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Talking Matt's 1989 2.3l performance bolt on/build up thread

So I have had this car for about 3 week's now and I really love it. I love everything about it. It's just a fun car, even though it's slow it's fun. Now that I have had my fun with the sound system I want to have some fun with performance on this car. Mainly just to mess with my friend's and thier 4cylender's lol maybe smoke them or maybe just bearly beat them I don't know. But I want to suprise them because the think it's so slow, because it is slow and it's got it's problem's.

So far I have installed new spark plug's, fuel filter, and some other stuff to maintain it. The only problem it really has right now and since I have owned it is the fuel pump, so I don't really know how fast it is.

The performance mod's I have done so far are:
  • Custom Short ram air intake with Apc cone filter
  • Removed the stock muffler and installed a thrush cherry bomb muffler, I still need to weld the tail pipe on though.
And that's about it for performance as of right now.

I removed the stock hub cap's and painted the wheel's black just because the hubcap's were really hard to get back on. Also I installed hood pin's and painted the mustang letter's in the back black.

Currently I am thinking about removing my sub's, amp and what not to loose all the weight. Also I am going to remove the spair tire,jack and what not that is in there to loose the weight too.

While I am doing the fuel pump I am also going to:
  • new spark plug's
  • new spark plug wire's
  • oil change
  • I am going to make a new Cold air intake using 3" PVC pipe and it's going to go into the fender.
So hopefully everything goes well on swapping the fuel pump.

The fuel pump that I got is out of a 5.0l Mustang. It's a 95liter's per hour. I was wondering if it would make the car have more power since it's alot bigger than the stock one?

I am also thinking about sea foaming the car to gain back some extra power it used to have.
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your best bet is to buy a 87-88 ford thunderbird turbo coupe and swap the motor you would only have to change the MAP to a VAM other wise no special wiring and it would go right into place change the ecu of course and the power train if you wanted.
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I got some idea's to get this little thing to run a lot better. So I will test my idea's and let you all know how they work.

I want to post some picture's of my car but I can't figure out how, or anything so I really don't know. what to do. I think I will just make a car domain page.

As for my car right now, I am almost finished with my 5.0l( 95lph) fuel pump swap everything has gone pretty good considering I have only worked on it a total of maybe 3 hour's.

I got black head light cover's for it now, pony sketch decal's for the qauter window's, and some driving light's.

As soon as the gas tank get's put back in, I am going to install the new plug wire's and try starting it and hope for the best of luck!
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This is my 1989 Ford Mustang Lx 2.3L, 5speed with 60,000 mile's on the odometer. (probably really 160,000 mile's.)http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...g/untitled.jpg
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This is the short Ram Cold Air intake that is coming off soon. I have a new pipe for it already. http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...tang/89lx4.jpg

This is the Cherry bomb muffler! http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...ndstuff128.jpg

The sound system that's coming out of it.http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...led4555678.jpg

My stang's togeather! http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k3...ndstuff101.jpg

Here are some picture's. Just to give you all a veiw on what I am doing.
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Considering that I am the only one posting on my thread, I don't know if anyone is reading it. But I am still going to keep posting.

I just finished the 5.0l fuel pump swap and it ran so much better, alot faster than before. No more stuttering when mashing the pedal to the floor. Also I put in new plug wire's that also helped alot probably. The car run's alot better than it has ever ran since I have owned it.

I am now saving up for a better coil. I was looking into a MSD or accel, not really sure what I am going to get as of yet. I am also going to reroute the Cold Air intake into the fender and hook wrap the header in header wrap.
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Default Weight reduction

Probably the most easiest modification there is to do these car's that will help is weight reduction. Most people think that every 100lbs(pounds)= 1/10th of a second. I beleive that too, but with these car's there isn't much power and I think that every little thing would help. I am not saying to go and take out random bolt's, I am saying that stuff that weigh's like 15lbs that is not needed to make the car run is worth taking out.
  1. The first thing I took out was the spare tire, jack and all that stuff in the trunk. Unless your tire's are really bad then you probably wont have a blow out and have to change it on the side of the road. But if you have good tire's its ok to take out and there is a good 30lbs atleast if not more. Also there is a hard card bard piece under that carpet where the spare tire is get rid of it, and all the insulation under the the carpet in the trunk. It's a all uneeded weight.
  2. The second thing I removed was the unsulation under the backseat. It's not neaded.
  3. If you are not planning to have any passenger's back there then you might as well remove the back seat it self. It would be atleast 50lbs. But only remove it if your not going to use it.
  4. The 3rd thing I removed the tailpipe because it's not needed and because with the bracket's and clamp's it weights 13.4lbs and beside's if you have a custom exaust it you don't really need a exaust tail pipe. My muffler comes out far enough to the back of the car anyway's so it don't matter.
  5. I removed the Windshield wiper sprayer and tank too because I never use the sprayer because I was my car enough that I don't need too. I can't remeber how heavy it was but it really wan't that much.
  6. If you have a Cold air intake then remove the stock airbox and remove the pipe around the exaust manifold that goes to the air box.
I am sure there is alot more stuff that can be removed. That is just some stuff that I removed from my car. The good thing about weight reduction is that it's free. It cost nothing. FREEBIE! It will not give you noticable power it will just make your car faster by taking out weight. So if your looking for power and top speed then try weight reduction.
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after a few test run's on a old road with the new fuel pump I really noticed a big affect the fuel pump has made. It not only stoped the stuttering it also made a huge improvment on throttle response. It definatly made the car get up and go way faster, than it has ever been before. Not it also did no starve for gas going up hill's either. There was a good feeling of the amount of power the car had. I know there wasn't a lot of power, but there was more than before.

If anyone is looking for some extra power and not looking to spend alot of money I would definatly recomend doing a 5.0l fuel pump swap. I only took me a week of working on it for probably 40 minute's each night and I really didn't have to do much work. There are a total of 9 bolt's that have to be removed and 2 fuel line's and 1 breather line also 1 wire harness and 1 filler neck that have to be removed. It's really easy and I got my fuel pump for free! Mine is a 95 Lph( Liters per hour) fuel pump out of a 1990 Ford Mustang LX 5.0 5speed.
  • I am getting a 3" PVC Pipe probably tuesday. I am going to make a custom intake that goes into the fender. Then I have a ram air kit that I am going to mount under the bumper and I am going to run a 3" flex pipe up to the cone filter.
After that I will have done
  • Cold air intake
  • Exaust
  • fuel pump
  • weight reduction
then after that I will only have to do
  • Ignition coil
  • 65mm throttle body or 75mm throttle body
  • header off ford ranger
and some other stuff, not really sure how far I want to go on the engine but I do want to do all the body work and suspension.
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Get the roller setup(cam, followers) from a 91-93 4cyl mustang or whatever ranger you snab the header from. That will bump your hp a tad. Then get the aluminum drive shaft out of a fox GT too. They bolt right up to the manual 4cyl.
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Sweet, I will definatly get the roller cam. The drive shave will be easy too get to.

Thank's for the advice.! :b igthumbsup
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So I finally finished the my Cold Air intake. I don't have any picture's of it up yet, but I soon will.

Part's I used 3" PVC pipe, 90degree 3" elbow, stock throttle body intake connector and paint ( havn't used the paint yet, but going to shortly.)

I knowticed a huge difference on the performance. The powerband last longer now and kick's in sooner. I would definatly recomend doing this to anyone who has a 2.3l mustang because I loved doing it and also it made noticable power. Not only was it fun and noticable, but it was cheap. I paid nothing for the whole set up that I made and it only took me a hour. But if you were going to build one it's very cheap. The most expensive part is the cone filter and the pvc piping can be baught at any hardware store.
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Default Update on matto's 1989 lx 2.3l 5 speed

It's been a while since I have posted on here, my car is running pretty good right now. I have the fog light's on now and working. I baught gto head light cover's, that are black and make the car look really good. I no longer have a system in it anymore, and I have a new red hatch on it. I want to paint the hatch but I just don't have the money right now.

I have a K&N Cone filter now and I really love it. It made the car have a little bit more noticeable power.

Using G-tech pro my buddy found out his stock 88 Mustang lx 2.3l 5 speed will run consistant 23.2 in 1/4th mile. I don't know if that's normal for these or not but mine will run 18.31 in the 1/4 mile.

I decided to wrap the cold air intake in insulation, so I'm having my step dad get me some. Then I am going open up the hole in the fender well where the intake goes a little more and then take to pieces of tin and put on both side's of the intake so it will act as some sort of shield from the heat and what not.

I have to wire in a switch to jump the clutch activation switch(the starter stop), and make a custom switch pannel. So anyone got any idea's let me know.
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any pics of the intake system?
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Not yet, but I will. It's just a basic 3" PVC pipe that goes into the fender. Using a 90 PVC elbo, I hated the idea of using a 90 degree but that's all I have right now. I just kinda threw it togeather.
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