ran the stock lower IC hose to the pass through, the air inlet necks up from out of the turbo to 3" and continues all the way to a massive filter in the nose and all IC piping from the lower IC pass through on is 2.5"

    Somewhere around this point, the car also showed it's first sign of life in 20+ years....the dome light lit up when I hooked up the battery! haha.
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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat View Post

    I'll save for later posts, but I did just pull that trans back out last week. :-)
    Looking forward to it and your continued progress!!

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    Re: '87 GLHS 362 Project

    same here , subscribed ..interested as heck and really wanted to say thanks for the modded K frame pics you posted.. that post alone is the best yet on the K frame mod and probably should be a sticky in the suspension section

    I thought it was going to be much more complicated .. THANKS !!

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