I got my spark modules and wire harnesses in. Ill be able to start wiring after the main part of the install is done.
Headers, dear lord what a problem. Nobody makes swap long tubes to go around the 4r70w and I was not going back to a manual. I tried stock mustang headers and they hit the floor, frame, firewall, everything. They were not going to work. Then I had a good friend (also happens to be a machinist, and mustang enthusiast) tell me the tube spacing between coyote and 2v were the same. I had my old 2v headers laying around So I cut the flange off of them.
I had the engine in the car, I took that long tube and held it up in the car exactly where I wanted it so it would clear the transmission and all. I had a buddy measure the distance from pipe to head surface. Then I cut the flange off the coyote header with the tubes sticking out the distances that we just measured.
Bolted the flange to the head and positioned the header up to it. Then tacked it in place and removed for welding.
Coyote flange welded on to the 2v long tubes.
They fit really good. Clears the steering shaft, transmission, frame, k-member. They are awesome.
In the past, the transmission crossmember has always gotten in the way of exhaust. So I called a junkyard and got them to cut the mounts out of a 99+ car and send them to me. I drilled the spot welds and pulled the old crossmember mounts out of my car.
99-04 stifflers crossmember
I bolted the crossmember to the trans
and raised it up in the car. Bolted the transmission crossmember brackets to the crossmember and positioned everything where I wanted it. Tacked them in. Pulled the trans
back out and finished welding them. I didnt pull my interior out and I didnt want to burn the carpet so I took it slow and just did a bunch of tack welds all the way around. They are good and strong.
Now there is all sorts of room for exhaust.
Also painted the engine. Etch primer, base coat, clear coat.
Ive got the headers installed completely, the trans
is in. I did torque converter bolts, starter, driveshaft, shifter today. Im going to get the catback up and see what I have to do to my x pipe to get it bolted up. Might get something done with that this afternoon.