Tag Archive: 87 Mustang



Chassis of the "Baja Boats" Capri pictured a couple of columns earlier

"Roush" chassis stripped bare

One of the things that racers love to worry about is the weight of various components. And of course it is exceedingly important. After all we’ve never found a way around the law of inertia and that little thing called momentum. So it does behoove us to plan carefully and to not carry any unnecessary baggage with us on the track.

To the professional racer this is so important that teams go to what seems like ridiculous lengths sometimes. In an article recently it was revealed that last year McLaren wanted to add an additional sponsors logo to the drivers uniforms. This caused a major row within the team’s management because the logo weighed _37 grams_! Admittedly F1 is a totally different world than anything seem here in the states but the point is well taken.

In our world, I.E. club racing as well as the Trans-Am style cars it takes on a different spin. On more than a few occasions, I have had potential customers for bodywork pass on what were attractive deals. Their reason? They didn’t want anything that had any repairs to it. Not because of aesthetics or financial reasons but because they didn’t want the additional weight. While certainly their prerogative and understandable regarding the car, it sometimes make you wonder. Many of these same people, and I am certainly one of them, could more than offset that by putting the driver on a diet.

So I suppose the moral of this is that like so many other things about racing it is the total package. To be truly effective you have to incorporate every facet, sometimes it makes no sense to save .75 of a pound by using aluminum washers or leaving them off entirely if the driver is 30 pounds overweight. Food for thought if you will excuse the pun.

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Chassis front

For several years I have had a bare GT1 style chassis lying around the shop. And admittedly I have been trying to sell it. Well, to be candid, I wasn’t exactly overrun with takers.

So after some deliberation I decided to go ahead and build it into a vintage GT1 style car. So after some consultation, I sent the chassis to Scott McLearen of 2M Engineering to lay the ground work.

First let me say that although I have the parts to make it into a true TA style, centerlok hubbed ride I choose not to yet. The reason being that I may use it for track days, or rentals first. And its cheaper to use 5 x 5’s. I can always swap to the centerloks.

Scott did a great job of fabricating the suspension and getting the car up on its wheels. He made brand new control arms and uprights, all the links, and trailing arms, etc. No used parts in the suspension at all.

Bodywork

Now I get to try my hand at fitting the body. The body I choose, is the correct one for this vintage of chassis, an 1987 Mustang carbon kevlar piece. This particular body was used, as you can see on the #65 AER car in 88. Still has the four National event win decals in place.
I’m just finishing trimming out the steel roof, required for these bodies. Mounting begins next week.

If you need good fabrication, or assistance at the race track I strongly recommend Scott.

Front Bodywork

Bodywork