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Old 11-07-2011, 08:56 PM   #21
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drops like 35lb's from the farthest forward point on the car, just about the best possible place to drop that much weight.

I already ordered one for my weight reduction over the winter.

also, I've never removed the front clip...... lol... how hard is it?

To tell you the truth IDK if the front bumper reinforcement itself even weighs 35lbs....the 87-93 is fiberglass from the factory...NOW a 4 eyed front is solid steel and that is a different story lol

I'm sure that a single tube does drop some weight though but you can't beat what I did.....removed it and left it completely out lol
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:32 PM   #22
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Motorman are you making the car more for drag racing?
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:34 PM   #23
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To tell you the truth IDK if the front bumper reinforcement itself even weighs 35lbs....the 87-93 is fiberglass from the factory...NOW a 4 eyed front is solid steel and that is a different story lol

I'm sure that a single tube does drop some weight though but you can't beat what I did.....removed it and left it completely out lol
The one on my coupe was metal. The rear one when I removed it did weigh more but it also had a bunch of dirt clogged in it
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:29 AM   #24
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Really.....maybe it was the last couple years they made it fiberglass then....the rear is still metal on my 93. I never took the time to remove it during the build.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:39 AM   #25
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Front on my 88 is fiberglass, rear is metal.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:45 AM   #26
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Motorman are you making the car more for drag racing?
It seems like its heading that way, but not yet. They're supposed to be building a new drag strip about 40 minutes from me, just trying to make a really fast street/strip car.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:00 AM   #27
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Thanks for the link!! I'm definitely going to be buying those.

Not hard at all. You can leave the lights in if you want. If you can unscrew a nut then you're in good shape. I just stick my arm down inside with a quarter inch ratchet.
good to know, Kinda wanna go pull a front clip from a junk yard, paint it up, and mount it on my wall with working headlights


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To tell you the truth IDK if the front bumper reinforcement itself even weighs 35lbs....the 87-93 is fiberglass from the factory...NOW a 4 eyed front is solid steel and that is a different story lol

I'm sure that a single tube does drop some weight though but you can't beat what I did.....removed it and left it completely out lol

Well thats another issue I have. You know how I have OCD about weighing stuff, and taking pictures...... seems to be no real PROOF on the weight of the front bumper, just guesses.

my front bumper is fiberglass, and the rear is metal. I think most the weight is in the brakets, and little crash canisters that compress on impact, then the fiberglass itself.

so we will see. A guy on another site documented the weight of the rear bumper, and its supposed to be about 45lbs. but Id rather not take the rear bumper out if im still driving it on the street.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:25 AM   #28
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If I remember next time I am around the 83 I will pull my front bumper out of it and weigh it....the 83 is being used as storage for extra parts lol.....
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What's the story behind that car resto? Seems like the car you have all the big plans for.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:12 AM   #30
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Ok......my 83 was my first mustang I have owned. My mom bought it for me 10 years ago, when I was 15.....it was originally a Red with white interior v6 automatic hatchback with a factory sunroof...It was sitting in a field when we picked it up. Put a battery in it, some fresh gas, and cut off the clogged exhaust and it ran. After that it got sat aside for a little while and got stored at my aunt's house...in another field.. and sat for a couple more years....

Well after we got an exhaust put on it I drove it for maybe 30 mins before it started having carb issues....my brother had a couple of hours behind the wheel in it before I did.

So instead of just pulling the carb and rebuilding it we pulled the whole motor and trans out and got ready for a 302. So my brother got a 306 out of a trade for some other parts and it got dropped between the frame rails and then it got stored again...for a couple more years in my grandmothers garage.. I then hit my senior year of HS, finally got a job, bought my 92 cougar, regasketed the motor (blown headgasket) and drove i for the year. Then I joined the army, went to training, got stationed in TX and finally had a stable income.

I then made the decision after a couple of months in TX to pull the car to my house and start the research and assmebly. I then stripped out the interior because it smelled horribly of rat **** from being stored.. Not to long after I got deployed and then I joined this site.....while deployed I did my research, started learning and teaching myself and stockpiling parts. When I came home on R&R my brother came down and we started put it all together and it finally ran....

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I drove it all year between my 2 deployments then decided to buy the 93 so I can park the 83 and work on fixing the floors and body work....it has since sat even longer and been used as a storage unit. The body itself is straight and never been wrecked. But since it has been a northern car its whole life the floor pans are beat. With as long as I have had the car I can not let it go and now that I am back home and I have another stang to drive I am going to take the time and restore it with no cut corners.

The whole time I have always wanted to make it different and custom in a good way. SO I have always been wanting to do a mod motor swap with a SN interior. I got to thinking and realized that the foxbody is the only mustang that hasn't had some kind of side scoops......soooo I threw around the idea of fabricating some side scoops and really making it a one of a kind... I have even been toying with the idea of flaring the quarter panels up a little and giving it that classic muscle curve and flare...

Basically I have stared at the car and toyed with many, many ideas and as soon as I get some bills paid and a garage to do the work again the progress will finally begin!
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Kind of like how I found mine back in 04. I was 16 when I bought it. Saw it in a field and asked a farmer about it. Fresh gas and a battery and she fired right up. Gave him $500.00. I did get to drive mine through high school though before it sat for a couple of years while I piled up parts.
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Got the interior out and the fenders off today. Traded a guy at the body shop an S-10 to install the floor pans and rocker panels. He's really good and rust is mostly what he deals with out there. This sheet metal stuff is just something I don't have the stomach for and he's had his eye on the truck for a while. Works out pretty good considering I've only got $300 in the truck and replacement engine. The plan is to start cutting next weekend.

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What size rims and tires are in the pictures? Also, how do they compare to stockers width wise and what set up did you use? Ranger axles on the rear? What about the front?
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Tires are 245/45/17 on a 17 x 8-inch rim. Stock rim for this year was 15 x 7-inch with a 225/60/15 tire. The car has rear disc brakes, front disc brakes, axles and spindles, all from the same 94 GT. I got some PBR dual piston calipers from an 01 GT a while back for free so I'm going install those soon.
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i give ya props for taking the time to get that rust fixed man, its hard to find a clean one now a days i was blessed that my car has no surface rust anywhere but i paid big bucks when i bought it when i was 15 too. Just bought a 68 cuda that i saw out in a field as well its rough and rusted but i feel like its gonna be a fun project to do my self
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To tell you the truth IDK if the front bumper reinforcement itself even weighs 35lbs....the 87-93 is fiberglass from the factory...NOW a 4 eyed front is solid steel and that is a different story lol

I'm sure that a single tube does drop some weight though but you can't beat what I did.....removed it and left it completely out lol
on my 92 i weighed the front and back before i removed them the rear was 43lbs the front fiberglass bumper was 22
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Sounds about right......

I have actually wondered what the weight difference is between a tubed front end (strut tower forward) vs stock.... I know that also kinda depends on how much tubing, what kind and what not but still.....I will find out once I do it
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Thanks kid. I'm STRONGLY considering putting a roll cage in while I have the interior out. I'm putting torque box reinforcements in for sure. Any thoughts/ opinions on this? I know nothing about the rules of a drag strip but I have heard that you are not allowed to race on one if your car is capable of breaking into the 10 sec range. Any truth to that?
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Depends on track rules but most require a cage of some sort for that time....but you can run it and then get told you can't then go somewhere else or hope they forget you lol and do it again ..

Might as well while you are there.
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Thanks kid. I'm STRONGLY considering putting a roll cage in while I have the interior out. I'm putting torque box reinforcements in for sure. Any thoughts/ opinions on this? I know nothing about the rules of a drag strip but I have heard that you are not allowed to race on one if your car is capable of breaking into the 10 sec range. Any truth to that?
Do it now while its out or you will be Mfing your self when you go to do it in the future and have to tear it all out. plus you will want to lay down carpet that will be cut for the cage once and the stuff that is factory doesnt really work to well aka looks like crap. 11.50 and faster you need a roll bar which is basically a 6pt though nhra will let a 5 point go which is a 6 point with no passenger door bar. I would strongly think abou your total goals with the car if you plan on adding power that can get you into the 9's go with a 10 pt because the 6 point roll bar is only good to 10.0 after that you need the halo up top and the dash bars.
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