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$5000 viper killer - Project Snake Charmer

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Hey guys,

 On Friday a good friend and I started a project we had been planning since My wife and I moved to our new place. I had to pull the car cover off of my 1972 parts car to move it to the new shop on our new property. I was out side looking at the parts car thought how about a low budget autocross car. I texted my friend and said "how about a race car out of my parts car". His reply: "Then we need to put a 302 into it" He is a ford mechanic. I said sounds good. 

So for the last couple of months we have been talking different ideas for the build, but each having our own car and truck projects already (he is building a 1951 Merc grain truck onto a newer f250 truck frame with its motor and suspension making a tonne of hp)  never had time to actually do anything with our race car. He had a wrecked 2015 Ecoboost Mustang write off he bought. He was going to put all the 2015 mustang Goodies into his Fox Body Mustang. One day he said if our race car was 1600 lbs and we threw all the eco boost stuff into it it would be a riot! and so it began. 

The car is a budget build so cosmetics are not a priority. If it makes it fast on a budget then it is a winner for the car. This means using what we can find for free or cheap or repurposing stuff we have. The rough dead line for this build is not this summer but next summer where we can put more time in to the build next winter. So updates are going to be a while for one to the next.  I had to smile at how light the car is. We could literally slide it side ways in the garage by lifting it with our hands and sliding it over no floor jack needed. I could not stop smiling on Friday while we were working on the car!

Here is the Part one of this build:

Thanks for checking out our build.

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With the amount you guys cut sheet metal and the cost of cutting disks these days, a good used plazma torch would pay for itself. ;)

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20 hours ago, Jim Eh. said:

With the amount you guys cut sheet metal and the cost of cutting disks these days, a good used plazma torch would pay for itself. ;)

sure would be nice!

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Here is part 3 of the build: 

On Friday we got together to finish fabricating and installing the Riverside subframe connector. It came out really well and is super strong. Was a bit of a challenge welding the heavy gauge steel upside down on my back.

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On 2018-04-08 at 12:10 PM, TRDTurko said:

another ambitious build... good luck 

Thanks. Our goal is to race it next season and build it over next winter time.

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Tony and I are getting back on this build and pretty excited for it. We are calling it Project Snake Charmer. Trying a new feature on youtube that allows you to premiere the video. So it will be airing this Friday at 4:30.

 

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Actually a friend and I are doing this one together so it is kind of a once a week hang out and build a race car enjoy a drink or two kind of deal. I take turns between the two work on one while I wait for parts for the other :).  I would like to be fitting the 1/4 panel on the other celica but Canada post not shipping stuff for their strike is keeping my door pins from Thailand from getting to my house. Need the door pins to line up the door to get proper gaps for the 1/4 panel. Hopefully we can have this car running by spring. Wont be pretty (think General Mayhem) but would be cool to get to an autocross or two with it this summer for a couple of shake down runs to see what will need improving over the winter after this winter. 

 

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1990 miata front suspension is almost completely installed. Fabricated up new strut towers and frame rails to tie it all together: 

 

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How did I never notice that title for your build before?? 

11.5 @ 127 mph is the time to beat at the strip on street tires, after driving there with the AC blasting... just to set the bar, you know.  I'll work on getting you a proper TA lap time this summer.    :P

I'll have to pay more attention to this build now, you've got my attention.

Looks like you're doing a killer job so far!

 

Dason

 

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On 1/22/2019 at 3:27 PM, Rare Snake said:

How did I never notice that title for your build before?? 

11.5 @ 127 mph is the time to beat at the strip on street tires, after driving there with the AC blasting... just to set the bar, you know.  I'll work on getting you a proper TA lap time this summer.    :P

I'll have to pay more attention to this build now, you've got my attention.

Looks like you're doing a killer job so far!

 

Dason

 

Sweet Dason! Thanks for the statistics! I imagine on street tires traction is a challenge in your car for sure! We hope to be running it some time this summer. Probably not fully completed but finished enough do have some fun with.

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The SC is getting closer to a test start of the ecoboost. Today Tony and I are test fitting the wire harness and front end: 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

 

took a day and a half out of my holidays with Tony to get big progress on this car

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Time for the next update. we are aiming to have this car at the last autocross events of the season on September 21-22 I think? Tony is finishing engine bay plumbing and I am getting ready to get the 2015 IRS installed. No idea where this car will class but don't care at this point just want to rip it at the track!:

 

 

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I promised you a proper lap time this summer, so here it is. You may have to think about changing that name. ;)

I hope the project is going well. 

 

Dason

 

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@white_cross looks like @Rare Snake has raised the bar a notch or two.

I watched Dason's runs on Saturday and I don't think "charming" this snake with a flute will work.  You'll need to bring a big club to this snake fight.

I always cheer for the underdog and I can't wait to see the completion of project "Snake Charmer"

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