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 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build

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PostSubject: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Mon Mar 07, 2016 12:41 pm

Sooo if you guys have been wondering why I'm not doing much on my build-off tractor, here is why. I bought this car with a seized motor for 1000 a few months ago.





stock engine bay.



Seized motor, snapped the crankshaft and broke the block.





pulled the motor out of the LTD II.



painted it up, new water pump, converted to SEFI.



installed in the car with the AOD trans behind it.









Now I just need a serpentine belt and 13 quarts of ATF and I need to put on the upper intake manifold and mass air meter. And I could hook up the mufflers I guess.
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:31 pm

I got her running today. Wow this car is fast. just with stock components it's amazing, I guess I'm not used to small cars with big engines. I would probably loose to anyone I go up against, but it's plenty fast for me.







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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:34 pm

Here is a ***** vid for you guys. I wish I had a better way to take videos than with my laptop.

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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Tue Mar 08, 2016 11:53 pm

Im all over fox bodys, but only to stick a chevy motor in them... Razz

Sweet project, and great job on the conversion. i smell mods in the future

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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:00 am

Nice Car! Looks like the conversion went well.
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:40 am

Nice deal. Is that the intake plenum off the old motor? What's the blocks pretty similar?

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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:07 am

Yeah the blocks are basically the same, I had to do some mods to fit the roller cam and lifters, the only difference is the old block has a two piece main seal, and there is 15lbs more material around the mains in the block, so it's stronger. The intake is from the old motor.
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:17 pm

I got tabs and plates on it!



I just need to weld up the exhaust system and then I can drive it.
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:18 pm

Dont get yourself into to much trouble! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:30 pm

yeah, I almost crashed today coming home from work, back end got away from me on the highway and I actually went off the road into a gravel parking lot which happened to be there, and I recovered and got back on. Here is a better vid of the car running.

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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:54 am

Sounds good. But yeah, try to keep it out of the fence and not get too hyped up. I have the same issues....

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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:16 pm

Thanks guys! I am having some issues with the thermostat not wanting to open, it will heat up to 270 degrees and then stay there for 5 min and then it will suddenly drop to around 230. (maybe my factory gauge is inaccurate, I wouldn't be surprised) SO I'm going to look into that. Also, my heater core burst so I bypassed it. At least now my carpet won't freeze, since it has been marinating in coolant.
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Sun Mar 13, 2016 12:50 am

Cool car you got. 89, should be considered a classic by now, it being over 25 years old. Those cars was always quick just because they are light, around 2500 lbs or so, the weight should be on the driver door jam on the sticker. In my day everybody wanted the 5 speed GT's, just so they can chirp the tires changing gears, LOL. The 302's was always a nice little motor, but when they came out with the SFI (sequential fuel injection) with the tunnel ram intake, which is what you got on top, really made the difference. Have fun!!
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Sun Mar 13, 2016 4:38 pm

Yeah, this car supposedly weighs 3050 lbs. I want to convert to 5 speed, this one is the 4 speed AOD automatic.
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Tue Apr 05, 2016 4:36 pm

Finally got the heater core replaced. And I painted and then sanded the high spots on the little intake callout.
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Fri May 06, 2016 12:38 pm

So I guess I didn't update this, but I broke the oil pump driveshaft. And screwed the motor over. I got a short block from a 1990 stang, and put a ford motorsport z303 cam in it. New lifters and pushrods, new melling oil pump and driveshaft. Got it back together and driving, runs good, but my fuel economy dropped a bit...Laughing but the exhaust sounds nice. Cool Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Sat May 07, 2016 6:20 pm

You swapped the heads off the blown up engine? How long did all that take?

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PostSubject: Re: 1997 Murray's 1989 mustang GT build   Sat May 07, 2016 8:11 pm

so this is engine #3 now?
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