Sanded and painted the Thug’s driveshaft, so new Billet Yoke and new U Joints can be installed.
Engine and Transmission now in car
The headers I use to run in this car went into the Big Red Ram, when I converted the car to an automatic for Dallas. The headers that I ran in BRR, when it was a stick, wont work in this car with an automatic. I’ll need to borrow Dallas’ headers until I can get some new ones made.
I’m hoping that the steering link will still go through the Charlie’s Oil Pan, as I’m using a new motor plate to replace the Elephant Ears I use to have. Also hoping the driveshaft still fits. I painted it last week, ordered a new billet trans yoke and 1350 U-Joints. However, while the rear of driveshaft is a 1350, the Ford 9″ was not. I just had to order a non-standard U-Joint from Strange.
Steering column is now also in the car.
Still have a ton to do before Bradenton, and more cold weather due in next week. I bought a propane hater for the shop. Hopefully, it will keep it warm enough.
I started the day pushing the Whale into the shop. I’ll soon start stripping, bagging, tagging and binning.
I finished sanding the fiberglass bumpers, wrapped them, and made an 80-mile round trip to drop off to get wrapped in Chrome.
The valve covers on the Thug’s engine were badly stained. I tried scrubbing with a stiff brush and solvent, but they still looked like crap. So I painted Burgundy to match the car, and let them dry in 80-degree bright sun all afternoon. I used 12oz of paint (6 coats) before I got it as smooth as I wanted it.
A friend made me up this lettering a few years ago. I should have put them on a car sooner, as it was a bitch getting the paper off after a coupe of years.
The steering column was taken down to bare metal (forgot to photo), and its hanging, waiting for some gloss Black paint in morning, before the cold front comes in over the weekend.
Photo of the Tubular Upper/lower QA1 Control Arms in front and Aerospace Components Brakes on all four corners. This is the third car I’ve replaced the Wilwoods with Aerospace Components. Don’t worry about a little flash on the rotors. It will be gone when I break in the pads.
I needed to leave a little early to order parts, so I covered the Thug and put the freshly painted Valve Covers on the Engine – before locking up.
The cage in the Texas Thug was scuffed and painted in Black Hammertone, and the seats were reinstalled. The lighting of the photos is weak.
The heads are ready to pick up from machine shop, and I expect the motor to be fully assembled by Friday. I have the new aluminum fuel cell, a pair of battery mounts ready to go. A pair or ballast boxes will be in Thursday and hopefully the fuel system will be in next week so I can get the trunk finished and run new fuel lines and 00 battery cable to front of car.
More updates to follow.
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As I write this first post (November 26, 2017), the car is about 3/4 finished, meaning I have a long way to go to be ready for its first race in Bradenton, Fl this coning March.
The purpose of this site us to help find product sponsors, update the public on the progress of the build, and to give racing updates in the future. Below you will find updates with the most recent first.
- Ordered 30′ of braided -AN10 for fuel system
- Ordered a 5 gal Aluminum Fuel Cell
- Ordered a pair of fabricated Aluminum Weight Boxes
- I have a pair of Aerospace Components Battery hold downs
- I have a couple cans of Spatter paint and clear over coat
- Wiring for tail lights and fuel pump relay
- I have a pair of 16v AGM batteries
- I have a Indy 572-16 Head motor built by Diamondback Engines and Rebuilt by Indy. Since I’ve had two Indy built motors quickly blew up on me, I’m having Diamondback tear down and rebuild for the Thug.
- TTI product sponsored the Vitamin C in return for banner advertising n my web sites, and I’m hoping I can persuade them to do the same for the Thug.
- I bought a new front motor plate and mounts.
- The underside has been painted with POR15 black on frame rails and POR15 Aluminum on pans.
- Some seam sealer will need to be applied after the body work that was performed and painted over
- I need to install a fuel pump and a pair of filters fore and aft. I have the Aeromotive that came off the car, but run Fuelab on the Texas Whale, and my son has one the car I gave him, although he currently not racing. I hoping I can work out a deal with Fuelab , as I prefer theirs.
- I’ll most likely clean up and reuse the 00 ga battery cable I had on the car.
- I ordered a quart of Black Hammered paint that I’ll repaint the cage with.
- I’ll take the seats out and clean them and the carpet, then reinstall
- New seat belts and net has been ordered
- The door cards will go to interior shop to be recovered
- I have new interior handles and cranks
- I replaced windows with Pro Glass and have the inside molding from Clay and Sons that I need to refinish and install to keep Pro Glass in.
- Paint Steering column and install
- I have new handles and tail lights to install
- I bought a couple grills that I need to polish and make into a A990 grill
- I had nice chrome/metal bumpers on the car, but I bought a pair of fiberglass. I need to see how they look with chrome paint and a lot of clear and make a decisions if which to use.
- Need to stab in motor, transmission and driveshaft
- Polish the aluminum radiator
- Wire relays for water pump and fans for engine cooling and B&M trans cooler
As you can see, I still have a couple very busy months ahead to be tested and ready by late February.
Bought a K-Frame from Clay & Sons and had Matt Wright at BRC lighten and box. I then had it powder coated in Chassis Black. I also painted the steering tie rods, torsion bars and other links Gloss black. The control arms were replaced with new QA1 tubular and new upper and lower ball joints. Shocks are Afco and brakes are Aerospace Components.
I pulled the rear end out of the car, and then scraped and painted the underside of the car. The rear end was disassembled, inspected and the housing and four link painted. The chunk was inspected and properly set. Everything was reassembled and installed back kn the car with new AFCO Shocks and Springs. New Aerospace Components brakes on the rear.