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Old 12-10-2013, 05:54 PM   #1
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just bought this 86 and need help

Well i just bought this project and i hope to restore it soon. The guy that i bought it from turned it into a carbed car. I want to turn it back. Dont know much about carbs. I need more input on what all i need. He left the wiring harness in there but the ecu is gone. Idk why he took out the power steering either. Lol. Well it was fairly cheap so i got it. Now time to start buying parts.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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hey welcome to the site. sweet buy !! i love foxbodys. looks like a sweet project to work with. Didnt the 86 come factory with a carb motor ?? i think that was the last year of carb motors in the mustangs if im not mistaken
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:52 PM   #6
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86 was the first year of the fuel injected mustangs. I bought it for $800 and its running just doesnt have power steering and the carb needs cleaning or a new carb. I dont know if to just put in the boss 363 stroker with a carb setup or do like a mach 1 mod motor swap. Ill see where my funds take me. Lol maybe just do an hci swap and a supercharger.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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Nice find!
The previous owner was probably trying to lighten it up by taking that heavy power steering pump off.
I don't know. Carbs are alright. If you know how to tune one, they can make just as much power at WOT as fuel injection can.
It's everything in between idle and WOT that can be a challenge with carburetors.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:41 PM   #8
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86 is one of the worst years when i bought mine i didnt know alot bout them the harness was burned i tried looking for one but later i found out that 86 stands alone on almost everything its hard to find parts for it so i switched it to carb i think its better if u leave it like it is i have the computer still but no harness
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Yeah i read alot and tried to get alot of info on these 86s. I wanted the year mustang of when i was born. Lol. Ive already had an 89 and a 95. I might just buy a wiring harness and all the accesories from MPS and change it to mass air.
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Yeah i read alot and tried to get alot of info on these 86s. I wanted the year mustang of when i was born. Lol. Ive already had an 89 and a 95. I might just buy a wiring harness and all the accesories from MPS and change it to mass air.
+1 on the mass air swap and just a heads up if its the stock 86 bottom end then it's got flat top pistons with no valve reliefs and the heads that year were junk that's if you end up keeping this one and doing the h/c/I
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Yes, 86 was first year FI. The previous owner was probably going more of a race car route with his build. You will need to find a diff computer, I'm told the a9l is best for foxbody stangs, I'm in the market for one now. I have a stock 86 also. The heads should be swapped if you are keeping that motor. 86's were weaker than 85's or 87-93's. if you are swapping whole motor, then heads don't matter much. I'm not sure on why you want to change carb, but if its not solely a track car going back to FI is fine. It's pretty much just personal preference. Any fox will take some work to beef up their weak spots, but it's a lot of fun!! If you have other q? Let us know. Happy building!
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I would also do the mass air swap, or find a 87-93 motor and drop it in. Again I myself am looking for a 87-93 motor, or I'll buy a shortblock from Fordstrokers. Whichever the funds allow, but I'm also looking at doing 347 or 351. Just gonna depend on what I find. Been looking, but CO is not really known for its plentiful stangs.
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Yes, 86 was first year FI. The previous owner was probably going more of a race car route with his build. You will need to find a diff computer, I'm told the a9l is best for foxbody stangs, I'm in the market for one now. I have a stock 86 also. The heads should be swapped if you are keeping that motor. 86's were weaker than 85's or 87-93's. if you are swapping whole motor, then heads don't matter much. I'm not sure on why you want to change carb, but if its not solely a track car going back to FI is fine. It's pretty much just personal preference. Any fox will take some work to beef up their weak spots, but it's a lot of fun!! If you have other q? Let us know. Happy building!
Yes the a9l is great its a manual only computer and the a9p is fine for auto or manual and if you end up changing the heads on the stock bottom end it will need valve reliefs cut in the stock pistons or get a set of aftermarket pistons the stock flat tops won't even work with gt40 heads unless you have valve reliefs cut
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Not trying to be a smart a** ether but 85 had the first fuel injection on autos only. manuals were carbed
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Yeah i just ordered my a9l, cai and pro-m mass air wiring kit today and should be here tomorrow. Im gonna just put another engine in it. I was looking at the 306 they have on lmr i dont want a full blown race engine. Lol. Not now.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:29 PM   #16
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You do still have forged bottom end with 86. So even if you swap motor you can part that one out.
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