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looking to rebuild, options? 96 stock.

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First off let me say I'm obviously new. This is my first mustang, and my first project car. I only have a few months of school left (going for network and it). I have access to a garage(my step dad owns) and with some free money coming up he said he'd help me rebuild this pony. (As long as I did the research, he didn't specify how:]) I'm looking to spend about 5grand give or take a bit. The body has 260k miles on it, engine has 160k. I do want to repaint, but I have q cousin that does it, that can come later. I believe it is still the 6cyl, 5 speed manual t5(if the seller was honest) picked it up for $200 runs and drives no lights. I'm looking for a fun car, not a drag racer. A 14 year old hey let's play, not a 30 year old with 6 kids midlife crisis car. Hopeing for around 300hp, an engine with 150k miles on it would be okay with me. Looking for best mpg still, but still playful (4cyl eco boost would be lovely, but I doubt in my price range) can you guys give me some ideas to float around and research?!
Edit:I should clarify, still looking to use it as a daily driver, so mpg is a big issue. If we could stay way under 5 I wouldn't complain either.
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Sad to say, you should spend that 5k on a 99-04 GT, add a few bolt ons, a tune, and you are close to your goal....getting 300hp out of an older V6 will be tough at your budget. Not to mention all the other odds and ends that come with a project, plus the 260k miles on a car...

Start with a GT...
What is your timeline on finishing this?

I'm all for projects as long as the expectation of "this will be a project and I'm completely ready for odds and ends, pennies here, dollars there, etc.." is understood.

I'm not sure why you won't consider a supercharger over a twin turbo setup...cheaper, easier to tune, kits are readily availably for the 3.8/4.2 setup, no custom fabricating...can be pieced together fairly cheap if you source used parts...

I'm still of the opinion that you should opt for a GT (still can be a project car) but hey your money your car :)
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