Archive for January, 2011


Bringing it out for pictures

It was a nice day so I decided to pull it out of the garage for a few pictures. My motorcourt does no allow for alot of sunlight this time of year and since it is not in finished form it was push it out and back in again. I hope you enjoy them.

From reality…To concept…

To alternate reality.

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This catagory is about custom or retro automobile design. Basically so I can post some of my own ideas but I also would love to see your ideas. This is Just for Fun! First is a quick sketch I did in 2007 of a retro AC Shelby Cobra design. I had seen Fords new prototype and although it was very nice it was far too much of a box for me and left out some of the essential design elements that made the original AC Cobra a hit.

First without the racing stripes and than with.

I’d love to build it but I’m still recovering from the body ground effects kit and truck bed work on the Pacer.Feb. 8, 2011. I just did this sketch over the top of an AC Cobra. It’s O.K. but not really what I’m after. The rockers need to be lower and, well, it just doesn’t thrill me. When I find more time I’ll play with it a bit.Feb. 12, 2011. Here’s another sketch with some revisions. I like it better. Looks more up to date and has better lines. Still, a work in progress. I changed to foglights below and turn signals where the headlights go with pop-up headlight above.

Bringing it Home.

At some point I wanted to get the Pacer home so I could finish the interior and final details. Everything that needed to be done in the shop was done. I didn’t want to do any paint or mechanical work in my own garage just in case I had some spill or smell problems. Figuring out the steering was frustrating and took me about 3 months just because I had to take some breathers so I didn’t start pounding on the car when angry. Putting it on the trailer was a Challenge. The Pacer was, “The first wide small car”, And with the wider wheels it left me with only about 1 1/2″ on each side from bare rim to trailer metal.

It was slow going but with alittle help from my jack we got it on.

Unloading I thought would be slow. Since it was so tight we had to take it off very carefully because it would be running down hill and we had no way of slowing it down. I decided to put some pull straps on both sides and let it down slowly an inch or two at a time. It was working great until my son let off tension for about 6″ at once. Well, it picked up too much speed and, “POP!”, went the straps and away went the Pacer. To my surprise it rolled off straight and the rims came through without a scratch. A little grunting and it is now home, ready to be finished and close enough to work on it in the evenings.

Gave it a little bath and ready for a few pics. It was way too cramped in the shop to get any good pictures.

One last sho

O.K., it’s all done but what a hassle. The Ford rack and pinion steering shaft sits about 1″ further towards the center of the car. I could not get the steering around the header. Not enough room or to steep of an angle to work. So, off came the headers. Believe me, I tried everything but bagged it out of frustration. Stock manifolds back on and with the help of some Borgeson parts it actually steers! Maybe someday when I get real ambitious I’ll try to tackle it again.