Underhood, Lowther trimmed and fit the Scott Rod Fabrications engine bay sheetmetal. We opted for every piece Scott Rod Fab makes for the Fox engine bay in steel. The grand total for all fifteen pieces is $348—well worth the money if you ask us. If you opt for the colored-aluminum rivet-in versions, it will cost you about the same, less if you go with natural aluminum. We've used Scott Rod Fab on a couple of projects now and the fit is nice, with very little trimming necessary. If you're going for that clean look (like we are), then a smooth engine bay is a must.
Lowther made surprisingly quick work of the weld-in pieces, and he stitch-welded all of the pieces in place with a TIG welder. His welds are so nice that we'll probably just paint right over them without doing any bodywork to smooth them out. That will give our Fox a unique look and help it stand out from the sea of other Mustangs at SEMA.
Measuring and Fitting
Since we're on hold to finish the wheeltubs, we decided to fit a tire to see how wide we want to go. We had a pair of 315/35R17 Nitto NT05R drag radials in our warehouse, so we grabbed one on our way back to Demon. We chocked the wheel/tire in place, and lowered the body down until it made us feel warm and fuzzy inside. At first glance, the stance is sick. It's only a 25.71-inch-tall tire but it fills the wheelwell perfectly. We'll probably opt for a street tire or DOT-approved road-course tire, but we're happy with the 315mm width—we'll use this drag radial as our mock-up.
We measured to see where our coilovers will mount so Moser can install the mounts before the powdercoating process. When we receive the M9 rearend, it will be bolt-in ready. Lowther also marked the rear framerail with a permanent marker to show how much of the rail needs to be removed to make clearance for our wide rears. Thankfully, only the lip (pinch-welded seam) needs to be trimmed. This will prevent us from having to box in framerails after hacking them up.
Next month, we'll install the rollbar and subframe connectors, mount the fuel cell, and iron out our wheeltub snag. Once we're finished at Demon Motorsports, we'll head to the paint shop. We'll also start our 427ci Windsor engine build soon, so stay tuned.