Archive for March, 2010

A new project: Its always an exciting time

March 21, 2010

For several years I have had a bare GT1 style chassis lying around the shop. And admittedly I have been trying to sell it. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly overrun with takers.

Chassis Front

Front of Chassis

So after some deliberation I decided to go ahead and it into a vintage GT1 style car. And after some consultation, I sent the chassis to Scott McLearen of 2M Engineering to lay the ground work.

Firt let me say that although I have the parts to make it into a true TA style, centerlok hubbed ride I choose not to go that route. The reason being that I may use it initally for track days, or rentals first. And its cheaper to use 5 x 5 components. I can always swap to the centerloks when the time comes.

Scott did a great job of fabricating the suspension and getting the car up on its wheels. He fabricated brand new control arms and uprights, all the links, and trailing arms, etc. No used parts in the suspension at all. Diamond 16″ wheels were used because of their proven durability.

Front of Body

Front of Body

Bodywork
Now I get to try my hand at fitting the body. The body I choose, which I also had lying around, was a Roush piece. This 1987 Mustang carbon kevlar piece is the correct one for the vintage of the chassis. It was used, as you can see, on the #65 AER car in 1988. Still has the four National event win stickers in place.
I’m just finishing trimming out the steel roof, required for bodies of this vintage. Mounting begins next week.

Rear of Bodywork

Rear of Bodywork

If you need quality fabrication Id strongly recommend Scott McLearen.

Despite all the hand wringing theres still life in the corpse

March 17, 2010

For several years some of us, including yours truly,  have been predicting the demise of the powerful tubeframe V8 cars which gained fame with the TransAm and IMSA GTO classes.

However every year I am surprised that people not only still love these cars, but are actively pursue either building or purchasing these cars to race. And as the years have gone by the landscape has changed. Having been involved with this for a while I find it very frustrating. On the one hand everyones looking to purchase the 50k Rocketsports car, Preferably with a C6 Corvette body.  Those of you who have been out there realize that is about as common as the Easter Bunny. What is more realistic is the 50-75K Weaver or Riley Camaro, or the odd Mustang.

But it still is a symbol that there is still hope that someone will find the Magic Bullet and these cars can return to the heyday of the 90’s, and that would be great.

RIP –  USF1

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March 17, 2010