Build Thread Dusty's...King Of The Hill

CarMichael Angelo

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Nice find. I routinely browse the ads on the Corral and Craigslist. That's how I end up with some much crap in the garage. Hopefully most of this junk WILL get used. I put the Aerolatches on my car. Can't lose them and you can tell immediately if they are not latched. I think @CarMichael Angelo just bought some too. Well worth the money imho.
I did.
 
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90sickfox

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Nice find. I routinely browse the ads on the Corral and Craigslist. That's how I end up with some much crap in the garage. Hopefully most of this junk WILL get used. I put the Aerolatches on my car. Can't lose them and you can tell immediately if they are not latched. I think @CarMichael Angelo just bought some too. Well worth the money imho.
I want a set of those. It's in the plans.
 

90sickfox

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Thinking about the other 4 banger got me thinking about the spare engine ive been lugging around for the last few years.

Decided to start tearing into it...

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This has been my tried and true spare stock 5.0. I acquired this thing in a totalled white gt about 15 years ago. In that time it lived as a spare to move my other car around when I smoked my nitrous engine.... and again when i wiped the cam in my 347. Resided in my 86 convertible, my 87 lx and found a home in my 89 GT. This thing always started and ran... carbureted or fuel injected. I even whooped on a few with this lil boat anchor.

I've already got a new pan and a few bits. It'll stay stock with the exception of an e camshaft. I know.... I know.... but I like them. Might port the heads a little. It'll get 1.6 rollers and ARP studs. Nothing dramatic.

That's if it all checks out. If the crank is beyond its useful state... or the rods don't check out... it'll get the 331 treatment.
 

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Yesterday I took Dusty out for a ride.....I hit the limiter and..... think something is jacked up. Pulled in the garage and cut it off. Oil pressure looked good at 60psi. idling. Wasn't data logging. Didn't want to check fluids.

....I glanced at my boost gauge and think I saw 13psi....

I couldn't help it....just felt so good.

Guess we'll find out.

Side note ; I definitely have wheel hop from the IRS now. It's weird because I never had it before in the other car. That car had a 347 that made awesome power. I'd smoke the tires with ease. Ive been running this same IRS for over 10 years. It's also had a thorough go over before going in this car.

The only difference is the weight. The previous car had a custom sound system ( residing in the rear seat area ), convertible top, and 10 point cage.
 

90sickfox

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Well... is official. I didn't purchase the convertible.

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It's not a 5.0.... but it's a brand new 2019 ecoboost.

It's my birthday today and decided to treat myself to a new car payment. Lol

Dusty is still hanging out in the garage. It'll be a while before I can spend more on him though. Gotta let this all settle in.
 

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Thats cool, i have not driven the new ecoboost [i did drive a 2017] has the power come up in them yet? i was hoping for a more in your face feeling from the boost but thats just the nature of the newer cars these days.

Oh and happy birthday! :rabble:
 
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

It's nice that you treated yourself to a new ride, so it seems that you will have more time to work on Dusty ;)
 
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Thats cool, i have not driven the new ecoboost [i did drive a 2017] has the power come up in them yet? i was hoping for a more in your face feeling from the boost but thats just the nature of the newer cars these days.

Oh and happy birthday! :rabble:
Thanks Steve. The power is decent...I don't know if it increased at all over last year. I needed a commuter car and couldn't justify buying something else that's about the same price as this. Really went for an 18 but they sold it before I got there. :mad:

It's ok...I got them to sell me the 19 for the same price as the negotiated 18. They sweetened the deal for me. That black one had about 30k on it and my job ( I work at a dealer ) wanted 19.5k for it...with my 70.00 employee discount. It was also a 16. This car is brand new and cost me about the same. About 2k more.

My commute home is 2hrs on i95 and with the ranger breaking ( 240k ) and driving the 30 year old van I had to do something. I was a danger to myself and everyone else. Lol Perfect excuse for a brand new mustang.
 

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Hey Scott, Happy Burthday!

Little late, sorry. Been working on TMH.

How long before you upgrade the turbo?
It'll be about 5 years...lol. I'm living the under warranty life. I know you've been busy Dave. I've been checking in on you.
 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

It's nice that you treated yourself to a new ride, so it seems that you will have more time to work on Dusty ;)
I'll be having to much fun driving this new car around. Dusty will get some more attention soon...
 
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Nothing much goin' on.... other than....sport mode is fun as hell in my ecoboost s550. :burnout:

Still figuring out this paddle shifter stuff....but this car is fun....and 33mpg highway. No complaints.
 

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Today had been a long one... but I did spend some time with Dusty.

A little paint correction. The drivers side door and fender have a dull single stage paint on them. Who ever painted it must've painted the nose, cowl, and top of the passenger fender to " blend " it. The paint is in very bad shape with cracks everywhere.

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Here's the after...

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The cowl before...

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I actually hand rubbed it with White Diamond metal polish. This stuff worked great for this. Very similar to Simoniz compound....even smells the same. Tomorrow I'll pick up some wax and a variable speed buffer from HF. We's gonna polish dis ole Dusty turd.
 

90sickfox

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My OCD got the best of me. I wet sanded with 2000 grit and hand polished the whole car ( minus front and rear bumpers ) followed by Mothers synthetic wax.

The whole time I've owned this car I thought the repaint didn't match. It does match and jeeesh this car looks a lot better. If only there weren't over 340,000 miles of dings in this car.

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I can't believe it turned out this way.

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Only took me about 9 hours. Lol

All of this because I tried the White Diamond on a 3in by 3in spot. I was supposed to buy spark plugs, oil, and and filter but completely forgot.
 
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