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Wulfgar
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Posts: 193
From: SAn diego, CA, USA
Registered: Oct 99

posted 11-09-2002 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wulfgar   Click Here to Email Wulfgar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im not sure if too many people except maybe Steve, Alex and Dan Jones(considering you guys lent me alot of advice) remember me. When I was 15 I bought a POS 68 Mustang with a blown out 289 in it. I decided at that time I wanted to build it up. Having Absolutely NO money I got started.
I decided to put a 351 with 2V Aussie heads in the car and back it with a 4 speed toploader. I got a custom 9" rear end fitted with Strange gears in the back.
As For the motor I had ALL the goodies, single piece stainless steel Valves, 3 Angle valve job, springs, forged pistons, MSD ignition and distributor. The works.

THREE times I paid to have the motor built. It would break down in the first few days and the mechanics, knowing they could take advantage of a young kid basically ripped me apart. I spent well over 15,000$ before I was 19 just on all this.

At that time I decided that I had had enough(better later than never right?) and I signed up for some classes at my local JC on Auto. So 4 nights a week after work Id go learn about cars. During this time and afterwards I did ALL of my own work on my Mustang. Generally in the carport of my ****ty *** 600 sq ft. studio apartment. I made good friends with the maintenance guys because technically I wasnt supposed to be doing work out there. I managed to get them to be cool with me(lots and lots of beer, mexicans LOVE beer).
I poured my heart and soul into this thing. Rebuilt my carb, re-did my heads(too em to my college shop where the teacher let me port, polish and mill to my hearts desire), honed, magnafluxed, and balanced the block. I screwed up alot learning how to do alot of this stuff. But in the end, after lots of time and patience(and more $$$) I finsihed everything exactly as I wanted it.

I just wanted to let you guys know I just dropped the motor in and drove the car for the first time since 99' and it runs like a dream.
So a lesson to all! LEARN how to do this stuff yourself! saves you alot of grief and pain. But it really really is worth it.

Now, its on the the Body work! lol, wish me luck.
And again, I just wanted to say thanks to all who helped me in the past. and Ill be around more to shoot the **** in here. I just had to sell my old computer for some time to pay for my second rebuild of the Cleavland.

Nick

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Moneymaker
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Posts: 19751
From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 11-09-2002 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker   Click Here to Email Moneymaker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations Nick and welcome back!

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Scott (69Mach)
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Posts: 502
From: Walnut Creek, CA USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 11-09-2002 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know how you feel. I didn't get taken to the cleaners at all, but learned from the inside out how to build one. Congrats on getting the motor wrapped up. Now it's time to build a suspension that will handle it...

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Wulfgar
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Posts: 193
From: SAn diego, CA, USA
Registered: Oct 99

posted 11-09-2002 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wulfgar   Click Here to Email Wulfgar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Scott (69Mach):
I know how you feel. I didn't get taken to the cleaners at all, but learned from the inside out how to build one. Congrats on getting the motor wrapped up. Now it's time to build a suspension that will handle it...


Already done. i got the Stage 3 kit from Global West. Car handles TIGHT! I just am lookin for a steering wheel that is not so HUGE like the stock one. wheel kills my legs.

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mustangs68
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Posts: 18183
From: Hampton,Virginia,USA MCA#39406 M&M #12
Registered: May 99

posted 11-09-2002 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangs68   Click Here to Email mustangs68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nick good to see your back and the project well underway!
sam

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Scott (69Mach)
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Posts: 502
From: Walnut Creek, CA USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 11-10-2002 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got a wheel from Grant that worked really well. Even got the red accents to match the red Mach 1 striping in the seats...

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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 11-10-2002 06:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

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V8 Thumper
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Posts: 3529
From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 11-10-2002 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great story! Wow, that just made my day

My wife's step-sister's 16 year old son just bought a '66 coupe, 6 cyl. auto. His mechanical skills are limited, he and I have been in email contact now and again. I recommended to him exactally what you did: Take an auto class Not that I'm unwilling to help him, but there's nothing like hands-on experience, especially when full-time instruction/supervision is involved. It also provides you with a shop

Auto shop and psychology are the only two classes I didn't sleep through

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68F100
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Posts: 2065
From: Fort Madison, Iowa USA - United We Stand
Registered: Oct 99

posted 11-10-2002 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember ya Wulfgar. Glad you got the Stang up and running again.

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