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Well I have decided to move forward with the removal of the interior and install a full cage. I ordered one from Trackspec. I currently have a Watson 4 point roll bar and kept full interior to meet SCCA street car restrictions, but the past few years I have been doing TT events with NASA. To max out the TT3 class with the tires I have been using I can drop nearly 200lbs and stay in TT3. My plan is to build the car to meet NASA ST3, then if the itch is too great to go wheel to wheel racing I will be one step ahead of the game. The other reason on the full cage is general safety. As lap times have been coming down it is only a matter of time till one of the little spins I have had so far is a much worse problem.

I usually start into a project and forget to slow down and take pictures along the way but I will try to document as much of this as I can, so hopefully it will help someone down the road.
 

Bill Pemberton

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TT is fun, W2W is an intense riot! I miss the mental challenge and tactics of W2W, but the old bod means it is difficult for me to do some little work between daily races, so TT it is for now. It is still a good time doing Time Trials but once you start galloping your Pony past a bunch of asses ( dual meaning ) you will be hot to trot every weekend you can race. Keep us posted on the build and congrats.
 
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Not much accomplished this past week end. I have discovered that there is a lot more wiring and electronic gizmos in this, than the older stuff I have worked on in the past.

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I need to come up with a plan to locate the door release handles into the bare door somehow and figure out what to do with the electric mirrors. My thought was to just leave a plug inside the door I can plug that module into if and when i need to adjust the mirrors. I cant think of a time I have needed to move them since I set my seat in the car but hate to not have that option going forward. If anyone has pictures of what they did for door release handles I would love to see it.
 

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Are you putting in Optic Armor lightweight polycarbonate windows in the Stang? I got the thinnest and lightest weight for my front window and it was great with a required brace, but I never was at a track that was over 130mph on a straight. If you run at tracks where you can hit over 150 I had some guys recommend the slighter thicker front windshield - just a thought.
 
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Made a little progress before the heat just about took me out. I got the plinth blocks in the back welded in and the main hoop and kicker bars to the rear fitted up and tacked in place. The instructions are vague on this but it seams they don’t want you to weld that stuff solid because it will have to come back apart after the front is tacked in place. But it sets the placement and angle of the main hoop so I guess it makes sense.

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Bill Pemberton

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Check out Optic Armor , super light and strong, and such an easy way to take some weight out. They make windshields to fit Mustangs so though they are not cheap they do make prefect fitments for the Stang!
 
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I got all the high stuff welded solid. I learned thru this that even though I thought I could weld pretty good, it is next level challenging to get in the positions needed to weld were you can’t really even see that good, no way to brace your torch hand. The welds will be strong but they look terrible, anywhere it’s not easy to get to.
Got the main cage back on plinth blocks and all that welded solid then started tacking the rest of it in place. Only one bar not in position and that is part of the x in the back, but I can’t put it in till I get the rest of the stuff in the back welded solid as that is where I can get in there and sit down to reach it all.

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