When preparing to undertake any full build, ample research into the project before beginning your teardown is certain to make the long road ahead a smooth ride. With the development of the concept behind Project Orange Krate, its design, stance, colors, and attitude were nothing that came about overnight. Countless hours were spent imagining how the car would look as well as behave on the racetrack when duty called. This is why selecting many of the critical suspension components, which act as the spine of the car, as well as deciding on the right power combination, are critical. Giving yourself a time line to follow is important, as it will help generate where you hope to be in quarterly increments.
Once the car was delivered to Peter Newell and the team at Competition Specialties in Walpole, Massachusetts, we knew it would only be a matter of time until the teardown commenced.
It's a good idea to have a digital camera handy to document all aspects of the build, especially when breaking the car down. When it comes time to reassemble all of the different brackets and hardware, these images prove critical. It's also recommended to have a number of Ziploc-type bags, tape, and markers on hand so you can bag and tag hardware as it's removed from the car so that locating the goods for reassembly is a snap.
To get started, our plan was to remove all of the frontend sheetmetal as well as the complete front subframe as a rolling unit and then gut the interior. Numerous items needed to be disconnected in preparation for the removal of the subframe: fuel lines, exhaust, shifter linkage, speedometer cable, throttle cable, driveshaft, rear brake lines, steering shaft, ground strap, wiring harness and miscellaneous clips, and ground wires. By retaining the subframe as a roller, moving the unit would be a breeze, since a majority of the powertrain components would be kept together and we could avoid keeping immobilized parts in countless boxes and crates. Since Project Orange Krate will be totally fresh when completed, this will generate a number of parts destined for eBay or swap meets to offset the purchase of new items.
Let's follow along as Newell and his team get busy tearing down the car in preparation for its next step: a date with some stripper-chemical stripper that is!