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Old 07-14-2005, 01:47 PM   #276
 
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getting closer everyday cant wait to see it in person. looks great
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Hi All,

Here is our current problem

No the problem isn't Wayne. The problem is the width of the front track.

If we leave things exactly as they are, we will end up with a front wheel flares that stick out about 2 1/4", while the flares on the back stick out about 2". If we do this the car will have a rather strange appearance where the front track looks wider than the rear. To resolve this issue we need to shift the front wheels inboard about 1". This will give us a 2" rear and 1 1/2" front flare, which should look more appealing. We were giving consideration to resolving this issue by using front and rear wheels with different backspacing. We didn't really like this idea because we want the wheels to look identical on all 4 corners and a 1" diff in backspacing would be pretty obvious.

So, we called our friends at Maximum Motorsports and asked them if they could make us a custom lower control arm that would be 1" shorter than stock. They recommended that we use a fox control arm which is 3/4" shorter than the SN95 piece.

Wo Hoo!!!

This will solve a number of issues we were having all across the board.

Well, back to work on the fenders, hood and front end.

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I can't wait to see this car in person, and whoa when its done...
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Hi All,

7-25 update part one…

A lot has transpired since our last real update.

Wayne has been meticulously plodding through all the remaining bodywork. He has spent what seams like endless hours working and reworking everything from the cowl to the rear bumper. He constantly has to point out the reasons to me. A little wave here, a little ripple there, this doesn’t line up quite right, changes to the door effect the contour of the quarter, the body lines that run along the edge of the roof to the trunk are not quite symmetrical, and on and on.



Wayne had to get the doors finished and installed in order to send the car out to the aluminum fabricator. Originally, we were going to have him come to our shop, but he convinced us that he needed the car at his facility to do the job right. The job is to fab up the trim panels that will seal off the top and sides of the dashboard.
I, on the other hand, have been working on mechanical details. The hood latch is almost complete. I am going to remove all the extra material at the back of the bracket after I fit up the front end, grill, hood, etc… I also have located the shock tower brace. I will be able to complete the fabrication of that item after I install the ductwork for the air inlet. I have the welding of the ductwork complete. We just have to have the parts painted to match the blower. We felt that if the paint matches the rest of the engine intake system, it would look like it was supplied by the factory.



I also replaced the lower control arms with the shorter FOX items. You can see the difference in length in the photo below. This solved all the problems with the front wheel / flare clearance issues. We did have to flip flop the caster plates in order to get the correct front end geometry, but other than that, everything went quite well.



While the car is out of our shop, Wayne will be working on the hood. Here is the prelim layout for the bulge.



Here you can see the relief’s we had to cut for under hood clearance.



Continued in part two....

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Hi All,

7-25 update part two…

Finally, here are some photos of the car as she sits waiting for pick up. Upon return, we should be able to complete the front end and get this baby ready for paint.



Here is a shot of the rear end with the lower valance in place. Note that the bottom edge of the valance runs parallel to both the gas tank and the ground. Also, in order for us to get the flare contures correct, we had to shift the bottom of the quarters out about and inch or so. In order to get the rear valance to fit up properly we had to segment the panel (add two pie shaped filler strips). If I hadn’t said anything, you probably would not have noticed.



Here we have two shots of the finished body (at least from the cowl to the rear bumper).





And finally, here are some photos of the interior. The door panels are two that we have used for fit up porposes only. Note how the 03 dash meshes up just right with the 65 door panels. We are going to eliminate the vertical ribs in the center of the door panels and fill that area with a simple padded insert. Maybe we can come up with some embroidery with a SN65 emblem. We are going to use the standard door pulls instead of the pony items. I like the way the standard pulls line up with the angle of the 03 dash.





That’s all for now.

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It's coming along nicely, Bob. Like everyone, I can't wait to see the finished product. Just a thought, how about some mirror finish stainless steel panels in the under hood cut out areas to show off the engine?
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I think we should plan another GTG to see this little doll in person,
I wasn't able the first time
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Hi All,

Check out this thread...

http://www.fordforums.com.au/printthread.php?t=10529

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Check out this thread...

http://www.fordforums.com.au/printthread.php?t=10529

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Now thats pretty wild
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Hi All,

Here is another one...

http://www.dr-mustang.com/index.php?...wtopic&p=81492

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Hi All,

While the car is off at the alum fabricator, Wayne has been working on the hood “bulge”.

Here we have photos of the stock hood with the cutout for engine clearance....



Wayne creating the “bulge” by trimming the 03 Cobra roof to the desired shape....



the "bulge" in position on the 65 hood....



and the “bulge” welded in place.



Wayne still needs to seal off the back edge, but the photos gives you a general idea of the finished hood.

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Hi All,

I just registered the domain SN65.com and am getting ready to download the website. It will have a complete history and photos of the build. The site is currently a work in prosess, but I will be updating and tweaking things (I am sure that I will be getting a lot of input from you all) after I get the site on line and running.

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She has come a long way
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Hi All,

The site appears to be up and running.

http://sn65.com

I know that we have a lot of work to get the site complete, but we would be greatful if you could please let us know what you think of the overall site design.

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Hi All,

I am still working on the site (getting things organized and downloaded, etc...)

http://sn65.com/SN65%20chronological...er%2005-08.htm

But, I have downloaded all my photos to date. If you follow the link above, you will see all the images of the hood (as of 9AM today).

Also, we just got the car back from the shop doing the dash modifications and I am really pumped. It looks great, but you can voice your opinions tomorrow after I post the photos.

After I get things all situated at the site, I will be able to post links to the photos just as I have done in the past.

We are getting closer and closer to completion. I can hardly wait to fire this sucker up.

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I have it bookmarked, looks like alot of work (just the site)

But I am going to forward this to some people (Car Buffs)

Congrats !
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Hi All,

First off, let’s take a look at the hood with its first coat of primer.



In this photo you can see the 1 1/2" rise at the back of the hood. Note how subtle the "bulge" blends into the hood at the edges. I think this is going to look just fantastic. Everyone in the shop was sitting on a egg crate (behind the hood) looking down its length while they pretended to drive the car. It should look pretty impressive from the cockpit while looking pretty tame from the outside of the car.

I have been watching Wayne work on the hood for the past week (He has over 60 hours in it right now) and I am having trouble believing that it has taken this much time to get it in primer. It looks seamless to me. He spent a lot of time working the transition from the bulge to the hood in an attempt to duplicate the transition from the rear glass to the trunk. Once the car is complete, I imagine that people will only give it a passing glance and say “Nice hood.” While this will probably tick Wayne off (He wishes that people would realize just how much work was involved), I keep telling him that the better he does his job, the less people will notice.

With that said, let’s look at the modified dash.





This is going to look great once we cover the panels in matching vinyl. I really like the way the fabricated panel curves and undulates as it makes its way from one end of the dash to the other. Right now, I could not be happier. I guess we will truly see once it is covered and reinstalled.

Hopefully the pictures will show up just as they always have. For more detailed shots follow the link below.

http://sn65.com/SN65%20chronological...er%2005-08.htm

This will take you to all the photos for August.

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Hi All,

I have just updated the "Forum" page on the website.

If one of the moderators could write up a little blurb about this site, I will insert the comment under the link to the site.

http://sn65.com/SN65%20forums.htm

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looking good man, cant wait to see it done
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Hi All,

This weekend Wayne blocked the hood. Here you can see a photo of the hood with the guide coat (prior to any sanding).



I, on the other hand, spent my time sanding interior panels and misc parts so that Wayne could get them in primer.



I still have a bunch of miscellaneous parts to sand. This has got to be the biggest pain in the butt in regard to the entire project. Just when you finish sanding one part, another has to be sanded. I would much rather prefer assembling, or any other aspect of the project for that matter, than this incessant sanding. WILL IT EVER END??? :-)

With that said, along with sanding our guts out, we plan on finishing up the electrical and plumbing details so that we can fire up the beast by the end of the week. We will be posting a video of the proud event on the website.

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Hi All,

Just got the weight figures from "Competition Fabrication" (the people who fabbed up the dash panels).

A drum roll please.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.

2,900 lbs as she sits right now. I am not quite sure exactly how much weight we are going to add, but Wayne says figure right about 500 lbs. That should land us in the 3,400 lbs vicinity. Not to bad.

Also, I was talking to them about valuation. They say that the current cars being fabbed in their shop cost their owner’s approx $250K when complete.

They also said that it was fun watching their customer’s expressions as they viewed the SN65 in their shop. Everyone’s expressions were pretty much the same and it would go something like this....

They would glance at the car as they passed by (just a early mustang). They would get about 10 feet past the car, turn around, walk back and look at the engine bay (cool, a early mustang with a blown engine). They would start to walk away, stop, turn around stare at the car and scratch their heads. They would look over at the guys in the shop and say "What year is this mustang anyway?" The guys in the shop wouldn't say a word. They would just watch the guy as he walked around and around the car. It seams that just as they thought they had it all figured out and started to walk away, they would turn around and go look at another area of the car.

They said that they had more fun watching people as they tried to figure out exactly what they were looking at. I only wish I had been there.

Anyway....

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Nice to hear. I had to do a double take on that car a few times when I stopped by to see it. I can't wait to see her out at the car shows when shes done.

Keep up the great work..
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Hi All,

Today I downloaded some updates to the site. I spent all last night formatting cells and tables. I have reworked the home page so that, hopefully, it will work with all browsers. Also, I have added a page with amusing tidbits. There is nothing that would be considered radical, just things that I found interesting or brought a smile to my face.

We have things organized and ready to install for the big "turning the key for the first time" ceremony. I just have a few remaining items that should be arriving today. If all goes well, we should be ready to fire it up tomorrow.

Wish us luck. We will need it.

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Hi All,

AAAUUUGGGHHHHH!!!!!!

This weekend SUCKED.

All we had to do to get the car fired up was to complete two tasks. First, complete the remote oil filter / cooler plumbing and configure and install the intercooler heat exchanger. No Problem. How hard could those two items be?

First we got all the oil system configured and mounted. We then started to install the hose end fittings. No problem at the engine. Everything is good at the oil cooler. Now, moving on to the remote filter housing. [email protected]#$%^&*() SOAB!!!! The fittings don't fit!!!!

The fittings thread in, but the NPT fitting just does not tighten up. What the???? We look at the housing and can't figure out why. The other housing is NPT, but this housing looks like a straight thread.

A quick call to Maximum Motorsports solves the riddle. Between the time that we received the original kit and the second remote housing (we modified the first housing to fit up to the engine) they had altered the design. The original kit came with a NPT fitting. The newer remote housing came with straight threads designed for use with "O" rings.

The solution??? They are sending me the new fittings ASAP.

With that resolved, we figured we could at least get the heat exchanger fit up and mounted.

WRONG!!!!

We picked up a real slick tubing bender for the project. There are a number of complex bends in the exchanger plumbing and we wanted them all to be just right. Well, we set up the bending station, got the tube ready inserted it in the bender and.... IT DIDN'T FIT!!! The manufacturer had sent us the wrong set of dies and the tube did not fit.

I know what the problem is. It is a giant government conspiracy designed to drive me insane. That’s what it is. The government has decided that our project should be classified. Classified as what, we don't know, but that has to be the answer. What else can it be? I haven’t pissed off any mafia kingpin, well, at least not lately. :-)

Back to the drawing board. We shifted gears and proceeded to mount the fenders and the hood. The hood looks totally killer on the car. It is much nicer than I envisioned with my minds eye. The view from the cockpit is perfect.

I will try to post photos latter today.

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This weekend Wayne blocked the hood. Here you can see a photo of the hood with the guide coat (prior to any sanding).



I, on the other hand, spent my time sanding interior panels and misc parts so that Wayne could get them in primer.
Will the hood be black and yellow? Looks to be the plan
Would definately look great
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