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12/16/19 Update

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It’s hard to believe that it has been since April that I’ve had an update.  I spent most of the summer away from …

April 12, 2019 update

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Where does time go?  I’ve been mostly working on the electrical system and, in particular, the instrument panel. …

November 9, 2018 update

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Progress over the summer was relatively slow: I spent a lot of time out of doors as it seemed too nice outside to …

Completion of rear (blower) portion of footbox vents

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The vent system to this point took longer than I anticipated as there were a number of things to work out.  In the …

Fresh air vents

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Although I haven’t posted for a while, I’ve been quite busy working on a fresh air vent system.  I’ll post more details …

3/27/2018 Update

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I’ve been away for the last two weeks (in CA and Moab, UT) but have a few things to report.  I’ve started riveting …

More aluminum and paint box

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I’ve been working on the aluminum that goes under the door openings and sits on top of the cockpit floor (below).  

What I’m doing on 2/23/2018

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It’s a wintry day in SLC.  I’ve gotten back to working on the aluminum.  My Hitachi cordless drill broke (the chuck …

e-brake modification

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It has been a while since I posted but I’ve been busy working on the e-brake modification.  The e-brake has, for …

e-brake installation start

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I thought that I would start on the e-brake installation, although it’s typically done a bit later in the build.  …

Moving to cockpit Al

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I’m working outward from the footboxes to the cockpit Al.  At this point I’ve only gotten the the transmission cover …

Footboxes done!

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I spent the day working on the footbox aluminum and finally got all the pieces set and held together by Clecko pins.  …

Footbox, gas pedal and MC hose

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I’ve been working on several fronts since I returned from Boulder last week.  I decided to order a gas pedal from

Continuing on Aluminum work

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While waiting to get the steel plate fabricated to hold the remote brake fluid reservoirs, I’ve focussed on the footbox …

Brake lines finished

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The brake lines are done!  For the most part it went well: I probably only tossed 1/2 of the lines I made!  The test, …

October 2017 Update

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I’ve been remiss in keeping my blog up to date: I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the Mk IV over the last 3 months.  …

Shelby American Museum

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I’m back in SLC after nearly three weeks in Boulder and eager to get back to the build.  While in Boulder I went …

More rear end work

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The 3-link is now nearly installed.  I’ve been alternating between attaching the caliper hanger brackets and getting …

Rear end work

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The rear end work has consisted of two efforts so far: 1) assembling the rear brakes and caliper hanger brackets …

Front brakes completed; work on rear end

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The front brake installation went pretty smoothly and was finished on 6/13/17.  The only issue was getting the correct …

Front suspension completed

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Almost.  I still need to torque the hub nut but I need to get a 36 mm socket first.

The hub went on the spindle surprisingly …

Shocks mounted

I finished mounting the shocks yesterday.  In the case of the lower shock mounting assemblies, the space was filled (…

UCA mounting / start of shock mounting

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The upper control arm was attached with no issues. The pivot arms, turnbuckles, etc. were ‘ locked’ into place but …

More LCA work

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The McMaster-Carr washers arrived (Part #: 96765A175).  They are nominally 0.062” in thickness.  On three of the …

Upper control arms / LCA spacing

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Fitting the LCAs into the frame ears was (and is) not quite straightforward.  The front ear spacing on the DS and …

Front suspension work

I continued to work on the front suspension yesterday, replacing the F5 bushings with the Breeze bushings.  Unfortunately, …

Starting front suspension work

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Today is the first day it feels like I’m starting on the build.  I began work on the ‘F’ panels by laying out rivet …

Al mostly off / new purchase

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The Al is mostly off; I’ll finish it tomorrow.  I needed to rearrange some of the shelving to get a place to keep …

Body on body buck

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Whew!  I’ve finally gotten the body on the buck, with the help of Alex (my son) and Glen Krummel (a friend from Boulder).  …

Body buck construction

I’ve been slowly working on the body buck as I’ve been recovering from arm surgery.  I assembled the various parts …

Design elements

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One of the (many) good ideas put forth on the build forums is to understand what the goal of the build is in terms …

Inventory done

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I’m impressed by the quality of the inventory in terms of packaging and completeness.  Of the several hundred parts (…

Unpacking

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I’ve been unpacking some of the 25 boxes that arrived.  Only a few items are backordered.  It seems that the organization …

It's here!

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Don with Stewart Transport arrived at 8 AM, exactly on time.  A bunch of neighbors came by to see what was happening …

Moser 8.8” rear axle

The rear axle is scheduled to be delivered the afternoon of Wed. March 29th.

Got call from Stewart Transport

The arrival is scheduled for between 9 AM and noon on March 27th, sooner than I’d thought based on my original conversation …

Delivery date set

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Stewart Transport scheduled me for the first week in April, 2017!  The completion date for the kit is March 18th.  …

Ordered Kit

Ordered it today.  The expected completion date is March 18th, 2017.  The order details are:

Complete kit

Powder coated …