Ford 302/T5 swapped race drift-quest
Posted 29 March 2016 - 11:15 PM
This is the car i started with, its a 1989 non shp conquest.
Over the past 4 years ive put 6k on it. The rest of the time its had a bad engine. Apparently i cant keep a nearly stock g54 lower end together to save my life, so after 3 solid tries i decided to fix my problem. If im going to keep revving this thing to the moon while drifting i might as well do it with a cheap engine, and whats cheaper then a Ford 5.0? (a chevy 350 also works, i suppose..) I plan on running the car at track days, drift events and i want to be able to drive to and from where ever these events are, so it has to be tough and reliable with room to grow for engine improvements.
So it was decided. I sourced a pretty low mileage 302 off craigslist and scored a brand new t5 at an auction for $120 and a good 2 more years of crawling craiglist, ebay, swap meets and parts from friends of friends im now about 25% done. When i started in January last year i didnt think i would get this involved, but i wanted it right and i wanted it pretty. It would be a lie to say that i didnt get a ton of inspiration from John (convette), but the car was never supposed to be a copy of his car, but that seems to be what is happening. I only wish it was a different color.
if anyone remembers is did this write up for the knuckles last year
i also did this too
Both of these set ups worked but i didnt like where the engine sat and that there wasnt any room to take the engine in and out of the car easily. Ease of maintenance is a huge deal to me. so i first made room like so...
And while i was at it i sort of copied john with the steering and redoing of the cross member
Im also a tool maker sooooo NEW KNUCKLES WOOOO
also did the trans mount with crush sleeves through the frame rails. Ill need to find more pics
oh ya new knuckles installed
This is good for tonight, there will be more tomorrow some time.
Posted 30 March 2016 - 04:48 AM
looks good so far.
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Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:04 PM
looks good so far.
I wouldnt mind making them but i need to do some R&D before i try to market anything. This is just the first set ive made and im sure ill end up changing them after i get the car going. Another big thing is that this isnt really a one size fits all type of thing, everyones set up is different unless i also made the cross member to go with the knuckles. Theres tons of variables, but if some one sent me an idea of what they wanted i could work with them to make the geometries right. Its not hard, way simpler to do then trying to get a rear steer right.
Thanks, i still have a lot left to do. In 2 weeks it goes to a frame shop to make sure its straight and hopefully a cage in the next month. I kinda want your used knuckles just to measure and compare what i came up with. As far as i know your the first! I just used 6061, its pretty thick and should be ok. Any other ones i make will be out of 2024 though, at the time this was what i had.
Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:27 PM
An odd behind the tire picture but it shows the oil pan level with the engine cradle. I also relocated the control arms up .5in and tigged some washers on for support.
more to come this weekend.
Edited by clow340, 30 March 2016 - 10:28 PM.
Posted 01 April 2016 - 06:56 AM
Posted 03 April 2016 - 09:29 PM
Bump steer kit came in!!!
This is an explorer mount, super low profile
Started putting the tunnel and firewall back together, i didnt get too far.
moved back 3in
FREE LATHE!! pretty excited about that
Posted 17 December 2016 - 09:39 PM
I enclosed the fender wells in the front. Now I can use rear 8in rims up front with no rubbing and I can add more angle later on if I choose.
I'm a little surprised I didn't take many pics of the fire wall or tunnel.
Also made a sweet bash bar!!
And to top it off a roll cage
This thing has been a ton of work but I think the hardest is done.
Edited by clow340, 17 December 2016 - 09:42 PM.
Posted 18 December 2016 - 08:17 PM
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