While I had the brackets out I decided to strengthen them a little by completely welding the strut thru bracket. The OE stuff is considerably weaker in design than the Scott Drake stuff, given the load on these components it won't hurt to completely weld them. I've considered adding doubler plates to the outside of the brackets but I guess since many Mustangs have race many miles thru the years without any failures I've ever heard of it's probably not necessary.
A quick shot of self etching primer before some rattle can semi gloss black prior to the finished color for corrosion protection. Look at all of those spot welds that had to be drilled/cut out to remove the brackets from the donor clip!
Here's a pretty decent shot of the jig I fabbed; they are unique to each side. The cut off bolt fits in the tiedown point in the bottom of the frame rail and the short piece of flat stock press' against the inside of the frame. The intent of the jig is to place the bracket in the correct location and at the correct angle. The fore aft location is determined where the strut bracket interfaces the sway bar bracket with approximately a 3/16" gap between the two. When I get to that point I'll add another photo highlighting this area.
Agreed. I bought them many moons ago prior to the current iteration of this project. They are low on the priority list and may or may not end up in use. Triangulation is a good thing so they may go on eventually.
When I built my recent track car I added torque boxes and the cage. My thought was I'd like some foot protection from the tire potentially coming through the floor if I hit something hard.
Brake components going on the front now. I used a Kore 3 big brake kit, it utilizes C5 calipers and rotors. I don't have the rotors yet but am trying to decide if I want a one piece or two piece hat set up.
This is with a C5 rear wheel/tire combo on it for clearance checks. These wheels have ~ 7" of backspacing and I believe I can get away with around 5-6. I ordered some cheap spacers to use to confirm this and will then order the wheels once I'm sure of the back spacing and wheel to caliper clearances.