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Old 09-22-2013, 04:49 PM   #1  
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Default My budget build...a few questions

I was going to just drop the $2700 on the trick flow kit for my 88 GT but I decided to try to pick up everything used and save a few bucks. I do have a few questions though...

I picked up some 24lb injectors for $180 new on eBay. Trickflow upper and lower intake used for $350. A new trickflow stage 1 cam with gaskets and timing chain and gears and a set of used trickflow heads fully assembled with 1.6 rockers.

Will the stock valve covers work?

Do I have to convert to MAF? If not what do I need to do?

Exactly what fuel pump do I need? Can I just buy the $90 pump or do I need the whole assembly?

What am I forgetting?
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #2  
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Lifters! What lifters do I need?
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:07 PM   #3  
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Lifters! What lifters do I need?
A lot of guys switch to a link bar style lifter for much better valve train stability, but I think you'll be fine with stock replacement lifters. I don't much care for the dog bone/spider set up.

As for valve covers, they should work but you might have clearance issues between the baffle and the rocker arm. Just grind it off and you'll be good
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If you want to utilize the full capacity of your injectors then yes you need a calibrated maf or calibrated tube. With the new top end you'll want to upgrade the air intake tube and throttle body.
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I'd run a tall type valve cover so you have plenty of clearance for the rocker arms.
I would also do a valve to piston clearance check using the clay method.......
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I'll just pick up the Trickflow valve covers...they are pretty reasonable.

I found a MAF conversion for 24lb injectors on eBay for $450. Is that the best place to get it? If not would somebody please be kind enough to link one? A link to the intake tube and TB would be appreciated too. I'm pretty I found what I need but I hate ordering the wrong ****.
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I'd run a tall type valve cover so you have plenty of clearance for the rocker arms.
I would also do a valve to piston clearance check using the clay method.......
The heads and cam that I got are advertised to work together without having to notch the pistons. They are both part numbers from the trickflow top end kit. Do I still need to check for clearance?
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Always check for clearance. No way around it
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C&L offers mass air housings and inlet tubing. Their system allows you to reuse your factory maf and allows future easy calibration. http://www.cnlperformance.com/index.php
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Bringing back a super old thread. I had this engine engine put together back in 2013 but ended up changing careers shortly there after.

If anybody remembers, I was piecing a build together while I was stationed in England and the car was in Arizona. Its been a learning process, that's for sure.

I bought the car for $4200 on ebay and had it shipped to a buddy of mine in Arizona to supervise the build for me. The whole time I was dumping money into the car I was under the impression that I had $4200 worth of Mustang foundation to work with. Quite the contrary, the car was a complete pile of crap and nobody had the heart to tell me. Probably worth about $800. Interior was shot, paint was shot, engine smoked horribly. You name it....it was broken.

I had the top end kit installed in 2013. It burns a ton of oil and still smokes. It idles like **** and backfires. Its going to have to be completely gone through. The speed shop that installed the kit screwed something up. I pulled the intake off and nothing is leaking. I'm thinking a head gasket? Anyway...Its still not running good enough to drive.

I have completely replaced the interior. It actually looks pretty nice.

Anyway, there is the update from the last 4 years. I hope to have this project done in the next 12 months. More updates to come
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