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Ok, it aired last Tuesday night...  For those of you who have not seen the show, it's about two guys that had lived in two entirely different worlds but both share a passion for building hot cars.  Somehow, Pitbull (his nickname) found out about Leepu (I think it's his real name) and all his exotic ornamental car creations, from scouting around through the internet.   Pitbull contacted Leepu, and with a little help from the History Channel, they now have their own "design on a dime" car fabrication show!

The first few episodes I found were pretty interesting, one was a 1974 Ford Ranchero that was converted into a show quality car for an upcoming DUB car show in New York.   When I saw that episode, I thought to myself, they sure left out a lot of behind the scenes work.  Then they converted a 1981 Camaro from an automatic to a stick, and put a 400hp motor in it.  What's puzzling is how they don't really indicate the real work that's involved and the myriad of nit picky problems that require 15 trips to the auto parts store. 

But then last Tuesday, a New Edge Mustang came up to the chopping block.  I laughed when I heard them say that there is a whole "Cult" out there that would literally scream if they were to chop up the car.  What I found more intriguing, is how they took a totally stock 2002 GT Convertible (conservatively guessing that it had around 75,000 miles on the clock), and slapped on a Vortec supercharger, gave it tune to where 330hp came out from the wheels but never thought to put any additional chassis bracing on it.  I was stunned to see this, as people everywhere in the Mustang community stress the dire necessity for a convertible to have additional bracing, and how you cannot simply put a supercharger on a 13 year old "tired" motor.  But here??  They just did it!!

I must say that I also got a laugh out of watching Leepu tear up the hood, only to find out that it's made of fiberglass, and his main calling card specialty is strictly sheet metal work.   (Freaking Oooops!!)  So the camera blinked off for a split sec, and the next thing you see is a new fiberglass hood scoop already fabricated up and ready for paint, and it all happened in a split second!! (Ha!!!)

Then, 3/4 of the way into the build, they discuss the complications of body twist if you remove a convertible's outer skin/sheet metal but concluded that it won't hurt the car any worse. (My guess as well.)  But they never took into consideration to include the additional hp his buddy Pitbull just bolted on with the new Vortec?  Hmmmm.

In the end, and $11,000.00 now invested.  The car came back with custom interior, a Vortec supercharger, scissor (or Lambo) style doors, some funky designed body panels (courtesy of Leepu), new paint, and a pair of... "Fangs"??!!  (OMG!!!)  The owner loved the car.  But in my honest opinion....  If it were me?  I would pull the Vortec kit, sell the car, get a divorce, and go find me another unmolested New Edge.

So...  What do you guys think?   


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that show is the new .....Pimp My Ride
Just another example of the networks trying to cash in on the whole reality television craze (the gear head version). Now some shows are worth watching like FantomWorks on Velocity and the one with Chip Foose that's on the Speed channel.
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While browsing the interwebs I came across this post and felt the need to reply to some of the points.

I will start by introducing myself, im Jason (yup the guy from the show), also a 21 year veteran of Ford Motor Company (now Nissan)

I just want to hit a few of the points that were made.

So as far as the integrity of the stock 4.6, It actually has 91k on it, although less than 5K since a lower rebuild, they didn't mention in the show but they sent the car out to Mustang Magic to get the Valve Seals done as well.

The also never mentioned the rehab of the suspension (shocks, struts, LCA, bushings etc etc).

American Racing in Deer Park NY, also did custom headers, and a full exhaust.

Keep in mind that this build took about 4 months to accomplish, although it looks much faster on TV this was a pretty long build, I was there for a lot of it as well.

The Lambo doors were only on for the show and were removed before we took the car back from them.

The car was rated by JTM @ 334whp, but dialed back after for drivability.

As far as sheet metal goes, there is no plastic or Fiberglass in this car, although the rear skins were removed, the replacement ones are actually made from a heavier gauge steel and bead welded not spot welded, all of which leads to a structure as sound as it was in 2002.

The paint work is however very well done, door jambs, trunk, engine bay done flat black.

All in all, I am not in love with the design, but my wife is, and that is all that matters........

The car is what it is, it is one of a kind.

Thanks
Jason





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Glad the Lambo doors were taken off.  Thank you for taking the time to post the "behind the scenes" info here.  Also sent you a PM.
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Skinny women are over rated. Thanks for chiming in!
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WAR CAR #004

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Dear Jason,

Oh my God, WOW!!!   There are over 300 million people living in America, posting an unimaginable amount of different threads on the internet every day.  Unbelievably, you found mine?  That post was written when the company was only three days old (one of my very first postings) and the website was still in beta testing, there were no members to read it at the time and I was just working on my own writing skills while checking the website for functionality and reliability.  I didn't think anyone would ever read it, let alone the very person from the show who I actually saw on TV.   ...I'm totally stunned... 

I want to take this time to apologize to you and your wife and unfortunately at that time, based on my upbringing, I considered the term to be a nominal and non-degrading description.  However, I firmly believe that we are all just work in progress, and you have taught me a whole new respect to the sensitivity of others.  Thank you for being civil in that respect, and again... I'm dearly sorry.

I also really appreciated the insight on the car from behind the scenes, as I can relate based on the fact that I have spent the last three years of my life collecting parts for my 2001 convertible in order to make it a better performing car.  At first I wanted to just slap a Vortec on it and go have fun, but everyone explained (more like stressed the point) that it's abusive to the car and not safe for me either.

In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed the show, thank you for putting yourself out there on the block for all to see and outright criticize you from around the globe.  Mad respect, because you've got balls of steel!!!

Take good care and chat with us often, as it's a pleasure to hear from you and quite a surprise!!

Clay

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Clay has a way of writing that brings all the boys in the yard... I've seen previews of the show but have not watched it yet. I will check it out.
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Boom, In Demand has it. Looks like I have some catching up to do. Will watch my first episode of it now. 


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I was embarrassed for that mustang. It had a cleft lip.
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Watched the first episode. Didn't like it. Reminds me of Pimp My Ride. 
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