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    Real Name
    Paul Bledsoe
    Occupation
    Engineering & Maintenance manager at an industrial plant
    Location
    Prairieville
    State or Province
    Louisiana
    Country
    United States  
    Interests
    car restoration & customizing
    Pet Peeves
    Big Wheels
    My Dream Mustang
    I own it !
    About Me
    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.

    Mustang Rides
    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
    1988 GT
    Engine type and displacement
    302 HO
    Major modifications
    73 mm MAF, 70 mm TB, no EGR, E303 cam, electric fan (99 Lincoln)
    Tranny type
    Manual
    Tires
    Drag Radials
    Race weight
    3175
    Horsepower
    258.5


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      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!!!!!

    Profile Comments

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    1. kasius
      03-19-2009 - permalink
      kasius
      I wish you were my dad lol.
      You helped me out with the diagrams. Car looks great I'll bet its a blast to cruise, Thanks again.
    2. white angel
      12-21-2006 - permalink
      white angel
      Great profile page and photo gallery!!

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    Timeslips Mustang Ride
    1988 GT
    Engine type and displacement
    302 HO
    Major modifications
    73 mm MAF, 70 mm TB, no EGR, E303 cam, electric fan (99 Lincoln)
    Tranny type
    Manual
    Tires
    Drag Radials
    Race weight
    3175
    Horsepower
    258.5
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