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Wheeled it over to the Shell station and filled it up. The new gauge read 100% at full!!

 

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Man, it really sucks driving this thing in the rain with no AC!! Need to adjust the clutch and put the front bumper back on.

 

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Swapped out the incorrect steering wheel hub for the proper part! Big thanks to @vtchopperdude for doing his home work and sharing the knowledge with the rest of us.

 

Just look at that gap!! The bolt had, AT BEST, 2 threads in the column!

 

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The new hub has a larger diameter and fit so good I was able to remove the trim spacer.

 

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The new Grip Royal steering wheel feels SO good!! Now.. I just need an alcantara shift boot and e-brake boot. Hmm.

 

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Today I’ve decided to tackle another project that’s been on the back burner for a while. I’m finally installing the carbon fiber fenders. This is stressful.

 

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After some fine tuning these will look amazing.

 

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One side seems to be different than the other and I’m not sure what I’ll do about it yet. I’m not sure if I can heat and form carbon fiber but I’ll figure it out.

 

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Took the spacers out of the bottom mounting point and the fit is much better.

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Oh I can’t wait… Just need to trim the bumper a bit more to clear but this is a success.

 

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Not the best light to take pictures in but you get the idea.

 

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The stablemate just giggled at my car’s identity crisis.

 

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The Forgestars look good and…

 

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…the steam roller tires clear with out issue!

 

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It appears I’ll need to trim this down because it may rub under suspension compression, according to @iRoush

 

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This is the way.

 

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The Saleen bumper will stay but I still need to align that damn hood.

 

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My new bash bar came in! The vendor didn’t disappoint and the Saleen bumper clears without issue.

 

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This pile of parts is going to the body shop for paint!! After I cut the holes in the hood for my aerocatch latches, the car will follow. 

 

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This is the way.

 

Love your choices. I really like this combo. Car’s going to be beautiful while have a very distinctive look. Throughout the different iterations of your build, you’ve never followed the well-worn path of “been-there-done-that” modifications. Kudos. 

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30 minutes ago, streetpilot said:

This is the way.

 

Love your choices. I really like this combo. Car’s going to be beautiful while have a very distinctive look. Throughout the different iterations of your build, you’ve never followed the well-worn path of “been-there-done-that” modifications. Kudos. 


Man, thank you for that. I really appreciate the kind words. 

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More progress pics from the paint booth! The recent hurricane messed the timeline up but she goes in the shop this coming Monday (9-6-21)

 

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Installed the Aerocatch latches and proceeded to drive the piss out of it for an hour.

 

Settled on some measurements and got to work.

 

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Right after this picture was taken my dremel died. Rats… Ran out to buy another but Lowe’s and Home Depot both closed early. 
 

Damn you Hurricane Ida!

 

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Went to Lowe’s the next morning and picked up a much better Dremel than  previously had.

 

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Immediately got down to business.

 

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Turns out my measurements didn’t account for the contours of the underside of the hood. Oh well.

 

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Undeterred by the additional holes, I soldiered on with the install.

 

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The passenger side had an unexpected surprise. Someone had traditional hood pins in this hood in the past and left half a screw in my way. This had to be drilled out to proceed.

 

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After talking to a few people and a lengthy conversation with my wife, I’ve decided to leave these black.
 

My wife reasoned that in the rear I have a black T1, black tail light bezels and the lower portion of the bumper is black. The front has black headlights, black hood latches, the wheels are black and the export mirrors have a black mount. 
 

She felt they would fit right in and “break up all of the white” in the front of the car. I let her sleep inside last night.

 

Such a good girl.
 

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So now that the work was completed, it was time to play. I had to be considerate of the hundreds of lineman helping to restore power in the wake of the hurricane, so, I only slalomed road cones twice. 🥳

 

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She really does have a pretty face now and I can’t wait to see what she looks like with the Cobra bumper on.

 

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Videos to follow this post.

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Now that I have a GoPro Hero 7 I can start and stop recording at will. This leads to shorter clips but I keep forgetting to start/stop the camera so… Here is a 7 part series lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wired in the T56 harness, installed the DLG-1 wideband, removed what I didn’t want painted and sent the car to the body shop!!

 

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Started to reassemble it further.

 

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Remembered I needed to trim the Cobra bumper more.

 

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Found some overspray on my wheels.

 

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Thanks fellas. I’m glad I never fully parted it out and sold the shell. I don’t know if I would’ve ever gotten over the regret.

 

Not the best picture but I put the side skirts on.

 

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10 hours ago, streetpilot said:

It’s perfect. You, sir, have an amazing car.


Thank you!!  Man, the kudos/admiration she has gotten lately is almost unreal. I’m still trying to get used to it.

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Chasing driveline vibrations: 

 

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New Autocross magnets:

 

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New high score:

 

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New front sway bar:

 

(more on this later)

 

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Random sunset picture:

 

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Testing new GoPro cameras:

 

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Finally got my sexport mirrors back:

 

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New key chain lol 

 

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The Kenny Brown adjustable front sway bar should allow me to fine tune the way this car feels. There were some initial set backs.

 

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The supplied bushings didn’t fit my sway bar brackets. No matter. I ordered a new set from Prothane.

 

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Foiled again! These are just hilariously wrong. This was about the time I realized the supplies bushings were meant for the stock brackets AND the fact I had the damn MM relocation kit.
 

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The bushings were every so slightly too wide but a quick trip to a belt sander fixed that.

 

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Now we’re getting somewhere!

 

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These are stupid to install and the instructions suck.

 

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Overall happy with the install and ready to begin road testing.

 

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Comparing my two steering wheel options on the road is also something I’m looking forward too.  

 

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Random roll bar install pictures:

 

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It is admittedly pretty dirty and sun-faded from sitting outside but the POR15 finish is still decent. I’m going to just wrap it in padding and stickers anyway.

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