Build Thread Vulcan 1968 Sohc Mustang

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    I started this as an Eleanor project a few years ago and stopped working on it and decided to sell and finish the project the way the customer wants.

    This is how Vulcan will be built:

    Robert Pond SOHC 427 +++ cubic inch block
    Hilborn EFI
    TKO 600 5 speed
    Strange 9” rear with 31 spline axles
    Rod & Custom front suspension
    TCP subframe connectors with G-bar rear suspension
    Fab 9 narrowed housing
    Wilwood 14" brakes
    18” wheels in the front 19” in the rear

    Body modifications:

    Fender flares
    Mini tubbed
    Eleanor side scoops
    Drip rails removed
    1967 Shelby style hood and deck lid
    Cowl vents filled
    Custom front valance with spoiler
    Custom side exhaust
    Custom interior

    This is how Vulcan looks at the start of the project

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    I will start back in the beginning when we were building an Eleanor for the first customer.

    This is what we started with back on 12/05

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    Rod & Custom front suspension that I would later use on my 1968 Coupe project

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    All the sheetmetal was removed and the skeleton was stripped to bare metal and epoxy primed and we took it to a car show 10/06.

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    This had been a slow build because of lack of funds so the owner sold it back to me and it had been sitting until 1/09

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    I was not happy with the way the end caps or taillight panel fit from the original Eleanor kit so I ordered new end caps and taillight panel from Mustangs to Fear. The fit was good except now the deck lid did not line up.

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    We cut the end of the deck lid off and lowered it

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    We mini tubbed but did not narrow the frame rail.

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    Made the brake scoops functional

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    Now you are caught up how the car looks now after being in storage for a couple of years.

    The first thing we did was order a lot of parts.

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    I have never seen a rear housing packaged like this Fab 9 before

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    We had installed subframe connectors along time ago and since we were going with Total Control rear suspension we decided to cut them off.

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    Brian welded in the TCP subframe connectors

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    Center brace bolted in place

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    Sprayed two coats of SPI black epoxy on the Fab 9 housing

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    When we did the rust repair years ago the A pillar was not available. There were a few pits in the pillar so Brian decided to replace both of them. We did not feel right about giving it to the customer this way so we are fixing it at our expense.

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    The welds still need to be ground

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    :nice: I wondered when you were going to continue on this project, sweet work guys!
     
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    Very cool. :nice: I don't care for the Eleanor parts, but I am drooling over the driveline. :banana:

    I think it's funny that with the numerous classics and other Mustangs around, two of the early photos have the Mustang parked next to a Merkur XR4Ti of all things. I didn't think anyone spent money on those unless it was a Sierra Cosworth from Europe. :rlaugh:I see the cage and seats in that one, so I'm guessing it's destined for racing.
     
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    I started the Merkur project a long time ago with my brother to promote his business www.boostvalve.com. Rules changed and so did the interest in building the Merkur.

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    And a real Cosworth YB to go with the pink Merkur. :hail:
     
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    That is a guide coat on the Merkur.
     
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    We block sanded the body than sprayed two coats of SPI epoxy

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    Brian cleaned the Rod & Custom crossmember getting ready to weld motor mounts.

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    Getting ready to test fit the FE block with the Canton pan and TKO 600

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    Making sure the block is in the center, level and has a 4 degree angle so Brian can weld the motor mounts.

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    The transmission mount had to be modified to get the correct angle.

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    Brian welded the motor mounts in place. Now when you order a kit from Rod & Custom the motor mounts are already welded.

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    Impressive. I'll have to come over and see the shop, I'm only 30 minutes from you.
     
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    At least he has the right hood and not the helleanor one!
     
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    The new owner did not like the Eleanor non functional quarter scoops so we cut them off and installed Shelby scoops.

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