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  1. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Half of all your stuff !!
  2. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    haha, yeah the "fu, don't tell me what I can't do" is always good motivation. Plus I hope you know I'm not trying to criticize or second guess you. The car is seriously very impressive in function, style and high quality fab work.
  3. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    That's kinda my point. After racing purpose built cars, I'm surprised that you would go through the frustration of building a street race car where everything is a headache.I couldn't do it. I get frustrated just working on my street version. There's no way I'd try to race it in SCCA or NASA...
  4. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    I agree. I couldn't do it. Converting a late model street car into a real race car consists of hundreds of details and tons of fab work and a wiring nightmare and on and on and on.Awesome job Fabman. I'm very impressed. And that goes for every other real race car here, azboss, capt, the madman...
  5. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Damn, I was thinking this would be a great project for next winter. Then I went to the cortex site. I bet its killer and I hate struts but I just have a toy car. Its no race car.
  6. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Or a 9" with 2 or 3 pumpkins
  7. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Very nice!! ..... really too nice for scca. Also moving under its own power is always a major milestone. I always felt that it was ironic how much time we spend pushing race cars around. Every other pos gets started and driven even if its only 5 feet. But not the race car, it gets pushed...
  8. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Its hard to bed pads with SCCA. I've gone without. I've wasted most of a Saturday practice to do it by going out last and doing my partial stops on the warm up lap. Then run a cool down lap and come in before the leaders catch me. Then wait a bit in the pits and go out for the last 5 mins. I've...
  9. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Congrats on fast time, that never gets old.Being back the track with my kid sure gives me the urge. I've even talked to a couple guys selling their late models.But I'm just not up for amount of effort required to be up front. And running mid pack with little chance of winning would drive me...
  10. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Details, how'd it feel, track size, did you push it, did it make you miss it, anybody else out there to play with???? I'm jealous.
  11. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Pro Trans Am TA2 is the same/similar rules as SCCA Regional and National GT2. These cars are becoming some of the most popular in road racing. Howe is making TA2 / GT2 cars very similar to late model chassis. They are all jig built. If you wreck it, they can clip it. It uses a ton of late model...
  12. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    I wish you the best of luck. You have much more persistence than I do. I'm sure that you understand that when you try to race street cars seriously, these problems never end. The constant struggle, cash flow, fab work, re-design work, etc, it takes all the fun out of racing.Your proposed 20k...
  13. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Sucks about the coyote.But if you want to race, how about a real race motor? 374 ci of alum block ford https://www.racingjunk.com/SBF-complete/182520103/374-ci-All-Aluminum-Ford-Engine-.html?category_id=5695&np_offset=11I have no idea how it would fit. But I'd rather make headers and motor...
  14. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Yeah, I understand that. There is something about road racing that sucks you in....just run your street car it will be fun, then, I need better brakes, I need stiffer springs, I need coilovers, I need bigger wheels, gee more power sure would be nice, maybe I'll add a 4pt, then maybe a race seat...
  15. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    The car looks great. Its too nice for SCCA :). Sorry about the motor, that sucks. What rods were those?How were you doing in the races prior to this?Good luck with the Coyote. The electronics alone would put me off of that swap. Are you sure you don't want a good used nascar engine with a...
  16. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Cool, good luck, have fun, make some corvette owners cry
  17. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Its just a check in the box thing. I've never seen someone turned away from an scca license, hence my comment about squirrels/squids. A couple semi fast laps with semi decent lines and they'll sign off. Then you can use the rest of the time for a test session. Plus a compliment to the instructor...
  18. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Ha, you get to go to drivers school, think you will pass ?:)A word of warning about scca regionals, they can be full of squirrels. Most of the fast guys run nationals. I'd give them a little extra space on the track.
  19. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Besides the tire tracks, I like the other 2 cars disappearing into the background.
  20. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    I doubt it, but agree that its hard to predict whats going to be there. The last scca regional at laguna was this past weekend. ITE best times ranged from 1:40 to 1:45But you'll usually get grouped in with GT1 which ran as fast as 1:27. So you will get screwed out of a lap or 2 of race...
  21. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Good luck.Here's what my car looks like right now. I had planned on it being done in June. Oh well. I was a slave to a race car for many years. Now I'm not stressed about it. When its done, its done, and it'll be done right because I didn't rush it.Plus, instead of working on my car, I...
  22. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    I hear ya. As far as the 5th gear gate and reverse, the solenoid and plunger are supposed to stop it from getting into reverse. Its easy enough to take out and check it. Maybe you'll see something. When you pull it out you can see a relatively big lever that gets rotated into the hole when going...
  23. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    You can't turn a street trans into a race trans with a $2000 shifter. A sequential shifter is just a really expensive crutch.Pull the magnum, sell it and recoup most of your money. Throw in your sequential shifter money and buy a Jerico 4 speed. Figure out the optimum gearing you need for...
  24. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Its a lot of work for sure. I've looked at it a couple times. You can get about 2" max setback before significant firewall and tunnel cutting is involved. 2" is not enough weight movement to make it worth the effort. These cars really need at least a 6" setback.Too bad I'm not closer. I'd like...
  25. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    Looks good. I'm impressed.Did you consider moving the motor back in addition to the seats? I know it would be a pain, but thats really the only way to get less nose wt.
  26. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    I hope I didn't come off offensively. If we were in person, it wouldn't have. And I did see the chassis pics. I was more interested in the offset and didn't even look at the engine. I completely missed it was a 4cyl. We don't have anything like that in the midwest.Your Mustang is impressive...
  27. racer47

    S197 3V Fabman's build; How did we get here?

    How were you running that low and light? Was it some kind of outlaw class? IIRC my super late was 40" min roof height and 2600 lbs min before the race and with driver.Go see a non wing spring car race and check out the cars. They are really bare bones. They make a late model look complicated...
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