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Awesome work mate.
I've never really understood the fanaticism of 'OEM parts' (down to the OEM stamps). I've dealt with a LOT of 'old musclecars'...69 1/2 Trans Ams, 70 1/2 AAR Cudas, Hemi Cudas, Superbees...and one thing I learned about 'Concourse Class'...is that unless you have a COMPLETE 'numbers-matching' car, down to 'paint flaws', 'correct fasteners' and 'on-hue paint', then NOS or 'restoration part', it doesn't really 'shift the sale price' by very much. So, if it doesn't increase the asset value (and potentially uses up NOS that could be used on Concourse cars), why not just have someone with expertise in...(windows, doors, fasteners, whatever) make the part for you? If you know what it looked like new, have a drawing for 'how it was made' or 'what its dimensions are'...then just have someone who 'does it for a living', make your window frame, or hinge, or whatever. Keep in mind, when Carroll Shelby took his 'AC Cars' body and stuffed a 427 into it, he was still either pulling parts directly from 'common Ford stock', or having someone fab it up for him...there was NOTHING 'special' about 99% of the parts in an AC Cobra, until Shelby put them ON A COBRA! While a GT40 is a slightly larger user of 'custom fabbed' components (recent iterations: carbon fiber body and frame, etc.), the old ones are PREDOMINANTLY 'open source' at this point.
I live in a small town in southern Maine USA, about 13 miles northwest of Portland (Maine, not that other place). Do you know of a GT40 parts supplier from Windham, Maine? I had heard (from a friend some years ago, who was the mechanic for one of the vintage car museums on Mt. Desert Island, Maine) that there was a guy around the corner from me that sells GT40 parts. Do you know of this guy?
who the fuck is his friend in EL Paso Texas. I live here and there aint shit LOL
A Mark Free you say
I always found that right seated cars are ridiculous, but there's a logic to the madness. Recently someone told me that all racecars used to be right seated. This is the logic to it: circuits were clockwise, so a right seated car would have the benefit in most corners, because the weight of the driver would be closer to the inner side of the corner, hence slightly more grip there aka more speed. And the logic of a righthand stick (even in a right seated car like the GT40Mk1) is simple, 70% or more people are righthanded, so that way they would have a better feeling with the gears, more precise shifting aka less ruined gearboxes which were pretty flimsy at that time (because those engines had so much power).
I'm having a hard enough time fixing an old Mazda. I couldn't imagine trying to rebuild a GT40
I love this guy. I need a "whackin' great limited slip diff so I can do perfect donuts and leave 11's" classic!
Who's Mark Free?
So it wasn't real?
I will just leave this here. I drove it.
I just don't like this guy. Or the ratarosa guy. Same person?
Beats me why anyone would want to make a MK3 replica. They look awful compared to a proper GT40. They were only made to get rid of a few cars. They look like someone stuck a bus window on the side.
The windows are just fabricated from brass channel and bar and would be fairly easy to duplicate if anyone wanted to. The ones you saw may be an extra original set but I don't think they'd be of great value or interest to anyone.
Just do your car as a proper. GT40 Put the side windows in and it still doesn't look like a MK3
. You'd have to put the extended rear body and the silly front bumper irons and badges etc. All of this just to spoil the appearance of the car.
As for the wire wheels, ( they are Borrani not Boriani ) Don't even consider them if you are really expecting to make 400hp or more. All of the original GT40s were fitted with them but they could not even stand up to the power of the original small block cars. They actually spun the hubs out of them. They were immediately discarded in favor of the Rubery Owens BRW Style Magnesium wheels.
My replica has genuine ones with hubs and spinners. The later cars are not actually GT40s by the way. They are known as Ford GT MK IIs and Ford GT MKIVs
The movie only occasionally collided with the facts and often showed the wrong models in the wrong roles. Movies are movies I know, but with such a great story it really would have been great to have made it with much more accuracy and it wouldn't have been terribly difficult. All the history is here and so are most of the cars.
I seen the races where the GT40 was successful in the 60tys always wished I had owned one ! Great car ! Glad to see that your building one ,good luck and Thumbs-up 👍
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I think its wonderful what people can build with their own skills and passion but as far as whats real or not is simple- if it didnt come out of the factory or the shop that was contracted to build it and it was not or is not stamped with the vin from the factory than its not real regardless how many real parts are on it, that being sais im not saying replicas are not awesome- some are incredible but they are still a "replica" not the authentic real thing. Love his drive to have a truly awesome car and make his dreams come sort of true
Holmes and Moody check that out