To Part out? or naww?

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shiit if it runs good i'd wait till ya blow something up to part it out.
 

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Why not have the dent fixed, and get a top? Pretty minor IMO if there's nothing else wrong.
 
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Reason i dont want to fix it is money. I over-payed for it when i bought it at $3900 a year ago with 138k miles, less the front end damage.
I was about to get the car smogged and sold, as ive been doing a lot of searching on the internet, which led me to the conclusion that ****! I bought an npi 4.6 with a ripped top and 138k on the clock!?! What was i thinking!?!?

its at least 1000 for the top, and another 1000 for the front end.
Not to mention the valve seals, and the stock t45, which needs to be granny shifted, especially on yhe 1-2 shift,and of course the npi top end, which is another 500 at least, to swap.

All that work adds up to more than an sn95 gt is worth around here, as i see them going for 4k max
Dont get me wrong i like the sn95, but i cant help but feel like i shouldve bought a cobra.
 

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I part out a lot cars and I am in the San Francisco Bay Area and you should sell it as a whole car, there is no money if you parted it out on this one.
 

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Don't part it out!! Buy a cheapie beater car (mid to late 90's civic, corolla etc) take the GT off the road and slowly fix the issues you're having. Don't do anything irrational like blowing your wad on a blower kit cuz :handz: Fiz the most pressing issues, valve seals, manual transmissions are easy to rebuilt yourself. Ask MadStang how easy it is..

i just bought a '98 GT with 122k miles and burnt clutch. Why? All of my modular buddies assured me that the 4.6 2V is damn near hard to kill. Consider the amount of taxis, Police Interceptors, etc still running the roads.. They run forever if maintained.
 

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I wouldn't part it out for the simple fact that this is what we all here get into these cars for. We already know that have issues when we buy them but we buy them anyway and dream about the feeling we will get in saying that I fixed this car up. Take your time and plan your build or at least the things you want to fix. I would start with the top http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/item/ET-CTK4-BLK/9-95-To-2000-Mustang-Convertible-Top-Kit
Do the work yourself and in time you will have the ride the you originally dreamed about.
 

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It doesn't look that bad at all.

Save for a new top, if you have some friends willing to help you could try and swap it yourself and save @ $500 in labor.

A few guys here have done it and could off some tips I am sure.
 

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Sn95's fixed up, pimped out look nothing like anything else out there and really stand out! Reconsider dumping the car.
 
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Thanks for the advice guys. I wish i wouldve found this forum much sooner, if i did i probably wouldnt have bought my stang due to the fact that it had the factory pos intake manifold, and what do ya know, 2nd day of owning it, it cracked on the thermostat housing.

I may keep the car and buy another stang, 94-98 cobra. Or get a fox and build that up
 
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In terms of the dohc cobras, what should i look out for when buying one?
I understand they have B heads. and imrc that gets clogged easily, but other than that what should i look for under the hood and under the car
 

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Perhaps keeping your car now to learn repairs and builds. Owning a 15yr old vehicle is going to need repairs regardless what make it is. Those cobras are like any other car and have problems with age or milage. With this said, learning how to work on cars can save you a bunch of money with labor cost and you fully explore the hobby taking on new challenges. We are all here with answers when you decide to tackle anything Mustang.
 

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Sorry guys I am not a fan of 4.6s, seen too many rod knock problems, why don't you look at 94-95 Cobras? They are easier to work on and more reliable
 
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94-95 cobra would be nice, but the are hard to find.
I do have some experience working on cars, hardest jobs ive done were, heater core, and the intake manifold on my 97 gt, with no help. Everything i learned about working on cars comes from high school auto tech, but mostly the internet.
I know its not an sn95 but this is the other stang i consider
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/4638565583.html
 

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4.6 and rod knock problems is news to me...

They have other issues that are well documented such as the POS intake manifold but for the most part these engines live very long reliable lives.

You can find a replacement FoMoCo PI Intake for @ $125 to fix that issue, most other stuff is minor.
 

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4.6 and rod knock problems is news to me...

They have other issues that are well documented such as the POS intake manifold but for the most part these engines live very long reliable lives.

You can find a replacement FoMoCo PI Intake for @ $125 to fix that issue, most other stuff is minor.

I have been seeing the rod knock problems for years, that's why I stay away from 4.6s
 
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http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/4616680120.html


Strongly considering this one as it has low miles, new parts, including the transmission and clutch.
It could just use some cosmetic work.


I am also unfamiliar with the rod knock on the 4.6, mine has 151k miles and purrs like a kitten. Ive know people to easily take these motors past 200k miles without and major failures. But as far as the 4v 4.6 goes idk? Is it about the same reliability wise
 

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Just google 4.6 Rod Knock & T45 suck, that's why if you parted your car out, you wouldn't get much for it in pieces

4.6 rod knock

t45 suck
 

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