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Gearhead
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Posts: 1825
From: Vancouver Island, Great Wet North
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 07-22-2002 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 79 Pace Car is back on the road!! My roommate John and I got it all buttoned up Thursday night, and then fired it Friday morning to break the cam in. After a few seconds of cranking (to fill the float bowls) it fired right up and I took it up to 2000-2500 rpm for 10-15 minutes to break the cam in. No problems so far! It sounded REALLY healthy. It settled right down into a nice mild-lopey idle after the run-in, and everything seemed to be great!! I rechecked everything once more, and then loaded the tailpipes into the trunk and scooted off to the muffler shop to have the tailpipes installed.

"Scooted" may not have been what we should have done. John (in his modified 1970 Boss 302) and I made it about 6 blocks from our house before we both got pulled over by the local police. Oops. We weren't speeding, but as we came to an instersection John was ahead of me and couldn't decide which way he wanted to go. At the last minute he decided to go straight, and just then the light turned yellow. He punched it a bit to get through, and not wanting to lose him I did the same, coming up pretty close on his bumper. Turns out there was a cop hiding at the intersection with a radio, and called down to his buddies to pull us both over. The police officer (a young, cute female ) was actually really nice to us, and we didn't try to make any excuses. Thanks to our charming personalities , she let us off with warnings... me for following too close, and John got an "unnecessary noise" warning (you'd understand if you knew what his car sounds like... think NASCAR). She chatted with us for a while, talking about her dad's Mustang, and how she really could appreciate the work we had put into both the cars. Whew!

Anyhow, I made it to the muffler shop and they got the tailpipes installed (had to weld in the hangers and route around the brake line), but told me that they won't touch fuel lines and that I would have to rerout them myself. No problem. Took about 15 minutes once I got home and I was good to go!! I drove it around Saturday morning a few times to cycle the new 3.73 gears in, and give the cam a chance to wear in a bit more. The bottom end only has 10,000km on it, so it's nice and fresh, but not so tight that I have to worry about breaking it in. That evening as we were heading out to have dinner with Donna (Ponygirl67), John (in his Boss with our friend Shane) and I (with my girlfriend Corrine riding shotgun) found ourselves at a red light with NO traffic in sight (in front or behind)... uh oh. Yep, after a botched start we got side by side and both got on it... holy crap!!! My car went snakey in first and on the 1-2 shift, and then just pulled like it never has before. 3rd gear brought a long solid bark from the rear tires, and we both shut down at this point (didn't need to get pulled over 2 days in a row!). Because of the goofy start I can't say who won, really, but John wasn't able to pull on me too hard once we got on it. Wow!!! He was pretty wide-eyed and couldn't believe that I had hung on so hard.

Anyhow, to make a long story short, it's running, it sounds great, and it runs like... well, a wild Mustang. I am one happy camper!! Fast Mustangs ROCK.

Thanks to everyone here for the advice and assistance when it came to picking components for this build up. The combo runs better than I had ever expected, and I am exremely happy with the final results.

BIG thanks to Dave (Wythors) for lending me the intake manifold... it's an excellent piece!! Oh yeah, Dave, as a side note, the car doesn't burble nearly as much as it used to on decel now! Even with the 2.5" H-pipe and 2-chamber Flowmasters it decels nice and smooth with no really popping at all. Interesting, as I thought I may have a bit more than I had before, not less. I guess you now have no excuse to shy away from that H-pipe now!!

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Cheers,
Ian
M&M Member #395
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'79 Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car
Ian's Pace Car Website
Vancouver Island Mustang Association Website
Indy Pace Car Registry of Mustangs Official Website

"A friend will bail you out of jail after you do something stupid... a real friend will be sitting beside you saying 'That was SO COOL!!'".

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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 07-22-2002 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
congrats on the car ian. i love the crackling sound durin decel. thats the best!
i looked under mine this morning, saw a big puddle of anti-freeze. so i pulled the rad. and found out that theres a huge hole rotted into it. LOL. oh well.

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Max
-1989 Mustang GT
225/50R15 tires :) can someone say WIDE

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"The Horses Shake You Harder Than Sex, the Sounds Ring In Your Ears, Fact Is Your Engines Only on Idle"

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Gearhead
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From: Vancouver Island, Great Wet North
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 07-22-2002 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Max! Yeah, some burble on decel always sounds cool. I thought that it would be worse with the dual exhaust, off-road pipe and 2-chamber Flowmasters, but it's actually smoother than the single exhaust/turbo muffler set up. Strange! Oh well, it sounds way better at idle and under acceleration that it ever did before. It certainly turns heads!

BTW, check out the Mustang that I owned before the 79 Pace Car:

Look familiar?

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Cheers,
Ian
M&M Member #395
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'79 Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car
Ian's Pace Car Website
Vancouver Island Mustang Association Website
Indy Pace Car Registry of Mustangs Official Website

"A friend will bail you out of jail after you do something stupid... a real friend will be sitting beside you saying 'That was SO COOL!!'".

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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 07-22-2002 02:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
strangly familiar except for rims. mine was grey on the bottom, i think, but a previous owner painted it black. so other than those 2 reasons...SAME CAR!

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Max
-1989 Mustang GT
225/50R15 tires :) can someone say WIDE

http://mustangsandmore.50megs.com/Boss302.html

"The Horses Shake You Harder Than Sex, the Sounds Ring In Your Ears, Fact Is Your Engines Only on Idle"

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Fastymz
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From: Reno Nv USA MEM#1240
Registered: Apr 2001

posted 07-22-2002 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thats cool Ian,now go and enjoy the rest of the summer.

SCOOP

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65 coupe,351w,C4,Big Boss 429 hood scoop,8"3.40 TracLoc,Cragar SS,Black Suede.

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I65Stang
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From: Antelope, CA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 07-22-2002 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isnt it great Ian? Since Saturday I have ~200 nonfreeway miles on my 5.0 .

Btw Max, 225s arent wide (225's are stock), you should see the 255's that are on the rear of my 5.0 .

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Tim

M&M Member #35
1965 Mustang coupe, 200 I6, Holley 2300, Clifford header, true duals w/ 26" Smithys
1988 Mustang GT AOD vert, 15.810 @ 88.871 mph 100% stock w/ no traction
1976 Silverline Comoro 18' trihull ski boat, 188 hp 302 I/O, another toy
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Boss302
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From: Coleman, Wisconsin
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posted 07-22-2002 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
how wide are the stock tires? (in inches) cause the crap ones i got on it now are 8.5inches, but i have another set on some 'Ghetto Rims' that are 9inches. i think 9 is a tad bigger than stock, just a lil.

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Max
-1989 Mustang GT
225/50R15 tires :) can someone say WIDE

http://mustangsandmore.50megs.com/Boss302.html

"The Horses Shake You Harder Than Sex, the Sounds Ring In Your Ears, Fact Is Your Engines Only on Idle"

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Gearhead
Gearhead

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From: Vancouver Island, Great Wet North
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 07-22-2002 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gearhead   Click Here to Email Gearhead     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by I65Stang:
Isnt it great Ian? Since Saturday I have ~200 nonfreeway miles on my 5.0 .

Yep, great it definitely is!!! It's killing me sitting here at work, staring out the windows at the perfectly blue sky and sunshine, knowing that my car is just waiting to be driven.

Gotta go for a cruise tonight!

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Cheers,
Ian
M&M Member #395
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'79 Mustang Indy 500 Pace Car
Ian's Pace Car Website
Vancouver Island Mustang Association Website
Indy Pace Car Registry of Mustangs Official Website

"A friend will bail you out of jail after you do something stupid... a real friend will be sitting beside you saying 'That was SO COOL!!'".

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I65Stang
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posted 07-22-2002 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most of my miles have come at night, I'm trying to get to 500 asap so I've basically been driving in circles .

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Tim

M&M Member #35
1965 Mustang coupe, 200 I6, Holley 2300, Clifford header, true duals w/ 26" Smithys
1988 Mustang GT AOD vert, 15.810 @ 88.871 mph 100% stock w/ no traction
1976 Silverline Comoro 18' trihull ski boat, 188 hp 302 I/O, another toy
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FISHTAIL
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From: Waldorf MD USA
Registered: Sep 2000

posted 07-23-2002 12:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Boss, I was going to say something about the 225/50's myself, but figured I'd leave you be . 225 is the width in MM's, so just divide by 25 to do the conversion. In other words...about 9" wide. Your tires aren't actually the stock size.....stock is 225/60R15. That makes your tires much smaller(10%)in diamter than stock. It won't hurt anything, but it will make your spedo read fast. If your curious how to figure overall wheel diameter from tire size....do this(we'll use 225/50/15 as an example). Take the first number (225 in this case) and multiply it by the percentage that is the second number(225 X 50%). this will give you the height of the sidewall on ONE side of the rim. Now you have to take that answer and multiply it by two so that you have both sidewalls covered. Now divide by 25 to convert the number to inches, add the rim diameter(15") and you'll get your overall wheel diameter. Stock wheels on a 5.0 mustang should be about 25.8" or so in diameter.

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
VP and co-founder of CMTC www.cmntc.com

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Boss302
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posted 07-23-2002 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boss302   Click Here to Email Boss302     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
well, stock or not stock, 9 inches is still pretty wide.........right?

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Max
-1989 Mustang GT
225/50R15 tires :) can someone say WIDE

http://mustangsandmore.50megs.com/Boss302.html

"The Horses Shake You Harder Than Sex, the Sounds Ring In Your Ears, Fact Is Your Engines Only on Idle"

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FISHTAIL
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posted 07-23-2002 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FISHTAIL   Click Here to Email FISHTAIL     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
yeah, 9" tire is relatively wide compared to most cars. But you've got room for alot more under there

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-FISHTAIL
92GT "The Ghetto Sled"
CMPS major @ University of MD college park
Best ET/MPH thus far: 14.40/100.67mph....damn wheel spin.
VP and co-founder of CMTC www.cmntc.com

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