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68stang

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Looking for more HP
« on: December 13, 2007, 07:39:09 PM »
I am very new to the whole classic car thing.  I'm a teenager and just got my first mustang.  Its a 68.  It has a 302 with a 2 barrel carb.  I obviously don't have a ton of money to add tons of power, but was wondering what I can do to add some horses.  Any ideas? Thanks

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Re: Looking for more HP
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007, 12:49:30 PM »
How lucky you are to be a classic Mustang owner as a teen. I was still riding a bicycle at your age  ;D
Is the Mustang in good shape?
 About adding power, all depends your budget and your capabilities. A bigger exhaust and air filter will add some power but not enough to feel a difference. The more horse power you want the more it will cost and the base of the engine needs to be in good condition if you don't want it to break.
 I saw somewhere a 5.0 (or 302) Mustang with well over 500hp that was modified with parts from junk yards, a pair of turbos from a diesel farm tractor and a lot of ingeniosity for very cheap. The Mustang looked like crap but it was one of the best at the drag strip.
 Anyway, welcome to the world of classic Mustangs  ;)

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Re: Looking for more HP
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007, 02:54:51 PM »
Yeah, I just got it a couple of months ago.  Both front end and rear end have been replaced.  The interior is mint. The motor isn't original, but still somewhat high mileage.  Someday that will get replaced, but for now I want to see what I can do.  Christmas is coming up, so I'm feeling lucky.  I am considering changing it to a four barrel carb, I've been told this will help.  Also, is an MSD ignition a good idea?

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Re: Looking for more HP
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2007, 04:44:07 PM »
 The carburetor will certainly give you more power but you might also need a better fuel pump and exhaust system to take advantage of it. The MSD ignition will also help your engine to reach higher RPM and get the most power the engine can deliver but it won't give more hp by itself.
 If you have photos of your Mustang, they will be welcome here  :)

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Re: Looking for more HP
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2007, 10:25:38 PM »
Before you do all that ,you need to see what gear ratio you have. I thought my 73 stang was fast until I found out I had that the gears were 2:77 which are super high, I put in 3:55 gears in it and I cane swear I feel the front end pull up. Plus what good is all the power if you can get traction?
No need to get a MSD unless you have something to back it up. but getting rid of the coils and up grading to a electronic ignition is very good. But if you add everything up your talking about 2k easily, but if you go to swap meets are join some clubs you be amazed what some of the hook ups you can get.   

 

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