Fabman's build; How did we get here?

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  1. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter Gotta go Faster

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    Yeahhh... getting married and having kids does that too!!!
     
  2. Fabman

    Fabman Project: "Frankenstang"

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    Been there, done that. My kids on the pit crew!
     
  3. Mad Hatter

    Mad Hatter Gotta go Faster

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    Lol.... my girls are not keen on the pit crew idea.. Too bad! That would be a welcome bonus.
     
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  4. VoodooBoss

    VoodooBoss Rick Moderator

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    I remember that car, first time I saw it was at SATL. I was very impressed with your work under the hood.
     
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  5. Fabman

    Fabman Project: "Frankenstang"

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    Ah the show car days....that was with the 3L Techco Blower. Seems like decades ago.
    Wait, that WAS a decade ago....

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  6. Fabman

    Fabman Project: "Frankenstang"

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    Just had somebody offer to buy my trailer for top dollar....one more check mark in the "sell the racing program" column. Somebody offer me a reasonable price for the car w/spares and I just may wash my hands of it altogether. Its a pretty clean build.
     
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  7. Boone

    Boone TMO Advanced

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    I can hide a blower under my hood... I can't hide Frankenstang. I wish, but I'm staying street car so I can drive my creation more often. I will say, if I went track car, I would do exactly what you did. Just with much poorer workmanship... so it would look like shit. Maybe that's really why I stay street car?
     
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    Fabman, Would you switch to a street Stang or go down a different road altogether?....That new GT500 might tempt you................
     
  9. Fabman

    Fabman Project: "Frankenstang"

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    If I built another car it would be a late model stock car., for all the reasons we’ve discussed.


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  10. TymeSlayer

    TymeSlayer Tramps like us, Baby we were born to run...

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    I know a few neighbors that run late models at Colorado National Speedway and come home looking like $50 sheet metal scraps. Still, they're out there often and although none are champs, you can hear them banging away in the modest garage shops and get out every weekend to run their cars on that 3/8 mile oval. I haven't a clue what it costs them to run so often but each and every one of them beem when they talk about their addiction.
     
  11. Fabman

    Fabman Project: "Frankenstang"

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    Some tracks are exceptionally brutal, especially dirt tracks.
    I'm not crazy about bumper cars, but it does happen.
     
  12. Fabman

    Fabman Project: "Frankenstang"

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    One of these is a professionally built caliper bracket from a major aftermarket brake manufacturer and one was hand built here at Specfab Racing.
    Can you guess which one is which?
    Here’s a hint....Besides the questionable welding, on one of them the holes don’t even line up and the other fits perfectly and the caliper is correctly aligned with the rotor.
    The specfab brackets were also 1/3 the cost.

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  13. Ron McCall

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    Please email current specs/condition/spares included to rfmccall@comcast.net.
    Thanks,
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    Nice work on the bottom bracket. I was having a discussion at the Mustang Roundup with a couple of TMO members about installing radial mount rear brake calipers on the GT350 and possible S550 cars. They would need a custom bracket to do so. If you're interested in developing that product I can share my ideas with you. The rear caliper removal on a GT350 (maybe all S550's) is a PITA and my idea would solve that.
     
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    I don't find the stock GT rears too bad to work with, looks worse than it really is to change rotors/pads. My track rat neighbour showed me the "beat the rate book" method....
     
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    I think it's the drum parking brake setup with the four piston calipers on the GT350 and other variants that have that setup. It's a major PITA. I'm pretty sure the GT500 will have the same setup.
     
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    Yep the GT350 Park Brake is a PITA. Pretty sure the GT500 moves to a second brake by wire caliper.
     
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    But you're ignoring the extra surface area the "weld" provides for heat dissipation. Those dimes you're laying are killing your product. o_O
     
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    Of course you're right. I didn't notice that when I saw the car in person weekend before last. I sure hope that change makes it to the GT350's!
     
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    Fabman Project: "Frankenstang"

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    sent.
     

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