Progress Thread 1986 GT 5.0 Mustang Restoration/Bringing my dad's old car back to life

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It passed smog, with a little outside help. I can go to the DMV tomorrow and get the sticker then get insurance and finally be able to drive my car. :)
 
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It passed smog, with a little outside help. I can go to the DMV tomorrow and get the sticker then get insurance and finally be able to drive my car. :)
Usually you have to have insurance before DMV will issue a tag
 
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It's street-legal now... after a long awaited restoration to just get it driving, but it's not over now. I need a smog pump delete pulley and a clutch adjustment assembly. Any recommendations on either would help a lot!
 

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It's street-legal now... after a long awaited restoration to just get it driving, but it's not over now. I need a smog pump delete pulley and a clutch adjustment assembly. Any recommendations on either would help a lot!
Rather than a smog pump delete pulley, just remove the pump and use a shorter belt.

Bill
 

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Kyle427

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Yes, that's what I'll do, thanks for the diagram. I was thinking about just using a shorter belt I just did not know what size. Do you have any recommendations on what clutch adjustment assembly I should get?
 

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Depending on the brand/style components that you are running on your car the belt length can very somewhat. I am running everything but the smog pump. The belt on my car technically is for a 03 Dodge Charger V6. I would suggest getting a few belts to try. One the size you think it is and a couple sizes smaller and larger. If you tell the parts guy that you are getting them from what you are doing they will let you take them and figure it out. Then you can return the ones you don't need. That was my experience at least.
 
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Willybill32

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Depending on the brand/style components that you are running on your car the belt length can very somewhat. I am running everything but the smog pump. The belt on my car technically is for a 03 Dodge Charger V6. I would suggest getting a few belts to try. One the size you think it is and a couple sizes smaller and larger. If you tell the parts guy that you are getting them from what you are doing they will let you take them and figure it out. Then you can return the ones you don't need. That was my experience at least.
My '86 has everything except the smog pump. The 84.5" belt shown in the diagram above fit it perfectly first time.

Bill
 
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I'm not sure why my setup is odd. I tried the recommended belt lengths, but they didn't work. After a few trips to the store I just bought a mess of different size belts and used the one that worked. The store let me return the ones I didn't need.
 
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Having an off and on the problem of smoke coming off the passenger cat. I would assume, high revs the motor is spitting oil out of the breather, could this be causing the smoke, or is it the old cats? Nothing I'm worried about but I would like your opinion.
 

Willybill32

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Having an off and on the problem of smoke coming off the passenger cat. I would assume, high revs the motor is spitting oil out of the breather, could this be causing the smoke, or is it the old cats? Nothing I'm worried about but I would like your opinion.
‘86 and later 5.0s have a closed system, so you shouldn’t have anything blowing out the breather unless it’s been modified. There’s a tube that runs from the oil filler tube to the throttle body for any oil vapor to go back into the intake.

Bill