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Hello all! It's time I started my build thread. I've shared some pictures of my car "Alice" around the forum, but there are thousands more! As a mechanic by day and hobbyist photographer after hours, there has been a lot of learning and skill increase over the years, which you'll probably see here.

October 2010:

Found my car on Craigslist, asking price $4,500 with 90,500mi on the clock. Bone stock. Had a drop in K&N filter. Drove 2 hours with some friends from Las Cruces, NM to Socorro, NM to meet the seller. Ended up paying $4,000. Here's the day I drove her home.

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July 2023:

Here I am writing this thread! The car has gone through many phases and had lots of changes over the years. Here's how she looks in 2023.

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Here is a current list of modifications. Sitting around 153k at the moment.

Engine:
- Stock bottom end 302
- TFS 170cc heads w/valve spring upgrade
- TFS stage 1 cam
- Ford Motorsport SVO 1.6 roller rockers
- Canton deep sump oil pan w/Canton pickup tube
- Dayco balancer
- Valeo flywheel
- TMOSS ported '94-'95 Cobra GT40 intake manifold
- BBK 70mm throttle body
- Bob's oil catch can
- BBK cold air intake

Exhaust:
- BBK 1-5/8" long tube headers
- BBK off-road x-pipe
- Magnaflow catback with dumps

Fuel system:
- AEM 320lph fuel pump
- 30lb injectors

Management/ignition:
- Pro-M 75mm MAF w/30lb injector calibration
- MSD 6A
- MSD 8.5mm spark plug wires
- T4M0 EEC with Moates QuarterHorse

Drivetrain:
- Replacement T5 transmission
- Steeda Tri-Ax short throw shifter
- Polyurethane transmission mount
- Valeo clutch
- Ford Performance GT500 differential cover w/custom aluminum air scoop
- Stock 2.73 axle ratio

Chassis/suspension:
- Maximum Motorsports full length subframe connectors
- QA1 tubular k-member
- BC Racing coilovers with 7k front springs
- Maximum Motorsports tubular front control arms
- Maximum Motorsports bumpsteer kit
- Maximum Motorsports front sway bar relocation kit
- Eibach front and rear sway bars
- BMR adjustable rear upper control arms
- Maximum Motorsports heavy duty rear lower control arms
- Maximum Motorsports strut tower brace

Brakes/wheels:
- Brembo 2000 Cobra R front brakes
- Ford Performance Cobra rear brakes
- Advan SA3R wheels 18"x9.5" +22mm
- H&R 15mm rear wheel spacers
- 275/35 Yokohama Advan Apex V601


Exterior:
- '94-'98 Cobra front bumper w/Cobra fog lights
- '96-'98 Cobra hood for winter
- '94-'98 GT hood with C2 Aero heat extractor vent for summer
- Saleen S281 rear spoiler
- Cobra headlights
- '83-'88 Ranger front air dam

Interior:
- Corbeau Forza front seats
- AutoMeter instrument cluster bezel
- AEM UEGO wideband gauge
- AutoMeter Z-Series oil temperature gauge
- Valentine One mirror mount
- Additional sound insulation underneath carpet
- Additional sound insulation behind door panels and trunk liner
- Additional OEM fog light switch for high-speed fan control
- Lloyd floor mats w/Tri-Bar Pony logo
- Nakamichi NA205 stereo deck

I'll make some time here and there to add posts to the thread, I've got 12 years of fun to write about!

Enjoy...
 
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October 2010, the first mods! My taillights were pretty faded, so I painted them black. I actually made a thread about it:


Later in the thread there are photos of my 2022 version, as the clearcoat from my first taillight paint job started to flake off. Around the same time I installed the BBK cold air intake, Flowmaster American Thunder cat-back, and black bumper lettering inserts.

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February 2011, when I replaced the water pump, it broke the timing cover seal. So a friend helped me do the timing cover, timing chain, oil pressure sender, and brake job. Also installed Pypes off-road x-pipe. The fitment wasn't great. The driver side of the exhaust was probably 2" lower than the passenger.

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Slick! Looking forward to reading more about it.
 
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April 2011, my first set of suspension upgrades. H&R Super Sport springs, KYB AGX dampers, and Energy Suspension polyurethane bushings. I had no idea how difficult the bushings would be (I was 19 at the time), so I just used the spring isolators at this point. My friend Jereme let me use his dad's garage to do the job. You'll see a pic of his convertible GT, which will be in more photos later. Also behind the GT was my wife's (girlfriend at the time) '98 Accord. You'll be happy to know she has a 2013 Mustang GT now.

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How did you like the kyb agx dampers with the super sport springs?
 
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June 2012, had my air conditioner charged by a local shop for the first time since I owned it. 65° ambient temperature in the car. That felt good living in the 90° desert.

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August 2012, I tried to change my ball joints with an AutoZone rental tool and ended up damaging my driver side control arm. So I moved to Granatelli tubular control arms and coilover sleeves. Daisy, our dog at the time loved to hang out in the garage or just outside of it.

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