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Offline Haggspeed

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2020, 02:10:06 pm »
Hi everyone, hope you are all coping OK with the Corona-lockdown!  I've not been able to get over to Rai's to check out progress, but fortunately he sent through a few shots of the fabrication of the Mini-Tubs:  First image shows RH Wheel-House from underneath, just held together with Clecos and G-clamps.   

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #26 on: April 05, 2020, 02:17:12 pm »
These images show the Wheel-Houses from inside.  On the RH side view you can see the top of the Shock Turret tacked in place.  When you see both sides together it shows just how much wider than stock they are.  Just in case you are wondering, no there won't be a back seat in this thing...
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #27 on: November 07, 2020, 05:59:45 pm »
Time for a post lock-down up-date.  Not a lot has happened over the last six months.  Main thing is the rear Mini-Tubs and Shock-Turrets are welded in place, though still not finished.  First image shows the RH work in progress from the rear, looking through the boot.  Next shot shows LH side from inside the cabin.  Then the RH side from outside looking through the Wheel-Arch.  Finally the diff assembly is shown from underneath with Suspension at full droop.  Although we've lost a lot of time, I'm still very happy with the way it's shaping up.  The rear end will have more than adequate travel and will be completely adjustable in every parameter.  Next job, will be the adjustable tubular rear Sway-Bar.
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #28 on: November 07, 2020, 06:17:36 pm »
Meanwhile, we've started the Engine build process!  First thing is the acquisition of some goodies.  A new Scat Pro-Series forged lightweight, Crankshaft with a stroke of 4.100" will swing Scat forged H-Beam Con-Rods of 6.2" length, topped off with a set of Mahle forged PowerPak Cleveland Pistons.  This will result in a capacity of 418 Cu In or 6.8 Litres with a compression ratio of 10.5:1.  We will check clearances etc with a dummy assembly, then it will be off to the Engine Machine Shop for a full neutral balance...   
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #29 on: November 07, 2020, 10:10:42 pm »
Thanks for the update Jeff

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #30 on: November 21, 2020, 08:57:30 pm »
G'day, thought I'd show some of the Engine Block preparation.  This will give you an idea of what's involved when putting a big-stroke Crank into a stock Ford 351 Windsor Block.  NB: I acquired this Block from a previous Engine Builder (who proved very unreliable).  At the time it was a good find, in that it was a standard bore 1974 casting in very good condition.  Of the original 351 Windsors, I'm of the opinion these Truck Blocks were the best, with slightly thicker and taller decks at 9.503", with quite a lot of meat around the bottom end too.  However, if I was starting this now I'd get an after-market Dart, World or Ford Racing Block.  They are heaps stronger everywhere and offer the added advantage of the bigger 4.125" bore and the Cleveland size Main Bearing Journals.  Oh well, maybe next time!

I should also point out, some of this work was done a few years ago.

First three images show clearance grinding at the base of the cylinder bores and sump-rails to provide adequate clearance for the rotating assembly.  Everything fits nicely and this sort of attention to detail should prevent issues in the future.
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #31 on: November 21, 2020, 09:22:14 pm »
The next image shows some of the deburring and clean-up that was done to the block.  All areas where oil drain-back might be hindered were deburred and polished with a wire wheel.  Note also, all edges have been given a light deburring too.  Next the block was sent to the Machine Shop, where it was bored 0.030" over, four-bolt Main-Caps fitted & tunnel bored, Decks trued, and all Bearing clearances set and checked.  Then the upper internals were painted in a special non-stick paint to aid oil drain-back (second shot).  The final shot shows the Crankshaft dummy-fitted again.  For the money, I think the Scat Crank is really quite nice with lightening holes on all crank pins, centre gun-drilling and areo-contoured counterweights, everything looks good.  ARP Head Studs also fitted and external engine paint applied.  NB: This is not Ford Blue but a solid enamel version of the car's exterior body colour.     
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2021, 05:31:35 pm »
Well, some meaningful progress has been made on my project recently! Here's some shots showing work being carried out on the new rear Floor, rear Suspension Turrets and Wheel Tubs.
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2021, 05:35:12 pm »
Here's the new work as seen through the rear window opening.

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2021, 05:39:15 pm »
Here's a couple of detail shots: First is the Trailing-Arm forward pick-up points as seen from underneath.  Second shot shows the detail inside the RH rear Wheel House, looking straight up from underneath. 
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #35 on: April 14, 2021, 06:00:50 pm »
Nice. I would clear coat those welds!!!!!!! :omg: :omg: :omg:

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #36 on: April 27, 2021, 10:02:58 pm »
The Cabin rear Floor is now finished.  The tray over the Trailing Arms closes out the area above where the mufflers will be.  It will also provide an area inside the car for storage (helmet, tools, etc).  My plan is that it will look sort of similar to the original folded rear seat.  Also, the Battery will be located between this and the LH rear Wheel-House.  Next job is make a new Boot Floor with the Fuel-Cell re-located centrally and an access hole for draining the Dry-Sump Tank.     

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #37 on: May 22, 2021, 04:10:49 pm »
There's been quite a bit going on with my Mustang project recently.

After the Suspension and rear Cabin Floor was finished off, we've moved on to the front of the car.  While the shell is totally rust free, it has suffered, previously, from some really dodgy RHD conversion work.  Resulting in a Dash and Firewall that was very poorly welded together.  A bit like a jigsaw puzzle with some pieces in the wrong spots and some missing all together, all hidden under a thick layer of bog!  So the decision was taken to remove the offending areas and start again.

First pic shows the Firewall, after the paint and up to 10mm of body filler was blasted off.  Next shows the Dash and Firewall removed altogether. 
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #38 on: May 22, 2021, 04:47:27 pm »
We also took the opportunity to re-build the inner rear Fender Skirts on both sides, as they too had also been butchered previously.

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #39 on: May 22, 2021, 04:53:45 pm »
By going to a flat Firewall with no heater bulge, the Engine can be set back 60mm as shown in this image.  While the next shot shows the new Firewall and the new wider, taller transmission Tunnel from inside the vehicle. 

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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #40 on: May 22, 2021, 04:55:01 pm »
Hey Jeff,
It's coming along beautifully,  can't believe your patience!
Cheers Phil
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #41 on: May 22, 2021, 04:56:14 pm »
Hi Phil, they tell me patience is a virtue, but I think it's more of a curse...
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Re: My Long-Term Project
« Reply #42 on: May 22, 2021, 07:26:48 pm »
Here's the view from underneath the car showing all the mods so far...

New Trans Tunnel allows plenty of room for the T56.  While at the back you can see the new rear Suspension now finished and between the Trailing-Arms the space for mufflers is now much larger.

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« Reply #43 on: May 22, 2021, 07:36:52 pm »
Here's a shot of the boot showing the Dry-Sump Tank installed, it just fits under the Boot Lid when closed.  Also the aperture in the Boot Floor was centralized to the centerline of the car allowing equal space either side of the Fuel Cell for the Exhausts.  Last pic is the new RHD Dash Panel, I just bought.  It will require modifications for the Roll Cage, but is a vast improvement from the shambles I had in the car previously.   
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« Reply #44 on: May 26, 2021, 06:19:11 am »
Looking fantastic. Super attention to detail