Monday, December 31, 2012

New Direction

 I have decided to head in another direction with my build. The followers of this page have watched me work toward a street / strip car. I modified the build a bit when I added the Bullitt handling kit. After living with the kit for over a year now I really don't have any interest in drag racing the car anymore. It would just cost to much money to make a car that takes a pounding at the strip. Plus there is no getting around it, a strip suspension is way different than a handling one. I'm on the road more than I would be at at the strip so I'm going for more of a road build. One that echoes the 1965 Shelby GT 350.

After some bench racing with my brother-in-law Jay, I think we have come up with a plan. First the goal would be to try and get close to the specifications of the '65 GT 350. The three main specifications that I'm after on the GT 350 are, 306 hp, 329 lbs-ft torque and a weight of 2,800 pounds.  We have also added a limiting factor to make this goal. Try and only use Ford parts whenever possible. By putting a limit on what we can buy we have to get creative and it will keep the costs down since we won't be looking at blowers or turbos and the like.

The first number is horsepower and that should be easy to get with just bolt-ons. My car has the NPI engine in it and it is listed at 225hp stock. I have a few bolt-on's already, under-drive pulleys, Flowmaster cat back, cold air induction and a Diablo tune. Even with these mods I'm sure I'm well short of the 306hp goal. However, doing a PI head / Cam swap and bolt on's will get me close to 275rwhp / 295rwtq and using a 15% conversion that comes to around 316 hp and 339 tq at the flywheel. That takes care of both the hp and tq goals right there.

The last spec is curb weight. The Shelby is listed at 2,800 lbs and my GT is listed at 3,278 lbs. So to match that spec the GT will have to shed 478 lbs. This goal would be a long term one. First I can start with the easy free stuff like a rear seat delete, getting rid of the Mach 460 sound system and various other tricks can shed a couple of hundred pounds quick and cheap. Getting those last pounds off will be more of a challenge. Using this link will help figure out what to take out or replace:

Well, those are the new goals. I'm looking forward to building this beast.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Not For Sale

Just kidding! My Mustang GT has been sitting quietly in my garage for a year and a half since I added the tires and handling kit. Work is slow and I really don't have to money to put into what is essentially a toy. I have taken it out a few times to stretch it's legs and to make sure it's fluids get moved around.

Even though I have thought about selling it, it really would not make any sense. It's paid for, it makes a great back up car in case one of our other cars needs to go into the shop and I would not get that much for it anyway. For some reason the 1996-1998 Mustangs are not very popular with the masses. Kind of like the Mustang II. The 4.6 modular engine was not a hit with the 5.0 pushrod crowd. I love the look of the 94-98 (SN95) cars. they have a very sleek sports car look while retaining some of the classic Mustang styling, but the retro craze seems to get all the attention.

I'm sad I missed the SITH (Silver in the Hills), the Silver Mustang club meeting this year. The past years it has been in Stone Mountain GA which is six miles from me. So money was never an excuse to miss it. This year they moved it to Maggie Valley, NC and I was planing to go up on Saturday and come back the same day, but our other '98 Mustang had to go into the shop on Saturday for repair so that took away from any extra cash we had to make the trip. I hope things will turn around so I can make it next year.

So, even though I have thought of selling it, I really can't because I love the car and I would not be able to get enough money out of it for the money I have spent on upgrades. Even though I do not have the funds to do what I want to the car at least I have a project car that is in great working order for when this economy turns around and I have the cash to sink into it.

I had not made an update on the blog for over a year so I thought I'd post up some of my thoughts just so anyone that reads this blog will know the project is not dead and that I have not given up on getting this project done!