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Since they didn't have build threads here at VMF when I started the project, quite a few years ago. I thought I'd start one as I revisit a lot of major components and systems on the car.

So the car has been driven a lot, except in the past year or so, while I've been tied up in a major home renovation (where I did the work myself.) That is almost completed thankfully.
So that means back to the 'stang.

As I drove it, there were a number of things that cropped up, which either bothered me, or were minor issues, or when I drove the car hard at the track, became issues.

So some of the things which will be happening;
Seats; I had cobra seats, with period upholstery done. I don't like these seats for the track and kind of don't like them for driving. They are destined to be redone.
Suspension; Everything is good except for the rear. After the bilstiein shock absorber broke, I think it's binding, so may be going to Shaun's 3 link.
Transmission; I am changing the 5 speed to a 6 speed. I wish that I'd never let anyone talk me out of a 6 speed. I want the 6 speed for driveability on the fairly fast highways and intermediate freeways around here.
Steering; The borgeson unit has been good, but I want something tighter for freeway driving, cornering and header clearance. It's going to be a rack, with power or electric assist.
Electrical; After my alarm system bit the dust, I am adding a new alarm with gps tracking and revamping the power door lock and trunk lock system, along with some needed electrical system work. (That is happening right now)
Rattles; I am going through the body and chassis, on a rattle elimination mission, wish me luck.
Exhaust; With the larger more powerful motor, the 2 1/2" exhaust and mufflers do not cut it. They are too loud inside the car when cruising and too restrictive. Look for a pair of varex mufflers and a complete custom 3"/oval/stainless system to tuck under the lowered chassis.

There is more, like a brand new custom center console with the raised tunnel for the 6 speed.

The good thing, is I am more patient and skilled now, so expect my work to be a much higher quality

Updates soon
 

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Lots of fun <sarcastic> wiring things up on the alarm tonight.
Even though it is the same manufacturer, a lot of the wiring seems to be different.

After wiring up the nice relay panel (shown) it seems that the new alarm uses a ground (-) to trigger the lock circuit(s)
So I had to take everything apart and resolder it again.

All the extra trigger links seem to be not exactly as described, so instead of using them I ended up setting up the trunk and hood sensors on the same circuit (which means I end up having 5-6 additional unused wires)
No big deal, it's an old car (lol)

So after working all night, I have everything all working, power door locks, power trunk, alarm shock sensor, doors etc.\
except for the parking light flash. I can hear the relays clicking, but no lights. Maybe a fuse or something else. I'll check tomorrow.

The GPS module is just a plug in, so expect that to work easily, once I have it all working.
 

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Hello Ripped,

Will a 6spd trans fit , or do you have to modify trans tunnel mate. Reason I ask is I'm restoring a 70 Mach 1 and looking at either a 5 or 6spd, concern that you have to modify tunnel for 6spd to fit.

Rgs Jason.
 

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Can you provide manufacturer details on the GPS alarm?


Thanks, Clint
 

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Hello Ripped,

Will a 6spd trans fit , or do you have to modify trans tunnel mate. Reason I ask is I'm restoring a 70 Mach 1 and looking at either a 5 or 6spd, concern that you have to modify tunnel for 6spd to fit.

Rgs Jason.
The 6 speed will require tunnel modifications. Add to that I will have to redo my custom console. I expect it to be a lot of work

Can you provide manufacturer details on the GPS alarm?


Thanks, Clint
The GPS system I am using is the compustar drone.

I had a compustar alarm before. It quite working so I went with the new version, assuming that the wiring was similar. The wiring was a little different, but in a lot of ways compatable, other than having to add relays for lights, the power trunk release and door locks.
 

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I spent a few days making some cribbing and got to work.

Removing the exhaust and trans, was not too bad. There is a lot of attention needed in routine maintenance and clean up under the chassis.

I like having the car up nice and high. I could possibly go another 12", but I do not think I will. It would be difficult to open the hood and trunk, without hitting the garage ceiling, then.

I didn't want any accidents while wrestling the trans out, plus there was a minor earthquake (so I am told) in the area yesterday. I added cross bracing an tied in all four corners.

Maybe I'll make or buy a creeper now ;)
 

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I made a platform for the floor jack, plus some skirting to keep the jack from taking off. It's quite heavy, and I had some extra wheels, so I used them, and can wheel it around the car.
 

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I love your car; is the Compustar better than a LoJack?


Did you minitub your car? Does it retain the original interior?
Thanks.

I am not sure if the compustar is better. I used it from wiring comparability with the earlier computer alarm in my car.

Yeah there are some threads many years old. I'll try and post some pics when I get back from holiday and have net access. The stock interior has been maintained as well.
 

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I love your car; is the Compustar better than a LoJack?


Did you minitub your car? Does it retain the original interior?
I will check the Compustar out myself. The problem with LoJack is that their coverage area is pretty limited. They don't even have service here in Kentucky.

Did my own mini-tubs because I want to use original interior. If I was to do it over again though I might look at Mustangs to Fear tubs. They are supposed to fit without screwing up your interior.
 

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Such a beautiful car. Honestly it was seeing a picture of your car a few years ago that made me decide it was time to stop putting it off and find a fastback to build. In the car culture dictionary if you look up "perfect stance" I am pretty sure a picture of your car will be there.

Looking forward to following along.
 

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I will check the Compustar out myself. The problem with LoJack is that their coverage area is pretty limited. They don't even have service here in Kentucky.

Did my own mini-tubs because I want to use original interior. If I was to do it over again though I might look at Mustangs to Fear tubs. They are supposed to fit without screwing up your interior.
Congrats on doing your own mini tubs.

When I did mine, I moved them in 1.25" which allowed me to keep the fold down seat mechanism and trim panels stock, with only a small mod to the fold down seat side catches.

Stretching the rear quarters was altogether a different thing.

Such a beautiful car. Honestly it was seeing a picture of your car a few years ago that made me decide it was time to stop putting it off and find a fastback to build. In the car culture dictionary if you look up "perfect stance" I am pretty sure a picture of your car will be there.

Looking forward to following along.
Thanks very much for the kind words Ryan. Like you I was inspired by a number of members here too.

I looked at your build thread and love what you've done. I especially like the rear valance mods (something I thought about lately) and the console and tablet incorporation are very innovative.
You've got a beautiful car!

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On the build front, the machine shop called. The flywheel was good, pressure plate was badly out of balance. Machining should be done by mid next week.
 

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Thanks.

I am not sure if the compustar is better. I used it from wiring comparability with the earlier computer alarm in my car.

Yeah there are some threads many years old. I'll try and post some pics when I get back from holiday and have net access. The stock interior has been maintained as well.
What size tires do you have in the rear?
 

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What size tires do you have in the rear?
They are 315/35/17

I might be able to go a little bigger if I went to Street or Track 3- link or A TCP system , but the leaf springs on the inside are the limiting factor, right now.
I have 1.5"+ clearance on the outside fender lip, and 2"+ on the inside. They've never rubbed.

When I was mocking it up, a friend gave me a 335 to use for fitment purposes, but I could not stretch the rear quarters that much without making it look obvious.
 

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Since there was a few questions on this, I thought I'd dig up some old photos.

The minitub process represented about six+ months work.
The inner minitub was easy.
Stretching the rear quarters, reshrinking the metal a few weeks

Blocking the quarter panels took ages, but was well worth the time.
Each step involved checking the progress. It involved setting up some halogen lights on an angle, then sheening the quarter with a spray of lightly soapy water, to make the quarter panel shiny.

There are a few important body lines on the quarter panel. The top ridge, is most important. Next the scallop where the scoop sits. Then the fender lip region. Then there is an additional line at the back of the rear quarter, where if you look closely, you can see a strip of masking tape. This technique was used everywhere on the car to sharpen all the body lines.
Then of course matching the fender extensions to the quarter panel, bumper and valance.

1st two pics are before pics

In the one photo, you can see there is about 15" from the inner wheel well to the outer lip.

I got a test 11x17" mustang rim, from a local tire company, to mockup for fitment and backspacing.

Brings back bodywork nightmares ;)
 

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When I took the transmission out, the pilot bushing had fallen out.
I thought that was the source of my transmission vibration.

I decided to have the flywheel and pressure plate balanced.
The flywheel was fine.

The pressure plate was surprisingly almost 1/2 lb out of balance.

I decided after entertaining a few craigslist people who were undecided, that I would put the 5 speed back in.

I changed the trans oil, with royal purple synchromax. and installed it tonight.

Wow what a huge difference. It's like a completely different car.

So I am going to drive it like this for a while, I think before doing the 6 speed swap, and see what it's like.

I have to top up the fluid and adjust the position of the starter. It seems to be a bit noisy. Not sure why.
 

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What pain code is that? Your car is an inspiration; not overdone - a perfect restomod/protouring car.

So you stretched the quarters, rolled the fender lips and did a minitub?

Did you ever think of using a MII front end? What motor are you using?
 

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What pain code is that? Your car is an inspiration; not overdone - a perfect restomod/protouring car.

So you stretched the quarters, rolled the fender lips and did a minitub?

Did you ever think of using a MII front end? What motor are you using?
The paint is a Lamborghini colour blue.
This colour has a tiny bit of colour changing properties to it. Not like the ford sonic blue, a little more subtle.

I actually have seen some really nice new colours on newer cars that I like also.

I shot the trunk in three colours before deciding... well to be truthful my wife and daughter picked the colours. I was going to go triple black ;) but I had to cater to their wishes. They wanted blue with chrome wheels. It was the trade off for all the late nights working on the car.


I also did some tricky things to the front fenders, and had the front wheels machined, so I could go wider there.

The engine is an all aluminum (pond block) 487 cu FE
 

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Now that everything is back on track and the car is running great, I have another project; to make it quieter.

With the larger engine (8L) goes a larger exhaust. I ordered the mufflers, which should be here in a week or so, and will mock up the system before ordering pipes.
 
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