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Fire & Ice
 
It has been a while since the completion of the SN65 project, so it is about time that we start on another project.

But...  Why build one when building two only costs twice as much.  :-)

Our current goal is to build a matched set of first generation “Grand Touring” or “Pro Touring” style Mustangs (whichever term tickles your fancy).  We currently call this project “Fire and Ice”.

Stang #1 “Fire” will be a 65 coupe built with a drag racing theme.  The car will be painted with a specially formulated PPG paint that will give the car the illusion of being fabricated of “Polished Copper”.

Sell Price: $148,000 (see the BOM for a detailed listing of all components)

Here is the current spec sheet for "Fire"

A VEHICLE THAT TAKES YOU ON AN EXHILARATING THRILL RIDE AS IT RESPONDS EFFORTLESSLY TO YOUR EVERY COMMAND.  WHERE BRUTE FORCE AND STRAIGHT LINE ACCELERATION COMBINES  WITH BALANCE AND FINESSE, IN A VEHICLE THAT DELIVERS EVERYTHING A 60'S ERA MUSCLE CAR SHOULD BE

BOSS 302 ENGINE

Configuration

Longitudinally mounted, 60-degree V8, Diesel grade heat treated cast iron (41,000 psi tensile strength) block with aluminum heads, fully counterweighted forged crankshaft, Splayed 4-bolt main on 2, 3, 4, main caps, 2-bolt main on first and fifth main caps, Revised oiling and cooling system passageways, Siamese bore with drilled coolant crossover holes, Increased bulkhead material, Threaded core plugs, ˝" head bolts

Bore x Stroke

4.125 x 3.25

Displacement

347 cu. in.

Compression ratio

8.75:1

Horsepower

850 @ 6,500 rpm street
1,200 @ 7,000 rpm max

Torque

775 @ 3,500 rpm street
1,050 @ 4,200 rpm max

Specific output

2.45 horsepower per cu. in. street

Redline

6,500 rpm (fuel shut-off occurs at 6,500 rpm) street

Valvetrain

Hydraulic roller cam, oval wire beehive-shaped valve springs

Intake valves

2.02" head diameter

Exhaust valves

1.60" head diameter

Ignition system

MSD digital 7 plus programmable controller, Pro Billet Distributor, Flying Magnet Crank Trigger, 7 series Ignition Coil

Fuel system

Sequential electronic fuel injection

Induction system

ProCharge F1A Centrifugal-type supercharger with air to air intercooler

Boost pressure

14 psi street 25.0 psi maximum

Intake manifold

Trick Flow 5.0L Box-R-Series, tuned equal length runners

Throttle body

90mm

Mass-air sensor

90mm diameter

Exhaust manifolds

Custom Fabricated, Equal Length, Ceramic Coated Headers

Exhaust system

Dual, stainless steel, 2.5-inch diameter with polished exhaust tips

Drivetrain

Rear axle

9-in. ring gear with 3.55:1 Detroit locker differential, aluminum case

Driveshaft

Aluminum, with hardened yoke and U-joints

Transmission

AOD-E / 4R70W 4 speed Automatic with Gear Vendors Overdrive and electronic controls with paddle shifter

Gear

Ratio

1st

2.66

2nd

1.78

3rd

1.30

4th

1.00

5th

0.80

6th

0.63

Reverse

2.90

Final drive

3.55

SUSPENSION

Front

Modified MacPherson strut system with gas-charged Bilstein monotube dampers and separate 600 lb./in. coil over springs, 29mm tubular stabilizer bar, optional Maximum Motorsports upgrade

Rear

Multi-link independent system, cast iron upper control arm, aluminum lower control arm, fixed toe-control tie rod, aluminum spindle, gas-charged Bilstein monotube dampers with 600 lb./in. coil springs, 26mm tubular stabilizer bar, optional Maximum Motorsport upgrade

STEERING

Type

Rack and pinion, power assist

Gear ratio

15.0:1

Turns, lock-to-lock

2.5

Turning diameter

41.7

BRAKES

Front

13.0 in. (330mm) vented Brambo disc, PBR twin piston caliper

Rear

11.65 in. (296mm) vented disc, single piston caliper

WHEELS & TIRES

Wheels

17 x 8.5 in. front, 17 x 9.5 in. rear, 5 spoke, cast aluminum-alloy, machined surface, exposed lugs, optional 18 in. Forged 3 piece, polished Forgeline Comp wheels

Tires

Goodyear Eagle F1, Optional Toyo T1-R

DIMENSIONS, CAPACITIES

Wheelbase

108 in.

Length

181.6

Height

49 in.

Width

61.3 in.

Track, f/r

58.8 in. / 60.3 in.

Head room

38.1 in.

Leg room

41.8

Curb weight

3,120 lb.

Fuel Capacity

22 gallons (59.4 liters)

Weight dist. f/r

55.5% / 44.5%

COLOR & TRIM

Exterior

Polished Copper

Interior

Dark Brown with Camel Colored Inserts

FIRE INCLUDES

·          5 point restraints.  Always wear your safety belt.

·       3 link Torque Tube Rear Suspension

·          Anti-lock break system

·          SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

·          Articulated sport seats

·          Tilt Steering wheel

·          Audiophile quality sound system

·          Power Equipment Group: Power side windows, power door locks, power deck lid release

·          Air conditioning

·          Speed control

·          Front floor mats

·          Dual illuminated visor mirrors

·          Remote keyless illuminated entry

OPTIONS

·          Maximum Motorsports tuned suspension system

1.        MacPherson strut front suspension featuring custom offset tubular lower control arms with delron bushings and 350 lb./in. coil over springs

2.        IRS rear suspension featuring factory upper and lower control arms fit with delron bushings and 525 lb./in. coil over springs, aluminum differential bushings with adjustable pinion angle

·          Mystachrome Appearance Package  Includes MystaChrome color-shifting paint; color shifting leather interior trim (seat inserts and steering wheel); and polished wheels

·          18” Forgeline 3 piece polished comp wheels

·          Rear spoiler

Stang #2 “Ice” will be a 65 fastback built with a road racing theme.  This car will be painted with a specially formulated PPG paint that will give the car the illusion of being fabricated of “Polished Aluminum”.

Sell Price: $164,000

Here is the current spec sheet for "Ice"

NIMBLE, WELL BALANCED AND EXTREMELY FAST, THIS ROAD CAR  FEATURES A CUSTOM CHASSIS THAT BALANCES POISE WITH PREDICTABILITY.  ICE COMBINES THESE VIRTUES WITH FINESSE, IN A VEHICLE THAT DELIVERS THE ULTIMATE DRIVING EXPERIANCE

ENGINE

Configuration

Longitudinally mounted, in line 6, cast iron block with FSP prototype aluminum head, lightened crankshaft, custom forged pistons, crower rods, ARP bolts & studs

Bore x Stroke

93.47mm x 99.31mm

Displacement

4,091 cc; 250 cu. In.

Compression ratio

8.5:1

Horsepower

550 @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

735 @ 3,500 rpm

Specific output

84.8 horsepower per liter

Redline

6,500 rpm (fuel shut-off occurs at 6,500 rpm)

Valvetrain

Clay Smith 292-528-112 solid cam & lifters with full roller rockers

Intake valves

1 per cylinder, 37mm head diameter

Exhaust valves

1 per cylinder, 30mm head diameter

Ignition system

DUI Performance Distributor W/ FAST controller

Fuel system

Sequential electronic fuel injection

Induction system

T4 turbo W/ air to air intercooler

Boost pressure

8.0 psi maximum

Intake manifold

Cast aluminum, tuned equal length runners

Throttle body

Triple Webber 

Mass-air sensor

90mm diameter

Exhaust manifolds

Cast iron

Exhaust system

Stainless steel, 2.5-inch diameter with polished exhaust tip

Drivetrain

Rear axle

9-in. ring gear with 3.55:1 limited-slip differential, aluminum case

Driveshaft

Aluminum, with hardened yoke and U-joints

Transmission

TTC T-56 6 speed manual

Clutch

Centerforce

Gear

Ratio

1st

2.66

2nd

1.78

3rd

1.30

4th

1.00

5th

0.80

6th

0.63

Reverse

2.90

Final drive

3.55

SUSPENSION

Front

Modified MacPherson strut system with gas-charged Bilstein monotube dampers and separate 600 lb./in. coil over springs, 29mm tubular stabilizer bar

Rear

Multi-link torque tube W/ Watts link, gas-charged Bilstein monotube dampers with 600 lb./in. coil springs, 26mm tubular stabilizer bar

STEERING

Type

Rack and pinion, power assist

Gear ratio

15.0:1

Turns, lock-to-lock

2.5

Turning diameter

41.7

BRAKES

Front

13.0 in. (330mm) vented Brambo disc, PBR twin piston caliper

Rear

11.65 in. (296mm) vented disc, single piston caliper

WHEELS & TIRES

Wheels

18 x 8.5 in. front, 18 x 9.5 in. rear, 5 spoke, cast aluminum-alloy, machined surface, exposed lugs

Tires

Goodyear Eagle F1, Optional Toyo T1-R

DIMENSIONS, CAPACITIES

Wheelbase

108 in.

Length

181.6

Height

49 in.

Width

61.3 in.

Track, f/r

58.8 in. / 60.3 in.

Head room

38.1 in.

Leg room

41.8

Curb weight

3,220 lb.

Fuel Capacity

15.7 gallons (59.4 liters)

Weight dist. f/r

55.5% / 44.5%

COLOR & TRIM

Exterior

Polished Aluminum

Interior

Dark Charcoal with Medium Graphite Accents

SN65 INCLUDES

·          Driver and passenger airbags.  Always wear your safety belt.

·          Independent rear suspension (IRS)

·          Anti-lock break system

·          SecuriLock passive anti-theft system

·          Articulated sport seats

·          Tilt Steering wheel

·          Kenwood stereo

·          Power Equipment Group: Power side windows, power door locks, power deck lid release

·          Air conditioning

·          Speed control

·          Front floor mats

·          Dual illuminated visor mirrors

·          Remote keyless illuminated entry

OPTIONS

·          Mystachrome Appearance Package  Includes MystaChrome color-shifting paint; color shifting leather interior trim (seat inserts and steering wheel); and polished wheels

·          18” Forgeline 3 piece polished comp wheels

·          Rear spoiler

 

Both cars will feature the same major body, structural and suspension modifications.  The drivetrains and ancillary components will differ based on their theme (drag strip verses track), but both will be built with an eye toward real world performance.  You will be able to get in either car, drive it to the local track, race the car, and then drive it home.  Or you can motor over to the local grocery store for a gallon of milk.  Or, if the mood strikes you, you could even pack your bags and drive cross country.  These cars will be built to be driven and, trust me, they will be driven a lot.

We will start the project by doing an in depth study of the early Stang uni-body design.  We will be taking base line measurements to determine the torsional rigidity of the unmodified chassis.  We will then modify the chassis and take a measurement so that we can "rate" the improvement.  The goal is to improve the chassis to the point where it will be comparable to the finest production vehicles produced today.

 


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Ford Racing Performance Parts
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DSS Racing
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Bowler Performance Transmissions
If you are looking for a transmission for your project car, look no further than Bowler.  They know the ins and outs of transmissions like no other.  Before making any decision on a trans call Bowler.  You will be happy you did.

HTP Welding
We have been using their welding and plasma equipment in the shop for quite a while.  They are a quality product that we have found them to be rugged and very reliable.  We recommend them highly.  If you are looking for welding equipment for your shop or home check out the line of equipment offered by HTP.

Whipple Superchargers
Quality, durability, performance and style all played a part in choosing Whipple as a supplier.  Those things combined with their customer service and the fact that Ford uses them as a supplier made them the obvious choice for the SN65 project.

MagnaFlow
We chose them as a supplier because of their sound, but we have been blown away by their quality and ease of installation.  If you like the sound as I do, you cannot go wrong with their products.

CenterForce
They are the first name I think of when the topic of clutches come up.  The product we are using on this project is new, so we cannot comment on the quality as of yet, but I have never been disappointed in the past.

Toyo
We were referred to Toyo by a racing friend of ours and are we ever grateful.  We have tried two different versions of the Toyo Proxies and these tires grip like no other tire we have ever used.  I have recommended them to a few friends and they all say the same thing.  These tires are the best they ever mounted to a set of rims.

NPD
They have always been my choice for early mustang restoration parts.  They offer competitive prices, friendly staff and fast delivery.

Riggs Brothers
We have used custom upholstery shops in the past, but none can compare to Riggs Brothers.  The attention to detail and the quality of the work is beyond compare.  If you need upholstery work of any kind (marine, automotive, etc...) and you want it done right call on Riggs Brothers.

Forgeline
When we first realized that the stock 03 Cobra rims were not going to give us the final fit we desired, we scoured the net for alternatives.  Nothing that was available as a "stock" rim was going to solve our particular wheel fitment issues.  When Forgeline heard that we were having troubles, they stepped up with the best possible solution.  Doug is great to work with and their product is exceptional.  If you are looking for a custom set of wheels to solve any type of issue, give them a call.

Speed Inc & Kurgan Motor Sports
The fellows at Speed Inc really helped us out when we were in a pinch.  We needed dyno time and they bent over backwards to help us out.  On top of that, the tune on the car is fantastic.  Bob Kurgan did the tune and I really could not ask for more.  Excellent attention to detail and they work hard to achieve your personal goals.  If you are in the Chicago area and need your late model Stang tuned, these are the guys to go to.

The Color Shop
The Color Shop is our major supplier of auto body supplies.  We cannot recommend them highly enough.  If you need it, they have it.  There service and expertise are both exceptional.  If you need auto body supplies, go to The Color Shop.  You will be happy you did. (708) 547 -0855

3M
3M's automotive aftermarket division offers a complete line of products covering frame and body repair, paint preparation and everything in between.  We use all their masking, sanding, plastic repair and paint protection products in our shop.  Quality products at a reasonable price.

PPG
As far as we are concerned, there is only one paint system worth using and that is PPG.  They offer everything from factory correct paint systems to full out custom paint products.  For those looking for something a bit different, look at their "Hot Wheels, Spectraflame and Vibrance" series paints.