Every project has those key moments where the champagne gets popped, the camera gets a workout, and emails go out to all your car pals. While we recently had reason to do all that and more with Generation Gap when we completed our paint and body, we're back at it again with the final installation of our drivetrain and suspension. Those that have been with our project from the beginning might be thinking, "Haven't we seen this already?" Well, yes, and no. You've seen us report on mocking up many of these assemblies, but now we're putting the car together for good now that the paint and bodywork are complete; so we have some updates to what we've mocked up earlier, plus some install tips and more.
One of the first things we had to accomplish before we could drop our modular powerplant between the modified front fenders was to have the engine bay painted. What's that? Didn't we just have the car painted? Yes we did, but due to the deadlines we have to adhere to in order to publish the magazine on time we ran out of time while painting the car and we had to paint the engine bay, underside of the hood, and decklid after the fact. Luckily, we had plenty of paint left for it all to match precisely.
With the engine bay painted body color and clearcoated, Generation Gap was trailered back to Modified Mustangs & Fords World HQ (our Snap-on equipped tech center) where we were looking forward to marrying the drivetrain with the chassis for the last time. With the drivetrain installed and checked off our list (and that champagne flowing!) we still have plenty to do to meet our goal of finishing the fastback by year's end, but with the drivetrain installed we can now concentrate on fuel and brake system plumbing, wiring, and moreùall things that were up in the air before the drivetrain was installed. Stay tuned for more progress on our fastback in upcoming issues as we begin final installation at full steam ahead.