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01-15-2011 09:51 AM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

Thanks for the kind comments! I've gotten quite a bit done recently.

Headers are finally finished and coated. Cleaned up the engine compartment wiring, fuel system, re-installed the original ignition system and got the old Jones mech tach working. Removed the winters shifter and installed the correct shifter they had in the car originally.

Next up is getting the busted up Don Hardy seat fixed and installing new brake lines front to rear.







01-12-2011 11:12 AM
fordman460
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

Good choice on the wheels. Looks like it should with those on it! Should have been done when it was first built.
I am so glad you are fixing up this car! Really like the car, stories, and reason for building it!
John.
01-12-2011 08:07 AM
Rons66GT
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

What a neat update on a really cool car. I remember well reading about that car in Hot Rod. Great to see it come back to life. Good luck with it.
Ron
05-15-2010 08:36 AM
SuddenDeath
Sudden Death Update

Here are a couple of updated photos. I've replaced the fuel system, battery cables, master cylinder, calipers, new 5 lug rotors, hoses, etc. Installed the restored wheels and correct size tires. Rears are 30-13.5-15 M/T's and fronts are now D70-14 Firestone Wide Ovals. I think swapping the front to 5 lug using same vintage ET slots was a good choice. The car sits right now in the front. I adjusted the coil overs down, but still could use another inch lower until I get to restoring the rear suspension back to leaf springs.







Its a start!
05-04-2010 05:18 PM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

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Originally Posted by blown68 View Post
I remember buying that issue of Hot Rod and still think it's around somewhere. Baskerville also did a story on a nice 427 SC. I also remember in about 1983, Ruggilerro built a stroked Cleveland and put it in a Fox body. He said Sudden Death was kind of a handful and sold it to build the Cleveland powered car. I think the car was a 4 cylinder '82 hatchback and was around 393 cubic inches. It was referred to as Sudden Death II. I will have to dig out my old issues of Mustang to find that article. Both cars were crazy fast, but the Cleveland was normally aspirated.
The other article, "Flashback" was in Hot Rod, October 1983.
05-04-2010 04:53 PM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

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Originally Posted by blown68 View Post
I remember buying that issue of Hot Rod and still think it's around somewhere. Baskerville also did a story on a nice 427 SC. I also remember in about 1983, Ruggilerro built a stroked Cleveland and put it in a Fox body. He said Sudden Death was kind of a handful and sold it to build the Cleveland powered car. I think the car was a 4 cylinder '82 hatchback and was around 393 cubic inches. It was referred to as Sudden Death II. I will have to dig out my old issues of Mustang to find that article. Both cars were crazy fast, but the Cleveland was normally aspirated.
The issue by Baskerville on Sudden Death was April 1977.

I have the other issue on the fox body car. It was a brand new 81, midnight blue hatchback. They used the TRX centers welded into centerline outer rims! I'll find that issue and get you the date.

Article was titled "Flashback"..
05-04-2010 12:39 PM
blown68
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

I remember buying that issue of Hot Rod and still think it's around somewhere. Baskerville also did a story on a nice 427 SC. I also remember in about 1983, Ruggilerro built a stroked Cleveland and put it in a Fox body. He said Sudden Death was kind of a handful and sold it to build the Cleveland powered car. I think the car was a 4 cylinder '82 hatchback and was around 393 cubic inches. It was referred to as Sudden Death II. I will have to dig out my old issues of Mustang to find that article. Both cars were crazy fast, but the Cleveland was normally aspirated.
05-02-2010 10:25 AM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

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Originally Posted by royster View Post
What a great find!
I;ve seen pics of that car in a Ford dealership, in london,Ontario i think.
Its going to drive me crazy until i remember where & when those pics were!
And yes, do keep us posted as you move forward with Jaws!

Wow...if you come by those pics, please, please contact me. I'm trying to put together the history of this car and there is a window of time...1995 to 2000 that I've not been able to get anything on it.
05-02-2010 10:23 AM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

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Originally Posted by ckelly View Post
Interesting car. I wonder if they reworked the frame rails to get that motor in there or just used the motor plate and moved a few things around. One issue you'll have (unless already done?) if you plan to put it on the drag strip is that modern sanction rules require a cage in any car with a modified floor or firewall. And that car has probably both for sure LOL.
Wayne Gapp and his crew moved the firewall back several inches. Motor setback is 10" using a motor plate setup. The car has never been on an NHRA track, since its never had a harness, legal fuel lines, open lug nuts, etc for a car this fast. It wasn't originally built with a cage at all. Somewhere along the way, it had a 6 pt piece installed. It was never intended for the strip, and spent its entire life street racing.
04-29-2010 06:45 AM
ckelly
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

Interesting car. I wonder if they reworked the frame rails to get that motor in there or just used the motor plate and moved a few things around. One issue you'll have (unless already done?) if you plan to put it on the drag strip is that modern sanction rules require a cage in any car with a modified floor or firewall. And that car has probably both for sure LOL.



04-10-2010 04:42 PM
royster
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

What a great find!
I;ve seen pics of that car in a Ford dealership, in london,Ontario i think.
Its going to drive me crazy until i remember where & when those pics were!
And yes, do keep us posted as you move forward with Jaws!
02-06-2010 11:20 AM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

Here is the article I recently came by that shows the car during construction. They tried hard to put all that motor under a stock hood, but it just wouldn't quite make it. Check out the window sticker on the drivers window!

01-31-2010 02:59 PM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

Well, thats a brief photo history on it. If anyone out there knows the car from the Miami area and/or how I can contact the guy that owned it down there, please, please let me know. He may still have the headers/hood/leaf springs off of the car.

Thanks!

Tom
01-31-2010 01:44 PM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

This is the car today. Biggest changes from the 95 photo to now is the addition of an intercooler, and coil overs in the rear, and time/weather taking a toll on the old white paint.
01-31-2010 01:40 PM
SuddenDeath
Re: Sudden Death '75 Gapp&Roush Mustang II

This was the car when I saw it back in 1995 at Gainesville Raceway.
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