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Old 04-08-2007, 11:57 AM   #1
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Fox Body mustang... HELP!

Okay, I have a 1981 fox hatch. I basically need to replace everything. I'm planning on dropping in a 5.0 EFI engine in the car, and want to run low compression so I can boost it down the road.

What are some sites to get alot of replacement parts? 5.0resto doesn't have anything regarding 81's from what I saw.
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Re: Fox Body mustang... HELP!

Finding parts for an 81 is getting hard to do, but the good thing is, many things can be grabbed from Foxes up to 93 and then there's always the options to upgrade to newer stuff up to 2004..... it all depends on what you want to do.
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ebay is probably going to be your best freind.
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gut it, make sure the body/unibody is clean/solid -- weld in roll cage, install seat... remove all useless electronics, throw in carb'd 351 mated to a tko 600, throw on a 200 shot and call it a day

oh you're gonna have to upgrade that 7.5" rear, too
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you forgot redo the suspension, redo brakes, redo body work... bleh
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I dont know try Mustangs Unlimited - The Source for Mustang Parts, Shelby Parts, Cougar Parts and Accessories or something
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if you want to do it right rip everything off of it and do it right from the ground up. If you want to cut corners then im sure you can just to rebuilt it for a fun car.
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if you want to do it right rip everything off of it and do it right from the ground up. If you want to cut corners then im sure you can just to rebuilt it for a fun car.
Trying to explain this very thing to him...think I finally nipped the bondo talk in the bud...
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Re: Fox Body mustang... HELP!

PonyPerformance.com I'VE done business with this guy. hes very trust worthy.. he might be able to help.. only thing is he's in cali .. =)
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Trying to explain this very thing to him...think I finally nipped the bondo talk in the bud...
yeah how many dings and dents does it have?

and if your gonna use anything 1/8 inch thick duraglass is all thats needed
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yeah how many dings and dents does it have?

and if your gonna use anything 1/8 inch thick duraglass is all thats needed
Honestly, I didn't look it over that closely to see exactly. I was more concerned with getting it running and driving it to his house. Won't really know the deal until we tear down everything we know he is ditching...like carpet, headliner, seats, etc, etc....

Then, to wash it up to get the years of dust/sap that have accumulated off it...then get the rust off it and sealed...then see where we are.
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Honestly, I didn't look it over that closely to see exactly. I was more concerned with getting it running and driving it to his house. Won't really know the deal until we tear down everything we know he is ditching...like carpet, headliner, seats, etc, etc....

Then, to wash it up to get the years of dust/sap that have accumulated off it...then get the rust off it and sealed...then see where we are.

Yeah I feel you on just getting it running how I been there.


BTW if it has rust which im sure it will (floor panels, rockers, inside doorjams, trunk area, wheel wells) I highly recomend looking into PPGs rust products they are life savers if you prep the area right (thats if its not decayed rust cause then your screwed till you replace the whole paneled area)
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Yeah I feel you on just getting it running how I been there.


BTW if it has rust which im sure it will (floor panels, rockers, inside doorjams, trunk area, wheel wells) I highly recomend looking into PPGs rust products they are life savers if you prep the area right (thats if its not decayed rust cause then your screwed till you replace the whole paneled area)
My instructions have been....

Strip off everything that will be going in the garbage for sure...
Find and remove rust...seal areas that have been treated.

See where you stand...create plan of attack...desired goal.

Start executing plan.
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My instructions have been....

Strip off everything that will be going in the garbage for sure...
Find and remove rust...seal areas that have been treated.

See where you stand...create plan of attack...desired goal.

Start executing plan.
yeah in a car like that def sounds like a game plan for sure.

and start watching those dollar signs fly away
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yeah in a car like that def sounds like a game plan for sure.

and start watching those dollar signs fly away
The best part...they will not be my $$$ ...
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The best part...they will not be my $$$ ...
no doubt. should be lucky hes in the south cause on my car I had to replace the whole damn floor panel. which worked out cause I ended up getting full length subframes welded in at the same time


dude needs to get some damn pics up already sheesh
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lmao rob has the pics hahaha i don't have my cameras at my house 8P
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time to buy a really nice compressor and a DA sander. start taking out the rust down to bare metal, apply a slight coat of body filler (Rage Gold if at all possible) and then more sanding and then a good coat of hi-build primer, more sanding.

or you can always strip EVERYTHING out and send the whole chassis to one of those anti-rust tanks where they drop the car and the chemicals eat away the rust and any oxidized metal, which might be bad cause they might pull the chassis back up and have nothing attached to the chains.
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time to buy a really nice compressor and a DA sander. start taking out the rust down to bare metal, apply a slight coat of body filler (Rage Gold if at all possible) and then more sanding and then a good coat of hi-build primer, more sanding.

or you can always strip EVERYTHING out and send the whole chassis to one of those anti-rust tanks where they drop the car and the chemicals eat away the rust and any oxidized metal, which might be bad cause they might pull the chassis back up and have nothing attached to the chains.
yeah id do it a bit differ in all honesty if I were doing his car id take it down to bare metal and do as much hammer and dollying as possible to get whatever dents and dings out whatever that cant be hammered out Id do a slight thin coat of duraglass (holds better, is stronger and doesnt flake away like bondo does) sand that nice and even then apply PPGs rust spray (contains rust to where its at with no more spreading) then go with a nice high build primer (house of kolor has a GREAT high build primer)

Thats the way id go about it. thats pretty much what Im gonna be doing to my car
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