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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 01-13-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Got a round 2 it

Well, I've finally "got a round 2 it" I've been asking Q's here and elsewhere for two yrs now. Had a financial setback last yr too. But I finally pulled the engine and tranny over the holidays.
Most of the engine parts are already accumulated / purchased and are in process of machining / porting.
My plan is a stock bottom end rebuild, AFR 165 Renegades milled for 10:1 CR, custom FTI cam w/matching valvetrain, Matt Moss ported and painted intake (Prof Prod), 73MAF w/30lb injectors. Shorties, ect...
Basically I'm building a budget engine but spending money in key areas. Heads & valvetrain are new but everything else is used or bought on the cheap.

Hoping to have the engine together by March and then buy either a T5Z or a Astro A5. I'm still undecided on which one to get and whether or not to get a dual clutch. As of right now I'm leaning towards a T5Z w/a Mcleod RST Twin Disc Clutch. I think a set of DR w/moderate launches and not to harsh of shifting might make the T5Z live.

Plan is to have it drivable by last week in May. And take it on a good 2k mile road trip in Sept.

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Old 01-14-2014, 02:56 PM   #2
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Hi wyd,

You have a very nice car. Nice chrome rims. It appears to have the original rear hatch spoiler. The cobra grill insert looks nice too. You should keep it that way. Don't mess with the exterior or interior. It looks perfect just the way it is. You mentioned in another thread that you prefer to keep the exterior of your cars original/stock. I agree. You shouldn't "ruin" this car by over-modifying the exterior or interior. I can half-understand the mechanical upgrades. Everyone wants more power.

You also mentioned in another thread that your car has a 4" cowl hood, and that you preferred a 2" cowl hood. I agree. Personally, I always liked the SVO-style air scoop on a third generation Mustang. I don't know why Ford didn't put them on the 1987-1993 Mustang GT. I feel that they should have carried that over from the 1984-1986 Mustang SVO (just like they carried over many other SVO engineering enhancements), but they didn't.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:27 PM   #3
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twin not needed. it will be a very nice mild build for sure. the T5Z will be close to the limits ( w/o knowing numbers) but will live with out a problem if you are not speed shifting it and don't have too aggressive of a clutch ( ram heavy duty, etc). If 90% is cruising and getting on it every now and then the "z" will be fine. I have a "Z" spec astro in mine. If you want to get aggressive then go tko or astro A5.

Me; ported heads, mild cam, ported intake etc. 3.73 gears. king cobra clutch, "Z" spec astro T5, MGW shifter. zero problems.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:43 PM   #4
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A 5.0L mustang is not "needed" either.. The dual appeals to me because of the reduced effort and longevity. Most trips to the strip I'll be running all season street radials so slipping the clutch a bit will be the norm.

I've raced with 3 T5s now. Ran as many 1/4 mile passes at WOT as is possible. Broke 3rd in one of them. Another held up (stock engine w/bolt ons) ok but at about 30-40 passes the shifting was getting more and more notchy. This current one just doesn't shift quick. (I'd prefer to rip off WOT shifts at the track)
I know the A5 will make noise but I wear ear plugs anyway because of the exhaust and open windows. And I'm making the exhaust louder next winter.
With the recent bump up in T5Z prices it makes the A5 a little more attractive. Up around Ap 1st I'll have the fundage and will decide at that time.
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A 5.0L mustang is not "needed" either.. .
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:38 PM   #6
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Well.. it took almost a whole yr now but I'm getting back into the engine build. I have the complete top end (AFR 165 Renegades) and am getting fox lake started on a fresh 331. Once I get the long block together I'll turn my attention to the tranny. Feels good to be back on the project!
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