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And an engine ago if I'm not mistaken...BOOOOM!


A whole life ago too.

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That video was great. If I build the car this way I want to run as ran in 1966-1967 in trans-am. I don't want to add any modern improvements to the old suspension, I want to run it as if the car was built in 1966, using 1966 know how and technology. I did come across a lead I'm going to have to look further into that might provide me with some insight.
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That video was great. If I build the car this way I want to run as ran in 1966-1967 in trans-am. I don't want to add any modern improvements to the old suspension, I want to run it as if the car was built in 1966, using 1966 know how and technology. I did come across a lead I'm going to have to look further into that might provide me with some insight.


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That video was great. If I build the car this way I want to run as ran in 1966-1967 in trans-am. I don't want to add any modern improvements to the old suspension, I want to run it as if the car was built in 1966, using 1966 know how and technology. I did come across a lead I'm going to have to look further into that might provide me with some insight.

Then you are going to want to talk to guys like Walt Hane and Bill Miaer guys that were there. Cobra Automotive and Maaco are defiantly upholding the "legal" ah,hum,days of early Trans Am.

The thing is in racing all things evolve and it is only the rules that hold them back.

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Walt Hane has passed away and Bill Maier is having health issues I think. Chip Hane has opened his own business so he would be a good call. Cobra Automotive is expensive but the do supply real technical support in my experience.
Also John at Opentracker is fantastic at supplying modded OEM upper and lower arms. The modded arms by Cobra or Opentracker are no cheaper than tubular arms.
IMHO you are making your life difficult sticking to period correct mods.
Even the Big Lincoln brakes are too new ('69) for your self imposed restrictions. Were Konis even available in 66? Certainly not the double adjustable.
You can get there mostly using period correct parts, but it would be so much easier to buy the coil spring kits (not coil over) from SoT or Global west.

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If you want period correct, my 1965 Mustang had US Indy Mags, 13" in the front, with wrapped coils, L60-15's in the back with Gabriel HiJackers, headers, glass packs, and an open mesh air cleaner, among other things.

Gas fill was shaved off and relocated inside the trunk (stupid I know), no rear seat, and a used roll cage.

The transmission shifter opening was cut to accommodate the 4 speed transmission and shifter I got from a Falcon.

It also had a hood scoop off a 1969, and was white with blue metal flake along the sides, the rear tail light panel (which had 3 65 66 tail lights on each side) and along the sides of the hood scoop, and a BIG set of driving lights in the grill.

THAT IS PERIOD CORRECT, well, at least, in Los Angeles.

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Walt Hane has passed away and Bill Maier is having health issues I think. Chip Hane has opened his own business so he would be a good call. Cobra Automotive is expensive but the do supply real technical support in my experience.
Also John at Opentracker is fantastic at supplying modded OEM upper and lower arms. The modded arms by Cobra or Opentracker are no cheaper than tubular arms.
IMHO you are making your life difficult sticking to period correct mods.
Even the Big Lincoln brakes are too new ('69) for your self imposed restrictions. Were Konis even available in 66? Certainly not the double adjustable.
You can get there mostly using period correct parts, but it would be so much easier to buy the coil spring kits (not coil over) from SoT or Global west.
Period correct parts are the whole reason for the build. I have a car in a box. I can put it back to street form, or I can make a track toy. I have zero interest as mentioned before in actual racing. I would love to drive a period correct car and explore how the drivers back in the day made them work without the benefits of today's technology. Another hurdle I have to cross is if I build the track toy, the cars resale market become significantly smaller, whereas a street car can be sold to anyone. Budget vs each style of build really has no bearing, as it's going to cost monies either way. There is no getting around that one.
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The aftermarket for these cars has evolved for good reason. The styling was iconic. The engineering...well...it was ok for the time. I guess I can understand period correct modified more so than a restoration.
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And everyone like pictures so here is the complete coupe
I like pictures. Mine is pictured below and all the mods I have done to date. Bilstein sport shocks and JBA try-y headers are on the "to do" list for this winter. My car is a street car, but set up to hit the track a couple times a year for HPDE events.
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66 coupe, '93 Fox seats, Three point belts, 289, 500 Cfm, Weiand, Hipo manifolds, duel exhaust, T5 trans, Pro 5.0 shifter, 3.40 open, KH front disc, Porterfield R4-S pads, 1" front sway bar, Shelby drop, Spring perch relocation, Shelby quick steer, GT progressive coils (1/2 coil cut), 4.5 leaf mid-eye, KYB Gas-A-Just front & GR-2 rear, Export brace, Monti-Carlo bar, Sub-frame connectors, Performance alignment (+3.5 caster/-.5 camber), 16x7 wheels, 215/55/16 & 225/55/16 BFG G-force

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BOSS 302 tuning guide will help with period info of what they had to work with and tweaked. I dont have it handy but it is out there on the webz.
Adjustable/solid strut rods should be a no brainer for hard driving, it makes me wonder when they began to be used.
Koni adjustable
#580 GT springs that are chopped wouldnt be horrible or out of place
Under rider bars
bigger sway bar. How big??
Weld a boxing plate on the lower control arms to reduce twist.
Arning drop with any bit of deviation favoring lower and to the rear.
Seam welding all the different sheet metal that comes together with spot welds
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