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    Default Infamous Red GT Enduro M81 DSO has a new home

    Hey all,
    Just wanted to give an update on this forum as to the whereabouts of the red GT Enduro M81 DSO.
    Well, it's mine now and undergoing a revitalization.
    I don't come around these parts often, but if anyone wants to keep up on the progress of the car, give my Instagram a look or follow.

    https://www.instagram.com/the_derek_whitacre/

    Also, looking for a Foxbody focused shop in the Los Angeles/SFV area. I've been given a couple suggestions so far, but I'd like to see what else is around.

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    Looks to be in excellent condition. Congratulations!

    Very Nice!
    ​Trey

    "I Don't build it hoping for your approval! I built it because it meets mine!"

    "I've spent most of my money on Mustangs, racing, and women... the rest I just wasted."

    Mustangs Past: Too many to remember!
    Current Mustangs:
    1969 Mach 1
    1979 Pace Car now 5.0/5 speed
    1982 GT Stalled RestoModification
    1984 SVO Still Waiting Restoration
    1986 GT Under going Wide Body Conversion Currently

    Current Capris:
    1981 Capri Roller
    1981 Capri Black Magic Roller Basket Case
    1982 Capri RS 5.0/4spd T-top Full Restoration Stalled in TX
    1984 Capri RS T-top Roller
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    Congrats!

    That and the M81 are my faves.
    83 TC "Clone"
    85 Marquis LTS
    86 LTD Wagon

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    Thanks guys. Appreciated.

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    Looking great Derek & can’t wait to see this in person sometime!
    Current FEP:
    1980 M81 McLaren Carb Turbo 2.3T #003P ... IT'S ALIVE after a 22 year slumber thread!

    Past FEP:
    1986 Capri GS 5.0- very missed but in goods hands
    1985 LTD SSP- quick little fox 5.0

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    I believe I saw the car at an MCA show back east around 2002-2004.
    Fox Body/3rd Gen MCA Gold Card Judge
    84 SVO 24K miles, 85 Mclaren Capri Vert. 84 GT Turbo Vert.
    88 Mclaren Mustang Vert 20K miles, 89 Mustang LX Sport Vert,
    03 Mach 1 7900 miles, 74 Mustang II, 69 Mustang, 67 Mustang, 07 GT500,
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    Sweet ride!!! Congrats!
    1986 ACS McLaren Capri
    1971 Mustang
    1968 F100

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    Did this car belong to Wilson Swilley at one point?

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    Nice car.
    Kendal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trent View Post
    Did this car belong to Wilson Swilley at one point?
    Yes, this is the former Wilson car. I bought it from the guy that bought it and Wilson's race car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCoker View Post
    Nice car.
    Thanks, Kendal.

    Here's a couple pics from a recent event here in Los Angeles.
    Had to gut the old interior. Full of mold and rat's nests... and a dead rat.
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    Original interior: (still have the roll bar and Stewart Warner Stage III gauges, just not installed currently)
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    I tried to respond to PM. Don't think it went through. Let me know

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    Sent another.

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    Interior looks a LOT better!
    Kendal

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    Quote Originally Posted by KCoker View Post
    Interior looks a LOT better!
    Another look at the seats.

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    Looking awesome! Keep at it I like the updates you are making to bring this one current and will live to see it actually getting used. @stupidestcar!
    Current FEP:
    1980 M81 McLaren Carb Turbo 2.3T #003P ... IT'S ALIVE after a 22 year slumber thread!

    Past FEP:
    1986 Capri GS 5.0- very missed but in goods hands
    1985 LTD SSP- quick little fox 5.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by m81mclaren View Post
    Looking awesome! Keep at it I like the updates you are making to bring this one current and will live to see it actually getting used. @stupidestcar!
    Thanks, D!

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    Finally in the shop.
    Although it looks amazing, many of the mechanicals are in poor shape.
    And what isn't in poor shape is the best that malaise-era engineering had to offer... which isn't great.
    I'm not one to ever just put anything back to stock.

    -347 stroker w/ Holley Sniper EFI
    -T56 Magnum 6-speed trans
    -'96 Mustang Cobra 8.8 rear, spindles, and brakes (5 lug)
    -Maximum Motorsports Max Grip suspension package
    -Wheels/tires to be sorted out, but I'm keeping the look of the current wheels. Just larger.
    (I reserve the right to change my mind about anything at any time, but 90% of the parts are already purchased.)

    And for anyone crying foul... If this were an M81 McLaren, I wouldn't touch it.
    But seeing as how it's a Dealer Special Order based on an '82 GT, I feel it's fine to take some liberties.
    The body is the only real unobtanium. The rest of the car has gone through a few transformations through the years already.

    1982 Mustang GT Enduro DSO at ER Performance in Southern California
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