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Old 12-12-2007, 05:20 PM   #1
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Hey all. I am relatively new to this whole “mustang thing” (last one I had was 15-20 years ago) so I don’t know as much about them as many of you (although I do know more about cars in general than the average person having worked in the industry for quite a while). Over the next few months I will be continue to do my research. In the mean time, I was wondering if I could get some opinions for the experts (you guys).

Spring 08, I am looking to purchase a 5-speed 94-99 GT. My goal is to have/build a nice, fast, relatively reliable summer car that I will use specifically for fun (I have another daily driver).

My goal:

Have a relatively reliable, functioning, “fun”, fast 1994 to 1999 mustang, driven only in the nice & warm weather, for under a budget of $10K-$15K. I’m not a DYNO queen. I care more about drivability & fun than who has the most HP/TORQUE

That said, here are some questions I have had initially:

1) For between $10-$15K, would I be better off a) getting a GT & adding forced induction, b) buying a GT with forced induction already installed, or c) simply buying a Cobra & going from there?

2) What are things (problem areas) to look for on GTs or Cobras that are 10+ years old (suspension problems, tranny problems, leaking seals, areas that are prone to rusting, etc)?

3) If I go GT & add forced induction, which is better, turbo or SC’d (keep in mind my above goal)

4) If I go SC, what system/supplier is best? Whipple, KB, Vortex…?

5) At what HP range should I expect to start reinforcing up the block/tranny/rear end? 400HP, 500HP…?

6) What are some good/necessary mods to have before adding any forced induction (TB, manifold, rear end gears, etc)?

7) What mods would be good if I didn’t go any type of forced induction? What NA mods do these cars respond well to?

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Re: Newbie help

If I was you, I'd look into a 99 or 01 Cobra. The 4v engine will respond well to bolt-ons and loves the rpm's. Once you find the car you want I'd get gears/cams/heads and you'd have a heck of a fun car to play with.
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If I was you, I'd look into a 99 or 01 Cobra. The 4v engine will respond well to bolt-ons and loves the rpm's. Once you find the car you want I'd get gears/cams/heads and you'd have a heck of a fun car to play with.
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if you get a 94-98 body style get a 5.0 94-95 car... dont get a sohc 96-98 4.6L gt... the 5.0 has much more potential and is much cheaper and imo more reliable.

You can get a mach 1 or a 99-01 cobra which would be a fun car.
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if it were up to me i would also go with the 5.0 motor on some simple facts the you get more horse for your money. I have looked into the 4.6 motor and your going to spend any where from 500 to 600 dollars on a set of cams and pick up no more than 40 horse and to get that much you pretty much loose your driveabilty(if i am wrong please correct me) on a 5.0 motor u change a cam and double that and still have a good driver i feel that the parts are cheaper and the 5.0 is eaiser to build and all that is in my opion
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Welcome to the site. I have no other input.
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Re: Newbie help

Welcome to M.E.!

I can't help too much with mod advice, but I'm sure you'll get a lot of replies from the guys (and girls ) on this topic, and the people here are cool and a lot of fun and definitely know what they're talking about when it comes to mustangs, so I can definitely tell you that you came to the right place! Good luck with your search, I hope you find the Mustang you're looking for! Sounds like you have a good plan and know what you're looking for. I would definitely say go Cobra if you can afford it with the above mentioned budget and as for super chargers, I would go Kenny Bell, although I have friends with whipples that absolutely love them and wouldn't trade them, so, everyone is going to have a different opinion there.

Good luck! Have fun, you'll love the site, everyone is really cool here, it's a fun place and there's definitely a lot to learn.
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I always wanted a 96-98 cobra. Solid axle and 300/300hp~ (a touch more but about) and they are usually easy to find in good shape as people take better care of them (generally)
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Welcome To M.E. :smoke: I agree with the SpectorV
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96 cobra in augusta for 7000, 100,000 miles on it, wish i had 7grand
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96 cobra in augusta for 7000, 100,000 miles on it, wish i had 7grand
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:30 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the input thus far guys (& gals perhaps).
Is forced injection the way to go, or are there other options (headers, I/E, gears, etc)?
I would like the FI, but I want drivability & reliability more so than the sound of a supercharger...
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