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I am going to drop this here because I just can't seam to find the right slot for it otherwise.
My latest creation is a Miata based car called an Exocet. Basically you pull the body off a Miata and drop what looks like your neighbor's playscape over the top of it, add some fiberglass to it and there you go!
Me being me I can't follow directions so I am going to use an LS-1/t-56/CTSV rear diff and then toss a supercharger at it. The whole damn thing should weigh under 1800 pounds wet and ready to go. If the engine comes out right it will be somewhere between 600 and 800 HP and that puts me between 2 and 3 pounds per HP power to weight.
The end game is to go do the Fireballrun Adventurally again. I was invited in 2012 and brought a 1990 Miata with a '99 Corvette LS-1 stuffed into it. We went from Ohio to Maine handing out flyers of missing kids and had a ball doing it. I got to play with Lambo's, Ferrari's, Porsche's, the Local Motors Rally Fighter, and a lot more very cool cars.
My baby was seen in the movie they shot of the run, was featured at the NYIAS as part of Mazda's 25th anniversary slide show, and got page 86 of the Feb '14 issue of Car Craft! Say what you want about a Miata, "Nadine" brought a lot of attention to missing children here in the USA!
So far I have ordered my new Race chassis from Exomotive and it is due on my garage floor any day, the engine is here along with the trans and rear diff, I had gauges custom built from Speedhut that include a GPS powered speedo and a Quad gauge to match, V-maxx Race Pack shocks, and a lot of other small parts.
More pics as the car comes together.....
 

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Ya got the talking part done..
I can back up the chat :rolleyes:

My wire harness is inbound now. I ordered an 8 circuit "Hot Rod" type as the car won need a lot of options. I would like to build out a dash for it but that will have to wait until the car is nearly assembled to see if it is even possible with the space provided. I wouldn't mind having heat in it even with the open cockpit design. I have seat heaters that are going into it either way...New England nights get chilly. My only other "Must have" is a radio... I gotta have my tunes!
 

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I picked p an LS-1 to T-56 SFI bell housing today for $225 shipped. It will allow me a bit more room in the trans tunnel of the Exocet.
Just for sharts and gaggles, when do I get permission to post up pics around here? Is there a number of posts I have to hit first?
 

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New chassis is stuck in Postal limbo... Bank Check never arrived to the builder and the bank has a 2 week hold on it before they will reissue it. In the mean time I have received the 8 circuit wire harness and I think it will work out well with what I have to do. I am thinking of selling off the LS1 to build/buy an LS3 crate motor. The LSX 376 with a 4.0 whipple will make 768hp with just a cam and injector change. Drop the size of the pulley from 4.75" to 4" and I will be well over my goal of 800HP, and the combo will be very reliable.
 

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Drugs are bad.
 

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Drugs??? I don't do drugs... I have lofty goals but they are not drug induced.
BTW, Car Craft just did the same build swapping only the cam/springs and injectors to produce these numbers. If there is enough snow to plow this winter the engine combo is very attainable for me.
 

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Delivered the donor from my project to a young man in Richmond, Va last night.... round trip from/to CT in 22 hours. He paid my travel expenses and I made a couple bucks on the car. Best thing is this kid will learn more by tearing down the wreck than he could ever learn from a Haynes manual. Sometimes it's about paying it forward.....
 

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Worked out the tail lights for the car last night. Took a 69 Trans-Am/Firebird tail light and split the light box width wise. Used a piece of Aluminum sheet cut to fit and then glued it in with Ultra Grey RTV. Installed yellow 9" LED strips in the top halves for turn signals and a white 30" LED strip in the lower for park and brake lights. I have a circuit board coming that will cut voltage until the brake lights are needed and then the LED gets full power. Once it is all assembled my body guy will cut te rear panel so that only the two red strips show through with their stainless trim.
I have pics but so far I am not allowed to attach files.
 

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Mine is more of a race car world, but enjoy all types of cars (especially ones that people do theirselves). Your build is sounding like it is a lot different than most others...your going to have to get us some pictures to enjoy. I'm going to agree with bondo92, it sounds like you have started a build that will never be finished (thus a dream). I've built cars for many years and have seen many times where someones' "dream" ended before it was real....DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN.
 

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Attachments aren't allowed here. You'll need to remotely host your photos.

Why the weak CTS-V rear? On the CTS-V cars we remove them and put an 8.8" center section in their place along with stronger axles...
 

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Yep, you have to host your pics on Photobucket or somewhere and post them here.
 

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Dream world..
What's with the Negativity?

This isn't a pipe dream, I have had some projects that failed due to money issues, timing, marriage (Haven't we all?).... but the last car was a complete success and this one will be too. Need proof? Look up the Fe '14 issue of Car Craft. "Nadine" was on page 86. Can you say that about one of your cars?

I used the Ford 8.8 Cobra IRS diff on the last one. In fact, Ric at Boss Frog used my changes to his mount for the Cobra option his company now offers. I liked it and had another here when I began this project. The issue I have is with space. That big diff takes up the room I need to run the exhaust. I could use side exit pipes but This car will sit much lower than the stock Miata. That and I want the noise behind me. Using the GM diff means I can buy a stainless exhaust for it from Flyin' Miata and it will bolt on. They have built a lot more V-8 Miatas than me and know what fits without rubbing.
 

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Thanks for the help..... The black car is the Exomotive USA test mule. My chassis is the first one fro the company to have the bond in windshield and textured powder coated frame. The nose and hood have been redesigned fro the test mule's 2 piece to a one piece unit.
 

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Picked up a new sandblast cabinet today... cleaned up and painted the front hubs and spindles. Paint drying now. Lower A-arms will be a project for Wednesday and then I can assemble the front end again. New ball joints and bushings to make everything tight.
Thinking of grabbing a used oven to powder coat small parts on my own....hmmm
 
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