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Old 08-14-2016, 01:27 AM   #1
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I own a 65 mustang and i am wanting to know where I post to get a little advice

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Where to post to get advice about/for his '65 Stang.
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Car was a 289 they put a 302 , everyone is saying change it back to the 289 . What do you all think

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Is there a problem with the 302? Are you wanting to restore back to original? Why is everyone saying change it back?
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They should a car like this should be original, the 302 is healthy starts right up and will roast the tires bald if I wanted to .

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Well that's totally up to you if you have the time and money and plan on showing the car and want to win trophies and stuff. Otherwise, my philosophy is if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Some car shows yes but at the same time I understand what your saying . The goal in the beginning was to build up the 302, roll cage track bars and so on but that adds up real quick

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Really comes down to what your goals are and how much you care about what other people think about your car. Some purists out there will obviously scoff at the idea of a 302 in an original 289 car. But that goes for just about anything. Post some pics. Would love to see it.
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Unless you have the original 289, and can restore the car back to a numbers matching vehicle..........for heaven's sake leave the 302 in there. As you say that it is running just fine, it would be kind of silly to go the expense of changing everything and still have a non numbers matching car.....
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Unless you have the original 289, keep the 302 in it.
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J Keaton it's a work in progress the paint is stripped off on the roof this is just 2 days ago

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Recon I'm keeping the 302, just going to build the car up a little bit

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Works in progress are the best! I agree, if you've already got a great running engine, I would leave it. Are you planning on racing it? Using it as a daily driver? Entering shows? Is it auto/manual?
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Street car , but have the power when wanted . It's a auto I prefer manual

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First I'll say
Having had a number of 65/66 Mustangs and restoring one making Resto-Mods of the rest the others have given you great advice. Unless the Mustang was a convertible/heavily optioned C code car or GT or K code car trying to put it back to stock even with a period correct motor is non-productive...you'll spend a lot of money and never get it back out.
One thing you mentioned was putting a roll cage in it...the Mustang is already a small car and with a "real cage" the rear seat becomes non-usable and will actually make the car worth less if you ever decide to sell it. A good pair of frame connectors will tie the front and rear together just find 65-66 Mustang CNC Cut Floor Contoured Frame Connectors and traction bars although somewhat effective are no match for CalTracs CalTracs 6401 Low Profile 1 Hole [6401 Low Profile 1 Hole] - $339.00 : The Leader In Leaf Spring Innovation, - Calvert Racing
I'm not sure what year 302 it is although if it is an late 60's or early 70's 302 it can be made to look exactly like a stock 289 and very hard to tell the difference even to a trained eye.
Changing from an auto to manual is a lot of work although putting a 5 or 6 speed manual box in it would be fun....also costly. With the automatics on the market today and a good stall converter you could really surprise a lot people and still be a lot of fun.
Probably the one thing on the early Mustang that can stand a lot of improvement is the suspension and there are a ton of companies out there making suspension parts.
Since it is a work in progress there are so many ways to go...it just depends on what your goal for the car is and what you do or don't want to spend...they are a fun little car in any event...IMHO
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Having had a number of 65/66 Mustangs and restoring one making Resto-Mods of the rest the others have given you great advice. Unless the Mustang was a convertible/heavily optioned C code car or GT or K code car trying to put it back to stock even with a period correct motor is non-productive...you'll spend a lot of money and never get it back out.
One thing you mentioned was putting a roll cage in it...the Mustang is already a small car and with a "real cage" the rear seat becomes non-usable and will actually make the car worth less if you ever decide to sell it. A good pair of frame connectors will tie the front and rear together just find 65-66 Mustang CNC Cut Floor Contoured Frame Connectors and traction bars although somewhat effective are no match for CalTracs CalTracs 6401 Low Profile 1 Hole [6401 Low Profile 1 Hole] - $339.00 : The Leader In Leaf Spring Innovation, - Calvert Racing
I'm not sure what year 302 it is although if it is an late 60's or early 70's 302 it can be made to look exactly like a stock 289 and very hard to tell the difference even to a trained eye.
Changing from an auto to manual is a lot of work although putting a 5 or 6 speed manual box in it would be fun....also costly. With the automatics on the market today and a good stall converter you could really surprise a lot people and still be a lot of fun.
Probably the one thing on the early Mustang that can stand a lot of improvement is the suspension and there are a ton of companies out there making suspension parts.
Since it is a work in progress there are so many ways to go...it just depends on what your goal for the car is and what you do or don't want to spend...they are a fun little car in any event...IMHO
I deff appreciate the advice. I want to make it a fast car , but at the same time male it look stock.everyone is telling me to cut out the new frame rails in the front an run full all the way to the back is it worth it and also I am trying to find the numbers still on the block

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Why would you cut out new frame rails? Just get either bolt on/weld on subframe connectors and go that route.

I'd suggest saving your money for a decent welder if you are going to go that route.


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I deff appreciate the advice. I want to make it a fast car , but at the same time male it look stock.everyone is telling me to cut out the new frame rails in the front an run full all the way to the back is it worth it and also I am trying to find the numbers still on the block

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I'm not really following you about "cutting out the frame rails in the front and running them all the way to the back"...unless you are talking about putting in a Mustang II type front end and cutting out the shock towers like...http://www.stangtv.com/project-cars/...stang-project/
Also, unless you are a welder please don't try and learn welding on your suspension/body...have it done by a professional.
As was mentioned a good pair of "weld on" sub-frame connectors will do wonders for stiffening the body and suspension.
So, what kind of budget are you setting for this project and since it is a "work-in-process" project how many months or years have you planned for the project? This should be the first thing you....IMHO
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2 year project and yes I can weld so not a problem there , but my thing right now Is I have to replace the rear frame rails and rear torque boxes so I am ordering the entire piece. But I'm a trying to figure out how to keep every aligned right so when I install the springs they won't be screwed up everything else on this car has been done except the rear and it pretty rusted . And budget is what ever it's going to cost type of thing, it's one of my favorite cars so

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As hard as it may seem, make a plan and stick with it. Organize an attack and go from there. If you want to continue to drive it then start with little upgrades that will take a day or two complete. The take all the big stuff at once. If the 302 Is holding its own then start with breaks/supession. Then go bigger from there. Figure out your overall goals then break that down into drag/road course/ daily. Then you can really find out what you need/want.
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Replacing frame rails and torque boxes is a pretty involved job and the only time I've ever done that is on a frame table although it can be done if the car is supported and braced on jack stands.

Mustang Mr. Mustang Driver Side Full Rear Frame Rail (1965-1968) Installation Instructions

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I'm worried if i do it on jack stands there is a big chance it could be slightly off

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I assume that this car is not you're DD...right?
I would really like to see some pictures of the rust and rot!!!!!

Here are some videos of people replacing full floors and frame rails and they
all are using jack stands. No with that said you really need to make sure the car is level and take a lot of measurements...an early Mustang shop manual has all
of the correct dimensions and don't be surprised when you start taking measurements if they are not to spec...after 50 years of driving not many cars are.
If you want to be cautious you can jack the car up and put blocks under the wheels/tires to make sure the car is loaded on the suspension and then take your measurements....

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Whats a good front suspension, I was looking at the mustang 2 but I am told there are others that are cheaper any ideas

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I have three questions for you before I could try and help you;

1. What is your budget?
2. What is the intended purpose of the Mustang...what do want to car to do?
3. If you upgrade the front suspension what are you going to do with the rear?

Mustang II is the most popular although there are strut types and coilover types. A friend who owns Weedetr Street Rods and has redesigned some of the weaknesses out of the MII and sells his front suspension as the MIII.

Here is a list of different types of front ends for the early Mustang.
1965-1973 Mustang Suspension Buyer's Guide

Basically everything kind of hinges on the first answer to my three questions.
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After pricing things , what can I do to a 302 for power but keep stock frame work just upgrade suspension a little

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