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Old 06-15-2015, 08:30 PM   #1
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Project Pony 2.0 build thread

I guess it's about that time. For those that followed my build on my 03 3.8. I'm starting round 2. This time with a soft top and a V8.

This time around I picked up a 2004 GT convertible. Interior was great and not a dent or ding in the body. Best of all it was very well maintained. Engine runs strong, and smooth as butter. But it can get better. Over the next several months I'm going to turn this into MY mustang.

So far I pulled off the bug deflector and stipes off the hood, scoop and trunk. Installed the Mach 1 grille delete kit and Mach 1 chin spoiler. New headlights should be here in the next day or two. Next step will be the O/R mac prochamber, and SLP Loudmouth exhaust. From there I'll get into the good stuff. Suspension and power!

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Old 06-16-2015, 02:01 AM   #2
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Looks really clean. Looking forward to your build progress. Wish i had the time and money to one myself! I have done quite a bit to my car over the years but its been pretty spread out. Good to see you getting it the way you want it.

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Looks good man! Stick or auto? If stick I'd immediately drain the trans fluid and re-fill with 3.2 quarts of synchromesh. They were overfilled from the factory and the manual says 3.8 which is not correct anymore.
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Hey Scotty while I have you here is that the same for the 05-09? I know they are the same transmission but I find like 3848583 different answers
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Afiak it's just the 04 down. I dont even I ow what the factory fill is on the 05+ or if there are any tsbs on it.

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I keep finding conflicting answers lol. Time to delve deeper
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2005 FORD MUSTANG 4.6L 8-cyl Engine Code [H] - AMSOIL Online Product Application Guide


6.3 pints=3.15 quarts which is going to be the same capacity as the 04-down. Recommend Pennzoil Synchromesh for all 3650s. Mother's milk for those things.
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New lights came in while I was at work so I just put em in.
First pic is one of the new housings on the left, and the faded old one on the right.

It's an automatic. Last one was a 5 speed. But my knees can handle the clutch without agonizing pain, so figured it would be OK at buy just one auto.

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And a bonus shot at work today. Pre headlight install.

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I hadn't noticed the headlights until you showed new ones. Looks great and made a huge difference!


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I'm gonna track down the few pictures from when I bought it. Horrible bug deflector, awful stripes, honeycomb grille and the faded headlight. These small few items I've installed have transformed they way the front end looks.

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Its actually good you got the auto in 04. The 04 GT/Mach automatics were the only year to get the upgraded 4R75w instead of the 4R70w. You basically have a "built" trans from the factory.


J-Mod and a good converter should be high on your list of things to do along with a tune to wake it the hell up.
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The tranny is definitely getting some work. Everything is going to get replaced and built.

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Looks like you gave it a shave and got rid of the bug deflector mustache. I know its ironcialy cool to have a mustache right now but not on your car.

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The tranny is definitely getting some work. Everything is going to get replaced and built.

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Unless you are going over 600-700hp you don't need to. The stock trans takes that in factory form on the 04 auto. That was what I was saying. Converter needs done yeah but the trans itself... if you are that worried about it do a 26 spline stub shaft and call it good but you probably don't even need to do that.
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The tranny is just getting rebuilt. While doing that I'll have the shift kit and convertor installed. The motor will be built. The wife's not gonna like when the garage has an engine stand and motor taking up half of the garage. She's already not happy my motorcycles take up the other half...

So finally got my build sheet finished. It's going to cost me more than I spent on the car. The last one did too, but I'm not doing this to make money. Just getting her to the point when I can really smile when I say "yep, that's my Mustang.

I also plan on taking it to the House of Hook in Jackson soon. I want to get several passes stock to get some baseline times. Then I'll do it again once it is finished and see how much time I could shave off.

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Another pic with the new headlights

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What kind of converter are you going with?
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Don't know yet, didn't see any that sparked my interest on AM or summit, but I haven't put serious effort into looking yet. First time doing an auto so I need to see what everyone uses and what's going to work for me. I've got up to 1k allotted for the convertor. I'm sure that'll cover any that I choose to go with.

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Budget for the whole build will be 20k not counting the car. Yes, I already know I could get into a coyote, but the new edge is by far my favorite bodystyle. It was a no brainer for me, and I didn't want to molest a cobra.
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Dont get a converter from AM or Summit... Circle D, DirtyDog, PI. Freakshow makes a real good one for a budget too.

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What's going to be the best quality wise? Although a DD, it will see the dragstrip regularly after completion.

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Talk to Grabber about converters. Those are all good quality places that I listed. The PI Stallion is probably one of the best. Circle D makes very popular ones too.
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Then I'll start with looking at stallion. I have some time to find one. Suspension and brakes are getting done first. That's probably the most extensive part of the build, there is so much getting replaced. Stock leaves a whole lot to be desired...

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The Stallion is the name of a specific converter from PI=Precision Industries.


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Been busy lately so I figured I'd post an update. Getting ready to order the Slp Loudmouth catback. On a side note. We are getting a second mustang. A 2005 4.0, white as well. That one will get the autocross build, and wait for it....procharged!

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So much for that idea. It was listed as only having 17k miles. He must have forgot the 1. 117k. Super low miles and cheap I'm good with. But I won't by a V6 with that many miles. Gonna keep looking. Need to get one for the wife.

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Tci street fighter 3000 is what I run. Knocked a 1/2 sec off my 1/4

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Ok found a dirt cheap 1999 Mustang 3.8 automatic with 101k and in Crystal White. Best price ever....free! My brother in law is giving it to us. It has the best trunk lid ever, spoiler less. I started thinking about swapping trunk lids and I got excited. It's a shame the two whites are different. So instead of getting my holes in the trunk filled again and then having it painted, I'll swap lids and have the both painted to match their respective cars.

I plan on converting my current build to a His and Hers build. They will be identical cars, but mine will have the procharged V8 drive train and my wife's will be a procharged V6. Also hers will get a 17x9 all the way around, and I'm going with 18x9 up front and 18x10 in the rear. Going to do the same style wheels on both, but may do different finishes

Should be a lot of fun at car shows, and sometimes Carolina Dragway. I'm actually getting ready to take my GT out there to get my baseline numbers before I start tearing everything apart and building it. I'll do the same with the six. Oh, the six will get the 3.73's and the GT will get 4.10's. Going FI will be the very last step on both cars, so gears will likely be changed again just before we slap on some boost.

All in all, we are excited about building both cars. I'm not so excited that the cost just doubled. I still hope to keep both cars under 30k. Might not after getting both cars repainted...

I'll get some pictures up in the next couple weeks.


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The New Edge Mustangs are hands down my favorite body style to date. When done up like my last one there are really a sight to behold. They look so angry, yet at the same time elegant. I'll always have a New Edge in my stable, if not only New Edges.


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Finally made some room in the garage for the stang. Moved over the bikes and she fits!

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Love the white

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You have to watch the high stall speed on the converter if its your dd. I only say that because with higher stall speed it will be like coming off the line at a drag race every time you pull out, unless you don't mind that.

Also Ford made two converters for the Mustang 96 through 04 an 11" and a 12" if your staying stock you would want the 11" but it don't sound like your staying stock on anything.

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