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post #161 of 991 Old May 28th, 2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Holy crap I haven't updated this in forever!

I will get some pics up ASAP! The T5 swap has been pushed back and the roller motor is getting ready to go in here shortly.

To clean things up and be a bit more reliable I installed an electric fuel pump. I went with a Holley red and a Fram filter set-up. Made a bracket from some metal and mounted it in front of the gas tank.


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The roller block had been sitting in my kitchen for months. This is what I had to start with.


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The timing chain looked ok, but figured I might as well upgrade so I ordered a new Edelbrock double roller timing set. The factory lifter guides from Ford were made of plastic and mostly broken. So in comes a new Ford Racing lifter kit with dogbones. I also cleaned up the pistons and made sure everything still turned smoothly.


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Since the new roller block is 50oz I needed a new flexplate to mate to the C4, thanks to TCI, thats taken care of too.


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I wanted to keep the factory look with serpentine and the passenger side coolant hoses, so in comes a Scott Drake balancer made to look period correct but balanced for 50 oz.


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Also to come are pictures of the console I made.

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Got the bolts for the timing cover and water pump today. Went to Lowes and picked up some stainless bolts. I wanted an aluminum water pump but didn't wanna shell out $150+ for one right now, so I settled for a standard iron pump. Painted it aluminum to match the rest of the theme.

Also I got a good deal on a polished aluminum oil pan so that is going on the motor too. Looks like I have a buyer lined up for the motor currently in my car. Makes it easy as I'm going to be moving to Austin, TX here in July.

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I also plasti-dipped my wheels awhile back. Wanted to see how it looked with black rims. Nice, but I think I'll go chrome in the future.


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Damn nice build nice work.

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post #164 of 991 Old May 29th, 2013, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

Here's a few shots of the console I built. It's made of MDF covered in marine grade vinyl. It has a Pioneer CD player and a pair of 6.5" kickers on the sides. The shifter is a pro-matic 2 by Hurst.


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The radio panel is held to the console base with snaps, pull on it and the panel pops off. All of the wiring is tucked inside and labeled. I coated the ends of the wires with liquid electrical tape after this photo. Just to be safe. This set-up was quick, cheap, and simple. Down the line I'd like to get OEM connectors that can be mounted to the rear/side so I can unhook the connector and pull the console.


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Heres a shot of my timing cover and water pump before I mount it on the block.


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Got a box from Cj Pony today. New weatherstriping for around the window frame on the doors. It was on sale and was only like $20 should have gotten the Scottdrake stuff like I normally do but this stuff works. I only had time to put the drivers side on but it seems to be working alright so far. Put a good bead of Black RTV on it and its stuck like glue.

I also got the new manual steering link in. Just have to order my roller idler from Opentracker and I'll be able to swap out the clunk power steering linkage for a much tighter set-up.

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I got the new timing cover and water pump installed on the engine today. There is one bolt that didn't wanna line up properly so I am gonna have to try and use a different bolt and/or take the water pump off and redo it. I dont want to force the bolt in and strip the new bolt hole.

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I picked up a PMGR starter for a 93 GT. I plan to have that installed when I do the motor swap. Didn't want to have a crappy old starter eating up my new flexplate. Plus the PMGR starters are smaller, lighter, and sound much smoother when starting.

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OK picture time!


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The wheels are MB Old Schools in Chrome. 17x8 and 17x9.5 Tires are BFG Sport Comp 2 235/45R17 and 275/40R17

I just barely have room for that tire in the rear since it sits so low. I plan to shave the panel lip a bit on the top side to make sure it wont rub.

I have plenty of room up front. Still have to do the Shelby drop and cut the coils. I'd like to get it level with the rear as long as it doesn't rub.

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Do you have power steering? I've got 245/45/r18 up front with manual steer, and it is hell on my shoulder.

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I had power steering but it didnt work. Im converting to manual linkage with a roller idler this weekend.

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Thanks guys. I got the roller idler in from opentracker. I plan to install that along withthe manual linkage tomorrow.

I also got the intake mounted on my engine. I went over and double checked the torque on teh head bolts and rocker arms. I am not sure about the thermostat housing. The thermostat seems to be a bit loose inside even when the bolts are tightened down.

Anyways, heres a quick picture. The intake is an Edelbrock Performer RPM. I got it used on Ebay for $38 and had to fix a crack on a water port. Hopefully it holds up.

I really just need to set the base timing and get ready to swap! Still debating on going ahead and getting new pullies.


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i have the same intake on mine. like the way the oil pressure sending unit and nipple are painted. wished i did that to mine now
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I painted mine an is has all flaked off

Need to take it back off and try some powder coat.

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Thats what I'm afraid of, I made sure to give it a couple coats of primer, couple layers of paint and then cleared everything a few times. Spaced it out over a couple weeks to give plenty of dry time. Powder coating would be awesome if I had an oven to bake parts in.

I like the clean look when almost everything is paint matched in colors.

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those wheels look great on there man. And will look even better after you do the drop. And it would be a good idea to cut that lip on the fender. I still have mine and am running a 275 rear and if I hit a hard enough bump with more than just me in the car the tires hit.



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Thanks Blue, thats on the plan for today. I need to run by the local Advance and pick up a pitman arm puller for the steering swap and then later I plan to shave that lip down.

Quick question for anyone that's done timing. Would it be possible for me to turn the distributor housing around so the vacuum advance is pointed towards the carb, so the hose isn't doing a 180 out the front? I figured as long as I set base timing (10* BTD) with the housing like that then it shouldn't be an issue. Maybe i'm overlooking something tho.

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Alright, I switched out the power linkage for the manual steering set-up. If I want to do power steering in the future I'll prolly do the Borgenson box.

Swapping it out was pretty straight-forward, the center link holes are tapered so it all only goes on one way. My tie rod ends all looked ok so I didn't replace them. Thought about it, but i am more focused on getting the motor swap done first.

Everything came off nice and smooth, save for the damn nut on the pitman arm. I needed the big gun lol, 1" electric impact:


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The old center link might be worth something to someone, I have the cylinder too, so I'll clean it up and put it in the classifieds:


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Here's the new roller idler, sorry the pic is so dark:


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I haven't driven it yet, so I can't make any comparisions. I am gonna start looking at the rear quarter panel lip.

I'll post pics up soon, my work computer doesn't work for pictures.

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