: Eddie's 04 V hit revive and rebuild thread !



I hate my AMG
11-18-11, 10:18 AM
Okay guys some of you might have seen my introduction in the general from. I picked this up from a salvage only shop in MO , the car is orginally from Texas , ( i wouldnt be surprised if the car belonged to a member on here) This thread will document me fixxing the car back to road worthy as well as some mods. The car is hit in the rear pretty good, but my father restores cars and does collision repair and paints for a living and has access to everything needed to fix the car including the frame mechine so its in the right hands and were ready to tackle the project. Ill be picking up the new quarter pannels this weekend if all goes well. All in all im happy with the car besides the rear area the car is very clean. im loving the black chrome wheels too.
enjoy guys , ( be paient this will take some time ! :D )

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/good6.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/good5.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/good4.jpg

I hate my AMG
11-18-11, 10:31 AM
im not sure if this is the correct section for this , as i am redoing the appearence but not really mods , if it need to be moved excuse my noobness .

wmskateteam
11-18-11, 01:24 PM
good luck, i just finished my 04 with a front hit, I took a ton of photos which helped a bunch. Hopefully being the rear you don't have as many little electronics, etc. to deal with. Get that V back on the road where it belongs

CancerJCC
11-20-11, 02:40 PM
Please take a bunch of pics and keep us updated regularly! I love this sort of thread.

I hate my AMG
11-20-11, 03:08 PM
I will ill post udates as i get everything

Houdini
11-20-11, 07:44 PM
Good luck with the rebuilt. I'm sure you'll make it as good as new. Looks like the perfect salvage to save.

EdmundGTP
11-21-11, 06:41 PM
Must have been a hell of a hit. That unibody has buckling all the way up to the peaks of the rear pillars. Good luck! I'll be watching this one for sure.

I hate my AMG
11-22-11, 09:07 PM
The car has been sitting in the garage sense last wednesday when i got it off the truck today while waiting for its appointment at the frame mechine i took off the bumper and taillights as well as started to strip the trunk only had about half hour before work to do so didnt do much. but accomplished making so phone calls and snagging two good prices on quater panells so happy about that. next week i will have mayjor updates hopefully!
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/IMG00375-20111122-1857.jpg

CadzillaTN
11-22-11, 11:37 PM
Are those rims gold plated?

I hate my AMG
11-22-11, 11:55 PM
there black chrome from what i understand, i like them alot they do sorta give off a "bronze" or "gold" look though in pictures as well in person in some lighting. im not to sure exactly on the history of them.

CadzillaTN
11-23-11, 08:32 PM
Jersey shore edition?

Haha, j/k man. They just looked unique.

I'll be in NY/NJ in a couple of weeks visiting the ports etc, never been up there before. I better see some Vs on the road!

B1G-AL
11-24-11, 07:59 PM
Glad to see that hit wasn't the end of this V's life! Best of luck with the project...can't wait to see it complete!

I hate my AMG
12-14-11, 08:30 PM
guys i have been so busy with the holiday season with school coming to an end and finals this week and working 2 jobs the V sits at the shops right now waiting for me to give it some attention. this upcoming week finals will be done and i will have some time to start finishing it. Thanks guys keep checking in!

I hate my AMG
01-14-12, 01:21 PM
Okay guys FINIALLY UPDATES ! ive been ordering parts like crazy while my V sits at the shop ( thats what happens when your car is a favor and not an actuall job ). 2 days ago snagged a Mint V rear bumper on ebay for 199 no crack chips nothing primered and ready for paint. So i drove up to Seymour CT today to a yard called Seymour Auto , and picked up this complete clip for 900, all its missing is the 3rd break light ! PLease if anyone knows a place or a yard near them who has a cts and i can call and buy it at a reasonable price let me know ! ill be working on it in the next hour or so stripping out the useless shit i dont need and prepping it as soon as i finish up some class work on the computer. expect more pictures today of the clip as well as this week as parts begin to flow in as well as the whole car too .

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/ResizedImage_1326483711601.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-01-13_13-58-31_441.jpg

:bouncy:

54inches
01-15-12, 10:01 PM
Very Nice, I like build threads!

I hate my AMG
01-16-12, 12:14 AM
thanks man ! i love a good build thread too so ill be keep theses as detailed and up todate as much and as best as i can , cant wait to get this car on the road!

V for victory
02-11-12, 09:31 PM
If you are still looking for parts give the boys at Contemporary Corvette in Bristol, PA a call. They have over two dozen V1's in there salvage yard just waiting to be donar parts for great projects like yours.

I hate my AMG
02-13-12, 11:03 AM
Awesome! Thank you so much I'm in need of rear bumper impact bar, third break light and I think that's about it ill give them a call

atdeneve
02-13-12, 04:52 PM
Awesome! Thank you so much I'm in need of rear bumper impact bar, third break light and I think that's about it ill give them a call

I've got the aluminum rear bumper impact bar. Let me know if you want it.

I hate my AMG
02-15-12, 11:16 AM
**** just bought one yesterday! Didn't see your response. Anyone with third brake light!?!

thebigjimsho
02-16-12, 12:32 PM
There is a dearth of front clips lately...

I hate my AMG
02-16-12, 10:01 PM
Luckly im good in the front! The v comes back from the frame mechine this saturday morning ill have most of the car stripped by sunday and ready to start peice it back to worthyness!

kjr6306
02-17-12, 03:17 PM
I've got an impact bar I can sell you for a good price. PM if interested.

I hate my AMG
02-18-12, 08:25 PM
Updates! cars back and ready to begin. interior was stripped and ill start cutting and peicing today . also installed an intake I bought off a fellow member.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/v3.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/v2.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/v1.jpg

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The guys at the shop did a awesome job. Can't wait to really start working on it this week!

mberisha
02-19-12, 10:02 AM
Can't wait to see the build! Good luck....keep us posted!

I hate my AMG
02-19-12, 09:12 PM
Interesting as I recived the car i noticed it had ipod intergration into the Nav, after reading up on here about the possible routes on how this can be done i wondered how my car was done well stripping the interior today i have figured out this is the unit used Usa-spec corvette ipod box.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-02-19_16-25-20_588.jpg

started stripping it today need to just pull the wiring from the trunk and place it up front and begin with the clip and start cutting and welding it together should be interesting. I have 3 of my farthers friends from reputable shops coming this weekend to help that have done many rear clips and know what they are doing so i have the right help to make this happen and grateful!
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/ResizedImage_1329699158564.jpg

Listening to some music while working :) http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/ResizedImage_1329687404654.jpg

JD03Cobra
02-20-12, 12:05 AM
She's ALIVE!

I hate my AMG
02-20-12, 09:03 AM
Keep the comments coming ! Hopefully dropping the suspension at my 3 classes today!

Gus_Mahn
02-20-12, 07:45 PM
So it's a clip job? Use the factory seams in the sail panels and floor and sleeve/plug weld the rockers? What did the frame work cost?

lollygagger8
02-21-12, 10:51 AM
:food-snacking:

This is entertainment!

alradco
02-21-12, 11:14 AM
In your state will you be able to get a clean title for it or will it stay salvage? Nice work.

Peter

I hate my AMG
02-21-12, 03:30 PM
Yes this wasn't intended to be a clip job but after I purchased the clip and saw the results of the frame work (which came out amazing) but with a hit like it was it will come out much cleaner clipping it. My farther has been doing collision repair his whole life as well as painting so him and his shop buddies have plenty of experience. So yes cut and weld coming right up. As far as titling the car I have herd of a few actually successfully transferring a salvage to clean j actually know someone who accomplished this I'm not sure how but after the car is on the road and finished I will be doing all I can to get it clean if possible if not then so be it doesn't bother me. Keep posted guys!

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Also frame work was done from my farther friends shop so I can't really tell you how as I don't even know it was sort of favor job hense it taking 2 months

Oh5V
02-21-12, 10:53 PM
i went through the salvage -to- clean title here in NJ for a motorcycle several years ago. It was very similar to doing a car and isnt hard at all. Just take pictures of it prior and from every angle, then take after pics. They tell you what angles they want. Also keep all receipts of parts purchased along with all VIN numbers from parts cars. That way they can see where you got all the parts from legally. You might still have to go to Trenton to do paperwork and get the appointment at the nearest specialty inspection station. You bring pics and all documentation to your appointment with the car, and hand it over then sit in the waiting room for up to an hour. DO NOT bother the inspectors, let them take their time. My 99 Honda CBR600F4 took only 20 min, but a car that was there got failed because the owner kept walking into the garage to check on the progress. Now keep in mind it will be a clean title but will also state it has a salvage history.

I hate my AMG
02-21-12, 11:18 PM
Wow thanks for the info! Appreciate it. I know i have to go through a special inspection just to get the car on the road as a salvage title but so far I've been keeping track of all receipts and vins as well as photos. Good info tho man thank you. I'm having alot of fun with this car already and enjoy working on .

I hate my AMG
02-27-12, 09:49 AM
Wish I had updates guys! Had a busy weekend didn't get much done but this week i will make up for it

I hate my AMG
03-03-12, 03:13 PM
Alright guys ! finished dropping everything this morning and now its time to start cutting! a little pictures for enjoyment!
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/rear-1.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/whip.jpg

Can anyone tell me if i'm working with the original diff ???
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/diff.jpg

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A little side projects im working on while i have the car apart is Yellow calipers and waiting hopefully today my tint guy can come and 50% my front windshield :bouncy:

thebigjimsho
03-03-12, 04:04 PM
I believe that is, indeed, an original diff...

I hate my AMG
03-03-12, 05:07 PM
Thanks jimsho ,hmmmm good to know, I suppose i will be placing an order with G-force for some axels very soon while i have it all apart....

I hate my AMG
03-05-12, 10:10 AM
Hopefully cutting away tomorrow!

lollygagger8
03-06-12, 09:43 AM
Keep up the good pics!

I hate my AMG
03-13-12, 06:19 PM
Anyone bored and want some updates? i started cutting still have more to do but wanted to make it a bit more managable.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/cady1.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/cady2.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/cady3.jpg

cleaned up one of my wheels and plastidipped the inside portion of the rim thought it looked pretty good !
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/cady4.jpg

I hate my AMG
03-13-12, 11:31 PM
There's half a Cadillac sitting here and no comments :( !? Hopefully knocking some more out tomorrow prepping the other clip.

lollygagger8
03-14-12, 11:49 AM
That's as insane pic. Breaks my heart, but excited to watch the progress in action!!!

I hate my AMG
03-14-12, 01:14 PM
It wasn't easy to do! I felt like terrible doing it but in the end it will be good as new! :)

Faber
03-14-12, 02:05 PM
That is insane looking...

wallstreet
03-15-12, 10:29 AM
In Minnesota, I do not beleive a title goes from clean to "green" ever. It could go from salvage to re-constructed. Take four photos, bill of sale for parts, apply for a reconstructed title. The new title does not denote salvage. I did this also with a motorcycle. State records would show it as a reconstructed title altho title did not.
I had a Porsche 944 with rear end damage. Car came to me from a body shop which applied for an in-state title. Title was clean howevcer CarFax showed it as salvage and referenced an accident.
In some cases I've seen, a car involved in an accident on "private' property will not show in CarFax. Car towed from an private parking lot to a shop , repaired. No title name change. No CarFax.
Vehicle involved in a theft recovery with zero damage and paid off by insurance company could receive a salvage title. Once the insurance company takes ownership it could/might become salvage and be reflected in CarFax as salvage.


i went through the salvage -to- clean title here in NJ for a motorcycle several years ago. It was very similar to doing a car and isnt hard at all. Just take pictures of it prior and from every angle, then take after pics. They tell you what angles they want. Also keep all receipts of parts purchased along with all VIN numbers from parts cars. That way they can see where you got all the parts from legally. You might still have to go to Trenton to do paperwork and get the appointment at the nearest specialty inspection station. You bring pics and all documentation to your appointment with the car, and hand it over then sit in the waiting room for up to an hour. DO NOT bother the inspectors, let them take their time. My 99 Honda CBR600F4 took only 20 min, but a car that was there got failed because the owner kept walking into the garage to check on the progress. Now keep in mind it will be a clean title but will also state it has a salvage history.

thebigjimsho
03-15-12, 12:04 PM
That pic is funked up! Get er back together!

jcollege
03-15-12, 01:00 PM
Wow that is a crazy pic of the V, cant wait to watch her come back together!

M5eater
03-15-12, 01:12 PM
I don't think I've heard of someone doing this kind of extensive work DIY style like this.

Are you at least getting quite a bit of savings here?

V1's are not particularly rare or expensive, and this is a LOT of work.. just asking.

I hate my AMG
03-15-12, 02:51 PM
My dad has been doing body work and collision repair for 30 years our garage has everything from his old shop its a 4 car bay and has everything we would need and I am only at a little over 10 grand total.

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So I think I'm saving atleast a little. But I don't know I enjoy projects like this I built a mk3 supra from the ground up 2 years ago so this is a fun little project as well.

M5eater
03-15-12, 03:16 PM
You sound like me lol.


Why would I hack a car in half just to save a few grand?

BECAUSE I CAN.

I hate my AMG
03-15-12, 04:39 PM
Hhahaha! Too good! Anyone of my friends that walk in my garage their jaws just drop and say I'm nuts lol. But I can't wait to finish it I'm ordering up force axles this week and I have a creative steal diff bushing. Does anyone know where I can find a used third break light that won't break my bank!?!?

lollygagger8
03-16-12, 02:29 PM
I'm more anxious to see it back together dang it lol

Ny's Caddy
03-16-12, 09:52 PM
Hhahaha! Too good! Anyone of my friends that walk in my garage their jaws just drop and say I'm nuts lol. But I can't wait to finish it I'm ordering up force axles this week and I have a creative steal diff bushing. Does anyone know where I can find a used third break light that won't break my bank!?!?

Just saw one on ebay today for 90 bucks I believe...

I hate my AMG
03-17-12, 02:52 PM
I just looked and couldn't find it any chance you can see if the links in your history?

wallstreet
03-18-12, 09:43 AM
No longer $90... if that's what your looking for.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2003-2004-2005-2006-2007-Cadillac-CTS-CTSV-Third-Brake-Lamp-Light-/251015437587?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3a71af9d13&vxp=mtr

I hate my AMG
03-18-12, 11:51 AM
Yikes I love how v2 lights are like buy it now 90 bucks and v1 light is upwards of 300-500

atdeneve
03-18-12, 06:16 PM
No bracing required before hacking? Or is that only necessary with surgery on older body-on-frames?

On another note, if I was that deep into hacking a car, I'd probably think about integrating extra rigidity into the chassis - i.e., a full cage that doesn't impinge on the interior of the vehicle. A chassis can never be too stiff.

lilred
03-28-12, 01:03 PM
Bump for an update :)

wcryan
03-28-12, 01:10 PM
Hopefully this guy is good and well after he's done with his "ass surgery"

That looks scary

I hate my AMG
03-30-12, 07:27 PM
Whatsup boys! Updates tomorrow! Been real busy!

lilgCTS-V
03-31-12, 12:18 PM
yea buddy ! get that thing ready for some meets soon!!!

thebigjimsho
03-31-12, 05:44 PM
It's tomorrow, DAMMIT!

thebigjimsho
04-01-12, 12:16 AM
It's now the day after tomorrow...

I hate my AMG
04-02-12, 12:00 AM
Lmfao BigJim ! im sorry! Tomorrow when i get home from class ill have the clip up to the car and hopefully get it all matched up perfect and ready to start welding!
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-01_22-42-16_906.jpg

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Okay so here is a couple more picture to keep the lurkers entertained.
This is a pic of the C pillar, We dropped the edge so the the new rear clip will sit on a small overhang of the existing C pillar
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-01_23-49-23_413.jpg

This is the factory seem after i drilled the welds and removed all the caulking.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-01_23-49-49_208.jpg

Here's a picture of the bottom frame which is cut staggered for strength .
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-01_23-48-58_509.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-01_23-48-52_14.jpg

That's it for tonight , slowly but steady -___-

lilred
04-02-12, 11:45 AM
Assectomy progresses. :yup:

tigerlion
04-02-12, 11:27 PM
Hey eddie I am sorry but can you take some pictures of where rear deck and trunk meets?
I have leak in trunk and my dealer said there is crack on the seam sealer underneath of right bottom side of window.
I want to check where the sealer is before taking out my rear windshield to fix the problem but I could not find any image of it.

I hate my AMG
04-03-12, 03:37 AM
Yes absolutely! Ill snap some pictures tomorrow. !

thebigjimsho
04-03-12, 01:44 PM
It's tomorr...wait, nevermind...

I hate my AMG
04-03-12, 11:09 PM
tigerlion Im not sure if this is what your looking for but if not just tell me and ill get the shot your looking for.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-03_22-55-54_848.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-03_22-55-25_199.jpg

tigerlion
04-04-12, 05:27 AM
Thanks Eddie, I guess the sealer and the hole near the tip of the driver is what dealer was talking about.
The sealer running down from the hole to the back light was cracked on my car and it was the partial reason for trunk leaking.

Thanks again!

lilred
04-04-12, 10:27 AM
Is it me or is your screwdriver bent?

lilgCTS-V
04-04-12, 12:38 PM
Is it me or is your screwdriver bent?
its for pointing reasons, this thing has really gone under the knife...

thebigjimsho
04-04-12, 01:25 PM
Is it me or is your screwdriver bent?

The girls don't like that...

I hate my AMG
04-04-12, 02:56 PM
Hahaha! Yeah the screwdriver is ****ed I just grabbed the first on on the work bench. But yes she's really gone under the knife!

I need some inputs I decided to go with a different black sense I'm gonna have to get almost the whole thing re painted and i am really liking Lamborghini's Nero Pegaso metallic. Inputs show me some cool blacks .!

lilred
04-04-12, 03:00 PM
Go with Black Diamond (like the new V's) or go home. :cool:

thebigjimsho
04-04-12, 03:41 PM
Yeah, a Black Diamond V1 will turn a LOT of heads!!!

I hate my AMG
04-04-12, 05:31 PM
Tempting ! i have access to any color so i want to make the best decision but i do really like the v2 black diamond... hmmm i need to look at some good pics in the sunlight

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/speedconsultant/5621319677/in/set-72157626378230997/ damnn...... i think this is a better option then the lambo color keep it cadillac !

I hate my AMG
04-05-12, 11:03 PM
Today i got bored and couldnt do much more on the clip untill saturday so decided to do my rear calipers while they are out and they cam out f'in sweet! i was heavy on coats and then applied the decal followed by clear coat out of the paint gun gun with two light coats.


http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-05_18-34-06_688.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/mail.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-05_22-19-34_46.jpg

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dont mind the bottom of the pads having a little paint on them im getting new pads and was just lazy.

I hate my AMG
04-07-12, 07:08 PM
cricket ..... cricket .....
Still have a bit more final cutting to get it to sit and aligned 100% , this is the hardest most time consuming part. but were getting there!!
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-07_16-14-54_596.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-04-07_12-44-10_592.jpg

if you look you can see gaps like i said i still have cutting to do to make it perfect and im going to have to pull the clip back and forth another 1 or 2 times before its perfect

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also did the stock cover mod that "6 speed Z " did , 2 weeks ago never go to post pictures but for shits and gigs
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-03-18_19-40-51_441-1.jpg left mine unpainted

lilgCTS-V
04-08-12, 11:16 PM
love that engine cover, and paint it paper white!!!

I hate my AMG
04-09-12, 12:15 AM
Has to stay black I'm not doing the jams of the car!

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And thank you! I left the back little peice of the cover where most people cut it completely off.

I hate my AMG
04-10-12, 06:11 PM
No comments :(

lilred
04-11-12, 03:15 PM
I'm reading every day. Waiting to see it finished and painted :)

lilgCTS-V
04-12-12, 11:55 PM
bump

CancerJCC
04-13-12, 06:05 PM
The clip is the wrong color! :) Were watching...

I hate my AMG
04-17-12, 12:29 AM
Driving a Honda pilot daily sucks. ... it was 88 and sunny yesterday I'm getting impatient! This car has officially gone into over drive I'm calling DMV at the end of the week and scheduling my 2 week notice for inspection that cost 100 dollars non refundable so i make my self finish the car and have it painted by the next 2 1/2 3 weeks. Can't take it anymore

lilred
04-17-12, 12:08 PM
Holy smokes. Can't wait to see the end results!

CancerJCC
04-17-12, 08:41 PM
Very nice! Nice to put yourself on an official timeline.

lilgCTS-V
04-18-12, 01:37 PM
i want to cut up my engine cover now!

thebigjimsho
04-18-12, 06:00 PM
Just don't cut up a V.

I hate my AMG
04-19-12, 01:03 PM
Wise words ^ lol

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And lilgctsv do it its easy, the lines are already there for you just follow the edge and take your time!

lilred
04-24-12, 10:49 AM
Bizzump

I hate my AMG
04-25-12, 09:40 AM
Waiting for Norther tool to ship my new welder....

I hate my AMG
05-01-12, 11:52 PM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/hobart.jpg
In the meantime while i await this guys arrival in the next 3 days heres a pic of it :)
Hobart Hobart Handler 140 115V Flux Cored/MIG Welder — 140 Amp Output. bought a cool welding helmet too , my dad will be doing the welding as i have no experence .

lollygagger8
05-03-12, 10:19 AM
Keep up the good pics!

Maybe I missed it, but what color are you painting is once you are done?

thebigjimsho
05-03-12, 11:17 AM
Black Diamond!

I hate my AMG
05-03-12, 08:01 PM
Its a surprise ! ;)

yooper
05-05-12, 10:07 PM
IMO this is the perfect project for installing the V2 rear cradle and diff.:thumbsup:

EdmundGTP
05-05-12, 11:37 PM
IMO this is the perfect project for installing the V2 rear cradle and diff.:thumbsup:

Big plus 1 on this. Go make friends with a mechanical engineer and make this happen.

I hate my AMG
05-06-12, 04:25 PM
I wish ....

I hate my AMG
05-07-12, 07:35 PM
FINALLY were in business !
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-07_18-31-32_850.jpg
Welder and new tank
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-07_18-27-14_618.jpg

fancy auto darkening helmet
800 dollars later .... this week she gets all stiched up !
yay ! updates have been slow but they will be coming in fast as this project will really start moving now .

I hate my AMG
05-09-12, 08:08 PM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-09_20-03-23_336.jpg
This came in the mail today i know you guys are waiting for the weld pictures there coming believe me but in the mean time heres the Cherrybomb 4" tips i got for muffler delte :)

lollygagger8
05-10-12, 12:52 PM
Burnt orange, or that Caddy Pearloid White that flip flops to silver and gold in sun.....JIMP

I hate my AMG
05-12-12, 01:15 PM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-12_12-59-38_290.jpg ;)

I hate my AMG
05-14-12, 03:03 PM
75% of the welding is complete . Hopefully tonight me and pops can do some more and i hope by wednesday to have wiring and interior back in , thursday gas tank back in as well as suspension and drive shaft and exhaust. at that point were looking at a complete car and its body work time. Im really pushing to get this car done guys just have alot to do. If anyone knows of a decently priced third brake light keep a look out for me !! i still need one !
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-13_22-05-50_409.jpg

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Depending on the PPG rep my farther is close with and if he can hook us up with black diamond I will do it, well see not getting my hopes up . if not its staying raven black but im happy either way just want it done.

tmac2419
05-15-12, 11:11 AM
I feel like the flames could have been executed better. I mean, they look nice, but they just don't flow with the rest of the car. Granted, you are missing some of the panels for said "flow", but still, COME ON! BUSH LEAGUE STUFF! :p

I hate my AMG
05-15-12, 02:26 PM
HAHAHAHA! Hating on the Sharpie flames?! :p

lollygagger8
05-15-12, 02:31 PM
Black Diamond will look badass! Here's hoping!

I hate my AMG
05-15-12, 04:35 PM
Oh believe me I know it's just paint alone over 1000 that's why we need some hookup from the rep so keeping fingers crossed!

I hate my AMG
05-16-12, 08:04 PM
Wiring complete!

EdmundGTP
05-16-12, 08:18 PM
coming along nicely. more pics

lilred
05-29-12, 05:48 PM
This thread is worthless without updates :)

I hate my AMG
05-29-12, 08:04 PM
Hey giuys i have been slacking with the updates and been meaning to get on here a feed you guys some pictures ive been staying down at a friends jersey shore house the past couple days got home today so heres some pictures..

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-20_12-32-03_898.jpg before the filler
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/mail-1.jpg heres the bottom frame rocker where two steel plates were welded as support.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-20_18-55-03_775.jpg Heres the plates and the floor resealed and quick cover up with a spray can.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-20_20-28-42_181.jpg Interior made its way from my basement back into the car !
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-26_10-47-22_804.jpg heres the out side of the frame rocker where we cut open after the welding was done to add yet one more steel support inside and then bent it back up and welded it shut and bondo over it.
finished my front breaks (ignore my mistake of painting over the rubber bleeder cap i got new ones lol )
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-22_21-09-13_880.jpg
Tinted my fogs sprayed with night shade then cleared over using PPG clear coat.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-24_18-48-58_412.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-24_22-09-43_913.jpg same with the side markers
and lastly heres how it sits now
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-05-29_19-35-22_189.jpg


Okay so heres what needs to be done for it to be done
Body work must be completed before we can take it to the paint booth/ Shooting for saturday morning
the door jams need to be sprayed so the back half of interior can go back in
I need tires which i am being taken care of and buying from a local member ! woooooo
Third break light ! once again another member is coming through
rear bumper brackets

And Inspection
were in the home stretch !:yup:

I hate my AMG
05-29-12, 10:40 PM
High quailty pics soon i have a slr camera its just a pain uploading so ive been using my phone for the documentation but high quality shots coming for the fun stuff like paint !

I hate my AMG
05-29-12, 11:56 PM
my buddies 5.0 on the parkway yesterday Im dieing for my car to be done and drive with him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwfb7FViLkw

I hate my AMG
06-02-12, 02:02 AM
Yummmmmmmmmmm new meat ! 275/40 in the rear 255 up front BFgoodrich Gforce KDW T/A's !
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/ResizedImage_1338616094256-1.jpg

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Shout out to Mike (Lilgctsv) for the tire hook up !!

lilred
06-02-12, 10:14 AM
Can't wait to see the finished product!

I hate my AMG
06-02-12, 07:17 PM
Actual camera pictures.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2349.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2347.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2346.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2345.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2344.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2343.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2341.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_2340.jpg

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Question I have a pair of HID slim balast in my garage from my AMG and i know this has been beaten to death , I pluged them in and got nothing , went for my relay kit and realized the wires werent long enough and read that it wasnt needed should be a plug and play. perhaps the ballast went bad? i dont see how they were tucked away safe im going to order some new bulbs and try again but just curious on imput.

lilred
06-11-12, 02:18 PM
Must....see...painted...product....

I hate my AMG
06-11-12, 06:42 PM
Saturday we will have paint!

scott9001
06-15-12, 09:35 PM
your hids are your plugs able to go both ways i know on my deville when i put hids in they were like that but that was a 9007 bulb i dont know whats in the cts

2007ThunderV
06-20-12, 07:38 PM
soooo, is it painted?

I hate my AMG
06-21-12, 09:07 PM
Guys its not painted yet, The was a small accorn type dents in the front fender,roof and both driver side doors i wasnt going to bother touching up but i figured i came this far why not make the car 100% spotless i also am repainting my front bumper and filling in the license plate hole ! grrrr always makes me mad front plates , then out PPG rep came through hooked us up and gave us regualr Black Raven paint and clear and all that fun stuff but now that i just fixed the dents all over the car i have to repaint the whole car ...... SOOOOOOOOOOOO i dont think my paint rep is to happy with our return of raven black and request for a new color ....... heheheheh ;) this will delay my build a little bit but be worth it in the end ! :X keep posted!

lilred
06-22-12, 01:08 PM
Black Raven. F that.

I hate my AMG
06-23-12, 06:44 PM
Its not going to be the raven black! Im trying my hardest to make black diamond happen!

mberisha
06-24-12, 09:10 AM
Its not going to be the raven black! Im trying my hardest to make black diamond happen!

MMmmmmm....me like Black Diamond!

CancerJCC
06-27-12, 07:24 PM
Damn! I went away for a long time hoping to see a completed build when I came back in!!! All good though I'm glad you are delaying to make her something unique and special. Black Diamond is going to be so BAMF.

I hate my AMG
06-29-12, 02:41 AM
Guys the cars legal ! Listen to this story ... yesterday I called DMV in the morning to find out where I needed to get my title changed to my name as there are only specific dmv's that can do so. The nearest one being an hour away so i drive the hour there and surprisingly welcome at the salvage desk by this very friendly black women the lady was awesome! Cracking jokes left and right just all around good mold which is surreal for a DMV employee lol anyway to cut to the chase I hand her my title and I guess she mistaken the title and assumed that I had bought a previous salvage title car that has been repaired and proceeded to print me a standard title with previous salvage history at this point I was a bit confused and wasn't going to say a word. She hands me the title and i politely ask her what my next step would be to redgester the vehicle which really is me calling the state DMV to have them inspect the vehicle to deem safe and road worthy as well as look at all my previous recipts to check for stolen parts for the repair. She tells me that I am all ready to be legal and drive it and i can redgester the car right then I wasn't going to argue with this I handed her the money and she handed me my plates I was in totally shock not only did I some how manage to avoid the state inspection but saved another 200 dollars of inspection fees and the hassle of driving to Trenton the capital! I couldn't have been happier! Saturday is the day boys! Paint here we come and its done! Im still unsure about the color I have the original raven black paint to do the car but the Rep is working his magic and trying hard to make black diamond happen so we will see either way ill be a happy guy having it done. Finally can start saving for them headers and a cam!

2007ThunderV
06-29-12, 08:03 AM
what about making your own black diamond, shoot the car with 8555 as a base, then get your paint rep to sell you a half gallon of some corse metallic, mixed with pearl. vola.
when i paint my customes vehicles and they want something different so i generally use a factory color as a base, and thrown on a flake/pearl as a mid, then hammer the car with clear.
i get that it wont be the same as factory black diamond, but you will save a pile of coin if your paint rep cant get ya a deal on it.

I hate my AMG
06-29-12, 10:27 AM
Thunderv I know that's a good option Im not sure if your firmiilar with Subaru Java black Pearl but thats a sweet color that's is a option as well that is a single stage paint!

thebigjimsho
06-29-12, 11:20 AM
I had Midnight Black Pearl on my '01 Accord coupe. Gorgeous color with a tinge of blue...

2007ThunderV
06-29-12, 01:46 PM
Thunderv I know that's a good option Im not sure if your firmiilar with Subaru Java black Pearl but thats a sweet color that's is a option as well that is a single stage paint!
yup thats a great option if you want a single stage base, it would be great for repairs in the future. its actually a real nice color too.

EdmundGTP
06-29-12, 03:02 PM
Great work. Great thread. Cant wait to see the finished car!

I hate my AMG
07-07-12, 02:26 PM
Frustrated .... After back and fourth saying im painting it black diamond and trying to get the paint i got tired of waiting so just said f*ck it and used the paint i had instead of waiting any longer and the money i saved ill put towards headers. So with out delay ... your everyday raven black. Im still happy with how it came out dont get me wrong.

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0370.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0371.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0372.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0373.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0374.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0375.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0376.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0377.jpg
It still needs to be buffed theres a couple small dirt blemishes but the paint came out great.
enjoy photo shoot coming soon !

J W
07-08-12, 02:29 AM
Nice work so far. I can,t wait to get started.

jcollege
07-09-12, 07:22 AM
Looks great man, nice work, bet that you are itching to get her out on the road!

Faber
07-09-12, 10:55 AM
looking good so far man.

wcryan
07-11-12, 12:38 PM
I wish my paint looked like that. haha

I hate my AMG
07-22-12, 08:04 PM
Ahhhhh i havent logged on in so long. The car has been done im going to wash it tonight and hopefully go to this super sweet parking garage tonight when its empty and take some high quality SLR pics ! Stay posted

2007ThunderV
07-22-12, 08:13 PM
right on nice work

lilred
07-25-12, 12:01 PM
Wow that looks nice. Been a while since I checked in. You can always go Black Diamond later but man that paint job looks good!

thebigjimsho
07-29-12, 04:59 PM
PICS! MEOW! :coffee:

I hate my AMG
07-31-12, 07:41 PM
http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F%3Fclient%3Dmv-verizon-us&client=mv-verizon-us&gl=US I love muffler delete!

I hate my AMG
07-31-12, 07:45 PM
WTF ! why doesn t my youtube work !??!?! working on the slr pics
and a video

I hate my AMG
08-08-12, 06:23 PM
Pictures .... bout time ..... applogies ! Working on a video aswell my friend is amazing at editing and is going to make a sweet video of the car for me.:bouncy:

http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0406-1.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0424.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0421.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0411.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0407.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0408.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0409.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0410.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0405.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0404.jpg
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/DSC_0403.jpg

A little camaro love from my buddies 2010 mixed in there

I hate my AMG
08-08-12, 06:25 PM
The car is extreamly dirty i just went to the car wash to give it a quick hose down . this weekend its getting a full buff and compound i still havent done sense i got it painted :X

odthetruth
08-08-12, 11:47 PM
I've been following this thread since its inception... Congrats on getting it done!

I hate my AMG
08-09-12, 02:45 AM
Thanks odthetruth its come a long way I feel accomplished that the accident wasn't the end of this V's life.

Faber
08-09-12, 08:46 AM
Well done.

FuzzyLogic
08-09-12, 08:51 PM
Great job. I don't know if you make it over to the appearance thread often, but etcts-v just posted up instructions (http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-appearance/264529-cts-v-dual-halo-aftermarket-headlights-6.html#post3052533) regarding painting these aftermarket headlamps. I think they'd look great, given your brand new black paint job.

http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/IMG_1045.jpg
http://i949.photobucket.com/albums/ad335/ellioth3771/6c973d8b.jpg

lollygagger8
08-10-12, 09:33 AM
Excellent job on the rebuild! Amazing what a little elbow work can accomplish.

I hate my AMG
08-10-12, 08:48 PM
Fuzzy I haven't checked it out yet but those would look mean on my car hmmmm. Thanks guys! Where's bigjim he hasn't put his input yet he's followed from the start!

lilgCTS-V
08-13-12, 02:01 PM
nice tires

I hate my AMG
08-13-12, 03:32 PM
Haha thanks mike!

thebigjimsho
08-20-12, 03:27 PM
Fuzzy I haven't checked it out yet but those would look mean on my car hmmmm. Thanks guys! Where's bigjim he hasn't put his input yet he's followed from the start!

I need to get to my compy. The mobile site won't show the pics...

I hate my AMG
08-22-12, 11:46 AM
Jim get on that!

thebigjimsho
08-22-12, 05:50 PM
Looks awesome! Still wish I found that V first, though. haha!

I hate my AMG
08-23-12, 12:11 PM
Lol Thanks jim! I think its time for headers now

Pho_phizzat
08-23-12, 06:15 PM
Good work!

I hate my AMG
08-24-12, 06:46 PM
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff263/mlklecha13/2012-08-24_14-44-46_431.jpg
Boost anyone ???





Just kidding i wish :) this is my buddies turbo on his Sti hes building

shadybx7
09-18-12, 09:13 PM
eddie, this is the thread i was talking about..

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/2004-2007-cadillac-cts-v-performance/259487-my-new-project.html

I hate my AMG
09-22-12, 06:41 PM
@shady ahhhhh ive got my work cut out for me hahaha :) im pumped though

lilred
12-20-12, 01:43 PM
So how is our favorite ass-ectomy project doing one year later?

etcts-v
12-21-12, 02:23 PM
Epic thread, thanks for sharing!

I hate my AMG
12-24-12, 06:22 PM
The cars running strong and no complaints love :) ! Ill post up some recent pictures soon