WHERE DO I STAND IN MY QUEST FOR SUPREMACY?
Who Am I Trying To Kid?

So now whatís left to do? Mostly interior stuff. Remove interior and get a roll cage installed (~$2000, this will be the last big expense barring a blown motor), install a race seat (I have a seat waiting: $400 *new* Sparco EVO) and harnesses (I have Sparco, 6pt, camlock belts $147.90 waiting), and mount tires. A good friend essentially gave me 6 scrubbed R compound tires for free and I have Hawk Blue brake pads leftover from my early days tracking my 3rd Gen RX-7 that I can use. I have a used aluminum hood ($200) waiting a rattle can paint job and installation. I managed to source an "assembled" limited slip differential fitted with a Torsen LSD out of a Miata ($400) to replace the open unit currently in the car. This will help ole peg leg considerably. And the icing on the cake, this unit comes with a 4:33 ring and pinion out of a GTUs (vs the stock 4:1). Yeah for me! A steering wheel and quick disconnect would be great as would a shift light but these could wait also. Strut tower bars are cheap so I might get those sooner rather than later. I have some concerns about the adequacy of the stock radiator and of course the longevity of the motor and transmission is questionable but nothing I can do about that now until they fail. So where do I stand?


Porky? Nah.

                                               Initial Weight Savings                                         118.8 lbs
                                               More Engine Bay Weight Savings                       13.4 lbs
                                               Interior Weight Savings 1                                     23.6 lbs
                                               Total Weight Savings:                                         155.8 lbs

So already Iím down to a car that weighs in at less than 2470lbs and a has a few more hp to boot.  Not too shabby. And I havenít even begun to really work on the interior yet! The passenger seat alone has to weigh 40lbs!


Ah Yes...THE Budget

                                            TOTAL COSTS TO DATE:
                                            Car initial costs and brake costs                          $1480.86
                                            Exhaust work                                                        $  762.99
                                            Engine bay cleanup                                               $  304.05
                                            Suspension costs                                                    $1607.80



                                            Car that about 60% complete                              $4155.70

On target for the $7000 ITS track car that I built with my own hands?  We shall see.


Hooptie to Hotrod: Part 1
Scrap Metal: Part 2
Cosmetic Fluff: Part 3
Brake Gravy: Part 4
Exhaust Work: Part 5
Dieting and Some Oil Cleanup: Part 6
Cooling Hacks: Part 7
Underhood Miscellaneous: Part 8
Interior Gauges Plus: Part 9
Own a Lincoln? Suspension Upgrades: Part 10
New Shoes: Part 11
What's Next: Part 12
A Twist: Part 13
Sweatin' to the Oldies: Part 14
More Suspension Work: Part 15
Some Heart and Soul: Part 16

Chapter II: To Jump to the Next Series of Installments: Begins with Part 17 - A Good Rear End


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