1984 Mustang GT-350

_dsc4160Purchased by Bryan in the fall of 1994, the Mustang has played the role of daily transportation, show car, and now a purpose built corner-carver. Starting life as a 2.3L 4-cylinder, 3-speed automatic, this car has seen many changes through the years. The car placed in a semi-retired state from 2000 thru 2005 while Racetech was developing a number of Ford Focus’s for open track and autocross use. The car was pulled out of retirement in the summer of 2005 for benchmark testing at the GVSU autocross. Data was collected from the event to determine the course of the modifications to be completed for competition. In spring of 2006, work began on stripping the car of anything that did not make it stop, accelerate, or turn. The radio, speakers, sound deadening, carpet padding, HVAC system, factory electronics, and anything else that provided little use was measured for weight and then discarded. During early fall of 2006, Racetech moved operations to begin stripping the car to a shell for welding and replacement of the entire driveline and suspension systems. The Racetech team worked throughout the winter on the car. Brandon Redeker repaired the large amount of rust damage onto the front frame rails, and welded specially designed reinforcements to critical areas of the chassis to help it cope with the stresses of competition. Brandon also removed all the factory wiring and designed his own wire harness to power the car. Bryan worked on assembly of many of the mechanical systems while Bob Dunning worked on the engine and rear axle rebuilds. During reassembly, careful planning was used to determine where the wire harnesses were to be ran, the battery to be placed, and the where hardware could be mounted to help lower the center of gravity and distribute the weight in a more even fashion than the factory had done back in 1984. The engine was finished and installed in the car during the first week of May, and after 2 weeks of testing, the Mustang embarked on a 1000 mile round trip with only the speedometer suffering a failure. The excellent planning and teamwork by the Racetech Performance crew made for a near flawless completion of the car in just 12 months. Be sure to check out the gallery for pictures of the assembly process, and on the specification link for a complete list of modifications.

The team would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their help in the construction:
ReFab LLC and Josh Vink for production of the chassis stiffening braces.
K&G Tool for fabrication and machine work.
Maximum Motorsports and The Tire Rack for their excellent tech support.
Acemco Motorsports for giving the team inspiration to build a top quality race car
The Sign Factory for the graphics.
Bob Dunning for building an incredible engine, rear axle, and making the car run.
Tom Dunning for help in building and installation of the engine.
Travis Scott for helping with the electrical system.
Jon Creisher and Dave Kujawski for helping with the roll bar installation.
David Redeker for help selecting the gaskets and bearings for the engine.
Sara Redeker for putting up with the long hours of work to build the car.
Dave Schoendorff for putting the team in contact with Acemco Motorsports.
Ron Mack for letting us borrow a tire pyrometer to use for testing.
Mickey Rance for help with chassis alignment, welding assistance, and painting.
Jack Parkhurst for helping us with the RaceTech seat and brake ducting.
Tim Walker and Churchill Technologies for machining and CNC work
Chris Phelps and Jack Hidley from Maximum Motorsports for technical assistance

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