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    Quote Originally Posted by 5.0 bird View Post
    Really sharp and clean, congrats!
    Thank you. Wish I could take a few weeks off of work to get her done. Well Thatís probably most of our wishes lol

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    Gotta order a Marti report. Curious to see how many Mustangs were equipped like mine. Itís a Ghia model but has the sport steering wheel and no center console. Love the times when there were 71 option boxes that could be checked. Ok I made that number up but you get what Iím sayin.



    Last edited by saleen428; 11-01-2018 at 11:21 PM.

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    With the original metric Michelinís over 20 years old, I bought a set of wheels and tires. I am keeping with 4 lug which as we all know limits selection unless you go with custom drilled wheels. I am not entirely in love with these. Reason being that I had a set of authentice Sterns on my 88 Saleen. Anyway hereís some pics.

    The tires are Cooper RS3-s in 245-45-17 and 275-40-17



    And for some reason I can only upload one pic. I will post the wheels below...
    Last edited by saleen428; 11-08-2018 at 06:19 PM.

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    I am having some custom pieces being made for the wheels to make them unique and tie directly into my theme. Should be here later this week

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    Had custom wheel center caps made to bolster the theme of celebrating the carís heritage. The Ghia studio contribution to the Mustang may seem insignificant, however it truly represents one of the many personalities of our beloved Mustang. What do you think of the custom caps?








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    Center Caps look Great!

    Nice addition to the wheels and will definitely look better than the SVE center caps.
    ​Trey

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    This is a neat car, I looked at this car at the Fall Carlise, PA car flea market and car corral in fall of 2016. It was for sale by Jim Babish a dealer out of Jonhstown, PA, I believe he bought it from as estate with other Mustangs also. Was real tempted to buy it and didn't and regretted it. Then saw it for sale on here in Michigan, too far to travel from PA for me. Very hard to find nice square light coupes. My first car was an 86 Coupe. I have multiple Mustangs now, but the only square light is a completly stock 86 Gt hatch with 23,000 original miles. Good luck with the car.

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    I like the Ghia center caps. Just curious where you had them fabricated.

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    The center caps are super cool! A great, subtle mod!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cougman67 View Post
    I like the Ghia center caps. Just curious where you had them fabricated.
    These are domed decals. Many people make them; some are concerned about trademarks more than others. DM if you want additional info

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZephyrEFI View Post
    The center caps are super cool! A great, subtle mod!
    Thanks. Best way I could think of tying new with old. My preference would have been 17x9/10 TRX wheels if there was such a thing

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    No pictures for this update but I did get a set of Koni Strts for the old girl. I have also secured a set of Bullitt springs. I will cut these down to get the height I desire. I know that some may have a heart attack over this, but it is a legit strategy with these linear rate springs. I have done this with my other Mustang with great results. I will have pics for my next update.

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    I came across an 82 GT bumper cover and fender extensions. I really want to pull the trigger however this goes against my original plan of leaving the body stock. Oh and there is a PC hood with it. Help!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saleen428 View Post
    I came across an 82 GT bumper cover and fender extensions. I really want to pull the trigger however this goes against my original plan of leaving the body stock. Oh and there is a PC hood with it. Help!!
    Tough choices!

    Ed's "street legal auto crosser" 79 has the Pace Car front end (same as 82 GT) with the hood and it looks great!

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    Ourselves on our 79 Ghia, I only intend to upgrade the stock hood to the reverse cowl hood. I am also seriously going to look into the 03 Mach 1 shin spoiler upgrade to add to the look


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    Quote Originally Posted by 82GTforME View Post
    Tough choices!

    Ed's "street legal auto crosser" 79 has the Pace Car front end (same as 82 GT) with the hood and it looks great!

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    Ourselves on our 79 Ghia, I only intend to upgrade the stock hood to the reverse cowl hood. I am also seriously going to look into the 03 Mach 1 shin spoiler upgrade to add to the look

    Ok I am labeling you as an enabler The pics of the red car are perfect as mine is the same. The best plan may be to buy the parts now and decide later if I want use or not

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    Update: I missed out on the parts. Sold quickly. Back to the original plans of keeping the body stock. For now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlehma13 View Post
    Whew!
    Thanks. I need constant support to keep focused lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by saleen428 View Post
    Love the times when there were 71 option boxes that could be checked. Ok I made that number up but you get what I’m sayin.
    Actually you're not far off...

    Mustang Ghia 2-door sedan options
    air conditioner, selectaire
    battery, heavy duty
    bodyside protection, lower
    (1)brakes, power front disc
    console
    (2)defroster, electric rear window
    emission system, California
    emission system, high altitude
    (3)exhaust, sport tuned
    engine, 2.8L litre 2V 6-cylinder
    engine, turbocharged 2.3 litre 2V 4-cylinder
    (4)engine 5.0 litre (302 CID) 2V 8-cylinder
    lock group, power
    paint, metallic glow
    paint treatment, tu-tone
    premium sound system
    protection group
    radio, AM
    radio, AM digital clock
    radio, AM/FM monaural
    radio, AM/FM stereo
    radio, AM/FM stereo with 8-track tape
    radio, AM/FM stereo with cassette tape
    radio flexibility option
    roof, vinyl
    roof, flip-up open air
    seat, four way manual driver's
    (5)speakers, dual rear seat
    speed control, fingertip
    (6)steering, power variable ratio
    steering wheel, leather wrapped sport
    steering wheel, tilt
    suspension, handling
    tinted glass -- complete
    tires, WSW -- bias play
    tires, steel-belted radial ply -- BSW and WSW
    tires, Michelin TRX
    transmission, selectshift automatic
    trim, accent cloth and vinyl
    trim, luxury cloth and vinyl
    trim, leather and vinyl
    wheel covers, turbine
    wheel covers, wire
    wheels, four cast aluminum
    wheels with trim rings, four styled steel
    wheels, four forged metric aluminum
    windshield wipers, interval

    limited options
    heater, engine block immersion
    floor mats, front
    tinted glass -- windshield

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    (1) required with your engine
    (2) required in your DSO
    (3) included with your engine/transmission combo
    (4) includes sport tuned exhaust with your transmission, requires power brakes and power steering
    (5) included with your radio
    (6) required with your engine
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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxChassis View Post
    Actually you're not far off...

    Mustang Ghia 2-door sedan options
    air conditioner, selectaire
    battery, heavy duty
    bodyside protection, lower
    (1)brakes, power front disc
    console
    (2)defroster, electric rear window
    emission system, California
    emission system, high altitude
    (3)exhaust, sport tuned
    engine, 2.8L litre 2V 6-cylinder
    engine, turbocharged 2.3 litre 2V 4-cylinder
    (4)engine 5.0 litre (302 CID) 2V 8-cylinder
    lock group, power
    paint, metallic glow
    paint treatment, tu-tone
    premium sound system
    protection group
    radio, AM
    radio, AM digital clock
    radio, AM/FM monaural
    radio, AM/FM stereo
    radio, AM/FM stereo with 8-track tape
    radio, AM/FM stereo with cassette tape
    radio flexibility option
    roof, vinyl
    roof, flip-up open air
    seat, four way manual driver's
    (5)speakers, dual rear seat
    speed control, fingertip
    (6)steering, power variable ratio
    steering wheel, leather wrapped sport
    steering wheel, tilt
    suspension, handling
    tinted glass -- complete
    tires, WSW -- bias play
    tires, steel-belted radial ply -- BSW and WSW
    tires, Michelin TRX
    transmission, selectshift automatic
    trim, accent cloth and vinyl
    trim, luxury cloth and vinyl
    trim, leather and vinyl
    wheel covers, turbine
    wheel covers, wire
    wheels, four cast aluminum
    wheels with trim rings, four styled steel
    wheels, four forged metric aluminum
    windshield wipers, interval

    limited options
    heater, engine block immersion
    floor mats, front
    tinted glass -- windshield

    ---------
    (1) required with your engine
    (2) required in your DSO
    (3) included with your engine/transmission combo
    (4) includes sport tuned exhaust with your transmission, requires power brakes and power steering
    (5) included with your radio
    (6) required with your engine
    Whoa thatís a long list. I really should get a Marti report to confirm all the options on my coupe.

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    I threw away some $$ today thanks to California smog laws. I took the coupe to the muffler shop to get a portion of the mid pipe replaced as well as the muffler. All of this is going to get ripped out when i upgrade to dual exhaust later this year.



    When the muffler guy removed the muffler, he called me over and pointed out rust on the bottom of the floor directly above the muffler. Seems like an odd place for rust. The car is originally from PA and I am a Cali boy so we donít have a ton of experience with rust of this sort.



    It was hard for me to tell how bad it is as I only got a look long enough to snap the pic. I poked at it with my fingers and seems only an outlet layer is crusty? However, there is no outer layer so maybe it is an old protection material that has been sacrificed? I should point out that the bottom of the car is mostly rust free with the exception of some light surface rust on very limited spots. Thoughts on this?
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    That is nothing to worry about , much less lose sleep over .
    Wire brush it and do normal prep and paint .
    Most likely , heat from your muffler caused this .
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    VIN
    9 = 1979 model year
    F = Dearborn Assembly
    04 = Mustang Ghia 2-door sedan (coupe)
    F = 5.0L V8 engine
    172278 = 72,278th 1979 Ford scheduled for production at Dearborn Assembly

    Door Tag
    Date - 11-78 = November 1978 build
    GVWR - 3910 lb/1773 kg = gross vehicle weight rating
    Front GAWR - 2111 lb/957 kg = front gross axle weight rating
    Rear GAWR - 1819 lb/825 kg = rear gross axle weight rating
    F0000 = 0 lbs front accessory reserve load
    R0038 = 38 lbs rear accessory reserve load
    Exterior Paint Colors - 2P = Bright Red
    DSO - 15 = New York district sals office
    Body - 66H = Mustang Ghia 2-door sedan (coupe)
    VR - [blank] = no vinyl roof
    Mldg - 10E = Black bodyside molding with Argent inset stripes
    Int Trim - SN = vinyl seating, low-back front buckets (S), White with Medium Red interior colors (N)
    A/C - A = air conditioner
    R - 4 = AM/FM stereo radio
    S - C = sunroof
    Ax - Y = 3.08:1 axle ratio, non-locking differential
    Tr - 5 = manual overdrive (Tremec 4-speed 'SROD') transmission
    MM = front spring codes
    MM = rear spring codes

    Buck Tag
    MUSTANG = Mustang model line
    172278 = 72,278th 1979 Ford scheduled for production at Dearborn Assembly
    66H = Mustang Ghia 2-dr sedan (coupe)
    F = 5.0L V8 engine
    MR = moonroof (sunroof)
    137_ = body & paint rotations #137_
    2P = Bright Red exterior paint color
    W = White interior trim color
    ST
    M
    AC = manual air conditioner
    HB = heated backlite (rear defrost)
    DRM = dual remote mirrors
    COM
    MOD = manual overdrive transmission (Tremec 4-speed 'SROD')
    1 = no hood scoop
    V = visibility (light/convenience group)
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