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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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For that hp you are going to have to add a power adder for the price range, turbo charged or supercharged. A full supercharged kit will probably take up all your budget sadly and only get you possibly around 260 or 270 maybe. Plus you will probably have to rebuild the motor to accommodate for the supercharger possibly.

Is a good site to just find what others have done to obtain their horses.
I'm just afraid there's no chance of salvaging the gas milage
Sorry to say that if your lookin for a 300 hp 90s model v6 then you wont be getting great gas mileage. On my 02 v6 i get around 12-16mpg with the mods ive done. Now granted mine is an auto and i like to drive it like a standard... Haha so you have to trade off mpgs for horses sorry to say.. But forced induction should... Theoretically increase mpgs since a motor is like an inefficient air pump. Faster air gets in the faster it gets out. With that said it wont help if you lay into it every second like i do when i drive! Good luck. Love step father/son builds.. Wish my step father was into cars like yours seems to be.
Internals possibly. I would also look into a split port swap. There are some write ups about that though. Allows more air flow for the super duper charger ahah. Either way it allows you to spend more time with step father.
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