Planning the Project........

Since we build a fair number of project cars, and an exclusive group of customer cars, we’re often asked how we come up with our ideas. YearOne is fortunate in that we have a number of talented people in every department, and we rely on this talent pool when planning a vehicle. And despite what many might think, all our projects have the same types of limitations as everyone at home – time, ability and money.

To shed a little more light on this subject, we thought it would be informative to give everyone a little peek at one of our project meetings. This particular meeting was on the engine and drivetrain of our Boss Hoss ’66 Mustang, which used the engine and trans from an ’03 Cobra as a foundation. Present at these types of meetings are usually the President, who drives a lot of these projects, a marketing rep whose job it is to maximize exposure of the project, the shop manager whose guys have to actually carry out the build, and a member of accounting who oversees expenditures and keeps the budget in line with projections. Usually they go something like this:

Big Boss: “OK, guys, let’s talk about the powertrain on the ‘66. We’ll be using the engine/trans combo out of the ’03 Cobra donor car. I’d like to see plenty of power but good reliability, also. This thing’s gotta make it on a couple of Power Tours and plenty of other events. Thoughts?”

Marketing Puke: “This thing’s gotta be over the top! I’m talking a mind-blowing combo that’ll have all the rags and TV drooling over it!”

Shop Grunt: “We can do anything. No problemo. Only take a couple weeks.”

Beancounter: “You know, this project’s already over budget. Can’t we just put the stock engine and trans in it and let it go?”

Big Boss: “Look, we’ve got to do something a little different. Again, the car needs to run hard, but just as important, of course, is the fact that it’s got to be reliable. And we need to keep costs in line.”

Marketing Puke: “Hey, go big or go home! If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly!”

Shop Grunt: “Easy as pie. Wiring it might be a little trouble, but otherwise there’s nothing to it. Take about three weeks.”

Beancounter: “The ’66 cost more than we thought, the ’03 donor was higher than planned, the IRS didn’t work so we had to get a four-link setup and a rear axle. That’s pretty much devastated our original numbers.”

Big Boss: “Maybe we can bump the boost up some, dress the engine up a bit and do a few other little things to improve performance and presentation?”

Marketing Puke: “What we need’s a take-no-prisoners approach! No-holds-barred! The media’ll eat it up!”

Shop Grunt: “Exhaust will take some work, too, we’ll probably have to fab up some headers. Walk in the park – we’re looking at about a month or so.”

Beancounter: “I mean, why even have budget meetings if we just ignore it when the project starts?”

Big Boss: “How about a replacement blower with more boost, not too extreme, a cool induction system, and maybe a few nostalgic touches here and there to add some flavor – you know, play on the whole new-is-old theme?”

Marketing Puke: “Knock their socks off! I can see the headlines now! I’ll get started on the press releases!”

Shop Grunt: “Hood clearance is going to be an issue so we’ll have to do something there. But don’t worry, eight weeks should cover it.”

Beancounter: “So now we need a blower and a hood, too! We’re hemorrhaging red ink here!”

About this time in our meetings things really go down hill, but hopefully this gives you a little insight into the big-time world of project cars – Ghost Works style.

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