After talking with Beau on the phone, I decided to make the 2 hour trek up to his shop and leave him my 88 GT. Upon arrival you could tell it was a well run shop. Things were organized, floors were clean, and there was some serious iron in the shop. Further into our conversation he commented "You know this isn't the first time I've done this." And by that he meant he has corrected many problems (we'll call them problems to be kind) created by less than stellar performances by inexperienced or less than careful shops.
Beau has a very active history with cars, restorations, and specifically Mustangs. He's an American Iron regional champion where he campaigns a Mustang and still races competitively. So to say he's seen it all is an understatement. The amount of bent sheet metal and broken mechanics on his own car, much less the ones he's worked on, gives him a HUGE resume. That and he's just a class act. He doesn't sugar coat things and shoots straight when there are issues. He recently put subframes on 1993 #57 and 3.73 gears. In the process of installing the gears he found many issues with the races and bearings inside the axle. He rebuilt the whole rear axle and in the process offered up some good used parts from his stash to help keep costs down.
Once he finished on 1993 #57, I drove Almost 4 up there to his shop and left it with him. He would embark on the road trip of installing the Saleen Tri Ladder subframes. This is something that would take some time. Especially if someone put some care into the install.
I did give Beau some direction to not make the welds look too nice. After all, this is a Saleen Mustang... Not a Hot Rod.
Note that there is blue tape on the subframe to protect it from any installation scratches. There was a lot to this to make it fit right and get the rocker pinch weld to push against the subframe. Especially where the rockers had been attacked by previous owners with a jack. So many people jack up a Fox mustang on the pinch weld and it will bend or fold. A couple of spots on this car were completely folded flat. So Beau did have his work cut out for him in those spots.
I would highly recommend Beau for anyone to send their car to. You can call his shop at 423-288-8488.
When the subframes were done I was very pleased at how things looked and the craftsmanship involved. There's something to that feeling of confidence when you drop off a car that is invaluable to you.
Excuse the dirty underside. It will get cleaned after it comes out of paint. Saying that for my Saleen brethren who are OCD. You know who you are! Scroll down for the finished product.