PROJECT FOX: THE FINAL TALLY
ITEM: PHR ISSUE: PRICE:
'93 notchback Mustang November 2009 $3,000
Sold old wheels, tires, engine, trans N/A -$1,000
532ci big-block Ford (SAM) June 2009 $9,644
Phoenix TH400 trans September 2009 $1,645
Strange 8.8 rearend October 2009 $1,759
Comp Engineering rear suspension November 2009 $1,708
AJE front suspension December 2009 $1,679
Bill Buck custom 10-point 'cage January 2010 $2,000
Engine and trans install March 2010 $690
Russell fuel system April 2010 $804
Cooling system May 2010 $305
Strange driveshaft June 2010 $498
Custom exhaust August 2010 $291
Interior rehab September 2010 $1,545
Wheels and tires January 2010 $1,070
TCI transbrake March 2010 $359
Total: $25,997

What We Learned
In retrospect, compared to our prior test session at LMP, the combination of a harder launch and a different track surface all contributed to tire shake and disappointing e.t.'s. The effectiveness of the transbrake and finicky nature of the drag radials simply require a different chassis setup than we were accustomed to running. Furthermore, our trip to San Antonio Raceway revealed that our prior timing curves were way too conservative. While the tires shook, they were never even close to boiling to a haze, even when feeding in full ignition advance off the transbrake. Presumably, we were castrating the motor way too much in our prior tests, contributing to its less-than-stellar 1.5-second 60-foot times. If we were smart enough to feed in more timing at LMP, instead of pulling out 12 degrees out of the hole, it's quite possible that we could have run 9s off the footbrake. At the end of the day, Project Fox is extremely close to entering the hallowed single-digit territory, but for now it's still just a 10-second car. That fact is both painful and extremely motivating, as we plan on using what we learned running off the transbrake for the first time, making the necessary adjustments, then heading to the track again as soon as possible.

WHERE THE MONEY WENT
ITEM: PN: PRICE:
TCI transbrake 221500 $359
Total: $359