Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Pompano Beach, FL
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I agree on the "springless stance." Maybe I should work some air suspension into the build, so it looks cool while parked.
I've made some decisions that I'll be sticking to. Some of you will be relieved that I am taking your advice after all. And I still have some investigating to do on other things. I have had a lot going on and I like to completely draw up a plan before I start working on it, so thank you for your patience.
I ended up selling my Ranger, but I still have the parts one. After taking it on some final drives I decided to go with the Mustang T-5 instead of the M5OD from the Ranger. I never trusted the hydraulic clutch after the slave blew out on me once, and I'm no longer capable of bench pressing anywhere near what I used to. (And that was less than the transmission weighs.) Also, the T-5 that I pulled at the junkyard was the variety which bolts to the aluminum oil pan, so the 2.5L should bolt right up. I was able to pull all the pedal, wiring and other bits from that car as well, except for the shifter I think. So that's all Mustang bits and should go into the Mustang easily. It will also allow me to use mechanical gagues whereas the M5OD has no recepticles for such things.
2) Rear end
I may have to spend a day at the junkyard to figure this out. The Ranger VSS is mounted in the rear end and is essentially linked with the ABS module. It looks like all the Mustangs were mounted in the transmission. As far as I can tell, there's no easy way out on this one. I wish it was easier to get under the cars I'll actually be working on... Once the electrical and sensor issues are sorted, I'll make a decision on gearing, and if I need/want another rear end or not. The more I think about it, the more I want both rear wheels to move the car.
At one point I was putting the Ranger back together just to sell. Turns out the wiring harness has been tinkered with, but I think I can sort it out and then put it in the Mustang. Both the original 1984 harnesses I have are trash. There are a few bits (vacuum and electrical modules) that are missing from the passenger side inner fender well of the truck that I'll have to hunt down and replace as well. This will all be done to get the thing running before I harvest parts for the Mustang. I may end up making a new wiring harness from bits of the Mustang ones and the Ranger one.
I don't know how, but the trunk hinges, arms and springs have gone missing. I'll need those. For now the car will stay 1984 LX in style. I have no plans to put a roof on it. I need to find a rear seat so I can create a filler panel where the top would normally retract into. Ideally I could borrow an ASC McLaren panel and have a metal one fabricated and welded on. I'm not sure how I want to address the front windows sealing and such should I decide to put a removable top on it in the future.
Looks like my best option is 1994-2004 front seats. As mentioned, I need a Fox convertible rear seat for it. I would like to recreate the broken original plastic dash and console in metal, and possibly modify some parts as I go.
2000 Ford Mustang convertible 3.8L 5-speed
2015 Jeep Wrangler Sport 3.6L 6-speed (daily)