My Pinto, back in '99 (Yes, it ran. I commuted to college in it.)
Now it is without engine, hood, it is also lifted 2' in the air. The rear end should drop out next week.
It is in the process of a resto-mod.
Built 302 motor (~400hp)
Custom Aluminum drive shaft
5-lug conversion UPDATE:: fronts done. Still working on sourcing some non-ABS calipers for the rears.
Rear disc conversion
MOMO Fighter Wood steering wheel
ACC Mats interior carpet
Shaved door guards
Purchased '89 Mustang GT 302. 8.8" rear, wiring harness and ECU. :D :D
Found some seats narrow enough to go between the doors and transmission tunnel. Two RSX Type-S seats. Since the seats are out of a coupe, they recline forward, so I will still be able to use the back seat and the side bolsters will hold me in better than the original buckets. Now I just need to get them re-upholstered and some seat brackets made.
I picked up a new hood. Mine was rotted out under the front lip. Time to peel 30 year old vynl stripes off the hood, smooth it out and shoot it with a good coat of paint. :)
Found a 5.0L T-5 trans for a good price. I need to send it out to get rebuilt. Everyone I have talked to say that it'll hold the power I just have to be easy on it. We'll see...
Cleaned up the 8.8". Need to pick up some axles so I can test my wheel/tire combo under the back end and fab up some mounting points for the 4-link.
Local forums are great places to pick up parts. I found some '06 V6 Mustang wheels for cheap. Just another reason to get 5 lugs. :D
Ahh the wheels are hovering on the spindle (pre 5-lug install)
I'm looking into seeing if I an get the rears widened some... again, I have to wait for axles so I can check clearances.
Getting time to pick a color.
My PhotoShop skills suck, but here's some choices:
It's been a while since I've updated...
- My wife finally had her garage sale.
'87 TC snow flake wheels are gone! Got a few bucks for them, too.
- A few weeks back, I got the die grinder out and stripped the rallye vynls off the hood. I think they could have withstood a nuclear blast. 80 grit FAP disk didn't do much damage to them.
Front of the hood had a 1/4"-1/2" bondo build up on it. I cleaned it all off and will be working on lining it up with my panels properly, later.
- The wife says 9pm is too noisy for die grinder!?
I'll just start gutting the interior then!
After two trashbags of carpet and rat droppings (found out how the got in...) I was able to see I had no driver's side floor board in front of the seat. O_o
I guess its as good a place as any to test my lack of welding skills. ^_^
- I got my 5 lug conversion!!!
Can you say cheap ($200 shipped) big brake kit? :D
Granada 11" rotors fit fine. I also picked up some GM Metric single pot calipers and brackets. (9" Granada rotors work fine on late model Pintos as well, and don't require new calipers/brackets.)
Down side... My wheels don't fit the Granada rotors (hub is too big). It appears I need ~.5" spacer to get them to sit properly. I am currently looking at my options...
Another option is to go with ACIII wheels (etwheels.com) in custom sizes. About 3x as expensive, but I get what I want, and they'll fit.
- Since I am waiting on a few things before getting the car down on all fours again, I disassembled the front end.
The bolts are rusted solid on most everything. BFH, some PB Blaster, and some heat helped. Otherwise, cut off wheel makes everything come apart.
- I got my spindles and dust shields cleaned up and painted.
I decided not to go with a 2" drop spindles. A lot of people are complaining it throws off the geometry of the car (and some wheels don't fit/rub). Instead I am just going with MII front springs and Konis.
- Once I get the front end put all back together, I need to drop the engine in and start mocking up my drive shaft to determine my pinion angle for the rear. Then I can get my brackets welded up for the rear end.
I have a lot more to work on. But it looks like 1/2 the summer to do it in.
- It's great to have family with Fords!
My wife's uncle gave me two 8.8" spools, 3.73 gears and poly bushings. :D