"project weight loss"

Discussion in 'Race 400/430/455' started by GS Kubisch, May 14, 2005.

  1. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    This is the best I got now for this picture.....Frame was done on a jig.
    I'm sure it's not necessary,Just have to measure,measure and re-measure if you do it w/o.

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  2. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Get that damn thing running I love watching in launch!!
    Put a seat, motor, drive shaft and a few other odds and ends as is looks in the picture.
  3. Buicks4Speed

    Buicks4Speed Advanced Member

    He HE.....

    Maybe if Bill get that 350 stuff together before the BBB you can just build a 1000+Hp 350........ :laugh: I'm sure that would be worth a few pounds....
  4. stg1dom

    stg1dom Well-Known Member

    Gary, Thank you for finding a place that actually chromes fiberglass. I talked to a couple of places and they weren't to confident on plating a glass bumper. I've been looking to do this for some time and I'll give this guy an email. Also, I like the brackets and would be interested in a set. Good luck on diet!
  5. texas ranger

    texas ranger One riot one ranger


    Do you have any close up shoots of your rack and pinion set up. I'm trying to get and idea how to set mine up. on a g body car.
    This is what I found at a local swap meet for forty bucks. :laugh: I was looking at how the volvo's mount is on there cars and was going to try to duplicate it by weld enforced arms from the frame.

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  6. john hixon

    john hixon Well-Known Member

    How about a Lexan Windshield? Lots of weight saving there. Not too many people know I have one instead of glass...

    Installed the Chrome trim around it and all.
  7. Keith Seymore

    Keith Seymore Well-Known Member

    Gary - I assume you already have a glass hood.

    If it is a bolt on version you might be able to save another 20 lbs or so by going lift off. I Dzus'd my lift off hood right to the hood hinges so that you can either open it by yourself or lift it right off with the help of a buddy.

    Also there is usually quite a bit of structure inside the doors. I cut the guard rail beams out of mine (60 lbs per side) and any section of the door inner that were not required to support the latch/window crank and then put the plastic trim back on.

  8. bignastyGS

    bignastyGS Maggot pilot

    If possible,do you have a closer shot of the front bar that the rack is connected to?? Did you have this piece made or can you buy it somewhere already produced???
  9. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    Well,I sent out an OEM core support to be acid dipped.......
    Went out at 27lbs,Came back at 21lbs.
    I've also had my doors,fenders,And frt. bumper dipped but not really with weight reduction the emphasis as was the case with the core support.

    I'd like to get it down around 15lbs now with a little trimming.

    The 100lb goal is in sight,Especially if my new motor gets a crank that is around 60lbs :Brow:
  10. mcalvo

    mcalvo Active Member


    In Gary's post about Chrome Fiberglass you mentioned another vendore, per chance do they have a website or some contact info?

  11. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

  12. Truzi

    Truzi Perpetual Student

    You paid money for that? How many of us here have a 6-pound lighter core support just by letting it sit? You could have just traded. :laugh:

    Seriously, though, this is an interesting thread. I doubt I'll ever be serious enough about racing to worry about weight, but I like to learn.
  13. Buicks4Speed

    Buicks4Speed Advanced Member


    Gary, did you get the weight of the control arms?? What was the savings compaired to what you got off stock arms?? That chromed bumpers looked good and cheep too. It looks like fiberglass for the front and back for me. :Brow: Just need to find a place that sells a good 71 rear bumper. I want a nice bumper that wont need a lot of prep. I have a fiberglass 71/72 front bumper but at the ends on the side where it meets the fender, it is just cut off instead of rounded like factory bumpers. Is everyone elses like that???? i wouldn't mind a nicer front bumper.
  14. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    My factory control arms are 9.5 - 10lbs for the uppers and 12lbs for the lowers.......
    Should save around 16-18lbs,I also ordered the upper w/heim joints at the crossshaft instead of bushings.
    I'm now looking into the possbility of spindle mount frt. wheels :eek2:

    New frt shocks(AFCO) will be aluminum in place of the steel Koni's.

    Don't laugh.......it will all add up :grin:
  15. Buicks4Speed

    Buicks4Speed Advanced Member

    I looked at a spindle mount set-up on a 96 Camaro. Looks simple enough. It would be better if you plan in advance of getting wheels and brakes as it is an expensive conversion. I was told the caliper bolts on just like a regular setup does. I am looking at the same thing..........

    Here are my TRZ arms :TU:

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    JEFF STRUBE Well-Known Member

    Hey Gary what do you want for your upper and lower control arms with global bushings. give me a fair price if it is less than global bushing i will purchases
  17. Graham

    Graham Registered User

    Weight Watchers

    Great job Gary. :TU: Whats your current weight now?

    I'm really trying to shed some weight as well... :3gears: On the 69 that is.... :grin:
  18. GS Kubisch

    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

    My car was 3430lbs last year with driver.....The only f/glass was the hood.
    The car has exhaust,rear seat,etc and went in the 9.60's naturally aspirated.

    The plan is to get the car around 3330lbs(W/O taking away from the "look") and add some power if I ever get some engine parts......
  19. gsxnut

    gsxnut Well-Known Member

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    GS Kubisch THE "CUT-UP" BUICK

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