Fox Chassis (Ford) community build anyone?
Posted 15 February 2012 - 07:37 PM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 09:11 PM
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 04:57 AM
Saleen planned to use them on all the aero cars, and actually installed them on a dozen of so of the first 1987 Saleens built. They quickly found the tape used to hold them on didnt stick well, and they fell off while driving. If you look in the Saleen registry, the majority of cars in 1987 are listed as "sail panel (d)".
This is a picture of a preproduction 1987 Saleen. Notice the sail panel covers and prototype 5 star wheels that didnt show up till late 1988 production.
I always liked the look of the car in the above picture. I bought a set of the sail panel covers years ago when they were readily available and figured out a way to get them to stay in place.
Its not original to my 1988 Saleen, but its original to the way the car was meant to look.
#583 is not 100% factory correct, but anything I have changed has been in the spirit of the original (or later, in the case of the vortech supercharger, which was optional in 1992 and 1993) Fox Saleen Concept. I have had the car going on 17 years and it was my daily driver for the first 5 of those, that made me not as concerned with originality as some would be.
Check out the SCOA website and forum, more info on fox Saleens than you can shake a stick at.
Hopefuly I will have more work done on the saleen model soon, You guys have inspired me to make it more acurate.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:13 AM
the back side of the panels, they are abs plastic, I had them professionaly painted.
During the install
I take it as a compliment that detail oriented enthusiasts such as yourselves thought they were SVO sail Panels, that tells me they dont look tacked on.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:22 AM
They are longer than SVO panels. They do a good job of covering the uv damaged quarter window moldings too.
I have a glue bomb SVO model I plan on using to replicate these on the one Im building, but I will have to make them bigger to make them fit.
Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:53 AM
Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:48 PM
It gives a nice boy racer feel.
Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:05 AM
Posted 17 February 2012 - 05:29 AM
There are a lot more tribute cars out there than there are docmented Saleens.
At least you know what a Saleen Mustang is, I usually have to explaine how to pronounce the word and explaine what it means.
Posted 17 February 2012 - 06:56 PM
One of my 1:1 Mustangs is a 1984 TurboGT, the baby SVO for that year. One of less than 4,000 built that year (and less that 4,200 total built over the two years of production). It was a full-optioned car, with dealer-added sunroof. Here I come, buying the remains of it (Ohio rustball) and am converting it into a track monster (staying 2.3T, but with a .030" over, 9:1, Volvo head swapped engine.
Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:47 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:27 AM
Rick, I will tell you now, building the 2.3T can be fun and done relatively cheap for lower horsepower. Start really escalating the power though and you better bring GOOD money to the dance, as the 2.3 is NOT cheap to make into a killer. You could build a HOT 5.0L for what you would have into a well-modded and mid-power 2.3T. My pistons and rods alone were $1,200.00 (remember, 4 rods and 4 pistons). You can get good 5.0L stuff for that. And yes, I do want to go up against the imports with their own technology/on their terms. To beat a modern 4 cylinder with an arcaic 4 cylinder would be a great feeling, even more so than beating them with the V8. The look on their faces when you tell them they got smoked by a 4 cylinder Mustang IS priceless.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:41 AM
Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:18 PM
They don't make as good of a sleeper as you might think, as when you rev it up the turbo kicks in, even in neutral.
And the whine or the whistle from the waste gate is almost always a dead give away, of a turbo car.
Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:02 PM
But I digress, with a mild build, the 2.3T can be fun, but it will not be mistaken for a 5.0L (they have very different sounds at idle).
Jason, what year is your Turbo GT (83 or 84?), and I am assuming your Capri RS is an 85-86?
Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:58 PM
Edited by Abell82, 20 February 2012 - 03:02 PM.