- Magnetic number panels from Solotime
Why painters tape isn't a good idea, before:
After my fix. Roughed it up, shot it with a rattle can mixed up by San Leandro Color, cleared it, wet sanded, and buffed out with rubbing compound:
- Autometer mechanical Oil Pres., Oil Temp, Water Temp. I went mechanical as opposed to electrical as there will never be any question as to the accuracy. I moved the HVAC controls and radio down. It was not difficult to do, though the new slot for the HVAC controls needed to made slightly larger with a file. This will be self explainatory when you start removing things, but there is a piece of plastic attached to the bottom of the radio that holds it in place. Remove it and attach it to the top of the radio. Now it'll have support when you reinstall it in the lower slot. Seems like Ford planned for this type of installation.
- Air Dam from some mid size GM truck (from salvage yard). My neighbor got an airdam off a Ranger for his '89LX and I saw this and it was about the same size so for $10 I figured it was worth a shot at making it work. It actually fit a lot better than the Ranger piece would have. I had to remove 1" from the bottom as it hung down too far, which makes it a bit more flexible, but since it scrapes on some driveway entrances that's a good thing. To minimize the flexibility in the area that counts, directly below the radiator, I reinforced it with a piece of 1" piece of angle aluminum pop rivited along the center section just below the radiator. Seems to keep the car cooler at a cruise, and the car actually feels better at high speed when going over rises (like the rise on the straight at Laguna prior to T1).
- Brake ducts. I got a pair of fog light delete plates (what non-fog light cars have) from Velocity Mustang and cut a rectangular hole, and attached a rain gutter 3" rectangular to circular adapter. Attached 3" dia. high-temp. hose from AFCO, ran it to the rotor, and attached it via a mount I made. See the Suspension & Chassis page for detail on that.
- Pyrotech harnesses. Cam loc 5pt. Mounted the 5th pt. using a bracket made by Wolf Race Craft
- Vented hood. In an attempt to get underhood temps down, and hopefully improve the effeciency of the radiator by give all the hot air a place to go. The vents are form a late '80s or early '90s Trans-am. They are found on the leading edge on the hood as part of a cold air intake I believe. Consideing the cost I think it was worth it. Looks wise I think it either looks like ass or looks pretty cool, depending upon the angle. Too bad the hood wasn't thickerso that I could have done some routing and recessed them into the hood.
- Sparco Evo seat.
Just a warning, the Sparco seat bracket and sliders suck,
the bracket bends and I don't weigh all that much.
- Battery Relocated to right rear passenger seat. Parts: Moroso box, cables are from a local welding supply shop, battery cutoff switch with alternator disconnect, marine style battery connectors.
- Rear seat removed and covered with 1/8" plastic (centra ?, not sure of the spelling). It was light and cheap ($40 for a 4'x8' sheet). I wanted to be able to throw stuff in the trunk without it sliding forward if I had to make a quick stop. I also removed the tar like sound deadener with a heat gun (dry ice didn't work), and removed the insulation from the back of the carpet.