This page is here to give an idea of how
long it took to build the Pursuit Special. Some dates are vague as
is my memory. I will add an occasional link to pics of various items
(words in "BLUE" font)
Click on the year below to view the year's
1999/2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006
|Jan 17, 2003
|New GT door trims arrived. Thanks to
Rick H, Cam M, Dave J for all their effort in getting these to me.
|Jan 23, 2003
|Dash pad arrived today... it was recovered
to factory specs and looks great. Thanks to the same guys again
for their help.
|Jan 24, 2003
|Bought another pair of vintage BFGs
for the front.
|Jan 29, 2003
|Box of used parts from Marke K arrived.
|Feb 16, 2003
|Repaired handbrake cable
and cleaned and painted all brackets. Found out that diff is from
an XD so Marke K sent proper pads.
|March 29, 2003
|Weather has been lousy but today I
mounted the vintage front BFGs to the new rims... looking better
|April 8, 2003
|Continue modifications to MFP radio,
finished MFP rear license plate, updated MFP fender logos, locating
|May 17, 2003
|Replaced one of the headlamps that
was missing some plating on the inside making it not so bright..
I can see again!
|May 19, 2003
|Warmer weather has allowed me to remove
the tinting on all windows, get all brake rotors machined. I hope
to get the car back off the axle stands this weekend so I can prep
for engine removal.
|May 24, 2003
|Flushed brake lines, reinstalled all
brakes, finally hooked up handbrake (new cables), I now have all
4 vintage BFGs on the car with proper offset rims, could'nt go for
a drive as I blew out a power valve in the carb. Thanks to Bill
for breaking my creeper and buying me some chocolate bars for restitution.
|June 16, 2003
|Sold the powder coated rims I had at
the Ford 100th Anniversary in Dearborn Michigan. Working on a second
set now. Also picked up a replica Scott Injector from Dave Jensen. I will be using this unit
instead of an original.
|June 21, 2003
|Located 4 more vintage NOS BFGs for
|July 5, 2003
|Nothing major today, adjust handbrake,
sort through parts, relocate hood release lever, take measurements
for exhaust zoomies.
|July 10, 2003
|Gave a wrecked car to the junkyard
and was given 2 more electronic distributors one of which is newly
|July 14, 2003
|Reinstalled carb and Frank Balbar set
it up even better than the first time. seems the Moroso gaskets
he used the first time are just not as good as the Holley. The engine
now has 20 inches of vac and runs smoother than ever. I was planning
to get the engine freshened up but seeing as it only needs the valve
seals replaced I may pass on it for now and just go with a cam change
instead. I'll still pull the eng/gearbox to clean/paint under the
|July 16, 2003
|Start to chemical strip the GT hood
I'll be using
|With only a $100 budget I'm putting
the car together enough to make it somewhat street legal so that
I can finally take it out to a cruise night in Niagara Falls. The
holiday weekend is Aug 30 to Sept 1 which is the busiest cruise
of the year in this area.
|July 18, 2003
|Finished stripping all paint from the
hood. Took final measurements for new cut out.
|July 26, 2003
|Bill Budd came over to assist cutting
the new hood and test fit it a few times.
|September 2, 2003
|The cruise was a great success !! The
car ran perfect. A big thanks
to Jean Pelletier, Frank Balbar, Jay Zadina for all they did to
help out on Sunday. Jean managed to get some very cool video of
the car on the trip to the cruise. Frank drove the camera car while
Jay drove my other car as a back up for any problems. The only thing
we were not able to get on the car was the zoomie pipes. The car,
in my opinion, looked like crap due to the bodywork not being started
but it was received very well by the crowd.
|August 1, 2003
|Sand the hood in prep for primer. Only
a couple of very small dents will need to be fixed, otherwise it's
in perfect shape.
|August 4, 2003
|Using the piece of metal cut out from
the center of the hood I made the bracket for the blue dash light.
|September 7, 2003
|Took the car to Niagara Falls again
for a final cruise. Bill Budd came along for the ride this time
and I managed to put some miles on the car cruising the main strip
instead of leaving it parked like last week. Once again the car
ran flawlessly... I even left some rubber behind a few times!!
I took some decent pics of the car
at Lakeside Park which is the park that the well known group RUSH
sings about. Here are 2 links
to my favourite pics: Lighthouse (low res) Sunset (hi res)
|October 4, 2003
|Well.... an ongoing situation has finally
settled!! The XB project has been set to full speed ahead .... it's
time to get serious now.
|November 10, 2003
I've spent the last month sourcing
the rest of the parts needed. I still need a few more things though
but it should not be a problem with all the help I've been getting
from so many people with great deals... it's nice to know that
there are still some people that truly enjoy the automotive hobby
and not just in it to make a few bucks.
This week will be mostly doing the
engine work and cleaning/painting the engine bay.
|December 4, 2003
|Engine and gearbox removed, completely
stripped out engine bay and degreased it. Remove interior, gas tank
and whatever else that will get in the way as the coupe is heading
for the body shop on Dec 6. Have received the new sill panels (rockers)
and panel to replace below the rear windscreen along with heaps
of interior pieces, have also been glass beading what ever I can
at home so that it's all ready to put back together when the bodyshop
is done with it..plus I'll be assisting with the body (and taking
pics). Naturally I had some help along the way....Ok OK....this
is who has done most of the work!! (click
|December 16, 2003
|Removed glass and stripped out the
remaining interior. Gathering new front end parts and new engine
items for the rebuild. Continue to clean/degrease pieces and get
them painted for reassembly.
|December 24, 2003
Received the correct Maxrob steering
wheel which came complete with the center cap...thanks to Jason
in Victoria !!
Removed the complete dash/glove box
which will make it easier to restore. All front end parts now
in. Will clean off protective oil coating and powder coat them.
Wire wheel the rusty area of the engine bay (battery area) and
prep for paint.
1999/2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006
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