9838stang's Money Pit Pony

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    Well I have been on sn95forums for alittle over 4 years and I never made a build thread. Well here is my thread. It may not be much but here is a shot.

    I got my car in June of 2006 for a late birthday present from my 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] uncle. I worked really hard on his property and he and my aunt and 1[SUP]st[/SUP] uncle decided that I deserved a car. I got my license at 17 and a short time later the mustang. It was a tossup between my 98 mustang, a 96 integra type r, a 92 25[SUP]th[/SUP] anni rs camaro, and an 66 LTD with a 460 and a c4 trans. Well I chose the mustang.

    Well I got the 98 as you all know. It is black with the v6 tan cloth interior. It started with the tan on tan door panels and rear panels as well. The car didn’t come with the mach 460, but it did come with a sweet sony aftermarket cassette player, that would freeze when it got below 40 degrees.

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    Around xmas another uncle thought this was pretty cool and had this put on my car. It was sand blasted into the window. When it rain or when I was the car, the horse goes away.
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    Sorry bad images Still putting it up

    After xmas I got my subwoofers and homemake box in the car
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    After owning the car for a month or so, we had the car's fluids changed. Coolant, oil, ATF, brakes bleed and diff fluid. As I left the place I gave specific instructions about the hood.

    The car was in a front end collision. The place that repaired the car put a stamped steel hood on the car and just bent the hood latch to where it would "close" the hood. In order for the hood to actually close we had to drop it from shoulder height. I was 5'8" at that time. So yea that's about 3 feet drop. Well after picking up the hood I came back to see my car in the driveway. I notice right away my hood was cocked and was closed. Well there were still hand prints on the hood where they created 5 dents on the nose of the hood. So I complained about it and tried to get the to do the correct thing. But nothing happened.
    And this was about the time I noticed that I was missing the driver side rocker molding. So first mod/ addition was a new rocker molding
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    Next thing was to address the paint on the car. The previous owner was a poor driver. Backed into many things and cause a few holes on the rear bumper and many other issues with the car, one of which being in an accident. We repainted the lower doors, front bumper because of paint chipping, rear bumper and lower fenders Tthey all had runs in the paint, which means to me a body shop had this car before I did and did a crappy job at fixing the repairs.
    Oh and all of the paint I had done was with a rattle can!
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    At the same time a buddy gave me his 17in gt wheels so I threw those on
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    I got a heck of a deal on some 95 gt take off dual exhaust. They were cut off at the tails and the flanges were cut off. So the whole exhaust was welded in.
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    And that Rattle bombed rear bumper has held up great through 1 or 2 MN winters!
    After owning the car for a couple of years, and me being hard on the seats they were shot. So out they came and my new to me 95 gt cloth seats went into the car. I had to swap over the seatbelt loops
    Also picked up a sequential tail light kit (not pictured)
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    Well over the winter I was at school and some very nice fellow students had backed into the rear bumper of my car. So I found a 94 gt rear bumper already in factory black paint for $20.00. Couldn’t pass that up.
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    and some idiot stole my v6 pony badges and all I had at the time were the gt badges from another friends gt who turned that into a fobra. This was also about the time I got new headlights and corner lights
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    Followed by some HIDs. i think i went with 6000k
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    Well after some hard driving, my brakes made it really apparent that I need to do a brake job. The inside pad decided that it didn’t want to be there anymore. Well I limped it home and went to work.
    The caliper bolts were stuck on the car. So I went to get some extra leverage… and this happened
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    Well my next project was to redo my 17” gt wheels. I wanted to do something that no one else has done, or at least that I have seen done. So I Go some Dupli-Color gunmetal grey wheel paint and went to town. Main reason why I wanted to paint the wheels though, I was in a hurry to clean the car up and I used the eagle 1 wheel cleaner to clean up the wheels. Well it was on a hot day, the car was still hot and I left the cleaner on the wheels too long and it ate the paint.
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    So I filed and filled in curb rash and dents and nicks in the paint on the wheels
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    Took it out to see how the wheels looked.
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    Next came to the interior again. I hated the tan panels and the two tone black and tan dash. So I found the door panels for free from the same friend that changed his car to a cobra on the exterior. He went all black and I bought the panels. And I just had to paint the rears.

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    Well at this time, Winter was upon me, and the time for me to save up for car parts was here.
    So after saving for a few months I ordered up Tokico Shocks, struts, J&M cc plates, Comp. Engineering Bump steer kit, and H&R SS springs.
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    These arrived around march and it couldn’t work on the car since I didn’t have a heater out in the garage. Well, bought an S281 replica spoiler

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    April came and I installed the suspension stuff

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    I went to through the summer wheels back on the car. I drove a 100 miles with the car and no issues. Well I got to my exit after hanging out with the GF all day long, and I noticed the rear end get loose. And then BAM! The rear end of the car hits the ground and the left rear wheel went flying by me and get lost on the freeway. Never to be seen again. The body dropped onto the wheel, and pushed the quarter in and bent the bumper mounts. I Think after taking the wheels on and off so much warped the 1” spacers to where the wheel wouldn’t sit flush anymore. Luckily I could pdr most of it. and touched up the rest of it.

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    Well since I lost the wheel on the freeway. I had to buy a whole set to get 1 matching wheel. I painted that wheel got a new tire to match the others and on it went

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    Well I bought a nicer camera than I have been using ( Motorola Razor lol). The Nikon L105 made a big difference lol
    I also bought new to me and working factory airbags. The ones that came in the car were blown or were from an escort….

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    I went crazy not modding anything for a couple of seasons, so I went to do the led mod.
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    After that I hopped onto craigslist again and found a front bumper for $20.00 factory paint and in better shape that the rear bumper!
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    Upgraded from my Rockford fosgate punch z woofers to some Pioneer woofers along with pioneers always around.
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    Then I found a oem mach 1 chin spoiler for $20.00 lol and threw the summer wheels back on

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    Even though I bought the bump steer kit the same time as the other stuff, I never installed it. About a year later I find out I bought the kit that doesn’t have the tapered bolt. So this means I had to buy I bit to drill out the spindle.

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    Then one of the nicest deal I have ever made. The 18x9 fr500 set. $400.00 with tires center caps and valve covers lol

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    This wheel has the dent in the lip

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    And on the car after I cleaned them up

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    I ended up picking up this hood With the 8.8 over the summer. I had the hood painted for $200 bucks base coat and clear coat. The 8.8 had only 15k on it. I
    threw it in the car since 7.5 had a bad wheel bearing that came apart in the housing and wrecked the axle.
    I didn’t get a picture of the housing but here is the hood painted and on the car

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    I thought now that I got the new hood installed, I should clean up the car and make it look better

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    Since I added the wheels, I thought the car looked alittle off with the black and gold combo. So I got some silver letters and silver pin stripe kit and put it on the car. Wow this thing pops now.

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    With the season nearing to and end again, I got the itch to do something else. And I bought my buddies 99-04 magnaflow catback exhaust set up.

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    I had to get two adapter pieces to attach the cat back but once it was installed man does this thing look good!!!

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    I remember taking this picture after installing some steeda x2 ball joint without the coil spacer.
    Sitting pretty lol

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    Bought a 01-04 dash bezel hoping to do a double din swap soon

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    UGH I cant take winter anymore

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    Bought some bullet buttons

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    Bought some 98 front cobra brake kit

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    I repainted the calipers and rotors and had the rotors turned. Scored these for 210- 220… came off a car with only 12k.

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    Had these wheels refinished to get rid of the dented lip and the passenger side wheel to fix the curb rash

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    Picked these up for $120 FRPP 3.73 kit, Motive install kit

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    Bought some new corner lights aswell

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    Washed the car to help show off the corners mores

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    Then 2 weeks before car crafter in 2013 I got some new 35% window tint

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    After a while of driving the car about 6000 miles, I noticed every time I hit the brakes, A loud clunk happens… And I cant figure it out.
    Well after pulling the wheel off and doing a little digging. A buddy didn’t tighten down the driver side caliper bracket bolts.

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    I tightened down the bolt and replaced the pads since they got wrecked. Works great

    Later I found a help of a deal on a rear bumper I think this one cost me $40.00 I had to buff this one out a bit but man this looks great! Also this means I get to stop pretending my car is a gt and put it back to what it is. And also have everyone raging on me for having a fake gt….

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    And I got some pony emblems too!

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    Here is where I decided to play around with plasti-dip I started to get a clear coat bubble on the passenger side fender and instead of painted the fender I tried the dip

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    I got my 93 ranger for a $1.00 and was able to put the mustang up so I can 1, work on it and 2, so I can avoid salt lol

    My quest for retrofit starts. After doing some research, I ordered up some look alike Morimoto H1 mini projectors, H1 4300k bulbs and 4300 893 fog light bulbs

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    Picked up a 94-95 base black wheel

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    The old one

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    And picked these up too

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    Bought myself a nice black Friday gift!

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    I Started pulling the headlights apart and adding my projectors. I put the headlights into the oven at 250-275 for 20 minutes and got them apart.

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    This is how I routed the hi/low option of the projector

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    I played around with the LED options.

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    I got them back together and getting ready to put them into the car

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    In this picture, you can see the bezel for the projector doesn’t completely cover the projector and allows light to pass through. I had to make an additional piece to
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    I bought this to help take much better pictures lol

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    Well after seeing the light inplace

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    I came the conclusion that there was too much chrome up front. So I took them back out and apart. I started paint the lights in a way that mimicked Win
    I shaved the bubbles down on the one end of the light. That always bugged me

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    I added a layer of engine paint

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    Mmmm Mmmmm Mmmmmmmmmm

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    Once I had the lights done, I focused toward those mirrors I bought back in Nov.

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    I am looking to make my own Export/03-04 cobra mirrors. I took my dremil bit and started to trace/ make a groove in the mirror after the pencil marks I made.

    These came in the mail

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    Well it was warm enough to put the lights into the car.

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    Damn those look sexy!

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    While on the local forums here I picked these up for $50.00 never used Maximum Motorsports SS lines

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    The mirrors took shape

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    Not bad for rattle can!

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    I think they look great!

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    Car ran really rough had to take it to a shop to have them help diagnose it. I found out before hand that it might have been the harmonic balancer. But the shop said no way. They spend 5 hours doing electrical diagnostics, compression checks, and other stuff on it. And they found nothing. I took the car home and check the balancer myself. And look what I found

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    Well since the car was down until the balancer got here. I figured I would pull the rear end out to have the FRPP 3.73 put in.

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    ZERO Miles on the gears too

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    I got the axle back and went to pull the control arms out. The driver side came out fine… minus the rusty bolt. But the passenger side bolt was bent. Which is when that side always looks off center. So I made a trip to Fastenal to get some bolts to replace all of the control arm bolts.
    The J&M lower control arms work fantastic! Love it!

    My GF is AMAZING! She had notice I have been looking at new seats for the mustang. Just wanted to spice things up a bit. Well she told me to be at work on this day because there was a big package being shipped to me at work

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    About 3 years ago, I left a can of pop in the car unopened. The can exploded and it went every where. So now the seats are out, I cleaned the carpet before installing the new seats. Also at the same time I redid the rear panels. After 5-6 years of abuse, they took a beating

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    Cleaning

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    I had a buddy cleans these up for me and wow!

    OMG SEXY!!!

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    After having the mach 460 rear tray cover in there and the 460 door speakers inplace I decided to finally hook everything up.

    Found this at the local junk yard

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    Well crap, the harness was butchered.

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    So since this harness was all cut up, i bought a another harness from a "buddy"...

    Picked the harness, rear amps and speaker and box, along with forward amps, and harness for $80.00.

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    Once I got everything back together:

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    Yay! Sounds awesome!

    As the car sat, It had 6X8 Pioneer speakers/woofers front and rear, along with after market tweeters in place in the mach460 tweeter. I took the woofers, amp, sub box, and sub wire kit out. I took about 80lbs back out of the car lol. Also the sub box and the mach 460 tray were fighting over the same place
     
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    BUT……. UGH I only drove the car for 5 miles after getting the the whole car back together. And poof!

    I blew an intake gasket

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    $500 bucks later, New gaskets, hoses, injector o-rings, coolant pipe o-rings, t-stat, having the intake surfaced and sonic cleaned the intake and cleaned the valve covers.

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    I started filling the holes on the double din bezel

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    In all of that crap with the intake gasket. I polished the tail pipes

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    I had a bit of a scare I thought I had bent wheels in the rear. Turns out my rear spacers were warped so I bought some 25mm spacers for the car

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    Bought some Nitto Nt55 extreme zr tires. 245/40/18 and 285/35/18 . I painted the lettering as well

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    I picked these up shortly after

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    As well as these

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    Makes an awesome cup holder!

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    The stock 94-98 rear rotor on top of the 13” baer rotor

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    I painted the hat of the rotors so they would look nicer for a long time, man those calipers look small.

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    Tires mounted and installed onto the car

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    I ordered up some Camber bolts aswell. wanted to bring the car a bit more back into factory spec than the J&M cc plates would allow.

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    Next is to install my J&M upper control arms
     
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    most impressed with how you killed that orange peel!!! car has came a long way man!
     
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    Looking great man! You got some killer deals along the way
     
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    Nice work, man. Really like the authentic FR500s on there. Great stance.
    What headlights are those & did you buy the headlights & corners as a set?
     
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    I was digging the gun-metal grey rims, and I would have painted the FR500's the same color. I can't believe I am saying this, but nice pinstripe. It looks good. Keep up the good work.

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    Finished the update on the thread

    Thanks man, i have done this by hand and by a $40.00 craftsman orbital buffer,

    Thanks man!

    I got my headlights off of ebay along with the corners. i bought them separately

    I would have painted them too, until i found out these wheels are worth more than what i paid for them. But i miss the pin stripe. i took it off cause if some clear coat bubbliing

    We will see on the boost. There are other ideas up in the air right now.
     
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    Your car is coming along quite well. What a difference. And killer retrofit on those headlights. They look really sharp.

    I don't know if it's just my phone, but none of the pictures in the post about the blown intake gasket are showing up. Just url links.