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Old 07-02-2017, 09:34 AM
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My buddy just loaded fairmont 3.0 tune into my PCM. Should be all ready to go. Hey no more messing with carb floats and jetting. I'm throwing my Holley jet kit in the trash !


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Old 07-02-2017, 07:09 PM
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8.8 1991 mustang GT rear end is finally in the car!



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Old 07-03-2017, 12:55 PM
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build looking good... any sleep status touches in the works? Like maybe a bible on the dash lol
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:19 PM
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I am open for sleep status touches.. I like bible on the dash. I was even thinking a JESUS license plate haha. The car already has a AAA vehicle service sticker from 1990.
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:43 AM
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love this! whats your target budget for this thing?
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Old 07-13-2017, 11:20 PM
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Control arms with the 80s fox patina
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love this! whats your target budget for this thing?
$6-7k I could definelty do it for cheaper, but I'm buying a lot of new parts. Rear is all done and on the ground now. Hopefully I'll get the stock springs back in this weekend and we'll have a full roller again.

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Old 07-14-2017, 03:56 PM
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My favorite all-time sleeper touch was on Skinnies LTD. He had a small receiver/hitch with a wheelchair on it, lmao.
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My favorite all-time sleeper touch was on Skinnies LTD. He had a small receiver/hitch with a wheelchair on it, lmao.
He also had the turbo hidden far as I know and some other sleeper touches. Cool car for sure.

Looks like the project is coming on along. I've been procrastinating on mine for a long time now.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:45 PM
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Front springs and shocks are in the car (all stock suspension) I've just got to bolt the brake calipers on and I'll tow the car to my buddy's house for the fun part. Subframe connectors and motor and transmission install next.

I already made the decision I'm going with the VS racing 78/75 Chinese turbo with my stock truck manifolds flipped.
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i'm in the middle of a 78 mercury wagon swap. very similar and were about in the same spot. for the pass side (driver side manifold ) I had to pie slice it a bit to clear the sway bar . but so far everything fits. truck intake and accessories too!
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i'm in the middle of a 78 mercury wagon swap. very similar and were about in the same spot. for the pass side (driver side manifold ) I had to pie slice it a bit to clear the sway bar . but so far everything fits. truck intake and accessories too!

hey thanks for the tip. I deleted both front and rear bars. I assume no front bar is best for the strip. I may put back the rear bar if it 60 foots better with it. We'll see.
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:53 AM
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love this build makes me want a fairmount for sure!
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hey thanks for the tip. I deleted both front and rear bars. I assume no front bar is best for the strip. I may put back the rear bar if it 60 foots better with it. We'll see.
I drive and race a '78 Zephyr. I drove it without any sway bars for a while. It sucked with skinny front tires and body roll. So I decided to try a Mustang GT front sway bar with urethane frame bushings and end links all greased with synthetic grease. My ET's and 60 foot times were indistinguishable. I'm talking a few thousands difference. It handles so much better, even with skinnies on the front. Everyone said a front bar would slow it down. Not true, if it is properly prepared to allow weight transfer. And my car does high 1.50's 60 foot btw.

Love the build! Should be a blast!
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Mine handles fine with a anti roll bar in the rear
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Back on the ground, suspension is all done. I ran into the same problem others had with the AJE k member the steering shaft is 1 in too short . Looks like we'll have to weld a collar to make it fit..
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Old 08-07-2017, 09:36 PM
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Motor is finally in the car, subframe connectors are in.


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Old 08-07-2017, 09:38 PM
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Finally !
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nice! were about at the same spot.

what are you gonna do for a driveshaft?
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Old 08-09-2017, 07:50 AM
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once the 4l80 crossmember is in, I think I'll use "Denny's Driveshaft" in New York. We'll see if the local places are cheaper. A 3" steel should be fine.

The one strange issue is the front end is sitting pretty high with the motor in the car. I used stock fairmont springs with the AJE adapters to use coil springs instead of coilovers. (gotta keep the budget!). Not sure if anyone else ran into this issue. Guess They've gotta come out again and chop em up!
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once the 4l80 crossmember is in, I think I'll use "Denny's Driveshaft" in New York. We'll see if the local places are cheaper. A 3" steel should be fine.

The one strange issue is the front end is sitting pretty high with the motor in the car. I used stock fairmont springs with the AJE adapters to use coil springs instead of coilovers. (gotta keep the budget!). Not sure if anyone else ran into this issue. Guess They've gotta come out again and chop em up!
Yep, same. I figured we would wait until everything is in before we cut.

also, you put the car on the ground before tigthen ing the lower arms right?
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