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Modifications Changes from the factory stock setup - performance and appearance. What to buy next? What works & what doesn't?

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Old 09-09-2009, 12:00 AM   #1
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Default Need an opinion on which way a project should go

So, I purchased an 88 GT T-Top last year with the intention of keeping the car as a cruiser/sleeper. The car needs paint and not too much body work but the floorboards need to be fixed and the engine bay painted also. Thats when a deal on a vortech showed up. So I picked it up. Followed by a deal on a motorsport k frame, control arms and motorsport springs. The motor needs to be freshened up so I was planning to do a 347 and a WC T-5.

So far I thought I had a good plan going for the car until I was told to look at a 91 notch with a 04 4V 4.6V8 (no S/C) and a 6 speed. Yup, I purchased the car with the intention of swapping everything over into the T-top. And now I don't know if I should do the swap or not.

I know that my 88 T-Top is rare because it has a build date of 11/87 and I think Ford stopped offering the T-top option in 04/87. However, the car is not in the original color and it has been hit before so I know I will never get top dollar for it.

Now, I can do the swap and drop the 5.0 motor in the notch and sell it in order to recoup some money or just leave both cars alone and freshen up the 5.0 and drop it in the t-top and decide which car to sell because I don't think my wife would be happy with 2 mustangs right now.

The notch looks nice with the 4.6 in it right now and everybody that looks at it says I should leave the notch alone because the car is 80% ready where the T-Top is about 5% ready. And this is where I am stuck as I have to make a decision soon in order to start the swap or get ready to sell a car. Which way does everyone think I should go? I do have people interested in the suspension and vortech that I have so if I decide to do the swap and sell the notch I should be ok I think.

I hope I didn't confuse anybody but any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks. (I hope I put this in the right forum)
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:17 PM   #2
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To me a lot would depend on what the car would be used for. Are you looking for a daily driver or weekend toy? Do you plan on mostly street driving with the ocasional trip to the track or vice versa? Which one do you think you would enjoy driving the most?
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Old 09-09-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. It is mainly going to be a weekend toy. Something to go to a couple of car shows and possibly mustangs across america. It will mainly be a street car with maybe a trip to the track once in a while. But I do prefer a handling car versus a car set up for drag.
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Old 09-09-2009, 10:13 PM   #4
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well.... the t-top would be a very nice car to own. where you located cause i could give that car a good home if the price is right... but it really comes down to do you really want to go super fast or do you just want to go fast and look good? cause if you want to go super fast get the notch, if you want to look good while your doing it then keep the t-top. if you want to do both calculate how much it's gonna cost to get each one where you want and keep the cheaper one. if your impartial to price then just flip a coin.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:12 PM   #5
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I am in NJ. The more I think about it and the cost involved with doing the swap I think I should just have the 5.0 stroked to a 331, install the vortech and make some money on the notch. I do like the "wow" factor of having the 4.6 in the engine bay of a fox body and without the factory supercharger, it looks real clean and custom. I will try to take some pics tomorrow and post or e-mail if anybody is interested in looking at the notch. Thanks again everybody for your input. I am leaning towards the t-top at this point but who knows what will change my mind tomorrow...
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:01 AM   #6
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Personally I prefer the notchback...and it sounds like a cool custom. As a general rule, customizing never returns the investment - so keep the one you really want.

I would love to see pictures! How much would you be looking for with the notchback? I have a friend who keeps claiming he wants one...
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:28 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the input. I have been real busy and haven't been visiting the boards as much however I have decided on what I am going to do. I am going to list the notch for sale, as is, with the 4valve motor. In the mean time, I am going to start on the engine bay and body work. Once I am ready for the motor, if the notch has not sold I will do the motor swap. If the notch sells by the time I am ready for the motor, then I will do a 331/347 with the vortech I was selling locally. Now the only thing I am debating is if i should do a cobra kit or just go with the factory gt kit. Being that I am new to these boards, is there a lot of interest in modified mustangs/project cars here?
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Old 10-08-2009, 10:21 AM   #8
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Let us know what you are asking for the notch - no promises, but I know several people who may be interested...
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Now the only thing I am debating is if i should do a cobra kit or just go with the factory gt kit. Being that I am new to these boards, is there a lot of interest in modified mustangs/project cars here?
Welcome Sounds like you are off to a good start. You will find both stock and project cars here. We dont care what you have as long as you like the cars

Keep up updated on the progress.....we LOVE pics

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Old 10-19-2009, 10:40 PM   #10
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Hopefully the car will get some work started next week. Right now I am having a hard time deciding what color to paint the car. The factory color is deep shadow blue metallic but I don't think that color does justice to a t-top car (and the car is currently yellow). I am leaning towards some type of silver metallic or a silver pearl. Not sure though. The painter is avoiding me on color suggestions because he wants me to decide what color I want. He has done a couple of mustangs over the years and I know that he knows which color combos will look good on a fox body. I know 1 mustang he did for the shop has been in MM&FF and maybe 2 others previously from another shop.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:26 PM   #11
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Well, looks like I will be going with the T-top. Unfortunately there was a lot more rust then expected. And the car was involved in an accident at some point in time but the repair was not done correctly and I wouldn't sell the car in the condition it was in to somebody else. I will try to take some pic's of the car before work starts but no guarantee. I have a shop working on it and I can't get there everyday. The notch will be posted for sale soon. Thanks again everyone
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Good deal! I would have gone with the t-top/hatch also. I'm very much partial to the hatches & the V8. Looking forward to pics of the project.
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Well, this is what I am dealing with so far.



















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2 more questions, 1st, are the image sizes too big? I thought the hosting site resized them for forum usage and 2nd, should I start a different thread as I have decide which route I am going? If so, what section would you guys recommend. Thanks again
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