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I bought this 150 for my daughter over a year ago and we've been piddling here and there, but the work is about to really begin. She helps when she can, but she has chronic migraines and a lot of days she can't do much.

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Nerd Rods Frame with Dana 44 with 3.36 gears. Corvette front suspension.
2014+ 5.3 LT Direct Injected with Dod lifter delete. (Done one in my wifes Jeep - works great. 294 hp at wheels all stock.)
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Below is the attached pics of Sarah getting the car on her birthday and steering it into the garage and then it setting next to my 55.
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I really like the way the silver vein powder coat has turned out, it's took a bit of trial and error to get it to turn out correctly.

I was having an issue with the parts just turning gray in color without the black vein popping through.

It ends up that there has to be a rapid increase in temperature on these denser parts or the vein does not work correctly. Some of these thicker parts wouldn't heat up fast enough at 450 degrees and the vein would not come through.

First I tried preheating the part and spraying the powder on while it was hot - this ended causing what looked like overspray though.

So I ended up preheating the oven as hot as it would go (near 600 F) for the denser parts like the rear end and suspension parts. I'd keep an eye on it and once it flowed out and the vein started popping through, then i'd turn the oven down to 400 F to cure it.
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Yesterday we finished rebuilding the rear end after it was powdered. I've already got all of the front suspension, the half-shafts, basically everything except for the sway bars and the rear batwing powdered and ready to bolt on.

The guy from nerd rods said the frame should be arriving next week, really looking forward to that. Time to brush up on some welding skills.
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Very nice to see what you're doing for your daughter, and sorry to hear about the migraines.

They are often genetic, and I started getting them as a 15 year old. My mom, her father and his mother all suffered from them. Back when I was 15 the only options were Excedrin, icebags and a dark room, sometimes for days. Thankfully medical science has come a long way in treatment.
 

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I had a C4 Corvette that I kept for years because I planned to use the suspension. There was a shop nearby that fabricated frames for Tri-5s using Corvette suspension. The guys that converted to those frames were kicking butt at the Autocross events.
 

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This is an outstanding build, glad to see a young woman getting involved! About the migraines, the woman who cuts my hair had them, she gets some sort of Botox injections into her scalp, and the migraines go away for a while. Not sure if that would work at all for your daughter, but maybe something to ask the docs about.
 

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This is an outstanding build, glad to see a young woman getting involved! About the migraines, the woman who cuts my hair had them, she gets some sort of Botox injections into her scalp, and the migraines go away for a while. Not sure if that would work at all for your daughter, but maybe something to ask the docs about.
She's had a ton of different medication and is currently doing the Botox, it's been non-stop for almost 2 years. MRI's etc all show nothing.
 

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Keep her involved as much ans she can. The more she does herself the better she will appreciate the work that went in to it and take care of it better. I did this with both my kids and they have their favorite cars they will treasure long after I'm gone.

I'll be watching this thread as it progresses.
 

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She's had a ton of different medication and is currently doing the Botox, it's been non-stop for almost 2 years. MRI's etc all show nothing.
My partner (an ICU manager and nurse of 41 years) had migraines since she was 17 (now 60), tried all the drugs, scans, you name it, nothing worked.

11 years ago she saw a dietitian who suggested that she may be Amine intolerant. So she stopped eating foods that contain Amines. It is a very restrictive diet as Amines are in many foods. For example, all citrus (including tomatoes), and processed foods, processed meats (e.g. bacon) mushrooms, mayonnaise, vegetables more than 3 days old, etc.

After removing Amines from her diet, her migraines stopped.

And now, through trial and error has actually been able to reintroduce a few of the foods that contain Amines.

Another suggestion would be if she has had any head/neck injuries, is to see an Osteopath that specialises in migraines.

I wish your daughter the best in dealing with her migraines.
 

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Lucky girl, my daughter got her car at 16, and they were so inexpensive back then that it didn't need restoring until a decade later after she was married, working, and had kids. No help there.:confused:
 
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