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hello i live in san diego and i am workin on my first 1965 mustang coupe. i have question and hopefully  somebody can help.I rebuilt my 289 engine and i was wonderin what else i can do to it with a budget in mind.I got a four barreel carb with a intake manifold kit and what do u sugest ia can do to it

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Re: hi i am new and i am super happy cause i am workin on my first mustang
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 10:52:30 PM »
Hello Hector, and welcome to the site.  As I understand it, you have a 65 289 4V.  So, what are your questions? 

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Re: hi i am new and i am super happy cause i am workin on my first mustang
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010, 11:07:19 PM »
what can i do to make the car go faster without changin that engine

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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2010, 11:55:30 PM »
Welcome to the site. Good to see another California member. There are tons of things you can do as far as engine mods. Bigger cam, headers, electronic ignition, aluminum intake/heads, bigger carb etc.

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Re: hi i am new and i am super happy cause i am workin on my first mustang
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2010, 12:12:36 AM »
Welcome from Northern California. As Tim mentioned there is a lot of things you can do to make any car go faster. I would be more concerned about making it stop first - as in brakes, suspension, tires. Remember, "Speed cost money - how fast can you afford to go"?
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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2010, 01:04:56 AM »
I totally agree. What's the point of having all the power if you can't stop or handle it ;D

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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2010, 01:10:27 AM »
Plus the body can't handle much more power than what it came with from the factory.  Work on making the frame more worthy for more power like installing sub frame connectors and such before adding more power than the body can handle. 

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2010, 10:37:12 PM »
first of all i want to thank all u who responded i am glad i can get help from people that know what there talkin about. the first thing i did was change the front brakes to disks and i got that suspension kit so ive replaced all the suspension so i think im in the right direction so what will changin the eletric ignition do for me

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« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2010, 12:16:33 AM »
The electronic ignition will do several things. The most important is that you can gap your plugs more for a bigger spark for more power. It also eliminates the points system which is a major pain in the ass.

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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2010, 12:35:27 AM »
Get a Pertronix I and the Pertronix coil.  That combination fixed a multitude of minor problems on my 66 "A" code hardtop. The Pertronx II is waste of money unless you are a full time racer and have a lot of bucks to use up. 
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« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2010, 12:38:15 AM »
Before you add any power to the engine, replace the rear gears. Step up to either 355's or 373's.  What transmission do you have?

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« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2010, 12:48:36 PM »
okay i will look in to the petronix 1 and petronix coil and as far as my transmission i really dont know the guy that sold me the car said that he had just replaced it. how do i find out what kind of tranny it is. thanks

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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2010, 02:32:26 PM »
Well first is it an automatic? If it is then its a c4 (most likely).

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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2010, 02:45:56 PM »
If it is an automatic, look at the pan.  If the pan is square, it's a C-4.  If the pan looks like the state of Utah, then it is a C-6.  If it is a manual tranny, then it will be obvious.  If it only has 3 forward speeds, then it is a 3 speed manual.  If it has four, then it is a four speed manual.  If it has 5 speeds then the previous owner had to do some serious alterations to get it in there, and that would be an AOD (overdrive)  most likely.  Let us know what you have so we can help you further. 

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« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2010, 02:49:09 PM »
Yeah i didn't mention the AOD or T5 conversions because i assumed it was stock but i probably should have ;D

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« Reply #15 on: February 27, 2010, 02:58:55 PM »
so i found out that i have a c4 auto the guy thatsold the mustang to me said he rebuilt the tranny and had a bnm shift kit. dont know what tha is but he says it is a little upgrade. apreciate the help

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Re: hi i am new and i am super happy cause i am workin on my first mustang
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2010, 03:24:30 PM »
That is one tough transmission.  Keep it.  Look into getting some gears for the rear end.  You most likely have an 8" pumpkin, but the PO may have put in a 9".  Get back with us if you don't know the difference. 

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« Reply #17 on: February 27, 2010, 04:09:03 PM »
your right i dont know what that means but im sure i can learn

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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2010, 04:16:32 PM »
Does the rear end housing have a "hump" on the back for it? If it does than it is a 9". Also if you can put a socket on the two bottom bolts of the differential than its an 8" because if it is a 9" you cannot put a socket on it, you have to use a wrench.

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« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2010, 04:37:44 PM »
Yeah, the 8" is round.  The 9" has a protruding "hump" on the back of it.  Most likely yours is an 8" like mine.  They are tough differentials and can take a lot of abuse.  When you find a nickel in a pig track, take the car to a differential shop and have them install a 3:55 gear.  You will notice a big difference in your launch after that.  Right now, you most likely have the 2:78 gears.  Those are great for everyday use, to include highway driving, but lack in performance from light to light.  Don't try to install the gear yourself.  It's just too complicated. 

 

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