Continuing to drive the Boss 427 and stretching her legs, getting farther and farther from home. Did a 50 mile loop from my house to the Annapolis Docks, stopped at a local place for lunch with a friend, then back home. No surprises from this trip, so she’s doing really well.
A few small items I’ve had: When I was driving a few days ago, I noticed a high freq rattle that happened when I was accelerating. Later it got worse and was really rattling when I hit a bump. Got home, did some investigating, found 2 roll bar bolts that were loose. Tightened em up and no more issue.
My seatbelt buckle was rattling, found the camlock knob was coming loose. tightened up, no problem.
When I got my first full tank of gas, the next morning, I had some fuel on the floor. Chased it down to a loose lockring on the tank for the level sender. Knocked it a bit tightwer and seems to be OK.
Thats all I’ve come up with so far. She continues to amaze me.
I have fixed a small coolant leak at the heater select valve, and replaced the power steering pump with a unit that is setup and dyno’d for flow and pressure to match the Fox Mustang steering rack. Also has a reservoir mounted right to the side of the pump for excellent fluid supply. Quite different, and better, than what I had.
And the steering difference is wonderful. Before it was darty and hunted, now its smooth and predictable. This morning, I got a laser alignment done at the Bay Area Service Center in Glen Burnie. Quincy said the car was really close, and he just had to do some fine tuning. When he was done, I took it up on the interstate and ripped it up to about 75-80 mph and its as perfect as I can ask for. Predictable, smooth, accurate and easy. Just like a good racecar should be.
Took some pictures in the early morning light…
Very, very close to being what I can call done, or “graduated”. This is where she officially goes from a kit to being a real, live driving and enjoyable car.
I’m gonna miss building her, but now I start learning about what I’ve built and maybe some fine tuning to make it perfect.
So a lot has happened in the last week. Got The Boss on the road, temporarily, from the MD MVA. Started putting a few miles on her. Got her up on the Interstate for the first time, up to 60 mph and all felt really good.
Took a lady friend of mine with me to a local Cruise In and had a good time. She helped install the last piece to really finish this car… my BOSS 427 badges that I had custom made by Billet Badges. I bought these before I ever ordered the kit. So it was a nice touch to put em on before heading out to show the car.
Got some nice attention, but people dont understand that its a new car, built from the ground up, not some kit placed on top of another car. Thats OK… its mine and I know I built it.
Made an appointment and got the car over to Auto Italia in Rockville. They have some knowledge of these cars… thats why I went so far to see them vs using a local place that had no idea. They took it for a test drive and did an underneath inspection… all looks good. It was nice to see my car up on a lift where I could get underneath it.
She passed inspection with no issues. So now its back to the MVA to get off the 30 day tags. Still have a bit more work to do, so continue to stay tuned!
Spent the morning at the Maryland MVA. Got a VIN number assigned and plate attached, paid my taxes (just like for a new car), got a title coming in the mail and finally, my 30 day tags. 30 days is for the MD State Safety Inspection.
After I get that done, I’ll have the regular 2 year tags and be good to go.