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Old 03-16-2012, 11:02 PM   #1
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I just bought an 1986 Mustang GT Convertible, looking to use it as a daily cruiser and weekend drag... Its a 5 Speed, I am looking for any tips or advice.
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Are you planning on keeping it carbed? What has been done to it so far?
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I just bought an 1986 Mustang GT Convertible, looking to use it as a daily cruiser and weekend drag... Its a 5 Speed, I am looking for any tips or advice.
Welcome and look at the sticky threads in this forum for tips and advice on modding.
I will leave this thread here since you asked for tips and advice, but when you have time go to our Introduction forum and introduce yourself there too.
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I just bought an 1986 Mustang GT Convertible, looking to use it as a daily cruiser and weekend drag... Its a 5 Speed, I am looking for any tips or advice.
Welcome, from another new guy! There is a huge number of things you can do, but if you want it to perform much better, you may wanna consider switching from speed density to Mass Air induction. This will allow you like a hundred cam choices, few of which can be used on your stock engine.

Otherwise, you can still do several things, like rear gears(3.73 or 3.55 would be good), exhaust front to rear, air filter(or complete CAI), pulleys, alternator, head porting, intake, battery relocation, torque box upgrade, full suspension, etc.

The heads can be great, but I'd look for aluminum instead, if for no other reason, to shave weight.
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Are you planning on keeping it carbed? What has been done to it so far?
An 86 didn't have a carburetor when new. It got Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection(SEFI).
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Sorry to get back at everyone but I have been having cooling issue, leaks, hoses and now the heater core is leaking... Anyway I can bypass or just remove the heater core??
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Sorry to get back at everyone but I have been having cooling issue, leaks, hoses and now the heater core is leaking... Anyway I can bypass or just remove the heater core??
Yes, just connect the two heater hose connections on the engine with a short piece of hose.
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You could also get caps from your local parts store... 3/4 and/or 5/8 should do.
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You could also get caps from your local parts store... 3/4 and/or 5/8 should do.
Ok, you got me again, and be easy, it's still early morning for me.


Caps or pipe plugs?
I wasn't sure if the connections were still threaded as they used to be or pressed in as most are nowadays, which is why I suggested using a hose?
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Ok, you got me again, and be easy, it's still early morning for me.


Caps or pipe plugs?
I wasn't sure if the connections were still threaded as they used to be or pressed in as most are nowadays, which is why I suggested using a hose?
If it's the same as the 87-93, and I would think it is, there are two different size pipes on the core itself, so I'm kinda remembering 2 different pipes along the intake. These are non-threaded and caps are fairly common at parts stores... but you have to find a parts guy/gal who's been around awhile or it may be like chasing wild hogs. I've gotten them from NAPA, O'reilly, AutoZone and Advance in the past.

1 word of caution on the caps: They deteriorate more quickly than hose(probably because there's no actual flow) even though they are rubber. Hose IS the better option impo, but caps make it look cleaner.

For the hose, there's a chance you'll need to get a connector to step down from 3/4 to 5/8, and need two small amounts of hose... Again, I haven't done this stuff in quite some time... I just think those are the sizes. They may both be one or the other instead(if so, probably 5/8). I am thoroughly convinced, however, it's at least 1 of those 2 sizes.
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If it's the same as the 87-93, and I would think it is, there are two different size pipes on the core itself, so I'm kinda remembering 2 different pipes along the intake. These are non-threaded and caps are fairly common at parts stores... but you have to find a parts guy/gal who's been around awhile or it may be like chasing wild hogs. I've gotten them from NAPA, O'reilly, AutoZone and Advance in the past.

1 word of caution on the caps: They deteriorate more quickly than hose(probably because there's no actual flow) even though they are rubber. Hose IS the better option impo, but caps make it look cleaner.

For the hose, there's a chance you'll need to get a connector to step down from 3/4 to 5/8, and need two small amounts of hose... Again, I haven't done this stuff in quite some time... I just think those are the sizes. They may both be one or the other instead(if so, probably 5/8). I am thoroughly convinced, however, it's at least 1 of those 2 sizes.
Ok, I know what you are talking about now.
I think those caps are actually meant for vacuum.
I had an issue with my 86 when I first bought it spraying coolant.
I traced it to one of those types of caps.


I was talking about doing away with the tubes and connecting or capping/plugging it off at the front of the engine.
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Ok, sounds good, I was thinking that I could use a steel or aluminum cap. Never seen a rubber cap.
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Ok, I know what you are talking about now.
I think those caps are actually meant for vacuum.
I had an issue with my 86 when I first bought it spraying coolant.
I traced it to one of those types of caps.
See! They deteriorate... Most often, vacuum probably is the use. At that size though... ya really think they're meant just for vacuum? Idonno... I know something else they'll work for...

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I was talking about doing away with the tubes and connecting or capping/plugging it off at the front of the engine.
Oh, yeah... If he's removing the coolant pipes altogether, that's a great idea and I'd expect those to be screwed in, but haven't looked in ages.

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Ok, sounds good, I was thinking that I could use a steel or aluminum cap. Never seen a rubber cap.
You can buy a 1/2" (or whichever size you need) pipe thread plug, I'd think. A little teflon tape and blam...
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See! They deteriorate... Most often, vacuum probably is the use. At that size though... ya really think they're meant just for vacuum? Idonno... I know something else they'll work for...
Yeah, some big trucks and large equipment use them.


They won't work for me for that purpose. They're too big.
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