Sanity Check --- starting my restoration & engine build - Mustang Evolution

Go Back   Mustang Evolution > 1979-2015 Mustang GT || Tech and Talk > 1979-1995 Mustang GT

Join Mustang Evolution Today

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them here!
Old 11-09-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
Registered User
mhass302's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2011
Region: Maryland
Posts: 7
Sanity Check --- starting my restoration & engine build

Hey everyone,

Been on the forum for a few years, read a lot of posts but haven't posted much.

Over the next year I am starting to restore/upgrade my 1988 GT (speed density and 5-speed manual). I plan on addressing the the engine, interior, exterior and suspension. The engine has 105,000-miles and is bone stock and I've only added unequal shorty headers, H-pipe and a cat-back flow master back when I got the car in 1998 as a junior in high school.

Budget isn't an issue, although I don’t want to waste money.

The car is not my daily driver, nor will it be, and I do not want a track car. I want to be able to cruise around on the weekends, go to some cars & coffee events, etc. but have some fun while getting there. I'd like to approach 300-hp, naturally aspirated if at all possible. The engine parts I have listed come in around $4,000 new and I am sure I could save a few hundred by going through a junkyard, and looking on forums and craigslist.

I’d like to retain the T5 tranny, knowing I will need a HD clutch assembly (planning Ford Racing 10.5” 10-spline) and I will certainly add sub frame connectors when I do the suspension (springs, shocks, struts, sway bars and control arms).

I have a set of 3.73 Ford Racing gears still in the box that I will install and I plan to convert to 5-lug axles (planning to stay with 28-spline because I understand they are capable of handling up to 350rwHP – please let me know if this is inaccurate). I’ll also install a shirt throw shifter.

So, with the background out of the way, lets get into my build plan. I am looking for a sanity check to verify the items are compatible and to ensure I am not overdoing an area or spending money on a mod that in my build case won't help or may even hurt. And, of course a tune will follow.

Here is my build plan:

1. Convert to MAF, and use a 75mm MAM (Pro-M Mustang 75mm Mass Air Meter For 24lb Injectors & Fenderwell Cold Air Kit (1993) Cobra 5.0 -
2. Fender-well intake
3. 75mm TB & EGR Spacer
4. Fuel Injectors 24-lb, 255lph pump
5. Cobra Upper/lower intake
6. GT40p heads
7. 1.7 Cobra Roller Rockers
8. B303 Cam (as I understand it offers good low-end tq and sig top end power over 4,000rpm)
9. Underdrive pulleys
10. MSD Ignition Kit (6AL Box & Pro-Billet Distributer)
11. 1-5/8” equal length short headers
12. X-pipe, no cats (car will have “street-rod or historic” tags to avoid maryland emission checks)
13. Catback exhaust, 2.5”

The few areas of uncertainty I have with this build plan:

- Is the 75mm TB too much, would a 70mm be better served in this application?
- 255lph Fuel pump too much or do I go 190lph?
- 24-lb injectors sufficient? I have no further engine plans beyond this list.
- With the list above should I port the lower?
- Is it necessary to do the rockers & the cam? Or am I duplicating effort for no gain?
- Should I consider an E303? I understand the e-cam offers excellent low-mid range TQ and may be better suited for a track application and not a daily driver.
- 1.6 rockers with either the b- or e-cam a better combination?

I realize there are MANY other options just from brand alone so constructive feedback would be the most beneficial, not brand bias. Again, I don’t want to get too wild so a set of Canfield heads are not necessary as I’ve no desire to attain over 400rwHP.

Lastly, I have nothing but time to complete this build; this will be a hobby for me, working on it a few hours a night, couple nights a week for the next year. As I mentioned I am also doing the interior (ripping out the grey interior and converting it to all black), suspension/wheels and the exterior to include replacing all of the weather-stripping.

I don’t think I left anything out.

Thanks in advance,
1988 GT, 5.0, Cobra/Stalker Body Kit, LX Tails, Headers, H-pipe & Flowmaster exhaust, 105,000-miles, rockin the grey primer.
Safely nestled in the garage for a much needed restoration/upgrade

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, Hemi/Tow Package
mhass302 is offline   Reply With Quote

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Mustang Evolution > 1979-2015 Mustang GT || Tech and Talk > 1979-1995 Mustang GT

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

» Like Us On Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

01:15 PM

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 is in no way associated with or endorsed by Ford Motor Company.