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Old 05-18-2018, 06:52 AM
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I prefer the stock taillights, in my opinion they look much better than the wanna be corvette style taillights.
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I admit the stock 65 tail lights are nice looking, However I have always liked customs so I will modify mine some and see how it works out.
My main complaint about a stock F85 deluxe is all of the chrome trim, in my opinion a bit much. Look how nice Rocky's car turned out with the extra chrome gone. BTW the Corvette lights are not set in stone, but slicking up the rear (and the front) is definite. I am even toying with the idea of frenched 59 caddy tail lights ala 58 Impala style. The round caddy lights closely matching in size the exhaust coming out of the backup light holes in the bumper. But that is down the road,
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Two F85s that lack the chrome piece across the back. I think it gives a much cleaner look.
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:04 AM
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Things are looking good! Cant wait to see how your car turns out. I'm in the process of swapping out my Terminator throttle body for a Weiand LS1 intake. And I have got to get me a dash insert from Rocky Topper!

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Thanks Scotty, do you have any pictures of your car?
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Originally Posted by jarheadl34 View Post
Two F85s that lack the chrome piece across the back. I think it gives a much cleaner look.
I have to agree, especially on the darker car. Not so much on the white one, though that might be because I'm just not into white cars... lol
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Old 05-20-2018, 08:58 PM
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Thanks Scotty, do you have any pictures of your car?
I do... somewhere... Theres the build page on this site

garage painting in 2007


Couldnt do the front end for a few weeks


The finished product in 2015
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Very Nice Scotty!
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Another picture of my car when we first started back on it. I am saddened to report that Rocky Topper passed away unexpectedly last year. I bought my dash insert from him about 7 years ago but we never met in person. His F85 was featured in PHR and possibly other publications. For Scotty and anyone else wanting a dash insert I will happily make you a pattern of it when I get back to Texas this fall. I believe that Rocky made a few more F85 parts but I am not sure how you would get some now.
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Originally Posted by jarheadl34 View Post
I am saddened to report that Rocky Topper passed away unexpectedly last year. I bought my dash insert from him about 7 years ago but we never met in person. His F85 was featured in PHR and possibly other publications. For Scotty and anyone else wanting a dash insert I will happily make you a pattern of it when I get back to Texas this fall. I believe that Rocky made a few more F85 parts but I am not sure how you would get some now.
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What?!!!!! So sad to hear that
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I was wondering why he hasn't been around as of lately. So sorry to hear. Best wishes to his family.
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I will take you up on the dash insert when you have the time. thanks
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Happy to do it for you in November when we return to Texas. I wonder if anyone else bought the dash insert from Rocky. I will make several good copies and anyone who wants one can have one and make their own and carry on Rocky's great work.
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Happy to do it for you in November when we return to Texas. I wonder if anyone else bought the dash insert from Rocky. I will make several good copies and anyone who wants one can have one and make their own and carry on Rocky's great work.
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Sounds good. and I hope we see more of your car as time goes by...
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Rocky and his F85!
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This is the rear end. It's a 9 inch Moser housing narrowed 1.5 inches from stock to 58.5" and had drum brakes with Torino ends. I bought Moser axles with the correct 2.75" offset for 1998 up Camaro rear discs. That is .25 inches more offset than the stock Torino offset. I also bought the billet Chevy ends from Moser for those Camaro brakes. But because the rear was narrowed, cutting off the old Moser ends and putting on the new ones was going to be a chore because the ends touched the mounting brackets. Rick and Sky at the shop used hotrod smarts and since both ends used the same bearing, they modified the bolt pattern on the brake mounts to Torino pattern and they bored the backing plated for the larger bearing size(compared to stock Chevy rear). If you want to use stock off set Torino axels, put a .25 spacer between the bearing and the axle, but you will see an increase in width of .25 inches per side. Mine is now 59 which is still one inch narrower than stock 64-67.
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