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Thread: "The" Racecar Build

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    "The" Racecar Build

    Now this race car build is not to be confused with some other race car builds...this is "THE" race car build. Many have attempted, many have completed, but I don't think anyone has taken so long to complete...wait...I cant say complete yet can I...or others...Blue Bitch!

    In the beginning this car started off fairly stock. I purchased this car from Robert Canepa (Bruce Canepa’s brother) back in 2000. Robert and Bruce raced this car in SCCA Club racing. According to Robert it was his first race car. The car was painted to match his Ferrari Challenge car. I did some minor mods to the car.big valve head, FMIC, shocks and springs

    2.3 Turbo (Stock bottom end) Big Valve Head
    T3 Turbo NPR FMIC
    8.8 rear end, 4:11 gears Stock T5 tranny
    245/45/16 Wheels/Tires Custom valved Koni Shocks
    6 point Auto Power roll cage Ford "C" springs
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    I actually got T-Boned in this car.
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    After numerous DNF's due to electrical issues I decided it was time to clean the 20 year old wiring up.

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    Also had to do some engine bay cleanup

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    Of course as you can probably guess...it didn't stop here...
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    To make sure I keep your interest...here are some pics of the car done (mostly)...then I'll continue with the build saga...

    Engine bay with custom intake (being replaced this week because it didn't work...more to come on that)

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    Nice photo of the car at a Queen Mary Mustang show...took first place in SVO class...honestly there were much nicer SVO's there...I think this car took it just because of the "wow" factor...besides...who doesn't like a race car.
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    Interior
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    Hood Shot
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    Rear wing
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    Rear mount fuel filler
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    So I then decided it was time to put some real suspension in the car. Out goes the stock K-member
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    Filled in some of the gazillion holes
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    While waiting for the Maximum Motorsport Full Grip Kit I decided to do some painting (although premature)

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    So Shiny
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    Parts received for the Full Tilt Boogie!

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    Big Brake Kit

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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    How much rwhp are you making?

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    And I thought I was "mad at my money" !!

    Mark

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    Looking good!
    1979 Pace Car ~ 1982 GT T-Top
    1986 1C SVO ~ 1986 GT vert

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    Wow... yea the Wow factor! Very cool.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Out with the old and in with the new, MM K-Member
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    MM Caster Camber plates
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    New steering rack
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    Koni coil overs
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    New spindles
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    Here are some pics of the X-bracing for the doors.
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    A tangled web of roll bar
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    Prepping for a fuel cell
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    Additional front stiffening

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    The cage goes from the back of the car through the firewall to the front shock towers and sway bar
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    Remember I said the roll cage went from the back to the front. This is a "reverse" Pat's strut tower brace

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    Additional strut tower reenforcing

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    All the way to the sway bar
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    Might as well lighten up the front end since I added all that steel
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    Someone told me the MegaSquirt is easy...I beg to differ. "Installing" the MegaSquirt was pretty easy. Making it work was a bit more challenging.
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    Brakes and clutch are all done with new Willwood setup.

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    This was the first attempt at the dash. Although it looks really cool, it was way too far back. I ended up replacing it later. I may go back to this design in the future.
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    Time to do some work on the rear end stetup

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    The Maximum Motorsport shock connectors wouldn't fit.
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    Had to improvise

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    Some pics of the underside

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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    Some pics of the engine bay before paint
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    Here is the dash I originally had in mind...I think I should have kept it this way

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    Some of the painted cage

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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    This is an awesome build good job

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    Vince,
    With the work that all of us had in that car, we were all proud to see it place first at the Queen Mary show.
    There's nothing more to see here, now move along...

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    With the work that all of us had in that car, we were all proud to see it place first at the Queen Mary show.
    Anohter trophy for Team Red!! Nice work!!
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    OK...now I'm going out of order because I just starting putting back in a stock (ported) upper intake. The custom one we built didn't have the right volume needed. I was only able to get about 210 RWHP out of the motor. Should have been able to make a lot more. I used to have a NPR FMIC on the car and I still have the plumbing for that. However with the new FMIC I needed some new plumbing.

    Here are some pics of the new plumbing, still need to trim to fit but I had to prove that I'm actively working on getting the car to the track!
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    Now that I have the suspension in place I put the wheels on and don't have the clearance needed both front and rear.

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    I did a lot of research on the fenders I wanted and kept coming back to the Ford Motorsport flares. However at the time they were not available so I decided to build my own. After this project was complete, the company that originally made them started producing them again. I wish they would have had them available before I went through all this reverse engineering. But it was still fun to make them.

    I mocked up what I wanted the fenders to look like.
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    Then I cut the fenders
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    Now it's time to build them.

    First I built the cardboard shape, taped it to the fender then welded on the skeleton

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    Welded on some steel

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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    Here are some more pics of getting the basic shape down with the sheet metal

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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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    I had to do the same process with the rear fenders.
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    I have the second...make that the first best 2.3t race car. Bob has...had the best one...Bob...when is the last time yours was on the track...lets race for Pinks! I'll be at Buttonwillow in September!

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