With our chassis stiffening complete, we turned our sights on replacing the defunct shifter. After some investigative time in the shop, we realized our Mach 1 didn't have the Tremec 3650 five-speed it was equipped with from the factory. After a lengthy conversation with the previous owner, we came to the conclusion that a shop had "rebuilt" the 3650 a few months earlier. In reality, said shop simply swapped in a T45. Unfortunately, that shop is no longer in business and we weren't able to reach the owners. Either way, our Mach 1 needed to be restored to running condition. A quick call to UPR Products netted us a new Blue Thunder shifter and its Extreme Pistol Grip handle. The unit dropped right into place and solved all of our shifter issues. The billet pistol-grip handle is very comfortable looks great in the retro styled interior.
As our project moves forward, we have a slew of testing in store for our new Four-Valve. Once our baselines on the slalom and skidpad are in the books, we'll add some power, improve the suspension, and increase its braking abilities to create the perfect daily driver.