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CP66's 66 CP Solo II Notchback or "Racing, the Disease"

I was inspired by this thread: http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/tr...ss-primer.html to become active with this forum since I've been a member since I believe '09 and have a grand total of 6 posts to my name!

Long time lurker 6th or 7th time poster. It was recommended in another thread after posting the following photo that I start a build thread. I'm hesitant to do so as it would show the world how little I've gotten accomplished on a project started over 15 years ago.


Just a little background; I started autocrossing in '77 with a nice 66 coupe that was primarily a street car. As things go it slowly became a gutted out race only project that by then was being regularly raced in Texas Region events along with several trips to Nationals in Salina and Topeka until I decided to build a new tub with a proper cage into which I would transfer the suspension/driveline into once the body and cage were completed.

As often happens with a slowly evolving project scope creep set in and I decided to go to a coilover 3 link style rear suspension and ultimately hoped to find someone to help me build a front suspension more conducive to dicing the cones than the factory front suspension on the car. Although I had lowered the A-arms and tried various springs, swaybars, etc. the truth was that the factory based suspension just wasn't going to take me to the next level. Since I am not an engineer and could not find someone able to design, build and install the "ultimate" front suspension for me, the project languished for several years.

During this time I moved to the Indianapolis area and thought “Hey cool! The racing capital of the world should allow me to find someone to get my project back on track!” I found that to be a not quite accurate statement but before I could start moving forward again life kicked in and back burner’d the project yet again. Fast forward to about 6 years ago and I had just discovered Ride Tech and after talking to them decided that they had exactly what I was looking for.

So for the past several years UPS and Fedex have been making fairly regular deliveries and the pile of boxes eventually hid the “racecar”out of sight out of mind neatly at the back of the shop. Recently when another project stalled due to lack of fundage and the “honey do” list had been largely vacated I felt it time to inventory and sort the boxes of parts, dust off the racecar and make it a point to have it operational at least to the point it could move under its own power by January 1 2017.

So here it will come to pass; I will attempt to stay the course with planned work sessions on the car and photographic updates of my “progress” as it happens. I’ll warn you right now though that I am no fabricating genius and some of my “skills”are rusty at best. If you happen to see something you don’t agree with or have a better idea during the course of the next several months by all means speak up!
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You can't just tease us with a single picture! lol
Need some details on the suspension....and don't worry about the fab skills. I have been working on my build for 3-4 years now and occasionally one of my early welds just screams at me until I have to go back and redo it.

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My work is done here ;o)...

Check this out for motivation: http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/9288898-post22.html

Hang in there, remember, run your (or the wife's) daily driver in the mean time so you gain the skills you will need to take advantage of the monster you are building...

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You can't just tease us with a single picture! lol
Need some details on the suspension....and don't worry about the fab skills. I have been working on my build for 3-4 years now and occasionally one of my early welds just screams at me until I have to go back and redo it.

More to follow but BOS! (Boss over shoulder)

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My work is done here ;o)...

Check this out for motivation: http://forums.vintage-mustang.com/9288898-post22.html

Hang in there, remember, run your (or the wife's) daily driver in the mean time so you gain the skills you will need to take advantage of the monster you are building...

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Welcome, I’ll be following.

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don't feel to bad about slow progress mine sat in the garage on 4 flat tires for years before the time was right


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I can see a major problem right off the bat - those skinny little front tires! :-) hahaha

Looks like an awesome project! I bought my project about a year ago and just now got it down onto 4 wheels - it takes time and cash to make them go, so keep at it!

Looking forward to seeing progress and more pics!

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Been a little busy but here it is in its current state; hanging from the gallows!! Being "smarter" than I used to be I don't like crawling around under cars unless it's unavoidable. I found it necessary to replace the strut rod brackets and came up with this solution that allows me to layout and weld them while standing up instead of laying on a creeper. Of course you haven't lived until you get hot welding slag in your ear!!


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Don't tell me you're working on a car only held up by a chainfall hung from a rafter ? Holy pancake Batman !!

Edit: I suppose it's strong enough, but I don't like relying on any single device.
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This build looks ridiculous. I love it!
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Absolutely LOVE this story.
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Don't tell me you're working on a car only held up by a chainfall hung from a rafter ? Holy pancake Batman !!

Edit: I suppose it's strong enough, but I don't like relying on any single device.

Don't worry SW, there are 2 chainfalls up there if that helps. I've worked in industrial and airline maintenance for several years and have had "acts of God" pounded into my head for years. I thought about fabbing up some jackstands but they'd be in the way. So if my better half comes on here some day and has "bad news" you can say I told you so!


Don't worry, taken in the spirit it's given. I'm fairly certain it's safe although I don't let my GF under it; one of us needs to survive to cash in the insurance!
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Strut brackets installed! I've also replaced and upgraded the core support, I installed one for a '67 as it is laid out for a larger radiator. It's essentially a direct swap although you will have to install the 67 front apron on the right side because the battery box layout is different and will leave a largish gap between the core support and fender apron if you don't. The shop is currently a mess due to some remodeling going on, it really isn't THAT crowded working in there!


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Wow, awesome project! Keep it up!
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Strut brackets installed! I've also replaced and upgraded the core support, I installed one for a '67 as it is laid out for a larger radiator. It's essentially a direct swap although you will have to install the 67 front apron on the right side because the battery box layout is different and will leave a largish gap between the core support and fender apron if you don't. The shop is currently a mess due to some remodeling going on, it really isn't THAT crowded working in there!


Growing up in the deep South, I'm used to setups like that picture. Doesn't mean it still doesn't scare the crap outta me
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