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post #1 of 61 Old 07-21-2012, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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1986 Mustang Coupe Nitrous SBC Swap

My Coupe when i 1st got it


The motor going in it, a 385 SBC stroker


in its last home, a 94 S10


87+ GT fender had to shave the ground effect holes and shaved the antenna



shaved the lower bars off of the junk yard bumper cover



Oil pump locked up and broke the shaft on the junk ass 306. I had to fix it cause it is my daily driver and to get to work, so i replace the pump and oil pump shaft and put it back in














Can you guess what happened about a month later?





Replacement short block #1. I found out I couldn't use it due to piston to valve clearance issues, after I cleaned it up.



So I got a 93 short block with a F303 cam in it. For the same reason stated above, I had to go to work so the cheapest and easiest way to do that was to fix it and put it back together. I swear Im not a Ford guy.












New to me exhaust pipes


03' Cobra 10th Anniversary brakes and front control arms!!! Fronts go on immediately, the rears have to wait for my rear axle to get built.







Polished Cobra replica wheels 17/9


teaser pic until i got the rear end in there


Pulled the old 8.8 out to get it built



While it was in the air i went ahead and put the newish pipes on


New rear axle parts came in, 35 spline Moser axles, spool, 3.55 gears and bearings. I haad to drill out the wheels and disc rotors to fit the studs.

























Damn AOD decided to give me problems and spring a bunch of leaks. A lot of bolts were loose so I pulled the tail shaft off and pookied it up and did a filter change when I was under there.




I tried on my friends wheels to see if they cleared the Cobra breaks. the rear did and the fronts were VERY close but I think they might clear the 13" brakes.






I picked up a hood off of Craigslist for a good price, its not the best but it will do.



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Getting the hood motivated me to get the bumper cover on so I did.







Got some new rubber for the rear. 285/40ZR17



Pulled the carpet and pressure washed it.





Now Im actually started on getting the parts to do the SBC swap. I just picked up an AJE K-member and the spring perches and front control arm bushings came in yesterday.


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Since this is my DD I have had too keep the ford drive train in it if a while, due to $$$ reasons. Last night the only part I really havent touched other than servicing it and stopping the leaks it has finally went out on me. The AOD lost 3rd and 4th so Im not spending another penny on the ford stuff im done with it.

So SBC/TH350 here we come.
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I got my motor out of storage today and started tinkering with it. I spent today straightening up my shop and cleaning my motor. tomorrow im gunna button up the motor and figure out what to do about my accessories. Im running the stock setup off of a 99 S10 blazer. Some time this week I have to go into my TH350 and see if it can be rebuilt, it got messed up pretty bad in my accident. Im still looking for headers and a radiator for a small block chevy, if anybody has some laying around please hit me up on here.





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I got some modified Kooks headers for a good price

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^^^^ Slipp ???? ^^^^
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I got most of the Ford out of this car for good. I sold the old motor and trans and its paying for a built TH350 with a JW trans brake. Im getting the trans and converter back this friday, then hopefully the engine and trans will be in this weekend. The stock 99 S10 Blazer front accessories didnt work, it hit the tall valve covers. Im going to get the mid mount Billet Specialties setup with power steering. I ran across a little snag with the front control arms. Im running a set of 03-04 Cobra control arms and that allows a 17/9 wheel and a 275/40R17 to tuck in the fender and not stick out like you typically see on foxbodies, well the problem is I have an older AJE K-member and it has smaller bolts and the stock bolts cant work for many reasons. so the control arms wont fit. I called AJE and they are sending me some sleeves to correct this problem. I am waiting on the guy who I bought the Kooks headers from to get me the adapter plates so I can bolt the headers up. Hopefully I can get this all by the weekend so I can get majority of this project together.





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Well today I paid off my transmission and Monday the JW trans brake will be ordered. The guy I bought my headers from couldn't get the adapter plates so I had some laying around that I had to widdle on all day today. I got them to fit with the help of my good friend Gary. It only took about 7 hours to grind these into submission. Tomorrow we will mock up the motor in the car and see if everything fits like it hopefully should.















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Now that was a lot of grinding to do!


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Great job ,thanks for all the pics.
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I got it in and mocked up. I wanted to see how the headers fit, I had to ding 1 pipe on each header. And the DS header was modified to clear the stock steering shaft





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Ya caught me. Glad to see its coming together man.
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This is the same motor that is now in my Mustang

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Ya caught me. Glad to see its coming together man.
Done anything to your turd yet?
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The vert is sitting under a cover back in Philly. Just picked up a 4cyl notch to keep me busy out here.
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Ive been waiting on these little bastards to put my front end back together. these are the sleeves to make the front control arm bolts bigger to fit the stock control arms

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Street car suspension


Tucking the 17/9 with 275/45R17




Sitting on all 4 again, it needs an alignment real bad
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I thought i was going to have an issue with the steering shaft not being long enough, but after talking to AJE they helped me out a lot. so tomorrow ill get the front end completely together, i gotta put new tie rod ends on.





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I got my shifter mounted tonight



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got the shifter properly mounted and got the neutral safety switch and reverse lights wired up. I also ran the wires for the electronic speedo, trans temp gauge and wired up the trans brake to the button on the shifter




I got my TH350 yesterday. man I cant wait to get this running




This was a pita to put in
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******* I need a trans cross member ASAP anyone have one that is close to Pasadena, TX *******
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On the home stretch


I had to notch the fire wall seam for the distributor


Im gunna get the drive shaft made tomorrow, and button up the rest and start it up. Well thats the plan at least.
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I got it running and was able to drive it. I tested the trans brake and it worked great. Only problem is, I have a massive oil leak on the front seal of the oil pan. so tomorrow im gunna try to put exhaust on it and try to get the oil leak fixed.

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Got the oil leak fixed and now Im fighting keeping a belt on the accessories, other than that It runs awesome.

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Is that a street sign cut up for the shift hole/mount?
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Is that a street sign cut up for the shift hole/mount?
Yessir
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Now that was a lot of grinding to do!
I feel his pain. Same thing on mine, too.
Enjoying the progress!
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that was the worst part of the whole swap. my air compressor hasnt been right after that day.
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Well, I changed my plugs in my car from the 4554 NGK (left) to the 7173 NGK's (right) and it severely woke up. I went from shifting from 6800 to shifting at 7400 and drivability was much better. Well the motor was saying "GIVE ME MORE!!!" and the transmission was saying "TOO MUCH!!!" then it said "[email protected]#K IT IM DONE!!!" and broke.



How I got home that night


I was spinning a little, those marks that keep going are mine






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well its in and i replaced the upper housing bushings on my 8.8 too





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got it all together and it shifts and drives great. we softened up the 2nd gear hit and maybe it wont shift itself to death now.
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Nothing slow about you. Lots of good "Fall" air; where's that time-slip?
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if i remember correctly it went a 11.99 with a 1.87 60' @ 114 mph on motor leaving off of idle.as you can see by the pics it doesnt have any suspension, sub frame connectors or tires yet, once those go on the nitrous will get hooked up and fast times will come.
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Just another update. Im slowly working on the interior right now. My friend has a real clean coupe he is restoring and he is donating some of his old parts to my cause. i put his old weather stripping on (which is way better than my old weather stripping) and his old headliner. that should clean it up a lot. since my doors are apart im trying to fix all the rattles. my package tray isnt in the best shape so im gunna attempt to recover it myself, that should be interesting. if i can afford it i would like to get new speakers too and build a sub box for the trunk for 1 10" sub.
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It's that time again. Tomorrow the tear down begins. (1-25-13, Friday)


I did a few things today after work. I got the trans out again, gunna take it and see what exactly i need to order to fix it right and make it "bulletproof"


The Thunderduck (1988 Thunderbird $600 beater) doin its duty.


Finally got my E-Brake hooked up to the 03 Cobra brakes, I was missing that cross piece that connects the cables together.


Mounted my 2-step and Im waiting on my Nitrous retard to come back from MSD so I can wire it all up.

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