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After putting my time in over at IE maintaining the race "program" (since it really doesn't have an official name) for Jeff on his cars, It's time to do this. After multiple VARA Universities and pit time, I figured I'd spend some quality time in the seat instead of under someone else's hood. Of course I'll still work on Jeff's cars, since it's where I learn how to apply that experience to my own build. Plus it's fun, since the idea of building a competitive car on a budget to go against the seemingly bottomless pockets of many of the teams out there is very satisfying. 

I'm not a seasoned blogger, so my entries will probably be scattered and out of synch, but I'll add to the entries as progress is made on each task being worked on. How long or in depth it goes remains a mystery, since at some point I'll be too busy with other projects to remember to update this. One can only hope...

So here she is, a 1969 1602. A shell that was for sale here a while back that nobody wanted. Too daunting of a task by the look of those rear fenders? Not for me, since I was already planning on doing that. The cage was mostly there, which was very exciting to see, since that is one of the most expensive parts of building a race car. I had a shell already. When this car became available, I knew the cost of having the cage built from scratch was at least 4x the cost of this shell so my plans instantly changed when this car showed up in the cars for sale section. The buyer of the shell I had previously is a member here, and hopefully he will add a blog of his own at some point of his restoration/build.

This car was purposely savaged with the intent of a full Alpina Pig Cheek kit, if there was any question of why someone would cut out fenders like this. Also the trunk floor was completely removed, making it far too costly for someone hoping to do any kind of restoration to it. So race car it is.

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The only thing I like about Florida is the color.

The only thing I like about Florida is the color.

The photos I got today from the paint shop brought miles of smiles. Tomorrow the satin black trunk and hood will be done, and it is supposed to be finished by Saturday. I got all the vintage stickers laid out already, that will be fun...hopefully. 

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

Hanging pedals sorcery

Hanging pedals sorcery

I felt like I needed something beyond the original pedal box to handle all the fury that will be occurring down south, so I built a hanging pedal box to house a Wilwood setup. This is the rough draft, the finished housing is the second picture.

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

Wheels are locked in.

Wheels are locked in.

I really like the vintage look of the incredibly lite Circle wheels I have as backups. Panasport for the win (optimism)!    

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

Progress from the body shop!

Progress from the body shop!

I know shells that have gone to the shop for body and paint that have taken a year or more to hear about any progress. My Santa Ana guys are true bosses when it comes to getting stuff done. Two months after I dropped it off, I got pictures of the body before it goes to paint in a few days. The rear panel was pretty wonky when I got it, the bulges beneath the rear plate were hammered (or attempted) flat, but left just lumpy. I just told them to blend them in as best as they could, because race ca

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

Onto the professionals..

Onto the professionals..

I can install the fenders and get them close, but I need the professionals for do the blending and to skim coat and block the body to be ready for paint. I'm not going to divulge the color scheme yet, since people have too strong of opinions on the subject. Let's just say it will be a tasteful OEM period correct color with an Alpina Works car livery (not orange).

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

 

Fuel cell fun

Some of the pictures I'm posting were taken midway between getting the task done, so bear that in mind... I should have taken a picture before putting the floor in to show the frame for the fuel cell (for those interested in that kind of thing). There are lots of things to consider, like whether to keep the original gas filler location, where to position the cell, be it centered or pushed to the right like original. Even the installed height of the cell. Lots of people chimed in, in th

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

 

Rear shock tower stuff

The idea is to fabricate brackets on either side of the shock rod opening to fit Heim joints that will be mated to the Bilsteins. I'll post progress of this stuff once I get to it.  

Furry Camel

Furry Camel

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