Progress Thread Project PMOR: 97 Saleen S281 #19 build

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Kevin wasted no time on getting the original rear bumper stripped down and in primer. When I was at the shop, I got to look over the original and compare it to the ones Saleen makes today and I can really see the difference. I'm glad he saved it so I can go back to all original pieces, even if the side skirts are paper thin. I got back home and started my hunt for parts to replace the aftermarket pieces. I knew this was going to be a challenge for some pieces with supply chain was still impacted by COVID and the other was just search for hard to find older parts.

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While @95steedamustang was back in TN just doing his normal sanding & priming on a non-stop loop, I'm looking for parts. With COVID still causing supply chain issues, it was going to make procuring some Maximum Motorsports (MM) parts fun. While searching the intrawebs for the parts I needed I ran a crossed an interesting ad. Someone selling a roller with MM K-member, MM A-arms, MM Caster/Camber plates. That got my attention. The question is, will community forgive me for parting out a....

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Saleen. Yeah I located 1996 Saleen S281 #384. The prior owner was going to turn it into a road race car but ended up just sitting. The car has an 01 Cobra IRS with some upgrades, came with an IRS exhaust setup, fuel interior with some suede racing seats, just no engine or transmission. After a couple months of negotiating we finally settled on a price and I picked it up. I wasted no time pulling the front suspension out of it and putting a stock front suspension out of a 99-04 Cobra back under it in the mean time to keep it a roller. The front suspension setup was on a local forum, guy was moving and didn't want to take it with him, plus it was at my favorite price, FREE. It came complete with calipers and struts. Made for swapping out simple an easy.

When I was picking up the 96 S281 the guy was just loading me up with spare parts. Ended up with a 02+ Interior pieces, Drive shafts (T56 and original T45), Wiring for a 16 valve & 32 valve (car had a 32 valve in it at one point), new graphics kit from Saleen, and a whole lot more. The original LeMans wheels were no where to be found (continue reading), but everything else Saleen wise was still there minus the original front bumper. It was replaced by some cheap urethane bumper that snaps on, for quick release.

Before taking the car to where I stored it, I swung by my house to pick up a few things. I couldn't have been inside for 10 minutes and when I come out there is a guy just looking over this car. He comes up to me asking if I was the owner, and explained to him I just bought it. Here to find out he was the original owner of #384 and he lived right down road from me and he hadn't seen it in years. After talking for a while, he told me to come to his place, he had some stuff that needed to go with the car.

One being all the service history on the car in a large three ring binder while he owned it and the original Saleen Owners manual, but the biggest kicker he still had the original wheels. He put them up and put the newer 99+ Saleen wheels on it to keep the other ones in decent shape.

Don't worry folks, more body work progress updates on the 97 coming soon. Just wanting to take you through the entire journey of building the 97 and who knows maybe if I don't get struck by lightning for taking parts from the 96 maybe another build thread????

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That is cool man, just take the MM parts off and put stock ones back on then sell it (keep the wheels) as is. Don't part it out, maybe someone will want to restore it.
 
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That is cool man, just take the MM parts off and put stock ones back on then sell it (keep the wheels) as is. Don't part it out, maybe someone will want to restore it.
Dont let him fool you. He’s not parting any Saleens nor selling. He’s as likely to sell that 96 Saleen and I am sell any of my cars. He should say he’s borrowing parts until its….its turn to get going. He’s just hoarding like me.
 
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Little body work photos this time around, since during this time I'm hard at work hunting down parts and stealing parts from another Saleen..

The side skirts were not in the worst shape, but not the best either. Most of the ones I've always run across have the corners either broken or cracked apart. These didn't but did have other damage, and @95steedamustang can correct me if I'm wrong but the door fillers weren't to hateful minus the double side tape that he had to remove.

The hood, I decided not to smooth the backside completely down. I wanted to have it sanded down but not completely smooth so it still had some texture to it. Also decided to fill in the prop rod hole, since there will be no use for it. As we all know by following any of Kevin's build threads this won't be the only time they get primed/sanded.

Then my worst nightmare had come...... picking a version of Laser Red I like. Lord have mercy on my soul.


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Little body work photos this time around, since during this time I'm hard at work hunting down parts and stealing parts from another Saleen..

The side skirts were not in the worst shape, but not the best either. Most of the ones I've always run across have the corners either broken or cracked apart. These didn't but did have other damage, and @95steedamustang can correct me if I'm wrong but the door fillers weren't to hateful minus the double side tape that he had to remove.
Door fillers weren’t bad. Typically highs and lows on any Saleen piece but I can handle that. The only correction is the double sided tape is being saved for @SorsCode
Then my worst nightmare had come...... picking a version of Laser Red I like. Lord have mercy on my soul.
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Whats crazy is thats the same color. Its a variation I made off the original color. The difference on the spray out is just gun pressure adjustments.
 
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During this whole process @95steedamustang liked to send me some teaser texts from time to time. This is one of those times. First up it was time to replace the rear fascia with the one that came on the car originally. Reminder the one that was removed was a Saleen piece, just the newer one they make today. In the first photo the top one is the original (came on car) and the bottom one is the newer one (sold by Saleen today). You can see just how many screws it took to get this thing to fit right. Then he decides to send me a couple other photos, he went ahead and did the treatment to my tail lights and even did a test fit on the car. This car is going to look so good when done. Key thing on restores like this, they can't be rushed.

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