Hi, I'm new to the forum, but not forums in general. Always wanted to start a build thread, now I can.
So, Quick about me; I'm late fifties, have had a career in the automotive industry for most of my life, and I've been an avid motorcycle rider also for most of my life. Currently ride an Indian Chieftain. I've always wanted a fun car, but was never in the position to spend the money and time. I also think a little differently from many.
In my younger years, eveyone was ogling the Mustang GT's and 5.0LX's while I thought the Turbocharged SVT was really cool. Right around that time frame, the Buick turbo Grand Nationals were heroes, the T-bird turbo coupe, followed by the Supercoupe. To be honest, a friend of my dad's built a pinto back in the early '70's with a turbo 2.3, draw through, carburated... Terrible car, but it was dangerously fast once you got past the lag. I say dangerously, because, well, it was a Pinto.
Fast forward. Ford put their engineering team into working with boosted engines, in theory to replace V-8's, and thankfully,, figured out how to build a decent bottom end to do this.
Where does this bring me?
Take a base v-6 S550 Mustang and make a fun car out of it. No, it won't compete with a Mach 1 or Shelby. I just want a fun car that I will enjoy. I'm no racer. I do enjoy some spirited driving and have the Blue Ridge Parkway as well as lots of twisty Virginia rural roads to play on. In the process, I plan on learning a bit about tuning the car and tweaking it to suit my desires.
Base pictures to follow.
Okay, Clean used 2017 V6 in Oxford white. 38K miles, well taken care of. Starter kit.
So, I ordered 19x10 & 19x9 silver Forgestar F14's from the usual place. What arrived was a set of silver 19x10's and a set of Gunmetal 19x9's (??) When I called, I was told that the silver 19x9's were being discontinued (??). Actually, I like the Gunmetal better, now that I've seen it in person, so luckily they had those in 19x10. Should get them next week. Still, why would you send 2 different colors? And... if one was being discontinued, wouldn't you hold the order and call the customer to see what they want to do going forward? In reality, probably someone just picked the wron set to go with the order. To be fair, the customer service rep was very responsive on the phone with me, so we'll see how they are going forward. Just saw someone review the G-Max radials in another thread, so I'm glad I chose them. 275/40-19 rear, 255/40-19 front.
Pieces are rolling in a bit at a time. Procharger has been ordered, Solo axle back also. Audio upgrades as well. Drilled slotted rotors already here as well, PS Z23 pads on the way. I'll keep the current braking system for now, but will likely go GT front upgrade in the not too distant future. Will be back when more news is available.