Project 10 The Hard Way – Phase 4: Getting the interior ‘stuff’ done

The photos of the wiring still do not show it 100% complete. Like I mentioned earlier I am still a few weeks from taking it to the track and I am sure there are a few wires I have nor ran yet (water pump and fan for example) as I just sat the engine in last week.

FRONT SUSPENSION: I did a tech article on the QA-1 front coil-over kit I installed and looking back I messed up on one of the photos. There is a upper shock tower plate that I show sitting on top of the strut tower.... wrong! It goes under the tower to spread the load across the upper part of the tower and the adjustable camber/caster plate goes on top. I just wanted to straighten out the error I made in the photos. New pictures show proper installation.

That's enough for this article, I hope it shows you that you don't need a chassis shop or have extraordinary skills to build a nice bracket car. Just take your time and do some planning. I have had several emails about the "10-seconds for $10,000.00" concept. I don't see that happening as I have decided to make a more serious attempt at making this a really good bracket car and not for "fun only". I do hope we stay within a $15,000.00 budget and so far that looks pretty feasible. Some of the parts I bought could easily be replaced with less expensive components or in the case of the suspension; the stock from suspension and rear suspension is probably OK with some minor work if 11 or 12-second ETs are in your budget plans. The biggest "budget buster" ended up being the engine but I could not convince myself to go this far with the Project 10 and then use a 25 year-old stock engine block and heads. I want this engine to be capable of 1000 runs before a teardown is needed. We will find out if I made the right decision.

I got pretty lucky on this dash panel I made. Couple minutes with the snips and about 20 screws and rivets... Boom- a black aluminum dash panel.

This is the "correction" on how the QA1 front coil-over kit and the strut tower braces go together. The plates 'sandwich" the stock tower to increase strength and prevent deflection.