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Old 03-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #31
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The more stock this vehicle is the more $$$$$$$ it will be worth. With few '82 GT's out there I would highly encourage keeping it stock as possible. There are TONS of cheap aero cars if one should feel the need for speed.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #32
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Very nice job sofar, keep up the great work . you could really save yourself the money and time going to the 8.8. If you are going to leave the motor stock or even lightly modded the 7.5 will hold up to the power levels the the stock motor is putting out and even just over it, the real killer was alot of hard launches and running a set of grippy tires. If the rear hooked with mild hp on the 7.5 it would stress it but street tires would give enough spin to help it. If you where building up a motor then yeah I would lean 8.8. but toss a set of gears in the 7.5 and enjoy it.

love the project sofar though.
Thanks for the comments. I actually got the 8.8 from a parts car that I had a while back, it's already under the 82 GT and the 7.5 went bye-bye with the parts car. I doubt I'll never the strength of the 8.8, but you never know....

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Ya know Rich, I think it's almost time to put the SVO back up F/S on the SVOCA web site again....

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Good work,I like it.
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Awesome work! I wish I learned how to weld. I would love to take on a project. Anyway nice job, looking foward to see interior work as well as the engine going in.
Thanks. Keep in mind that I'm not a professional, but welding gets easier the more I do.

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The more stock this vehicle is the more $$$$$$$ it will be worth. With few '82 GT's out there I would highly encourage keeping it stock as possible. There are TONS of cheap aero cars if one should feel the need for speed.
I hope you are right. It's a buyers market right now for fox body Mustangs. I will keep it mostly stock save for the few exceptions that I mentioned. I'll keep it as original as possible without spending a fortune on it. Perfect example was the front seats. I picked up a really nice set of red aero seats for a fraction of what it would cost find an original set {and likely have them recovered}.
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:28 PM   #33
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Here is the engine cleaned/painted except for the exhaust manifolds. I ordered some POR15 high temp coating but it has yet to come in.


Then hoisted up:


And finally in:


Last night, a friend an I tackled the front suspension. First removed the old struts and springs:


New stuff installed:



Look at the difference between the stock springs and the replacements:


Struts were probably original from 82. They were totally shot, no dampening whatsoever. Hoping to have the rest of the brake system hooked up this weekend so I can check for leaks...
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:24 PM   #34
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SROD trans is back under the car along with all the other drive line bits and pieces:

And look what finally popped through the floor
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:38 PM   #35
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It's been a while since I posted an update, so here goes. Yes, I'm still working on it, installed a custom fab'd mid pipe since you can get a store bought part any longer.



So yes, I will be keeping a single exhaust on this car.
And I finally buttoned up most of the engine install including all the vacuum lines, carb, etc.


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Old 10-24-2012, 09:40 PM   #36
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Just a bit past the 1 year anniversary.... I pushed this car in the garage Sept 19th last fall. I haven't done a ton of work over the summer, but made a bit of progress. Here is the latest update. After getting the exhaust hung I realized I needed to stop and go back a bit. Even after welding in new floor pans, I found and had to fix more areas where the back seat fits. Here is an example where the floor and rear wheel well meet:


So after fixing a bunch of smaller spots and cleaning up the underside of the floor, we're left with:


Here are more spots in the rear half of the floor:


Bottom side cleaned up and ready for final undercoat:

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Old 10-24-2012, 09:43 PM   #37
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The underside of the car is re-assembled after undercoating. And finally from this past weekend, I worked on the dash and interior....




Last night I installed the AC lines and a few other odds and ends in the engine bay (I'll get a picture of the final engine shortly). Need to change the oil, add gear oil to the trans, and install the starter cable and I should be ready for a test fire.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:30 PM   #38
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What kind of welder are you using for the spot welds? Do they have adjustable heat settings or are they fixed? I am planning on replacing pieces of my front frame rails using the kits from LRS.

Your resto is looking fantastic. Keep the pics coming. I love this stuff!
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:39 AM   #39
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What kind of welder are you using for the spot welds? Do they have adjustable heat settings or are they fixed? I am planning on replacing pieces of my front frame rails using the kits from LRS.

Your resto is looking fantastic. Keep the pics coming. I love this stuff!
I bought a welder at Home Depot quite a few years ago. The one attached is basically the same as what I have. Has adjustments for both heat and wire speed. It uses flux core wire (ie no shielding gas). A lot of people like to steer clear from flux core welders, but I like not having to deal with argon gas bottles.

However, you can obtain a cleaner weld with true MIG (argon) and weld thinner sheet metal. But for frame rails, the flux core would work well since the metal is a bit heavier gauge. Good luck!
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Mechanicals are basically done in the engine bay. Need to change fluids this weekend and hopefully get this finally thing started.
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I like that you are keeping it stock! You don't see many that people restore to stock condition, keep up the good work!
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:39 PM   #42
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I like that you are keeping it stock! You don't see many that people restore to stock condition, keep up the good work!
Thanks - 95% stock. Air cleaner is a later model / larger version....
There will be a few other changes along the way, but only subtle changes.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:39 PM   #43
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This afternoon I dumped a small bit of gas down the carb for a test fire. Couldn't get the key to work, So I jumped the soleniod. My friend took this video today:

http://youtu.be/q3985oBLF0Q

So after dinner tonight I figured out why the key switch wouldn't work, now I can get it to crank via the key / ignition switch.

Tomorrow I need to figure out the major exhaust leak.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #44
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It's A-L-I-V-E!!!!
Started it up Wednesday night, found a few leaks (fixed) and let it warm up just a bit in the garage, then I backed it out and ran it up the driveway into my cul-de-sac and back down the driveway. So it's official - status can be updated from push-mobile to quasi-driver.

I still have some querks to work out / fix, but this is a major milestone for me. This is the first time I've actually driven this car under it's own power.

Pics or it didn't happen (here it is after I backed it out of the garage):



Sorry the pics are a bit dark, it was around 10:30 at night

And a video, the engine runs like a top. The car is really quiet with a "stock-ish" exhaust:

http://youtu.be/bFQUIfp49CQ

Onward and upward.
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Awesome! Bet that brought a smile or two. Whats next? Feels like im watching a soap opera, cant wait to see what comes next.
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