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How's the head room with those seats?


With the mustangs to fear headliner I have about 1.5-2" between the top of my head and the liner. I'm about 5'10" so take that into consideration also.


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Got some small stuff done tonight. My K&N 14x3 filter with 7/8" drop base showed up today so I installed it temporarily with a 1/4x2.5" bolt and finished tuning in the carb and timing. I measured for a carb stud and made sure everything is going to clear the stock hood. I ordered a 2.7" stainless ARP carb stud from summit so hopefully it will be here tomorrow and I can call the engine bay complete for now. After that I drained the 8 gallon gas of fuel that I put in the tank thinking that it was staying in the car. Once I had everything drained I unbolted the tank and removed the filler and fuel lines. I decided to respray the area where the tank sits in the trunk while I have it out. The tank will be here tomorrow but all the hardware, caulking rope and sending unit won't be here until Thursday so I'll have to wait until then to button it up. Only thing that I'm unsure of right now is the chrome cover on the K&N air cleaner. I'm thinking about wrinkle painting it to match the valve covers and leaving the K&N logo chrome. Let me know if you guys think I should paint it or leave it be.



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Got the new tank installed last night. I decided to leave the spare tire out of the trunk considering it was from the old 4 lug running gear. I got the car out tonight for its first shakedown run. Everything went as smooth as I hoped it would. I didn't bring it over 3k rpm as I was just trying to bed the brakes and warm up the tranny and rear end for the first time. 1st gear feels really short with the 3.50 rear gear but overall I'm very pleased with how it ran and rode on the new suspension. The Viking coilovers up front and the split mono leafs, caltracs, and Viking shocks rode impressively smooth. I tuned the 4 corner idle on the quick fuel carb and maxed out with 13.5 inches of vacuum which seems right in the ballpark for an E303 cam. Throttle response was crisp right off idle so I'm happy with the tune for now until I put some more break in miles on it and get the chance to wind it out a little bit.


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Well it's been a while since I've updated this but the car has been running great. I have 42 miles on it so far and it has been the most rewarding 42 miles I've ever driven. Since the last post I have installed my Redline goods shift boot and the TMI center console over my factory console. I ended up picking up an AEM X-series wideband air fuel ratio gauge to help me tune the carb and keep an eye on everything while it's getting broken in. I mounted the gauge in the center console glovebox in an autometer pod so I can close the door when I go to a car show and keep it looking period correct. I also changed up the exhaust a bit and swapped the flowmaster's back out for the Borla ataks that I originally started with but to tone it down a little I added a set of stainless Dynomax 12" race bullets before the Borla's. I absolutely love the way it sounds now and it has zero drone at any speed.



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Since the last time I've posted I have put about another 30 miles on the car and everything has been running smooth. My wife and kids got me a steering wheel for Father's Day that I had been eyeing up for a while. It is a 14" forever sharp wheel with a half wrap ring on it. So far I haven't noticed any difference going from the 15" grant to this 14" wheel as far as steering effort without power steering. It does make getting in and out of the car a lot easier with the large bolstering on the procar seats. The leg room underneath the wheel with the fixed non tilt column seems to have gotten a lot better also. I think it compliments the look of the interior much better than the old wheel.



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