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Old 12-13-2005, 08:33 AM   #401
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Hell ya!! I so wanna be there to check it out. Love the screamin yellow!! I continue to be impressed with each update. Good Job Guys!!
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Hi All,

New update at the website. Maybe today I can get the doors, along with most of the internals installed. :-)
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Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been posting a lot lately. I have been so busy with the car, business, x-mass parties, etc... that it is tough to find time to sleep never the less anything else. :-)

Anyway... We have been making steady progress on SN65. Right now it is the doors that are consuming all our time. As I have stated before, it's the little things that bring me the greatest satisfaction. For example....

We wanted to use the door cylinder from the 03 Cobra. We wanted all the locks to function with the ignition key. Wayne went and modified the door to accept the 03 cylinder and I went about installing all the internal mechanisms. All was going well until we ran into a little snag. Unfortunately for us, the 03 cylinder does not function the same way as the 65. The 65 lock has only two positions. All the way down for lock and all the way up for unlock. The 03 lock has three positions. All the way down for lock and all the way up for unlock, but the lock always comes to rest in the center. The 03 cylinder is designed to function with a electrical relay while the 65 is designed to work mechanically. We stood around and scratched our heads for a while. We went home and slept on it. We came in and gave it some more thought, when we finally hit on a workable solution. Here is a photo of the installed linkage.



What we did was linked together two rods that would slide over each other until they hit a stop. This allows the 03 cylinder to function mechanically. What happens is you turn the key to lock the door and it pushes the lower stop down to lock the door. When you rotate the lock back to the center position to remove the key, the rods slide over each other leaving the door locked. When you rotate the key to unlock the door, it lifts the upper stop up to unlock the door and then the rods slide over each other leaving the door unlocked.

It is a rather simple mechanism, but I have to say that I am thrilled at the way it functions. Yes the guy's in the shop make fun of me. It is nothing that anyone will see or even notice for that matter. But every time that I use the key (which will be rarely if ever, seeing as the car has a remote lock and unlock function) it will bring a smile to my face.

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I just read the whole story about your car and thats awesome! The pics look really nice, the whole car looks like it will be flawless and that color is the best
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Hi All,

When we started this project, many of you thought we were whacked, loony, psycho, off our nut, certifiable, ready for the rubber room, etc…

Well, for those naysayer’s out there, take a look at this.

http://sn65.com/SN65%20chronological...er%2005-12.htm

Read the 12-24-05 update.
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Old 12-24-2005, 10:19 AM   #406
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thats badass you inspired someone to do the same!
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Hi All,

New update at the site.

Also, did anyone see the new Hot Rod mag. There is an article about the Ring bro's new car (the one that made it to the final five in the Good Guy's streat machine of the year comp).

Anyway....

They made a comment about wanting the car to look as if it were built in the factory....

Well, maybe that is what they wanted, but to me the car looks, pretty much, like your typical pro touring car. Don't get me wrong. The car is a killer car. I love some of the small details and the article is one of my favorites (I find myself picking up the mag just to re-read the article). I also have to give them props for dialing down the "bling" factor. I really like the look and feel of this car far better than their two previous attempts, but they are still following the basic "pro street" template.

Maybe someone should turn them on to this thread just to show them what a real "factory" custom looks like. :-)
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Old 01-05-2006, 02:32 PM   #408
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To me, this ride blows the shit out of the CrazyHorse project. I would buy one of these instantly. CrazyHorse is nice and all, but this one just has more heart..
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Hi All,

Yesterday we got a lot done in regard to assembling the doors, but we still have a way to go. There is only one thing that is holding us up right now. We need to find the material used to bond the stainless steel trim pieces to the drivers and passenger side glass. The material appears to be some type of fiber impregnated with some sort of rubberized material.

Any Clues???

Here are some photos of the wing window assembly and the door handles mounted to the car. You will note that we have left the door lock black with a silver center section. We were originally going to make it all silver, but decided that the black fit in well with the "black" exposed rubber trim around the door handles.






With that said, I have a little announcement....

THE SN65 WILL BE ON V8TV TONIGHT!!!

If you have the Dish Network, it can be seen on the Men's Channel. The show should air on Wednesdays at 10:30 PM eastern, 9:30 PM Central and 8:30 PM Pacific time.

For those who are not fortunate to have access to the Dish Network, you will be able to get a copy of the show directly from V8TV sometime after the show airs.

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Old 01-11-2006, 02:12 PM   #410
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Bitchen, I got Comcast but I will have my P's DVR it for me to watch....

Rock on with your bad self!!!!!
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Hi All,

We have been moving along quite well. We have the fenders, hood and headlight buckets mounted. We have spent a lot of time re-aligning the doors, fenders hood, etc... to give us the most consistent gaps. We have all the door internals complete save the installation of the glass. The "glass guy" will be showing up on Saturday and spending the entire day installing the front and rear glass along with the trim.

Today we will be checking all the fluids and bleeding the breaks. We will also be rerouting the clutch cable and installing a new firewall adjuster and aluminum quadrant. The factory items don't give us the proper throughout adjustment on the CenterForce clutch. We will be installing the front valance and working up the front bumper mounting brackets.

After we get the bumpers installed and properly aligned, we will be sending them out to be re-chromed. The quality of the chrome on the re-pro items just sucks. There are all these tiny little pin pricks that reflect when the light hits them just so.

On another note, I talked with the powers that be at the Detroit Autoramma. They tell me that our project sounds interesting, but it probably will not be considered for the "Ridler" award. We figured as much, but the reason he gave me was a little surprising. The fellow said that it the award emphasizes "creativity, engineering and workmanship" He felt that our project might fall short on the "engineering" side. I believe that he really did not understand the scope of the project. He probably believes that we just cut two cars apart and welded them together. From his point of view, we really did not "create" or "engineer" anything. All we did was graft two cars together. Nothing that requires any engineering. It is not as if we designed the car from scratch....

I believe that this is the way the project comes across to those who are not aware of everything involved. Just like Kevin from V8TV. What he thought he was going to see and what he actually saw were two different things. People have seen way to many photos of cars where the actual car is nowhere near as nice as the photo. It always brings a smile to my face when people stop by the shop for a peek. everyone (so far) has been totally blown away. They may just be trying to be nice, but I prefer to believe that they are really taken by the project.

That said, for us to have any hope at the Autoramma we have to stop publishing photos of the car. The car actually looks like a car right now and they have rather firm requirements that the car not be published in its finished form.

So, what do you all think. Should I keep publishing the as built shots, or stop for the off hand possibility of Ridler consideration?

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Your call dude, lots of your time and money into it.

I would go for the ridler just because I am sick of Boyd and Foose cars everywhere. Once people understand the scope of the car I think you will win no problem.
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its amazing how new and old meshed so well,
she is beautiful !!!
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Old 01-17-2006, 02:42 PM   #414
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Your call dude, lots of your time and money into it.

I would go for the ridler just because I am sick of Boyd and Foose cars everywhere. Once people understand the scope of the car I think you will win no problem.
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Hi All,

New update at the site. :-)
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New update at the site. :-)
If me and my husband wanted to head up to your shop, would it be possible to see the car? And (if so)
what days would be betterthen others?
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If me and my husband wanted to head up to your shop, would it be possible to see the car? And (if so)
what days would be betterthen others?
Hi CS,

You are welcome anytime. We are always open Mon to Fri 8 to 5 and Sat 8 to noon. Just give me a call first at 630-762-0387 to make sure that we will be available when you stop by.

However, why don't we schedule a little G2G for the last weekend of February. That way we can invite all our friends and have a little party. If all the mechanical has all been checked out, and it is a nice day, we just might be able to take a few select people out for a spin. :-)
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You are welcome anytime. However, why don't we schedule a little G2G for the last weekend of February. That way we can invite all our friends and have a little party. If all the mechanical has all been checked out, and it is a nice day, we just might be able to take a few select people out for a spin. :-)
I would LOVE that !!! Sure lets plan it

Would you like to start the thread? Or me, this will help get the ball rolling now we are due for a meet, and what better GTG?
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Hi All,

Today the glass goes in. I am really pumped. This is the last major item prior to installing the interior. Wish us luck.

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PS: All this talk of the "Ridler" has been fun. But the Ridler is not something you actually enter, but something for which you are chosen. I hope that all the comments, both yea and nea, have given everybody food for thought. That maybe some of the comments here will inspire you to look at your car project a little differently than the current status quo. Be different, take chances. Just because everyone else does things in a certain way, does not mean that you have to.
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I would LOVE that !!! Sure lets plan it

Would you like to start the thread? Or me, this will help get the ball rolling now we are due for a meet, and what better GTG?
Hi CS,

Could you please start the thread. Lets plan on the last Saturday in Feb. I will open the shop at 8AM. People will be welcome to come and go all day. I will keep you posted as to any details or changes in plan.
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Could you please start the thread. Lets plan on the last Saturday in Feb. I will open the shop at 8AM. People will be welcome to come and go all day. I will keep you posted as to any details or changes in plan.

I am so down for this, Susie you gonna set this up?
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Hi All,

I am in desperate need of 65 fastback front and rear NOS window moldings.

Anyone have a clue??? I am getting desperate.

If I did not say it already, I am a bit desperate. :-)

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I am in desperate need of 65 fastback front and rear NOS window moldings.

Anyone have a clue??? I am getting desperate.

If I did not say it already, I am a bit desperate. :-)

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PM me your number. One of the guys I work with is trying to get rid of some older mustang things. I do not know for sure if it is window moldings, but I do remember him wanting to get rid of glass. I can talk to him tomorrow and let you know.

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PM me your number. One of the guys I work with is trying to get rid of some older mustang things. I do not know for sure if it is window moldings, but I do remember him wanting to get rid of glass. I can talk to him tomorrow and let you know.

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Hi Jim,

I don't have to PM you. The number here at the shop is public knowledge.

630-762-0387

Thanks for the help.
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I don't have to PM you. The number here at the shop is public knowledge.

630-762-0387

Thanks for the help.
I'll call you here shortly, I start work at 1:00pm.
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