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
|JANUARY 4, 2005
|All the best to everyone in the new
year!!! Not too much done over the holidays but I did finally manage
to finish the plans for the new clutch set up for the blower drive.
I'll be ordering the new windscreen and finally get things rolling
for having the new rims fabricated.
|JANUARY 16, 2004
|Rebuilt the door hinges, balanced drive
shaft, glass bead and paint inner fenders/mudguard.
|FEBRUARY 24, 2004
|Not much to report lately other than
the shell has been completed. It's all ready for final prep and
paint. Engine bay, underside, boot, interior all painted. Car will
be coming home in a few days so that I can install all the new suspension
and set the engine and gear box in place. This weekend the car will
go thru a basic mock up of all the panels to check for alignment
etc and i'll try to post a pic or 2 if I get to the shop before
it's taken apart again.
|MARCH 2, 2005
With the car back home, I have plenty
to do now. Rather than just basically installing the suspension
and engine, I will assemble as much of the car as possible so
I have little to do later after the car has been painted. Here's
how it looked last weekend....we're back down to a bare shell
now and I'll start assembly this weekend.
|MARCH 7, 2005
|Installed new leaf springs only to
find that the car sat 4 inches too high. I brought them back to
the place that made them, showed some pics and the guy de-arched
them while I waited. Have now reinstalled them and they sit perfect
! So the rear diff is now in and so is half of the front suspension...looking
forward to seeing the car back on it's wheels again.
|MARCH 28, 2005
|Bought new clutch, pressure plate and
flywheel. Inspected gearbox internals, then cleaned and painted
the unit and then rebuilt the shifter. Got the seats back for the
trim shop, still have to clean and paint the tracks and then reassemble.
Picked up some clips/nuts at a swap meet along with a new fender
mount solenoid as I'm going to convert my system over.
|APRIL 6, 2005
|Spent a few hours glass beading more
parts, rebuilding wiper motor, installed motor mounts, front suspension
all assembled but looking into new front brake rotors as the old
ones are borderline. Need to find the proper shifter as mine was
cut down 2 inches by the previous owner. Dash frame all cleaned
and painted, start retrimming the side panels for the parcel tray.
|APRIL 25, 2005
|Finally finished dying the seats with
a top notch product, they look like original and I tried to rub
it off with no luck even after sitting in the direct sunlight for
3 hours in 75F temp. I decided to paint the master cylinder as the
original finish was not as clean as the rest of the engine compartment.
Installed new firewall insulation, heater box and vent boxes, front
wire harness, dash brackets, clutch/brake pedal box, brake booster,
cut the carpet underlay. New rotors also put on so ALL suspension
|MAY 7, 2005
|All new brake lines bent up and installed,
clean and paint clutch master cyliner and installed, install main
master cylinder, wiper motor is completely restored, accelerater
pedal assembly rebuilt (galss beaded, new bushings, painted), new
bonnet release cable in. With the brake lines done I can finally
install the engine and gear box. I hope to do this very soon. I'm
going to be using one of those 'photo hosting' sites so that I can
share more pics.
|MAY 23, 2005
Thanks to Bill Budd and Jean, the
engine and gearbox are finally back in their home and with no
scratches on the firewall or shock towers. I've also installed
the gas tank and rear wire harness and now figuring out a good
spot for the electric fuel pump.
|JULY 16, 2005
|Purchased another vintage upper blower
pulley and an underdash air conditioner unit...A/C for looks only
though. Restored the steering column and included new ignition switch,
indicator stock. Still debating where to mount the electric fuel
pump and run the larger aluminum line as well as debating which
type of starter to use (fender mount or starter mount solenoid).
Been experimenting with getting rims custom made and naturally can't
make up my mind on which way to go. Some parts from Australia are
still due in also. The 77 Ford F-150 Super cab I purchased as the
new 'hauler' was sold to a freind who wanted it more than me so
I'm back on the market for an old truck once again.
|Been very busy with home renovations
but finally managed to put some time in on the coupe this week.
Steering column is in and I've routed all the engine compartment
wiring and installed the rest of the dash wiring. Gas pedal cable
and speedo cable all done, headlamps installed, forgot to clean
up the belt pulleys and alt bracket so that's done now, fender mount
solenoid all in and working perfectly too.
|OCTOBER 8, 2005
|Thanks Garrison Muffler here
in Fort Erie, my exhaust is finally on !! We went to the shop after
hours and they worked their magic. They spent 3 hours getting it all
just right and the end result is amazing. The entire system was
done with ball and flange which will allow for ease of making adjustments
and maintenance. Bill Budd also came down and did his usual 'surpervision'
|OCTOBER 9, 2005
After 2 years of waiting, the coupe
has finally come back to life !!! "Firebird" Frank came
over to assist in breaking in the new cam and do his usual carb
setting technics. The only problem we ran into is the rad cap
which was not the proper one to begin with, and it made a bit
of a mess when the car was shut off...other than that it was a
perfect day. The new cam sounds great. The mufflers give it the perfect
sound too, very close to the movie car I might add. The new zoomies
have that correct "shake" to them as in the "garage
scene". Click here
for the video. I still need to properly mount the fuel pump
and line as I had to wait until the exhaust was done.
|OCTOBER 12, 2005
|Electric fuel pump and almuminum line
all mounted. The pump is a bit noisy for my taste so I added some
extra rubber mounts. It helped but it's not as quiet as a mechanical......oh
|NOVEMBER 27, 2005
|Added an extra fuse block/panel to
make things simpler in the future, running all new wiring for the
siren, radio, dash light. I'm currently trying to find the best
spot for the dual siren speakers as I'd prefer to keep them from
sight and if possible, muffle them a bit as this unit is LOUD! Bought
another vintage blower pulley, getting ready to fit in the dash
frame. I also bought 4 more front rims ...now if I only had another
XB to put them on eh??
1999/2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006
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