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Old 03-28-2005, 01:47 PM   #176
 
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Hi All,

Just got back fron the media blaster. I could go on and on, but as they say, a picture's worth a thousand words....

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Old 03-28-2005, 05:01 PM   #177
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Looking Good - she is turning out to be a real pretty girl.

I should be at the GTG, see ya then.
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Looking Good - she is turning out to be a real pretty girl.

I should be at the GTG, see ya then.
Hi 10,

Even if I say so myself, she is looking pretty good.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Sat. It should be a fun time.

Today we mount it on the rotisserie and get it ready for primer and seam sealer.

I can hardly wait. The closer we get to the finish the more I have to remind people not to rush things. We have come too far to take any short cuts just to get it on the road a little faster.

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Old 03-29-2005, 10:40 AM   #180
 
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Hi All,

The graphic design contest ends tomorrow, so if you have any ideas, get them to me ASAP.

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Hi All,

Sorry I couldn't post these images yesterday, but the computer tech here at work had the network down for upgrading the server.

Anyway...

Yesterday, we mounted the car on the rotisserie and got our first real good look at the chassis. I have a bit of clean-up work on some of the upside down welds we laid, but all in all, everything looks pretty good. The painter’s staid late last night and "E" coated the entire chassis / body assembly. I will post photos later today showing the days progress.

Also, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE DESIGN CONTEST. I know I said that it was ending yesterday, but I forgot that March had 31 days. So, get your ideas in to me by midnight.

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Old 04-01-2005, 03:51 PM   #182
 
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Hi All,

I look forward to meeting those of you who are coming to tomorrows get together. I just detailed my 65 fastback and others have said they are bringing their Stangs. I will be in the shop at about 7AM and opening the doors at 8AM. Feel free to show up as your schedule allows.

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Old 04-02-2005, 08:14 AM   #183
 
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Hi All,

I am currently reviewing all the entries in the design contest. I have to say that there are some really good ideas. I wish I could use them all. In fact, they are all so good that I am considering building a car for each of them. :-)

I am working up a few sketches of some of the "verbal" entries. It will take me about a week to review all the entries and come to a decision.

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Old 04-04-2005, 08:59 AM   #184
 
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Hi All,

I would like to thank all those who made it to our little get together this weekend. I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you. It is nice to put a face to those I have been corresponding with over the past 6 months or so. I really enjoyed discussing the project with you.

On another note, I was also impressed with the really fine Stangs you drive. I would be proud to own any one of them.

I look forward to the "big" unveiling when the car is finally done. We will have a great time taking the car out for quick spins around the block. I will be interested in everyone’s impression during the "test" drives.

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Hi All,

This weekend we worked on detailing the chassis. Lots of sanding, grinding, skim coat, sand, repeat...

Here are some photos of the WIP. We should be done with this (and have it all in primer again) by the middle of the week.

It is funny. We were looking at the car this morning and Earl said "You know… if I had not seen first hand all the work that went into this car, I never would have believed that it took 6 months to get it to this point. It looks as if all we did was sandblast the car and spray on a coat of primer." I said, “That is exactly why it took us 6 months to do it.” That is exactly the response we are trying to generate. We want people to look at this car and not see all the work that went into it. And, except for the two braces that come from the firewall to the top of the shock towers, I think we have hidden all the modifications quite well.

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Hi All.

Today has been a tough one. I started sanding the engine bay this morning. Wayne said that I had to do the entire bay inside and out. About 1/2 hour ago, I finished, at least I thought I was finished. Now I have to go over everything I just sanded with a scotch bright pad.

My hands were cramping up about an hour ago. Now I have about another 2 hours of scotch bright buffing in front of me.

Will it ever end??? :-)

Oh... And this is just the engine bay. Tomorrow I get to start on the underside of the chassis. I can hardly wait.

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Old 04-06-2005, 03:32 PM   #187
 
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Hi All,

Today, I sanded and scoured the bottom of the chassis. I also welded in the final wheel well trim pieces. As well as a few other details.

Woo Hoo :-)

Next we prime all the Bondo. Sand some more. Prime it again, etc... until we are ready to apply the final coat of primer. Just before applying the final primer coat, we will caulk all the seams, fill all the cavities with expandable foam and undercoat the wheel wells. After the final coat of primer we can then apply color to the chassis and engine bay.

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Old 04-08-2005, 07:23 AM   #188
 
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Hi All,

Yesterday we started sealing all the interior seams with the urethane seam sealer/adhesive. It is a lord product called "Fusor #800". It is fast curing and permanently flexible. I sealed all the lap joint seams and also some of the interior stitch welds. The material is applied with a standard caulk gun. We then go over the caulk with an acid brush to smooth it out and work it into the tight nooks and crannies.

You will probably notice that I did not do the neatest job. I was more concerned with coverage than I was with appearance. We will do a much neater job when we caulk the exposed areas of the chassis and engine bay.

We also primed the engine bay and the areas of the chassis we detailed. Looks quite a bit different from the early "fit up" stage of the shock towers, doesn’t it?

Well... It's time to get back to work.

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Hi All,

Here is a little note to let you all know that I am going away for a little vacation. My wife Teri and I are going on a Mexican Riviera cruise for our 25th anniversary. We leave tomorrow and return the 16th, so... you will not be hearing from me for a while.

Wayne may look in every so often and make a comment or two, but he is going to be real busy the next week getting the chassis painted.

Talk to you all when we return on the 16th.

So for now, hola seniors and senioritis.

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Have a great Time!!! You deserve a vacation after all that hard work...
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Hi All,

I am back from vacation. I had a great time, but now it is time to get back to work. I will be posting some updated photos ASAP (we have the chassis and engine bay painted). Also, we will be posting the results of the design competition by the end of the week.

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Hi All,

Here are some quick picks for ya.

I am having a real hectic day, so this will have to do until tomorrow.

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She's going to be yellow ? Oh that is is going to look SWEET!
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Is that the stock yellow color found on the 03's or is it something different?

Looks very, very nice!
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Is that the stock yellow color found on the 03's or is it something different?

Looks very, very nice!
Looks like Screamin Yellow off of the 2004's (not sure) but very nice !!!
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Hi All,

I would like to thank all who sent in an entry to the design contest. There were many fine ideas, all of which would look great on this car. I now have enough ideas to last me through the next 15 to 20 project cars. :-)

Every single entry made the decision VERY difficult. As a small token of my appreciation, I am going to send off a memento of the project to all who entered. You should be receiving an e-mail requesting your mailing address in the next week or so. Please e-mail me if you do not receive notice by the 22nd of April.

With that said, the design we chose was turned in by a J Trudeau (a high school junior). The drawing is kind of rough, but you get the idea. Also, the wheels shown are 19" not 17" and look a bit to large for my taste. I think the over sized rim fad is going to fad out over the next year or two. Time will tell if I am right or wrong on this one.

He said he has been following the project ever since X-Mass break. He said he worked up the design NOT as he envisioned the car (He thought his tastes would be a bit to “wild” for my liking). Instead he worked up the design as if I were his client and used all the forum comments as a guide.

As you already know, the car will be 05 Ford Screaming Yellow and the graphics will be gloss black. The hood will be blacked out between the body lines that "line up" with the edge of the grill opening. The "black" will stop at the back of the hood and not continue onto the cowl panel. The grill and the brushed trim pieces will also be blacked out.

Also, the winner wished that "Man o' War" the greatest Thoroughbred of the 20th Century --and the millennium be painted (in phantom) on the flat area at the top of the drivers door. He also wants a plaque describing Man o’ Wars accomplishments mounted in the trunk.

Man o' War's time records included:

New World Record, Dwyer Stakes, 1 1/8 miles
New World Record, Belmont Stakes, 1 3/8 miles
New World Record, Lawrence Realization, 1 5/8 miles
New American Record, Jockey Club Stakes, 1 1/2 miles
New American Record, Withers Stakes, 1 mile
New Track Record, Kenilworth Park Gold Cup, 1 1/4 miles
New Track Record, Potomac Handicap, 1 1/16 miles
Equaled Track Record, Travers Stakes, 1 1/4 miles

On nearly a dozen occasions, the interior fractions of his races were completed in times that would have broken American and/or world records.

His records stood the test of time. His 1-1/2 mile American record stood for 17 years.

He didn't just take a tick off time records, he obliterated them. Up against Triple Crown winner Sir Barton, Man o' War took more than SIX full seconds off the track record for 1 1/4 miles at Kenilworth Park.

He won easily over tracks labeled fast, good and sloppy.

He won at distances from five furlongs to 1-5/8 miles.

He won on straight courses and on both clockwise and counter-clockwise courses.

He carried and won with 130 pounds five times as a TWO-year old.

At three, he won with 131 pounds in the Miller Stakes, 135 pounds in the Stuyvesant and 138 pounds in the Potomac.

He gave extreme weight concessions to the competition. In one race, the second high weight carried 32 pounds less.

At three, he consistently gave major weight concessions to, and beat, older horses.

He retired as the greatest money-winning Thoroughbred ever.

Writing in the 1947 volume of "American Race Horses," another legendary racing writer and historian, Joe Palmer, said of Big Red:

"He did not beat, he merely annihilated. He did not run to world records, he galloped to them. He was so far superior to his contemporaries that, except for one race against John P. Grier, they could not extend him. In 1920 he dominated racing as perhaps no athlete -- not Tilden or Jones or Dempsey or Louis or Nurmi or Thorpe or any human athlete -- had dominated his sport."

I love all his ideas. What do you think?

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Nice design, and has a classic look as well, can not wait to see her done
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Hi All,

And so it begins.... :-)

Working our way through this rat's nest is going to take some time, but nothing we can't handle. I should have the harness installed by the end of the day.

Also, we are picking up some of the parts from the powder coater today. I am looking forward to assembling the front and rear end of the beast.

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Hi All,

Geezzzz....

I am going to have to rethink the graphic, etc... I have been getting a VERY strong response via e-mail saying that ANY graphic would be a mistake. In the past, I have received e-mail with comments on the project before, but these e-mails are bordering on the "scary" side. For example...

"Any graphics on this car would be a big, big mistake. I would tattoo my 1 year old daughter with gang symbols and sell her into a life of prostitution before I would defame, what has up to now, been one of the most incredible Mustang projects I have ever seen. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.

OBTW, just in case I did not mention it before. DONT DO IT."

I know that the sender was just kidding about his daughter and all, but maybe, to be on the safe side, I should consider changing my name and moving to another state. :-)

The gist of all the e-mail is...
Just paint the car and let it stand on its own merit. The CAR is the statement and any graphic at all will detract, not add to, the overall appearance of the car.

Confounded in Chicago...

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Hi All,

I would have posted these photos earlier, but yesterday, my computer took a dump. :-(

We received the powder coated suspension components and had to send them back. There was some confusion over the color we wanted and the coater color-matched the wrong components. We should have those items back by Monday. :-(

In the mean time, I have been plugging along, assembling the items in the engine bay while Wayne has been working on mounting the rear wheel flares.









We are going to have to modify the wiring harness, in a couple of places, in order to reach some of the components. Relocating the shock towers 7" forward has altered the way the harness fits, but fortunate for us, we only have to change things like the length of the lead going to the WW pump, etc...

As far as the mechanical systems, we are going to have to come up with a way to support the intercooler radiator and re-route the front break lines. Other than that, everything has been bolting right up.

Please speak up if you see something that does not look quite right. There is so much going on right now that I am afraid I might make a mistake in assembly. It is easier to correct these things now than to wait until it is done and have to fix them then. Thanks for your help.

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