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Old 12-29-2004, 11:48 AM   #76
 
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Hi All,

I just could not stay away.

I cam in just to trial fit the front fenders and valance to get an idea as to how things are shaping up.

Here are some photos.

After mocking things up a bit I am thinking that I will not have to relocate the front valance. I will be incorporating a front spoiler that will cover the bottom of the core support and also help direct air through the openings I will be cutting for intercooler air flow, etc... I have taped the rough outline in green tape.

Anyway... I will be doing a bit of thinking over the new year holliday and hopefully have a good plan formed and ready to go by the 3rd.

Catch you all then.

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Hi all,

I have been concentrating on finishing up the front clip. Welding and grinding and welding and grinding and more welding and more grinding...

Sigh...

I have bolted in the Maximum Motorsport K-member and It is going to work out just great. I am very impressed with the quality of fabrication. Very nice design and construction. If you are thinking of installing one on your car, I would not hesitate to recommend them. Also, Jason seemed very knowlegable.

I also have been trying to figure out how to install the windshield wipers. This is going to be the toughest part of the whole project. Nothing I have tried so far works. The arm bushings are just to long. To make then fit, I will have to move the mechanisim inside the car and there is just no room under the dash. :-(

Maybe I will eliminate the WW's and say that it is a styling kind of thing.... I would have installed the wipers, but I left them off because they spoiled the clean lines of the car.

I will have to think on this one for a while.

I also have cut out the 65 dash and placed the 03 in place. I will have to do some trimming here and there and also fabricate some plates for the main attachment points, but I really think it is going to look fantastic.

Well... Enough for now.

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the late model dash looks suspiciously like a midyear vette ('63-'67)
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the late model dash looks suspiciously like a midyear vette ('63-'67)
Or....

Exactly like a Late Model Mustang
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the late model dash looks suspiciously like a midyear vette ('63-'67)
Hi SG,

Actually, that is exactly what I thought when I first saw the late model dash. Reminds me of the mid 60's vette. That is one of the reasons I think it will look so "right" in the early stang.

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Hi All,

I think I have the wiper issue resolved. I ordered a custom kit based on all the input I received over the past week and I think it will work out fine. :-)

I have started to fit up the front suspension pieces. I need to get the engine installed and the major systems installed so that we can finish the sheet metal work on the upper fenders. We wouldn't want to paint everything and then find out that we need to modify something at that point.

Anyway... Here are some shots of the Maximum Motorsports front end. Very nice items. I have not run into a single problem with any of their items as of yet.

Now I have to figure out how to relocate the motor mounts back 7" and I will be home free.

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Opps...

The best laid plans $)(@)*[email protected]_)#

I was just modifying the K-member for relocating the motor mounts. I was doing a pretty good job. I got everything aligned etc... I was checking the clearance for the alternator and somthing hit me that I did not give consideration to.

THE LINKAGE FOR THE RACK COMES RIGHT UP THROUGH THE OIL COOLER!!!!

AAAUUUGGGHHH!!!!!!

Now I have to see if I can come up with some reasonable way to remove the oil cooler, install a remote oil filter and aftermarket oil cooler.

HELP!!!!

Please someone must have a solution for this problem.

Sigh... :-(

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Hi all,

Here are some photos showing the relocation of the motor mounts. There will be a lot of trimming and a lot of pieces added to tie the structure together. When finished it should look like one cohesive structure.

Anyway... You can see where the connection for the rack will be in relation to the new motor mounts. This is where the interference with the Cobra oil cooler needs to be resolved.

I think I can work things out with the standard 4.6 oil filter mounting casting, but I am still looking for better alternatives.

Catch you all later.

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Have you thought about running a dry sump setup like a race car ($)? I get pissed changing parts on my car much less building a car from the ground up. Progress looks real nice!
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Awesome project. I wish I had the skills to make something unique like that. Perhaps one day...

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the late model dash looks suspiciously like a midyear vette ('63-'67)
Wow, I never noticed that before, but it really does.

The dash in my Father's 66...

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Hi all,

I have been concentrating on finishing up the front clip. Welding and grinding and welding and grinding and more welding and more grinding...

Sigh...

I have bolted in the Maximum Motorsport K-member and It is going to work out just great. I am very impressed with the quality of fabrication. Very nice design and construction. If you are thinking of installing one on your car, I would not hesitate to recommend them. Also, Jason seemed very knowlegable.

I also have been trying to figure out how to install the windshield wipers. This is going to be the toughest part of the whole project. Nothing I have tried so far works. The arm bushings are just to long. To make then fit, I will have to move the mechanisim inside the car and there is just no room under the dash. :-(

Maybe I will eliminate the WW's and say that it is a styling kind of thing.... I would have installed the wipers, but I left them off because they spoiled the clean lines of the car.

I will have to think on this one for a while.

I also have cut out the 65 dash and placed the 03 in place. I will have to do some trimming here and there and also fabricate some plates for the main attachment points, but I really think it is going to look fantastic.

Well... Enough for now.

Catch you later

SN65
I seem to remember seeing a little blurb/update about your project in Hot Rod (I believe). Was that your car? If so, nice to see you getting a little press.
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Have you thought about running a dry sump setup like a race car ($)? I get pissed changing parts on my car much less building a car from the ground up. Progress looks real nice!
Hi L95,

Actually a dry sump setup would be great, but te real problem is that the oil filter connection and the lower radiator hose fitting are incorporated into the same casting. I can do a lot of different things with the oil filter setup, but there is little I can do in regard to the lower coolant connection.

Push comes to shove I will use the NA setup (which does not incorporate a integral oil cooler) and relocate the alternator for clearance. If I cannot relocate the alternator, I can always have the casting cut and welded to clear the alternator.

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I seem to remember seeing a little blurb/update about your project in Hot Rod (I believe). Was that your car? If so, nice to see you getting a little press.
Hi GNXS,

Yes it was a little blurb on our project. If they like the results, they will do a full blown feature article.

Maybe I will make the top 10 cars of the year. As long as I am dreaming, can you say Hot Rod car of the year? I thought you could.

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Hi All,

Here is the modified K-Member. I still have a bit more work to do (a few more gussets to fab and install), but it gives you the general idea.

If you compare it to the last photos I posted you will notice that we have trimmed and fit the factory member to the tubular member we picked up from Maximum Motorsports, and we have removed the tubular members motor mounts.

You can now see where the power steering linkage comes up in the general area of the oil cooler and alternator.

I will be removing the alt & oil cooler, bolting up the K-member, installing the normally aspired oil filter casting and working up a bracket for the relocation of the alternator.

Wish me luck

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Man, this is one hell of an undertaking
yeah, I am seeing that too
, a car you can definately be proud of, and never want to sell for sure.

I have helped my brothers put new rear or front halves on a car, and I have helped alot of techs at the shop with the same, but that is a direct match,
being in the industry, I can appreciate the hard work going into this, and can't imagine doing it on my own

I will continue to watch the progress, Congratulations! Looking Good!
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Hi All,

Man!!! Taking off the oil cooler casting was a real pain in the A$$.

I have been at it most of the day. I had to modify a 13mm OE wrench to get the last trapped bolt off.

Anyway, I have the K-member in possition under the motor. I am going to modify a NA oil filter casting rotating the coolant connection 90 degrees. I am also going to have to clearance the K-member for the alternator. What do you think??? About 3/8" should do it???

Anyway. I should have the K-member mods finished tomarrow. I will have to order the new oil filter casting, cut it and tig weld it back in the proper configuration.

What a project!!! Who's smart A$$ idea was this??? Will it never end???

AAAUUUGGGHHH!!!!!!

Whew. I feel much better.

Catch you all tomarrow.

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Hi All,

Here is a shot of the modified K-member. I have modified the member to give me some clearance for the alternator.

When I had the member in position (on the engine) I traced the outline of the alt onto the rectangular tube plus about 3/8" for clearance. I then used the plazma cutter to cope out the rectangular tube. I ground off the side tabs of the piece I removed, shaped it to the curve I wanted and welded it in place. I then made some cresent shaped pieces out of flat stock and welded them to the sides of the tube. I then shaped a flat piece to match the curve of the cresent and welded it in position. This gives the part the illusion of being bent out of one piece of tube.

It should look great after blasting and painting.

Now I have to get this whole thing (trans and all) bolted into the car so that I can put the full weight on the suspension and give the entire chassis a good inspection.

Catch you later

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I hope you took good notes! Some rich guy with too much money is going to want you to build him one, too! (i mean probably, i dont mean me )
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I hope you took good notes! Some rich guy with too much money is going to want you to build him one, too! (i mean probably, i dont mean me )
Hi SG,

It is funny that you bring this up. Some people have asked me if I plan on selling kits to people who want to make their own conversion.

I am taking extensive notes, but mostly for a historical record. Heaven forbid that I (or some future owner) need to fix something or make a modification. When that happens they will be thankful for as much documentation as possible.

Are you sure that you wouldn't want to buy one. You could be the first on your block.

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PS: I can't believe that they made this thread a sticky. I feel as if a great big sticky weight has just been droped on my shoulders.

I need a drink.
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it seems a bit "involved" for a kit.....and i've rebodied cars before...

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Hi SG,

It is funny that you bring this up. Some people have asked me if I plan on selling kits to people who want to make their own conversion.

I am taking extensive notes, but mostly for a historical record. Heaven forbid that I (or some future owner) need to fix something or make a modification. When that happens they will be thankful for as much documentation as possible.

Are you sure that you wouldn't want to buy one. You could be the first on your block.

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PS: I can't believe that they made this thread a sticky. I feel as if a great big sticky weight has just been droped on my shoulders.

I need a drink.
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Hi All,

Today we are getting ready to finish welding the rear sheetmetal. I have mocked up the front sheetmetal so that the bodyman can determine if he has to make any adjustments to the rear quarters in order to get the best possible body lines from the front to the rear of the car.

If he does not have the entire car to judge his fitup, we could run into fitup / alignment issues when we finish the front.

We are always trying to look at how everything effects everything else all the time. We do not want any surprises at this point.

Also, I have roughed out the front valance openings. I think that it is going to look pretty cool when the valance is all detailed out.

While Wayne is working on the rear of the car, I am going to start working on the windshield wiper setup and installation.

More on monday. Catch you later.

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Um, ya... i dont know what to say.. except repeat the words of hank.....sick! sick! sick!
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Hi All,

This weekend Wayne got the rear quarters, wheel housings, etc... all welded up.

attached are some photos. You can also see just how much the rear tire sticks out from the side of the car.

I reviewed the WW setup. I should be able to get this to work BUT...

If I use the motor supplied in the kit, I will have to locate it under the dash (it is not suitable for installation inside the engine bay). If I can modify the ford motor to fit, I can locate it anywhere I choose and I will also maintain all the factory electrical hookups and functions. I will be looking at this today and see what I can come up with.

So, I will be working on the dash modifications required to get the dash to fit and also the WW modifications.

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