Dennis Severs - 1989 Ford Mustang
It was kinda funny how this all started. I was looking in our classifieds and noticed a few of the Foxbody Mustangs (early 2003), and I mentioned to my wife that I would like to fix one up to drive. I missed one I had sold a few years before. Her response was "well, do it". So I started looking at different cars, nice one were out of my price range, and the rough one were really rough.
I decided the best route was to find a decent 4cyl car, and do V-8 swap. My Step daughter was dating this kid at the time that had a 4cyl coupe they were trying to get rid of. I purchased this car and brought it home.
Then I started lookd for a donor car. I found '91 hatch with a wreck front end. Motor was strong, but the AOD was toast. Not a big deal, because I was going 5-speed manual. The donor car gave up the engine, brakes, rearend, drivers side quarter panel, the dash, and all the wiring. Always get all the wiring when doing a swap like this. I makes everything much easier.
The motor had roughly 100 k on it, so I decided it would be a good idea to freshen it up.
[img]http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee352/thunderbolt64_album/91donorengine.jpg[/img] One thing lead to another and I decided to stoke it out. Turned it into a 347. This meant that I would need a better breathing system for the engine, so I went with an Edelbrock Perfomer package for the top end.
While I was having the engine machined, I started working taking the coupe apart and getting it ready paint. I decided to try my hand at painting. I had helped out on other projects, I knew just enough to be dangerous. I had the car down to a shell.
It turned out pretty for my 1st time. I submitted a couple of photos to MM&FF hoping to get a mention in Reader's Ride. I was very surprised when they wanted to do a photo shoot on the car. So I drove it to Alanta and had a blast down there[img]http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee352/thunderbolt64_album/dennis3-1.jpg[/img]I drove the car for roughly two years before I bought an '04. I noticed that my clear was staarting to come in a few places, so I decided to get a real painter to paint this time. He had to pretty much take it all the way back down. He said something called solvent pop had occurred. [img]http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee352/thunderbolt64_album/2011-05-30byEye-Fi/IMG_1525.jpg[/img]
I also changed the car over to five-lug and bought the Street Lite Billet Specialties wheels.It also has a little more gear in it but that is a secret. Car will mostly used to go week end shows, but it may make a few passes at teh local strip.[img]http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee352/thunderbolt64_album/2011-07-09byEye-Fi/IMG_1593.jpg[/img]
Rusty, let me know if this is fine or if you need a little more info.