I have to share that I had a great conversation with John McCauley yesterday. He was the inspiration behind the SA10 project. His car was car number one and was a test bed for many of the parts used on the other SA10 cars. And John put those parts to test by setting number one on the track. Number one was purpose built for racing and it was the SA10 press car for Saleen. His car was the one in the magazines and press releases. The only other pictures to hit the magazines were of the drawing that Phil Frank did for the design of the car and the reason for that was because John's car wasn't completed by the time the articles were published. John, if you read this I want to thank you for your time and can't wait to see what the future holds.
I'm sure this will be important to some who would like to put Recaro's in their Mustang. To put the Recaro seats in a 79-93 Mustang you have to buy Recaro seat track adapters. The part number from Recaro is 0.07.4. That is for a NON-power seat. They adapt the Ford factory seat tracks to the Recaro seat. This is what Saleen used to put the Recaro seats in the 92-93 Saleen's. Any Recaro supplier can provide them. If you have a 93 equipped with the power seat option there's a different part number for that. I don't have that info.
These adapters are different than the 79-82 Recaro seat adapters and tracks used in the factory equipped Recaro seat Mustang's.
A few weeks back I had some time to clean up the interior and take out some of the stock interior pieces and put in some of the things I bought. There was some stereo wiring that needed to be removed. At the end of the build the interior will be the last thing to get done. I don't need myself or a tech sitting in the car with a screwdriver in their back pocket putting a hole in the leather. I've seen it happen. So the finishing touches on the car will be the leather recovering of the seats. The pics say it all.
Here are some of the pieces I've been gathering for the interior. Seats, gauges, gauge cage and dash cover.
A good friend of mine who is a BMW/Porsche fanatic bought the Recaro seats new back in the mid 90's. They are identical to the seats Saleen used except they need to be recovered in black leather with the yellow stitching and "Saleen by Recaro" logo.
These next gauges were an option from Saleen for the SA10. They are boost and fuel gauges. These are one of the harder things to find. Along with these gauges is the Saleen gauge cage which is nice because it is curved to fit the contour of the dash. This is another option I'm choosing for Number Four.
This piece is one that I wasn't sure I'd find. I can't say how many were made but I know of 11 of them. Nine of them are in the SA10's and the other two were extra's. This is a key piece in making this car.
The next big thing is getting all of this installed. Still currently working on the exhaust. I'll get pics of that when it is on the car.
On this page you can see the Dynomax exhaust systems listed and the SC "trumpet" exhaust tips on the bottom. The kit that is pictured is a 2.5" off road H pipe and Cat back system with SC headers. This is one of my "chosen options" I would have asked for if I ordered number four from Saleen in 1993. See my post below for what I have. I'll post pics of the headers when they come back from being recoated.
This past weekend I spent a little time removing the old exhaust system and test fitting the new one. I'm using the Walker/Dynomax 2 1/4" kit that Saleen used on the SC cars. The SA10's had this as an option because it was available in the catalog. This is one of my many choices I'll be making in this process by looking in the Saleen Performance catalogs from 1993 and 1994. If the original owner of the SA10 didn't specify a different cat back the stock Ford cat back was left in place but the SC "trumpet" stainless tips were added. The SC tips were keeping with the theme of "the exterior of all the cars will look the same". All nine SA10's have the SC "trumpet" tips. But not all nine have the same cat back. Some have the SC cat back and others have the factory cat back. Number four will be equipped with stainless ceramic coated SC headers, stock four cat H pipe and the SC Walker/Dynomax cat back.
Don't have any installed pics at the moment. I was only able to get the cat back hung in place. But if you need a pic just imagine a black 93 LX 5.0 on jackstands with the factory H pipe sitting under it on the floor and the cat back hanging loosely under the car.
Got the white face gauges installed. I bought a set of white face overlays off Ebay a while back. The SA10 came with 200mph Saleen white face gauges with red needles. Redline gauges modified the clusters for Saleen according to those I've chatted with about this. The speedometer still needs to be recalibrated. The toughest part is making sure the oil, fuel, battery, and temp gauge needles are still in the right location on the stem so that they will work properly. So far they work great but the car needs to be driven to be sure.
Yesterday I hopped in my truck to go to North Carolina to pick up some parts. The owner, or former owner as of this typing, of SA10 #9 had some parts I needed for Number Four. A friend of his, Vance Wheeler, was kind enough to volunteer and help complete the transaction. I met up with Vance early that morning and he had worked out a little visit with his good buddy Larry. Larry has two 85 Saleen's and a 90 SC. Larry was kind enough to open up his garage to let me look at his cars and visit for a couple of hours. I want to thank Larry for doing that and allowing me to crawl around his Saleen's like a kid looking at candy at the candy counter. It's not often you get to visit with some cool guys with like interests. We could have easily blown the day just chatting cars.
Once that visit was over Vance and I went over to the shop where the parts were. I walked into the shop and rounded a corner and I said "Whoa!". Yes, I said that out loud. There sat SA10 #9. This car has a new home and I thought it was already on its way. What a treat! But, yours truly forgot one thing. A camera. Yep, strike that one up as an opportunity missed. And for the record, a Blackberry Curve just doesn't take good pics. Beautiful Car. If the new owner reads this, You're one lucky guy.
On to the reason I traveled so far. The SA10's had some cool brakes that Saleen didn't use on many cars. These calipers are similar, possibly the same, to the Alcon's Saleen used on the 94-04's. They also have modified Fox spindles with Wilwood hubs and two piece rotors. This particular kit is the one pictured on the Info page here. I do know of two other kits like this that have changed hands since 2007 but I couldn't track them down. One set sold on Ebay and the other sold at the Carlisle Ford show a few years back.
A big thank you goes out to Vance and DeWayne for helping out this project with the period correct and exact part needed to complete #4. Also, a big thanks to Larry for the tour of his garage.
The car has no rust which is a result of it being in southern California all its life. There have been a couple of hack job things done to it. The first is that the door speaker holes were cut with tin snips to fit 5x7 speakers in it. And not even good speakers. The factory rear speakers were moved to the front doors.
The second thing is a fully functional alarm with a battery drain problem that was so bad that the negative battery cable was routed into the cabin of the car with a shutoff switch. Granted this is probably part of what kept the car from being stolen as 5.0's were a hot item, and still are, in Los Angeles. I just find the battery cable routing amusing.
A little blog about the build process of a car that almost got away.