I spent the ice storm in the garage cleaning mainly. Worked the under carriage, well actually just the tunnel since there are no floors, and am happy with the results. The old car was amazingly clean under the basic layer of dirt. I personally had expected some type of rust.
I also received my C&L pipe/80mm mass air sensor (for a 96-01 4.6GT) and picked up a 70mm throttle body to go with it. The pipe looks great and the bends are just about perfect for a shock tower car. Only possible issue is with a ½" spacer on the motor mounts an the 1" spacer on the intake it looks like hood clearance is a slight issue. I might have to trim one of the support brackets on a stock hood. I had seriously thought of a cowl hood in the past so that may still be an option. I also made a simple L bracket to hold the mass air unit which can be adjusted up or down as needed.
I also pulled a couple electric fans out of storage to test fit them on an old radiator. I will purchase an aluminum radiator in the long run but this helped to insure things would fit.
More info here: http://www.protowrxs.com/Nolen/Stang/Rebuild/2007-01-14.asp
I purchased the Unisteer rack and pinion kit based on the price and the desire for better steering. Although the other powered kits seem really nice, this kit saves about $1000 over them. It's manual but functional.
Also dropped in an old block to test fit headers (looks like just a bit of bending needed), EFI and finish up the export brace. I will mount up the TKO soon to build the rear cross member. Sure feels nice to see something in the engine bay.. although it's not 'real' yet.
Just to catch up this project to date:
First car when I was 16 back in 1974. Been through my whole life with it running and not running. Currently under resto-mod to get back on the road.
Car is pretty solid as having been stored in the garage most of the last 20 years. Needs floor pans and minimal patching. Replaced front passenger shock tower which was broke during collision in late 70's.
The plan is pretty basic; 5.0 based EFI (likely 347 stroker), better heads, have a TKO ready to go, leaving the 4.11 9" posi as is, 17 or 18" modern wheels, lowered and leveled, SN95 rear disc, and a future repaint.
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