Thursday, January 29, 2009

My 2nd Tech Article for Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords in Print!

This is a long overdue article. There's still many questions all over the forums and internet on how to do this. There's also a lot of misinformation and editor Evan Smith wanted to do this article - so I jumped in. Instead of showing 5 different ways to do the 5 lug swap I focused on the "best" way to do it with SN95 Mustang parts. I also chose to go rear disc instead of just going drum because I think overall it's not much more money to do it and the improved braking is a much welcomed thing for any Fox Body Mustang. I plan on putting the complete tech article up when i complete my page. For now try to get by your local magazine rack and pick up a copy if you don't already have a subscription. Special thanks to my sponsors for all of your help and support.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mustang Projects

Man I have been soooo busy with work, my family, and my side business. I know I haven't been posting regularly but, it's winter and it's hard to get motivated to work on my Mustangs.
I have been SCRAPING for about 5 years trying to come up with the money to paint the 85 Notchback. I have everything done and ready to go in. I wasn't going to paint it and just get it running. But after I decided to go with the UPR complete K-Member kit and coil overs I couldn't just put all that nice hardware including a fresh new detailed engine in the original engine bay. I think I finally got the money together for the paint job and the smooth inner fenders. I really want to do it right. The engine bay is going to be so clean and vboid of most of the wires and front accessories that I really wanted to clean things up. Plus the single stage blue metallic repaint by the previous owner on all the top surfaces is starting to lift. The car only has 74,000 original on it and is one of the tightest 5.0s I've ever seen. So hopefully if all goes well she goes to paint in March/April. Still a lot of work to do including mocking up the manual brakes - yep manual. I have the SN95 front disc brake swap and am converting the rear to disc. I've spoken with a couple guys that run this combo with still better braking than the factory stock power brakes with disc/drum combo from the factory. It's all about saving weight with this car. It's being built to be fast on the strip first, and then a car that is very driveable on the street.

The '88 GT driver is still running good packing on 60 miles a day driving to work. Right now the steering pump is starting to get whiny, and the regulator in my brand new 3G 130 amp alternator is going bad already. The parts store ordered the wrong steering pump (for a 2001???) and it's been 3 weeks now and they had to order another one! I'm still waiting for the alternator replacement. How does anybody make any money with this kind of crappy service? Not my mechanic's fault he's trying to get the parts as fast as possible. Whatya do? I'm also gonna need tires soon so at that time I'll upgrade to the 17x9 Bullitts out back and moutn up 275/40-17s in favor of the 245s on the 17x8 out back. Can't wait.

I have a potential unlimited budget fox body Mustang build with a shop brewing. I'm very excited about this and even though I have to remain tight lipped about the project I can say that it will probably be one of the baddest fox body Mustangs built to date. Unique exterior styling never seen before with redesigned front and rear bumper covers. New front and rear spoilers, minitubs, 18s, and more. Can't wait!

Once I replace the 3G alternator, I will be posting a diagram and installation instructions on how to install a 3G Alternator in your fox the EASY way.