After spending a few months back easy with Wes Adkins of Wild Wes Paintworks for the striking Trans-Am & Shelby inspired paint, project Max Effort has moved back to the westward side of the country for reassembly and final installs.
We're pleased to say that master tuner and electronic guru Brian Macy of Horsepower Connection & The EFI Store has taken the lead on making sure all of Max's systems functional and talk to one another. Max doesn't have creature comforts to worry about, but we do have plenty of drivetrain management and data systems to integrate. Watch for many more web updates as we progress!
- Life is full of compromises, and unfortunately project cars often are as well.
- Most people think there isn't much that can be done with a solid axle to increase handling characteristics.
- When we left off with the rearend for Project Max Effort in the December issue, Speedway Engineering had worked their special blend of magic on one of their Grand National series 9-inch floater rearend housings, dialing in both camber and toe, but that's as far as Speedway takes these beasts.
- Project Max Effort's rearend assembly is all wrapped up, thanks to the solid-axle experts at Speedway Engineering and Currie Enterprises, so now it's time to get it underneath our Cougar with our first foray into the real meat of the build: the chassis and suspension.
- Here's the thing about solid-axle rear suspensions; fancy parts and exotic housings designed for track use aren't much good if we're not getting it to the ground.
- Whether your pursuit of speed involves straight-line shots or curves that twist fore and aft, traction is the key to making the most out of your car's capabilities.
- In the May 2011 issue we outlined a cheap and simple way to mini-tub just about any car out there with a little cutting and metal shaping.
- In the May issue of PHR, we showed you how to gain inward wheel clearance for big meats on just about any car by using a custom mini-tub.
- We’ve spent a good deal of attention on Max Effort’s rear suspension, which is, of course, a major factor in effectively getting the power to the ground on the track, but it’s the front suspension that truly determines the cornering capability of a car.
- We've had a great deal of interest regarding project Max Effort's new SLA style front from CorteX Racing, and one of the most common queries has been about the Radial X spindle.
- NASCAR technology for the street sounds counterintuitive, but in reality the realm of ultimate pushrod race engines holds the secret to rejuvenating one of the best head designs ever created for the small-block Ford: the Cleveland.
- Though not quite an oxymoron, we should preface this story about our ’67 Cougar by saying that street friendly is a relative term here.
- It’s admittedly been a while since we last wrenched on our ultimate incarnation of a street-legal road racer known as Max Effort, but we’re ready to get serious again. [Editor’s note: Last time was the Nov. ’11 issue, when we built the ’67 Cougar’s rollcage.
- One thing that we should probably clear up right off the bat is that an antiroll bar—more popularly known as a sway bar—is not the final word in handling, nor is it the most important component; they’re simply a tuning tool that must be tailored to work with the rest of a suspension system to get th
- Turns out, there is a loose formula for driving position that is considered "ideal" for everyone and it's probably not much like your daily driving position.
- One part of project car building that often gets quickly glossed over is the fluid systems. That’s partially because in most cases it’s not all that glamorous or photogenic, but each part of the pipeline is absolutely critical to making a car run.