Main British Car:
Cowboy Ray's 71 TRZ06 (Part 2)
Posted by: cowboyra
Date: January 13, 2012 07:30PM
Mounted the hand controls to the steering column
Steering column installed with hand controls Don't pay any attention to that cheapo steering wheel
Mounted the battery today. In this shot you can see the access panel I made so I can get the fuel
pump out with out removing the tank and the tunnel I made for the filler neck
fired up the motor today
Started on the flares. I cut off the wheel opening lip and lower rearward part of the fender
Reattached it with some temporary brackets
Ca glued the fabric onto the fender, Followef my template I made before hand. Streched it out to the lip and Ca glued it
Saturated the cloth with resin. This should give me a stiff enough surface to lay the glass onto
Rear flairs are about 80% done.
front flairs are taking shape. A lot more scratching to go
It took all day to build up enough courage to cut that hole in the fender
Trans Am air extractor should be up to the task
I made the molds for the air extractors that are going in the hood
Here is a finished air extractor waiting to be glassed into the hood
air extractor being glassed in
the bulge on the bottom is a speaker enclosure. box on top is were the fuse box lives
other side speaker enclosure and ECM
I thought all those bulges were ugly so I made aluminum covers
Here's a shot of the front end. Bumper bulges were removed. A shroud was glassed in to seal the
frontal openings to the radiator. Front air dam is done
The major glass work on the fender are done. I know I shou;d have taken a picture with
them on the car
installed some gas struts to hold the hood open
air extractors are all glassed in, I have to ruff up the bonnet and gel coat it
Front end is nice and clean with all that busy crap removed. Turn signals will be in the head lights
and fog lights will be in the 2 lower openings
I needed the doors to open farther so I could get closer with my wheelchair. I modified the upper hinge and made new door straps. The door opens almost 90 degrees and doesn't hit the front fender
Made the dash support / stereo enclosure
The head unit was a very tight fit. I had to raise the heater box about an inch and trim abit off the
bottom to get the stereo in far enough so the front could open to load cds
I made the right inner fender well. Still need to fit it to the fender and tweek it here and there
The rear half is mounted to the chassis and the front half attaches to the tilt hood.
these are all easily removable for easy access to the motor
Inner fender wells are as done as their gonna get for now.
Built a rotissery out of 2 cheap harbor freight engine stands and some spare steel.
Put the body on it to finish up some welding underneith. It's ready to go to the bead
Finished up the headers / exhaust. I'm going to send the headers out to be
ceramic coated. It's time to tear the whole thing apart for paint
It's the chassis turn on the rotissery. I have to finish a few welds, add a few brackets,
have it media blasted and shoot some epoxy on it
Was just like christmas today. I wanted axles that could handle 450 hp. The Driveshaft Shop
didn't have anything that wimpy for my setup. I had to go with the 800 hp axles. Well they
should be bullit proof and I can go for more power later on if I feel the need.
Treated the rear end to new posi clutches, bearings and seals. With a 3.55 gear
6500 rpm in 6th gear is 255 mph. I won't have enough power to go that fast but
165 should be doable. Cruise at 65 around 1500.
These aluminum cases have alot of carrier bearing preload. The only way to get
it back in is with a case spreader. I made this primative one.
A few pics of the final assembly of the rear suspension. It feels good bolting
stuff together knowing I don't have to take it apart again.
Did a little porting. The intakes on these heads are very large. They only needed a bit
of throat and bowl work. The exhausts got the full treatment. The chambers measured
69 cc's which will give me 11:1 compression ratio.
Put in a ls hot cam. Nothing too radical because realiability is a priority. This motor should
make atleast 450 HP
Motor is done and in. Exhaust was coated by jet hot
power steering is all plumbed up
Had the tub blasted by Motorsports powder coating in Delevan, WI. They did an excellent
job and reasonably priced. Now to get the sand out of it.
body has been encased in epoxy
This is the dash being veneered. You can't have too many clamps.
first coat of varnish
I painted the underside silver hoping it will help reflect some heat away
I used spray in truckbed liner on the floor and wheel wells and sprayed some color on top. It sure brightened up the garage
Masked off the body and painted the roll cage.
I used some self adhesive heat shielding under the floor pans
I had to put the metal dash in temporarly and couldn't resist settig the fascia in place
Got some painting done. Looks like I need to straight my license plate
Hood and nose all done. I have about 400 hours on the hood
Painting is going slower then anticipated. It takes About a week per panel.
got a door painted and installed
I wanted to cover up the corvette emblem on the hub caps so I had my
girlfriend make me up a few decals. I know there just hub caps but I
thought they looked neat
Pulled out of the garage under it's own power today
The body is basically done. I just have to run a buffer over it and install
some weather stripping
I plan to start driving later this week or next week. I'm waiting on a 5 point harness.
The interior is going to be worked on little by little and should be finished over the winter.
First test drive didn't go so well. The trans wouldn't shift. Put a tech2 on it and found there
was no input or output shaft speeds. Had to pull the valve body and replace the sensors. The
next drive went very well. I put about 25 miles on it with no problems. Now I just have to work
on my tune. At 1/4 throttle this car is quicker than most production cars. 1/2 throttle it hauls ass.
I didn't go over 1/2 throttle because it's not tuned. Anything over that will be scary fast. It should
get exciting when I have to tune wide open throttle. It corners awesome, I have to figure out away
to keep my wheelchair from flying around the cockpit
Made up some simple forms from scraps to shape my kick panels
I wrapped some glass half way around some 1.5" tubing and then bonded it to the kick panel
Here's the rough result. The half round section snaps onto the roll cage and will be held on with 2 screws and the speakers.
The reason I couldn't just use a flat piece like stock is because I ran the wire harnesses through the rocker panels so
a flat panel wouldn't sit flat
exhaust sound byte
I cut down the seat base so it fits the car better
I cut the foam so it fits my back, I also removed some foam from the seat base which should lower my butt an inch
I sewed up some seat covers. I should have picked an easier task to learn how to sew. If the wrinkles don't
come out I'll make up some new ones next year
Kick panels and speakers in. I'm gonna try to hold the carpet down with industrial velcro
Made up some door upholstery
I made all the interior panels out of Celtec
rear panel all glued up ready to fold the edges
Here's all the rear panels completed
Trial fitting the panels
interior is 90% done
Here's one of the trunk
Seemed to be a hit at the local cruise night
Was at the Illinois state beach today. The project is pretty much done
except for the top which is almost ready. The motor's all tuned and runs
great. It gets 21 mpg city and 30 highway. It accelerates and stops like
a mad dog. Handling is awesome. It's does everything I was hoping for
Went to the British car festival last summer and this photographer took a bunch of pictures of my car
Got the best in show award last night out of 450 cars
Edited 49 time(s). Last edit at 06/18/2015 11:23AM by cowboyra.