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Old 05-15-2011, 05:17 PM
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Default Midstates Update !

Well, I think I looked at too many pictures of forum member's "1985 CCX" car. Yeah, the old blue contemporary in his gallery caused all of this ... So, here goes. In an attempt to make my 1989 Vintage Midstates Cobra a little more period correct I'm taking her down to the bones. Some of the things I am hoping to replace with more period correct Items are as follows:

- Ford 9" Rear will be tossed out for a Jag E-Type IRS.
- Existing Fiberglass Dash Panel will be replaced with a period correct
Aluminum Acton Custom unit.
- Stewart Warner Guages will be replaced with OE Type Smith's Gauges from
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- Roll Bar will be replaced with a period correct Acton Custom Unit.
- Bolt on Wheels will be replaced with Vintage Wheel 15" Pin Drives and
Goodyear Billboards.

And.......... A host of other things as I go..

Progress may be sporadic but I've already got a good start.
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Sounds like a big project. Good luck and keep the pictures flowing so we can follow along.
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Default Located a Jag IRS.....

Here she is. Jag IRS with 3.31 limited slip. She needs some cleaning up but should work out nice.
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Default Taking her out of the cage and mounting her on the tranny jack.

Pulled her out of the cage and made some make shift brackets to mount it on a transmission jack. This will allow me to adjust the pinion angle and put her up under the car for welding.
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Default Jag Diff Mounted on the jack

Got the Jag Diff mounted on the jack and pulled out the Ford 9"

Note the twist handle on the transmission jack. This will be perfect to adjust the pinion angle of the diff prior to final welding.

Don't worry, all you OCD/ADHD people like myself. After welding and assembly the car will be torn down and I will clean and paint everything. Just don't wanna do it now and get it all scratched up during the build.
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Default As Larry woud say - Ford 9" is "On da Ground"

The 9" is outta there...
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Default Look Ma! No Rear End...

This is what I have to work with. I will need to add 2 cross members on the frame. One to mount the top of the diff and the other to anchor the front. If you look closely, you can see that the Midstates frame is very similar to the contemporary. Midstates just had a Ford 9" instead of a Jag IRS. "Had" is the keyword.
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Good Luck with your project Mike. IF you need seats I have 2 leather seats that I purchased new from Shell Valley/Mid States. They have never been installed, are in perfect condition and have been stored in my house. (no cold storage) I am looking for $990 for the pair. John
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Default Waiting on the axles to get narrowed for the Jag IRS. Let's Mount the Roll Bar.

Now waiting on the axles to get narrowed for the Jag IRS.

My new Acton Custom roll bar is lurking in the corner. It keeps looking at me in a weird kind of way every time I walk by it. Sooo, let's get er done..

Got her in @ a 10deg rake as per Nick's dimensions. She looks great.

I spent quite a bit of my time "and of nick's too" getting the rake and angle as close to an original shelby as I could. I'll probably have to pay his cell phone bill for the month. Anyway, she's pretty close.... Whew, where's the Tylenol.

Thanks Nick, what a nice piece. Your work is 2nd to none.
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Default Dash Time...

WOW, If anyone of you ever wants an accurate dash Acton Custom can deliver.

At first, I was considering making a dash panel myself. I mean, how hard could it be cutting some holes in a flat peice of aluminim?

All I can say is that this is sooooo, much more than a flat piece of Aluminum. The corners are rolled and shrunk, the steering hole is hammered just as original, gauge holes are perfectly cut out using Nick's state of the art Nuclear powered titanium plasma cutter.

Seriously, this is so much more than a flat piece of aluminum with holes in it. It's all in the details.... My crappy Iphone pics don't do this thing justice. This will make the car stand out and look like an OEM shelby if this what you're after..

Thanks Again Nick..
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Default Billboards and Vintage wheels are in...

Just test fit one on the front. These things look great.. Thanks for the Awesome wheels Bob!


BILLBOARDS.... These things are HUGE! Awesome Looking too.

I'm going to have to narrow up the front of the car some kind of way.. I'd like to get them under the fenders a little deeper. The midstates has a pretty wide mustang II front end.
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Good Luck with your project Mike. IF you need seats I have 2 leather seats that I purchased new from Shell Valley/Mid States. They have never been installed, are in perfect condition and have been stored in my house. (no cold storage) I am looking for $990 for the pair. John
Thanks John, I'll keep that in mind. I may be looking for some in the future.

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Default 15" OEM Style Split wheel!

Test Fitting the 15" OEM style split wheel and kirkham scratch and dent sale steering column and hub. Man this stuff really makes a huge difference. Transformation from Kit to "Almost" Real.

I also have the OEM Beetle blinker stalk to go with all this.

Again, my goal is a very accurate reproduction of an Original Shelby car. I know there will still be some differences but it should end up looking really close.

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WOW Mike you have been busy....all those changes look good....Bob K i think would approve of your changes....i noticed a lot of differences between your Midstates and mine(2001)....you may be able to use the 1inch narrower control arms on the front to bring the front wheels in under the body...it is looking good, keep up the good work.
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you may be able to use the 1inch narrower control arms on the front to bring the front wheels in under the body...it is looking good, keep up the good work.
Thanks for the comments Bob. As far as the 1" narrower front mustang II stuff goes, I cannot find anyone makes the narrower front arms that still utilizes the strut rod. I will keep looking though and figure out something.

Thanks, Mike
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