We just finished working on this FIA 65 Mustang body shell. To build a great race car you have to start with the body shell. A lot of work goes in to the body before the engine or suspension are considered. The body shell wants to be light and stiff. For an FIA Mustang race preparation we remove anything deemed superfluous to save a little weight. Additionally we look for any area that would benefit from stiffening. On a big muscle car like this we concentrate on the front. First, we seam weld around the front suspension towers. Next, around the inner wings. Then we join the inner wings up to the front bulkhead and a-panels. Finally, we seem weld the door and window apertures.
The roll cage goes a long way to stiffen the rear of the body. Especially this T45 historic roll cage from Custom Cages. The Mustang Notchback roll cage features double crosses at the back as well as a pair of bars between the bottom of the main hoop and the rear stays. We feel the Custom Cages T45 historic roll cages are the best by a long shot. They are light, strong and beautifully designed. Also, they are a very snug fit meaning there is less to encroach on the driver.
This week we had an old Bentley R-type in for a new exhaust. The old one was blowing badly and when we looked underneath we found it to be totally rusted. The only solution was to fit a complete new system. The system came from Flying Spares and was a great fit.
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Steady progress has been made on our Plymouth Barracuda race car. The body preparation is nearly complete. However, it is time for the dry build. We want to ensure that everything fits before we paint the body. We installed an engine and 4-speed gearbox with new polyurethane mounts. Additionally, we’ve fitted the rear axle and leaf springs. We converted the car from an automatic transmission so we had to ensure that the new clutch linkages lined up and functioned correctly. As well as the clutch mechanism we also had to install the shifter and linkages. The exhaust headers came from Doug’s Headers in the USA. Space is critical as the left header has to clear the steering box and the clutch mechanism.
We’ve welded supports for the seats to the floor and made a cutout in the scuttle for emergency pull cables. Lastly, we’ve fitted the 6-point roll cage. We are adding a harness bar and double door bars for additional safety. You cannot be too safe in a car of this size. Next, we will strip it back down and prepare it for paint.
This Austin Healey 3000 has reached the next point of its restoration. The installation of the engine and gearbox. The chassis on the Austin Healey 3000 will flex under the weight of the engine and gearbox. Because of the flex, you have to install the engine and gearbox before you fit and adjust the outer body panels. Otherwise you will have serious problems.
The original 3 litre engine was rebuilt with a few modifications. First of all the flywheel was lightened and the rotating assembly balanced. Next, we raised the compression ratio to 10:1. We swapped the camshaft for a higher performance alternative and fully ported & gas flowed the cylinder head. Additionally, we fitted stainless steel racing valves and uprated valve springs. Lastly, we have a free flowing tubular exhaust manifold and triple SU carburettors. All of the machining work was carried out at Southern Rebore Services.
Next, this Austin Healey 3000 restoration will move into the bodyshop.