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    Default '79 T-top coupe, turbocharged, and more

    I have a whole bunch going on with this car, so I thought I would start an official build for it.

    I guess you could say that I started current stage of the cars build in this thread;

    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthread.php?t=139020

    "Looking to "rice" my mustang a little."

    This is how the car currently looks;





    It got too cold to work with the t-top stuff, so I took several weeks off from messing with it. Just been collecting parts. Right now I started pulling the motor apart to do a head and cam swap.



    Got down to the timing chain and discovered a real problem.



    I have never seen anything like this before. Looks like the keyway was not cut far enough rearward in the crank, and the lower timing gear moved. While removing the gear I noticed a lot of crank thrust movement. Measured it to be about .035" so the rest of the motor needs to come out now.

    Good news is the new rims and tires I got for the car. Black 18" Saleen replicas. 9" in front 10" in back. Teaser pic.



    If the crank is damaged I am going to throw a 393 stroker in it. Already have some nice Scat H-beams in the motor. Time will tell.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    cool! looking forward to seeing the progress on this one. i'd really like to see what it looks like when you get it all the same color. what is the engine combination going to be?

    cale

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    Looks like it will be 393", F-303 cam with 1.7rr, heads will be either the ported Windsor Sr.s I had on the motor, or a set of Pro-comp heads I have been tinkering with, rear mount Precision T76 turbo. I'm going to need some bigger injectors.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    Nice man in the brown truck dropped this off today.





    Pistons, rings, and bearings are ordered. I was kinda tempted to just order pistons with less dish to give me about 10.5:1 compression and forget the turbo. 400 to 450 HP would be plenty for street use, I even have a Comp XE282hr sitting on the shelf that would have worked nicely.

    But, I have all the turbo stuff already, and will be able to make more power with better drivability with the turbo. So it stays. I should be able to drop the motor stuff at my machinist by the third week of this month. Then I will need some warmer weather so I can do a complete washing outside without having everything freeze on me.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    Damm ya need a guard dog for it cool. lol

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    Must be Iwas not the only one to have an issue with the keyway on Scats cranks. The new crank is cut for three SBC keyways.



    And no that is not my thumb.

    Heads, valves, stroker crank, pistons, rods, bearings, balancer, flex plate, and rings are at the machine shop as of this afternoon. I need to order new valve springs and a few other bits.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    How did I never notice this was a t top car?
    Tom

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    For being "BUILT not BOUGHT" I am still broke!

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    Love those rims...

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    Very nice build you have got going

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    First notch I've seen with the Cobra R spoiler. Looking forward to seeing it painted in the final colors. I Kinda like the 99 Cobra wheels on there better than the all black Saleens but that just me. Overall a cool project
    -Mike Malone
    69 Mach1, 81 LX, 83 GT Turbo, 85.5 SVO 9L, 86 SVO 2A, 86 GT, 90 LX 5.0 - and a badass 84 LTD Wagon

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69clark View Post
    How did I never notice this was a t top car?
    A few months ago it wasn't a t-top car. I am waiting for warmer weather to glue the seals down.

    I like the Cobra rims too. But, they are only 8" wide. I wanted more bigger

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    I have all my stuff back from the machine shop. I bought a set of 190cc ProComp heads. I really hesitated because of rumors of poor Chinese casting quality, and the whole made in China thing. But for $419 to my door bare, I figured I would take a chance. The finish was quite nice, and they are way lighter than my Windsor Sr.s. I spent about five hours on them, porting and polishing. The had my machinist give them a nice valve job using the valves from my old heads. These heads combined with the stroker set up will give me a compression ratio around 9.2:1. Should work well with the turbo.

    Once we start getting weather consistently above 50 degrees I will start assembling the short block.

    Other interesting parts to be added to the car that I have not mentioned before are;

    a pair of 03-04 cobra front struts

    a 7/8" rear sway bar. The kind that mounts to the frame, not the control arms. I did not have any rear sway bar before.

    a pair of ten way adjustable Strange rear shocks.

    a water and methanol kit to replace my air to air intercooler.

    31 spline axles and matching tracloc.

    Lexan quarter windows that I will be installing NACA scoops in to feed fresh air to the trunk mounted turbo.

    I may be forgetting some other stuff. Basically I'm just waiting for better weather to get started cranking on stuff.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    I thought the T-top option did not come out until 1981?
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    You are correct but i believe he put it in the car
    ~LES~
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    My uncle and dad had nothing but problems with the aluminum procomp heads....(his were for a chevy tho) he ended up just running a set of worked over cast iron heads......the problem was the holes for the rockers weren't drilled in the right spot they were too far up they eventally just cracked ...just be careful
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    Quote Originally Posted by 80Notch View Post
    My uncle and dad had nothing but problems with the aluminum procomp heads....(his were for a chevy tho) he ended up just running a set of worked over cast iron heads......the problem was the holes for the rockers weren't drilled in the right spot they were too far up they eventally just cracked ...just be careful
    This kind of stuff made me shy of them for a long time. But I have not seen many issues with the SBF heads. Hopefully mine won't let me down.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    It's nice to see something different,I'm a sucker for the 99Cobra wheels also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVIL8286 View Post
    It's nice to see something different,I'm a sucker for the 99Cobra wheels also.
    Well then maybe you would be interested in buying them.

    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthread.php?t=145781

    I have a set on 18" black Saleen's going on when the car is ready to drive.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang-junky View Post
    Well then maybe you would be interested in buying them.

    http://vb.foureyedpride.com/showthread.php?t=145781

    I have a set on 18" black Saleen's going on when the car is ready to drive.

    Jess
    I'd love to but the no shipping doesn't work for me.
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    http://www.foureyedpride.com/content...984-Mustang-GT
    84Gt(1E)Hardtop Turbo
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    84Gt(1C)Sunroof 306

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    What year saleen's are those?
    Where did you buy them that came with those center caps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boyd View Post
    I thought the T-top option did not come out until 1981?
    Read below.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang-junky View Post
    A few months ago it wasn't a t-top car. I am waiting for warmer weather to glue the seals down.

    I like the Cobra rims too. But, they are only 8" wide. I wanted more bigger

    Jess
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    I really don't know what to think about that wing on that car. On one hand I love the cobra R's. ont the other hand I don't like wings on coupes, and on the other hand.... wait I'm out of hands...
    I am very interested to see how it looks once its painted. I'm thinking I may like it more than I want to let myself, kinda gives it an American iron race car look. Are you keeping it blue? BTW Love the new wheels!
    one last deal to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EVIL8286 View Post
    I'd love to but the no shipping doesn't work for me.
    You are only one state away, maybe we can meet in the middle. I you were seriously interested I could get you a shipping quote.

    Quote Originally Posted by fiveoh 86lx View Post
    What year saleen's are those?
    Where did you buy them that came with those center caps?
    I bought the caps separately and added them.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4bangen View Post
    I really don't know what to think about that wing on that car. On one hand I love the cobra R's. ont the other hand I don't like wings on coupes, and on the other hand.... wait I'm out of hands...
    I am very interested to see how it looks once its painted. I'm thinking I may like it more than I want to let myself, kinda gives it an American iron race car look. Are you keeping it blue? BTW Love the new wheels!
    No doubt the car will be a love it or hate it thing. The blue probably will not stay.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    Got a few days of warmer weather. The motor is going together now.



    Mounted the pistons on the rods yesterday. I really hate the spiral locks. Had to install 32 of them. Good thing the work well.

    Jess
    Previously owned;
    1979 Mustang, v6 swapped to EFI 393, custom installed m122 blower, 4r70w trans, Megasquirt II, T-top swaped in.
    1990 Mustang, 545 BBF, C-4 with brake, ladder bars.
    1983 Mustang, 1984 SVO Mustang
    1984 Mustang convertible, v6 swapped to 351
    1986 Mustang GT, 1989 Mustang GT convertible
    1992 Mustang coupe, 4 swapped to 302

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    Looking good

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