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The Entenmann's Shim-Sham
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Firstly, a HUGE THANKS to everyone who has helped me with this project. It couldn't be done without you guys, and I will never be able to repay your generosity. I am eternally grateful for all the hard work you guys have put into this project. This really goes to prove that when we are called the "GTO Community," it isn't just another moniker.

Back in October 2011, my GTO was totaled. It was a warm day, but by the time the Phillies game was over, the night was too cold for the summer tires. A little too much gas around the corner, and that was it. A complete 360* over a curb and into a telephone pole.

Personally, I blame the Phillies. They had just lost the series. I'm sure as I was spinning around, I was screaming, "SMURFING PHILLLLIIIEEEESSSSSS. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!"

Anyways, after the insurance company decided to total the car, I just couldn't let it go. I couldn't just buy another one, either. That is MY car. My GTO. Thus, Project Silverback was born.

What is Project Silverback? Quite simply, I have purchased the black 2004 roller that TrakDay was selling, which is Doc's old GTO, and am in the process of transferring everything out of my 2005 into the black 04.

This project has made everyone involved very, very familiar with these cars inside and out.

Since there are more pictures than it would ever be practical to upload to this thread, here is a link to this project's album:

http://photobucket.com/projectsilverback
 

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The Entenmann's Shim-Sham
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Some of the damage:




The new body:


 

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Saturday, May 20, 2012:

What a productive day. Most of the interior was transferred into the black car, and the silver car was completely stripped down to a shell. Most of the interior is out of the silver car minus the dash. The suspension and drivetrain have been completely removed.

Due to the damage to the driver side wheel (only held on by a brake line and strut mount), it made it rather difficult to get the silver car into the shop from the yard. However, we did it.








The plan was to strip out the entire undercarriage and lay the body onto a trailer and haul it out. Here's the video of us lifting the body off the front subframe:

Once again, this couldn't be done without the help of everyone involved. You guys know who you are. I can never feel as though I have expressed my complete gratitude.
 

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The Entenmann's Shim-Sham
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How the interior now looks in the black car:




Installing the gas tank:



 

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Getting the motor ready to be removed from the car...or the car be removed from the motor:





Jackstands to support the subframe:


Rear Subframe out:


Front subframe out:




Getting the motor ready for the engine stand, where it will get some new goodies before going in to the new body:
 

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Lowering the body onto the trailer:











 

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Holy shit brah! I had no idea you totaled your ride. I am glad to see you bring both cars back to life however. Can't wait to see it finished and on the road.

I remember seeing you buy it from Trackday, but I just thought you were going to built a racecar.
 

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In for more pix
 

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The Entenmann's Shim-Sham
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Holy shit brah! I had no idea you totaled your ride. I am glad to see you bring both cars back to life however. Can't wait to see it finished and on the road.

I remember seeing you buy it from Trackday, but I just thought you were going to built a racecar.
Yeah, man. Red Lobster will get you.

We are trying to decide on what to do with the silver body. The easiest would be to remove the glass and other spare parts and ship it to the scrap yard.

There have been talks of a tube-chassis dragster, though.
 

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Yeah, man. Red Lobster will get you.

We are trying to decide on what to do with the silver body. The easiest would be to remove the glass and other spare parts and ship it to the scrap yard.

There have been talks of a tube-chassis dragster, though.
If the chassis is not bent that is exactly what I would be doing while keeping my other GTO nice.
 

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The Entenmann's Shim-Sham
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Just so you can see how badly smurfed that front left wheel was...

 

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You should retitle this and repost it in the Exhaust Section ""Header install how-to".
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I love projects such as these and really love seeing the progress. How are your headers holding up wrapped like that? I have seen so many pictures of them just cooking under that wrap and would love to see what you thought about yours.

When you are finished I can't even imagine the sense of accomplisment you are going to have and totally applaud you for keeping your Goats spirit alive!
 

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Very glad to see this! This car deserved a good home and I know it found one!

Congrats!
 

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The Entenmann's Shim-Sham
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I love projects such as these and really love seeing the progress. How are your headers holding up wrapped like that? I have seen so many pictures of them just cooking under that wrap and would love to see what you thought about yours.

When you are finished I can't even imagine the sense of accomplisment you are going to have and totally applaud you for keeping your Goats spirit alive!
I'll have the headers unwrapped tomorrow. I'm actually going to coat them this time around for the looks.

I have no problem with the wrap other than they did need to be redone after 5 years, but that really isn't a problem in my book. They did their job and protected everything from the heat. Hell, I could run the motor and still touch the primaries without worry.
 

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looking good! I'm glad my old shell is going to good use! It is in great shape!!!
 
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