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1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

“Dad's Toy”

2005 Lotus Elise 111R

“Mean Green Machine”

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No longer owned


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About “Dad's Toy”

1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1

This is my dad's car, straight from California. It currently has 35k original miles and about 1000 miles on the rebuild (since 1999). A lot was invested in this car and it shows. The car was painted the same color as Eleanor (but before the movie came out), and it goes like a bat outta hell.

The car was dyno-ed in Cali after the rebuild at 415rwhp and 430rwtq.

About “Mean Green Machine”

The Elise is no more. It was totalled in May of this year on some Indiana backroads. The short of it is that I came around an odd corner that goes hard left just as you crest over a hill. The car unweighted and went into a spin. No injuries but the car was considered a total loss. I now have an 01 BMW M3 but will probably pick up another Elise or Exige in the next few years.
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Bought this Elise in February of 2006 and have loved it ever since. In the past 10 months I've logged over 12,000 miles with the car and have had few problems with it.

You can see more photos (better quality) at my Lotus Elise Blog

I just updated the Gallery with some interior photos. The only difference in the interior now is the stereo is different. I replaced the stock Blaupunkt Acapulco with an Alpine CDA-9856. The exposed metal areas are (for the most part) the actual chassis/tub that the car is built around.


Specs for “Dad's Toy”

351 "C" 4V Cleveland

- 8 cylinder 90 degree, Overhead Valves (OHV)
- Maximum torque: 380 lbs./ft. @ 3,400 RPM
- Maximum Horsepower: 300 BHP @ 5,400 RPM
- Bore & Stroke: 4.00" X 3.50"
- Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
- aftermarket 5 speed Tremec trans

Specs for “Mean Green Machine”

Mostly stock 2005 Lotus Elise.
1.8L Toyota 4 Cylinder & 6 speed transmission
189 hp & 138 lb/ft
Mid Engined, RWD
Unequal length wishbones
Bilstein dampers & Eibach springs
Lotus/AP-Racing twin-piston fixed aluminium alloy front brake calipers
Brembo single-piston sliding rear calipers
11.3" Cross drilled rotors

Stock Numbers:
0-60 --- 4.7 seconds
1/4 Mile --- 13.3 @ 102.9mph
70' Slalom --- 71.1mph
Skidpad --- 1.02g

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Factory Options for “Dad's Toy”

- Power Steering
- Power front disc brakes
- Electric Clock
- AM Radio
- AM/FM Radio
- Front Bumper guards
- Vinyl Roof
- Shaker hood scoop
- Rear Deck Spoiler

Factory Options for “Mean Green Machine”

-Touring Pack (power windows, extra insulation, different stereo)
-Lifestyle paint (Krypton Green)

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Mods for “Dad's Toy”

- 351 Cleveland W/4v heads
- Hardened Steel valve seats
- Double roller timing chain (Milodon)
- Roller rockerarms (Ford Motorsport)
- Boss 351 aluminum dual plane intake manifold
- Electronic ignition (Mallory Unilite)
- Edelbrock 750 CFM carb
- Custom Ram-Air intake system
- 4 row radiator and aux cooling fan
- High capacity 7 qt. oil pan (Milodon)
- Special Ford Motorsport mini starter
- Tremec 5 speed w/overdrive
- Hurst short throw shifter
- Ford racing 10.5" clutch system w/smooth cable linkage
- new drive shaft and u-joints
- 9" rear end (Currie Enterprises
- 3.50 gear and Auburn locker

- Rack and pinion power steering (Total Control)
- Global West tubular steel upper and lower control arms
- 1 1/4" negative wedge and upper control arm drop
- 1 1/2" ride drop front and rear
- 1 1/8" front anti-sway bar
- 7/8" rear anti-sway bar
- Traction Master tractionbars
- 10.5 front discs
- 10.5 rear drums
- 15x8 Torque-Thrust II American Racing wheels

- Sound and heat insulation in floor, roof, fenders, trunk space
- Procar fully adjustable sport seats
- New dash
- Autometer guages in custom mounting
- In-dash factory tach.
- New carpeting
- New gas tank and sending unit

- New paint as of 1999
- All factory options: louvers, racing mirrors, stripes, scoop, wing, spoiler, rocker panels, emblems

- Custom 2 1/2" pipes w/removeable "H" pipe
- 2 chamber Flowmaster mufflers
- Stock large port exhaust manifolds

Mods for “Mean Green Machine”

-ForcedFed Carbon Fiber front Splitter
-Green Filter and modified airbox
-Sector111 Lidbone
-Alpine CDA-9856 with 3rd generation iPod attached
-Sector111 larger front tow hook
-Sector111 rear triangular tow hook
-Zoom Carbon Fiber wide angle rear view mirror

Upcoming modifications:
-Aftermarket header & exhaust
-Tri-Point Supercharger
-Aftermarket wheels

If Elise/Exige parts weren't so damn expensive I'd have half the list installed already. Everything on the list will be on the car before too long though.

You can see photos and walkthroughs for the car's mods @ My Lotus Elise Blog


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