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    The car named Mental

    Preface this with a big thanks to Emilio @ 949 Racing for his help in acquiring parts, and Alex @ 2ndChanceRoadsters for help with parts and body work (to say the least.)

    About 2 years ago I picked up this:



    Originally I was going to try and create a high mileage commuter car but...

    There were a few 25 hour races to win, National Championships on the line, and more cars to build.

    And so I never felt like working on my own car. I just drove it, wracking up some 60,000 miles in those 2 years. Along the way I acquired a bunch of parts, a wrecked 2005, and then I got this:



    A nearly perfect 1992, automatic tub. So few dents on it. But then I did this to it:



    For a mere $1900, I had every last bit of paint, seam sealing, and sound deadening removed. Which meant that I had to add it all back, and Mazda puts that stuff in places that you can't reach. And it looked like someone had stood on the rear part of the car (right behind the top) leaving some big dents. They had also lifted the car from spots that bent under the weight. But I tried to get it resealed and primed. I had it seam welded. I put structural foam in the frame rails. But in the end I was not making good progress on it and set it aside.



    In the mean time the daily driver was getting tired. It now has 290,000 miles and I decided that I would make it the project car... since it still has paint and seam filler in all the critical ares.

    So I stripped it and sent it out to for paint and body work.





    The body shop stripped the paint... not me.

    This hole serves no purpose these days, hole delete.





    Ready for paint.



    In the mean time I was busy.







    ABS unit donated when I upgraded someone's car to an NB unit.



    And now let the mods begin.

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    Delete the steering column stuff.



    Modify the hub and wheel to relocate the turn signal switches onto the wheel.





    And all that electrical stuff needs to be relocated. Backside view of the switch panel.



    Installed in the dash.



    Front view of the dash.



    I like bright lights in the car.



    The under view.



    Wiring harness from the wrecked 2005 prepped for a full wire tuck and wired for the NA lights.



    I am putting the the under hood fuse block in the trunk.

    And in the mean time...







    I got the car back from the body shop on Wednesday.

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    Nice write-up. Let them (the mods) begin indeed.

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    Day one. The NB tank mod.





    Day two. Add heat shielding in the transmission tunnel.



    Squeaky clean.



    Day three. Install roll bar. Trying to get all the cutting and drilling on the tub done so I can move on the interior work.





    Ready for a drive.



    And that is it at the end of today. Stay tuned for news.

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    It is nice to be going back to my roots and building more of a street rod instead of a race car. Still not quite enough of a skilled craftsman to match some of the members here, but at least on this build I am not on a time clock and am only limited by my imagination and abilities. For those who don't remember my previous car:






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    Very Nice!!

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    Fantastic work, Jon! Great to see the progress on this! You are far too modest, what you may not have in raw fab skill, you excel in real innovative electronics and functional performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satisaii View Post
    It is nice to be going back to my roots and building more of a street rod instead of a race car. Still not quite enough of a skilled craftsman to match some of the members here, but at least on this build I am not on a time clock and am only limited by my imagination and abilities. For those who don't remember my previous car:




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    Wow that is a ton of work!!! Please keep us updated!!

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    If only we had a Like button along with the Thanks button.

    Looking good so far. Like how you did the piping for the supercharger in the previous car. I'm thinking of the same thing in the MSM when I do the turbo upgrade.

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    I went to a Mother's class on car care and they gave out samples of stuff. One of those samples was a tin of metal polish... and I got a bit carried away. I can't say that I did it all. When it got out of hand I sent the stuff in and had it done.

    The intake:



    Here is the steering wheel completed.



    I added a third terminal on the NRG hub to get turns and horn to work.


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    Very impressive stuff! I'm lovin' it. Keep the updates coming!!
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    I forgot about this. Since I had cut the dash down, I did not want the stock A/C and fan boxes. I put a Derale fan on the heater core to retain the defrost function. It is a bit noisy, but it works.





    Today I got to install the frame rails and front subframe. Also did more painting and getting ready for welding.





    Steve, those hubs came from the wrecked subframe we pulled off of Super in the last T25. Hope they still work.



    I filled the subframe with structural foam before painting.

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    Welding the tank area for the NB tank.



    Rear subframe prepped for installation



    A little info on the diff


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    Oy, I hope the hubs work too!

    Great work, Jon! This is a great street build with a lot of enduro DNA I recognize,

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