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Updated on May 06, 2012
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**Updated 8/2/10 **
8/1/10 - After the long wait, the rest of the body kit is installed. I just got the car on the road about a week ago. New pictures of all the body work is on page 5. Just got the Redline hood struts installed yesterday so pics of those will be up soon. I will be trying to work on the stereo system in these next few weeks, as well as cleaning things up under the hood and polishing the intercooler piping, installing the chrome alternator, billet fuse box cover and windshield fluid reservoir cap.
I recently picked up a set of unpolished billet AC knobs, steering wheel cruise control buttons, headlight knob and window and lock buttons. I polished them up by hand and will be installing them soon and will post up pics.
3/10/10 - I dropped the car off at the body shop at the end of last week. It should be finished by the beginning of May if all goes well. We're going to put on some vinyl stripes first to make sure everything is lined up and how I want it before the paint goes on. After doing some calculations, I'm thinking 8 3/4" stripes with a 1" gap will be the best. But until the vinyl comes in all I can do is wait. I also got a set of Redline Elite hood struts that will be going on at the body shop because I do not want to have any issues drilling into a newly painted hood.
2/20/10 - I got the Saleen rear bumper in the mail yesterday. I am going to call the bodyshop this week to set up an appointment, but I also need to decide on the new stripes. A lot of people have told me to go with a solid stripe and nix the pinstripes.
Here are pics of everything else that I have planned to install this upcoming spring and summer.
Packaged Saleen bumper and side skirts 03/04 Cobra mirrors
Autometer 2 gauge pod Autometer 2 guage dash pod
Autometer Lunar Electric Water temo gauge Chrome alternator
Alpine PDX 5 channel amp
2/10/10 - I haven't updated in a while, so a lot has been done/is planned to do. I got the no-drill bracket for the front license plate in the fall of last year, and I finally acquired the Saleen side skirts and 03/04 Cobra mirrors I was looking for. I just purchased a Saleen rear bumper and I am waiting for it to get shipped. Once it arrives I will be sending the car into the bodyshop so the work can get done in the off season months. The rear bumper will be shaved of the "SALEEN" and I'm thinking about modifying the stripes a little bit too as shown below.
The current stripes are on the left, and a quick photoshop shows the planned change on the right.
The underside of the hood might get painted with stripes as well. I'm still planning to get a new set of light smoked clear corner headlights because mine are leaking bad because they were not sealed properly. And also I'm thinking about splice-in sequential taillights.
I have purchased the new subs for the system and an Alpine PDX 5 Channel amp. The system design is on-going and it will probably get installed after the body work is done. I picked up an Autometer Lunar electric water temp gauge. The gauge layout will be getting changed to accomodate for the extra gauge, so I'm getting rid of the 3 gauge pillar pod. I got a 2 gauge dash pod, as well as a 2 gauge pillar pod.
The engine compartment will be getting some dress up this year. I am currently getting the pullies, valve covers and some accessory brackets powercoated chrome. The intercooler piping will be sent to get powercoated too. The blower might get sent in to get polished as well. I purchased a chrome alternator last week so it should be coming in the mail soon. After the engine is stripped down I might paint some of the accessories black that can't be powdercoated (AC, water pump etc) to clean them up and get rid of the oxidation. After all that is done if I have any money left I'm going to get a set of Redline elite hood struts and perhaps some polished caps from UPR.
A couple videos of my car can be found here:
Walk around - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTfjYxg7rxU
First dyno run - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DexQp8MbaPE
7/26/09 - The car was tuned a few weeks ago but we were a bit disappointed with the results. We could only get 7.9psi out of it which made 230hp/251tq on a Mustang dyno which typically read at least 10% less than a dynojet. It was only pulled to 5200 (redline) but I will be getting it retuned to rev a little bit higher to gain a few more psi. I just got back from the track and my first run turned out to be my best of the day with a 14.5 @ 95 with a horrible 2.392 60'. Another mod coming soon will deffinately be the 8.8 rear end with 3.73's so I can get some posi traction and get a lower 60'.
6/30/09 - After about a month of working here and there, the supercharger kit is just about fully installed. I updated page 8 with a bunch pictures of the entire build, step by step from beginning to end. I set up an appointment 2 weeks ago to be get it tuned today, but there were a few issues. The MAF in the tube has to be sent out to get calibrated and flow tested to. Also, the original owner deleted the IAC for hood clearance, and used a screw on the throttle body to control the idle. I'm not sure how he got it tuned and how it worked like this...But I'm going to a local junkyard tomorrow to get a new Windstar intake, and I'm going to mount the IAC in its original position hopefully. Everything should be ready to go by the beginning of next week but getting the tuner back might be a problem, as he has other tunes scheduled. I'm hopefully looking at a dyno date at the end of next week.
5/29/09 - I've been working on the supercharger install the past few days. I have just about everything fully stripped and I'm ready to actually install some things. I post some progress pictures on page 8.
5/10/09 - Pics of all the Autometer Lunar gauges and Saleen C-Pillars. Will post pics soon of the car with the new Stealthbulbs and Mach 1 Grille delete on.
5/8/09 - Got the Mach 1 grille delete on, as well as the Stealthbulbs. The car went in to the shop to raise the exhaust up because I keep bottoming out and breaking hangers. I am also just about ready to start installing the supercharger, so I'll be hitting up the track next weekend to see how the car does right now stock, so I have something to compare to the supercharged times with.
Just an idea of how low my exhaust really was before it got sent in to get fixed
4/21/09 - I updated page 8 with the contents of whats in those 4 large boxes below...I also updated page 5 with more pictures from my first car show of the year at my school, and pictures of some local guys Stangs in my car club.
4/15/09 - The supercharger kit was just delivered today! I will be attending a few car shows in the next few weeks with the car as it stands right now, and then the installation will begin. I'm hoping to have it done by the end of June. It's going to be hard to install because there is not a direct set of instructions since it's a custom kit.
4/13/09 - MAJOR Change in plans for the supercharger build. Intakes weren't being fabricated for a while so I took a step back and thought about the most practical approach. I didn't want a centrifugal kit initially, but I found a custom Vortech V1 S-Trim that uses a 95-97 Windstar upper intake and a Procharger 2 Core intercooler and a tial blow off valve. It's all engineered out with custom pipes made so now I just have to find a way to install it. More information is listed on page 8.
Page 1 - Updates and New Pictures (You Are Here) Page 2 - Other Info About the Car/Future Mods Page 3 - Mod List Page 4 - Timeline With Pictures Page 5 - The Transformation (Pictures Through The Years) Page 6 - Body Work/Stripes Page 7 - Performance ModificationsPage 8 - Supercharger BuildPage 9 - Stereo System
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Sick. The stripes are awesome
sick stang man
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