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Old 03-01-2015, 05:08 PM   #1
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I have a 82 mustang gl and it's all stock and would like some advice on whats the first thing I should do to it. It's a inline 6 3.3L with very low miles. I wanna make this thing fast and have great handling around turns. I'm new to this whole forum thing. Thanks


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Old 03-01-2015, 05:12 PM   #2
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Also I would like to add that I'm 22 years old and have been working on cars for only a short time. I have always loved anything with an engine and when i first saw a mustang at a young age I've alwaysed wanted one so now I got one and need help/tips on what steps and what I should first focus on doing.


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Old 03-02-2015, 06:10 PM   #3
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The first thing would be to go through the car and replace all of the worn out suspension parts like tie rods and ball joints. Jack up the front of the car with the wheels on it and rock them side to side and up and down. If there is any play top to bottom the ball are shot, you can have a buddy look at the controll arm to see where the movement is. If there's side to side play it's tie rod time. After that a good set of springs and a performance alignment will get you down the road
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Thanks i appreciate it I will definitely do that. I was told that I can't just slap on performance springs because it will be all over the road. This is a straight 6


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In not very familiar with the fox bodies but I know they tend to be tail happy. As far as being all over the place I'm not quite sure what they mean. Bump steer? It just stiff suspension that'll bounce around
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I don't think this is a fox body. I was looking at springs to stiffen it and also drop it i little lower. Would that be a good idea? What should be done first suspension wise? Thanks for your help


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Old 03-02-2015, 09:09 PM   #8
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Sorry if I've lumped the 80's and early 90's mustangs together hahahaha. Maybe that forum would know specific companies. From a generic point of view, the best way to make a car handle better is start from the ground up, tires are the only thing that contacts the road so a good set of tires will do loads in terms of grip. What's your budget by the way?
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I'm on a real low budget. I'm 22 years old and paying for trade school and other bills but I know it's gonna take me some time to build this car up so basically what im doing is getting bits and pieces here and there but I will get where I wanna be


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I'm on a real low budget. I'm 22 years old and paying for trade school and other bills but I know it's gonna take me some time to build this car up so basically what im doing is getting bits and pieces here and there but I will get where I wanna be


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Old 03-03-2015, 02:31 PM   #11
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Are there any plans to convert to a v8?
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Old 03-03-2015, 03:46 PM   #12
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BA was right about making sure all your bushings and links are good first. An '82 is a Fox body. I had an '83 GT convertible bought new in '84. Not sure who said springs would make it squirrelly but I didn't find that to be true. With a 5.0 it needed traction help but you won't have that problem with the 6. My current car is a '66 with the same engine as yours! If you can do good tires, low pressure gas shocks and struts and lowering springs, you'll be happy with the look and handling. A lot more has to be done to really make it handle but you would want the V8 if it fits.

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I say if it fits because I'm not sure the fuel injected 5.0 is a direct swap. The battery is on the wrong side for the air intake. Carb would be ok though.

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Old 03-03-2015, 09:01 PM   #14
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Ok thanks I'll try it out and let you know how it goes. I appreciate your advice. Any good websites other than AM you would recommend


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Ok thanks I'll try it out and let you know how it goes. I appreciate your advice. Any good websites other than AM you would recommend?


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Cj pony parts, I've gotten everything besides engine and trans parts from them
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Thanks I'll check it out. You know anything about pypes m-80 exhausts?


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