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  1. I want to see it starring in some of those awesome drifting videos you guys put out on YouTube.
  2. Researching my own eventual installation of a PCV valve...probably going to use the adjustable one. The Fox Mustangs had it mounted at the back of the intake with a line running out to a valve cover. I planned to put an adjustable valve in that spot, and run the intake line to either (or even both) valve covers with a catch can in between possibly if oil pickup seems like a problem.
  3. Over the years...very slow progress. Lots of life lived between infrequent time spent on the Mustang.
  4. I realized I didn't have a project page and I wanted to share my most recent updates. I'll backfill detail on this 21 year saga later on. Car started at a 302, 2 barrel, C4 automatic, Grande package coupe and has morphed into a resto-mod. Car was on the road for a couple months back in late 1998 before I wrecked it power sliding in some gravel (yeah, I know...stupid. I was 18 at the time, gimme a break.). I had put long tube headers, turbo mufflers, MSD ignition and a crappy cast iron 4 barrel intake with a rebuilt and probably poorly-tuned Holley on it. It was fun though. May 2019: Every decade or so I spend a pile of money on this project. This time it's about $2K in shop time and welding to have the MustangsToFear front lower crossmember, TCP subframe system, Opentracker shock tower reinforcement kit and Opentracker export brace reinforcement piece installed. Shop says it'll be ready today sometime so I'll be hauling it home Saturday morning first thing. Plan is to get it home, start fitting the serpentine belt system to the motor, finish mounting the radiator, decide on body-side wiring harness, etc. Once the drivetrain gets dropped back in, I'll need to order new leaf springs and then measure for a driveshaft once ride height is set. Budget is hosed for a bit so the wiring harness, Modern Driveline hydraulic clutch kit, Flex-a-Form composite leafs, new driveshaft, etc. will all have to wait. Current list of parts I've accumulated over the years: Miere 1 piece export brace TCP subframe connector system Opentracker engine cross member, shock tower bracing, export brace reinforcement plate MustangsToFear lower crossmember StreetOrTrack tubular coilover front suspension Flaming River PS box Fays2 watts link Painless EFI standalone engine harness A9L EEC-IV Aftermarket universal aluminum radiator 331 stroker - low mile used. Fordstroker-built Tremec 3550 2003 Mach1 17x8 wheels Planned: Moates Quarterhorse chip, laptop tuned. Flex-a-Form composite single-leaf rear springs with rubber bushings Driveshaft - probably aluminum (Explorer, Crown Vic, Fox, SN95...?) New body wiring harness - researching options now. Leaning AAW. Modern Driveline hydraulic clutch system Possible HCI upgrade on 331...leaning TFS 11R 190 heads, Ed Curtis cam Replacement heater-only heaterbox and electronic controls - keep it simple but revised and updated. Probably VintageAir. New gauges - leaning Dakota Digital VHX. I'm forgetting something I'm sure. Nate Apex, NC
  5. https://www.good-guys.com/ncn-2019 Who is going and what day(s)? I’m not on the road yet but I’d love to link up with y’all locals and chew the fat. I’ll probably have my 6yo son and a couple nephews tagging along and it’s looking like Saturday after noon is when I’ll be there. Nate
  6. I'm running Ford OEM '03 Mach1 wheels myself. Looks like loads of room left. Front suspension is SorT coilovers, rear (will be) dropped composite leafs with a Fays2 watts link. Goal will be about 2" of drop, even front and rear. Not on the road yet...
  7. S2000, BMW, Civic, Camaro, Fiero, Fox body, 350Z, Miata, Corvette...all are decent options to consider. Fab up or get universal brackets and you might be good to go. I've had seat time in S2000, Miata, Civic and a 95 Z28 and those would all be improvements over the stock seats. I plan to search my local junk yards or Craigslist when it comes time for replacing the seats.
  8. Great idea though, jkish. If the underdash component fit, theoretically you could fab up duct work and get pressure hoses made up to fit. You'd still have to figure out the control board - would you use the Fox control panel or aftermarket or ____? As the others have said, by the time you do all that, factoring in your time, you'd probably be better off going with a COTS (commercial off the shelf) system. Nate
  9. How does the pedal feel? How does it stop? I like the simplicity of manual brakes a lot just don’t have any experience to pull from short of a full drum setup on Grandaddy’s old 72 F100. Wish I still had that truck...
  10. Really? So you prefer manual brakes? What are you running?
  11. 70+ spindles and MustangSteve brackets. 94-04 Cobra 13” discs and calipers. Cobra discs in rear too. I fabbed up some universal style braided stainless flexible lines and adapted to stock hard lines. Manual master. No road time yet, may end up going power booster once I get some drive time in.
  12. Vic - Any issues with the offset differential? Nate
  13. Just seems like a lot of work to save a couple bucks going Explorer vs. Mustang. I'd like to swap out the 8" open 2.79 in my car right now and started pricing out upgraded axles and gears and a locker and came to serious money...cheaper to go with a Fox 8.8.
  14. Don’t hate on me for reviving an older thread. I can’t quite find what I’m after as I research swapping my worn, open 2.79 8” for a modern 8.8. Why use the Explorer in the first place given the other options for 8.8? Fox Mustang, Ranger, etc... I see a built 8.8 from a 93 Fox for sale nearby for $650. 3.73, post of some sort, 5 lug swap, girdle, etc. Comes with a spare set of 3.55 gears to boot. Add leaf perches and I figure it’ll be a bolt in on a ‘69. I’ll be buying a new driveshaft anyway. Axles from Currie alone are about $400. Plus gears and a locker and bearings/seals, etc.
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