This page is here to give an idea of how
long it took to build the Pursuit Special. Some dates are vague as
is my memory. I will add an occasional link to pics of various items
(words in "BLUE" font)
Click on the year below to view the year's
- 2001 - 2002
- 2003 -
|JANUARY 2, 2006
The coupe has made it to another bodyman
as the last guy was unable to finish due to other commitments.
I'm still working on some smaller bits (will it ever end??) but
have run into a snag with the newer style tires. It seems that
BFG no longer makes the 285 and the 275 just don't look wide enough
and the 295 are way to wide for the right look. I may just end
up using the vintage tires full time. Zoomie tips are now permanently
welded in place and an issue with the clutch pedal/slave cyl push
rod has been solved. I also had to redo the flared ends for the
brake lines going into the master cyl....seems they're not the
standard 'double flare' after all.
Most importantly though is that the
car can finally move around under it's own power !!
|JANUARY 3, 2006
|Brought a few more parts to the bodyshop.
The doors have been straightened and the bonnet needed some attention.
Some of the acid had come through and caused a bit of rust on the
edges so it was blasted out and the small pin holes welded up. I
guess with the car sitting so long since it was previously done
was a benefit and it allowed us to catch that tiny bit of left over
acid. No new pics to post yet either.
|JANUARY 9, 2003
|Body is being sanded down and getting
straighter. The ends of the rear spoiler needed some mods and now
suit me fine. I eneded up ordering a drivers door glass from GT
Ford as mine had some serious scratches. Also ordered some new clips
for the door mechanisms and some new bits for the bonnet pins....I
could have bought something close locally but nothing beats the
right parts. I spent quite alot of time cleaning the door mechanisms
and then regreasing them....what a difference, should be good for
another 30 years (I hope). I've also picked out the paints for the
coupe....was tougher than I thought.
|JANUARY 16, 2006
|Dropped off some more bits at the body
shop and had a very pleasant suprise..... the whole car except the
front guards were in the first coat of primer(now black instead
of blue). This really gave me some insight as to how it'll look
when painted. The boot spoiler has been messaged and looking great!
The underside of the bonnet is painted in gloss so I got a chance
to see the black paint on a larger scale. Although everything looked
fine to me, they'll still spend more time perfecting the panels
(don't anyone call me fussy again).
|JANUARY 28, 2006
|A couple more pics on the photo site
added. Doors have been installed and lined up, more blocking being
done on the body as well as the boot lid. The crate of parts I've
been waiting on has arrived and I just need to go pick them up.
|JANUARY 31, 2006
|The 2 new front windscreens are finally
here as well as the proper front flares, new shifter handle and
boot lid springs and a spare (updated) boot spoiler.
Flares have been dropped at the bodyshop and installing will begin
right away along with the front guards and nose cone.
|FEBRUARY 2, 2006
|Another coat of black primer and still
some more blocking to be done, had to line up the holes for the
side scoops, started getting things figured out to mount the nose
cone and flares and started some mods on the fenders, rear bumper
and exhaust panel now painted and will come back home with me to
be installed later.
|Door jambs, inner doors, inside of
fenders, cowl panel and the underside of the trunk lid now painted
(see the photosite for a few pics). Will be going to the shop tomorrow
to make a final decision on the placement of the side scoops. Thanks
to Mike for the pics !!!!
|FEBRUARY 10, 2006
|Doors are permanently mounted along
with the latching units, front fenders put on and getting lined
up. I'll need to move some wiring around when it gets home as if
interferes with the bonnet hinge....not a big issue though.
|FEBRUARY 18, 2004
|Nose piece is mounted permanantly and
looking great. Took a bit to get lined up properly (along with some
colourfull words) but now it's down to getting everything blended
in. The original bumper bar I had made needed some alterations as
there were a few other differences found from the 'van' front I
had originally used. The rims are also getting done and from what
I've seen so far is very promising!! Brought home a few more 'loose'
parts that have been painted including gas cap, window trim, bonnet
locks. A couple more pics have been added to the 'photobucket' pages.
|FEBRUARY 21, 2006
|Nose cone and flares are all blended
in !! All that's left to do now is block the front and then we're
on to paint !
|FEBRUARY 26, 2006
|The body shop is still working their
magic and all is coming along great......seeing this thing come
together is like winning the lottery !! Ordered the door glass for
the left side as I originally bought the drivers side and then realised
I didn't really need it....OOOPS. Working out the details now for
the paint scheme. New clear plastic for the dash guages has arrived
so I can move forward on that part of the resto.
|MARCH 4, 2006
What a great day indeed !! The XB
is finally painted ! Mike (the painter) did a great job and everyone
involved with the bodywork also did fantastic. Although I'd settle
for the car as is, it still needs to be sanded and polished and
then have the flat/satin black applied. The bonnet still needs
to be painted but that'll get done later in the week. I've only
posted one pic for now but will post more soon (I only took 36
I've rearranged the 'photobucket' page so have a look. The pics are now in proper order. I've also
changed and updated the 'pics' page as it now contains videos too.
|MARCH 10, 2006
|Bonnet and cowl panel all painted.
The polishing is almost finished, just the bonnet and boot lid left
to do. The left side door glass arrived today which was the last
of the big parts to come in. Finalising the layout for the flat
black and pinstripes.
|MARCH 17, 2006
|All the polishing is done so I went
to the shop today to guide the placement of the masking for the
flat black areas. The area to be painted was then sanded and the
next thing to do is roll it into the paint booth one final time.
|MARCH 21, 2006
|Painting is COMPLETE !!! I can't thank
the guys enough for the awesum job they did. The attention to detail
and patience on accuracy are second to none. Mike himself got VERY
involved with studying DVD captures. All that's left to do is polish
a couple of spots and general clean up and the XB will be back at
home for final assembly.
|MARCH 25, 2006
|The XB is back at home once more. So
now it's time to get all these pieces in their proper spots. I won't
bother doing a daily digest but instead I'll just wrap things up
and post on the weekends...... let the fun begin !!!
|APRIL 5, 2006
|I've installed the following: headlamp
buckets and covers (made new covers with screws in proper places),tail
lights, rear bumper and lower valance, new boot springs, restore
dash, dash frame in, ran wiring for RVS radio, siren speakers (damn
is it loud !) and air horns, antenna, GT bonnet locks, GT side scoops,
new shifter handle and a few other bits. I'm not happy with the
height of the front springs so that's being changed this weekend.
|APRIL 9, 2006
| The coupe finally sits right and I
was SOOOO tempted to take it for a spin down the road but with the
front end not properly aligned I didn't want to press my luck. New
video uploaded in the pics section
|APRIL 17, 2006
|I've installed the wiper motor and
linkage, complete e-brake, had to fix an issue with the repro tail
lamp lenses, redo the bonnet latch spring (heavier and proper one),
running more wires in the interior and finally finished the dash/instrument
cluster which was just put in tonight. I've also insulated the fuel
line as it was causing some loud vibrations due to the electric
|MAY 2, 2006
|The dash has been in and out a few
times but is now in permanently (I hope). The speedo had some remains
of the old 'plastic' cable broken off inside the head so I removed
that and also changed the tachometer for one with a cleaner needle.
Dash pad now in, 99% of electrical working, weather stripping put
|MAY 10, 2006
|Got the vintage BFG's mounted on the
spare set of rims until the correct ones are finished. Side glass
all in except the left rear 1/4 glass as a new one is on the way
thanks my stupidity. Put in the new roof insulation as the headliner
should be in this weekend as well as the carpet and seats (that's
my goal anyways). Got the accessory switches hidden (fuel pump,
fans) and also mounted the switch for the blue light under the ignition
cover as per movie.
|MAY 17, 2006
|New 1/4 glass window came in on Monday
and was installed right away. The headliner was something I decided
I didn't want to handle so the guy that installed the front and
rear windscreens did it for me...and what a perfect job !! Big thanks
to 'Steve' . Carpet and seats are in as planned and the console
is ready to go and the vapour barries are now in place so I can
get the trim panels in too. If the weather holds up I'll be getting
the alignment done tomorrow and then driving her home and do some
finishing touches for the first big cruise of the year this coming
|MAY 21, 2006
|The weather was lousy so the cruise
night was a wash out....HOWEVER, I finallly took the car for it's
maiden voyage yesterday. My son Aeron and I were out for only 30
minutes but it was definately a blast. The only concern I have is
that the front springs have settled a bit more and now it sits a
bit low for my tastes. I didn't 'open it up' yet as the one rear
rim has a slight warp in it and I won't try it with 30 year old
tires either. The car definately puts you back in your seat though
which is impressive for the engine having very few mods. As of today
I still need to get the proper rims finished, install the RVS radio,
interior light lenses put in and get the rear seat in (didn't have
proper bolts and stores were closed). I should have the front end
up in a day or 2 and then I'll get some pics posted...... we're
99% there !!!!!
|JUNE 11, 2006
Where to start....? Took the coupe
for it's first cruise to Niagara Falls on May 28. It was a very
hot and humid night which made the car warmer than usual while
sitting in traffic, but no real issues. I have since had the rear
springs rearched and adjusted the shackles to the lowest setting
and the tires no longer rub on big bumps. The RVS radio is all
mounted and working perfectly (sound board not in yet though).
I entered my first car show today and out of 300 cars I won 'outstanding
vehicle' (1 of 20 handed out) and won 'most unique'. One of the
fellas running the show said I should have also won the 'most
photographed' award. Cruised the Falls again tonight and was stopped
by a local police officer as he wanted to settle a long running
argument between himself and his brother as to what kind of car
Mad Max drove...... in short, it was an excellent day ! I'll have
some updated pics and videos soon as well as starting a new section
for the website to show the coupe 'out and about'.
A very big thanks to ALL those that have helped me with this project over the last few
years...... you've helped make a dream come true.
|JUNE 25, 2006
|I installed a set of rear air shocks and can now set the car at
the proper height. After taking a few pics in front of an abandoned
gas station we located a side road that was perfect for taking some
video of the coupe doing it's thing. Check out the 'pics' page for
|JULY 2, 2006
Had an issue with some bad fuel last
weekend so I spent the week going over the car and also found
a bad plug wire and small coolant leak where the block heater
was installed (installs in frost plug hole), Frank Balbar cleaned
up the carb for me and all is well (Petro Canada fuel sucks).
BIG thanks to Lee and Kelly Theobald
of Theobald & Co Graphics and Laser Engraving.... They made
up a very cool keychain and an awesum black shirt with MFP badge
on the front and "MFP" script on the back. I'll be getting
some prices and pics of the shirts as I'm sure others will want
one. I will act as middle man or you can contact Lee/Kelly directly.
Well summer has come and gone and
it was definately a FUN one !! I drove the XB as often as I could
and was able to make it to 6 car shows...... I received 5 firsts
and a second place trophy. The best part was meeting tons of people
from all over( even a family from Sydney that was on vacation)
that enjoyed the car and the movie as much as I do. I am also
very proud to have participated in the 'Hair dare Dukes day' for
cancer research that raised $14,600 in just one day. I was part
of a 'star car' display along side an A-Team van, Blues Brothers
car, Knight Rider, Starsky and Hutch Torino, several General Lees,
a few Hazzard County Sherrifs cars and a Bat Boat replica. Byron
Cherry, who played Coy Duke in season 5 of 'The Dukes of Hazzard',
was also there to meet the fans and it was a pleasure meeting
him. Bigs thanks to Paul Harrington for the invite and I'm looking
forward to doing the show again next year.