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Posts: 5
From: CT
Registered: Oct 2006

posted 10-24-2006 09:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for matt42289        Reply w/Quote
ok i am 17. Still in high school. i have a 92' vert. but i need some help making it fast. i was just wondering want are some little thing that I could do to the car to me it faster.


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From: McPherson, KS, USA
Registered: Jun 2005

posted 10-24-2006 10:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve68Cougar        Reply w/Quote
I will assume it's a 302...

-Remove the air cleaner silencer from inside the fender.
-get an adjustable fuel pressure regulator & set it at about 40 PSI (& adjust as necessary).
-bump timing up to 12-15 deg BTDC (just so it doesn't ping).
-if it's a 5-speed, get a 3.73 rear end gear (automatics are quickest with 4.11's, but the mileage may suffer a bit). Also get an aftermarket shifter with stops in it (again, assuming a 5-speed). The shifter won't make it quicker, but it'll help prevent screwing up the transmission.
-synthetic fluids in everything.

My '87 GT had these things done to it, plus an aftermarket 2 1/2" exhaust system and ran mid 14's (in really hot weather) and still managed 20-26 mpg. I'm sure others will have more ideas...


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From: CT
Registered: Oct 2006

posted 10-24-2006 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for matt42289        Reply w/Quote
thanx for the help


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From: CT
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posted 10-24-2006 11:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for matt42289        Reply w/Quote
Ok I was all so thinking of doing a 5 lug conversion. When I do it what should I do with the break go disc or should I stay with the dums? and does the 5 lug conversion do anyting beside give you more rims to choice from.

Ryan Wilke

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From: Stanton, Michigan, zip 48888
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 10-25-2006 09:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke        Reply w/Quote
".... should I do with the break go disc or should I stay with the dums?"

>>> Because I'm guessing that you are only starting to 'hop up' your Stang, I'd suggest you stay with the drum system for now.

I'm also guessing that money doesn't grow on trees at your house. So considering that your car is almost 15 years old now, I'd suggest that you inspect your current four brakes for proper shoe & retaining springs operation/condition, drum condition, condition of the flex lines, and bleed all four corners until they flow clean.

If you don't have one yet, I'd highly suggest you invest in a repair book, such as Chilton's Repair Manual. Not only will it help you during your brake system inspection/tuneup, but it will assist you dramatically during upcoming inspections, tune ups & repairs.

"...and does the 5 lug conversion do anyting beside give you more rims to choice from."

>>> 5-lug hubs are stronger than a 4-lug hub, however again, at this point in your game, I'd suggest you not bother with it just yet, rather put the $$ to better use ensuring that the car is up to the task of accepting more power; one step at a time.

One of the first steps you'll want to take will be to ensure that your car is safe and capable to handle added power..... Start with giving it a thorough tune-up.

a) Change all the fluids & filters: air filter, motor oil & filter, gas filter, antifreeze, trans fluid, rearend lube, powersteering fluid and as mentioned earlier bleed the brake system. Correct any major leaks, if you have any small leaks, check the levels weekly & keep the fluid level up. No brake fluid leaks are allowed.

b) Do all four tires have at least 1/2 of their tread? If not, step up and get some better tires. Nothing fancy now; they can be used tires. They just need to have at least >50% tread.

c) Check the front end ball joints, tie-rod ends, and remaining steering linkage. Sometimes front-end alignment shops will do a free inspection of your car. Have them do the inspection while explaining/showing you how & why things need work. Then tell them, "Thank you. Now I know what it needs. I may be back next week." Then leave. You can now decide what work you can do yourself or what you'd rather have them do - because of a lack of torches, air tools, etc.

d) Is the current exhaust system leak-free? If not, then repair as necessary.

e) New sparkplugs (gapped correctly) and sparkplug wires as well as a new distributor cap and rotor would also be good.

f) Any cracked windows? Replace them with used or new windows.

As you can probably tell, I'm simply trying to encourage you to upgrade ALL aspects & systems of your car to better make it road-worthy. Once you've gotten the above list completed, you will be more familiar with your car and it's overall condition that it is in. Only then would I recommend that you begin thinking about & budgeting toward performance improvements. You don't want to simply start throwing hot rod parts on it without knowing if it can take it.

Your book will tell you how to do a compression test. Buy or borrow a tester from the school shop and do the test on all cylinders. The test results will tell you just what shape your engine is in - if it will take "hot rodding" or if it's old & tired & about to check out....

Ok, let's assume that you've done all of the above list and the compression test indicated that the engine is fine. So what improvements should you start with? The first improvement I'd suggest you plan would be with a set of aftermarket shorty headers bolted to an X or H pipe leading out to dual exhaust. They'll be a kick-in-your-pants in the performance area & with the excellent tune up you already put on the car, they'll sound GREAT!

Meanwhile, as a reward to yourself for completely all your school homework every night, read up on your mustang, like sites as this one, magazines, etc. to give you ideas what others have done and what you might like to do with your car as your wrenching abilities, confidence, spending money, etc. grow.... No, I didn't lay out a complicated list of tasks for ya; just take it one step at a time and it'll be fine!

Good Luck!


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From: CT
Registered: Oct 2006

posted 10-29-2006 12:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for matt42289        Reply w/Quote
ok i have another question me and my dad want to super cherge my car i want to go with a kenne bell system but my dad want to go with a vortech or procharger system what one do u guy suggest?


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From: Frederick County, MD
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 10-29-2006 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis        Reply w/Quote
matt, while I normally agree with what Ryan usually suggests, if you are planning on jumping into the go-fast mods ASAP, do the disc brakes. Yes, it is added cost to the 5-lug upgrade, but why put money into routine maintenance of 4-wheel drums, when you are eventually going to need the discs, (particularly with the increased power of a supercharger.)

The money spent on the discs may delay getting the supercharger, but it will be money well-spent and only once.

Ryan's other suggestions are excellent and thorough. Maintain the car as a whole, paticularly the items that have to do with the safety and operation of the car.

As for which blower, I will leave that one to one of the more experienced fellow members. Awesome mod. Good luck to you, Charlie

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