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Thread: Pro Touring 1979 Pace Car build
01-18-2011, 09:22 AM #1
Pro Touring 1979 Pace Car build
Whats up gang. i have had some requests to start a build thread here so here it is, my build of my pro touring style Pace Car.
The formula for my build for this car is very simple, I want to build a pace car that mixes the new with the old, yet still retain the look and feel of what makes a 79 pace car a 79 pace car. I want to mix all the latest technology and performance trends with a little flavor of old school. The build will be a Pro-Touring style build like the new trend of many muscle cars being built today by some of the best shops in the nation. (I will go in more detail about the build below).
Because of the cost of the overall build and my relatively small budget, this thread will be somewhat slow. For the last year I have been purchasing the parts and peices as I find them and can get good deals on them. The build is also done in stages because the budget doesn't allow me to purchase everything at once.
So here is the car what the car looked like for 2010.
This is the rendering I did of what I am looking to do. As you can see body wise there is much more going on as the way it is is for the most part how it will look. However, the stance, drivetrain, and interior is where the high tech/pro-touring technology will come in.
Here are some of the parts I have either on the car now or going on over the winter.
Ridetech Shockwaves and struts
Racecraft 2" drop spindles
Roush Alcon Caplipers for the front
Wilwood setup for the rear
Minitub kit and rearend parts. My father is currently narrowing an 8.8 w/ 9" ends by 3" off each side of the housing. Also have custom 31 spline Strange axles for it.
Delrin to make our own suspension bushings
These are the wheels I am going with. Budnik GTXs with the matte black centers and brushed lips. 20x12 in the rear and probably 18x8 in the front.
Also have a 4.6 DOHC that I will be building up and putting in the car. It will be NA with efi stack induction. It will be similar to this setup.
For now this is the 302 (basically stock) before the 4.6 is done for it.
The interior is basically done. ALL the plastic interior panels (except the console as I am going to custom build a new console with an Ipad in the car, then it will be covered) have been covered in a leather like material with black stitching. The headliner, dashpad and door inserts are suede and then trimmed out with carbon fiber. Like I said the other than a few things the interior is basically done cosmetically. Heres some progress and finished shots.
Here is the progress so far this winter. As I stated the rearend is currently being narrowed. I started doing the tubbing and torque box reinforcements.
Here are some pics with the 20x10 wheels from the cobra that I used just for mockup before I order the budnik wheels. Keep in mind this is parked height. The car will roll down the road about 3" higher than this.
Well that is about the gist of it. I will update as I go but wanted to get this started as and introduction to the build.
Last edited by 69clark; 01-18-2011 at 09:25 AM.
CAMMED & SLAMMED! For more build pics and updates: http://www.facebook.com/SINISBuilt
01-18-2011, 09:34 AM #2
You always build the coolest, cleanest stuff...1996 Crystal White Cobra - 810rwhp/788rwtq
Forged short-block || 03/04 heads || Mach 1 lower intake || E-85 fuel system || Hellion billet ball-bearing 76mm
D&D built T-56 || Mcleoud twin-disk || 31-spline rear end || Maximum Motorsports suspension || Bob Kurgan tune
01-18-2011, 09:37 AM #3
01-18-2011, 09:52 AM #4
Subbing in for this one!!!-Dave
1992 Mustang GT
01-18-2011, 10:06 AM #5
it does look good next to my car
54 Chevy 210 under the knife
03 DSG Cobra- Sold
01-18-2011, 10:24 AM #6
I love 79 Pace Cars! It looked good before but is gonna be straight up nasty after! Good luck with the build, looks like its coming along great.
01-18-2011, 10:33 AM #7
Awesome...Looking forward to the updates and final product....
01-18-2011, 10:51 AM #8
damn nice build man. Ill definitely sub to this one
01-18-2011, 11:26 AM #9
You've got balls taking an already awesome '79 and cutting it up like that! Can't wait to see it finished but I think I would have left it alone and done a separate car. Good luck!
01-18-2011, 11:39 AM #10
This was the plan when I bought the car from the start. The work I have done so far has been plan all along leading up to this. So I didn't just decide one day that I was going to start cutting up the car. Its just that I have finally decided to start a build thread on here, LOL. If I was to do another car it would be like building the pace car to the point it is now and stopping half way before the build was done and then finding another car. Like I said, keep in mind that everything done to the car so far was in my plan to get to this point I just never covered the build until now.
With that being said, I know some people will worry because it's a "rare" Pace Car to start with but the way I look at it they built over 10,000 of these cars, and any day of the week I can find a nice for sale (I know because I have shopped for them alot). And like I tell everyone, I'm a hot rodder not a collector, LOL.
Last edited by 69clark; 01-18-2011 at 11:44 AM.
01-18-2011, 11:52 AM #11
You are my inspiration.....just wish I could do the work you do.......
Awesome Job again......
Wish we lived closer....seems we have some of the same taste......
2004 Mystichrome Cobra #802 638/591 April 11" Featured 5.0 Mustang Sold
1987 Sand Beige Coupe (1/47)
1981 T-Top Coupe Level Up Feature June 12' Blown 4V By Boostedperformance.net
01-18-2011, 12:08 PM #12
You know I was at Mustang Week last year and was supposed to bring the car, but it didn't work that way.
I would love to bring it this year, but it definately is such a long haul and I would be driving the car, not trailering. I have to talk to my wife and see, but it is a slim chance it will be there this year. I know your always there, right?
01-18-2011, 12:17 PM #13
Damn you Tom, following this build (both here and on foureyedpride) is no doubt going to cost me a lot of money. Just from scrolling through your thread on FEP I already added another winter project to the list.
And I for one am totally with you about cutting up "collector" cars... who cares they're just cars. They were built to be driven and enjoyed, not worshipped and stored to keep miles off them. I'd love to get a 95R or 00R and mod the living shit out of it purely to get all the purists' panties in a bunch.
One of my favorite builds is the guy on theturboforums who is putting the 5.4 DOHC TT into his 93 Cobra with mini tubs and 18x13's with 345's. SO many times I've seen that build discussed on forums and people always end up getting so upset about it lol.
95 Rio Red Cobra Coupe
Forged 347, Procharger D1SC, built Tremec 3550, Full Tilt Boogie 03 Cobra IRS, 19" HRE 542R's.
01-18-2011, 12:18 PM #14
I've seen this car around town a few times....very nice!2003 SVT Cobra | DSG | 2.3L VMP TVS | VMP GT-500 Plenum & TB | Glenn's Perf. Fuel System |
ID1000's | JLT HB CAI | E-85 | 3.0" - 4# Metco Lower | 754 rwhp | 701 rwtq
Tuned by Pete at Performance Dyno | Magnum T56 - 10.43 at 138 mph w/stock IRS
Old set-up - E-85 POSI Port#158 |10.89 at 133 mph ET | 549 rwhp 570 rwtq
----> OFFICIAL DSG Thread <----
01-18-2011, 12:26 PM #15
- Join Date
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That interior looks spectacular, and that engine bay looks amazing! Keep up the great work, this makes me want to go take the cover off my car and turn some wrenches.___________________________
2002 Mustang GT
Bassani Midlength headers, catted xpipe, and catback, MGW shifter, H&R Race springs and bilstien shocks/struts, FR500's, and WMS subframes 42.lb/hr injectors, Tork Tech Intercooled S/C, Tork Tech Short Ram Intake, Ford Focus Pump.
Old Cars: 2002 F150, 2004 FM Mazdaspeed Miata, 1999 Contour SVT
01-18-2011, 02:01 PM #16
definitely following this, Tom, great work so far!04 Mach1
94 5.0 5-speed (sold)
GT40P engine + CompCam & springs, 24# inj, mac P-spec cer shorties + bassani X + flows, tr3550 + tri-ax, fms alum d/s & 4.10's, Mac u/d pullies, twEECer, Mishimoto radiator, smog + EGR delete, 03 Cobra front brakes, ABC 95R hood + bumper w/ lip + SVO replica skirts
01-18-2011, 02:22 PM #17
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01-18-2011, 03:04 PM #20
Going to show your build to my brother-in-law. He's got a 79 notch that he hasn't worked on in almost 3 years, I'm trying to motivate him and this should do the trick. As usual, the ideas & execution are top-notch! Keep us posted.
01-18-2011, 04:05 PM #21
Damn...that is really sweet. Always loved the pace car.
03 DSG Cobra - sold
01-18-2011, 04:58 PM #22
01-18-2011, 06:06 PM #23
- Join Date
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- San Antonio TX
subscribing1996 2wd 2Dr Tahoe (Sold)
1995 GT,H/C/I,150 shot, lots of suspension mods (Sold)
1994 COBRA WHITE/BLACK LEATHER - HCI LOTS OF SUSPENSION MODS (Sold)
1993 LX Coupe, 4-cylinder automatic (Sold)
01-18-2011, 08:46 PM #24
01-18-2011, 09:34 PM #25
Ha, cool. There've been a couple times where all of a sudden a lot of the original guys will pop in on a thread -- sort of a spur-of-the-moment reunion. I'm sure those guys would love to see the build if you posted up there. Looking forward to the progress, man!