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The Lounge / Re: You asked for it you got it, the Mustang E !
« on: November 06, 2019, 03:01:51 PM »
Perhaps I'm missing something. A transmission would still provide increased mechanical advantage providing more torque at the wheels in the lower gears regardless of the technology providing the force. If a gas motor could provide a flat torque curve across its RPM range, it would provide power like the electric motor. I think most would agree a transmission would make sense for the gas engine - why not the electric motor?

I have to admit this Mustang concept intrigued me. I wouldn't consider choosing a Tesla for myself as a performance toy even though it's incredibly fast, because I love playing with manual transmissions.

Recently, parts were becoming difficult to get for my '97 Corvette, so I started looking for a replacement. When I first heard about the GT500, I thought I'd found my next car until I heard there was no manual available. At that point, I opted for the GT350 in large part due to the transmission. The awesome sound from the VooDoo engine is a great bonus!

The Lounge / Re: To wash or not to wash
« on: October 01, 2019, 07:05:57 PM »
I've heard of that guy that owns the actual ax that George Washington used to chop down the cherry tree. Of course, the ax head has been replaced twice and the handle three times. But it's still original!

The Lounge / Re: To wash or not to wash
« on: October 01, 2019, 02:04:22 AM »
That's not a stain. That's patina!

The Lounge / Re: 392 Challenger outrun cops
« on: September 21, 2019, 01:53:47 PM »
It wasnít the General Lee, but I had a í69 Charger. One day back in the summer of 1977, I was racing a buddy on the Interstate between two close, small towns in Wyoming when I spotted a Highway Patrolman pop the rise in the oncoming lane. His cruiser nose-dived when he nailed his brakes. He was heading downhill toward a ravine and apparently realized he wouldn't get stopped in time to turn around, so he gunned it to get across the bridge before coming after us.

My buddy backed out, but for some stupid reason, I just kept my foot in it. My friend said the Patrolman came after us and passed my friend at what he said was probably 90 MPH (in 1977, the 55 MPH limit was everywhere). I was well in excess of 100 and never saw the guy behind me.

In a few minutes, I was home and safe for the time being, but these Wyoming towns are small and we all know each other. I was kicking myself for being so stupid, and figured it was only a matter of time before I got a knock on door. I worried for weeks that they would figure out who I was, especially since I was driving the Charger with boy-racer stripes - not too many of those around.

The anxiety that month was far worse than any fine or jail time I might have faced. Never again.

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Re: T-5 Conversion from Aluminum T-10
« on: July 29, 2019, 03:06:33 PM »
... it has been necessary to "trim" the shifter opening in the transmission tunnel "some"; ...

modern driveline sells a shifter relocater but I havent needed it nor have the approx 10 T5 fitted cars that have been through the shop had one.  Seem to remember it being called a slik shift

To put a number on the amount of trans-tunnel-clearance trim required, here's one example: I am putting a Modern Driveline T5z (MD P/N MD-552-0251) with their "Quik Stik Shifter" (MD P/N MD-88-421-204-03) into my '65 Fastback. Even with the shifter relocator, I still had 0.3" of interference with the front of the tunnel opening. I trimmed a 0.4" clearance off the front.  Note that in the distant past, the frame on my car was reported to have experienced a significant collision with a large, hard object. Subsequently, the frame has been extensively massaged and now measures as correct-to-spec. In addition, all my large aftermarket goodies (rack & pinion, headers, etc.) now (finally) fit as intended. Just one data point. Jim

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Re: valve adjustment
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:21:00 PM »
... just don't whack the throttle and you will be happy. ;)
Thx - NOW you tell me! ;)

1966 Shelby GT350/GT350H / Re: valve adjustment
« on: July 26, 2019, 05:28:12 PM »
You are also going to get some people yelling from the cheap seats, booing as it were, that you need to do this with the engine running. Here's the word that you use with them. Poppycock.

Shelbydoug, I wish you had been the one to coach me on my 289 back in the 80's when I got my '65. Hot & running adjustment is the way I was taught. It works, but in addition to burned fingers, that technique can make a mess. Thank goodness for the internet and this forum.

I'm running hydraulic now.

Florida Region SAAC / Re: Movie, Ford vs Ferrari
« on: July 26, 2019, 04:08:48 PM »
Oh No!  Getting Political!!

!!!!!  MODERATOR  !!!!!!

Too soon?


SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: '65 Fastback Sheet Metal Question
« on: April 11, 2019, 12:35:53 PM »
Looks great Corey!

You might want to make one change: I rechecked my dimensions and confirmed they were correct. After scratching my ... head, I realized the problem is that my drawing incorrectly shows this part of the bracket as being thinner than it actually is. This is apparent when the drawing and photos are compared. There is a lot more metal in this "throat" area than my drawing shows. Changing this in you CAD design would make the bracket stronger.

When I made the drawing, I was also enjoying a Crown and Coke. More evidence that one should never drink and derive a drawing.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: '65 Fastback Sheet Metal Question
« on: April 10, 2019, 11:35:47 PM »
Here you go Corey. Same drawing with requested dimensions added.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: '65 Fastback Sheet Metal Question
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:40:25 PM »
By the way Corey - CAD modeling that piece is pretty cool. Can you reverse the design to model the driver side, too?

Maybe Dynomax can use the files to create billet pieces! ;)

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: '65 Fastback Sheet Metal Question
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:33:34 PM »
Too be honest, that post took me a bit more than an hour, but I was so "busy" that it got me out of dish washing duty.
(just kidding - we ate out last night).

Thx for the kind words. I was a silent SAAC member for several years, just leaching off everyone else's great forum information to help me with my Mustang restomod. I decided to jump in the pool after the 2018 Forum Meltdown. Thought it was time to try to contribute where I can.

Corey, I'll get you those dimensions after I get home tonight.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Re: '65 Fastback Sheet Metal Question
« on: April 10, 2019, 02:28:18 AM »
Hi Dynomax,
I happen to be working on my 65 Fastback and this part of my car is wide open, so I took the opportunity for some photos and measurements. I don't think it would be too hard to fabricate this bracket. I'd tackle this with a piece of 11-gauge steel, a jigsaw, vice, drill, ball peen hammer and some files to smooth it out.

The floor area where the bracket is welded slopes back from level at 8-degrees. The wall behind slopes back at 19 degrees. I created a 3-view dimension drawing for the passenger side bracket. The driver side is the reverse.

I suspect it would be pretty easy to find someone who can weld a bit better than was done on my car.

I donít know if you will find this useful, but it kept me entertained for an hour or so. Smooth roads!

Services Offered / Re: Barn Find Apparel
« on: March 23, 2019, 10:01:59 PM »
Rockin' my new "Barn Find" T-shirt.

The wife had to take the picture quick, 'cause I can't suck in my gut for as long as I used to.

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