Funny you mention that. I actually have the Maier Flares and front fenders in my car trailer, they came with the car but not really the look I was going after I was looking for subtle and they are anything but that.That's right the Chicane23 fenders are forward offset. I was thinking of the Maier flares those were the ones I was going to use at first. Definitely post up some pics would love to see how yours turned out. Thanks for the link to the paint gun. I was looking at that one yesterday a friend of mine recommended it also.
Ill get some pics up of the frontend soon, I am buttoning up the drivers front fender now.
The volvo is a riot don't get me wrong. It has its downsides though. Its expensive to operate, its somewhat heavy and I built it too nice for beating on every weekend (in my opinion). The plan for this was something that handles better than the Volvo, can fit a massive tire, and has a reasonable cost to operate. I want to get more seat time and become a better driver, the best modification I have done to any of my track day stuff is seat time. I keep getting faster as a driver and want to keep that progression moving forward.With less than half the power of the LS in your Volvo, I'm wondering about how much fun the Coupe will be for you compared to the beastly Volvo (seems weird to describe a Volvo as such!). I understand your eventual goal for a small, lightweight powerplant in a lightweight car, sounds like a solid plan. Do you have a particular powerplant in mind?
Are you actually planning on doing an SLA front suspension? There was a discussion on this forum recently, one of the owners of Agent 47 (used to make an awesome LSA for Mustangs) commented that the he had an MM front suspension on his Cobra and thought it was very good. Although certainly not an LSA, I think the MM front is very good. In conjunction with high rate springs, shocks and struts, it is probably closer to an LSA than most would think. Said high rate springs and dampers are very harsh on the street though.
Full disclosure here......I have zero brand loyalty. I like good products, I dont care who builds them or what they were in originally. 5.0 was an outstanding engine in the 80's. But lets be honest, 225 hp, iron block, distributor, gaskets, its old tech.
I have looked into a few powerplants also taking in consideration into easy good manual transmission options.
Short list is
Ecotec LTG. This is in the newer ATS 2.0 turbo direct injection, mated to a 3160 Tremec Manual Transmission. Great engine, tough to find a proper management. Would likely run a 2016 Camaro Manual ECU with it and run it stand alone. Fairly easy to upgrade, 350 wheel is doable on a stock engine.
Ecoboost 2.3. Downside is its very, very expensive, expensive to get the harness, difficult to tune, also Direct Injected, 310 hp. Tall engines but doable
Honda K24/ Bmw 6 speed- Outstanding powerplant, stock bottom end has no problem keeping up with 450-500 hp boosted setup. Simple and cheap engines, tons of aftermarket tuning, will shed hundreds of lbs off the front of the car.
Honda F20/22/ Honda 6 speed- Again another awesome powerplant. 240 Natural Aspirated HP, unbelievably strong engines, very simple and well supported. Already rear drive configuration. The f20 revs to 9,000 RPM all day long. Square bore/stroke makes it rev happy. Would also get boosted and be 350 ish and dead reliable
Only one of these really makes the Ford guys happy but be honest, they are all amazing drivetrains.
I am definitely going to run the MM strut stuff up front for now. Want to get some seat time in this ****box this year and then do the drivetrain swap in the fall once the season ends....if it ever starts. I have zero issue with the fabrication elements on my own. I know that there used to be some SLA setups that were reasonable. I believe Griggs has a bad ass setup but its expensive.