Five Year Mustang Project - August 2000 - May 2006
And the project still continues...
declared "The Boss is back!" in 1982 with this car.
On Interstate 5 in California:
The 1982 Ford Mustang GT 5.0L before I bought it.
Car came with the following parts either installed or as extras:
that's a lot of stuff!
new rack & pinion quick-ratio steering assembly.
The SROD bell housing is on top of the dual snorkel air cleaner.
The old motor that finally gave out. Not sure if it had 58,000 miles on it or 158,000. I suspect the latter!
What a mess.
The newer motor has a new double roller timing chain. I should have popped for the gear drive.
I may change it over one day. Love that whine sound they give.
Also installed a new high pressure oil pump and a high volume water pump.
newer motor ready for installation - rumor has it a little old
lady drove it.
found a set of Marchal fog lights with the black cats still on
them...the front is now complete.
are ZR225 60-series asymetrical (Z-rated, like I can use that)
and very sticky.
I have since converted to a factory 3-inch pipe with single late model factory 5.0 muffler and factory single-stage catalytic converter. I even found a suitable look-a-like for the tail pipe (double barrel shotgun design).
Notice the 1979-1982 Capri tailights. Much nicer since they reach right across to the license plate.
6 months later I swapped out the 5.0 muffler for a true Magnaflow
Best setup yet.
those Capri taillights. Notice the 84 rear spoiler with no brake
since removed the red pinstripe and used black pinstripe to cover
where the paint peeled.
Handles like a champ. You basically do not have to hit the brakes rounding a corner now...scary.
being content to have that lower lip on the airdam hang down, I decided
to strip down the front end...
out the bumper bent and was only held on with one bolt on the passenger
My poor airdam has a permanent "fat lip." I am thinking that a nice solid rod/bar would straighten it some.
good news is that the GT350 Mustang in the junk yard also had a nice
1.375-inch front sway bar.
the upper shock tower strut install in my dusty engine bay.
the 1984 1/2 Anniversary Mustang dash installed in my car. Notice the
clean upper dashboard.
I also found a mint 1982 intrument cluster from a Capri in the wrecking yard.
Took a while to get all the lights working. I like the factory lighting best.
the lower lip of the airdam looks better.
It's fun washing the car.