The Blue Marlin
Specs & Mods
- Ownership Status
- Currently Own
- S197 Model
- GT 5.0L
- Mods - Handling
Pedders adjustable Coilovers & Camber plates
Whiteline Watts link
BMR A-arm support brace
*BMR LCA relo brackets* (on the shelf still)
Stoptech ST-40 4 piston front brakes with 14" 2 piece rotors
Vorshlag 3" brake ducting kit* (on the shelf still)
Apex 19x11 EC-7 & 305/30 NT01s
- Mods - Power
CIA & Muffler delete are the only engine power mods. Planning to keep stock hp & stock MT-82 for as long as I can keep it together.
To that end, I have made the following mods:
Autometer Elite Gauges for Oil Temp & Pressure, Trans Temp, H20 Temp
Autometer Pro-Comp Ultra-Lite for Diff Temp & H20 PSI
Kenny Brown/Fluidyne 3x pass radiator
Ford Performance GT500 Fan shroud
Ford Performance GT500 water pump
HPS Silicone hose kit
Radium Engineering Coolant expansion tank
Mishimoto 25-row oil cooler kit with thermostat and an inline prefilter
JLT pass side Oil Separator
- Mods - Exterior
TrackSpec bolt-on Hood Louvers
Mesh upper & lower grill replacements from CustomCarGrills
Diode Dynamics RGBW kit for DRLs and Demon Eyes, don't ask me why.
Various American Muscle catalog nonsense like decorative front & side splitters, blue led map lights (smh), etc.
- Mods - Interior
- Bone stock except for various shift knobs to choose from, some speaker upgrades, and very full set of gauges.
- Background & Plans
Trying to build a dependable HPDE track day rat that I can flog for full sessions in the Texas heat.
If it ever gets sorted properly I hope to mod it to go play around at the back of the TT pack.
I picked up this car from my friend and Motorcycle mechanic, who occasionally flips cars. He found this gem with only 45k miles, a banged up front left corner, banged up RR corner, and a Carfax report that reads like a domestic violence affidavit. He's not much of a racer, and he built the foundation straight from the American Muscle catalogue. His original intent was to keep it for himself as a fun street toy but decided he didn't really enjoy the finished product.
I picked it up with the following parts already on it or in the box of extra stuff:
Pedders adjustable Coil-Overs and Camber plates
Saleen 4-Piston brakes on 14" 2-piece rotors (Stoptech ST-40 kit)
Whiteline Watts Link
20" Niche rims w/Frt 275s and 305s @ Rear
CAI & Muffler delete.
Getting the Shop organized, set up, and stocking (continual restocking) of the beer fridge has taken more time than the car the last year, but I see that balance shifting. Currently, I'm happy with it, it drinks nice.
Plans? Make this engine last long enough to get 'All' the other stuff done.
Stage 1, to get the cooling sorted. Mostly completed now. Tidying up & sorting minor issues. Will need to work on air flow blocking up front and see if a large center cut hood vent is needed.
2nd make sure oiling is sufficient w/baffled pan and maybe upgraded pump.
3rd, get the trans and diff cooling sorted as needed.
4th, get a proper hauler that will double as the trackside RV & Lounge & Cantina for weekend overnights.