Finally got the car off the jack stands!

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Well, today after almost a year of sitting in the air, I finally put the car back on the ground. For those of you that don't know the back story, last spring the car developed a pretty nasty tick. I was pretty sure that it was a bearing noise, because a couple of years ago, I bought a NPI junkyard motor, had all of the machine work done, and built my first short block, just to learn how to do it. I didn't want to mess up my 40K mile stock short block, so that was pulled and put in the corner. I bought all of the bearings in standard size and pre gapped rings, and threw it together, no checking clearances whatsoever. So after 2 years of drag racing and plenty of shifts in the 7K neighborhood, it was pretty believable that the tick was bearing related. Well, after pulling the engine out and tearing the shortblock down, all of the bearings looked fine. Some had more wear then others, but nothing spun. So I started pulling my Trick Flow heads apart, and found 2 trashed valve guides. I never thought to check the heads to begin with because they had less then 5K on them, and Ive never ran any sort of forced induction. SO, the heads went to Trick Flow, and they did some testing to try to figure out what had happened. In the meantime, I figured that I would build up the Teksid block that I have sitting in my garage for a few years. The plan was to do a big bore, high compression, carbed, N/A motor. I started collecting parts for the shortblock...forged rods, forged Cobra crank, bearings, gaskets etc. The build kind of came to a stop when I figured out that Im going to have to have a custom set of pistons made, which is pretty pricey, as well as sleeving and machining the block, not to mention a reputable shop to do the sleeving and machine work. So by that time, Trick Flow came through and hooked me up with a brand new set of heads and all of the gaskets to put them back on. That was pretty late in the year, and I knew that the car wasn't coming out for the rest of the season. Well, as we all know, being newly married and having bought a house a couple years ago, things come up, and projects get put on hold, which is what happened to my Teksid build. It was decided during this past winter to pull the stock shortblock back out of the corner, clean it up, plastigauge everything just to be sure, and throw my new Trick Flow heads on it. It killed me not to have it last summer, and I promised myself that Ill never go another summer without driving it. So I bought a larger set of cams (CMS Stage 3 N/A) and totally redid the rear suspension. I did a couple cosmetic things to the car as well. I got rid of the smoked tail lights for a set of 99/01 Cobra tails, had the trunk lid repainted all grey to get rid of the black painted tail panel, put in a set of stock headlights rather then the clear cornered headlights that were getting pretty nasty, and got rid of the Bullitt fuel door for the stock one. So here are a few pics of the car finally done and ready to go!









I have a brand new 99/01 Cobra front bumper in the box and I have an NOS in the box 99-04 V6 rear bumper that Im going to have painted next winter, then the outside should be complete. My current Cobra bumper has all been cut out underneath because the previous owner had an intercooler, so I want to have the extra support with the new bumper. I also upgraded my MGW shifter to the new style handle, and I painted some of my billet interior pieces in a flat aluminum, to kind of tone things down a bit, and I found a NOS Bullitt shift ball that I topped it all off with. Don't mind my nasty floor mats, I also have a brand new set of those that will be going in this summer...

 

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Looking good man! Those amber taillights look great against that color.
 
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Thanks guys, I took it out for a little shakedown today. I have a few bugs to work out, but nothing major...
 

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Looks really good. No better feeling than having an out of service Mustang for a while then getting to drive it :]
 

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Hell yeah man that's what I'm talking about. If you're planning on keeping it black I got a buddy who's got some Roush bumper covers. They are painted mgm right now. Let me know and I'll get you his number

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Gorgeous car, I know how you feel. This will he the first summer in 2 years I get to enjoy mine. Good work!
 
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Hell yeah man that's what I'm talking about. If you're planning on keeping it black I got a buddy who's got some Roush bumper covers. They are painted mgm right now. Let me know and I'll get you his number

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Thanks dude, but I have a V6 rear bumper cover that Im planning on installing next summer. Im going to hang onto my stock rear bumper as well, because I have 3 exhaust setups for this car, and one of them is a full length exhaust with tips, so Ill be able to switch bumpers when I switch exhausts..lol
 
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Small update. I took the car out around the neighborhood, and I was having clutch engagement issues, meaning that the pedal was almost totally released when the clutch would grab. I tried adjusting the cable from one end of the range to another, with no change in the grabbing point of the pedal. Now everything was identical part wise to what I had for the last 5 years with no issues. The only thing that was changed was that I had the flywheel turned. Everyone that I talked to said that shouldn't affect anything, and I agree, but it was so hard to drive like this, that I was ready to put an auto in it..lol. So I came home and dropped the trans, and I just happened to have a brand new billet steel FRPP flywheel that I picked up on the Summit clearance rack a couple years ago. I put that in, got everything adjusted, and the clutch engages like a brand new car. Problem solved. So I officially have a dyno appointment scheduled for April 19th at Street Lethal Performance...
 

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