I know this will be a pointless post but I just feel like typing something and showcasing what I have been doing with a couple of my project cars. Carnage inside!!
To start, the BAD!
Some may know, I have an LS swapped Nothcback I built and have been enjoying it for the last year. Best ET so far is a 10.76 @ 126 naturally aspirated.
The car is awesome but I had decided to sell it because it was “done” in a sense. It had met every goal I ever set for it and I simply wanted to move on and start other projects. The other issue is that it was becoming too much for the street to really just enjoy driving. Sure it was a good highway cruiser but that was all. It became stressful to drive having to worry about large bumps and the anti-roll bar and other stuff. So for sale it went.
After a few weeks I had a buyer who was coming down from Chicago (5 hours away) and was planning to arrive on a Thursday. Nervous and excited on the Wednesday before the day he would arrive I decided to take the car for one last ride and then detail it when I got back. I hopped in the car and headed through town and then down the highway for a quick U-turn and WOT pass back. By the time I was high into 3rd gear it started making bad noises and began hammering to the sound of rod-knock. SHIT! I got home and called the buyer to tell him what went down and advise to hold off before he made the trip. He was very cool about it.
In the last couple days I have pulled the engine and as I thought it was nasty rod-knock. I only had 1000 miles on this fresh LS2 and apparently the OE gen4 rods just couldn’t handle 7,100 rpm lol. I have seen many rev higher and spray or boost them so I had no worries about them ovaling. Here is the carnage:
The plan now is new crank and good aftermarket rods. The guy still wants to buy the car and will help out with the parts which is extremely cool of him. I am glad that this happened to me and not him as soon as he got home. I would have felt terrible. Live and learn.
On a brighter note I have really been enjoying another Mustang I have. A 2000 GT in Atlantic Blue! I bought this car to flip as it had the incorrect engine in it, didn’t run, and had been sitting for over 5 years.
Came with some Prostars that didn’t fit.
I found a 30,000 mile 4.6 with matching auto for a good deal and swapped in the engine. I then sold the auto and old 4.6 that was int he car and nearly broke even! I then traded the wheels and some cash for a set of FR500s!
Back together with the new engine!
On all 4s with the stock faded headlights and stock wing.
I have been driving this car for a few weeks now and really love it. It looks good, sounds good, and rides good compared to the fox body. Cruise control and a radio are really sweet to have also! I am sitting very well money wise to be able to make a profit even after I put miles on it.
I bought some factory cobra headlights that my roomate had and swapped the front tires for some lower profile units.
The only other mods I will do will be tint, new front bumper, mach1 chin splitter and grille delete and probably have the spoiler holes filled and painted. The transmission may get a rebuild but we will see how it lasts.
Overall I am really happy about this car and it makes what happened to the Notchback a lot less painful. Hopefully the notch is fixed and sold soon so I can buy a cheap 86 RX7 in sight of my work for a mega budget auto-x car for the summer! Anyway, that wraps up my pointless update in which you all probably don’t care about. I just needed to type I guess!
My username continues to hold true.