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Rio Red 98 GT Build

JonR started his build thread and beat me to the punch.
OK, so as promised Im starting up on my build thread. For the sake of history I have to give a little back story on the car, so the beginning of the thread will be kind of slow going but I will try to get up to speed as soon as possible. On to the story. I came home from my first tour in Afghanistan in 2011, around March time. I bought my first mustang in august. It was a 2002 GT. Bought it from a shady car lot, needed tires, clutch, heater core, all kinds of crap but it looked cool and sounded great and it was a mustang. Car came with a 30 day drivetrain warranty. When I found out it needed a clutch I took it back to the guy and it sat at his shop for 2 weeks. I finally said F**K you and took the car back and did my own clutch. Then the 32nd day of owning it the car overheated and shut off. I let it cool down and started it back up to find out it was tapping/rattling something awful. Took it home, pulled the engine, found out the intake manifold was cracked, did a top end rebuild because I thought it was a valve related issue. That meant brand new loaded heads with cams and a new intake manifold. Put it together and to my surprise at the time it still tapped just as loud. I got angry, real angry. So to prevent me from torching the car in my field I traded it to my neighbor for a 1994 F150 that had 5k worth of paint. Then I found a guy that had my current GT and needed a truck. He had beaten, abused, and neglected this car, but it was a mustang and it had potential. So I traded my F150 for this 98 GT.

First Mustang


The trade




Then came my 98. I don't have any pictures of the day I got it but at this point I had put the bullitt wheels and headlights on it. Cant tell very well in this picture but it had been in a small front end wreck or something because the hood is a couple shades darker than the rest.



Put the grill delete on


SLP Loudmouth 1 cat-back


I did the black leather with the white gauges


How she sat then



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Rebuild in the works. New crank, 2013 Boss rods, srp .020 over flat top pistons with valve reliefs, 12:1 compression, ported pi heads, comp xe278ah cams.
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As everyone knows, the car bone stock was slug. I was on the interstate one night and i got outrun by a 2005 chevy malibu, I couldn't have that so I put a pi intake, accufab tb/plenum, pullies, did a 5 speed swap, and put 3.73's in the rear. At the time it was enough but that changed quickly. So I put in Bullet racing stage 2 cams, mishimoto aluminum radiator, 180 t-stat, and tuned it all with a diablosport predator. After all that, I ended up with this cluster .... of an engine bay, but it ran better.







After the car was setup this way it was my D/D for a few months. Then I started preparing for my 2nd tour in Afghanistan. While I was gone I ordered a few parts for it. It got a new wiper cowl, and new carpet for clean up. I also decided it was time to lower it, so I got a set of lowering spring for a 1.5" drop all around, got upr spherical/adjustable upper and lower control arms, steeda bump steer kit, poly bushings for front control arms and steering rack, and a set of shark c/c plates. While I was gone I also decided to change the sound some so I took out the slp loudmouth I resonators and I welded in some magnaflow chambered muffler (best move I ever made). The magnaflows are much better in my opinion. And while I was gone my wife bought me a 1995 Harley Davidson heritage softail.

This is what I came home to, my Harley is the orange one, the other is a friends bike. That story is for a whole different time.



Most of the parts I came home to


Started to take care of the neglected and abused parts I mentioned.





















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Ok, now I moved on to the suspension work and the new exhaust set up.

Got this b***h sitting like a car instead of 4x4 style.




Then one morning I went out to the car and found this.


So, Time for new wheels


Got a great deal on some wheels with decent tires

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At this point I had my car running better and looking half way decent and I was thinking about painting it. I started having idle issues and I had never had it on the dyno, I was just running an email tune, and I had a birthday coming up so i decided to order myself a Megasquirt III with expansion card for sequential fuel and spark control. To top it all off, a jimstim for testing. So i started putting it together. Now mind you I had never, until this point, soldered a circuit board of any kind, and I had very little wire soldering experience. With this kit though, I would be able to tune myself and have full control over all of the engine functions and I would know exactly what was going on in there, unlike the email tune where I just load it in and hope everything works.

JimStim:
bare board


Work station







Completed JimStim


Moving on to the mainboard






Most of the main board is done here, got some jumpers to make and have to put the expansion card in.

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Then after I started assembling my Megasquirt, I had to go to a military school up at Camp Shelby, which is in Hattiesburg, Ms. Its about an hour from my house. While I was there I lost oil pressure and it started rattling. I had no clue what happened, so I let it sit for a while and when it cooled off I started it up and the oil pump was whining and my gauge was jumping all over the place. I have a good friend that lives up there so I took the car to his house and we started pulling the engine and tearing it down. Apparently my timing chain guide pins had fallen out at some time and when I lost oil pressure it let the chains get slack in them. It was a bad day.

Pulling it


My friend posing for a picture


Tear down


Then I found this. Aluminum shavings everywhere.


I don't have any pictures but I found out that in the process i put metal through the crank journals and head journals. Heads were trashed, so was the crank. Oh yeah and I spun 3 rod bearings in the process. That was a really bad day.

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Then it was time to order all the parts for my rebuild. My friends house is about an hour north from my house and it was just way to hard for me to get there every weekend to work on it. So I loaded my car up and took it down to the shop where I work. Then I started assembling/restoring.

All loaded up, almost ready to roll.


Got it down to the shop and gave it a quick pressure wash to attempt to clean it a little, it was absolutely filthy.




Then I brought it in the shop and started getting it set up for cleaning.



I got the car set up in the shop and I started doing some engine assembly.


Pistons hung


SRP Pistons


2013 Boss rods


Shortblock was put together with ARP mains and clevite H main bearings



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Went back to the car for some more cleaning. I knew I wanted a wire tuck and a clean engine bay.

Started taking it apart for the wire tuck.


Then went the hydroboost and k-member




Then I started cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning. Did I say this was filthy?




At this point I noticed the paint was pretty much wiping off. I was trying to save the paint but it just wasn't happening. So I talked to the painter in the shop next to mine and he said to just buy the paint and he will spray it for me.

So next came the a/c system removal.




A/C is out, did more cleaning




Started prepping for paint.










At this point I was pretty much ready for paint.

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Alright, so Tuesday night 16SEP2014 I went next do to see the painters and just hang out for a little bit. He asked if I was ready to paint and when I told him yes, it was on.

last minute prep work




Painters getting ready




Before we started spraying, the painter showed me how the gun worked (I had never painted before). Then he says "you will do the paint, I will do the clear". So we went to work, got it all sprayed and cleared in about 45 minutes.

Here she is that night right after paint.




Then the next morning







Before:

After:

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At this point I am slowly putting the engine bay back together. I wanted to change up my suspension a little bit so I ordered a UPR k-member/coil over kit. Anyone that is wanting to buy one beware. The finish is nice, it looks pretty, but the fitment is crap. I am less than pleased with this and I will not buy another UPR suspension item because of it. The manager over at UPR did send me a bolt kit to help fix all this, but it was a battle none the less.







Notice the sleeve does not have notches in it to sit flush and keep it from spinning.








To make these A-arms go in, I had to beat them in with a dead blow hammer. I don't know about you guys, but when I pay close to $800 for something I expect it to fit properly.


On to my next issue with the kit, the front bolts fit horribly. The shoulder on the head of the bolt hits the welds up front, reference the pictures below. This is with the K-member pulled all the way forward.






Put the notch in the coil overs, also had to put shim stock between the sleeve and the strut because they fit really loose. Another awesome UPR trait.






This part of the build had been going pretty slow just because its tedious and I had to make sure everything is going to fit just right and look halfway decent.

Started my wiring













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GREAT work and GREAT write-up!!!
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GREAT work and GREAT write-up!!!
Thank you! I've got a lot more to go, so stay tuned.

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Excellent work, my man! Much more involved than mine...maybe mine will get this far one day but I hope I don't have to tear it down to the shell though

I will be getting a photobucket I think so I can link my images. I hate attaching...much better to see them in the thread.

How far along is the engine build? 12:1 CR...93 otane? E85?
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....wrong thread....Sorry dude...
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Excellent work, my man! Much more involved than mine...maybe mine will get this far one day but I hope I don't have to tear it down to the shell though

I will be getting a photobucket I think so I can link my images. I hate attaching...much better to see them in the thread.

How far along is the engine build? 12:1 CR...93 otane? E85?
12:1 on 93 octane. The engine is built. I have to get my pictures caught up. I could have gotten more compression if I knew then what I know now. 13-13.5:1 seems like the cap for 93 octane. I just helped a buddy build his 13:1 2v and it runs great. Sounds awesome too.

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This is about a year after I bought the car. Only mods were CAI and a stupid a$$ throttle body spacer...what was I thinking...Got to love the 4x4 look.

It looks good though!


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