CenLa Autocross Lamar Dixon 01-23-22

First event of 2022 season today and it was a bit of a challenge. Ambient temperature was 20° F when I left home. By the time the first car went out, it was around 36° F and traction was obviously an issue for the RWD guys. It was a surely a limiting factor for me as I have no TCS or ABS and cheap 200tw tires.

Nonetheless, I tried to be more aggressive but that just exposed a new issue. The electric power steering, in its current state, has proven to be a severe handicap. The pump has nothing that speeds it up when it requires more line pressure such as simultaneous hard braking and steering. What happens is basically a sudden “dead spot” in the steering that feels exactly like when the car stalls and the steering gets super hard to turn. It works great on the street, not a huge issue on the open track or even the larger, fast Autocross layouts but it’s no good for smaller course layouts. It has to go.

Soo.. Back to the drawing board. Anyway, here are a few videos from the day. The sunlight washed it out somewhat but you can plainly see the steering issues.

Here are some candid pictures from the day:

Introducing Artax

It was time to trade the 2015 F150 because the mileage was getting high and it was time to upgrade. After an exhaustive search for the right truck, I settled on this 2022 Ram 2500 Laramie. This particular truck is four wheel drive and is powered by the venerable 6.7 Cummins diesel. It is very nicely appointed and a lot more comfortable to drive than expected. We will be posting updates and we personalize this truck.

Steering shaft situation solved!

Ok, that was an inappropriate number of S words in a row but the problem is resolved. It turned out that the cabin section of the shaft was “extended out too far” while the main part of the shaft wasn’t pull into to cabin far enough.

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CenLa Autocross EVOC 10-30-21

We took the car back to the cones but this time it was a night event! My instructor buddy Brent Bravata co-drove it for the event and took first place in CAM-T!! He couldn’t stop raving about the car, which felt good. This thing is a rocket! He initially had issues with brake hop in the rear, which was mostly him not being used to the non-abs brake system, but he figured it out. This time out I was more aggressive but still need to work on exit speed between elements and that will come with time. However, his unbiased opinion helped expose some weaknesses in the brakes and we found the steering shaft contacts the header. We messed with tire pressure and found that 31/29 (hot) seemed to work the best.

My buddy William, who is also the man who built my engine, made the journey from Mississippi to see the car in action. He made some idle AFR adjustments for me while I was doing a course walk and the car seemed much happier after. Thanks, Sarge!

Brent’s first run of the night and I left the commentary. [NSFW]

My first run of the evening. Second time riding with an instructor but the first with someone else who has driven the car. This proved to be invaluable.

Brent tossing my buddy Lance around on this run was pretty funny! [NSFW]

Exterior footage of the previous run.

My fastest pass of the event. [NSFW]

Exterior footage of the previous run

This would’ve been my fastest pass but I punted a cone.

I’m not entirely sure which pass this was but here it is.

Brent’s fastest pass of the evening.

NMSP SCCA Track Night in America 10-21-21

We signed up for the SCCA Track Night in America event to put the Unicorn through the paces in an open track setting. If she dies, she dies. We started the day off by washing the car, setting the cold tire pressure and packing for the day’s activities. Gave the engine bay a visual inspection and set out on the road.

The drive to NOLA went well and took about 90 minutes or so. We signed in at the main gate and found a suitable paddock location. Next time, we will get there early and claim a spot under the covered area.

After tech inspection and a novice driver’s meeting it was time to take a few parade laps behind the novice group coach to see the line. “The telephone game” is what he called it but, unfortunately, I was towards the back and the message was lost.

After the other two groups ran it was time for the first session. I readied myself, a few cameras and the car then set out for the grid… Until I remembered to check the lug nuts at the LAST second. Purposely didn’t edit that out because it was a funny oversight and i wanted to share.

Whoops…

After the first session we had a debriefing with the group coach. After that, based on what the tire chalk told me, I made a tire pressure adjustment in the rear to see how the car responded.

New number magnets

After running an event with painters tape for identification, I decided to look for new number magnets. Looked at a few different vendors and settled on using “Autocross Digits”. The pricing was fair and I placed my order. They arrived today and they look great. The workmanship is good and material seems to be top quality.

These are going to work out perfectly!

They’re so nice that I decided to order a new set of class magnets to match. I will put a link to their website in our vendor section.

CenLa Autocross EVOC 9-26-2021

We had a blast on the first outing with the Unicorn. The made me a corner captain, which was pretty cool. Made a bunch of new friends and was overwhelmed with advice. Even had to dodge a Miata that got lost. [#Corner4neverforget]

Run #1 – 58.759
Run #1 – Roof cam
Run #2 – 55.362
Run #2 – Roof cam
Run #3 – 53.566
Run #3 – Roof cam
Run #4 – 51.841 +1
Run #5 – 63.535 +1 “The dumpster fire pass”
Run #6 – 53.467 “Smoothest pass of the day”

I have learned a bit about the car and a bunch about myself. My plan is to make no adjustments to the car and to continue improving the driver.

Can’t wait for the next event!!

See you there??

Current status of Project Unicorn

Between a busy 2020 hurricane season, Covid, a relentless work schedule and very severe hurricane Ida in 2021, things have been progressing slow for the HANO Motorsports fleet. However, this didn’t mean progress was halted and I’m proud to introduce the new face of Project Unicorn!! We commissioned a local friend to paint the car and I will let the results speak for themselves!

The car looks amazing!
Those flared front fenders are constructed from carbon fiber and have been confirmed to clear 315/30r18 tires.
We will make our Solo debut very soon and can’t wait for the seat time to start developing the driver.
She sure does have a mean side profile!

Everything has changed…

After finishing the rear suspension up, the race was on to get the car ready to drive. Things progress nicely in the mechanical department but the engine tuning wasn’t going so well. This prompted me to reconsider my path and revisit the Coyote swap idea. Why spend time troubleshooting something I planned to sell anyway? A deal was made with another enthusiast and the 4.6 4V chapter came to a close.

There were many steps taken to get here and I will fill in those blanks when I have the time.

First start
The first start of the Coyote engine.
Unicorn 2020
QuickTime bellhousing, Exedy Twin disc clutch
Unicorn 2020
T56 magnum
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Detail of the Holley EFI harnesses

Bringing up the rear…

I had a few tasks to complete in order to consider the rear suspension and drivetrain road worthy.

MM race shock mounts

The beginning of the last stages!


More to come!!

Finished the installing the Holley EFI and the fuel system.

Steinmann Performance dash cluster and Holley 7” dash
Tick Performance fuel level harness
NRG short hub and Quick Release
My custom leather covered Momo steering wheel.
C6 fan controller
A rough draft but you get the idea.
Fore fuel rails
Aeromotive AFPR
This feeds a Quantum 340 in a Pro-M hanger. The lines are 6AN feed/return.
This Tick Performance DDPM is essentially a capacitor bank that keeps power on the dash when performing tasks that require cycling the ECU.

The next phase!

Always looking for more so I picked up this low mile 2017 F150 engine!! It will sport Gen 2 Mustang cams, AFS ported 2018 GT intake, 80mm throttle body and a plethora of reliability upgrades. I’m going to make the change to an electric power steering pump at the same time. Behind it will be a T56 Magnum with an Exedy twin plate clutch and finished off with a QuickTime bellhousing.

I am beyond excited.

Gen 2 F150 Coyote engine!!!

A new look!

Started to install some of the parts I got from buddy and the car is starting to look like a real car.

Sort of.

Initially I had wanted to run this stock hood but it won’t clear my cold air intake.
Carter’s Customs street splitter!

Benjy working his magic!

After some time passed, we got down to business. Over the course of three days, we installed the following Maximum Motorsports parts:

  1. Torque arm
  2. Panhard bar
  3. road race control arms
  4. adjustable rear sway bar

At the same time we installed lower torque box reinforcements and a built rear end which was freshly coated with POR15.

  1. Yukon 31 spline axles
  2. 4.10 gears
  3. Detroit truetrac differential
  4. Strange c-clip elimination kit (tapered bearings)
  5. LPW Ultimate differential cover
Late nights filled with shenanigans and the sounds of hot rodding fill the soul.

This car is going to kick some serious ass one day!!

Fun with Benjy

The car went for a leisurely trip to the day spa but will return with the rest of the MM suspension welded up and the built rear end swapped in.

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I got the hook up [holla if you hear me]

Scored a bunch of spare stuff from a buddy who was going to toss it out.

1: Cobra bumper w/ header panel
2: Side skirts
3: Trunk lid
4: decent tail lights
5: Uber dark, ninja tail lights
6: decent drivers mirror
7: passenger side side skirt extension
8: rear quarter trim
9: Inner fender trim
10: A-pillar trim
11: sail panel trim
12: Momo Corse steering wheel, 90’s style baby

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Going to have this bad boy recovered in black leather with a red stripe at the top. This gives me an excuse to get a quick release hub.

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Roll bar!!

Preliminary roll bar installation SUCKS!! It’s going to come back out to be welded and painted.

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Starting to take shape!!

Installed my new retro fit headlights and HID kit from @B.mad over at Madd Retros!! More information on these can be found here:

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Task after task after task…

Took some time today to “finalize” the engine compartment side of the battery relocation and to also install the O2 sensor.

The ground cable from the trunk terminates at the passenger side engine mount.

I followed the brake line and took care to keep it away from the exhaust.

This needs no explanation..

Didn’t have the proper size heat shrink so I will revisit that never.

Terminated the positive cable to the starter.

Overview at this point:

Mechanical grounding point!

One of the biggest mistakes people people can make when grounding electrical components is not properly preparing the area for a good connection. This is done by removing any paint at the termination point.

What are are you looking at?

Ta da…

Its ugly but have you seen the rest of the car!?

This was my preliminary route for the 02 sensor wiring…

…but I ran out of tywraps! Another time..

Moving to another task…

Thankfully I was able to reinstall the HVAC duct because God knows we can’t live without AC in Louisiana

Such a cluster fuck!

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The only constant is change!

The last time I posted was back in September of 2018. Since that time, there have been several key changes to Project Unicorn’s direction. If you may recall (if not, you can just read back a post or two to catch up) we were counting down the days to a first start. While function checking the electrical system, I discovered my SCT tuner couldn’t rear the ECU via the OBD2 port.

Vat ez fook?

As it turned out, there are differences between the Mustang GT and Cobra wiring harnesses. You cannot simply plug a Cobra engine/ECU harness into a GT dash harness and also use the Cobra ECU. Not without re-pinning the harness and running new wires where necessary. This could’ve been remedied by using a GT engine/ECU harness and ECU by lengthening wires for certain sensors.

Well, shit. If I had to go through that much trouble I might as well take it up a notch. I made the decision to rip the Ford engine management out and upgrade to a Holley HP EFI (HEFI) setup to facilitate future growth.

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Out with the old!

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In with the new!!
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Holley HP ECU
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Look Ma! No wires!
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Plug and play!
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So close, yet so far…
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In typical fashion, I decided to start the battery relocation at the same time.
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The constant scene at my house.

There is still much work left to do:

  • Finish connecting the HEFI
  • Finalize the battery relocation
  • Wire in the battery kill switch
  • Have brake calipers powder coated
  • Install upper, race shock mounts
  • Swap rear ends and LCAs
  • Fit and weld roll bar
  • Weld in torque box reinforcing plates
  • Weld in torque arm mount
  • Install adjustable rear sway bar

That’s just a surface scratcher!! To further update this, I need to mention that I sold my Jongbloed Racing Wheels. They were just too awesome and I didn’t want to cut my car up to facilitate their überness. So, I traded them for a stack of cash and a pair of 18×11 Enkei RS05RR wheels. The plan is to buy a pair of 18×10’s and use them for track day/autocross action. I also bought a set of Forgestar F14’s in 18×9/18×10 for street wheels.

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Enkei RS05RR
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Forgestar F14
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“New” front brakes!

This is current day, awaiting a trip to the have the welding work done:

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Forward Unto Dawn

Found an older JLT cold air intake on eBay for cheap. Things are starting to really take shape now!

New, used JLT cai

We “finished” the AN power steering hose swap!!

Finished product

The finalized routing just needs to be permanently mounted:

Finished product
Finished product

The tee fitting for the low pressure side:

Finished product
Finished product

Reservoir to tee:

Finished product

The rack connection:

Finished product

 

It was brought to my attention that the power steering fitting blocks a fluid passage. I took the stock fitting out of an old pump to see what he meant and found this:

Fluid passage

 

Did some research and found a thread over on the TCCOA (Turbo Coupe Club of America) forum where someone found an easy fix by cutting the Russell fitting down:

 

Fluid passage

Fluid passage

More on this at a later date!!

I’ve been busy

Not very significant achievements but I install the sway bar relocation + shorter end-links and started the AN power steering hose swap. More importantly, I squared the k-member and can now begin the end…..to reach the beginning. ?

Unicorn

Finally found the correct throttle return spring:

Unicorn

New look!

Progress

The

Progress

There will be some modifications to the trailing edge of the bumper to fit the front suspension.

Progress

Final assembly take 4 

Now that I have the PS, AC and starter mounted, I can finalize the wiring.

Final assembly take 4 

Just need some o2 harness extenders and a few more bits.

 

Final assembly take 4

 

Who likes a good list?

My list, in no particular order, to just hear it run:

1] Square the K-member then nut and bolt check the front suspension & perform ‘mechanics alignment’

2] Bolt the tail shaft down

3] Install the engine power harness, connect the 02’s and install transmission harness

4] Rewire the fuel pump relay

5] Tighten the header bolts and the one oil pan bolt we apparently missed

6] Tighten fuel line fittings

7] Swap the Cobra ECU for the GT ECU, upload the start tune; mostly to keep PATS happy

8] Fill the engine with oil, fuel in the tank and engine coolant; leak test fuel system…

9] Mount CAI and MAS

Fire in the hole?? I should be able to at least hear it run for a moment, listen for weird noises and check for oil leaks. On top of that, I also need to acquire some bolts to mount the AC compressor and power steering pump as well as the accumulator plus both AC hoses. I’m not going to attempt to drive the car or even get it up to operating temperature until I can drive it legally. I need to go beat on it right away to set the rings since they’re stainless steel. Lol, this will happen with some mufflers nearly bolted directly to the headers because my foxbody 5.0 x-pipe needs to be modified to fit the SN95 4.6 Probably need to acquire some corner lights while I’m at it..

Now, hearing the damn thing run is all fine and dandy but there is MUCH more to do. My list, in no particular order, to drive the car:

1] Mount AC compressor, PS pump and PS reservoir

2] Complete PS lines, fill the system and…..bleed?

3] Install rear brake pads, fill and bleed the system

4] Install the driveshaft

5] Install the front sway bar + MM relocation kit

6] Connect the steering shaft

7] Car insurance?

8] Hope for the best?

So close but yet so far away…

Rough draft of my modified coolant system.. The secondary [bypass] outlet in the coolant crossover has been welded shut and the thermostat is now inline with the upper hose. This will allow me to use my traditional radiator setup with an overflow tank instead of the typical, closed system with the hideous degas tank that most every modular car has.

Coolant system

Coolant system

Coolant system

I’m going to cut the coil pack mount off of the engine accessory bracket to make it at least sort of look better.

Coolant system

These new power steering hoses fit like SHIT and look like ASS!! As mentioned in an earlier post I’m going to convert to the AN fitting setup.

 

Where did I leave off….

Saw a pile of lumber scraps at work and had the proverbial “I’ve seen the light” moment.

Inching closer...

Inching closer...

Decided to ditch the remote filter setup for the foreseeable future.

Inching closer...

Connected the fuel lines with some homemade braided hose with AN fittings.

Inching closer...

Inching closer...

That brought me to this “level of completion” but there’s more!

Back to the drawing board

For some reason, I thought I could install the headers from the bottom since I have a tubular K-member. Well, I couldn’t be more wrong.

Yeah, the passenger side header hit the starter mount but almost makes it. Had it on the studs but couldn’t get the rearmost portion to seat. Mother @&$#er but at least the driver’s side went in like it was meant to be. Everything was going well until I realized I needed TINY HANDS to reach two of the studs. .

So, that leaves me with this scene:

Decided to move onto finishing the oil filter relocation kit but ran into ANOTHER snag. It seems that switching from the 96-98 oil cooler to the Mach 1 type [that deleted the cooler] it puts the fittings directly into the power steering pump. So, no filter relocation for now. I did try rotating the adapter but then the PS lines get in the way. Speaking of power steering lines, they’re also WRONG for my application. It seems there were changes between the 96-98 and 99-04 models concerning fitting size. My high pressure line doesn’t fit the hydroboost.

Well, shit.

Knocking out the punch list

Weekend before last, I dropped the tank to inspect and clean, if necessary..

Fuel pump swap

Fuel pump swap

Fuel pump swap

Fuel pump swap

Swapped the Walbro 190 lph pump out for an Aeromotive 340 lph..

Fuel pump swap

Since the price was right, I picked up a Dr. Gas x-pipe. This car is going to sound pretty sweet.

The saga continues

This weekend we were supposed to install the 4V but a 0200 call from work screwed that up. So, that has been pushed back again. However, I was able to get some other stuff done. Traded a S281 spoiler for a Cobra gauge cluster, a good headlight panel, a pair of OEM Cobra headlights (that need restoration) and some other miscellaneous items.

1) Installed my CGE rear seat delete

The saga continues

2) Installed the frame side of the MM oil filter relocation setup. This normally mounts behind the fog light but I have a bash bar. So, I had to get a little creative and I do still have some minor fab work to complete.

The saga continues

The saga continues

The saga continues

The saga continues

3) Installed the caliper hoses, connected the remaining brake lines and did some janky “good enough” bending to the lines that go to the hydro booster from the proportioning valve.

The saga continues

The saga continues

4) Cleaned up my exhaust studs:

Fuel rail Saturday

Fuel rail Saturday

Fuel rail Saturday

5) My buddy Benjy welded up the EGR connection on my headers. After that, I made some simple brackets to adapt the 96-98 fuel rail system to the Mach 1 Intake and back he welded the new brackets on.

Shenanigans afoot!

Shenanigans afoot!

Shenanigans afoot!

Fuel rails

Fuel rail Saturday

Fuel rail Saturday

Fuel rail Saturday

6) Installed my FR500 steering wheel.

Shenanigans afoot!

Really need to clean up then dye the airbag and the center console.

Shenanigans afoot!

7) The Cobra cluster I plan to use but that depends on how it looks with LED bulbs at night. The stock, GT gauges with white LEDs has a really nice blue glow.

Sunday, a day of not doing SHIT

8) The car looking angry because the engine didn’t get installed.

Sunday, a day of not doing SHIT

9) The oem Cobra headlights that need to be restored.

Sunday, a day of not doing SHIT

It almost looks like a Mustang again lol

Moving right along

This past weekend, we pushed the unicorn under the carport for final assembly. I’m hoping to have the engine/trans back in the car in February but first, a few loose ends to tie up.

 

Highs and lows...

 

Swapped the S-351 wing out for the S-281 spoiler and decided I don’t like either of them anymore. Needs more carbon fiber T1, right @ThomasW? Right @Frank.JD.Perez

 

Inching along....

 

Highs and lows...

 

Inching along....

 

Inching along....

 

Next, I removed the airbag sensors, the hood latch mechanism/cable, put the battery tray back in, installed the Champion, 3 core radiator and installed the new AC condenser:

 

 

Inching along....

 

 

Inching along....

 

Installed the proper ABS pump and started plumbing the lines:

 

Inching along....

 

Swapped the proportioning valve out for the proper unit:

 

Inching along....

 

I have to re-route the lines to the hydro-booster, connect the ABS pump to the rear brakes, install the braided lines to the front calipers, install the rear pads, connect the e-brake cable and the brake system will be “finalized”. That is where I stopped because I took some time to start cleaning my shop up and then began planning my fuel system. Next weekend, I plan to have these cut and re-welded to line up with the 99-04 rail mount. I’m also going to use this set of Coyote EV14 [34# hr] injectors instead of the stock, EV1 24’s.

 

Inching along....

 

Inching along....

 

Inching along....

 

Also, I found a grille pony and painted it white!

 

Inching along....

 

Lastly, I came across a vent pod I had bought and installed it to see how I liked it:

 

Highs and lows...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Engine assembly Part 1

I will let the pictures do all of the talking…

Close!

Close!

We are waiting for a windage tray and an oil pan to be delivered to finalize the bottom end.

Parts orgy!!!

I have taken the time to amass a small cache of parts!!

2003 Mach 1 intake manifold + throttle body + throttle/cruise control cables + bracketry:

Modular Mayhem

Modular Mayhem

These parts will come in handy down the line a bit when the Supercharger enters the mix!

Eaton swap parts

2004 Cobra timing cover

Modular Mayhem

Freshly reworked 2003 Cobra cylinder heads

Modular Mayhem

and it…….snowed?

Modular Mayhem

“got my grind on”

Not much to see but I MADE my brake calipers SUBMIT to my will!! Now they fit the GT500 wheels. Also, installed the steering stuff and now it’s onto swapping the ABS pump and brake lines up front.

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Nov 27 17

Nov 27 17

 

 

 

Inching along…

There wasn’t any progress made this past weekend due to being on call at work, I did pick up some brake lines, cam covers and a center console from a buddy.  Also, since the unicorn was looking particularly crusty, I gave the unicorn a much needed bath. This led to blowing more paint off of the quarter panel but it has to come of anyway.

Starting to look like a car again!!

Finalized the vehicle wiring with the installation of the dashboard, steering column and door wiring. The rear seat belts have to be removed in order for the rear panels to be installed but I need to obtain a star bit set. I should be able to have that done and I can finish the interior with a roll bar and homemade rear seat delete. My buddy Austin has a center console for me from a 2003 Cobra. I’ll have to paint it grey to match before installing it. Soon, I’ll have the driver’s seat back in and it’ll be complete until I have some harnesses to install.

More of the interior installed

Well, that escalated quickly..

After weeks of researching modular engine combinations and a sneaking suspicion of my engines health, a new plan was hatched. After talking to my good buddy William Luketich, the decision was made to tear the 4V down and install a better rotating assembly. The new plan involves:

  • 2003 Cobra heads [freshened, 5 angle valve job, shaved 0.010″]
  • 2003 Mach 1 intake
  • Diamond pistons [10.9:1 compression as advertised, Total seal rings]
  • Boss 302 rods [Clevite rod bearings]
  • 96 Cobra forged crank [Clevite H series bearings, ARP main studs/jack bolts]
  • 4.6 3V windage tray
  • Boundary Division oil pump with billet gears
  • MMR oil pan

Upon engine disassembly, William discovered a few issues that would’ve eventually ruined  the engine:

A blown head gasket!!

The fun continues

An exhaust valve was cracked and failure was likely eminent!!

The fun continues

These discoveries justified the rebuild, which I’m not excited for but is obviously necessary. The process will be slow but has the potential for greatness.

Also, the wife and I swapped the doors from Space Ghost to the Unicorn. This way the door locks will match the ignition key, the passenger window won’t fall off the track any longer and the paint is in much better shape. Hard to tell from this picture because it is very filthy. Also swapped in the HVAC box from the donor Cobra.

The fun continues

The fun continues

 

 

Assimilate!!

This past Friday, [9-29-17] I pulled the remaining ’95 specific wiring out of the Unicorn and began the assimilation of Space Ghost. This will take some time due to brake lines that need to be fabricated and other bits I’m sure to be missing.

Friday of disassembly

Friday of disassembly

Friday of disassembly

Friday of disassembly

Friday of disassembly

Friday of disassembly

Friday of disassembly

What a mess!!!

Friday of disassembly

Installing the wiring from the donor Cobra:

Fuxk

The ABS pump needs to be swapped out for the ’98 specific part, also the lower coolant overflow mount and that TFI module needs to be removed

Fuxk

Did not accomplish much Saturday [9-30-17] but managed to complete the wiring swap over.

Fuxk

Fuxk

Casualty:

Fuxk

 

Fuxk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even further down the rabbit hole…

Today I decided to take a plunge and swap the oil pump. Boy, this was quite the job and I’m very fortunate the engine was on a stand. To begin, the harmonic balancer, cam covers, oil pan and front engine cover had to be removed. Next, the crank trigger, timing tensioners, the chains, guides and crank gears were all removed. The oil pick up and pump were removed. So.. Then I had to phone a friend to set the timing and my buddy William came to my rescue with EXCELLENT information. It turned an intimidating job into a breeze.

Oil pump swap

Oil pump swap

Oil pump swap

Oil pump swap

Oil pump swap

All ‘done’

Oil pump swap

Oil pump swap

My wife can’t WAIT for me to put this into the car 🙂

Oil pump swap

Meaningful modular modifications!

Ok, I’ll stick to this and stop trying to be punny. Started the process by removing the remaining wiring harness and began taking the intake. That came to a halt when the coolant crossover protested. So, I moved on with other tasks, starting with the solid engine mounts from SMR.

Friday

The other side didn’t fit very well but that’s nothing my grinder can’t remedy.

Friday

After that issue, I test fit the header and it fits great. Then, I took the old filter off to install the start of an oil filter relocation setup.

 

More than just a pretty face!!

Took a chance on another intake manifold that I happened to find on craigslist. The guy got it from a buddy with the intention to swap his 4.6 2V to a 4V. He lost interest, sold the car and listed the intake. He asked $65 and I happily agreed. As you can see, it has been painted and thoroughly cleaned. What I didn’t know until closer inspection at home was the fact someone cut the bottom off at some point and welded it back together. As it turns out, someone had shortened the intake runners by 1.75″!! For those who don’t know, that job will set you back roughly $700. What does this mean? This results in meaningful horsepower gains in the upper RPM range with a slight loss in low speed torque. This can be remedied with a steeper rear gear but that won’t be decided until after I drive it. Most people with similar modifications report rear wheel horsepower levels in the 285-305 range.

Friday

 

Friday

Starting to take shape

This weekend was quite productive given the fact I had limited time. Finalized the Maximum Motorsports #tubular k member installation after taking delivery of a replacement front control arm. The professionals at Maximum Motorsports take customer service very seriously, Jack Hidley accurately diagnosed the issue I was having and quickly rectified the situation. After that, I started putting the puzzle back together until I ran out of time today. Also had an opportunity to install the coolant crossover kit that Wonder Racing, LLC supplied me with. Kevin Shea offers top quality products at very competitive prices.

Friday shenanigans

My first step was to prime and paint the spindles prior to installation. This would later prove to be done in error, but we’ll get back to that.

Friday shenanigans

Friday shenanigans

Friday shenanigans

Friday shenanigans

Along the way I managed to snag a nearly unobtainable 2000 Cobra R steering rack from BTM Autosport.

Sunday funday

Sunday funday

Sunday funday

So, I have to drill the spindles out to accommodate the bump steer kit. This was the step I wasn’t aware of and missed early on.

Sunday funday

This is the aforementioned coolant crossover mod from Wonder Racing, LLC.

 

 

The waiting game…

I’m patiently awaiting a shipment from Maximum Motorsports to arrive this coming Friday.  Taking advantage of this minor setback, I brought my spindles to work to be blasted and painted. Much to my dismay, the blast cabinet was too low on sand to be of any use to me so i settled for removing the dust shields and brought them home.

Wednesday...

Ironing out the wrinkles

Further progress was made this past weekend by installing the MM k-member setup. This brought an issue to light with one of the control arms and after a conversation with Jack Hidley, will be rectified. As you can see in the pictures, the spindles aren’t installed. This is because I’m going to paint them prior to final assembly. Otherwise I need to purchase new sway bar endlinks, scrub some more old grease/grime from the subframe and button it up. During this time, rain bands from Hurricane Harvey were pushing through my area. In between downpours, I removed most everything from the front of the 4V in preparation to install a new oil pump.