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    This phucker make any laps since the maiden voyage??

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    Nope, been really crazy at work (which is a good thing I 'spose). I'm actually out in the garage today, going to change the rear gear from a 3.64 up to a 4.10 and try it again. The tall gear was an experiment, and it didn't like it at all. I've also been playing around with the 4 corner scales trying to get things a little more balanced. It looks better now, at least on paper!

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    Cool, yea I have been away traveling with work too. Get r done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP. View Post
    Thank you very much! I hope there is no third time...
    Well dammit, lol...
    I haven't done much with the coupe in 2 or 3 years since switching jobs. I decided to do a few updates to remove weight and freshen it up again. It went to JR Racecraft over the winter for a tube front half and a little trimming. It got some new fiberglass doors and trunklid, optic armor windows, Willwood dual masters/pedal, front mount fuel cell, all new paint, and a few other things. More pics to come.

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    So back in October, I got the itch to work on this car again. I liked the smoothed engine bay, but was looking for budget weight reduction and Jeff at the chassis shop talked me into finally cutting on the car a bit. Yeah, my old Samurai looks like a power wheels toy next to the Mustang...

    [IMG]20171011_120853 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    We had originally planned to leave stock strut towers in it, but it seems everyone cuts them out nowadays anyway.

    [IMG]20171216_132152 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Jeff likes to try a little something different on all of his builds, and he came up with these tubular towers and just a spherical bearing housing instead of a whole caster camber plate. The geometry was setup with 8 degrees caster. The stock frame horns were left to bolt in the k-member, but are reinforced.

    [IMG]20180121_132214 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    [IMG]20180121_133612 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Most all inner body structure was cut out. No rear seat bulkhead needed anymore either. Racecraft dzus rails were welded on for the new fiberglass trunk lid. The carbon fiber wing is from Hyperformance.

    [IMG]20180312_133559 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG]20180330_152148 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    I went with the pro doors from Motorcity Solutions and the weld on hinge kit from Jerry Bickel.

    [IMG]20180121_133312 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    Jeff mounted the Willwood aluminum brake pedal and dual master cylinders behind the fiberglass dash, and closed up the original hole in the firewall.

    [IMG]20180311_130540 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    After the car was finished at Jeff's, it got a new chassis cert tag in April, then off to paint. Everything turned out nice, and I went with the same color of Bud Light blue again ( Ford flame blue metallic) though it turned out a shade darker than before.

    [IMG]123_1_2 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG]123_1 by Joe Pinsoneault, on Flickr[/IMG]
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