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Old 10-04-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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5.0 Advice?

Hey, guys. I'm looking to buy a 5.0 foxbody pretty soon, and I was just looking for which years to buy? Maybe some problems that foxes have and some advice on mods? Thanks in advance!
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My 89 doesn't really give me problems its been a great car for the past three.. Mods its all depending on what you really want or what you expect from it and mainly how deep your pocket is..cuz theirs millions mods to do.thats my opinion.
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your not gonna go wrong buying any fox as long as it hasnt been mistreated to bad.as of upgrading thats all pretty simiar to.all depends on what your looking for. you can make any fox into your own personal machine!we can get into specifics if you prefer like , small body changes, fuel injected and HO and non HO if you want.
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Re: 5.0 Advice?

The most desirable years are the 89-93 models because their MAF and ECU are the most adaptable to modifications.
However earlier EFI models are relatively easy to upgrade to the 89-93 MAF & ECU.
The 94-95 models are have better factory suspension and handling, but they are little less desirable because of their weight in certain modding scenarios.
The ECU's in the 94-95 are also a bit more finicky when modding, but they can be tuned for better compatibility.

Note: These are my thoughts on the Fox Body Mustangs. I'm sure that others may have a differing opinions, but from my past experiences these are mine.
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Could you explain the maf thing? I heard that I should be shooting for the foxes with the forged internals, but I'm still a little sketchy on the details.
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Could you explain the maf thing? I heard that I should be shooting for the foxes with the forged internals, but I'm still a little sketchy on the details.
89-91 to meet both of those, am told some 92's have nice internals, not sure how you'd check before buying. As for MAF I'll let someone else tryn explain that..
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Could you explain the maf thing? I heard that I should be shooting for the foxes with the forged internals, but I'm still a little sketchy on the details.
MAF = Mass Air Flow
It is an air intake measuring system that sends data to the ECU to keep your engine in tune. It is more adaptable to engine modifications than the older Speed Density systems.

The only forged internals in the Fox 5.0's are the pistons, which is not that big a deal unless you plan to turbocharge or supercharge it. Even then you should replace the crankshaft and rods with forged pieces as well, so a set of pistons isn't that much more and they could be done at the same time.
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Ah, I see. Does Maf and speed density still matter if the car is carbed? I'm looking a an 88 GT right now, the engine needs a crank kit and it's carbed. Is that bad?
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Ah, I see. Does Maf and speed density still matter if the car is carbed? I'm looking a an 88 GT right now, the engine needs a crank kit and it's carbed. Is that bad?
Crank kit means it needs a rebuild..

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And no need for MAF w/ a carb..
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I'd like to get that fox and rebuild the engine, it looks to be a pretty solid car. Do the stock 5 speed's last long?
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I had one last 175k. First 100k car was stock, I beat the brakes off it for 75k. It broke w/ exactly 175k, broke 3rd on an easy down shift
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Man. Are transmissions expensive to rebuild?
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Man. Are transmissions expensive to rebuild?
Putting back stock fairly cheap, cheaper then a new one(T5).
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Alright, thanks! Hopefully I can get a decent fox to work on, I don't know how I'm gonna deal with the paint. That stuff drives me nuts.
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Alright, thanks! Hopefully I can get a decent fox to work on, I don't know how I'm gonna deal with the paint. That stuff drives me nuts.
Painting/body work requires lots of patience and a pretty good knowledge base of what to use and how to use it.
It is not something that everyone can do.
However if you have the right mind set and you are patient and willing to learn you can do it.
If not, just leave it alone and save up the money to have it done for you.
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I was thinking about having my mechanic buff the paint if it is okay. He used to be a painter and all that. But if it's bad, I'm probably just gonna put it in primer. I'd love to learn how to paint. It's such a rewarding sight to see knowing you painted the car yourself.
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I was thinking about having my mechanic buff the paint if it is okay. He used to be a painter and all that. But if it's bad, I'm probably just gonna put it in primer. I'd love to learn how to paint. It's such a rewarding sight to see knowing you painted the car yourself.

There you go. You have the right attitude, now supplement that with knowledge gained from books, videos, visits to paint shops, etc. and you will be painting your own car in no time.
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Have you ever painted a car? And that was very motivating, thanks!
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Have you ever painted a car? And that was very motivating, thanks!
Thank you, that was my intention and I'm glad it worked.
Yes, I have painted several cars, but it has been years ago.
Most of the techniques and materials I used back then have been changed or are no longer available.
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I have a question for you.
If I chose to put my car in primer, and let a professional painter do it, how long would that kinda paint job last? I am kinda a fan of the flat black look, idk what to do! Haha.
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I have a question for you.
If I chose to put my car in primer, and let a professional painter do it, how long would that kinda paint job last? I am kinda a fan of the flat black look, idk what to do! Haha.
Hahaha! I have been considering something similar for my car.

Flat primer wouldn't last very long.
Flat paints are porous and do not weather very well at all.
They are also subject to scuffing and discoloring easily.

I would go for a satin or semi-gloss paint instead, which will weather better and look look nicer IMO

I have (Don't tell anyone please. ) used semi-gloss black paint from a spray can (Dupli-Color) to paint wings and spoilers. It actually weathered very well and I could wax it without worrying about it chalking or white streaking. The last one I did had lasted for the 5 years I owned the car and it still looked good when I sold it.
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I have done motorcycle plastic like that. I used clear as well. In pics it's the bike that's half black and half red. Sold it the day of the photo so...

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Almost forgot, 87(in my pics) I had a guy prime for me, it did great the first year and a half but after that I was constantly spotting it in with rattle cans. Yes the car was properly wet/dry sanded, and the spots where there was rust were the worst for coming back. But we did NOT clear the primer.
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Yeah, the porosity of flat paints will draw and hold moisture.
Not a good thing for rust prevention.
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You could always go with a satin paint
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