Happy new year everyone. Took a bit of a hiatus from blog posts for January, but the work in the background continues! Lots of pics to share on this update so let’s get right to it.
Dan Pye over at Augment Wheel Company called me up a few weeks ago to let me know that our wheels had been completed – honestly the pictures don’t do them justice. 8.5X17 fronts and 11X17 rears with some huge dish, Dan also set them off with an AWC logo’d knock-off spinner for that 60’s era look on a modern wheel.
Fitment also looks very good, we may have to go with a spacer in the front to push the wheels out closer to the fender. We’ll evaluate that once the car is off stilts.
One of the things I love about this wheel is that all of the hardware and even the stem is on the inside, keeping it hidden for a nice clean look on the outer rim.
Those huge Wilwood 6-pistons JUST fit inside the front wheels.
License Plate Recess:
With all of the hacking and reconstruction of the doors, there was plenty of extra material to create a spot for the license plate in the rear of the car. The ‘cam-tail’ that Pete Brock designed into this car was for aerodynamic enhancements aimed at breaking the 190MPH mark on the Mulsanne straight – turns out it worked, however mounting a license plate facing down in the rear wasn’t quite what we had in mind.
This concept shot shows the approximate size and location of the plate recess pictured below.
Sorry for the quality, my fathers smartphone is what internet photographers call a “potato“. What you can see here is the addition of the license plate lighting (stolen from a Chevy Cruze) and the rear view camera mounted in the centre.
Fresh Air Scoops:
When we first started mulling over concepts for this build, the initial thought was to completely eliminate the scoops that were on the original 1965 Daytona, we wanted a cleaner look. However, once we realized that we have essentially a massive oven in front of us under the hood, we had some second thoughts and decided to go with the two air intake scoops located above each foot-box to draw in fresh air.
Fortunately my father is extremely experienced with mould making in his previous life designing short track speed skating boots. A little plaster of paris and a lot of shaving and shaping gets the job done. There was a lot of trial and error on height and width to get these close to our concept drawing.
These will be blended into the bodywork with no exposed rivets.
Custom exterior door handles and hand made manual windows – you didn’t expect us to stick with stock interior door hardware did you?
These parts were made on the home mill out of solid aluminum and using the wood treatment that we plan to use to accent the dash. The wood/aluminum transition is still a little rough, but will be enhanced in the future with more polishing.
Also included in this section is the switch for our brights and custom milled knob that locks into place with a set-screw.
Rearview Mirrors and Side Markers:
Turns out the rearview mirrors for this car a tricky at best. YES, Factory Five and other manufacturers make an era-correct bullet style mirror that appeared on the 1965 and up Shelby cars, they look great, but you can’t see anything past the huge rear fenders and hips on this body style.
Back to mould making.
Here’s you can see the moulds for ‘take 1’ of the possible rear view mirrors along side of the rear side markers that will go behind the rear wheels. The side markers are a requirement of the Ministry of Transportation here in Ontario, fortunately the lights stolen from a 2004 Jaguar XKR look like a good fit for our body style.
We also have access to a 3D printer through my brother – maybe round is the way to go? Lots more head scratching on this one.
Third Brake Light:
Another requirement of the MTO is to have a third brake light. I have seen some different versions of this online with some builds even having the light mounted under the hatch glass. Our version is mounted in the rear spoiler which makes for an extremely tight fit depth-wise for any kind of lighting enclosure.
This light is stolen from a late model Mustang, the LED board and housing are very thin but still required a lot of cutting and manipulation to fit into the hollow fiberglass spoiler.
Here’s a rough fit – the spoiler will also be integrated into the bodywork with no exposed rivets.
Dash Planning Continues:
An absolutely huge job, and honestly incredibly difficult to execute, the dash plans are starting to come into focus. The standard Factory Five dash is essentially a rectangular box made of the same sheetmetal that’s throughout the interior, it works very well, but we found the design to be quite boring for such an exciting exterior design. The dash my father is designing is not off the shelf (is anything?) and requires a lot of thought to figure out depth, room for legs, space for gauges, switches, indicators, AND the plan is to have it completely removable in case it requires servicing.
Thanks for reading – stay tuned for more!