96 GT Vert - 2nd Time Around

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  1. SwimGreg

    SwimGreg New Member

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    Hey Everyone, been lurking here for about 2 months. Thanks to everyone for sharing so much great information about these great cars.

    I recently purchased a 1996 GT Vert......for the second time. I purchased the same car in 1999.

    In 1999, I bought this car for my wife as a graduation present. We drove it a few years, then we sold it to my parents. Its journey then went from my parents, to my brother, to one of my brother's kids, back to my brother, to another kid, back to my brother, and now.......back to me 15 years later.

    The first time around, we did nothing but drive it. This time around, I plan to do some mods!!!

    I also have an 8 year old daughter who will grow up riding in the backseat of the Vert!! The begging to go for rides has already started.

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    Burninriverdiver Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! That's awesome to see the younger generation excited about these cars. Keep us posted with your mods and have fun!
     
  3. g36 monkey

    g36 monkey Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Always awesome to know the history of a car! Glad you got it back, looks to be pristine!
     
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    Barner1 Active Member

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    Nice car! Looks well taken care of. Pretty neat story too
     
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    Welcome. What are your immediate plans?
     
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    Hey SwimG...Welcome..Glad you could join us!
     
  8. SwimGreg

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    Hey Guys, thanks for the warm welcome. MYK, my immediate plans are fixing / upgrading numerous minor items around the car. Long term plans include a complete engine rebuild.

    Short Term
    1" Wheel Adapters - done
    New headlights - done
    New Tires - done
    New Corner lights
    Repair and Resurface Stock Wheels
    Cup holder mod
    Replace broken odometer gears
    Replace passenger window regulator
    Replace windshield
    New leather / foam for front seats
    New leather for rear seats
    New single DIN radio to add bluetooth and add a storage compartment under radio
    Sequential Tail Light Mod
    Interior & license plate light LED upgrade


    Long Term
    Rebuild Engine & add PI components

    That's about it for now. Luckily, the car is still in pretty good shape, both the interior and exterior.
     
  9. Orange 94

    Orange 94 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum, sounds like you've got a good plan
     
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    Sounds like a great plan. I'm starting to think I should've gone with 1" wheel spacers instead of 1.5" but oh well. A lot of your plan coincides with mine with exception to the interior. Make sure to keep us updated and show pictures of your progress...
     
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    I will put up a build thread once I get enough done to make it interesting. At this point, I'm not looking to go crazy with her, just update her enough that she will serve as a fun weekend driver for the family. I am looking forward to the modest power gain the PI upgrade will bring, but that will happen this summer (hopefully).
     
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    lwarrior1016 Moderator Staff SN95 Supporter

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    Nice looking car man. To be completely honest though; Mustang and "going crazy with it" go together like peas and carrots.
     
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    I know what you mean.....I've only had the car a few weeks, and my mod list keeps getting longer and longer. I'm sure I'll join the numerous people who are never really done modding.....but, I plan to take my time and enjoy it along the way.

    I can feel the Mod Gods calling me to spend more $$$!!!
     
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    MYK, do you have a build log of the updates you've done to your interior? Or any pics, would love to see.
     
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    My 98 was bone stock up until a month ago. In that time I did Koni shocks, SR lowering springs, front chin spoiler, S281 wing, 1.5 inch wheel spacers on the rear, clear headlights and corners and ......a Bullitt fuel door in black. :rolleyes:

    The tear down for the PI swap begins in the next couple of weeks. I am keeping the stock GT wheels and don't plan on changing anything else except painting the S281 wing white to match the car. I could use an interior cleaning but it's not too bad right now. I wish I had taken pictures as it went along. Oh well, I'm looking forward to seeing your progress, OP...
     
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    Welcome. Looks like how mine started except black top and interior