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Sounds like you are on your way to having some real fun even without the SC.
The 3:73's have really made every late model Mustang I've had really be a lot of fun to drive...kind of night and day thing at least with the 5/6spd manual.
 

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Truly awesome. I'm pretty sure I would have smashed the car through that shed to the right, if I even made it that far :)

:bow: I am pretty impressed as well. Guy knows how to smoke some tires. :thumb:
 

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Here's a fun one. Had to fix a ripped CV boot on my Mercedes front passenger side (AWD). I thought it would be fun to take a pic of a Mercedes half shaft next to a stock Mustang half shaft. Keep in mind that the Ford Racing half shafts are even larger than the stock Mustang ones.
 

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I'm not much on Mercedes. My wife and her family are all German. Her grandmother calls Mercedes a taxi.

I am extremely fond of BMW. She likely rates BMW below taxis. Of course she hasn't said it to me in English. Hahaha ha!

Oddly enough, my wife's grandmother ranks Buick above German engineering. She despises Cadillac with a passion. Her husband drives a Grand Marquis, and at the moment he has been looking at Lincoln Town Cars.

It appears that the 80 year old Germans are stuck in their ways. It does amuse me that this couple has a love for cars. In particular, they love American cars.
 

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I'm not much on Mercedes. My wife and her family are all German. Her grandmother calls Mercedes a taxi.

I am extremely fond of BMW. She likely rates BMW below taxis. Of course she hasn't said it to me in English. Hahaha ha!

Oddly enough, my wife's grandmother ranks Buick above German engineering. She despises Cadillac with a passion. Her husband drives a Grand Marquis, and at the moment he has been looking at Lincoln Town Cars.

It appears that the 80 year old Germans are stuck in their ways. It does amuse me that this couple has a love for cars. In particular, they love American cars.
Some people just want what they can't have or what isn't common to them.

A lot of other places in the world love our American Muscle cars.
Then a lot of Americans want German engineering or Italian Exotics. Its more exotic when its from somewhere else.
 

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I know that this is way off topic here but if you ever get a chance to visit the Port of Long Beach you could see the 100's of containers headed to Europe with every kind of Amercian Muscle car imaginable heading to Sweden...where my 1968 Z28 is, Finland where my 31 Model Hot Rod is and New Zealand where my 1970 Maverick Drag Car now lives.
 

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Hey Olerodder, are you the kingpin of some kinda stolen car ring... or somethin'??? :blink:

Lol.
A few years ago, I read an article in the newspaper where a gentleman in a nearby town got a call from the CHP informing him that they had recovered his '56 Chevy which had been stolen from his yard 30 years prior! The car was sitting in a shipping container in Long Beach, ready to sail to Australia. And in much better condition than when it disappeared from his yard! The car appeared to have been freshly resto-modded with all of the expected trimmings, and 9 miles on the odometer!
 

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Straybullitt, no not that I know of:)
If you remember the Boyd Cottington show American Hot Rod then you must remember Thomas, the guy from Scandinavia...he was/is working for an exporter of at the Port of L.A., and he was the one in charge of shipping my 31 Model A Coupe to Finland a number of years ago...I actually got a tour of the old Boyd Coddington facility and did meat some of the stars of the show that were working for themselves...after Boyd's death.
 

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The clone is a bit of a sleeper at this point. Other than the brakes and the lowered stance, it's hard to tell anything significant has been done. I'll have to work on getting the SS hood and stripes and emblems on to spruce things up.
 

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Nothing wrong with a sleeper!
Nobody knows that you mean business until they see that car do a burnout for a few hundred feet... Then they know what's up.

The shop seems to be coming along nicely... Except for, possibly, that staircase that appears to lead nowhere???

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Except for, possibly, that staircase that appears to lead nowhere???
Yes, it is coming along. Thanks for the compliment.

Ahhhh....those wonderful stairs lead to that 10'x14' room with a half wall. That room will have two couches, a coffee table, a microwave, a wide screen tv, and a fully stocked bar :dance:

I'm kindof bummed out with the progress on the garage. I hurt my back 11 years ago, have been doing Taekwondo since then to strengthen my core (2nd Dan blackbelt at this point :angel:), but the old injury included a bulging disk. Well, the disk herniated a couple weeks ago and I'm scheduled for back surgery. That and all the other stuff this spring set the garage back a lot.

Now I'm worried that my drag racing and road course fun for the summer is gone.

But, I'm still smiling and still healthy otherwise, so it could be a lot worse. There will just be a lot of hanging out on the deck and having fun conversations with friends for a while. I'm hoping I'll be able to turn some wrenches. Maybe the S/C will go in this summer after all if I can't be spending time racing. Just have to be careful with the bending. I can see one of these in my near future https://www.amazon.com/Traxion-3-100-FFP-Foldable-Topside-Creeper/dp/B00QGXSODA
 

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More of what I think is fun stuff.

Pics before alignment....basically the "eyeballing" results of me installing suspension components and eyeballing the toe, caster, camber before getting it to the shop and on the alignment rack. Then pics after we got it aligned.

First one is before anything. I didn't do too bad with my eyeballing at least on the toe. Forgot to take pics of the caster and camber. They weren't bad either.

Second one is measured to the tolerances we set. I was comfortable with the final margin of error measuring to 1 hundredth of a degree on toe. Again, stupid me forgot to take pics of the camber/caster tolerances. But they were similar to 0.01 degree or less. The tech working with me was a pleasure to deal with and a real nitpicker....I LOVE nitpickers.

This last pic is the final settings. The settings are given by both Shelby and Ford Racing (although they differ slightly in what they suggest....we basically split the difference as they were so close to each other). The passenger setting is intentionally 3 to 4/10ths of a degree more negative front camber to address normal road crown and stop the car from pulling to the right on normal roads. Caster is a similar reason, but the opposite way. Same on the rears (except less areas for adjustment on the backs as camber/caster is actually adjusted with toe since the tops of the rear are fixed and not adjustable....so toe is off a bit on the rears...will watch the tire wear to make sure nothing is misbehaving).

After this alignment, the car handled AWESOME!
 

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The Clone look really nice and I agree with with Straybuillitt about looking like a the sleepers we tried to pull of some 50 years ago. I think once you chang the hood and other things it may attract a little more attention.
I totally under about the back issue although my doctor told me everything would fuse together when I hit 60...he was pretty much correct and it hasn't given me any serious issues.
You know...I would be glad to do some wheeling for you on a road coarse along with some 1/4 mile sprints since both my SCCA and NHRA licenses expire at the end of this year it would be a shame to let them go to waste:lol:
 

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You know...I would be glad to do some wheeling for you on a road coarse along with some 1/4 mile sprints since both my SCCA and NHRA licenses expire at the end of this year it would be a shame to let them go to waste:lol:
You'll have to renew them!

I'm expecting more HP than I'm willing to pedal in the straight line come 2018/2019ish. S/C boosted to 1100HP + the NOS getting another 300HP is probably more than I'm actually willing to run. I'll push the car into the 9's but I don't think I've got the balls to go into the 8's...even though the car should be able to do it.
 

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You'll have to renew them!

I'm expecting more HP than I'm willing to pedal in the straight line come 2018/2019ish. S/C boosted to 1100HP + the NOS getting another 300HP is probably more than I'm actually willing to run. I'll push the car into the 9's but I don't think I've got the balls to go into the 8's...even though the car should be able to do it.
I'm way over 70, and if I can push a door slammer into the 9's you can certainly push the Clone into the 8's...what's another second among friends. I know three brothers that run a ProMod...although not a full year schedule...and they are in the 5's and about your age...if they can do can do it so can you...I have to admit that would be one fun/exciting/scary ride!

Here is a picture of their car...the guy with the beard is the father...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc-UbiLMhFg
 

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You'll have to renew them!

I'm expecting more HP than I'm willing to pedal in the straight line come 2018/2019ish. S/C boosted to 1100HP + the NOS getting another 300HP is probably more than I'm actually willing to run. I'll push the car into the 9's but I don't think I've got the balls to go into the 8's...even though the car should be able to do it.
You will do fine. I used to get beaten on a regular basis when I drag raced bikes by a man in his 70s. I didn't think he could get his leg over that Hayabusa, but I was wrong. Experience kept beating age.
 
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