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post #16 of 105 (permalink) Old 07-01-2014, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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That cage really needs a diagonal in the main hoop plane.
FIA Appendix K K-11 modification. The diagonal attaches from the R rear of the main hoop to the L rear mounting point rather than in the main hoop plane.
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post #17 of 105 (permalink) Old 07-02-2014, 08:32 AM
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It may meet the spec , but IMO it will be stronger/safer with the added diagonal that SCCA requires.
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post #18 of 105 (permalink) Old 07-02-2014, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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SCCA recs...
2. Main Hoop Bracing
a. Main hoops shall incorporate a diagonal brace. The brace
shall either be in the plane of the main hoop, or extend
from the top of one rear brace (described in 9.4.B.2.c) to
the bottom of the opposite rear brace.
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I see there is an alternate configuration, but there still is a benefit to adding that diagonal. My comment was informational, you can obviously do as you please.
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Rear suspension nearly complete

Lots of work last few days: Maier Panhard assembly welded, 9 inch 3.89 with Strange 3rd member and 31 spl. Moser axles assembled. New leaf springs and bushings, and Master Power drum brake kit with Porterfield R4S shoes. Everything painted and finally on the ground...
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Awesome build!

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post #22 of 105 (permalink) Old 07-11-2014, 12:47 PM
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Looking good! I'm running the Master Power drum brake kit with Porterfield R4S shoes as well - I'm interested to hear what you think of the setup.

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Cool.
Some others, including that of Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr Bean):
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post #24 of 105 (permalink) Old 07-28-2014, 04:31 PM
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Rear spring perches from Aftco - the slider style - may be something you want to look at. CA has them.

Very cool build - Love Falcons with attitude.

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Finally back to work

Progress on the engine last 2 weeks, but unfortunately no pics. Tacked subframe connectors tonight and installed rear Konis.
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Looking good. Hope it works awesome for you.
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I think the rear end setup will be great with the leafs and the panhard bar. I have seen some of the British Falcons in vintage, and the rear suspension/leaf spring setups are very similar you yours, but unlike anything else I have seen for sale in the US.

I will certainly give you feedback. The panhard bar is a tight fit back there between the fuel cell and the diff, but I think it will be the trick to having some adjustability at the track.

Most of my track experience is 6+ years of Lemons and Chump car, where we have actually fabricated suspension parts and put together our own leaf springs. The best part of that racing is literally hundreds of hours of seat time, and I think I have a good feel for handling at the track, albeit with low horsepower RWD cars. This will be my first experience with high horsepower and bias ply RWD in a sprint race format.

I know I am working on a completely different level with great quality suspension parts from C.A., Opentracker, and Maier and look forward to getting to the track in Feb or March. By next summer I hope to field a car in SVRA/VDCA/HSR here in the southeast.
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Good stuff! We just had a customer in a Falcon win a rally race in Africa that was 6000 miles long using that same stuff. It should be a good starting point. Drive the heck out of it, Would ya?
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After a hiatus of working on another car, and waiting on the engine, I can say that the motor is finally done. I don't do engine work, and the shop was 3 hours away, so progress was slow. I was trying to use my rare 2x4 intake, but ultimately it was too much of a headache for a reliable road race car. A single 4 with a Holley 650 ended up with the best dyno results. Will post the dyno sheets when I get a chance, but we got over 450hp with a 289 block .040 over. It's wound pretty tight, but overall really happy with the results. Worked on fitting the fiberglass doors and fenders this weekend. Now I should be able to make some more headway.
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Engine!

1965 289 block, .040 over, JE custom pistons, GT-40 iron cyl heads, Comp cams bolt down adj. rockers, Comp cams custom cam, 3.00 stroke Eagle crank, Crower roller lifters, Canton racing pan, Edlebrock Vic Jr. manifold, Holley 650, MSD dist.

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