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Old 07-20-2008, 08:11 PM
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I just got this nearly completed. Yesterday did the initial start-up and
checkout. This morning it moved out of the shop on it's own power
and then I washed all the accumulated grime off of it. Few things still
to do, but it is very nearly race-able now.

So here's some pics:











Thank you goes out to Brian Doll, Jerry Post, and many others here for
advice on specifics of building a gen 4 gm car.
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Old 07-20-2008, 11:28 PM
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congrats Kevin..... looks pretty nice.....

when is her first run at the track?
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:01 AM
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I'd like to hear what it sounds like...
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:20 AM
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Hmm, I'll see if I can figure out how to grab an audio of it sometime.

I think that it'll be racing in August. There are both SCCA and ICSCC races in Portland in August. I am instructing at a high performance driving school on the 30th of July. I plan to take it with me and do some initial shakedown testing at lunch time. If everything is mostly OK I should find out what needs work before the race weekends.

I added another item to the list of "to-dos" before racing it. I have to put on tow hooks or straps that I had forgotten about. This afternoon I made the first weigh-in and corner weight setting. With 200 lbs of and 5 gallons of gas this thing comes in at a hefty 3400 lbs, and a 55.x% front weight. I bit heavier than I expected, but I put a heavy cage in (.120 x 1.75 DOM tubing).

I guess I'll need to get the AL heads just to lighten up the front and since I'm at that weight anyway, I'd end up adding some ballast in back to make up for lighter heads.
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Old 07-21-2008, 01:30 PM
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Kevin,

Nice looking build! Nice color too!

It does have that "Mustangs-need-some-help-because-GM-aero-is-going-to-kill-at-Road-America" look about it!!

See you at Miller hopefully!

Kyle
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Old 07-21-2008, 02:56 PM
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Color was the original color. Apparently pretty rare stock color. It'll
get final paint over the winter. It'll be a more golden/brighter yellow,
a little less pastel. Basically, it'll be the same color as my camaro
that rotates through the banner. Also for 2009 I'll be looking into
a fiberglass hood for it. I just cut the necessary bracing out of the
stock steel hood to make it clear everything it needed to clear.

I do hope to do Miller next year. Need to add a track of that
quality to my check-off list, which currently stands at Mid-O, Portland,
Seattle, Thunderhill, Spokane and Port Orford.
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Old 07-21-2008, 10:20 PM
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Make a video and put it on Youtube.



And why doesn't anybody do flames???
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by fairlane_68
And why doesn't anybody do flames???
They're a lot harder to touch up after someone puts a fender into you

Looking good, Kevin. Who built your 9" or what donor vehicle did you get it from? I'm looking for one, thanks.
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Old 07-22-2008, 01:16 AM
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They're a lot harder to touch up after someone puts a fender into you
Not if it's a decal, and a decal is cheaper than some think...including me at first.

Brian Heggs at Victory Sign Co. AKA Racingraphix.com can do some sweet things with Decals. Even makes the Hoosier logo in a purple metallic with a silver trim that the Hoosier guys love. He's doing this flame/Ford logo for my car in a metallic blue for about $200 or so, after he talked me into a decal instead of paint...because paint is hard to touch up after contact. And they can do decals straight from an image as long as you give good measurements and perspectives.

http://www.victorysignco.net/index.html


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Old 07-22-2008, 01:42 AM
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Schreiner Ent built the 9". It's a full floater. Mike Goodwin (an AS guy
from several years back) recommended them. Previous car used a
Moser 9" that they build to bolt right into a 3rd or 4th gen fbody.
I wanted to go with the full floater in this car. We'll see if that adds
to or detracts from the reliability. The rear end as built has -.1 degree
of camber on both sides. Seems like a nice piece. Track time will tell.

http://www.9inchfloater.com/
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