Well guys, seeing as I'm finally getting the ball rolling on my projects, I figured it would be a good idea to start a build thread.
This is going to be a constant work in progress, and likely I'll be updating this thread for years to come. I'll update this post as necessary if my posts get lost on down the line.
To start, I'll introduce myself and my baby.
My real name is Wade, and I'm at the time of this posting a Mechanical Engineering senior at the University of Oklahoma. I've been into cars since I was a little kid, and have always loved good 'ol American Muscle. I'm about as OCD and **** Retentive as they come, and I'm also a Grammar ****. As an engineer I find thoroughness and perfectionism befit me, and I apply that mentality to my everyday life and vehicles as well.
This is me and Adrian Peterson. I spent a couple months on the OU football team as a long snapper. Best summer of my life.
My Mustang is a 2008 Mustang Bullitt #4054. My dad and I bought the car back in February of 2009. We bought a front clip from a 2006 mustang and cannibalized the frame and body to repair this one. The local Ford dealership did the frame and body work; all the mechanical stuff my dad and I did. In any case, the car was repaired by July 2009, and basically sat in the garage for four years. We just recently sold my truck in June 2013 and my dad gave me the mustang. Needless to say I hit the ground running looking for things to improve on it. Because it's a rebuilt title, I can't really sell the car, and so I've decided I'm keeping it until the wheels fall off. And then I'll just get new wheels.
Now onto my build. Basically, I'm planning two basic build stages.
Stage 1 is an all around build at a entry level. My goal is a daily driver that can tear it up at the track as well.
Stage 2 will be a ways down the road, probably at least five to ten years, and I'm still not 100% sure I want to do it. If I do, I'll be rebuilding my motor and spending some serious money; probably in pursuit of a true track monster.
I'll breakdown my Stage 1 plans here:
Department of Boost Supercharger system:
Crown Aviation of the DOB forum is helping me with this one. I've done the research on the DOB system and I love the concept. Additionally, it's a heck of a lot cheaper and more capable than any of the positive displacement SC systems available for the S197. Tentatively I'm hoping to complete this project within the next couple months; hopefully before September, school, and football season.
Griggs Racing Street Suspension:
I've also been in kahoots with Griggs racing talking to them about a full Short/Long Arm system. I'm not wanting to fork over over $8,000 for suspension for my Stage 1 build though, so they suggested the SS system. Likely I'll be ordering that system piece mail over the next couple years. I'd like to have it done within about two years of completing my SC system.
Audio Tech Sound System:
Audio Tech is a small company in Lawton; my hometown. I used to work there in High School, and the Mobile Audio section of the company has grown immensely. Now they're the best Mobile Audio shop in Oklahoma. Plain and simple, I love my music and my sound systems. I'm planning a 3000 watt+ sound system with two twelve inch subs in place of the rear seat. Full custom box, auxiliary battery in the truck, custom amp rack in the spare tire hole, etc. Goal on this guy is to have it done within a year of completing my SC system.
Department of Boost Supercharger Kit
So right now I'm putting together everything to complete the DOB SC kit. Everything should be in within a week. CrownAviation and I are waiting on the manifold to be completed as well. I'm planning on running AEM Wideband, Boost, and Voltage gauges in a center dash mount pod. I was going to move the battery to the truck for an Intercooler tank, but decided in favor of a 3.5 quart aftermarket one for the GT500. Same capacity, and saves me having to move the battery.
I'm going back to 3.55 gears from the current 4.10s I have. I'll be keeping stock rubber for now, so I felt going back that far is necessary to keep tires on it. Plus I hate the road and engine noise from 4.10s. Ordered the gear replacement kit from American Muscle. Now I just need to find the time, tools, and expertise to try this myself lol. Likely I'll recruit my friend who did all the work on his 600+hp 2004 Cobra.
I originally bought new Prothane Engine mounts to lower my engine. Reason being I wanted to make sure the SC would clear the unique Bullitt cross brace that has the VIN and 4054 production number. Unfortunately, I discovered I can't lower my engine with the JBA Shorty headers I have on there now. I figure I'll do the SC system and if the cross brace won't fit I'll leave it off and get some headers that will work with the lowing kit.
I also bought a full Prothane Bushing Kit. I'm not a fan of rubber bushings, and I've always felt that Bushings are a good place to start on suspension as well. Unfortunately, It's going to be awhile before I can get around to installing these. It's quite an undertaking apparently.
So that about wraps it up for right now. I peruse the forum almost daily for info related to these projects, but if any of you guys have any pertinent info or suggestions, I'm always more than happy to hear what you have to say.