Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
Body-In-White Build, Stage 2
Stage 2 - Metal, Wiring, and Fuel System - Forward Progress
Moving into the second month of this built-from-scratch race car, we've installed some of the critical hardware. Because we started with a bare shell, we'll be assembling the entire car, including many items you never give second thought to, such as the interior, windows, and all of the wiring. This stage of a project can seem more like a home improvement project than a car build, but wiring and plumbing are necessary to make sure all the systems work properly in the harsh racing environment.
With the Strange Engineering 9-inch rear firmly in place, our attention turned to the trunk, where we installed an Aeromotive fuel system. Our man Yo, Ken! Miele is also a darn good fabricator, and so he went to work with his fab and wiring expertise.
With any high-performance project, it's important to have the controls in the proper place, so we took into account driver position, as well as the location of the gauges and switch control panel. This may be an afterthought for some, but if the driver is comfortable and has easy access to things like the shifter, switch panel, and pedals, he or she will be more effective at winning.
This Mustang started as Ford Racing Performance Parts body-in-white (BIW) kit, of which 40 were sold in 2010. FRPP is planning to offer this program again in 2012 or 2013 and it is a prime way to begin any racing project, be it for the strip, open-track fun, or an all-out road-course assault. And if you take your time, you'll come away with a show-winning ride that can win on track.
Check out The photos and captions to see what progress we made this month.