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This was originally written by Ozbilt in the forums.
We have just lost a great mate, mentor, stirrer as well as a very knowledgeable member of our small Tech corner of the WWW.
"I will someday think of something clever to say " ....... a signature from someone who always had something profound to say.
I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with this incredible man. Sometimes in life, you meet people that can change your own life. Boof did that to me for the better. We did 3 overseas trips together and had a great 2,000 + kilometer road trip in his 65 fastback, along with many visits at each other's homes.
We we're never at a loss for conversation when together. I love his sense of humour (actually, his sense of the ridiculous, like mine). Thankfully I got to see the world from David's perspective, business like but with an altruistic bottom line, thanks mate.
David loves to stir the pot, especially when it comes to those that love playing with their engines. David is the devil on a lot of people's shoulder, whispering in their ear to spend more money on go fast bits.
Summit racing supplies in the USA, probably thinks that profits will go down with his passing, but he has snookered that thought by living on here, in our little corner of the world wide web, in our Tech Section 😀 Boof will continue to spend other people's money for a long time to come yet.
All this was because of his experience. His cars were well built, in fact the last two sold (302W powered Capri and his injected 302W 65 Mustang fastback) went to different very well known racing identities.
However, his engine building sometimes hit a few snags. Like the time he was helping a mate build a Holden 6 and because his friend lived in an apartment with only a tiny garage, they decided to assemble it on the balcony. Great idea for room to work, until it came time to carry the completed engine through the apartment and down the stairs. That engine came apart again and was reassembled downstairs. Sometimes the simplest things get past you 😀
David gracefully dealt with the hand he had been given, something I do not know if I could do. His empathy for others astounds me, looking after his loved ones when I would be looking for pity.
We will miss you my friend, until we meet again. You will be easy to find as you will be hanging out with a bunch of rev heads in the great Formula 1 pit area in the sky ........
A footnote ........
David was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND or ALS) around December 2015. He suspected something was wrong in August/September of that year. For a long time, only a few of us knew what he had, so his support network was quite small. Over time, of course, word got out & the network grew, however it was still not widely known as that was David's wish.
One thing I have always noted and it was so apparent in this case, good people are always surrounded by good people. Thank you to all that knew and helped in whatever way you could.
I cannot speak to much about the condition itself, only from what I have observed traveling & spending time with him. I can say it is one of the hardest things in life to watch a mate, who you have the greatest respect for, go through.
David did that with dignity & with a smile on his face.
I'm going to try and provide an update on a monthly basis or so on what's been happening on Mustangtech.
Here's the first one for 2017.
Gbx78 has been spending some time with his mistress during the break. "Scarlet" has received some new toggle switches for things such as manual cooling fan override, spot/fog light control and oil temp gauge sharing between transmission and engine.
Some cold air induction is also in the works with the help of hybrid and ozbilt. Scarlets most recent updates can be found here.
Brandy is cool
Cage's "brandy" has been given a cooling upgrade in the form of a new radiator shroud and beastly derale fan install.
The improvement was instantly obvious, but some wiring may need to be upgraded now because of the bigger current draw of the new fan. Stay tuned.
Ford has announced that it will make a hybrid Mustang available in 2020. It is said that the hybrid will produce as much horsepower as the current V8's, but with more torque - which you'd expect from the addition an electric motor.
The Mustang Hybrid, to be built at the Flat Rock Plant, comes in 2020 and will be available in North America to start with.
They are also investing in the development of a wireless charging system, that would enable recharge simply by parking the car.
Mert has 3 68 Mustangs he's looking to part with quickly.
$75,000 - S code/C6 convertible, Lime gold, black interior, black top. Was a weekend driver after bare metal resto in 2005. C6 has just started slipping and needs a look. $75k Comes with spare C6 (R servo, recent rebuild) and spare black top (existing one is fine, just have a spare I'll add to the deal).
$65,000 - S code/4 sp toploader GT coupe. Royal Maroon, black vinyl roof. Restored from bare metal in 2012. Fried dash wiring harness after getting it driving after resto. Replaced harness and never got around to reinstall dash. $65k Includes many "extras". Has bench seat, comes with buckets and very clean and complte 4 speed console. Most AC parts included as well. Has 67 dual screen air cleaner and comes with full and ready to bolt-on complete and correct '68 S code air cleaner setup (base, chrome lid, correct snorkel, S-tube, heat shield, and functioning air motor, $2.5k US, minimum, if you can even find some of the parts). New 3.25 tru-trac rear.
The EXP below is not so standard, but the quality is top notch.
$110,000 - EXP 500 (Shelby coupe) repli-bute. 445 stroker, C6, 3.00 tru-trac. Custom jarrrah veneer dash and shelby console. Custom OEM comfort weave interior. AM/8 track. Correct Shelby sequencing tail lights. All rear fibergalss OEM, front Branda "best". Took second place at 2014 Melbourne Motoclassica. $110k Comes with a few extras I have not installed, oil cooler, trans cooler.
All three vehicles come with a Marti Report.
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