BOSS 302 Exchange

BOSS 302 Forums => Trans-Am Racing => Topic started by: TX427Cobra on March 25, 2014, 09:02:46 pm

Title: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on March 25, 2014, 09:02:46 pm
I showed up here a couple years ago with a head of steam to build a race car with some TA DNA....little did I know what I was getting into. The best part so far has been meeting some great people, making a few new great friends (in person and online) and learning an enormous amount about the awesome sport of Trans Am racing.  Many thanks to those of you who have shared your knowledge and original parts stash to help me do this. 

My goal has been to build a car that generally represented what I might have fielded had I been an average privateer/individual with a '69 Mustang and say $5k in cash back in the day. The donor car isn't a Boss (no point in ruining a real car for a clone effort) and I had never used a Mig welder before this, much less a plasma cutter. Nonetheless I unleashed the force and fury of my AMEX and fine Miller welding and cutting products to yield hand-flared fenders and quarters, a 1" chopped and lowered nose, a full roll cage and numerous other race-prep mods. The all-cast iron 302 Boss-head, mini plenum-crowned engine is due to be dyno'd this weekend. I have gathered the majority of the other bits and pieces needed to keep it original enough to hopefully be able to make it into SVRA and CVAR-type events. Worst case, I go damage the hearing of a few Miata and Vette owners. One side note....its amazing to me how much work a few line workers in Dearborn put into this car.  It had more spot welds than a Boeing 747 and enough seam sealer to plug up the Hoover Dam.  No wonder these cars rusted....they sure as hell weren't coming apart at the seams.

This car and I have worked one another over: Welding, cutting, hammering, bending, grinding, chopping, modifying, re-welding, re-chopping.  I have used at least 500 of the small green 2" Roloc grinding/sanding discs and melted down two Blue Point die grinders in the process. My hands are mangled, eyes shot full of a year of grinding slag and primer dust, and I have learned there are three things you must have to build one of these cars: a BIG air compressor, a well lit work space, and a tetanus shot. 

We are tentatively heading into the paint booth this weekend for Zolatone followed by exterior paint next weekend. I will post more pictures and details as we begin the assembly, but I thought I'd kick off this build thread with a question. My decision is 99% made, but if it were you, what color would you paint it?   

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/13417019255_c98529244e_o.jpg)

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3781/13417721254_5345c7063f_o.jpg)
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: skip70 on March 25, 2014, 09:38:54 pm
Glad you are enjoying your build, the car looks great.
 
Colour, well, something nobody else is running its YOUR build if you know what I mean.

Look forward to the updates.
 
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Clifford on March 25, 2014, 11:29:06 pm
Paint the whole body white, then trim it in red and blue so you can have a car that has a red, white, and blue paint scheme.


(http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt355/jseisser/Picture826_zps55f9aa04.jpg) (http://s627.photobucket.com/user/jseisser/media/Picture826_zps55f9aa04.jpg.html)
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: ASedan on March 25, 2014, 11:36:15 pm
Skip is being modest.  He's knee deep in a similar project on the other side of the world as are several of his henchmen in TX and MO. Congrats on taking the plunge.  I admire anybody whom has the motivation to buck the American culture of watching, consuming and partaking.  People don't realize the hours of solitary work involved in building a car.  Nice work.

Dave in TX
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 70BossTA on March 26, 2014, 06:04:35 am
Very nice work, and I can totally relate!  Having done 1.75 of these type builds/restorations, you nailed it like it REALLY is.  Lots of work and lots of time!  Not to mention the $$$  BRAVO!  If I ever do another, it will be on someone else's dime!!!  Only once I retire....LOL!! 
As far as color, well I agree with Skip and Dave, make it your own!!!
What I would NOT recommend, School Bus Yellow!  obvious reason!
Just ask Danoh...
Keep those photos coming!!!

Ed
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TJH on March 26, 2014, 08:06:16 am
Nice job. Color - obviously your preference. I happen to like like Grabber Blue and I also like the new Deep Impact Blue . Both w/ Boss stripes of course. Good luck - although I don't think you need any.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Bossboy302 on March 26, 2014, 09:04:28 am
How about a nice coat of "Dead President Green"?
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: JohnSlack on March 26, 2014, 01:10:56 pm
Brian beat me to it but my thought was deep green and gold, the colors look good together and it took plenty of Deep Green and Gold to get where you are at.
John
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Gus-SK-Boss on March 26, 2014, 03:41:01 pm
I saw a 1969 Mustang race car that was in Gulf colors and it looked really sharp. It's up to you on what color you pick. After all it your car. Don't worry after you paint it, I'm sure everyone will give there 2 cents worth. LOL  :D. Car looks great can't wait to see it painted.

Gus
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on March 26, 2014, 07:22:26 pm
That Gulf car is from Dallas and was recently nearby at Texas World Speedway for the spring CVAR event.  Very cool paint scheme but I'd be Jonesing for a GT40 every time I looked at it. No yellow,
no green.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: taxidermy man on March 26, 2014, 09:16:15 pm
The Shelby blue from 69' would look great, I wonder what that paint code is? :'(
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: wannabeboss on March 26, 2014, 09:52:15 pm
Great job on your build!!! I agree with the other posts but will add that you have to be a little sick in the head to tackle a build like this (still looking for a cure myself).  I am guessing you have spent countless hours researching the smallest of details.  Then you spend several more hours in the garage trying to replicate them.  Again good job and keep us posted. 

Now back to my researching a certain 1969 Shelby blue color code.....

Signed:  Skip's Missouri henchman.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: ASedan on March 26, 2014, 11:04:00 pm
Can't imagine why you'd have dead presidents on the brain Brian.  Hey, I've got the green car.
So TX427 were you at the CVAR event?

Skip's Texas henchman.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on March 27, 2014, 05:59:50 am
I was there Saturday for a few hours.  Thought I had best get one more look at these cars on the track before they start the process of dismantling it.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: ASedan on March 27, 2014, 01:56:31 pm
We were there.  Ohhh, don't say that.  Everybody cries about Riverside, but no track ever stopped houses or malls.  It might be different if the town cared about the track.  No Aggie pride there.
There's an Endangered plant out there, known as the "Speedway Population of the Navasota Ladie's Tress."  I've been on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for years to at least let the owners know their obligations before they bulldoze it, but the agency seems dysfunctional.  If they weren't, it could be the only case in the world where a plant could save a race track.  That will teach you to be green, like a dead president.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Rick67 on March 27, 2014, 10:34:45 pm
is TWS going away?? I hadn't heard that. It has been bought and sold and taken back many times in the past 44 years. Hope it makes it.
Rick
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TXBoss302 on March 27, 2014, 10:55:07 pm
Looks good Jim. Keep us posted. My vote for color would be the Shelby Blue or White. Just looks clean... and fast.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on March 27, 2014, 11:37:07 pm
is TWS going away?? I hadn't heard that. It has been bought and sold and taken back many times in the past 44 years. Hope it makes it.
Rick

College Station City Council voted tonight to allow the speedway owner (who bought it back in 2009 for the purpose of developing the land) to allow him to proceed.  He will honor the existing race agreements through EOY, but it's over.  Sad day in TX racing history and one less track for us to run. 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1983390-a-look-back-at-the-glory-days-of-nascars-texas-world-speedway

Thanks for the comments and color opinions guys. More pics soon.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 70BossTA on March 28, 2014, 11:18:30 am
That is VERY sad news!!   That track was built by the same company that did MIS (and others) here in Michigan.  I know many of you guys are going to miss it dearly!  Enjoy this season and pedal to the metal!

Oh, as far as 69 Shelby blue...one thing I can tell you...it is NOT Ford Corp Blue color...!!!  But it does make for one beautiful Mustang!!!!

Ed
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Gus-SK-Boss on March 28, 2014, 02:53:04 pm
You know I've never seen a pink Boss 302 ;D think about it lol.

Gus
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on March 28, 2014, 06:20:55 pm
You go first.  ;D
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: ASedan on March 29, 2014, 01:37:33 am
Wow, my heart is empty.  Nowhere else around here to do 160 mph in something you built in your garage.  How much money can be made on a house vs. tearing down and hauling off a superspeedway? 
Sorry, Ed, guess you already knew about the constructor link to MIS before I mentioned it in our PM.
I first ran at the track in 1994, but some guys who frequent this forum have history there back to the 70s.  One recently shared a photo of of a Daytona coupe there in the 80s.  The Sam Posey Challenger also SCCA raced there incognito for several years when a disabled guy named Troy Waldren ran it very competitively with hand controls.  Thanks to Rick for that history.  All kinds of stories that are way too good to go under the bulldozer.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: MichaelSedlak on March 29, 2014, 08:22:34 am
Ok here's my two cents.  Paint the car white.  Now that said I have been dealing with plenty of graphic folks with putting wraps on our police cars and fire trucks and ambulances.  The field has come a long way over the last few years.  When I was at Daytona for the Rolex 24 this year there were several of the prototype cars that were 100% wrapped.  When questioned why, they did a comparison and it was lighter than paint and far easier to repair.  Hmmmmm  One of the cars was so close to the 68/69 Shelby color I almost crapped.

I have been hoarding that color since 1988 when I found what paint code it was.  In all of that time I have only let two people, who I trust completely, have the code and that was to paint a 68 and a 69 Shelby team car.  Subsequently the folks who had the 69 at the time repainted the car and didn't get it right. Back to the wrap.  With the cost of the wraps dropping you could have the freedom of changing the car at your whim, different colors, combinations, stripes.  Once the first set of patterns was made no set up costs or anything else.  As far as I know you would spend less as well.  Just a thought.

Now onto the paint code.  My wife is standing here saying I've has it exclusively for going on 26 years so let it go.  Man, that's hard to do.  I don't want to die with it, no plans to do that soon, but I don't want to see a flood of the color and diminish my car and all of the attention it gets when it comes out.  I need some input from those who know me on this site and those who don't.  And I need to sleep on it tonight.  Ed, is right it is not a Ford corporate color. 

I know it is the correct color because a friend of mine had a absolutely provable 69 rear end cap and lent it to me to confirm the color.  After painstakingly cleaning it up and polishing I took it to the auto paint store to scan.  It was the color.   Oh yeah, I have offered to more than one person to buy the paint and ship it to them to keep the color mine but no takers.   So let me know your thoughts.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 1109RWHP on March 29, 2014, 11:44:20 am
If you gave out the code how many cars do you really think would show up painted that way? How many guys are building a T/A replica? I am but it will be Bud Moore colors. Does it really need to be a secret?   By the way if anyone knows the color of red paint Bud used I would love to know.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: jd5020 on March 29, 2014, 12:39:30 pm
your car looks great! my car is by no means of the level of the rest of the cars on this page but I also did it myself " privateer " style in my own garage. when I look at it now I'm not sure how I did it actually! I think the wrap is a really cool idea. when I started my project I THOUGHT I wanted to copy the paint of a " real " T/A car but soon found myself seeing similar paint schemes and thinking imposter. my paint color sort of evolved and is ford colors but not what you might think... I have Ford tractor grey and blue. sounds goofy and not recommended for project the level of yours but I'm a very low funded privateer. LOL! 
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: MichaelSedlak on March 29, 2014, 02:25:45 pm
I just dug out the color for the wrap.  It is 3M Scotch Tech and the color is royal blue.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 1109RWHP on March 29, 2014, 02:44:16 pm
your car looks great! my car is by no means of the level of the rest of the cars on this page but I also did it myself " privateer " style in my own garage. when I look at it now I'm not sure how I did it actually! I think the wrap is a really cool idea. when I started my project I THOUGHT I wanted to copy the paint of a " real " T/A car but soon found myself seeing similar paint schemes and thinking imposter. my paint color sort of evolved and is ford colors but not what you might think... I have Ford tractor grey and blue. sounds goofy and not recommended for project the level of yours but I'm a very low funded privateer. LOL!


Car looks good!  You need to post some more pictures of it!
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on May 04, 2014, 07:32:49 pm
Took two months longer to get to this stage than I had hoped, but we are finally making progress. The 302 is complete and broken in and sitting in my garage waiting. I am still chasing some final small bits and pieces but as soon as we can paint it I think I am ready to start assembly.  And we finally finished the Zolatone, with the exception of the rear interior side panels, which I am doing this week.  We are starting final exterior sanding tomorrow. The Zolatone is amazingly beautiful and covered perfectly.  Next to the plasma cutter, the rotisserie is man's greatest invention.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/14129621523_62653c4210_b.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7323/13922905559_3536cbc7eb_b.jpg)
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: JackDiesel on May 05, 2014, 08:35:59 am
Looking good.  Keep pushing!
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: bossneeds on May 06, 2014, 06:41:20 am
Wow! I am more amazed by the time and dedication you guys put into these cars. It has to be truly a labor of love, and your quality to workmanship proves that. The best color would be...primer. Yup, that way if it does get a small ouch on the way to my garage, I would gladly take care of it and I wouldn't need to worry about matching. Wraps are OK, but not for this project. Jade Black with white stripes? Car looks fabulous!
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on May 06, 2014, 09:34:43 am
Wow! I am more amazed by the time and dedication you guys put into these cars. It has to be truly a labor of love, and your quality to workmanship proves that.

Ironically, a couple of years ago when I decided to do this, I found Paul Clexton's website where he was building a BM replica:  https://1970mustangvintageracer.shutterfly.com/16

I remember thinking...."Wow, that dude is NUTS, no way I would do all that: Flare the fenders, chop the nose, all the fabricating and welding, spherical bearings, blah blah blah." Little did I know. 
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: taxidermy man on May 06, 2014, 10:42:11 am
Yes I owe a debt of gratitude to Paul for posting all those pictures, really helped me out with my project like yours, he is a very nice person to talk to also. Good luck with your car, you're doing great work on it.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: hotrodford on May 06, 2014, 08:40:24 pm
Anyone know if Paul finished his car?  He sure helped me but we have never met in person.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on May 06, 2014, 09:00:35 pm
Ken Thomas would know....last I heard it was hiding in his garage when I saw him at the Lemons race in Dallas in March. 
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PartsKen on May 07, 2014, 03:30:07 pm
It's being stored in my shop. He is building cars for his 2 oldest boys right now. I was fortunate enough to have him do my flares also. He does great work ! ! !
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on June 25, 2014, 10:27:00 am
Sans some tiny primer touch-up tonight, the car is ready for cut-in and paint. I had the entire car media blasted and we spent an extraordinary amount of time making sure the exterior was straight and smooth; it will be much nicer than when it was new and with 40lbs less bondo.  I have primer dust in ever orifice in my body and I will never do this level of body work again. 

I am starting to fit the seats, dash, pedals, brake and fuel lines and wiring while we wait for the paint booth we are using to free up.  When it returns from paint all that should be left is front wiring and powertrain.  I might make the track this year yet:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/14319238779_cf911fd1cf_c.jpg)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2901/14319270660_413205dec0_c.jpg)

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2927/14502524901_27f46d48f3_c.jpg)
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PartsKen on June 25, 2014, 10:57:28 am
Jim it looks great ! ! !    ::)
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 1109RWHP on June 25, 2014, 04:43:06 pm
Flares look great. What color did you decide to go with?
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on June 30, 2014, 09:42:29 am
Thanks Scott, the flares were challenging but very rewarding to complete.  I used 5/16" rod to roll the lip over, which makes for a super-strong edge, especially on the fronts. 

Color will be blue.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: taxidermy man on August 26, 2014, 04:34:09 pm
I just dug out the color for the wrap.  It is 3M Scotch Tech and the color is royal blue.
I have checked with a few sign shops and none have herd of scotch "Tech". Other 3M royal blue colors don't even look close to the right color, but I have never seen one of these cars in person. ???
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on August 26, 2014, 10:21:18 pm
Having seen the two original cars in person, pictures simply can't capture the color.  It has a certain "pop" in the sunlight that can't be described.  My two trips to Laguna Seca to see them in person galvanized my desire to build one. 
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: taxidermy man on August 27, 2014, 10:35:02 am
That's why I'm very hesitant to go through all the time and cost to paint it a blue that is not correct. I would have a hard time believing that there are mustang owners standing in line to paint  there cars this Shelby blue, Most people don't know about it, or care. Like RWHP said earlier, you can probably count the number of people building TA clones on one hand and how many want to paint them Shelby blue?
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: C5HM on August 27, 2014, 06:27:14 pm
My buddy Brooke Mossgrove restored the Revson car. Bet he can help on the hue.  bmossgrove@att.net
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 70BossTA on August 27, 2014, 06:34:43 pm
+1 on that.  I believe there was a 68 Mustang painted blue but not correct, it just never did look right and it was a REAL Shelby.
So unless you get the paint code, I would rethink your plan.  Your work is awesome, all that hard work, you need to get it right.
As the man said, too many people doing clones and not doing them correctly...!!  Great work, thanks for sharing...!!
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on April 27, 2015, 08:34:52 am
Bought the car in the early summer of 2012.  Three years and many of life's unexpected interruptions later, here it is.  In summary:

-  Blasted to bare metal and fully welded and prepped with a period correct roll cage, bulkhead panel, 1" nose section drop, fender flares etc. I used all the original Ford sheet metal.
-  Single stage Shelby blue exterior with 2064 Zolatone grey throughout.
-  302 cid with a BM mini-plenum, race-prepped '70 heads and all the goodies including an original exhaust system.
-  T-bird big brakes, several chassis mods...monoballs, panhard setup etc.
-  Lots of patina...I used as much of the chrome and original Mustang hardware and bits and pieces as I could.   

I still have several loose ends to tidy up...install stuff like the tool tray and spoilers, weld up the correct breather system, etc.  And I still need to build a full-floater rear end with disc brake setup and will likely work on that this summer when its too damn hot in Texas to run the car. But I put a couple dozen shakedown laps on it last weekend and it did amazingly well. It handles GREAT, I am shocked at the elevated level of handling frankly. Some understeer as would be expected with the tires and what feels like a near perfect 50/50 bias of the weight through the turns. And it has mounds of torque and the 5-8k RPM band is like angels singing. For those of you who have spent time in one of these on a track you know what I am talking about. Its a loud, raw, gritty experience and I can't wait to race it. I am planning on getting more seat time in it at COTA Austin on May 16 at an open DE event.

My goal was to supersede my 427 Cobra with a unique, generally period-correct race car that I could enjoy on the track. I wanted to capture all the styling and performance elements (and liabilities) of the original Trans Am cars, without trying to clone any one car. And I wanted to build and maintain it myself. I am worn completely out from the build, but very pleased with the result. 

Again, thanks to Brian Ferrin, Ken Adams, Scott Folz, Ken Thomas, Paul Clexton, Danoh and a few other folks for being so kind and generous with their information, parts stashes and access to the original cars.

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8801/17007152807_f76688c091_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7668/16666594074_098e0e2c90_b.jpg)
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: MrGuts on April 27, 2015, 09:41:45 am
Awesome! Thanks for sharing your build. I enjoyed following the progress.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Mike G. on April 27, 2015, 12:08:51 pm
You should be enormously proud. That is a beautiful car and build to match. Enjoy. Mike G.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Skreamr on April 27, 2015, 08:32:34 pm
WOW, stunning, it's been fun watching the build... thanks for sharing it with us. Now relax and enjoy it !!
-Jim
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: taxidermy man on April 28, 2015, 11:10:19 am
Man that thing looks nice! So you found the correct blue? I'm still trying :'(
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: hotrodford on April 29, 2015, 01:32:25 pm
Very very nice, well done!!!
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Gus-SK-Boss on April 29, 2015, 03:46:00 pm
It looks great, wonderful job. I love the color you picked. What comes next? I would love to see it in person one day in the future.

Gus

Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: EricDickerson on April 30, 2015, 12:04:51 am
Wow, Jim! I am drooling over the amazing job and craftsmanship that this build really shows!

Great job x 10000

Eric
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on April 30, 2015, 08:25:00 am
Thanks guys, its been a fun couple of years.  I am in awe of the car. When I stand back and just look at it, its just pure, raw badass.  I still need to tie up a few loose ends and finish sorting it out, which given the limited number of track opportunities in this part of the US could take a while. And I need to figure out how to get going with SVRA.  My goal is to run 4-5 vintage events a year.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Bossboy302 on April 30, 2015, 09:07:29 am
And I need to figure out how to get going with SVRA.  My goal is to run 4-5 vintage events a year.

I think I can help with that.

Jim, I know it's been tough sledding at times, but the results attest to your perseverance and dedication. Plus, you've developed some mad skills!
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: crossboss on April 30, 2015, 09:33:34 am
Job well done! Your car looks awesome..
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on April 30, 2015, 09:43:42 am
And I need to figure out how to get going with SVRA.  My goal is to run 4-5 vintage events a year.

I think I can help with that.

Jim, I know it's been tough sledding at times, but the results attest to your perseverance and dedication. Plus, you've developed some mad skills!

Yes, I can now hammer the dents out of my own trash can.  And paint it.   ;D ;D ;D

Let's talk this weekend and catch up.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 1109RWHP on April 30, 2015, 07:25:43 pm
Your car came out great. Perfect color. I need to finish mine! Seems like it is taking forever.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TXBoss302 on May 03, 2015, 10:47:30 pm
Jim... sure looks purdy. Like the blue.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: JamesS on May 12, 2015, 01:06:25 am
What a great job you've done there! Awesome achievement
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on May 18, 2015, 12:36:33 pm
We took the car to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin this past Saturday for a driving event. WOW, what an amazing track. The driving surface is flawless, the grip is incredible, and it is BIG, FAST and very challenging. Aside from the typical shakeout BS the car ran great.  I was mostly running with buddies with a screamer '66 Mustang and a Contemporary Cobra with a 482 FE.  Definitely the loudest car at the event. ;D

https://youtu.be/zem32nib7wM

For those who have raced these cars, what type of water and oil temps do you see when pushing a race-prepped Boss 302?   

Thanks,

Jim

P.S.  Sitting in the pit garage at COTA Friday night:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7741/17637257698_58aa309e63_b.jpg)

Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PartsKen on May 18, 2015, 01:50:35 pm
 Look's great Jim ! ! !   
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Clifford on May 21, 2015, 08:49:31 am
Yes, it looks great! How about sharing more pictures and include the interior and the engine compartment?  Thanks!
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TX427Cobra on May 21, 2015, 11:43:00 am
Here you go:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5344/17750967900_2201b96d0c_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7675/17935492122_0e39c0b305_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7664/17935522912_a60a254f47_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7731/17935656332_c63a271394_c.jpg)
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: MrGuts on May 21, 2015, 05:28:13 pm
Nicely done! Great workmanship.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Danoh1 on August 14, 2019, 09:43:40 pm
TX427Cobra passed away 2 weeks ago.  What a great guy, and the world lost him way too soon.

I urge you to take 20 minutes and go back through this thread, start to finish.  If you’re short on time, just read Jim’s posts only.  You can learn a lot about a person by reading what they write.  I only met Jim for the first time in person last year at the SVRA race at CoTA.  Less than a year ago.  His real life persona fit exactly his on line projected self.  His car is truly amazing.  He plunged head first into the deep end and accomplished in a few years what others are unable to do in 10.  He possessed no formal training or experience.  Jim was the epitome of just do it, or get it done.  What ever you want to call it.  He just figured out how to do it and proceeded to do so.

He was gracious and kind.  He was helping me put together some non Boss business proposals for a start up venture I was working on.  He had some considerable experience in this arena and I have none. 

We had a good time racing at CoTA last year.  At least for a little bit.  I was plagued with gremlins most of the weekend.  I was finally up and running 100% on the last session.  We were gridded pretty close to each other and we’re running very similar lap times.  But a “vintage” appearing E type got between us.  I couldn’t catch the Jag on the straights and he was very determined to not let me pass him in the corners, even though all his mirrors could see was my grill.  I finally got around the Jag, but Jim was just a dot way ahead.  Never got close.

He made me a super deal on his trailer, and after 25 years of vintage racing, I now have an enclosed trailer.  Jim added a bunch of little details to the trailer before he let me pick it up.  It’s super nice, and I’m humbled to have it.  Thank you Jim. 

I’d like to get a run of 3 inch or so window stickers to honor him.  I’d proudly put one on my racecar.  I have no graphics folks in my Rolodex.  If you know someone up to the task, please point me in the right direction.

Tomorrow is promised to none.  Goodbye my friend.  Rest In Peace, Jim Reiss - TX427Cobra.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: crossboss on August 15, 2019, 07:45:05 am
So sorry to hear the passing of TX427Cobra. His car is truly amazing. RIP Mr. Reiss.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 70BossTA on August 15, 2019, 06:16:05 pm
Indeed, Very sorry to hear about Mr. Reiss RIP...never got to meet him in person, but we sure had some great talks.  He had a gift and his passion shows in his amazing Mustang!! God's Speed.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TA28 on August 16, 2019, 04:21:09 pm
yes sorry to hear his passing. never meet personaly but like ed said passion discussions. i think i even sold some parts to him.

danho i have 2 graphic guys. if you design it i can get it made.chris
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Clifford on August 16, 2019, 06:50:43 pm
TX427Cobra passed away 2 weeks ago.  What a great guy, and the world lost him way too soon.

I’d like to get a run of 3 inch or so window stickers to honor him.  I’d proudly put one on my racecar.  I have no graphics folks in my Rolodex.  If you know someone up to the task, please point me in the right direction.
Since you knew TX427Cobra as a racer an alternative idea would be to add a small sticker on your race helmet. One of my side jobs is that of a hockey referee. I've been a ref for over ten years. Some good people in my area in our sphere of hockey have passed on. We honor them by putting a small 1 1/2 inch round sticker on our helmets. I have two currently on my helmet now.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Danoh1 on August 16, 2019, 07:05:38 pm
I like the helmet idea, but they make us get new helmets every 5 years.  I’m thinking a sticker for the quarter window will be best.  Could certainly put one on a helmet too.

Chris,  see if your guys can do a Ford blue oval, about 3-4 inches across.  “Jim  #3” in the Ford script.  If the #3 didn’t look good, just have it say Jim

In the top part of the oval could put his birthday and passing date which is on his info.  Bottom of the oval put his full name.  I don’t know his middle initial. “James ? Reiss”.  I’m thinking the top and bottom script could be on the white border in black type.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: gsharapa on August 20, 2019, 08:44:51 pm
Danoh1.... The sticker they made for Dan Gurney was pretty cool and something like that would be a nice tribute.  I saw Jim's car at the CVAR vintage race at Texas Motor Speedway last December. It sure sounded great and looked awesome out on the track. Very sad he passed so young.  I heard he sent his car out to Ca on a consignment to sell it prior to passing, but I haven't seen it come up on any race car sites. R.I.P.

Video of warm up at Texas Motor Speedway in December 2019:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8rSlWBulRM

Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Bossboy302 on August 22, 2019, 03:12:18 pm
"I heard he sent his car out to Ca on a consignment to sell it prior to passing, but I haven't seen it come up on any race car sites."

Not quite, still in Texas. But stay tuned.......
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PartsKen on October 02, 2019, 05:24:59 pm
sure missed Jim at TMS last weekend  :'(
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: Danoh1 on October 02, 2019, 08:31:08 pm
He was watching over us.  All 3 Boss cars....zero mechanical issues.  Mine had never run better.

Saw his car today at CoTA. I am parked next door.  It is fabulous.  Couldn’t be replicated for less than 125k, in my opinion.  If you hired a shop and said please make me one just like this, it would be 200+.

I’m buying a lotto ticket tomorrow, just in case the universe thinks I should own it next.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: BOSSHEMI on December 13, 2019, 08:02:09 am
Is this car listed somewhere?
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PartsKen on December 13, 2019, 09:45:25 am
 It's on facebook and going to the Russo & Steel Auction in January if it isn't sold by then. Its an awesome car, well sorted and very reliable. Everything you want in a racecar.     Maybe the google link work for the photos. 

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP2bxBwISH6p2_NPSzNLw0n7GI4-g2D845FlIXzeNTVo9hIi5MKRMd1LG3rHcXawA?key=R1d0SjlwV2ExTmppNkdWV29MN1phVGUtZzVVaEV3
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PartsKen on December 13, 2019, 09:49:03 am
From David Nolen, the family friend helping with the sale.

"I’ve been asked to assist by posting this up for sale. It’s a true beaut, that cannot be denied for sure

$75,000.00 price to sell as the previous owner has passed from an illness and ownership is causing additional stress to the family.

It’s a very close clone to the original 1969 Dan Gurney Boss 302

Owner is a huge Ford fanatic and very anal about his vehicles, and this sale is being handled by his buddy Dave Nolen.

Attached as images are build sheets, and also a picture of car.

For more detailed information for serious buyers, please reach out to
Dave Nolen @ 512-757-3267 "
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: JohnSlack on December 13, 2019, 10:04:05 am
Well,
The equation on money is simple. If you started with any straight rust free Sportsroof you could not replicate that for twice the money that is being asked. An excellent deal in my opinion.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PJBOSS302 on December 17, 2019, 04:32:09 pm
SOLD
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: 1109RWHP on December 17, 2019, 05:28:49 pm
That's good. Did someone on here buy it?
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: MichaelSedlak on December 18, 2019, 07:18:00 am
I'm so glad I gave Jim the paint code for the car.  He used it well.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: PartsKen on December 18, 2019, 08:32:28 am
 Not sure if they are on here or not. It's a guy moving from Cali down here to Texas. Great news the car will stay in the area and still race with CVAR.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: bossneeds on December 20, 2019, 08:33:00 am
Wow! Someone got the deal of the century.
Title: Re: My TA Race Car
Post by: TXBoss302 on January 04, 2020, 12:01:00 pm
Glad this sold. A shout out to all the folks here that helped the family out.