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Well I have not posted on this thread in a while. I have been driving the car quite a bit this summer. had a good time with it. it runs great. sounds mean, if I mash the throttle it will bark the tires when it shifts into second. I never had an automatic car that would do that before lol. so it is a blast to drive. I also got a new black tonneau for it.







and took it to our local car show. it is still has a 50/50 paint job, but the rest of the car looks good. and I love driving it.





My daughters car won first in her class again. I got second with my 65. no trophy for the fox but I did have lots of people who enjoyed it and asked questions about it.

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btw. it looks like I may be starting a new project this winter. after I finish remodeling the basement bathroom that is lol. my Dad hit a deer with his 94 gt 5 speed and smashed the front end up. he just bought a 94 convertible gt that is an automatic so it is easier for him to drive so he just parked the coupe. I decided to buy some parts to start fixing it up. I got a new bumper cover used hood, and new fender. so I will probably start tearing that apart and see if I can get it back in good condition. Dad says since I spent so much money on parts for it he may have to just give it to me (bummer huh) anyway it smells terrible inside because it had some mice in it. but I put dcon in it for a while then brought it in the shop and put it on the lift with the doors open and put dryer sheets in it and sprayed it down several times with fabreeze. I am going to try to clean the carpet and upholstery and see if I can get the smell out of it. if not I will have to replace the carpet too. anyway I will probably start a new thread on it once I start working on it.
 

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Zombie-Thread-Walk450.gif resurection of this thread. I have been working on other projects for a while but it is time to get back to work on this one. first the heater core was leaking after I put the new engine in so I just bypassed it and it has been that way ever since. in order to replace the heater core you have to pull the whole dash and I also had a leak in my AC system so I had to take that to my good buddy Rick's place and have them do that job. so now the HVAC system works. unfortunately now my gauges are wonky. my oil pressure gauge is not reading, and my temp gauge is only going up to about 140 so I assumed there was a connection issue in the gauges. so I pulled all that out and could not get it to work right. I don't know maybe there is a kinked sending wire. anyway while I had it out I cleaned it up a bit and put in some LED bulbs. I still don't like it, I want some white face gauges. and since I am going to be putting the supercharger in I want some real gauges to keep track of things. The stock ones are never very accurate so after piddle farting around for hours trying to put white face gauge stickers on, and get the stupid LED bulbs to work and trying to get the oil pressure gauge to read I said to heck with it and ordered what I really wanted a nice new set of white face gauges with an aftermarket pod that will replace the entire gauge set. I am not sure if I want to do that before, or after the supercharger install. anyway it is on the way and it cost a small fortune so it is getting done. oh and while I had it out I installed a boost gauge for when the supercharger is installed.




next I really like the sound of my flowmaster exhaust in my 65, but in this convertible it has a really annoying harmonic that just kind of grated on me. I love the sound my magnaflows make on the 94 however so I bought a set of magnaflow mufflers to swap in and replace the flowmasters in my american thunder cat back exhaust system... yeah right, like anything I do is ever that easy. as it turns out the american thunder cat back system has a small piece of exhaust pipe that comes out of the muffler to connect to the tail pipe.

and yes, I forgot that little fact when I bought my new stainless steel magnaflows, and no my new magnaflows donot have that. so I found what I thought was the perfect solution. these pypes intermediate tubes.



they look like exactly what I need, again not so fast. they are about 2 inches too short to fit, so after struggling for quite a while dropping the muffler on my head and getting two pretty nice gauges in my forehead where the muffler clamp hit me, I went to oreillys and got some 2 1/2 id to 2 1/2 od adapters. a couple more exhaust clamps and some universal exhaust hangers and I got it bolted up. not exactly beautiful so I tried to avoid that area in the picture lol.



but it sounds awesome, and that little extra extension allowed me the flexibility I did not have before and I got rid of an annoying rattle that had plagued me. now I am just waiting for my supercharger to get here.
 

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ok. well I have a bit of progress to report. but unfortunately I have not had much time or motivation this week. so first you have to remove the battery and battery box, then the fan and shroud. then the alternator and its bracket. I already deleted the smog pump.



then you have to move the charcoal canister by angling it and attaching it with one bolt like this.


then since this is an SI trim unit it comes with a new lower pulley.


I don't have a good picture of it, but since I deleted the smog pump you have to install this air pump delete pulley in its place in the supercharger mounting bracket. everything is loosely installed here.



if you can see that bolt sticking through from the back with the nut on it you will probably think that might be a problem. the instructions make it look like that is the way it goes, but that bolt protrudes through to far and it is too close the belt for my comfort. of course I decided that after i had it all together and the fan and everything back in. like I do a lot of times I end up doing things 3 or 4 times till I get it right. so anyway I had to pull everything back out and put the bolt through from the front. and of course getting everything lined up and back together was even harder this time lol but I got it back together. since I am going to be increasing the air in significantly I need to increase the fuel also so I have the FMU installed, but I need to recalibrate it for the new 47 pound fuel injectors I installed. of course installing those requires removing the intake manifold.

once I got all that done. i discovered that my air pump delete pulley was interfering with bolting up the supercharger. so I had to massage it a bit.





and finally the supercharger is sitting in it's new home.


I also had to send the MAF meter back to Pro M racing to have it recalibrated for the new 47 pound injectors and the relocation to behind the air filter. I will have to wait to get that back before I can do much more. because the air filter assembly and intake have to go on before the discharge tubing. tomorrow I will try to get the MSD ignition box hooked up. anyway slow progress.

I decided I needed to get an anderson power pipe so that I could run the air intake out into the fender. that arrived earlier this week. to install that I had to cut a bigger hole in my fender. unfortunately the large hole that was already their was situated a bit to high for what I needed so I had to use that as the top of my hole and make it bigger than I really wanted. but I got it cut out and the pipe installed.



I also modified the radiator hose.



My Maf sensor had not arrived yet and I knew I was going to have to clock the power pipe to get the maf and filter to fit in that small space but I was not sure what angle I needed. so I had to wait. to install the rest of it. their is a small pop off valve that comes off the blower discharge tube that then ducts back into the power pipe. I needed to wait to plumb that until the maf arrived as well.
UPS finally delivered my MAF sensor about 4:30 this afternoon. so I tried to install it, and found as expected I needed to clock the power pipe a bit to get it installed.
so I kicked back watch some netflix, or tried anyway,



and waited for my maf sensor to arrive.



UPS finally arrived with my parts about 4 this afternoon. we spent some time this afternoon and got the MAF installed. it barely fits, what a pain it was getting that inner fender liner back in. then I plumbed the pop off valve. then we spent a lot of time figuring out how to install the MSD ignition box, getting it wired up, and plumbing the vacuum lines to the pop off valve and the MSD box.





but we quit for the night at about 1100 tonight. all I have left to do is wire up the boost retard adjustment switch, and fill the radiator. then fire it up and see if the stupid thing will start.

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finished installing the boost retard switch, filled it with 50 50 antifreeze, cycled the fuel pump twice and it fired right up, no problems, no leaks that I can see. the exhaust smells like it's running pretty rich right now. I plan to have it dyno tuned as my happy birthday to me present. I have that set up for May 22nd. but it is together, I don't see anywhere that is rubbing, the exhaust sounds good, new back tires on it , fixed the issue with the fuel line being too close to the exhaust. I need to drive it a bit to make sure nothing goes wrong once it is on the road, but so far it looks good. I am going to drive it like this for a while before I tackle the instrument cluster upgrade. I will probably start pre wiring the cluster but I am going to at least wait until after the dyno is done before I start wiring the cluster.
 

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I finally got the ol 89 over to the dyno shop yesterday. We knew we needed to swap to a cooler spark plug, but we did not know which one to choose, so we were not surprised to hear that on the first run it had some detonation at WOT. also I should have drained the fuel tank before I started this project, but I didn't. I had over a quarter tank of 87 octane in it when I finished the install. I filled it with 91 but I know the fuel is a little low on octane. it still made right at 400 hp at the wheels on a mustang dyno. he said he had to take quite a bit of timing out of it to prevent detonation, so I am sure it would do a bit better with race fuel, or even pure 91. regardless I am satisfied. with the AOD, and the mustang dyno I would guess I am already getting dangerously close to 500 hp at the crank and this is a stock block engine. so I am pretty happy with the results. It was also cool to see another foxbody guy this close to me. he had several in the shop undergoing some pretty major modifications










 

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its been a while since I posted. I have been struggling to like my aod for some time now. with the supercharger you have to manually shift it, or it basically skips out of 2nd too fast and you don't build any boost. I could probably have tweaked it with a shift kit, but I got to "jonesing". and once again I am a victim of peer pressure. whenever I talked to people about the car, they would say the same thing. nice car, too bad its an auto. and then as I was hotrodding it down the road a couple months ago I felt the telltale symptom of overdrive slipping. I had been following this kit on ebay brom neomustangs.
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anyway when the AOD started whimpering I pulled the trigger. during this covid 19 thing I had more time on my hands and needed a project anyway. I know the t-5 is borderline at this hp rating, but my 65 has held up fine for years so I decided this will be a good way to get the ball rolling. I can always upgrade later, I mean its only money right lol and the hardest part of the swap is sourcing and installing the pedal assembly.

so anyway back on the lift and out with the aod and tear apart the interior. I had no idea how dirty I had allowed the interior to get. it didn't look bad till I pulled it all apart.
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the kit comes with most of the parts needed, but I still had to buy some extra things. I wanted the car to look right, so I bought the transmission tunnel hump panel, and the proper manual style gas pedal from LMR. also this car has a 28 oz imbalance so I had to buy a new flywheel, and I like hurst shifters so I bought one of those also. I also replaced the cracked kick panels, and did a few other little things. but overall the kit is nice. it comes with a new clutch and pressure plate, new clutch quadrant, firewall adjuster, and clutch cable. he also upgrades a lot of the t-5's weak points, like the front bearing retainer, and he had to replace several of the gears, and he puts in carbon fiber synchros. etc. anyway its a nice kit, I did take the pedal assembly apart and bead blasted and painted it. I also bought some new pedal pads.

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I swapped in the proper manual wiring harness. and the tunnel hump was installed.

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then, since my daughter's new boyfriend was over visiting from college so that he could ask to marry her, I decided if he was going to be part of the family I needed to start training him so I had him help me put the new transmission in.

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I also replaced the mid pipe with a magnaflow version which is a lot easier to install.

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and of course the proper driveshaft that had a new u joint installed. obviously I put in the proper pilot bearing and a new throughout bearing as well.

for some reason LMR did not send NEOmustangs the steeda clutch quadrant with the rest of the stuff so I had to wait to get that. but once I did it went on easily. then I hooked up the clutch cable. I had to do a lot of finagling with that because since I switched to a gps speedometer I was using the speedo hole to run my boost retard switch, my afr and boost gauge and a few other things through so I had to re do all of that and drill a new hole where the speedo would normally go in a 5 speed car. once I got the clutch cable installed and adjusted.

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I took it for her maiden voyage. wow what a difference. the car is a blast to drive. I am very happy with the whole thing.

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