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This thread is devoted to Ron Sutton Race Technology Track-Warrior Builds

 

Thread Guidelines

 

RSRT Clients & RSRT Authorized Track-Warrior Builders are encouraged to:

* Show & talk about your build with front and/or Track-Warrior rear clips or complete Track-Warrior chassis

* Show the car & share info about your unique build from start to finish … like a build thread

* Show & talk about how you built your car … your way.

* Show & talk about how your car is unique

 

Guests are encouraged to ask questions & make comments

 

PLEASE:

RSRT Clients & RSRT Authorized Track-Warrior Builders please use this format at the TOP OF EVERY POST … so people can tell it’s your car.

 

 

Format to use

Car Year & Model:

Competing in:

Front Clip/Suspension:

Rear Clip/Suspension:

Engine:

Trans:

Brakes:

Owner:

Builder:

 

Examples

Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

Car Year & Model: 65 Chevelle aka “G-Velle”

Competing in: Autocross

Front Clip/Suspension: AXT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: Ober-Link Rear Suspension

Engine: Mast LS3 625HP

Trans: Bowler T56 6-speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Aaron Oberle

Builder: Aaron Oberle

 

Car Year & Model: 70 Plymouth Cuda

Competing in: Optima Ultimate Street Car & Road Course Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: TA Track-Warrior Front Clip

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior Rear Clip

Engine: Twin Turbo 488" Dodge R3 NASCAR Engine

Trans: T56 6-speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Craig Scholl

Builder: Craig Scholl

 

Then write your text & show photos of your car build !!

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Car Year & Model: 69 Ford Torino

Competing in: Road Course Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Aluminum Ford FE 428" 750 HP

Trans: T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Mark Milliron

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

Everything starts somewhere. This project started with Mark Milliron's favorite NASCAR stock car in mind, the 69 Torino body.

 

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Mark had this car complete at one time.

 

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But had this in mind for it:

 

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Follow along as Randy Chastain at One-Off Customs & Mike Tolle from Tolle Fab collaborate to build this car into a roller with Ron Sutton Race Technology GT Track-Warrior front & rear suspension, cage design & more.

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Car Year & Model: 65 Chevelle aka “G-Velle”

Competing in: Autocross

Front Clip/Suspension: AXT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: Ober-Link Rear Suspension

Engine: Mast LS3 625HP

Trans: Bowler T56 6-speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Aaron Oberle

Builder: Aaron Oberle

 

My good friend Aaron Oberle is struggling with some health issues right now. Please keep him in your prayers. He is a great guy & we need him here for quite a while longer. I decided to post some of his build for him & he can take it over when he's feeling better.

 

Aaron has been running this Chevelle for quite a while. We became friends back in 2014 so I think this photo was back in 2014 or so. I added the lines so we could see how much roll angle he had back then.

 

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He has built it to this now, with 315's on all corners, a lower stance, more power & a mean handling package.

 

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We at Ron Sutton Race Technology started by building him a semi-custom (as they all are) AXT Front clip & Suspension.

* AXT stands for Autocross & Track. These AXT front frame & suspension packages are superior to our (and other) TA2 designs, but not as high travel as our TA front clips.

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

Greg decided he wanted something faster & meaner than his 65 Mustang Fast Back he was tracking & told me to build him one of our GT Track Warrior cars "turn key." We made his 65 is crazy fast for only having 245 tires all around and Zero Aero downforce with great suspension & brakes. But this new machine is going to be MEAN!

 

Light ... 2700#. Lots of aero dowforce ... 1500# ++. Good Power ... 700HP. Sequential no-lift-shift 6-speed. 335 slicks on all 4 corners. Giddy Up !!

 

It started with the selection of a cool, good looking 70 Fastback Mustang body ... and the desire to make it "meaner." Track width is grip. Pure & simple. So we decided we wanted the body 6" wider ... from the fenders down ... so the greenhouse stayed the same size (so as not to increase drag). I had a lot of changes made to the body to increase downforce. I'll explain them as we show you the car build.

 

Now getting the body built ... in fiberglass ... took longer than planned, primarily due to all the customization. We can normally get a complete fiberglass body shell, front end, doors, hood, deck lid, etc ... in about 3-4 months. This one took 6 months.

 

Here are some photos of the body building process.

 

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The body shell arrived at Randy Chastain's One-Off Customs shop 10 days ago. Since then, he already has the front clip, rear clip & subframe built with the engine, trans & fuel cell mocked up. Now he's mounting the body. We'll show you those as we go along with the build.

 

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We plan to shake the car down at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California at the end of June, so the actual car build is hauling ass. Stay Tuned Boys & Girls !

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For Greg Weld's 70 Fastback Mustang Track-Warrior ... we had a custom body built that is 6" wider! It's 3" wider on each side, right where the greenhouse (roof & pillars) meet the body.

 

This was done by hand with fiberglass veterans with experience doing custom bodies.

 

Here is a progression of the body being built.

 

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Greg Weld's 70 Mustang Track-Warrior Blueprint (without dimensions)

 

 

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Car Year & Model: Mustang TA Body

Competing in: SCCA GT1 & SPO

Front Clip/Suspension: GT1 Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT1 Track-Warrior

Engine: Ford NASCAR Cup Engine

Trans: Jerrico 4-Speed

Brakes: Brembo NASCAR Road Race Brakes

Owner: Dan Kowaleski

Builder: Dan Kowaleski

 

Dan Kowaleski had been running a modified (enlarged) Mustang Trans Am body on a NASCAR Cup Car chassis for quite awhile. He decided he wanted to build a more modern, lighter Trans Am style chassis & modify his Mustang body back to the original Trans Am shape & size.

 

Dan reached out to us for the chassis design, geometry work up & suspension set up. Other than providing that, our shock valving & parts to build his new hot rod ... Dan did ALL the work himself in his 2-car garage. It's pretty cool to see a guy build his own road race car & race it.

 

Here was his old car (NASCAR Cup Chassis & bigger Body)

 

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Here is a side view of the blueprints we designed for him:

 

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Old Body:

 

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4" Shorter Body for new chassis:

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

Here are some EARLY photos of Greg Weld's 70 Mustang the front end. I say "early" because we've made changes & advancements to it since these. But you'll get to see the progression this way. I'll show the changes we made & why we made them.

 

Early stages of front end customization. You can see where the front end has been widened 3" on each side for a total of 6" wider. This is all to widen the track width & make room for 335/30/18 Hoosier Slicks all the way around.

 

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The top red circle shows where the Ford style is shaped into the nose. We'll be removing that ... smoothing & rounding the nose ... and making the hood flat in front of the eventual 4" cowl hood scoop.

 

The red circle on the bottom is just to point out that the air dam mocked up here is NOT going to stay that shape. It will also be rounded. Gotta start somewhere.

 

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This photo shows the rear of the body shell after it was widened 6" & re-gel coated.

Yes, those are 69-70 Shelby Tail Lights. The actual lights will be LEDs.

 

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This is a good photo showing what the factory tail panel kick up looked like. If I left this as is, it would seriously affect airflow off the back of the car. So we leveled it out as you can see in the second photo.

 

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Car Year & Model: 47 REO Speedwagon Truck ... Yes, really !

Competing in: Street, Autocross & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: LS Engine

Trans: 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Robert Taylor

Builder: Robert Taylor

 

Where's the trucks? Where is a really unique build utilizing RSRT Track-Warrior chassis design & suspensions?

 

Here ya go! Robert took the cab from a 1947 REO Speedwagon & is building a wicked cool ... and wicked fast ... play toy.

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: PPG Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

We had to measure the body ... to be absolutely sure ... of the dimensions for tire width, track width, etc ... before we built the clips. The day the body arrived, we measured it. The front & rear frame clips with suspension were done 2 days later.

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: PPG Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

Here are some photos with the mid-frame structure done at Randy Chastain's "One-Off Customs" shop.

 

A few things that might not be apparent from the photos are:

* The outer rails are 2x2 x .120" wall

* The inner rails are 2x3 x .065" wall

* The cross bracing is 1x2 x .065" wall

 

The cross bracing is flush with the top rails, leaving a 1" void between the bottom of the outer rails & the bottom of the cross bracing. This is where we run the brake lines & car wiring to the rear for fuel pump, tail lights, etc.

 

The brake lines utilize two bulkhead fittings that go through the dog legs (at the firewall) & rear crossmember. The main fuse block, Holley ECU, No-Lift Shift Controller & Data Logger all mount on the backside of the firewall, in the cockpit & under the dash on a rubber insulated panel to reduce NVH to the electronics. The wiring goes through the floor & into to that same 1" void to the rear crossmember ... where it then goes into & through the rear frame rail back to the cell & tail lights.

 

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The engine & trans are just "mocked up" & locked in place in these photos. We do this so the actual engine & trans mounts can be built & the exhaust can be run. The headers & exhaust run down the center of the car.

 

Later, there will be a "tunnel backbone" structure built into the car. It gets super insulated to help keep the driver cool. Plus JET-HOT High Performance Coatings coats the headers & exhaust INSIDE & OUTSIDE with with their top line 2000° thermal barrier. This is to reduce heat transfer to the transmission & driver.

 

If you look close, you'll notice Randy fabricated a thin steel panel that attaches to the bottom & top of the fiberglass body rockers. The panel has 6 rivnuts in it to allow the chassis to bolt to the rockers. You can see the milled holes in the frame rails that allow access to these bolts from under the car (with the belly pan removed.) The body is NOT quickly removable. Impossible to seal off the cockpit if it was. But the body can be removed in about an hour if needed for crash repair.

 

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We're going to the Optima Ultimate Street Car event in Las Vegas for the weekend. So no updates until Monday.

 

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Car Year & Model: 65 Chevelle aka “G-Velle”

Competing in: Autocross

Front Clip/Suspension: AXT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: Ober-Link Rear Suspension

Engine: Mast LS3 625HP

Trans: Bowler T56 6-speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Aaron Oberle

Builder: Aaron Oberle

 

My Buddy Aaron Oberle is out of the hospital now. Hopefully everything goes well. Here are some more photos of his great Chevelle Build with our AXT semi-custom front clip ... and Aaron's own design of 3-link he calls the "Ober-Link." Love it !!!

 

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

The first photos here show the new steel inner rocker panel Randy builds for the fiberglass body. They utilize nutserts. The frame will have matching holes to bolt the rocker panels to the frame. It will also attach in 6 other locations. The body "can be" removed in about an hour or so. The goal is not to make the body come off quickly, nor often, just if need be to make repairs.

 

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The odd braces are to keep everything true until the roll cage is installed.

 

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Off to get the roll cage installed at Tolle Fab, a few doors down.

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

A lot of people have been asking about the aero. We're 6 weeks away from putting the body on & doing the aero, but I figured I'd give everyone a sneak peek at our high downforce dual element wing. Custom designed for Ron Sutton Race Technology by top folks in the IMSA aero field.

 

If you take notice, you'll see the dip in the wing is DEEP. This is how we make serious downforce, but it does create more drag. On a super speedway oval, low drag win. On a road course, high downforce wins. This wing intentionally is medium drag & high downforce. It will eat up 30-60 HP on the straights, depending on the speed. But the downforce when cornering will be nothing short of MEAN.

 

Pairing this with our optimized nose design, big splitter, mean front air dam, side splitters, full smooth belly pan underneath & highly functional diffuser in the rear will create downforce upward of 2/3 of the car's weight.

 

With this Track-Warrior build happening from start to finish in only 4 months, you will be able to see everything in a pretty short timeline.

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

The roll cage structure is coming along nicely.

 

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Decoupled 3-Link Mount for Top Links. Decel Link bolts into the brackets. Accel link bolts into a clamp on jack-screw adjuster for quick & easy tuning.

 

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With Body on ... before welding.

 

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Building the front engine bay cage with our adjustable height coil-over mounts

 

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Yes, that orange cylinder is one of the four air jax to make the car quick & easy to change tires & work on.

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: NASA TTU & Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

More photos with update on the 70 Mustang wide body Track-Warrior roll cage structure ... and first glimpse of the backbone structure we use in our GT & TA Track-Warriors.

 

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We now offer a tool we call the Scholl Fixture, named after Craig Scholl that gave us the idea when he created his own. In these photos, you can see how we use it to place the slant top boss that welds top the roll cage bars. This insures the boss, and the jack screw that threads into it, is parallel with the shock at ride height. The tool is adjustable in height for any shock height we use. The rubber donut on it is 3.5" OD ... the same as the OD of coil over springs ... so we can check for & maximize clearance before we weld it in. While we have these tools for sale in our Catalog HERE... we "loan" these to our clients that buy Track-Warrior clips to insure they weld the adjustable shock mounts in true.

 

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Car Year & Model: 70 Plymouth Cuda

Competing in: Optima Ultimate Street Car & Road Course Track Days

Front Clip/Suspension: TA Track-Warrior Front Clip

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior Rear Clip

Engine: Twin Turbo 488" R3 Dodge NASCAR Engine

Trans: T56 6-speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Craig Scholl

Builder: Craig Scholl

 

Here are a variety of photos from Craig Scholl amazing Track-Warrior build of this 70 Cuda. Front frame clip & suspension first.

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This is where the idea came from for our adjustable shock mounting fixture we offer today HERE. And this is the reason we call it the "Scholl Fixture."

 

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The Ron Sutton Race Technology shock controlled, decoupled 3-Link & Watt's Rear Suspension with Craig's cage structure.

 

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Car Year & Model: 1965 Buick Wildcat

Competing in: Track Days, Autocross, Optima planned

Front Clip/Suspension: RSRT GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: Custom Torque Arm

Engine: Built Buick 455 Dry Sump

Trans:Tremec 6-Speed

Brakes: Wilwood

Owner: Jeff Peoples

Builder: Jeff Peoples

 

Jeff Peoples is an awesome guy, client & friend down in Mississippi that is building the coolest 1965 Buick Wildcat I've ever seen. Being a "Buick guy" ... he is keeping the engine real Buick ... but it's a strong one with over 600 HP.

 

We met as he was correcting some things from a previous builder that needed fixing. Jeff decided to replace the front end with the highest grip front end he could find ... and get bigger tires in the front ... to match his rears. 315's all the way around for awesome grip & turning.

 

Jeff purchased the RSRT Track-Warrior clip in the GT variety. That is my highest grip front suspension design ... but requires the engine to be set back ... a lot. The lower front pulley needs to be behind the FACL (Front Axle Centerline). Here are some photos of his build as well as renderings of his target finished look.

 

 

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Ron Sutton

Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: Track Car & Occasional NASA TTU races

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: PPG Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

I've been so busy with client projects I haven't posted photos for quite awhile. In that time a LOT of progress has taken place on Greg Weld's 70 Fastback Mustang Track-Warrior. Here are a LOT of photos.

 

Feel free to ask questions about any part of the build.

 

RR Air Jax shown. The 4 bosses welde to the main hoop are for the battery box. You can see the slotted lower 3-Link mounts. This lets us get the lower links perfectly level for zero rear steer. And we can adjust them up for positive rear steer (turn better on tight corners), or down for counter rear steer (more rear grip on fast sweeping corners).

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Here you see the whole powertrain inside the tunnel, as well as the exhaust. All of the exhaust will be coated inside & out with Jet-Hot's 2000° thermal barrier coatings to contain the heat inside the exhaust, where it needs to be, while protecting the transmission & driver in the cockpit.

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Our Slotted steering column mount lets us place the steering column in the best location. We use 3 u-joints in our columns. One at the rack, the second you see to the right of the mount & a third, just inside the firewall. This allows us to make the steering column "tilt" inside the cockpit to driver preference, without affecting the mounting location in the engine bay.

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The RSRT tabs on the front of the monster 2.5" OD sway bar tube hold either 2" or 3" poly bushings for the radiator to sit in. The bracket with the 10 little holes will mount the front end "receiver" ... and can be adjusted up or down after install.

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There are something like 72 lightweight Dzus fastener tabs on the bottom side of the chassis to mount the smooth belly pan & diffuser.

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Just mocking up steel floor panels after the pedals are all in place.

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Every shop needs a "Shop Dog". Layla is the most "chill" dog ever.

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The aluminum panel INSIDE the cockpit is rubber mounted to insulate the ECU & other electronics from NVH. The two light tabs in the upper right mount the ARE dry sump breather. The 4 below ... two on the cross tube & two on the frame that are hard to see ... mount the ARE 2.7 gallon dry sump tank.

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Passenger side cockpit

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Pedals (Brake & Clutch are Wilwood) Throttle is a GM Corvette DBW

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Battery Box installed. We use a zinc "removable" battery box because ...

1. Zinc will "resist" battery corrosion longer than paint or powder coat

2. Eventually, it will corrode & look like crap ... and a new one can be bolted in.

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More to come.

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Ron Sutton

Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: Track Car & Occasional NASA TTU races

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: PPG Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

Greg Weld came & sit in the car for a seat, belt, pedal, switches, fire handle, steering & shifter fitting.

 

 

The man, the myth, the legend that is Greg Weld. LOL

In all seriousness, it was great to see Greg. For those that don't know, he is battling cancer ... again ... in a different area.

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Fitting went well. We work out seat position first ... relative to the pedals. Then we dialed in the steering wheel location ... switches, fire pull handle, shifter, etc.

 

The orange thingy in the upper left is the Air Jax "Wand". You push it into the fitting to lift the car. Then tap it & pull it out to lower the car. This particular system is my favorite, because it uses Big Bore jacks. That let's us utilize lower nitrogen pressures. 150 psi lifts a 2900# car. 200 psi lifts a 3850# car. 250 psi lifts a 4800# car.

 

In this photo, you can also see the fire suppression bottle & the FAST driver cooling system to provide cool water to the driver's cool suit & cool air to the driver's helmet. Anyone that has done this knows the cockpit can be 40° hotter than the air temperature on track days. Keeping the driver cool ... to be safe, drive better & have more fun ... costs about $1500.

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Two things have saved more lives than ANY other safety device in the last 20 years ... HANS devices & full containment seats like you see here.

 

This one is a heavy duty ButlerBuilt road race seat spec'd by me, with head & shoulder supports (to prevent injury/death in side impacts) and set back headrest (to provide room for HANS). Best protection available for $899. See them HERE.

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You can't see the 4 slotted brackets we use on the chassis to allow the seat to be moved fore or aft by loosening & re-tightening the bolts. This does require a new rear seat support to be made, as we don't slot those typically.

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More build update photos ...

 

Feel free to ask questions about any part of the build.

 

NiCopp brake lines go through frame with special 2" long bulkheads.

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You can see all the triangulation & braces in the engine bay. Most folks don't realize this is where the most force & flex happens. When this area is rigid ... the tires see the FULL load of the force & create optimum grip. Any deflection is this area REDUCES tire loading & grip.

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Body bolted to the chassis just for mock up.

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If you pay close attention to the body mods, you can see how aero smooth this body is & how clean the airflow is over the roof & too the massive rear wing we'll run.

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Firewall mock up, before stepping the sheetmetal. Firewall, floor & rear bilkhead are are STEEL, for increased fire protection. We seal every seam with a special fire retardant 3M product.

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Dash mock up. (It will be capped on the ends & mount to the final X door bars once they are installed).

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Firewall sheet metal in place.

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More firewall sheet metal.

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Interior sheet metal showing the trans tunnel.

Notice the U-shaped tube that the steering column mount clamps to.

This clamp is easy to adjust to move the steering column/wheel up or down.

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Rear bulkhead sheet metal & rear deck sheet metal being mocked up.

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Different angle

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Basic dash before Autometer digital dash & style added.

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Better angle of rear deck sheet metal.

The three tabs on the right are for the seat & harness mounts

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: Track Car & Occasional NASA TTU races

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: PPG Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

Even MORE photos of the build.

 

Custom Headers & Exhaust here ...

* The headers & compete exhaust will be coated by Jet-Hot with their 2000° thermal barrier INSIDE & out. This provides a double layer of thermal barrier to keep the exhaust heat in the exhaust, and much less heat radiating to the transmission & cockpit.

 

 

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The headers & exhaust are a truly "Tuned" System. I utilized an exhaust flow program that allows us to input every variable about the engine, cam, etc ... and know where the "pulses" are. This system allows me to design headers with the optimum primary tube length & diameter. In this case, these are 3-step headers. With the initial tube size 1-3/4", then steps up to 1-7/8" & finally steps up to 2" before merging into 3-1/2" collectors. The program provides me with the optimum length for each step.

 

In the exhaust after the collectors ... which is also 3-1/2" ... the software program allows me to put the X pipes, H-pipes, mufflers, venturi collectors and/or diffuser cones in the optimum locations. Frankly ifthese are put in the wrong location, based on where the exhaust pulses are, any of these can hurt power, instead of help it.

* I saw a car one time with the X-over pipe in the exact wrong location. When they removed it & just ran straight tube, they picked up 45HP. That's how much power can be lost if the pulses run into each other at the wrong location.

 

We use diffuser cones in the exhaust to help reduce the sound dramatically. Many tracks have db limits these days. If it placed at the right location, there is no power loss. Sometimes, even a slight power increase.

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Hey Everyone! Two Quick Announcements

 

 

1. I'm outta here for 10 days. Going on my annual family vacation. This year we're in Yosemite with NO cell service!

* So I won't be posting on here or answering questions until after I get back June 4th.

 

2. Ron Sutton Race Technology is having a huge sale. I call this one: The Boss is Gone on Vacation Sale !

We only hold a "SALE" twice a year. Once during the end of year Holidays ... and once RIGHT NOW - May 23 to June 1st

* Dave Hanson & Susan Kinnicutt are Handling the Big Sale while I'm Gone.

 

#1 - FREE SHIPPING on EVERYTHING in our Catalog during this sale ! Save $100's if not $1000+

#2 - Plus - Free 2018 Ron Sutton Workshop Ticket (Regular $349) with any purchase over $1500

#3 - RSRT Bonus Bucks to Spend on ANYTHING in our Catalog !!! (See each item for amount)

 

See ALL the Sale Specials HERE

See Online Catalog HERE

 

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If you need anything while I'm gone, contact ...

 

Dave Hanson (Sales Manager)

844-722-3832 Ext 1

Dave@RonSuttonRaceTechnology.com

 

Susan Kinnicutt (Office Manger)

844-722-3832 Ext 3 (Only while I'm gone)

Susan@RonSuttonRaceTechnology.com

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: Track Car & Occasional NASA TTU races

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: PPG Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One Off Customs

 

This dyno sheet is Greg's engine. It is our "Track Warrior 3 LS7".

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You can see a detailed list of all the internal components in our catalog HERE.

 

Three things should stand out ...

1. The build components are almost overkill for "only" 700hp. That's to increase longevity.

2. The ARE dry sump is simply the best dry sump & best protection for the engine in a car with high G's.

3. The power curve is relatively "linear" which makes these engines easier to drive fast.

 

A few other notes:

A. The "dead on" dyno at Scoggin-Dickey shows 707hp. It will make 8-11 more horsepower once we we change the oil from Driven BR break-in Oil to Driven LS oil.

B. We did NOT dyno the engine with step headers. If we did the top end power would be the same, but the power band from 2500 to 6000 would show higher & even flatter.

C. Greg's headers are the RSRT "tuned" Step Headers ... 1-3/4" to 1-7/8" to 2.0" and will have that additional power from 2500 to 6000 & be even more linear.

D. This same engine with the very basic, single stage GM OEM LS7 dry sump makes about 15 less HP.

E. The happy window power curve on this particular Track-Warrior engine is 2500-7500rpm on track.

 

The Front end, hood & doors mount this week. Powertrain next week. Still on track to track test June 28th.

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Car Year & Model: 70 Ford Mustang Fastback

Competing in: Track Car & Occasional NASA TTU races

Front Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Rear Clip/Suspension: GT Track-Warrior

Engine: Track-Warrior 3 LS7 700 HP

Trans: PPG Sequential Shift T56 6-Speed

Brakes: StopTech 14” ST60/ST40

Owner: Greg Weld

Builder: Randy Chastain – One-Off Customs

 

I'm back from my 10-day family vacation in Yosemite. While the awesome crew at SDPC Raceshop & my EFI Guru Scott Clark were wrapping up the LS7 engine ... Randy Chastain at One-Off Customs made a LOT of progress on the car. See photos below!

 

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