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Old 11-30-2010, 12:26 AM   #1
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looking to save some weight in the car over winter. what are some things besides the obvious ones...like door beams and stuff like that

any areas on the shell itself that is heavy you can remove? what about drivetrain? ive heard of some cool stuff like putting moly tubes on the 8.8, and other stuff like this that you wouldnt normally think about?

id love to get a fiberglass front nose for my car but want to keep it a 79 style and havent seen one from anybody. what about doors and fenders what do they save? anybody know what a stock decklid weighs compared to a fiberglass one?
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Old 11-30-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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Some one told me the stock steering is heavy!
i don`t know how much saving..
How much does your car weight
did you removed the heater core, fan ducting , etc...
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Old 11-30-2010, 01:29 PM   #3
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I have an 82 hatch, aluminum fuel cell (5 gal), plastic racing seats, stock dash, the only things i removed were stock gas tank, heater, ac, and back seat, and some other unneccessary items. With a stock 351 windsor, full exhaust, drag lites, etc it weighs in at 2860 with me in it. I have heard the steering would take some weight out, tubular k member, gut the doors, etc..I am wondering the same thing so far the steering, tubular k member, and gutting the doors is all i can really do
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im more interested in like sso cars or serious nos sb mustangs. all the obvious stuff is done, light brakes, tube stuff, nothing behind dash. narrowed rear end, all tin in trunk. like for instance i read that a spindle mount strut is worth alot of weight and it makes sense. but crazy expensive which being light usually is. but what else? talked to my trans builder yesterday and we are looking at getting 20-30lbs out of my powerglide setup. outside the box stuff i want to know about. stuff that you wouldnt normally think about.
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Scrape the sound deadning matt off the floor.
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Stock steering under dash is heavy , took mine out of SN95 I would say about 30#s . Fire wall closed up get holesaw out and lighten the dash itself . Doors can loose a lot of weight as well as inner skins . Punch and flare kit to remove weight and add strenght JMO .
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the steering column is good for at least 20 lbs
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Can i retain my power window's and still cut out door beams? Never have messed with the door's...
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Can i retain my power window's and still cut out door beams? Never have messed with the door's...
You can cut out the crash bars that are against the door skin with no problem on power windows. I wouldnt gut the inner door completly but you could remove a couple pounds with hole saws and a few hours I bet
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Scrape the sound deadning matt off the floor.
Yeah that shit is a mess , lol . I used about 2 gallons of aircraft stripper , shit was like asphalt .
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im more interested in like sso cars or serious nos sb mustangs. all the obvious stuff is done, light brakes, tube stuff, nothing behind dash. narrowed rear end, all tin in trunk. like for instance i read that a spindle mount strut is worth alot of weight and it makes sense. but crazy expensive which being light usually is. but what else? talked to my trans builder yesterday and we are looking at getting 20-30lbs out of my powerglide setup. outside the box stuff i want to know about. stuff that you wouldnt normally think about.
You know its all about how much you can afford , shit ton of titanium parts available but can get costly .
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Heat gun and just get it warm......had my whole car done in less than an hour.
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I havent seen a full glass clip. You can get the fiberglass front fenders to go with your hood though. Heres one place. Im sure there are others.
http://www.artfiberglass.com/auto/fo...86mustang.html

They have a dash, ans hatches on there too.

Did you remove the carpet padding ? I know thats an obvious one, but it wasnt mentioned.
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Heat gun and just get it warm......had my whole car done in less than an hour.
Good post , never even crossed my mind .
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im more interested in like sso cars or serious nos sb mustangs. all the obvious stuff is done, light brakes, tube stuff, nothing behind dash. narrowed rear end, all tin in trunk. like for instance i read that a spindle mount strut is worth alot of weight and it makes sense. but crazy expensive which being light usually is. but what else? talked to my trans builder yesterday and we are looking at getting 20-30lbs out of my powerglide setup. outside the box stuff i want to know about. stuff that you wouldnt normally think about.
I am sure a all moly fabricated housing and alum center chunk would save weight over the 8.8.. star flange and gun drilled .. start looking into hollow bolts and tit. stuff .. i am in the process of getting a grusge style mustang light right now but keeping it strong at the same time so it is going to take alittle work .. I also think there is some wieght to lose in the floors which i am pondering cutting out and going back sheetmetal welded in and beadrolled .. I am sure going with a spindle mount will drop some weight off the nose and going to a very light spindle strut assembly !! Start spending money on titanium stuff I think that is were alot of weight will be saved ..axle studs,front and rear control arms , front studs ,engine bolts ...
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