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Old 02-21-2014, 11:29 PM   #26
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I picked up this Mustang T5 transmission today. It was a local Craigslist find. I can't believe how expensive and rare these have become in the last few years. I had several at one time, and they were cheap. This one is broken, basically a core and it cost me $150. It has a busted reverse idler gear, which is a cheap easy fix, and 2nd gear pops out of gear supposedly. It will need reverse and syncros minimum. But I'll plan to rebuild it with a fresh 2.95 gear set so I know its fresh and as strong as possible. I thought it shoulda been free in this condition, kinda annoying, but that is the state of things I guess. One more piece of the puzzle here.

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Old 02-23-2014, 02:23 AM   #27
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I got the axle cut and shortened today. I need to buy and attach some bracketry to bolt the axle to the car now. I got brave and just cut it as straight as possible, then measured and carefully tacked it together while adjusting the straightness continuously. No jig bar holding it or anything fancy. I hope it doesn't eat bearings like the cookie monster, but I think it will be fine. The axle slides in nice and straight, and everything turns nice. I think I got it close enough.






2 passes for the weldment into a nice v-groove. That will do the trick...
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:19 AM   #28
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Any updates on this?
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:18 AM   #29
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Nothing lately, been travelling a bit and enjoying spring time outdoors.
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:11 PM   #30
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Wow, Time flies. I got a bit distracted by my other Volvos last summer. And I still have not had the courage to begin dismantling the Amazon. I drive it sometimes when the weather is nice.

June 2015
Here are some pictures from the work I completed over the last year.

I changed the plans for the rear axle, and bought some 9" bearing ends and fresh tubes.


Brackets for the axle mounting


Making some measurements




The T5 transmission I bought had some broken parts. So I rebuilt it completely


I assembled the shortblock.




The oil pump needed to be modified to work with the B18/B20 oil pain I plan to use.

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Old 06-19-2015, 05:51 PM   #31
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Old 06-19-2015, 05:59 PM   #32
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I took the old girl to the drag races this month. Lets call this a baseline pass.
22.59 sec @ 62mph

<<<< left lane is me


Interestingly, my friend has a 122 with dual SUs, and he runs 23s in the 1/4. So my weber fueled car is faster!!
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Old 06-19-2015, 08:48 PM   #33
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Old 06-19-2015, 09:32 PM   #34
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That part I do not miss about mile high. My 244 was even more of a dog up there.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:45 PM   #35
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What are you thinking of for the rear suspension?
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:21 AM   #36
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I am working on some ideas at the moment. I was considering a backhalf with narrower frame rails. And then i could run a 12 or 15" wide slick. But lately i am considering a more simple stock based 4-link setup with a mini tub. I need to get some tires to see what metal needs to be cut and moved. I think a 26x10 would give all the traction i ever need. And still give a pretty mean street brawler attitude.
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:40 AM   #37
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Are carbed cars really badly affected by altitude? It's been years but I could have sworn my PV was in the low 18's high 17's.
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:08 PM   #38
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All NA cars are badly affected by altitude. There's 20% less oxygen here, you can think of it like running at negative 2.5 psi boost. It pretty much translates directly into 20% less power. When you only have 80 whp to start with it gets chopped to basically 64. My stock 122 ran 23.7 against a stock 142 that ran 22.8, so yeah these are normal numbers here.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:09 AM   #39
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I found some funds and motivation lately. I'm hoping the have the engine mounted, and rear axle work done here in the next couple months.

To guide the work every project needs "the list".


I'm removing the front sheetmetal and engine getting ready to work on the backbone. Clean, paint, some suspension work, etc...


The turbo showed up recently. Holset HX40.


I picked up some tires for the rear. 26x10s. I think this is all the tire I will ever need.
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For a second I thought that turbo was gargantuan, then I realized that is a Chihuahua
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Old 02-22-2016, 02:07 PM   #42
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Making some slow progress on the rear axle assembly. Now that I have tires I can get much closer measurements. I'm not sure I did the math right when I first shortened the Ford axle, but it is close. I might be chopping another 1" from each side. More measuring to be done...

I need to start cutting sheet metal from the inner fender area this week. I'm going to remove the spring pocket and some other tight areas. That should let me set the car down on top the tires to see what else I need to cut and move. I'm planning to remove and rebuild the inner fenders inboard 1-1.5" in a mini tub setup like they do on alot of the pro-touring type cars these days.

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Old 02-22-2016, 02:37 PM   #43
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Eventhough this pic has no scenery it makes me miss Colorado. Maybe I should move back. I hear the skyrocketing real estate values are not as bad as Portland...
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Availability is the worst part. Houses get bought the day they're listed. There's very few houses actually for sale at any given time.

Ken, I know we said when both our cars are done we'll go run them together at Bandimere but I see that tire and I take it back. hehehe.
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Old 02-26-2016, 04:29 PM   #45
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Aww man! The rematch will happen. Someday. 21.xxx quarter mile passes are fun in their own twisted way. Like a kid on the trampoline that is afraid to jump. "Its my turn DAMNIT" "Let me finish my turn!"

But I"m itching AND terrified, to drive a 1967 chassis 130mph at the big end.


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Ken, I know we said when both our cars are done we'll go run them together at Bandimere but I see that tire and I take it back. hehehe.
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Eh, it'll be fun. I see guys all the time at the local track in their various beasts, some should be shot and put in the ground as bad as they are.

At least my 140 never did a 21 second pass, been 18's, probably 17's or maybe a high 16 now. lol
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Old 03-10-2016, 03:26 AM   #47
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I finally removed the gas tank and interior so I could really get to work fitting the rear axle and 10" wide tires.

So far I just cut out the spring pockets to see what else I would need to modify to fit the tires. They do fit up in the arches now, but they rub on the inside and there isn't enough clearance at the outer fender lip either. Getting close though. I need to really start cutting metal for my mini-tub job. And likely shorten the axle another inch.



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Old 03-11-2016, 02:25 AM   #49
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