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#61 Mark Brown

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:37 AM

Yeah, most of the FEP guys can be a bit touchy about an identity-swapped car. Blown 5.4 sounds like she would motivate the coupe pretty well! Nice looking car.....I have an 83GLX vert, an 84 GT Turbo, and an 86 GT TTop/5spd for my 4eye cars, and a 91GT to satisfy my Aero 'Stang needs.


Sounds like you've got the bug pretty bad! Here's the '93 coupe I bought last year - ended up selling it about six months later to a buddy of Eric Stone's. It had 46K miles on it and I just couldn't bring myself to beat on it, or even drive it much. Now I'm sorta looking for another one. The yellow big block car was supposed to be a street/strip car but it didn't turn out that way - I'd still like to build a 500hp car to horse around with on the street.

The yellow car will be a drag radial/limited street car - should go low 8s or high 7s eventually, if he's gonna be competitive with it.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:09 PM

I did some work on my engine the past few days, here is the progress so far.

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I'm thinking of maybe doing some wiring on it, at least spark plug wires. I didn't find much research material on the real car, so I'm winging it on some colors and details. The best I have is a picture in a book "The Dale Earnhardt Collection: Because Winning Matters", which chronicles all of his 76 wins. It has an on track shot of the car similar to the box art photo. I stripped the chrome from the intake and some other components to give them a more correct appearance. I used Dawn Power Dissolver to strip the chrome, it works GREAT!! I had the parts stripped to bare plastic in about 3-4 hours. I highly recommend it!

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:17 PM

Got some pics of the build that I will be starting with.
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Like I said, for some reason I was into the lowrider theme. :)

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:48 PM

Got some pics of the build that I will be starting with.

Like I said, for some reason I was into the lowrider theme. :lol:


Wow! Sure is... gold! :lol:

I have a butt-load of reference pics of a pristine stock black 93 Cobra that was on CraigsList locally a while back, plus a buddy of mine (the guy that bought Mark Brown's Reef Blue coupe pictured above) has a red one I can photo anytime. If anyone needs some Cobra reference, or 89-93 5.0 reference, let me know.

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 05:50 PM

Wow! Sure is... gold! :lol:

I have a butt-load of reference pics of a pristine stock black 93 Cobra that was on CraigsList locally a while back, plus a buddy of mine (the guy that bought Mark Brown's Reef Blue coupe pictured above) has a red one I can photo anytime. If anyone needs some Cobra reference, or 89-93 5.0 reference, let me know.


Do you happen to have any of the chassis/drivetrain? Those are the only pics that I couldn't find (other than one of the rear axle).

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:11 PM

Since I didn't take these photos, I uploaded them to Flickr instead of my Fotki album where all my stuff goes.

Here are the 93 Cobra pics I have from the CraigsList ad-


I also got this link from a (LUCKY!) 93 Cobra R owner on FoxBodyForum for reference for a 93 Cobra R build I've (barely) started-
http://s234.photobuc...s/1993 Mustang/

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 06:38 PM

Thanks, got some good undercarriage pics from the Craigslist car!

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 01:59 AM

Engine's looking good Matt. You were right Jordan.........that is surely 'golden' on the underside. B)

That is one NICE coupe Mark!

I will hopefully have some more done on the 'vert this weekend.....keep up the work guys. You all inspire me!

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 09:11 AM

I think I could built something.
count me in.
I am thinking on a 83 gt. with a 302. low and scratch built ground effects.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:10 AM

I'd like to build 2 cars for this thread if I could.

The first one I started building like a year ago and lost interest, but I would really like to finish it.

(1993) Twin turbo, small block with a C6 trans:

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The second one, I started a couple weeks ago.

(1979) Turbocharged 2.5 liter with a C4 trans:

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 11:18 AM

[quote name='NJ-Wayne' date='27 April 2010 - 04:10 PM' timestamp='1272402648' post='300537']
I'd like to build 2 cars for this thread if I could.

The first one I started building like a year ago and lost interest, but I would really like to finish it.

(1993) Twin turbo, small block with a C6 trans:

The second one, I started a couple weeks ago.

(1979) Turbocharged 2.5 liter with a C4 trans:

Those look like great projects! Just curious about one thing, though.....why the C6 behind the small block? That's a lot of power to spin that big trans when a Glide or C4 would be a lot quicker on the track. I was originally going to run the C6 behind my big block until I found out it would cost me at least 40hp (or up to 75hp if non-rollerized) to turn the trans.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 12:13 PM

[quote name='Mark Brown' date='27 April 2010 - 05:18 PM' timestamp='1272403117' post='300553']
[quote name='NJ-Wayne' date='27 April 2010 - 04:10 PM' timestamp='1272402648' post='300537']
I'd like to build 2 cars for this thread if I could.

The first one I started building like a year ago and lost interest, but I would really like to finish it.

(1993) Twin turbo, small block with a C6 trans:

The second one, I started a couple weeks ago.

(1979) Turbocharged 2.5 liter with a C4 trans:

Those look like great projects! Just curious about one thing, though.....why the C6 behind the small block? That's a lot of power to spin that big trans when a Glide or C4 would be a lot quicker on the track. I was originally going to run the C6 behind my big block until I found out it would cost me at least 40hp (or up to 75hp if non-rollerized) to turn the trans.
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I agree with ya, man.

The only reason for this is, I only have one c4 and one c6 in my parts box and I definitely want to put a strong automatic behind the 4-banger.

If I place another order with M.A.D. sometime soon, I'll probably grab another C4 and save the C6 for something huge. :)

Thanks for the comment.

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 01:24 PM

Some neat stuff going on here.

I am curious, has anyone ever done in resin a Fairmont/Zephyr or the early 1980s Granada (and I think the Mercury Cougar was the same body) or the Fox LTD/Marquis? I'm most interested in a wagon.

I'm aware of the ongoing Futura. I hope he decides to make it so I can build a street version as well, not just a racing car. I always thought those were pretty cars with the rear-window treatment. I keep an eye open in case I find one, and because they are what they are, they're not too expensive, either.

Let me see how things are progressing with me. I have a few kits I could join in with.

Charlie Larkin

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Posted 27 April 2010 - 03:31 PM

If it isn't too late, I'd like to join too. I would like to enter an IMSA Fox. I've got a few of 'em in the stash. I just have to pick out which one!
Cheers,
Greg

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 03:43 PM

Never too late to join in! I got you all updated and added to the list.

Meanwhile (I will have pics soon, I hope), I finished up the K-Member/motor mounts/power steering rack for the convertible and am moving to the rear to fix the lower control arms/shock mounts/add upper control arm detail and brake lines/details. Headers are done, new carb selected and painted, and heads getting worked to resemble GT40P irons. I have also cut the convertible top well and repositioned it to get a better fit for the rear wheelhouses.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 09:05 PM

Got you added in there Michael. You going to be at the meeting this month (I am already planning to attend)? I just got back from Grove City a few minutes ago, and was up in Gahannah this afternoon.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:16 AM

Any one have a tip for doing the "tweed" seat inserts in the later model GT and LX's? :lol:

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:12 PM

Any one have a tip for doing the "tweed" seat inserts in the later model GT and LX's? :lol:


I'm toying with an 89 Convertible and picture it having the tweed seats, but don't know exactly how to do it... We'll have to share the trial and error to see who can get it right.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:50 PM

Some neat stuff going on here.

I am curious, has anyone ever done in resin a Fairmont/Zephyr or the early 1980s Granada (and I think the Mercury Cougar was the same body) or the Fox LTD/Marquis? I'm most interested in a wagon.

I'm aware of the ongoing Futura. I hope he decides to make it so I can build a street version as well, not just a racing car. I always thought those were pretty cars with the rear-window treatment. I keep an eye open in case I find one, and because they are what they are, they're not too expensive, either.

Let me see how things are progressing with me. I have a few kits I could join in with.

Charlie Larkin

youalso for got they made the merc monarch

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 01:12 AM

Jason, an idea for the tweed seats: tape off the sections you do not want the look on. 1) lay your base color, 2) take the colors that appear in the tweed area and make a vey thin consistancy of each color in seperate containers (think the consistancy of a wash), 3) take an old toothbrush and dip it into the 'wash' paint color, 4) flick most of the wash out of the toothbrush, and then with the brush pointed at the seat area, run your finger across the bristles of the brush until the paint starts to finely 'splatter' onto the surface, 5) repeat for each color used. As a final note, you can take a brush lightly moistened with thinner and somewhat blend the colors together. Coat with dullcoat and untape the seat.