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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 05-30-2014, 08:29 PM   #61
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Those last pics i posted before was a base coat and color. I dont have any pics of the clear being applied, or if I do they are hidden some place. The next set of pics I will post is the car painted and being assembled. I am pretty sure they will be uploaded out of order and I apologize in advance for that.
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and this is the last good shots of the car before being buffed. I now have to upload from my phone how the car looks now. I am just waiting on 3 things to be finished before i get the car back and start on the interior.









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Old 06-07-2014, 07:09 AM   #66
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Hi X,

Nice job!!!

I like the color. It is interesting.

Everything under the hood looks brand new. Is it all new, or was everything just treated with chemicals to make it look new? I'm interested in the answer because my car has quite a bit of "environmental damage" - a result of being stored outdoors for so many years. Everything under the hood in my car is rusted, and the aluminum parts have a mottled look to them. When I get around to restoring it someday, the engine bay needs to be cleaned out. I don't know if I should try save things and treat them with chemicals, or if I should just buy everything new.

I don't like T-tops though. I'm just not a "T-tops person". I'd like it better if it had a factory sunroof.
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Hey Augie,
thanks for the comment. Everything under the hood is not new. Unfortunately I tied up my money with another car with a motor I was going to use and then decided not to use it. The motor in the t-top was running fine so all I did was freshen it up with new gaskets, oil pump, tune up and seals. whatever was taken apart was painted since it was working before. Depending on what you have that is aluminum, I'm sure it can be polished out. However, as far as replacement of stuff under the hood goes, that's up to you. You would have to determine if it is in operating condition first and then decide to refurbish it or not.

Also, if it is a stock mustang, replacement parts are available, but if you have a limited production car (Saleen, McLaren, Cobra as an example), you might want to refurbish whats there to keep its originality and value. It all comes down to your budget and how you want your car to be. I asked my question about my t-top before I finalized which way my project was going. After I realized I had one of the last batch of true 88 GT "T bar option" mustangs, and finding hidden surprises as the car was taken apart, I decided to go with a "resto mod" approach. Hope this helps in making your decision.
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