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Firebolt last won the day on December 6 2018

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  1. Fixed my first ride, dad bought this bike few years before I was born. My new step sister has 2 year old and he loved it! This is almost 30 years old electric bike, only needed some little fixing and new 6 volt battery. Hope I get kids some day and this needs to be recharged every day. My dad made it better for ice track: Merry Christmas!
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    So it looks like I’m not the only one, how much taller Barra is compared to crossflow?
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    The power is regulary over that limit, since you can’t test it at street. I know a few over 1000 hp jap cars in here that are dynoed for max power and later tuned more. The power is allowed to be +20% from original (if it stays under 7kg/kW regulation), and engine size +25%. There is some new 5kg/kW regulation you can have for some reasons but it’s so complicated that I build this first with that 7kg/kW regulation. I think if my suspension/body mods are success this car is fast compared to stock or little modded 5.0 fox body.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    Thanks, all my shop stuff and both Harleys are now in my dad’s garage, and the car is at in-laws. They live close enough eachother so we try to have some trips there every now and then. It’s 300 km away here, we didn’t move but I had to leave that rented garage. It only needs widening the block, making space for pushrods and some work with oil and water passages etc. Nothing impossible and it’s been done before in US, so if I can find head cheap enough, these engines are cheap here I want to give it a try. Didn’t go the easy way with the body, so why give up with engine. And later if this doesn’t work and I have some % left of identity I could swap some other engine like OHC or even Barra.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    Lol I’m just fixing some rust... [emoji23] Actually that is why I’m using this old engine... and I have one 7.5” rear if it gets too tight. In here car’s identity goes like this: 1. Body and accessories are 34%. -Body 22% •Roof 2% •Rear fenders 2% -Hood 1% -Trunk lid 1% -Front fenders 2% -Doors 4% -Bumpers 1% -Front grille 1% -Heater 2% 2. Frame or platform 24% 3. Engine and drivetrain 26% -Engine 14% -Transmission 8% -Radiator 2% -Fuel tank 2% 4. Axles 8% -Front 4% -Rear 4% 5. Interior 4% -Seats 2% -Dashboard 2% 6. Lights 4% -Headlights 2% -Taillights 2% You can count from 1 to 6 and get 100%. If your mods go over 50% the identity of the car is lost. Unibody cars are calculated with frame and platform moved to body division so body is 46% and body and accessories are 58%. Since there is only roof and rear fenders specified from body it’s up to the guy who inspects this car to calculate what is modded. If I’m lucky there is only 2% out from rear fenders, but I’m expecting a few percents from trunk floor/front shock towers. Making brakes better doesn’t change cars identity. And steering system isn’t calculated to front axle. With stock body you could easily change almost everything leaving the car ultimate stock looking sleeper. Changing cylinder head is compared to engine swap, but there isn’t any % lost. Same goes with turbo/supercharger. The power should not be under 7kg/kW, so with fox bodies it’s around 200 kW.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    So now I’m almost out of picks, here are the last ones, I might have posted some of these. A little test if it fits, at this point I desided to keep inline and leave V8 for big boys [emoji28] So firewall is now moved 15 cm and passenger has less space for feet but driver’s floor in under 5 cm narrower, so it’s tolerable for longer trips too. The black line in this pick is the centerline, I’ll need to change valve cover if I don’t find crossflow head. By the way, is crossflow head much taller than these log heads? This is where engine will be, it looks like inline 5. Subframe connectors are lower than oilpan, and I’d like to mod it a bit too It’s not too tight but maybe I change breather system another way So it was time to move, and since front suspension was still at drawing table I had to buy ”shopping cart wheels” that I welded to subframe to get the car to the trailer. This is the state I left it to wait for better times to come. When I can’t get my hands dirty with this car I’m always designing new parts for this, now I’m drawing new instrument panel and dashboard, transmission mount etc.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    So, since the rear frame rails needed rust repairs I desided to cut them and drop the floor as much as possible, the trunk in these cars is so small that every space I can get is appreciated. A bit overkill, new frame rails are made of 70 x 50 x 5 mm RHS tubing I bought few years ago to make full length subframe connectors (but later I desided to keep using the ones already attached to car). I wanted to do new bigger fuel tank, as the original is so small. With the lower trunk floor tank refill had to be moved from right side to rear, so I bought surge tank cap and draw it’s pattern to be laser cutted to 2 mm stainless. The cap is bolted to 90 deg 3” pipe to go down, maybe better just put these picks here and be quiet... The extra hole in right is for kill switch, if I would make this for track. Plate will be bolted to hinges at down and I’m using these for upper mounting: So with plate it looks like this: The floor and frame rails are chopped right after rear shock towers, and new frame rails fo down there: I don’t have better picks of it, but this is how it is now: I made full length inner fenders, never liked the original design: The fuel tank will be part of trunk floor, like early Mustangs had it. If I can make it about 85 x 50 x 20 cm it will be 85 litres, witch is huge, so I might make it a bit smaller. Here is some sketch I figured out doing the rear of the car, black lines are the body, blue lines are fuel tank and red lines are there only to show that my design is actually higher from ground than original. Next I need to make some prototype of tank and I’ll try to make it the same ground clearance as original tank.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    I’ve got matching t-shirt:
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    Oh, forgot to write the part when I sold one of my DD:s and left most of my tools to trunk... Well I needed more tools anyway so bought myself big box of tools after new year. And the car needs so much welding I had to buy MIG welding machine. And after that a lots of hammers, drills etc and my shop was ready for some action. Now let’s jump to summer of 2017, when I decided to push the car outside, because there was so mutch filler used after some previous welding jobs. Cutted rear inner fenders off and hammered sheetmetal to some form, to make more space for bigger tires. Also made turbo header for my friend’s Honda CBR inside, so needed that space for it. This is how I had the car for almost 6 months: It was really wet summer, and that Shovelhead in the pick was my only vehicle as my gf got the DD to go to work at other side of the country. I got that bike at spring and there was all kind of problems with it, so not much time for this little pony. Got it back inside at the end of November and my plan was to weld rear of the car ready. But the front of this car was rusty too and I’m not sure if the inside of left frame rail had been bent from factory or what would have caused this: For reference, right side was straight: When I saw that I had to measure everything and suprisingly both frame rails were straight up to bumber. I think it was January 2018 when I went mad and made all this: I tried to drill welds to save shock towers but they wasn’t good enough for saving so chopped those too: This is propably the best pick to show how rusty it was: So at this point it was good time to move the firewall further back and so I did: Maybe this post is long enough, to be continued.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    Been pretty quiet in here, had two exams today and another one was in Swedish so had to flip my brains out of English [emoji28] didn’t went well... So in 2014 I moved across the country and started my engineering studies. Left the car behind and got it here after christmast in 2015: I rented a shop with a friend, 65 m2 for two Mustangs, this and friend’s 68. I got the car inside and started to dismantle it: Soon I realized it was too rotten everywhere at trunk, so cutted the floor off: Under the floor you could see through the frame rails: And later took a bit more and suddently there wasn’t floor anymore: I think this post is long enough, in the next step I may explain something from the front of the chassis.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    I just got it washed and went to shower when I saw the flames outside. I think it was faulty alternator, it always had some problems with it.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    Me too, still missing it. Maybe I can get rust free hatchback for DD some day... It will get that same color.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    At some point I tried to use burned body parts from my old ’84 Mustang but the metal wasn’t good anymore, they would need too much work. Chopped the roof off of it and the whole thing collapsed... had to call truck to pick it up and now it is gone. It was a great car, 3.8 and C5 trans. It was my first car. Got it painted at spring 2012 and it burned at august. Then bought this beast I still have.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    For some reason I desided to get my new 5 lug wheels fitted and ordered rear disc brakes for 2009 Toyota Avensis. I already had a pair of VAG rear saddles and just a bit of measuring and drawing and my uncle cutted 10 mm aluminium pieces to correct form with laser, and I got rear brakes fitted with SN95 drive shafts. Front was easy as I just needed to change to conversion discs, couldn’t find SN95 spindles at that time. Used some Wilwood valve at rear. At last post I already put one pick with new wheels under the car, the wheels are 10x17” Saleen SC replicas in every corner and 255/40 tires. Didn’t have money for bigger tires but maybe someday. Had to use 10 mm spacers as front wheels centerbore was too small for fox hub. Tried to roll rear fenders but they were too rusty and there wasn’t time to fix those. Rear springs were still cutted ones and with 5 cm drop in axle the car was super low, I had to screw rear control arms as high as possible and still there was fender scrubbing. Suprisingly I got the car ready for the meet, took gf with me and we tried to get there, 33 km later had to stop because I was afraid rear tires would blow. At the bus stop I saw the fuel tank was leaking and called tow truck there. It took 2.5 hours to wait the truck, and it was propably the hottest day of that summer... I have to say my gf wasn’t happy. The battery died when we were waiting the truck and I felt I was beaten, back home we just left the car, packed gf’s mothers Škoda and went to the meet. I couldn’t touch the car for few weeks.
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    Firebolt's fox body chopping

    It was summer again, and I had to get this to street. Got it out and took doors off, I had marked these picks with ”there was so much rust under the hinges that grinding doesn’t make sparks” These are still on my to do-list, I already draw new replacement parts with Autocad and I’ll try to get those laser cut some day. Just still need to get lots of other stuff to be cutted at once. The rear axle was sandblasted and after welding the control arm brackets and axle tubes to center (got a bit of toe in and -0.5 camber doing it) I had to paint it, but at the time I only had leftowers of red rust primer and gloss black, I mixed those to get some cool wine red or something, well you all know it turned out to be semi-gloss sh*t brown when it was dry... [emoji19] Later I got welding machine borrowed from my dads work, and fixed the floor After that I sanded the body and fixed a few rusted spots, and painted the body with primer in and out Don’t have much more photos of this session, there was 2 weeks to get this to Finlands biggest Mustang meet and I had to work hard with it. Almost burned this car when cutting rust off, just saw that the floor was wet and stopped the angle grinder, had cutted the fuel line... I think I was pretty fast outside checking for fires and there was none.
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