exquisite reproduction by
above is hotlinked (same view,
much larger size).
Six years ago
we researched the several makers for building a GT40 replica.
After a visit with Fran Hall at his facility in Detroit, the
decision to choose RCR was a veritable no-brainer. The
design and qualtiy of the monocoque chassis and the authencity
and 'correctness' of the fiberglass body exceeded our expectations.
And predictably, the completed car met and exceeded our expectations.
But with current plans to build two more cars (including another
RCR) we need to make room in our small garage. So it is
time, regrettably, to part with this fabulous Forty.
the magic happens:
photo above is hotlinked (alternate view
of engine, much larger size). The engine
compartment is completed with a very attractive array of black,
silver and chrome.
Ford 302 cid
small-block V8; block manufactured in 1986. Dart Pro 1
Heads. Edelbrock 'Air Gap' intake manifold. Custom grind
Comp Cams camshaft. Quick Fuel 650 cfm carburetor.
Zero balanced rotating assembly, all forged internals. MSD
Pro Billet with black distributor cap. Canton oil pan. The
engine was built by Precision Motor Sports in Greenville,
Illinois. They are currently building a third engine for metheir
small-block Ford expertise is unsurpassed. Other engine compartment
fans have been added to the engine compartment prevent excess
heat buildup when driving in traffic and (also) after stopping
- Canton expansion and
overflow tanks to assure good cooling;
HP 125 Gerotor
fuel pumps, one for each tank, with pressure regulator, provide
reliable, quiet performance;
heat shielding has been strategically placed in the engine compartment
to protect the coachwork;
electrical circuits are relay protected;
air cleaner is topped with a plate that simulates the reversion
plate used on the original Mark1 GT40;
- Painless brand wiring
was selected because of its superior quality wire; the wiring
is divided into separate sections joined together with weather
proof plugs to simplify service if needed;
cast-aluminum latches have been added to the front & rear
fitted with a fire-suppression system, activated by a prominent
lever beneath the dash;
- MSD ignition ensemble.
The MSD module is concealed in a protected compartment,
- SS (stainless
steel) headers & exhaust;
splendid bundle of snakes is a 180° crossover system expertly
fabricated from stainless steel and tig welded.
was upgraded from an Audi to an original-style ZF
5-speed unit. This was an expensive but critically important
upgrade. The ZF is an excellent German-engineered and
race-proven transaxle that easily handles the power and torque
of the engine. The gear ratios are well suited for highway driving.
The Race Car
Replicas chassis is one of the performance assets that distinguishes
it from other GT40 replica manufacturers. RCR uses an aluminum
monocoque chassis in several of its cars including the SLC (currently
featured on Stacey David's 'Gears' on Speed Channel),
Ferrari P4 and GT40.
powder-coated monocoque aluminum chassis has much more torsional
rigidity and strength than other designs yet is light weight.
The beautifully-rendered TIG-welded seams will impress even the
most experienced welder The suspension components are machined
from billet aluminum; thanks to the use of Heim joints, you can
tune it to your specific road or track conditions.
are QA1/Carrera custom aluminum-anodized coil-overs.
is rack & pinion, 2.7 turns lock to lock. A quick release
hub for the steering wheel. The steering has been tuned to eliminate
bump steer. This car tracks very well and provides excellent
brakes, 6-piston front, 4-piston rear. 11.5" vented NASCAR
rotors. The triple pedal assembly uses twin master cylinders
for the brake system with an adjustable brake bias bar.
Braided stainless hoses are used for all connections. The hoses
are stainless covered as well.
Halibrand-style knockoff wheels [15"x6" front; 15"x10"
rear], shod with B.F. Goodrich rubber in good condition...
lots of good tread remaining.
above cockpit shot is hotlinked (same view, much larger size).
sound leather-clad seats feature the original brass grommets
and soundproof insulation is provided by top-grade carpeting.
Additional comforts include air conditioning and increased head
and legroom to accommodate anyone up to 6'4". An adjustable
pedal box allows for flexibility to the interior space.
original-style steering wheel with proper (custom made) GT center
leather seat facing
British-made Willans shoulder and seat belts
pedals, to accommodate different-height drivers
rest bar on the passenger side
switches on the dash are all genuine Lucas, just as on
oil pressure warning light
functional turn indicators, four way flashers, high- & low-beam
headlamps, plus halogen driving lights
control: air conditioning and heat (not present on the original).
HVAC controls are concealed under the dash, easily accessible
bubble' on the driver's side to accommodate taller drivers
sound insulation. This is not a quiet car. But there is
no 'drumming' of the chassis or body panels.
passenger compartment rear window has been upgraded to glass
rather than plexiglas.
broadside shot is hotlinked (same view,
much larger size).
visit the build history of this blue beauty at the GT40s.com
website; to go directly to "Chuck and Ryan's RCR Build" and see/read
detailed information and photos of every major aspect of the
build, Click Here!
entertain yourself with our little YouTube video; you
get a closeup walkaround of the car, rolling footage on a rural
Illinois roadway, the smooth, menacing melody of that small-block
Ford, even a quick pit stop near the finish line: Click Here!
above 3/4-frontal shot is hotlinked (same view, much larger size).
3/4-frontal shot is hotlinked (same view, much larger size).
This is a well-sorted
car, built to be driven. It takes countless hours and miles to
sort such a vehicle. Some of the details and refinements completed
over a couple of years' time include:
professionally painted in the original-correct (1960s) Guardsman Blue. The Wimbledon
White rocker stripe and "FORD GT" is painted, not
a taped add on;
wire screen in front of the radiator, just as on the original.
Fabricated from stainless steel wire mesh... unlike the original;
- A rear
aluminum spoiler has been added as on many original Mark1 GTs.
You can remove it if you desire.
title, State of Illinois.
frontal shot is hotlinked (same view,
much larger size).
ya' later shot
rearview shot is hotlinked (same view,
much larger size).
less than 4,000 miles (6,500 km) this GT is in excellent condition
with few cosmetic blemishes. It was built to be driven, and has
proven itself to be a driving machine extraordinaire!
beautiful Fabulous Forty is yours for
(618) 534-1410 CDT
or email: CESSchnell@gmail.com
in Carbondale, Illinois U.S.A.
by Chuck and Ryan Schmidt with Chuck's new Nikon D3100
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