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    Default 65 Mustang Pro Touring Project

    So I have now taken the first few steps in my pro touring project. I pulled the engine and transmission out on Friday and then sent it away to the body shop today for all the body work/rust repair and paint. Decided to stick with the original orange/red color but with black le mans stripes. sort of like the pictures below. So while the car is away now I can start searching junk yards and online to start gathering parts.
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    So Let me know what you guys think?

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    Whats your plan for the build?
    '66 Mustang
    '67 FireBird http://www.pro-touring.com/forum/sho...light=firebird
    '68 Barracuda
    '69 Mustang Mach 1
    '97 Mustang Cobra
    '04 Mustang Cobra

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    my current plans are to upgrade to ron morris coilovers up front, with qa1 shocks and performance leafs in the back, willwood brakes on all four corners, 8 inch rear with a limited slip diff, t5 transmission, and then upgrading the original inline six and installing a custom efi system with a t3/t4 turbo.

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    I like your engine plans, that turbo 6 will be pretty unique.

    -matt

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    Nice! Love the idea of a turbo I6 as well -- if it's built right you should be able to make some decent horsepower. Keep us posted and add some pics if you have them!

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    Love the Turbo 6 banger idea!

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    Did a quick search. looks like the 6 is about 60-75lbs lighter than the v8. found this also.

    '66 Mustang
    '67 FireBird http://www.pro-touring.com/forum/sho...light=firebird
    '68 Barracuda
    '69 Mustang Mach 1
    '97 Mustang Cobra
    '04 Mustang Cobra

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    yeah the weight is one of the main reasons I'm keeping the six because not only will it keep the car light but it'll improve the weight distribution as well.

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    Lovin the build.
    Neil P.
    1979 Olds Cutlass Cruiser ChopTop delivery
    1984 Olds Rocket 88 Custom(BattleCruiser)Cruiser
    1988 Chevy R30 ramp truck
    1992 Audi wagon
    1996 Subaru wagon

    http://www.pro-touring.com/showthrea...=battlecruiser

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    So the car is still away at the body shop but I've managed to gather some nice parts from my local pick-a-part and from online. Heres the list of what I've bought so far.
    T5 transmission out of a wrecked fox body and a t5 conversion kit for six cylinder mustangs
    short shifter
    8 inch rear end (great craigslist find)
    Traction Lock Differential
    3.25 ring and pinion set
    Let me know what you guys think!

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    Ordered some new parts today. Got my comp cams high energy camshaft and lifter kit from mustangs unlimited. It comes with the camshaft, lifters, valve springs, retainers, locks, seals, and timing chain set. Also ordered a full rebuild kit from classicinlines.com I opted for some bonuses in the way of flat top forged JE pistons and ARP rod and main bolt/studs. The parts should be here sometime within the next couple weeks as the pistons were a special order item. So in the meantime I will be sending away the block for machining.

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    I like the six-banger idea! There's a guy who drags a '64-'65 Falcon with a turbo six, using the original "log" intake manifold, even--he does very well with it. You should be able to find the article(s) online (search for turbo Falcon), if you haven't already done so... Stiffen up that tinfoil frame before adding power!

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    yeah the stiffening of the chassis and upgrading of the suspension and brakes are next on my list but I decided to get started on the engine since that'll take me the longest.

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    Default The Car is back from paint!!!!!

    Finally got the car back from paint. I'm super siked with how it turned out! So now that I've got all the body work and rust taken care of I can start on the fun stuff!
    Let me know what you guys think:
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    Looks fantastic!
    Ron in SoCal
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    Used to be known as flash911

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    Awesome project.. way to be different with the 6 cylinder.. more power to ya!

    Dave Van Nuys
    83 455 Regal in progress

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    well after driving the car around for a while I'm still quite a bit down on power from where I'd like to be even with the rebuilt engine but after researching my different options it seems I'll be able to get way more bang for my buck if I just swap in a v8 rather than try to build a comparable turbo setup. And I'll be able to use most of the parts I've already purchased.I'm looking into a blueprint 331 stroker crate engine from summit. If anybody has used this brand before I'd really love some feedback and if anybody is interested in any parts from the six cylinder drivetrain let me know.

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    Man, that's still a spendy motor.

    Have you considered a 5.0 swap? You could get a junkyard 5.0 EFI with less than 100k on it, and wire/plumb the fuel injection for far less than just the cost of that crate motor. www.car-part.com has complete drop-outs with as low as 20k on them for $750 and less. Just me $.02

    -matt

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    Yeah that would be another option but I think after I throw all of the performance parts I wanted onto that engine I'd probably still be pretty close to the cost of the crate engine.

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