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Old 10-10-2018, 11:47 PM   #1
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New Project Mach

Been away for quite some time but still have my Ď03 TR 5spd. A while back my Sister In Lawís boyfriend picked up a nice 70k mile Ď04 TR auto. The car was for his 16 year old son who after a few short months unfortunately wrecked the car. It went to autction through Copart and I snagged it up. I have been wanting to get back into drag racing and that will be this cars purpose.

Hope to get enough body panels back on it to take to the track before season ends and get a baseline. Only mod to the car is weld in mufflers. Over the winter I will strip some weight, add some 4.56ís, off-road mid pipe with turn downs and maybe some suspension. I love the factory wheels so Iím trying to find a place to narrow my factory front wheels so I can run skinnyís on the OE wheels. Also have a exterior design in mind that will look like the late 60ís Ford Drag Team, more on that once I find a decal shop to print my ideas.

My main goal for the car is a reliable and consistent bracket car that I can compete in local races with. I would like to see 7.90ís with very little performance mods, then add a converter and shoot for 7.50ís. Here are a few pics of the car from right after the wreck and now that everything is torn off. The hood is ruined but for now Iíll just throw pins in it and use it.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:04 AM   #2
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Re: New Project Mach

1/8 mile times??
Good luck with the car.
FYI: My auto mach1 with 4.10 gears goes 9.20 in the 1/8 with two people in the car.
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:24 AM   #3
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1/8 mile times??
Good luck with the car.
FYI: My auto mach1 with 4.10 gears goes 9.20 in the 1/8 with two people in the car.
Yea just run local 1/8 mile tracks for now. I havenít ever been around an auto Mach until now but I feel like the car should go high 8ís the way it sits My Ď03 5spd went 8.28 with only a Cat-back and a tire so hopefully this one will be about half second slower.
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Old 10-11-2018, 10:37 AM   #4
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Welcome back, been a while since I've seen that avatar. Way to save one! I agree about the stock wheels. They're a killer design that still stands today.
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Old 11-08-2018, 11:19 PM   #5
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Re: New Project Mach

Finally picked up a donor car for the front end parts I need, unfortunately itís not red but Iíll paint them eventually. Hope to have most of the parts off the car in the next couple of days and start getting the Mach back together. Still have hopes of getting to make a pass in the next couple weeks for a baseline.

The 4.56ís and O/R X are here and ready to go on once I make my stock pass. Since I was able to pick up a complete V6 car I may swap out the brakes too, I know they save a few lbs and I can make some money off the factory Mach brakes. Finally making some progress, more to come once it has body parts on it.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:04 PM   #6
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Been slow going and a long winter but finally had time to get the car back together this week. The hood was so mangled that I don't trust the factory latch so I did away with it and just going to pin it. My local track should be opening in the next few weeks so hopefully I can make some baseline passes. I'm itching to get the exhaust and 4.56's in the car once I have baseline numbers.
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:11 PM   #7
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Nice!
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Old 03-27-2019, 05:15 PM   #8
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Making some progress on the interior. I had intended to keep the stock seats for at least the first track outing just to be close to stock weight but somebody wanted them. So I moved my rear seat delete from my Ď03 and added one of my race seats. The bags blew in the crash so I picked up a UPR driver side delete and just took some duck tape to the passenger side. Trying to get everything wrapped up and ready because there is a test and tune at my local track Saturday I plan to attend.
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Old 03-30-2019, 09:10 PM   #9
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Finally got to take the car to the track today. Was also the first drive I had in the car since it’s back together. I was a little disappointed by the times it ran but not really surprised. It’s on street tires so I couldn’t load it up as much as I wanted so it was pretty sluggish of the line. Just flashing the converter seemed yeild the best but still slow 60’ times without blowing the tires off.

Got home and decided to start pulling some weight out it. Radio, rear speakers, amp rack, child seat anchors, all trunk panels, spare tire and jack were removed. Next stuff I’ll take out is the quad shocks with brackets and “dog bone” on the differential. I may take it one more time without doing the exhaust just to get the car in the 8’s.
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