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    Default Stalker Classic R #27

    I've been plodding away on Classic R #27 since December 2015. Saturday felt like a day of real progress as I dropped the engine back in and as I'm at last getting into final assembly I thought it might be time to share progress here. #27's story (packed with mind-numbingly dull detail and photos of hacksaws and fasteners) is on the Stalker Cars forum at http://stalkercars.forumotion.com/f3...-and-classic-r and there's a gallery over at http://www471.pair.com/stalkerv/gall...2_itemId=29163 which is basically the same thing without words.

    #27 is a Stalker Classic R with a naturally aspirated 3800 V6 (L26) motor and a T5 transmission. Shipped as a level 3 kit, the frame and parts arrived in December 2015 and it's taken me since then to get to the point of final assembly, a task which I fully expect will take another year of my life. But what's the hurry?

    To summarize the story in 4 images:



    Frame on the build table ready to get started.


    #27 after initial build and prior to dismantling for final assembly (and moving house)



    Isn't that wheel upside down?

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    The state of play after Saturday's engine reinstallation. And it's outdoors, in daylight too!

    Reading folks' build and ride stories here has been a great source of motivation and inspiration so thank you all for keeping me motivated during the long dark hours of the build. I see some sort of light at the end of the tunnel!

    -Dave
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    2015 Stalker Classic R/L26 in progress http://stalkercars.forumotion.com/f3...-and-classic-r
    1966 Land Rover Series 2A SWB
    2010 Triumph Bonneville T100
    1977 MGB
    1960 Hammond A100
    1949 Ford 8N

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    Dave,

    Looking good. And glad to see another Stalker owner using the Gallery. If you keep that steering wheel mounted upside down, youíll never have to purchase a competition wheel with the yellow marker.
    Stalker V8, chassis #85

    Stalker Chassis #85 Build Gallery
    Stalker Chassis #85 Owner Thread

    Get up in the morning and give the day your very best. You donít get it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcarguy View Post
    Dave,

    Looking good. And glad to see another Stalker owner using the Gallery. If you keep that steering wheel mounted upside down, youíll never have to purchase a competition wheel with the yellow marker.

    And is that a OWOW steering wheel?

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    And I'm curious about the metal hood scoop inthe steering wheel photo.
    Stalker V8, chassis #85

    Stalker Chassis #85 Build Gallery
    Stalker Chassis #85 Owner Thread

    Get up in the morning and give the day your very best. You donít get it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panamericano View Post
    And is that a OWOW steering wheel?
    It certainly is - in fact it's a ɐzuoW oɯoW.

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    2015 Stalker Classic R/L26 in progress http://stalkercars.forumotion.com/f3...-and-classic-r
    1966 Land Rover Series 2A SWB
    2010 Triumph Bonneville T100
    1977 MGB
    1960 Hammond A100
    1949 Ford 8N

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcarguy View Post
    And I'm curious about the metal hood scoop inthe steering wheel photo.
    Ah yes, the steel hood scoop. Long story short, I wanted a smooth hood on #27 but the L26 won't fit under it. An inch and some change-worth of the UIM sticks up through the line of the hood. I bought this metal hood scoop from Parr Automotive with the intention of using it as a mold to make a fiberglass part that I'll set in the hood to accommodate the bit of L26 that sticks through. It's got a bit of draft to it so the part ought to pop right out with the right persuasion.

    -Dave
    2015 Stalker Classic R/L26 in progress http://stalkercars.forumotion.com/f3...-and-classic-r
    1966 Land Rover Series 2A SWB
    2010 Triumph Bonneville T100
    1977 MGB
    1960 Hammond A100
    1949 Ford 8N

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    Still plodding away on #27 and getting there slowly. Engine's in, starts, stops and cools itself and all four wheels are on the ground.

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    2015 Stalker Classic R/L26 in progress http://stalkercars.forumotion.com/f3...-and-classic-r
    1966 Land Rover Series 2A SWB
    2010 Triumph Bonneville T100
    1977 MGB
    1960 Hammond A100
    1949 Ford 8N

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    Congrats comely on your continuing progress on your Storker. Unfortunately, I did not have the time or talents to do what you have been doing so have had to buy my Stalkers used. Two classic Stalkers, an M-Spec and now an XL later, I find that they are really terrifically fun cars to drive.

    By the end of your build, you will intimately know every nook and cranny of that car and the pride of having done it yourself I suspect will be enormous. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing the update.

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    Your build is coming along nicely. I really like what you did with the dash panel.
    - Brunton Storker, LS3, Chassis 159

    Check out my build:
    http://www471.pair.com/stalkerv/gall...2_itemId=30849

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    Love that red dash. Great job!

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