My name is Josh, and I'm new here. I recently got my hands on a 1969 mustang coupe. I've always wanted a 69 mustang, so this forum already feels like home. I am not really a novice in the mechanical world, but definitely a novice with this. I have a whole fleet of international harvester trucks and scouts. A few of them have been built from the ground up by me. But my ford experience is limited. I have had several friends with fords through the years. One had a 70 mustang with a 302, another a 67 mustang with a 302, and a real close friend with a 65 truck with a seriously built 390. I've got a buddy who currently has a high body with a 400 in it. Ive spent a lot of time working in those, since I was the guy with the tools....
But, as you may or may not know, there isnt a whole lot of aftermarket support for old internationals. I've pretty much had to fabricate all my stuff. And IH was never known for thier performance engines...
So the world of Horsepower and performance is new, atleast first hand....down to the nitty gritty... my wish list.
As mentioned, I have a 69 coupe. This is a solid roller, but does not have an engine or transmission. It was a 6 cyl car, but I have new inner fenders and mounts for a v8.
Ideally, I would like to have a fun street cruiser. I like manual transmissions, but would settle for an automatic. I'd love to have a 351, but would settle for a 302. I live in fayetteville Arkansas, in the ozarks, so there are a lot of hills here, torque is king.. I will probably end up running holley sniper efi and timing control, but would settle for a carb, as I am familiar with them. Id like to run on regular gas, 87 would be awesome, but any pump gas is good.
I'd like 400+ hp/torque. Enough to show the college kids that old muscle is the best muscle. I would like to update the suspension for a daily driver on curvy back roads.
I've never been to a drag strip, and I dont see myself in that scene. But I can see me taking my wife to KC or Dallas, or Memphis. All are 5 hours away.
I love music and I want to be able to hear it while driving.
I have a budget within reason. I'm thinking a 351 with 210 cfm speedmaster or promaxx heads with 58-62 cc combustion chambers.. For the amount I drive, I have a hard time forking out money for twisted, afr or edelbrock heads, even though they are better heads. I will probably run a wieland stealth or edelbrock air gap manifold.
I have no idea what cam to run, and I want to keep compression between 9.5 and 11.5...i think.
Suspension- I have no clue what's good, but I've read about the shelby drop. Outside of that, I dont know what's good, and what is snake oil.
Transmission- I dont really want to spend big money on tko And I feel like a t5 is just too small. So, I'll probably find a toploader. I'll run close to stock height tires(25-27 inches), but make them a little fat, for a more aggressive look.
So given this information, how would you build this mustang?
I've read so much, I am overwhelmed and cross eyed.
Fellow 69ers, show me the way! Thanks for reading all of this, and for your help!!!