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Hello From South Texas

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Jsimmons, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Jsimmons

    Jsimmons Member

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    Long time Mustang fan, owned 'em since 1974. I'm currently in a 2012 base V6 with a few mods. Started out looking like this in March 2012:

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    And It looks like this now:

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    First things first - No, it's not a Shelby (but I think it's better looking - grin). When I bought the car, I had a vision in mind of what I wanted it to look like, and what you see above is that vision. I only have one thing left to add to the outside, and I'm in the process of designing it right now - a home-made splitter. I picked up the ABS sheet this weekend, and hope to have it completed by the end of February.

    I have a web page - (go here). That page gives a list of current mods, and there's a link under the first picture to the build blog.

    BTW, the stripes are the original Guardsman Blue used on '65 GT-350's, and the stripes are (currently) vinyl. I found a local guy that has a good rep regarding painting, and he's gonna paint them on for me when I'm ready (with the necessary money).

    Being the Mustang nut that I am, I have plans to buy a 2010 V6 (because it'll be cheaper that way), rip out the drivetrain and computers, and go mostly old school with a 347 stroker dual-quad motor, side-exit exhaust, a Tremec 5-speed, IRS, roll cage, one seat, 5-point harness. It's essentially going to be a street-driven race car (I used to have a '65 built pretty much that way). Again, when I have the money. C'mon lottery! :)
     
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    Your car has gone through quite the transformation in such a short period of time, I am interested in seeing the splitter. good luck with the future projects and thank you for joining v6MO
     
  3. greensteeda

    greensteeda Retired Speed Racer Mod. Suck It!

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    Looks fantastic. As for your plans for a old school motor in a 2011. It has been done with great success with some road race cars. Good luck. One question though, you say IRS but what IRS will fit the S197 chassis?
     
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    For a true hot rodder, any IRS will fit a S197. :)

    There's at least one kit available ($9k), and there are several model-agnostic IRS units out there. My biggest concern regarding the IRS is whether the unit can take the punishment from the power plant.
     
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    Once again, welcome to v6mo and beautiful car. not a huge fan of putting badges/emblems on of something it isnt but it still looks good.
     
  6. greensteeda

    greensteeda Retired Speed Racer Mod. Suck It!

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    To be honest, power capability wouldn't be my biggest concern. Getting the geometry correct to match the front suspension is going to be a trick with a generic IRS. I fully support your path and hope you do it as I have never seen an IRS S197. I just can't see the money being worth it with how well developed the 3 link is. Like I said though, more power to you.
     
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    Here's one - http://mustangirs.com/
     
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    JTsStang Boosted V6

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    Good looking car! I can tell you have a lot of money tied up in it. Any future plans for more power on this car?
     
  9. davidcseifert

    davidcseifert that V6 guy

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    Welcome aboard :)

    Just curious, why didn't you go for a GTS conversion from Shelby? Not knocking what you've done btw.
     
  11. Jsimmons

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    Not really - it's a daily driver, and the warranty is still in effect (car will be a year old in March). If I were to add power to *this* car, it would be a 5.0 rather than forced induction. Like your sig says, there is not replacement for displacement. :)
     
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    Primarily, because I think the front fascia and hood on the GTS are butt ugly. Secondarily, I prefer to do all the work on my car myself. The only thing I didn't do myself was the front shocks because I didn't have a low-enough jack (this was remedied shortly after the front shocks were installed).
     
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    davidcseifert that V6 guy

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    maybe i need glasses... but pretty sure you read wrong lol

    "Displacement is no replacement for boost"
     
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    TaylorGT What the deuce?

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    Welcome!

    Drop a 5.8 in it :crazy:
     
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    You're right, I read it wrong (I'm old), but I'm right. :)
     
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    Welcome, what part of South Texas?
     
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    Nice car and welcome to the board.
     
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    Heeeyyy Looking good! :D Welcome to the site.