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    Quote Originally Posted by bkm View Post
    I finally decided on a transmission and picked up a fresh toploader with V-Gate shifter. I found a brand new misslabed Ram Powergrip HD clutch kit on Ebay for $250 shipped so I decided to go with that and a Fidanza aluminum flywheel along with a Romac balancer. I haven't weighed the balancer yet, but it feels lighter than the oe unit.

    The "budget" theme is kinda going out the window so I decided on a full chromoly UPR front suspension kit.

    I started tearing down the engine getting ready for ptv clearance check and transferring over the oil pan and front accessorys.
    That brings back memories of my T'loader swap. Get the sawsall ready. lol
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    You dug into the wiring yet? I'd suggest getting a Helm manual for the donor car, and your 82, can usually find them on ebay.
    1990 Red LX, ported explorer heads and intakes, weenie cam, 1 3/4 long accufabs, 3" exhaust, T5, 4.88
    1985 LTD LX, Mach1 brakes, 17" Mopar police car wheels. 7.86@86MPH with 302, 3640 pounds with 1/4 tank of gas and me in it. 331 build in progress
    1984 LTD station wagon, with 84GT nose, some might remember it as the old Dugan Racing station wagon.
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    Last edited by David Claflin; 06-13-2019 at 07:55 PM.
    1990 Red LX, ported explorer heads and intakes, weenie cam, 1 3/4 long accufabs, 3" exhaust, T5, 4.88
    1985 LTD LX, Mach1 brakes, 17" Mopar police car wheels. 7.86@86MPH with 302, 3640 pounds with 1/4 tank of gas and me in it. 331 build in progress
    1984 LTD station wagon, with 84GT nose, some might remember it as the old Dugan Racing station wagon.
    1986 FHP coupe, yet another work in progress

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    Re budget

    Lol - yea. you’ve seen my 85 build thread, right. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Claflin View Post
    You dug into the wiring yet? I'd suggest getting a Helm manual for the donor car, and your 82, can usually find them on ebay.
    I'm going to keep it carbureted and just eliminate the non essential wiring. I'll look into one of those manuals. Thank you.

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    what kind of cam you going to run now?
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    87 GT, sunroof, 5 speed.
    88 GT, sunroof, 5 speed.
    89 LX, Sunroof, Roller (project)
    90 Coupe, LX, 2.3, 5 speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mobileaudio219 View Post
    what kind of cam you going to run now?
    This week or next week? Lol
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    haha, I'm pretty indecisive myself so I can't say much. You're the guy I got those 10 holes from a few weeks back (at the storage shed?)
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    87 GT, sunroof, 5 speed.
    88 GT, sunroof, 5 speed.
    89 LX, Sunroof, Roller (project)
    90 Coupe, LX, 2.3, 5 speed.

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    Ahh I see. I'm just giving Bryan **** he's a pretty cool dude.Yeah I try to keep things on track, but things change way to much. lol
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    Lol, yeah, I guess I need to update this thread a little bit. So now the plans are back to EFI, but this time I bought a Holley Terminator X setup, Vortech S-trim, and a Tremec TKO 600. I'm actually working on it right now believe it or not. It's not much farther than the last pictures, but I'll update the progress in a few days. But like STL79 says, check back next week for a different direction. Oh, it'll probably be a stock HO cam for now?

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    Hmm, do you still have the toploader? I'm building a manual shifted 2.3t and trying to decide if I want to run a toploader or my t5Z. I think it would like 2.95 1st gear vs. 2.78, but my goal is eventually for around 500hp, and this is a brand new T5Z with less than 1000 miles on it, so I don't want to just go tear it up.
    1985 GT, Sunroof, 5 Lug, Rear Discs, 01 Graphite Bullets, 88 forged piston shortblock, 2.02/1.60 Alum heads, Weiand Stealth, Holley C950 TBI, BBK Long tubes

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    I sold the Toploader. I wanted overdrive after all.

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    Me too. When I wasn't looking, I could find deals on TKOs, 3550, and T56. Now that I am looking, no deals.
    1985 GT, Sunroof, 5 Lug, Rear Discs, 01 Graphite Bullets, 88 forged piston shortblock, 2.02/1.60 Alum heads, Weiand Stealth, Holley C950 TBI, BBK Long tubes

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    Quote Originally Posted by droopie85gt View Post
    Me too. When I wasn't looking, I could find deals on TKOs, 3550, and T56. Now that I am looking, no deals.
    I just said to hell with it and bought a new tko600. I was tired of playing that game too.

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    Yep ...... definitely getting serious

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    Getting ready to paint the engine bay and install the tubular suspension. I picked up a set of 94-95 spindles and 99-04 dual piston calipers. I'm considering a tubular lower radiator support. The oem lower core support is tweaked a little and now is the time to address it.

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    Might as well get a tubular bumper support.
    Keith formerly STLPONDS
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    Quote Originally Posted by STL79Coupe View Post
    Might as well get a tubular bumper support.
    I've thought about the whole tubular front end from the strut towers forward, but those things aren't cheap.

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    Taking advantage of some vacation time and 70 degree temperatures. I painted the Lakewood 90/10's silver. Red just seemed to stick out like a sore thumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkm View Post
    Taking advantage of some vacation time and 70 degree temperatures. I painted the Lakewood 90/10's silver. Red just seemed to stick out like a sore thumb.
    Yes it does! I had the red Lakewoods and the old UPR Blue coil over sleeves on my car which is all silver with black trim. I have black struts now, but I still need to do somethinf with the sleeves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STL79Coupe View Post
    Yes it does! I had the red Lakewoods and the old UPR Blue coil over sleeves on my car which is all silver with black trim. I have black struts now, but I still need to do somethinf with the sleeves.
    Now I've got to figure out what to do with the rear suspension parts. The baseline upper kit is red and the team z lowers are black. I think I'm just going to paint them silver too so they match the front stuff.

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    Yeah might as well.
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    what heads and stuff are you going to go with now? When are you hoping to get it to the track?
    My Previous Stangs:
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    87 GT, sunroof, 5 speed.
    88 GT, sunroof, 5 speed.
    89 LX, Sunroof, Roller (project)
    90 Coupe, LX, 2.3, 5 speed.

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    Right now it's just a P head explorer engine with a stock HO roller cam. I'd like to find a set of aluminum heads for a decent price, but it'll probably be the P heads for now.

    Hopefully it's at the track by early summer.

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    I'm going to see how far I can push the stock explorer engine with this S-Trim. I'm still considering E85 seeing that i still have to buy a fuel system. Buy once, cry once.

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