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Old 11-27-2013, 08:46 PM   #1
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Ok so im going to attempt a build thread here. The car is a 1987 Mustang LX 5.0. I picked the car up a little over a year ago. When I purchased the car it wasn't quite stock. The car had aluminum cobra wheels on it, hurst short shifter, aftermarket seats, flowmaster exhaust, bbk h-pipe, bbk long tubes, fms f cam, edelbrock torker 289 intake manifold, holley carb, vacuum advance distributor, msd 6al, msd coil, stock longblock, stock flywheel/clutch, stock t5, stock 8.8, stock brakes, stock suspension. The dash and title reads 66,XXX and it was cheap so shes mine. Put about 50 miles on the car, parked it and started picking away. Going to be a full build so ill keep posting as I go. Didnt take many photos before teardown due to not having it all together long after I picked it up.
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Old 11-27-2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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First thing I did was start to pull the motor apart. I knew the bearings were shot. I bought the car to be a project so this didn't bother me. Pulled the motor apart to find out the main bearings were indeed wasted, rod bearings looked ok. Crank was shot, bore was fine. Heads were stock E7's not really much to say there.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:11 PM   #3
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I ordered a reman crank at Autozone. It was a kit with matching rod and main bearings for under $180. Sent the block out to Powerline Engine a local machine shop. Had them thermal clean the block, magna flux it, align hone the mains, bore and hone the cylinders as well as install new cam bearings that I provided.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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Once I had the block back I made a trip down to summit racing equipment and picked up pistons and rods. Was just planning on building a fun little n/a street strip motor. So, I picked up a set of Eagle SIR stock length rods and a set of Keith Black hypereutectic pistons. Pistons have a .250 dome and large inline valve reliefs. Grabbed a set of molly rings and ARP main bolts. I put the pistons on the rods and filed the piston rings, installed the pistons and rods and began checking things out measurement and clearance wise.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:42 PM   #5
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Had all my measurement and whatnot figured out was about to call the machine shop within the next few days. Was planing to have the block decked and rotating assembly balanced. Bored one night looking on craigslist and find a set of TFS heads loaded even had the TFS 1.6 roller rockers as well as TFS pushrods and guide plates with ARP hardware. Ended up scoring the package for $600. Thank god I didn't have the block out at the machinist again, pistons are for inline valves. That wouldn't have worked to well with the TFS heads. I originally was planning to use a set of reworked gt40 irons and crane 1.7's I had laying around thats why I went inline reliefs.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:57 PM   #6
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Now that I have acquired those heads it was time to start pulling them apart, cleaning them and inspecting them. Once I started cleaning them I decided I wanted to polish them as well.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:13 PM   #7
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:15 PM   #8
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Now that the motor was out of the way and I'm working on the heads I wanted to make sure I showed the motor bay some love. The last pic is as she sits today. Still tons of work left.
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Old 11-27-2013, 10:20 PM   #9
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That's more than a little love lol. Very nice build coming along. I had those same KB116 pistons at one point. You have have HAVE to make sure you give the top ring a big gap per the KB instructions or it will break a ring land on you. That is the biggest mistake ppl with those pistons make is gapping them to stock Ford spec. No.

But anyway what cam are you planning on and intake? Tmoss ported Cobra and a cheap used OTS cam like a TFS1 or Steeda 19 should make for a nice 300+whp street machine.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:16 PM   #11
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That's more than a little love lol. Very nice build coming along. I had those same KB116 pistons at one point. You have have HAVE to make sure you give the top ring a big gap per the KB instructions or it will break a ring land on you. That is the biggest mistake ppl with those pistons make is gapping them to stock Ford spec. No.

But anyway what cam are you planning on and intake? Tmoss ported Cobra and a cheap used OTS cam like a TFS1 or Steeda 19 should make for a nice 300+whp street machine.
Well once I grabbed up those TFS heads those pistons aren't going to cut it any more. Going to be running same style piston but with proper reliefs for the TFS heads. Going to run the KB312 piston now. Cam, im thinking Comp's XE282HR and a TFS R series intake. Motor will be zero deck plus going to shave a tad off the heads. Should be solid around 10.5/11:1

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Oh yeah sorry and a quickfuel 650 on top of that intake.
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Well once I grabbed up those TFS heads those pistons aren't going to cut it any more. Going to be running same style piston but with proper reliefs for the TFS heads. Going to run the KB312 piston now. Cam, im thinking Comp's XE282HR and a TFS R series intake. Motor will be zero deck plus going to shave a tad off the heads. Should be solid around 10.5/11:1

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Oh yeah sorry and a quickfuel 650 on top of that intake.
Nice man I like it, hay what about a tfs2 or at least what do you think of it I'm wanting to put it in my 5.0
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Nice man I like it, hay what about a tfs2 or at least what do you think of it I'm wanting to put it in my 5.0
I like most tfs products. Cam your setup to work well with your other components like your heads and intake.
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Looks really nice, keep up the great work and keep posting those pics.

I remember when I rebuilt my engine smooth the engine bay and hid the wires 12 years ago I wished I would have taken more pictures of that process also.

Are you going to be covering the top of the frame rail along with filling in all the small and large holes also ?

Are you planning on hiding your wires?
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Looks really nice, keep up the great work and keep posting those pics.

I remember when I rebuilt my engine smooth the engine bay and hid the wires 12 years ago I wished I would have taken more pictures of that process also.

Are you going to be covering the top of the frame rail along with filling in all the small and large holes also ?

Are you planning on hiding your wires?
Fender aprons with the "top" of the frame rail are all one piece those are next. Building my own harness and yes it will be tucked.
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Are those Scott Rod inner fender panels?
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Are those Scott Rod inner fender panels?
Was planning to use either those for ease of install vs fabricating my own. Looking into making them within the next few weeks or just pull the trigger and order them.
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