I just took a look back at last week’s update and, once again, it seems like a lot has happened since then. The steering wheel arrived after being back-ordered for a while. Rick & I mounted the rotors and calipers while the Seahawk’s lost to Green Bay. Then today, I managed to get the rear differential painted, and mounted (without torquing anything).
So, sometime during the week (like I said), the steering wheel showed up. Of course I had to get it mounted, if for no other reason than to make it easier to test the rack and pinion steering setup.
Here’s a shot of the wheel (with a bonus peek at the front calipers):
This morning my buddy Lance Lambert stopped by with some of his car pals this morning to check out the Cobra. We had a great time shooting bull, talking cars, and telling lies (not in that order). A little later in the day I decided, since it was so nice (50 degrees & sunny), to paint the differential and see what I could accomplish. Step one, was rolling the rear end outside, letting it warm up, and masking the engine stand it was setting on:
Ultimately, I ended up not only painting the differential, but mounting the entire rear suspension. We have the 3-link rear suspension, which provides better road-holding than the stock 4-link (which matches the Mustang geometry). The 3-link kit includes Koni coil-over shocks, a panard bar, and lower control arms to locate the axle in 3-dimensional space.
Here’s where I ended up this afternoon:
I’m heading to New York to visit my wife (Karen) on Wednesday and returning on Sunday. So I’m not sure that I’ll get a lot done during the next week. But the 21st of January is MLK-day, maybe I’ll get a little done then.
Oh yeah, my new favorite tool? My 28oz. mallet:
Until then, take care