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Angel92

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Confused about everything
« on: June 24, 2010, 05:00:02 PM »
Hey my names Angel and im new to the site. I saw that this looked like the most legit site to ask a few questions and get some help for my mustang or mustangs i wanna get. Now I'm looking at a '66 with a (mid 80's somewhere) 5.0L dropped in it. The dude didnt really specify.  But it runs perfect and has been kept in really good condition. Well i love the thing and it looks sick but its automatic and i have a huge problem with that haha. I was wondering if you guys could help me out a bit cause im not really sure where i would start or how much I'd spend or anything. Thank you.

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Re: Confused about everything
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2010, 05:06:15 PM »
What are your specific concerns? 

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Re: Confused about everything
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010, 07:06:32 PM »
Well like how muchwill it all cost me and exactly what do u recommend I do. Also how long would it take me to do it myself

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Re: Confused about everything
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2010, 08:49:21 PM »
You still haven't answered my question.  What do you want done to it?

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Re: Confused about everything
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2010, 02:23:28 PM »
well like i said  i hate automatics so i would want a swap to a manual. Also i found a cheaper '66(way cheaper) but the paint is crap so would a paintjob be better? its about 3grand difference and im pretty sure with less than 3 grand i can get a paintjob myself other than buyin an already painted one. And the one with the crappy paintjob is already manual so i wouldnt even need the swap. Also I heard these stangs got trouble with the front end past 100 or 110 cause they start lifting or something so what could i do to fix that? springs? Thank you for responding

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Re: Confused about everything
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2010, 04:04:10 PM »
One of the worst enemies to these old Mustangs is rust.  My first response would be the unpainted one because new paint hasn't covered up the rust yet.  If it is relatively rust free, the paint shop can repair any small rust spots.  But, if the floor pan is rusted through, that will be expensive. So, check it over for rust damage.   I paid about $5,000 for my paint job, but one half of one of the rear quarter panels need replacing, and I went ahead and had the windshield, headliner and all the rubber replaced. There are paint jobs, and then there are paint jobs.  Don't take it to Maaco.  You may get by with a $3,000 paint job though.  Look the car over carefully.  How does the interior look?  That's a$500 or $600 job if you do it yourself, and it is a relatively easy job. 
To help tighten up the front end, get a Monte Carlo bar and an export brace on the engine bay.  Depending on how loose that suspension is, you may have to replace the suspension.  I recommend a Grab-A-Track replacement suspension.  Get a new set of KYB shock absorbers, and don't drive 100 miles an hour in these old beasts. They weren't dynamically designed to go that fast. 
If a manual transmission is what you are looking for, then seriously consider the manual tranny car.  A swap from automatic to manual is quite expensive and very time consuming.
Later on down the road you might want to consider putting on Disk brakes on the front, followed up by a dual bowl master cylinder.  The dual bowl can be bought at just about any auto supply store, and is a fairly easy swap.   Ask for a 1967 model. Remember, safety comes first , so get it safe before worrying about paint, etc. 
Any more questions, chime right in. 

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Re: Confused about everything
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2010, 08:59:39 AM »
wow. that just about answered everything I needed haha thank you so much. I have to look over all these mustangs and see about the rust. I never really saw it as a problem but yea it makes sense.

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Re: Confused about everything
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2010, 01:17:19 PM »
If you have questions about that 5.0, go to the 5.0 section.  Any other questions about the 66, go to the classic section.  And while you are there, click on the FAQ at the top of the page to do any research you may want to have as references for technical articles, etc. 

 

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