GT350 track car build


spartan

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Cortex monoball lower control arm bearings


GT4 reproduction CF front splitter.


Fire suppression



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mmlcobra

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I like the location for a road race car. Less likely to accidentally set it off. We will probably mount ours in the same spot. Last time I was on fire I was still about 180, so getting out really wasn't an option. Breathing is still a necessity though. I did my deep breathe while making sure the chutes were clean and I had a straight line. Its neat in drag racing how the faster you go, the more your mind can slow down time, if you have mentally prepared. Nothing compared to some on this forum, like the great Eddie Hill, but for a hobby guy, something you remember.
The medical term for the mind slowing down perceived dangerous situations is "tachypsychia".
The brain actually increases processing rates that in effect puts things in "slow motion".
Well known to happen in gunfights as well!
Pretty cool.
Best,
Mark
 

twobjshelbys

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Jul 26, 2010
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It does have a VIN but no air bags, no Cats, loud exhaust, cage, no door glass, polycarbonate windshield and rear. Even if I could drive it on the street I would not want to. Very dangerous.

Installed Ford Performance front anti roll bar, lowering springs, Maximum Motorsports camber plates.
I just went back and looked again, and wow, this is a very radical makeover. With the virtual "gutting" of the car, why start with the more expensive GT350 instead of a regular Mustang? Or even a body-in-white? What was special about the GT350 that couldn't be obtained with a less expensive starting point?

Just curious!
 

BtwoG

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Dec 8, 2013
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Atlanta, GA
It came out great. Hope it drives as well as it looks. You must be psyched to finally get it on the track.
 

Pat Milliken Ford

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Congrats Fred! That looks like it will be a blast on the race track. Dean is one of the best!
 

07XL0027

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You really transformed that car. Nice job. You should be proud of how it turned out.


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Special K

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Pure Awesomeness!!!


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B.M.F.

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I just went back and looked again, and wow, this is a very radical makeover. With the virtual "gutting" of the car, why start with the more expensive GT350 instead of a regular Mustang? Or even a body-in-white? What was special about the GT350 that couldn't be obtained with a less expensive starting point?

Just curious!
The engine, magnetic shocks, programming and such.
 

Copenhagen GT

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Congrats on a very nice result - Thank you for letting us follow the build closely ....

:cheers
Anders
 

spartan

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The body in white from what I know is a regular GT 5.0 body. I wanted a GT 350 front end. I bought a used car and got a pretty good deal. Plus the engine in this car has had extensive work. The economics was better with this car. KohR was asking way over $100,000 for a similar build.

Completed the install of the FRPP Aluminum cradle and diff bushings. Now I can put the IRS back on the car. I also installed GT 4 studs on all hubs. They are quite a bit longer than stock.



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spartan

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GT4 studs. They look like ARP studs just not anodized gold.


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spartan

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Wing installed.



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AJB

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Fred -- you are a "Wrenching Animal " !!
andy (ajb)
 

PILOTJPW1

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Looks great ! Awaiting the review.
 

spartan

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Cortex Coilovers and long tube headers.


Drivetrain is almost ready to go.


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NorthwoodGT

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Jun 12, 2009
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Sounds like the goal was to get this;

https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-6007-A52XS

Plus, I was looking for an excuse to subscribe to the thread.
that was Dean's exact goal with the engine. you can actually get this done a lot cheaper than purchasing the crate motor from Ford Racing and end up with a much more durable and more powerful engine than the flat plane 5.2. the cross plane 5.2 is the only way to go with something like this. should be a rocket ship on the track and with all the upgraded GT350R suspension and brakes should be outstanding! good buy Fred!
 

spartan

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Now starts the dirty job. Removing sound deadening and seam seal material.
 

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AJB

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be careful you don't remove any structural adhesives .. Will affect the bending and torsional rigidity of the Unibody structure.
andy (ajb)
 

PILOTJPW1

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Yes I would be careful about ditching all the sound pads too. Unless you want racing speeds. My 302S is hard to bear sometimes with all the road noise and rocks flying.
 

spartan

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Dean will be welding the seams he determines are structural. He is providing advice as I go along. I guess I will be wearing ear plugs even with a helmet. I'm glad the interior stripping is almost done.

Next: All glass has to be removed for cage installation.
 

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