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Old 03-11-2006, 07:06 AM   #1
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Mustang LX 5.0 Project?

I was thinking of different projects you could do fairly cheaply to create a fairly inexpensive car that was still fun to drive.

I was thinking about getting an old LX Mustang 5.0, replacing the motor with a new one that has some performance enhancements and replacing the suspension with Griggs supsension parts (street).

How much would that be? I think the front and rear griggs supsesion would come to about $4-5,000. The motor could likely be gotten for another $2-3,000 I think. I would try to install it all myself (don't know how bad it really is to do as a shade tree).

Figure new rolling stock and tires another $1,500 and you could have a pretty fun car for about $10,000.

OK, so what am I missing here or not taking into consideration? Much harder to do yourself than I think? Other expensive parts I'm not accounting for? WHat?


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Old 03-11-2006, 07:45 AM   #2
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transmission and rear end and interior... a lot of the Fox body mustangs unfirtunately have been left to rought or just mistreated... id love to do a foxbody hatch build some day and most of the work can be done if you apt at workig on cars.. if no have someoen install it....
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Old 03-11-2006, 08:44 AM   #3
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these are easy and relitivly cheap to build. The 5.0 has so many performance parts it's silly. If your looking for a car like that.. go for it!! A good learning platform for you too. Have fun
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Old 03-12-2006, 09:23 AM   #4
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The funny thing about older motors...mustang 5.0, chevy 350, etc...they can be way cheaper to build than our Focus'. Depends on how you look at it though...if you want to go forged pistons, forged crank, etc....it'll add up quickly, but you can rebuild for relatively cheap with good quality parts. Take a look at my cardomain page and you can see my chevy 350 rebuild. It is my first motor rebuild. Going in my S10 later this week.
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Old 03-12-2006, 08:15 PM   #5
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if you cant find a stock 5.0 lx just get the 4 cylinder and get a 5.0 motor. thats what i did.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:39 AM   #6
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Sounds like a good project idea.... Motors are relatively easy to come by and so are performance parts. There is always someone upgrading and selling their parts off. What kind of hp numbers are you looking for?

Keep in mind with Fox bodies they have crappy brakes for even stock hp... so once you increase it your brakes are that much worse... You can upgrade them though.. t-bird turbo coupe rearend swap will give you rear discs.... Its pretty much a direct bolt in minus a couple things... quad shocks wont directly bolt up and you have to use an e-brake cable from an 84-86 SVO. Quad shocks arent much of a deal if you are running lower control arms though, I dont run them on any of my 5.0s. Nice thing about the turbo coupe rearend swap is they are an 8.8, come with gears already (3.55s in manual TCs, 3.73s in auto TC's) and the discs are 10" and are 4 bolt.... Its about 1.5" wider then stock, only real downfall.... Then you can do a 73mm caliper upgrade for the front.. Keep in mind its a cheap upgrade and will improve braking a bit... Best choice is to do an SN95 5 lug swap and brakes all around, but its more $$.

Another big thing to do is subframe connectors although im sure the Griggs kit will come with them, if not put them in....

Theres so much you can do with these cars.... So you can have a lot of fun with it and build a quick car for a decent price. They are also light (compared to newer style Stangs) so they are quick with minimal mods.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:46 AM   #7
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I've been thinking about doing this lately. I know a few people who have them and they are just pure fun for the price.
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depends on what u want if u want full speed go get a big stroker motor if u want a fun lil cruise car get like a 347 or 331 for excellent ride
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My dad has had his 83 mustang gt since it was new. When the motor had a head gasket go at 197k miles we rebuilt it. Motor is fairly easy to get in and out once the tranny is unbolted from the block and all of the accessories are removed. A 331 stroker is a good place to start, and with just a small stroker kit you can still use a vortex a-trim, one of my friends had one like that and had 450 at the wheels!. The t-5 that typically comes in them is very weak for a tranny. Try to look into a t-56 or even a tko tranny if you want more than 300 hp. Brakes are very important, as well as suspension. We put sub frame connectors in when the seat pan broke around the bolts in the floor pan and the sub frame bolted to those bolts as well and stiffened the entire frame. Many many places have parts for these cars, its just a matter of finding the right parts and price for your application. Good luck and have fun!
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I used raced 5.0L Mustangs for 13 years.

And I had a ton of fun doing it too!

If you wouldn't mind, just a wee bit of advice ...

1) Get one with the 8.8" rear axle. If you grab an earlier one (pre 1987 I think) with the 7.5" axle, then you will be sure to break it racing (I found that 3.55's were all around great street/strip gears).

2) The Borg Warner 5 speed will wear down the 2nd and 3rd gear synchros pretty quickly if you race. So get a beefed up aftermarket tranny, you will save yourself alot of headaches in the long run.

3) I got great results just from an Edelbrock Intake, Shorty Headers, and those 3.55's. With that combo alone, I was able to turn a 13.99 @ 99mph with my 93LX 5.0. And that was on STREET TIRES!

That meant that I upped the engine's stock 225hp up to about 255hp. Not bad in a 3100lb car.

All in all, the 5.0's were fun to race. And there's a ton of parts for them too!
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