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Thanks for the quick rev. It sounds fkn violent, I love it!

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Looking forward to some track times.... When do your tracks open up in the spring?
Im looking forward to running it. Ive got a few things to get finished before it is ready for that though. Im not sure when the tracks open up. To be honest, Im not sure they even close. I know the local track here is having a christmas day shootout so we very well might be all year round.


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Thanks for the quick rev. It sounds fkn violent, I love it!
I did that just for you. The camera kind of hides the actual sound, but it definitely sounds mean and revs quick.

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I did that just for you. The camera kind of hides the actual sound, but it definitely sounds mean and revs quick.
Yeah it definitely has some hustle, I saw how quick the tach bounced from 3 to 5.5K.


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Yeesh. Nice


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Warrior, are you using head studs (ARP) or stock head bolts? I assume you are using OEM head gaskets as well, but can you confirm?

I'm very close to starting the engine build process I think...it will be a budget build but will be similar to yours; howeber, mine will have Nitrous in mind since no one wants me nitrous kit.

Stock Iron block cleaned up, boss rods, flat top forged pistons with fly cuts, stock bearings, stock heads with current valve-train (for now).

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Warrior, are you using head studs (ARP) or stock head bolts? I assume you are using OEM head gaskets as well, but can you confirm?

I'm very close to starting the engine build process I think...it will be a budget build but will be similar to yours; howeber, mine will have Nitrous in mind since no one wants me nitrous kit.

Stock Iron block cleaned up, boss rods, flat top forged pistons with fly cuts, stock bearings, stock heads with current valve-train (for now).
I have arp head studs and you are correct, stock gaskets. The flat tops are going to bring your compression up a little higher than mine, so you might be somewhere around 12.5:1 (which is a good thing as the nitrous loves to be squeezed lol).


Little driving update!
Ive now got a little over 400 miles on the car. First, the IRS is a monster on my old country roads. It handles so freaking good, and the ride is really nice for how stiff the car is. Second, Ive done a few burnouts and a couple launches and havent had any wheel hop yet. Also, I was cruising about 45 mph and got a wild hair (I know this is unsafe, please dont preach). I found a straight away a little shorter than 1/4 mile, shifted 3rd and nailed it. Wound it up to 6500, hit 4th, wound that to 6500 and shut it down. I was doing 125 before I knew it and it pulled through the revs Fast! Ive never felt it rev so quick. I was impressed and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Finally, I REALLY REALLY need to install a set of 4.10's. These 3.55's just arent cutting it.
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I live out in BFE too. When an open stretch of road presents itself, sometimes the best thing to do is let her eat a little.
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4.10s will be awesome in your setup. That thing loves to REV so let it REV.

Thanks for the info, warrior. I would love to be in 12s for compression. I will most likely run a stand alone fuel system with 110 for the nitrous. E85 is never out of the question either.

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4.10s will be awesome in your setup. That thing loves to REV so let it REV.

Thanks for the info, warrior. I would love to be in 12s for compression. I will most likely run a stand alone fuel system with 110 for the nitrous. E85 is never out of the question either.

If you have E85 available, DO IT! That would solve all your detonation worries. Youll need bigger injectors and a bigger pump. If I could get E85 where I am, I would do it in a heartbeat and the engine would come back out tomorrow to get something around 14:1 compression.

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If you have E85 available, DO IT! That would solve all your detonation worries. Youll need bigger injectors and a bigger pump. If I could get E85 where I am, I would do it in a heartbeat and the engine would come back out tomorrow to get something around 14:1 compression.
There are probably 5 E85 stations within 10 miles of my house. It pays to live near a bigger city. It's certainly not out of the question. I do want it to be a semi-daily driver still so it won't be an all out race build. 12-13:1 would be perfect with a 150 shot. aim for 450w on the juice.
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So, Ive still been chipping away at this thing. Right now I have a little over 1,000 miles on the car and all is well. I did a compression test and all the cylinders are checking in around 237psi which is perfect according to the dynamic compression calculator. Ive done a little bit on my gauge bezel, I got some new seats that came out of an rx8 that I am trying to fit in this thing, I am in the middle of a gear swap, doing a pre-97 gas tank swap, and finally I have to take the timing cover off and swap out a timing chain tensioner because its making noise.

Got the diff out, installed all new bearings, carbon clutch trac-lok rebuild kit, and a set of Ford racing 4.10's. The 3.55 gears were not nearly enough for this thing. It will also be going back together with some FTBR goodies. I got the adjustable diff mounts so I can set my pinion angle, and I got adjustable sway bar end links because mine were shot.






Got the gas tank down. If you are 98 and want a 97 and down tank you need a few things for the swap. The good thing about the 97 tank is the fuel pump unit is separate from the level sensor and there are a LOT more pump options. In order to do the swap, you need the tank, level sensor, pump unit, filler neck, and the two lines that go from the fuel filter/return line back to the tank.




These lines are kind of hard to get and can be pricey. I got mine from the junkyard for $10.

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No pictures, but I got the tank swap done with a new 340lhp pump. That took care of my extended crank issue I was having with the 98 tank and fuel pump setup. I also finished my chain tensioner repair and did my 4.10 swap. The car absolutely loves it. It drives better, the engine is much happier at the higher cruise rpm. Ive got to get used to quick shifting when I launch because it runs through the whole rpm real fast. Im thoroughly pleased with how everything is turning out.

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No pictures, but I got the tank swap done with a new 340lhp pump. That took care of my extended crank issue I was having with the 98 tank and fuel pump setup. I also finished my chain tensioner repair and did my 4.10 swap. The car absolutely loves it. It drives better, the engine is much happier at the higher cruise rpm. Ive got to get used to quick shifting when I launch because it runs through the whole rpm real fast. Im thoroughly pleased with how everything is turning out.
Nice progress! Your setup should have minimum 4.10s

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Nice progress! Your setup should have minimum 4.10s
Ill know for sure what it likes when I finally get to make it out to the track. I do a lot of street driving and most of it being interstate, I didnt want to trade off to much. Im still getting 18mpg out of this thing lol. I am cruising at 3k rpm at 80 mph. When I had the 3.55's I was getting 17ish mpg out of it so the engine is definitely happier now.


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