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OK, loooong time since some updates on this project.

After deciding to run the Gr4 car in the Danish Hillclimp series, and getting confirmation that it is in fact possible to classify the car in the Competition (B) Class for modified cars, I seem to have found some motivation to try and move the project along.

We did go through the engine - just to make sure everything is fine. So everything was inspected cleaned and found fine and put back together.

We replaced the main and rods bearings (some trick Elliot Coated parts from Yates), Cometic gaskets and vacuum seals and the crank was polished (just as a precaution). But everything were looking good.

Also had Scott at Eatmon Race Engines design a new cam for it, that moves the powerband somewhat down - i.e. with a max power around 8300 rpm but with a  stronger more usable midrange. Still a pretty aggressive cam with a duration of 266/270 at .050. Power is reduced to around 750 hp.

The RYRE D3 heads had the titanium valves replaced,  installed new PSI valve spings to match the cam and was vacuum tested.

Just need to degree the cam (the cam has 102/103 centerline) and the engine is all ready.


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Thanks for all the comments - to Simon, the belt drive on the engine is a Roush Yates.

Here's a little bit of an update on the project - it's been going a little slow but I did finish most of the modifications to the front-end of the car. Remember the car is being build to replicate the early gr4 Panteras (from pictures), as they looked when they first hit the track i the spring of 1972.

Here's the front - the huge oilcooler, brake ducts w/scoops cut into the front, modified grill (yes, I cut up a perfectly fine early chrome grill to copy the gr4 look - awesome !!!:-) ), aluminum headlight buckets incl manuel raising mechanism, aluminum hood and just finished copying the blade spoiler in aluminum (need paint).

Pretty time consuming work


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Fantastic work as always, many of the current crop of Group 4 race cars seem to have acquired the later GT5 style air dam. What brand tires do you have? I would be interested to see the headlight mechanism. Will you be  replicating the adjustable sway bars as well?

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Yes, the Gt5 airdam is probably much more effective than the simple blade spoiler - but that's not the point in this build :-).

The wheels are the Marvic Gr4 magnesium reproductions , 10X15 front and 14X15 rear. The tires are Avon all weather historic race tires, 10.5/23.0-15 and 14.0/27.0-15, that was what I was recommended to use by Patrick Hals.

For the raising of the buckets, I keept the the original gear, and removed the motor and did some trimming of the brackets (had to because of the radiator). So I can raise the buckets manually with the emergency knop. The whole set-up is removable including the aluminum bar. I only have this older not so good picture - I have made some smaller trimming and changes to the set-up since then.

I intend to have the original adjustable Gr4 sway bars fabricated. I do have the drawings and measurements of them, including the modifications that were done to the a-arms and the chassis - the center mounts were moved outwards in the rear.

I would need to find a company that can build the sway bars though - any leads? Julian, if you are interested in a set for your car too, maybe we can figure something out.



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