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Subject SR-71 #000 Returns From Paint
     
Posted by GokuZ32 on November 18, 2017 at 10:28 PM
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Message Hey guys,

I have not posted this project over here and figured I would share. Here's the cliffnotes on the project. This car is the prototype SR-71 that saw a lot of early research and development for companies like HKS, MSI, Kaminari, and Nissan. The SR-71 project was founded by world renown fighter pilot and Mig specialist, Randy Ball. Legendary designer Pete Brock designed the body kit for the project and Todd Gartshore (Baer Brakes) did a lot of the initial testing. This Z packed 468hp and went 186mph downwind out in the Nevada desert back in 1990. The SR-71 was the third fastest production car in the world in 1990. This car is #000 and is currently undergoing a pretty extensive restoration by yours truly.


Here's a few pictures of the road so far. I received the car in poor condition from a member on here. The car received 40,000 hard earned miles from various events, shows, and road coarse testing during the first three years of its life. From there, it changed hands a few times and wound up being pretty neglected for a while. I have disassembled it to the shell and am rebuilding from there. Fortunately, everything SR-71 related survived. A quick Google search would provide info on the package. Randy Ball is sending me new old stock logos and a few other bits to complete the car from his collection. It will be better than new when it is finished.

How I received the Z.

Initial disassembly

Started by refinishing the underbody after the initial disassembly

Primer

Starting to see some color



Almost ready

Brought it home (11/16/17)



The goal is to keep the cars aesthetics as original as I can. Some of the drivetrain will be updated for power/reliability. I have just about finished the engine. Everything else going in the car is new, chromed, or powdercoated. I am going to wire the car up first, reinstall a perfect tweed interior from a wrecked 40k mile TT, and then drop the engine and transmission in and finish up the final touches over the next couple months. The car has been a dream of mine and its feeling good to see it coming together.

     
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