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My oldest son got me interested. He passed away suddenly in 2000. I continued rebuilding his dream car, changing it a bit to my taste. Truly a labor of love. It's been mostly finished since Feb. 2007, after many, many weekends of work, between 2001 and 2006. My youngest son, now 22, helped me with the assembly, after the shell came home from the paint shop in Oct. 2005. He's a better driver than I, as his daily driver is a 5-speed V-6 '98 Mustang (He also has a '95 GTS with a 306 and black Cobra interior). I'm an engineer by "trade" and currently manage maintenance at an industrial plant located on the Mississippi River, where I have 250 people in my group and we spend a $52 million budget annually. My wife of 29 1/2 years is the best. She doesn't quite understand the fascination with hot rods, but she loves the fact that I finished our son's dream car and it is a "living" part of him, now a big part of the family, taking the car to shows, cruises, etc.
1988 GT Hatchback
California car with factory MAF
Color: 2004 Porsche Dark Blue Pearl
Interior: Smoke Gray and Black
New FRPP short block 302, stock rebuilt & milled (.010") heads, E303 cam, 19# injectors, 73mm TB, 70mm C&L MAF w/ 19# tube (have 24# injectors - waiting on better heads and intake), adjustable fuel regulator, new in-tank fuel pump, new fuel tank, fuel pressure gauge on fuel line, no pollution control devices, except oxygen sensors, cold air intake, 2-inch phenolic intake spacer, MSD coil, Taylor 8 mm spark plug wires, 2-speed electric fan from 97 MKVIII Lincoln, 180 deg. thermostat, new chrome water pump, 140 amp Powermaster alternator.
New T-5 Z World Class 5-speed transmission, Steeda Tri-ax shifter, King cobra clutch, FRPP aluminum driveshaft, frame stiffeners, floor pan/seat reinforcement plates, new steering rack & pinion, new ball joints, urethane suspension bushings, Lakewood 70/30 Struts and shocks, Max. Motorsports C/C Plates, Hotchkiss Rear Upper & Lower Control Arms, BBK lowering springs, 1 5/8" equal length Mac ceramic headers, MAC H-pipe w/o cats, fully polished Magnaflow Cat-back exhaust, added factory brackets & fog lights, 2 1/2" ABC Exclusive cowl fiberglass hood, A-pillar gauges - water temp, oil pressure, white face dash gauges, Grant steering wheel w/ Ford oval horn button, the two-tone interior is totally refurbished, including new seat covering and fully sound deadened, all new door weatherstriping, Bulldog keyless entry system, 15" Weld Draglite wheels, BF Goodrich Drag Radials, rebuilt stock brakes, with Russell stainless mesh flex lines, everthing that bolts to the engine is either chrome or polished aluminum, all exposed engine bolts are hand polished stainless, hood latch hardware and hood hinges are chromed, led engine lighting system.
UPDATE March, 2007: Finally got it to the dyno shop. 258.5hp and 347 ft-lb RW torque.
UPDATE May, 2007: Completed air conditioning system (finally finished polishing the compressor). Three days later, won Best Engine trophy at Fun Ford Weekend car show at Belle Rose, LA track. My first award at a show - bound to have helped having the bay 100% complete.
UPDATE June, 2007: At FFW Belle Rose, the car won BEST of SHOW! Man, what a mind-blower!
Update: Swapped Flowmaster cat-back for Magnaflow's - love the sound - unexpected on a Fox Body!
Timeslips Mustang Ride
Engine type and displacement
73 mm MAF, 70 mm TB, no EGR, E303 cam, electric fan (99 Lincoln)
88GT, paint: 2003 Porsche Lapis Blue Pearl Metallic, Calif. factory MAF, new 302 long block, heavily ported stock heads & intake, 70mm TB, 73mm C&L MAF, E303 cam, no pollution equip. exc. O2 sensors, equal shorty hdrs, Magnaflows, new W/C T-5, TriAx shifter, K Cobra clutch, alum. driveshaft, BBK springs, new stock brakes, 3 row rad, 180 deg, 2-sp. el. fan, Hotchkiss Rear C-arms ____________________________________ dyno: 258hp+327rwt with ported E7s!!!!!