Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Steeda UnderDrive Pulleys

I cruised up to Mustangs Unlimited today to get a set of underdrive pulleys. At first I got a set of BBK billet, but when I got home I saw that the crank pulley was a piggy back type, not a whole pulley, but something I had to put together with a part of the factory crank pulley that I was taking off. I did not like that idea so I took them back. I placed and order for these and paid the difference. They were not in stock so I'll have to wait for them to call me when they come in. I'll update the blog with some photos once I'm done with the install.

I also did some research when I got home and got this info from the All Ford Mustangs site. Looks like I made the right move by going with the Steeda. We will see.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Installed a Hurst Shifter

I installed this shifter because the the factory shifter was just to sloppy. The new Hurst has a very positive feel and finds third gear by itself. The build quality blows away the factory shifter. It sits up a little higher than the factory one, but that is perfect for me. I'm old school when it comes to hot rods so I love the white plastic shifter knob.

Great parts places and seat extenders

A fellow Silver Mustang club member turned me on to a Mustang junkyard that is only 1.3 miles from my home. The place is called Prestige Mustang and the guy I talk to over there is Adam. He is very informative and they have just about everything you could want for your Mustang. I have a feeling that they are going to be seeing a bunch of me.


Another Mustang parts place that is close to me is Mustangs Unlimited. That is where I picked up a set of seat extenders. I'm 6'6" and my legs were a tad cramped so they kit helped out a bunch! It moves the seat back 4.5" and raises it up 1/2" so if you are also a tall Mustang owner you might want to check out a set.



While searching the internet for different looking silver Mustangs I came across the web page:www.silvermustangs.com It is a registry site just for silver Mustangs. They are a fun bunch of folks, so if you own a silver Mustang register and get your own SMR# Even of you don't own a silver Mustang, come over and check out the fourms.

SMR# 0389

....more photos

These are just some more photos of the car on the dealers lot.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Buying the project car

On May 14th 2008 my search ended for the car I wanted to hot rod. I found a very clean 1998 Silver Mustang GT. It has the original 4.6 L 2V engine. The car also has a 5 speed and just two modifications, a K&N cold air tube and a pair of FlowMaster mufflers. The interior is black leather which is in great shape. The body is straight, the car tracks true and there does not seem to be any major mechanical problems. I did take it to a shop where they do work for me on my other cars. The muffler brackets were loose so one of the pipes were rubbing on the rear sway bar and they found a leak from the water pump. I had them repair those problems and put in a 180 degree thermostat. This will not be a daily driver. Right now I'm driving it back and forth from work to get a feel on how the car handles and to see if any other problems pop up that the guys back at the shop might have missed.

The purpose of this blog is to document this project. I'm doing this to keep track on what I have done and to help keep the project on track by giving myself goals. The main goal is listed in the header of this blog. I want make a Mustang that run 12 seconds at the dragstrip on street tires, well, at least on drag radials.

So if you are interested in the documentation of the building of a hot rod and to see what works and what does not, just keep an eye on this blog.