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Old 03-26-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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1970 Ford Mustang Mod Project

1970 Ford Mustang Mod Project Average Guy's Car Restoration, Mods and Racing

So I’m weaving my way through the spec for all of the mods for what some folks think it a toss away car. 1970 was still in the muscle era and the ’70 coupe was the runt of the litter for Mustangs. It had to fight for space with the Bosses and the Mach 1s and really it was lost in the mix. That’s why I love this car.

If you’ve followed my blog you know that it started life as the 250 straight 6 engine and now sports a .030 bored 302, but it needs more. You might be thinking…”Dude…you love the car but you want to make it more like the Boss or a Mach 1.” To that I say, “Well yeah…but no.” I want to make it the car it could have been, it’s not like it’s a station wagon…it’s a sports car, with less sport than its bigger siblings.

For the first set of mods I did what most project manager do, plan it out right down to the documentation for the specs for every mod. For this set of mods I’ll do the same.

I’ll share parts of the documentation here on this page of my blog and find a place for readers to be able to download the template.

However for this entry this entry I wanted to cover some mod options. None of these are firm but all are being looked at.

From my list one of the first things do is to add some heat protection and sound deadening. The amount of heat that comes from the current 302 is pretty intense and as I boost the power with new heads and an intake it’s going to run hotter. I want to keep that heat outside. Of course here in AZ the car is 120 degree before you even start it.

Of course budget is always an issue…yes average guy – average (below average) budget. There are kits out here by Quiet Ride Solutions/AcoustiShield. A complete kit runs about $700. There are various sub kits are available and you can pick the area you want to cover. Now these are all pre-cut for your specific model but there is an alternative. You can by the brand name Dynamate for about 130 bucks for 9 18”x 32” pieces, that is about 35 sq. feet of mate. One other alternative brought to my attention by a fellow Corvette owner was to check at your local big box hardware/lumber/house stuff supplier (Home Depot or Lowes type) stores for the same material, he redid his older Vette for must less than $700. You gonna have to some cutting, but that’s have the fun.

Now the concern I have it how much to do? I’m not sure I need to do the trunk floor, but I probably will, but my real issue is the roof. My headliner is in perfect condition and taking it down risks having to replace it. However, it’s hot here in Southern Arizona and stuffing the top will help keep the car cooler.

What do you thing? Let me know.

Thanks for reading.

Tim
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Hey I just bought a pretty stock 70' coupe the other day, I agree it was lost by many being as it was the runt of the 70 litter but it is my personal favorite. I just want to clean her up with a little class under the hood and some nice detailing (replacing pitted bezels and hardware as well) I'm 18 and on a tight budget being as I just spent everything I had on this beauty. My 302 is already tuned and purring but what valve covers would you suggest with my ford racing chrome air filter assembly with chrome ford cap.

Do you have any tips for replacing the forward "mustang script" fender emblems?

Do you have any tips for sealing a slice ( I say slice because the headliner is pristine except for a precise 1 inch slit in the rear behind the passenger seat) Definitely not worth the fuss of replacing

And any tips on what could be the issue causing my brake lights and reverse lights to not work even though all of my other lights work including tail lights and (I think turn signals)

I'll get pictures up soon, thanks so much for any help you can give, I have been reading through your resto guide and you seem to know what you are doing
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Re: 1970 Ford Mustang Mod Project

Let me toss some ideas together. Check out the work I did on my coupe
http://www.tucsoncarevents.com/MustangEngine.html
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I am at this point also, I am only 18 and I just finished my 65 coupe which took about a year, now I'm moving on to my 65 fastback that I just got 3 weeks ago. Valve covers I recommend just saving up for the cobra open letter valve covers and matching air cleaner they are much worth it. But it also depends on what you like I'll post some pics up of my coupe and my fastback project. That's my coupes engine bay after a little dress up and clean up. The fastback will get the same treatment.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:49 PM   #6
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Re: 1970 Ford Mustang Mod Project

nothing wrong with 70's stangs that is the first stang i ever drove good luck . and lomg live the stang!!!!
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Dmay65, do you have a parts list on the engine bay set up, I have a 302 2v stock so that cobra won't fit (at least that's what I am lead to believe) I realized that I have a ford chrome air filter and the flat finished (looks like brushed aluminum) ford valve covers, they were pretty dirty that's probably why I missed them but your set up looks nice, hopefully not too expensive
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I have a magnum 500 savings bucket now haha hoping to make it to $1100 soon so that I can have these silly looking wheels and replace them with 15/6 in the front and 15/7 in the rear wrapped in bfg t/a's
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Yea my dress up kit was just from your local kragen or autozone or pepboys whatever is local around you if not you can order it online. It's made by spectre. They are slip on braided steel. My dad got pisse at me for doing it cause he said I should have got the real stuff but just one anodized fitting ( a real one) is like 20 times that by how many you need and you will hit a couple hundred easy. The whole kit was only 50 bux I think. As for the valve covers and air cleaner. The valve covers are 250 new and air cleaner is 150 new not cheap but worth it if you end up going to a 4 barrel which I heard help conserve gas cause of the secondaries. Yea but the dress up kit looks good definitely if you you take your time on it and don't rush through it
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Don't you have to run premium through a 4 barrel though?
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Not at all it mainly depends on what's in the motor or what you've had done such as higher compression. I can run whatever I want in my 4 barrel but I always run premium even though I don't have too
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I got her on Sunday so I haven't gone through the engine yet I have been working on main issues such as my break/ back up lights and my leaking trans (rotted old gaskets I presume) I'm ordering a few parts tomorrow from cjponyparts because I want to catch the 15% off sale, what spark plugs and wires do you suggest, I wouldn't doubt mine are stock because she has been garaged for the past thirty years. I figure I could use a new set
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Spark plugs I recommend getting the autolite platinum plugs they made my coupe run so much cleaner and better. And for spark plug wires I suggest getting the stainless braided but I don't know what they are running in prices I had two sets in the garage already for my mustangs. But If not the stainless I would get either msd or accel. Other things you may want to replace for reliability is the coil, starter solenoid, and im not sure it has electronic ignition but If not change the points and rotor in the distributor and gap it according to the year or motor. Also fuel filters in mechanical or electric pumps. And then you may want to time the motor as sometimes it will get out of wack. Those are just common issues that should make it a more solid reliable car. You may also want to tune the carb and drop the idle if you can to save on gas.
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Your 70 coupe is clean though. How much did you end up putting out to get that. Thats a real solid car it looks rust free and it has AC. Is it the original motor and tranny. Also on the dress up they make it in all chrome i believe if you want or all red or all blue. So whatever you prefer. Also another things i bought for my coupe was the one piece export brace and the monte carlo bar. They look good in chrome and also help your handling. You might want to get a whole new distributor. If you take that in as a core they only charge 60 bux for a whole new one with points and vaccum advance already hooked up at autozone. Thats super cheap and i did it on my coupe cause the gears get worn out and so does the vaccum advance and its cheaper to just by it all as one piece.
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I spent 8500 on her and yeah she is literally 100 rust free, no bubbling, no floor pan damage, and absolutely no wheel well rot, that's why I felt comfortable paying what I did, I bought it from a old itallian guy (70 or something) and he said that he had 11 grand in it already. The interior is clean as hell to and all original. I believe I got a deal, what do you think? I'll do some searches on wires but I appreciate all your suggestions!
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I'll tell you what is stock and what's new, the engine and trans is stock, paint ismt original but it looks nice all the way up to 3 feet, the bumpers and all trim are new, new radiator, new muffler, new valve covers and air filter, all metal is original except the hood and all gaps between panels is even all around, the tires are new 15" with new rubber but they don't do this car justice that's why I'm trying for those magnums
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So are you trying to keep it original. And how many miles are on the tranny and motor
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80,000 on motor and tranny and I will keep original parts but I would like to clean her up conservatively, no metal work just upgrades
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Yea all the stuff I listed is just bolt on improvements
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And for rims I wouldn't get magnum 500s personally I don't like them, but it is your car. For my fastback I'm going to put the Eleanor style rims on it. But for your 70 I would probably put torque thrusts on it or a mag slot style
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