Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
Yikes. They might have been better off starting with a Dodge Charger and making a Eleanor from that...
Hmm - as I recall, the original Eleanor was a long-hood mid 70's Mustang (maybe a '72 or '73?), and the Nick Cage Eleanor was a '67 Fastback. What are you going to do with a '70? How about the Trans-Am version of the Boss 302? The Parnelli Jones 1970 Boss 302 would be perfect!
Check this out to see the size of the cajones on Parnelli Jones...
That's some nutty stuff, yikes.
That's not as bad as it looks, haha. We have the doors and other panels, but not the nose and bumper. I think we're going to go with a complete resto mod on the Mustang, an old/new hybrid. A BB Alu 428, stroked and bored out to 518ci with Comp roller cams, and X-FI EFI system netting ~750bhp. Then add big Brembo discs all around, locking LSD w/ 4.11 gear, Tremec T-56 6-spd gearbox, and independent electro-mag suspension. So, it'll be a `70 Boss 428 EFI, probably.
Yeah, the first Elanor was a `73 Mach 1, the remake Elanor was a `68 GT. At least the `70 Boss had more in common with the late 60s cars than the early 70s. Not that they were awful, but all the gov't restrictions messed up all muscle cars, not just the Mustang.
After not getting a definitive answer from McLaren on running E85 in the MP4, "it has not been fully tested with that fuel and we cannot guarantee its performance", yadda, yadda. I went ahead and filled it up to see what would happen. Well, nothing happened. That is to say I couldn't tell any difference between running it and 93 premium, in fact it ran like the 100oct fuel. According to the on-board system it looks like I'm getting a couple MPG less, but given the price and availability (I keep E85 in the tank here at home), it seems well worth it to me. I wouldn't say it will run like that with all E85 brands, some are pretty dodgy, but the Sunoco stuff is very good.
Also, even though it doesn't get noticed as much as the 458, which can be a good thing (cops), it does get quite a few compliments. A guy did ask "aren't you afraid it will get stolen?" and I said, "It's the only red McLaren within 500 miles, where will they hide?"
Also, there's GPS tracking, dual alarm systems, and a pick-proof electromagnetic lock. (Yes, I ordered 2 extra fobs, just in case.)Edited by Magick Man - 1/23/13 at 10:19pm