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post #31 of 122 (permalink) Old 08-27-2016, 06:57 AM
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How'd the hood work out? You could always add a scoop like my Edelbrock Coupe.
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How'd the hood work out? You could always add a scoop like my Edelbrock Coupe.
The hood. Thats a bit of a sore spot. Its the one piece in this build that I feel like I am compromising on. And it is only in the interest of time. I really want to be driving the car before winter and if we send the hood back to Norm that wont likely happen. A simple raised cowl would be perfect and frankly what I was expecting. Norm got extra creative, it ended up not working, and now time has become an issue. Im going to give the cut out and custom trim piece a chance. If I end up not liking it we have some very talented local guys that can re do it. Which, when all is said and done, will make it the most expensive piece of fiberglass Ive ever owned. As soon as I have pics of the hood from Dave I will post them.

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BTR Stage 2 blower cam
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Norms rear diffuser, fenders, one off hood. Werks Gurney Flap.
Edelbrock EForce supercharger. Water/meth injection. GM 6L90, trans brake and 2 step. DSS Ford 9in IRS rear conversion, drive shaft and axles. Werks roll bar. Line lock. CCW D540 wheels. MT drag radials. Recaro seats.
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Good luck, I just had mine refinished.
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Good luck, I just had mine refinished.
WOW. That is a beautiful hood.
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One of the memory chips in the ECU decided to take a dump. Glad it happened in the shop and not at home. New ECU from Ken Kelly arrived a couple days ago. Took Dave two full days to transfer the info from the old to the new. He should have the car on the road this weekend putting some miles on it and fine tuning it before hitting the dyno for some full power pulls.

Also, due to Daves Jedi mind powers, decided to add a set of Recaros. Pics to follow.

2008 GXP (?)hp on Werks Mustang Dyno
Werks LS3 Conversion
1 7/8 in custom Werks headers
BTR Stage 2 blower cam
DDM Backbone
Kapasphere ReBar
BG Racing coilovers
Norms rear diffuser, fenders, one off hood. Werks Gurney Flap.
Edelbrock EForce supercharger. Water/meth injection. GM 6L90, trans brake and 2 step. DSS Ford 9in IRS rear conversion, drive shaft and axles. Werks roll bar. Line lock. CCW D540 wheels. MT drag radials. Recaro seats.
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Car is on the road. Dave is working out a few gremlins with the shifting of the new trans.

Here is a pic of the cockpit with the new paddle shifters and the digital gear indicator. And a gratuitous shot of the backside.



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2008 GXP (?)hp on Werks Mustang Dyno
Werks LS3 Conversion
1 7/8 in custom Werks headers
BTR Stage 2 blower cam
DDM Backbone
Kapasphere ReBar
BG Racing coilovers
Norms rear diffuser, fenders, one off hood. Werks Gurney Flap.
Edelbrock EForce supercharger. Water/meth injection. GM 6L90, trans brake and 2 step. DSS Ford 9in IRS rear conversion, drive shaft and axles. Werks roll bar. Line lock. CCW D540 wheels. MT drag radials. Recaro seats.
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Looking sweet!!! Glad you finally got it on the road!
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Awesome machine !
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you are awesome !!!
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post #40 of 122 (permalink) Old 09-15-2016, 01:57 PM
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When the paddle shifters were first being put in the KAPPAs, people were complaining the shifts were delayed or soft, did Dave solve that problem? What brand of paddles did he use? Are you going to start out doing 1/8 mile for shake down? Short wheelbase cars can be a handful on the 1/4 mile top end with that much power! Beautiful car BTW
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When the paddle shifters were first being put in the KAPPAs, people were complaining the shifts were delayed or soft, did Dave solve that problem? What brand of paddles did he use? Are you going to start out doing 1/8 mile for shake down? Short wheelbase cars can be a handful on the 1/4 mile top end with that much power! Beautiful car BTW
The paddle shifters are a stock GM unit. The 6L90 trans is programmable so I assume Dave can adjust how it shifts. I havent seen any complaints about shifting from CTSV owners who drag race with the 6L90. From what Ive read its very reliable in stock form in cars heavier than mine with equal, or more, HP.

I was hoping to hit the Route 66 Drag Strip near Daves shop, before they shut down for the end of the year, prior to bringing it home. It is a 1/4 mile track. We do have an 1/8 mile track 20 minutes from were we live so I may end up shaking it down there instead as we are quickly approaching the end of racing season. Its been over a year since Ive been behind the wheel of it and it will now be the most powerful car Ive owned to date. So, quarter or eighth, it will be baby steps before running it all out.

2008 GXP (?)hp on Werks Mustang Dyno
Werks LS3 Conversion
1 7/8 in custom Werks headers
BTR Stage 2 blower cam
DDM Backbone
Kapasphere ReBar
BG Racing coilovers
Norms rear diffuser, fenders, one off hood. Werks Gurney Flap.
Edelbrock EForce supercharger. Water/meth injection. GM 6L90, trans brake and 2 step. DSS Ford 9in IRS rear conversion, drive shaft and axles. Werks roll bar. Line lock. CCW D540 wheels. MT drag radials. Recaro seats.
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One of the most interesting Kappa builds out there, short of GM Tech's LSA Sky. Props to you for putting a proper rear end in and intending to use the car to it's fullest capability. I think this is some of Werks best work too. When Dave is allowed the time and afforded the budget, he really does have an eye for great attention to detail. Hope it can hit the track before the end of the season!
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How far down from the top of the roll bar hoop are the rear support braces attached?
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How far down from the top of the roll bar hoop are the rear support braces attached?
They appear to be just below the door bars.


2008 GXP (?)hp on Werks Mustang Dyno
Werks LS3 Conversion
1 7/8 in custom Werks headers
BTR Stage 2 blower cam
DDM Backbone
Kapasphere ReBar
BG Racing coilovers
Norms rear diffuser, fenders, one off hood. Werks Gurney Flap.
Edelbrock EForce supercharger. Water/meth injection. GM 6L90, trans brake and 2 step. DSS Ford 9in IRS rear conversion, drive shaft and axles. Werks roll bar. Line lock. CCW D540 wheels. MT drag radials. Recaro seats.
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What insurance are you using? I did not find any that covered a car that was raced. Would be a good thing to know.

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