Project Roughstang

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  1. welltal89

    welltal89 New Member

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    Hello,

    I'm building up a '97 V6 base coupe for autocross/track days/cruising. I've had the car for a few months now, but just barely started getting to work on it making it road/track worthy. I got it from my dad who got it from some guy who owed him money. After spending 850 to ship it across the country from LA to Detroit, the first order of business was to look over the car, see what it might need and try to have a plan to get it ready for next season. I put it up on a hoist and looked at the bottom side and found that everything was solid and straight. A good sign of course, but who knows how long that will last out here. The shiny side on the other hand...not so shiny.

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    The first couple of things to address were to replace the cracked radiator, get the fan working and the trip meter to give me a reading (stuck around 162,000 miles). The trip meter fix was pretty simple, just had to order and install some new plastic gears from latemodelrestoration.com and remove the broken ones rolling around in the cluster. I replaced the radiator shortly after. As far as the switch is concerned, I just wanted to get the thing running on the road without overheating so I just installed a switch and called it until a later date. I currently have a spare CCRM from the junkyard I'll be diagnosing/refurbishing so when that's done, I'll take out the switch.

    The next things were standard maintenance items one might perform on a new-to-you car like an oil change, replace filters, adjust the hood latch release so it doesn't stick, replace a vacuum tube at the firewall and fill up with some refrigerant for some much needed a/c.

    Then I tackled the inside: cleaning up the interior (found a total of about 5 bucks in change), replacing the window motor, replacing the seat for a manual version. Currently I'm replacing the driver side bottom foam with passenger seat foam from the junkyard, but plans are to take it to an open track day when spring rolls around, so finding a way to clamp the battery down so it doesn't move around and replacing the positive terminal clamp (have to wiggle it around in order to start the car...sketchy (replaced 10/29)) For now I just want to be able to drive it around somewhat comfortably.

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    Just picked up a Corbeau Sprint seat from a co-worker. One step closer to being track ready. Might pick up a 8.8 rear end from the junkyard sometime this week.

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    If any of y'all have any suggestions, please let me know!
     
  2. 96blak54

    96blak54 Legend

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    Its going to be a fun project. Nice solid car to start with. Welcome along and keep us updated often
     
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    D3VST8R96GT Well-Known Member

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    Awesome welcome!!!!


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    I'll be watching!! :)
     
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    Welcome! Keep us updated with your progress, should be a fun track car
     
  6. welltal89

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    Roughstang parking with it's pony friends (I actually don't know them)

    Just an update, not a whole lot done this weekend, I got the adapter brackets to bolt the seat onto the factory rails, but haven't put them in just yet. The Cheap-O battery is giving me issues, so now I have the opportunity to get a genuine Ford Battery so that the factory battery clamp can actually do it's job for once. I cleaned up the exterior a bit, but it still definitely needs work.
     
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    Mack Well-Known Member

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    Didn't read correctly and kept looking for the Roush-part of this Mustang...

    RouGH. Right. Yes it is.

    Good luck with your project, keep us updated!
     
  8. white95

    white95 Apex Junky Admin

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    Oh cool, another project geared towards taking corners!


    These fellas are a wealth of knowledge on that exact topic:

    mcglsr2 ReplicaR
     
  9. MustangChris

    MustangChris Legend Retired Staff SN95 Supporter

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    cant wait to see it with some time and love in it!
     
  10. welltal89

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    Well, I finally found a new set of the subframe connectors from maximum motorsports for a good deal (guy had bought them a while ago, but couldn't return them)

    I think it's time to go to some open track days this coming spring!
     
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    Project Roughstang is dead (and onto another owner)

    Enter Project Rustang:

    96 5 Speed Mustang GT (pic coming soon)
     
  12. mcglsr2

    mcglsr2 Well-Known Member SN95 Supporter

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    Hey sorry, been away for a bit. Will the Rustang be corner orientated as well?