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    Default My 79 Pace Car Resto mod build

    I bought my Pace Car 4 years ago from a member on this site and it has been sitting ever since. My goal was to at first just make it a nice driver but then I decided to make it more of a modern restoration (similar to my SVO build). So I started looking at different engine/transmission options from coyote/navi/pushrod, etc. I had a couple donor GT500's slide through my fingers over the past couple years.

    Well last week I finally got my hands on the engine I wanted from the beginning, it is a 5.8 trinity from a 2014 GT500 backed by a T-56 and Mcleod twin disk clutch. I still have a long and expensive road a head of me, but I am a patient guy when it comes to a project car (SVO build ).

    This past weekend I also picked up a 85 t-top roller (also found on this site) that has just about very piece (minus door glass) to swap out my rusted sunroof to a t-top .

    I was inspired by both the SINIS built Pace Car and the Cobra Jet Pace Car and hopefully mine will eventually look as good as those cars do.

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    Last edited by Unclesams_SVO; 09-14-2021 at 09:50 AM.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn and stop)

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Awaiting GT500 swap)

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    Picture of the Pace Car next to my SVO (few years ago)

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    The day I picked it up in San Diego (with Marshal's help)

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    Still undecided on how I want the interior to look, but this was all done by the previous owner.

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    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn and stop)

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Awaiting GT500 swap)

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    FEP Super Member JTurbo's Avatar
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    Looking forward to following along with your build.
    1979 Indy Pace Car Mustang 302 / 5spd
    1982 Mustang GT T-Top 302 / 4spd
    1986 SVO Mustang - 1C

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    Cool Project! Same idea I originally had for my 82 GT, but with 2 daughters in college, a third in HS, starting a new business and the wife changing careers, there's no way I could swing the $$ for the Shelby. So . . . . I am using a Navigator 5.4 DOHC, with some aftermarket tricks and parts. I will warn you the 5.8 is a HUGE engine trying to fit between the strut towers in a FOX. Since I want power brakes, I have modified the firewall to move the position of the Hydra Boost unit over towards the outer fender to clear the back of the driver's valve cover. More fun to come once I catch up other daily driver projects that never seem to end. Good Luck with your project and feel free to PM for all the things NOT TO DO!
    ​Trey

    "I Don't build it hoping for your approval! I built it because it meets mine!"

    "I've spent most of my money on Mustangs, racing, and women... the rest I just wasted."

    Mustangs Past: Too many to remember!
    Current Mustangs:
    1969 Mach 1
    1979 Pace Car now 5.0/5 speed
    1982 GT Stalled RestoModification
    1984 SVO Still Waiting Restoration
    1986 GT Under going Wide Body Conversion Currently

    Current Capris:
    1981 Capri Roller
    1981 Capri Black Magic Roller Basket Case
    1982 Capri RS 5.0/4spd T-top Full Restoration Stalled in TX
    1984 Capri RS T-top Roller
    1983-84 Gloy Racing Trans Am/IMSA Body Parts

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    FEP Super Member Bryan Knebworth's Avatar
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    Still undecided on how I want the interior to look, but this was all done by the previous owner.

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    Oh man, you lucked-out...that's how I would want my PC optioned; Cruise Control, Tilt wheel, Power Locks, etc. It seems like most of them, at least 60% of them, had the non-cruise wheel. MSRP on that was well-over 10 grand

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    I will reach out once I start working on this as knowledge is power.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn and stop)

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Awaiting GT500 swap)

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    LUCKY!!!! GT500 powered will be sick.
    conmech - aka Marshall
    Pending build-1983 Mercury Capri RS NOT staying as it left the showroom floor......
    Sonic blue pearl, sand beige, netted halos, FR500 wheels and shiny under the hood.

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    Wow this is great! I thought i was the only one here doing a modular 4v swap!
    Nice to know i'm not alone
    79 Zephyr, 4v/4r70w swap planned, with team z front and rear suspension, 8.8 and upgraded brakes and coil overs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    Wow this is great! I thought i was the only one here doing a modular 4v swap!
    Nice to know i'm not alone

    Nope we are both crazy haha. I will have to check out your build to learn some stuff as this will be my biggest project.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn and stop)

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Awaiting GT500 swap)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Knebworth View Post
    Still undecided on how I want the interior to look, but this was all done by the previous owner.

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    Oh man, you lucked-out...that's how I would want my PC optioned; Cruise Control, Tilt wheel, Power Locks, etc. It seems like most of them, at least 60% of them, had the non-cruise wheel. MSRP on that was well-over 10 grand[/QUOTE]

    It also has a rear window wiper, v8 and 4-speed. Someone must have said "all of the above" when checking the boxes when ordering this car.
    1986 SVO 1E (IRS'd and too much $$ spent making it turn and stop)

    1979 Pace Car #2179 (Awaiting GT500 swap)

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