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
1999/2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006
|JANUARY 5, 2004
|Well the new year has started off
quite busy. The plans for the XB have taken a bit of a turn. Instead
of spending countless hours grinding and sanding off 30 years
of crap I've decided to get the car acid dipped which will ensure
a true 'rust free' frame off restoration.
The XB is now COMPLETELY stripped
and ready for a swim in the acid tank. Recieved more rust repair
panels, NOS tail lamps lenes, new cam installed and ready to finish
1 - Rolling shell
2 - Dash removed
3 - Clayton cutting off the spring bolts.
|JANUARY 14, 2004
The XB has been delivered to be acid
dipped. Thanks to my brother Danny for coming along to help. The
weather was against us but all went well. For those not familiar
with what acid dipping is: the bare shell and all panels are set
into a tank that will completely strip off everything and bring
the metal back to it's original finish. This will allow us to
see where all rust and previous repair work was and we'll be able
to either replace with new panels or properly patch.
1 - Braving the elements in -35c weather. Note the newest
edition, my MFP Ford van which was just painted.
2 - Sitting at the shop, waiting for the acid tank. Check
out the old Porsche beside the XB.
|JANUARY 27, 2004
|The XB is ready for pick up but once
again the weather has been lousy. A new windscreen and coupe seats
are on the way and I've also bought a new set of rear leaf springs
and headliner. Continue to clean parts for reassembly.
|JANUARY 30, 2004
The XB is back at the shop safe and
sound. Thanks to Adam Rye for coming along to help. The car has
a coating of neutralizer on it that needs to be washed off before
it can be sprayed with high solids primer...this will be my weekend
1 - XB back to all metal inside and out
|FEBRUARY 7, 2004
The complete shell and all parts have
been washed down and then sprayed with primer. The rear 1/4 panels
are in better shape than I thought but the wheel arches are being
cut out anyways. I only need to order 2 repair panels so we're
in better shape than expected. Complete weatherstrip kit, carpet,
and insulation kit are on the way. Headers (extractors) have also
been acid dipped and are now in high heat black. Engine block
has been cleaned and painted and should be all back together soon
(hey...it's been cold here!)
1 - In primer
2 - floor and firewall
MAY 9, 2004
I've had many e-mails wondering what's
happened over the past couple of months and I apologize for neglecting
the site. The delay has been mostly due to moving house and setting
up the new shop. Here's what's new:
-Engine is all back together and ready
-All parts ordered are in and waiting
for install once body is done. (new rubber kit, carpet and misc
-Doors, mudguards (fenders), bonnet
and boot (hood/trunk lid) and section below 'A' piller have been
patched. I had to bring the XB back home for now though.
-Had to reorganize all the parts in
the new shop and continue to restore small bits and pieces.
-The rear diff is all done and ready
to go back in. I totally disassembled it to check it out thouroughly
and then cleaned it up.
-Finally located a set of 4 wheels
that match what I had on the front. I will get these modified
so that I can have a matching set for the rear as well as a couple
-Located a set of vintage mufflers
that should give me the sound I'm after.
-Picked up a new windscreen but it
unfortunately is not what I ordered. I'll need to order another
so I am selling the one I have now.
Big thanks to Sam Costanzo, Chris
Creasy and EJ Zadina for all their help over the last couple of
|MAY 18, 2004
Received some used (but nearly mint)
black seat belts for the rear. Mine were brown and in poor shape.
Big thanks to 'Jaffa' in New Zealand for his help with those and
the all the other little bits he sent along.
Half way through retsoring the heater
box....it's amazing what gets into these things after 30 years.
I was suprised to find the heater core in perfect condition...a
quick flush is all it needed.
|MAY 20, 2004
|Heater box all redone and ready to
OCTOBER 14, 2004
Well,.... another few months have
slipped by and not a whole lot to report other than the large
package I received was a properArcaidipane front, roof spoiler
and the rear flares. Front flares and boot spoiler to follow shortly.
I've been asked to keep my source quiet for now though so I must
respect their wishes.
I've also been very busy doing some
renovations to my shop.
The main body has been delivered to
a new panel beaters shop and I'll be posting pics of the progress
as it happens. (yes Bart!! some new pics finally)
I managed to buy a heap of XB parts
from a guy that had to give up his "MAX" project. Included
were, NOS zoomies, GT side flutes, 2 sets of tail lamps, rear
tail lamp panel, steering column and a box full of smaller items.
The best part was another Scott Super Slot injectoer that has
been rebuilt and calibrated for street use along with a brand
new Scott pump made for the same. There was also a box of file
folders containing all of his research and even some genuine photos
of the original Mad Max car at the museum in England taken back
in 1994 by the museums owner and then forwarded.
|OCTOBER 24, 2004
|Finally finished the steering linkage
(all new parts but had to clean and paint) and then assembled all
the parts and is ready for install. Glassbeaded the remaining upper
control arm and painted it and then will rebuild. All that's left
for the suspension is the front caliper rebuild/restore. I also
had 8 new pipes made up that go between the zoomie pipe and the
|NOVEMBER 2, 2004
|Have been going thru my entire inventory
of parts and sorting out what needs to be restored/cleaned up. Went
to the final outdoor swapmeet of the year and found another pair
of vintage BFGs for the front in excellent condition. I will be
finally picking up my coupe front seats this weekend and then it's
off to get some retrimming done.
|NOVEMBER 9, 2004
|Picked up my coupe seats this past
weekend so I can now focus on getting them and the rear seat retrimmed.
I just received another Maxrob steering wheel that I found on ebay.
This one is pefect and will end up being the one used. The other
one will be used in a future project. Thanks again to Jay, EJ and
Goober for a relaxing weekend.
|DECEMBER 3, 2004
Just returned from checking out the
progress on the coupe at the shop where the body/paint will be
done. The XB has been there for about a month but another project
was in line ahead of me. I will post more on the guy doing it
in the near future. About 1/2 of the patchwork has been completed
including the panel below the rear window, boot channels and the
seam on the firewall. There were a few other spots that had some
small holes but I was able to obtain some pieces cut from other
coupes and these were then used.
As for the progress in my shop: I've
restored the steering wheel, glass beaded some more small items,
prepping all the window chrome and wipers for paint, sorting thru
more parts. I took my seats to a few different places and got
the usual overpriced quotes. However, one guy looked at me and
simlpy said "why not just vinyl dye them?". There is
a product out there the I was aware of (used by a fellow member
of the Falcon Club) that this guy also highly recommended. He
even went so far as to guarantee me that if the dye wears off
that he'll retrim all my seats for free. Needless to say I'll
go with the dye and save big $$$ (of course I'll spend it some
other way). I was shown a few samples of this product and I could
not tell the difference between it and actual black material.
|DECEMBER 7, 2004
|Dropped off the rear bumper to get
de-chromed and the ready for paint. Right side wheel well patched
and arch has been modified for the flare.
|DECEMBER 10, 2004
Another quick visit tonight. New left
rocker panel/sill is on, left inner rear quarter welded in place
along with a few odd spots that needed minor attention. I need
to clean up some space online and then I'll post a pic or two
for everyone. I must say that I'm very excited at the progress
as it looks like the XB wil be heading back to my shop ahead of
schedule for the driveline install.
I've had a few e-mails lately asking
about the costs into my projectand if I'm willing to sell. I will
post the total cost once it's completed as plans are constantly
changing as new info is revealed to me.....however the car will
not be for sale.
|DECEMBER 17, 2004
The back end (tail panel) is all fixed
up now. Only a few people were aware that my vehicle had received
some damage during shipping and the back corners and bumper were
damaged but was covered by the insurance . Naturally I was all
frustrated when I first saw this and for the last couple of years
I thought it would never be the same however once Rick worked
his magic you'd swear there was never any damage to begin with.
All that's left to weld is the right side sill panel and a bit
of patchwork in the right wheel well. Still a bit of a delay on
the front flares and boot spoiler but I know it'll be worth the
A big thanks to Bill Budd for his
help this weekend !
|DECEMBER 22, 2004
|Right side sill and lower quarter are
on and right wheel well is also fixed and modified for the flare.
Boot lid has been test fitted to assure everything is straight.
The new rubber seal fits great and the lid closes like it did when
new. The only welding left to do is on the torque boxes. They have
some holes but fortunately nothing to worry about but i want to
make sure they'll handle the added engine power. I was not going
to bother with a 9 inch diff for now but that may change this weekend
if all goes well.