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Sound quality of my phone isn’t too good but for the time being this is the best that I can do.  The volume starts out at 50% until about 20 seconds in where I move it up to 100%.  These are two 10” subs from Ascendant Audio.  Haven’t gotten around to building a box for them so they are just mounted where the back seat would be.

I went with a 4-point roll cage from jegs.com.  I had to make my car safe so I searched for seats with a head rest.  I bought bomz racing seats for very cheap http://bomzracing.com/racingseatsnew.aspx.  They do the job.  I got a 5-point harness from summit racing for about $80.00 (http://www.summitracing.com/search/?keyword=5-point%20harness&dds=1).  I didn’t use the crotch strap though.  Just the shoulders and waist. 

Anyone who has worked on an old car knows that steering upgrades can be quite a hassle.  After researching for a month, I finally made the decision to put in the power steering setup from Unisteer.com.  All-in-all I was pleased with the upgrade.  Here are some of the downfalls though:

1.  With this kit, you lose some of your turning radius, why?  I have no idea.

2.  The “feel” for the road is gone.  Most cars now have power steering.  Each has a different feel for the road.  Some of them you can make a U-turn with your pinky finger, others, you actually need one hand on the wheel.  With this kit, its one of those pinky finger drives.  

3.  Make sure that all of the fittings are nice and tight or else you’ll have to go back through (removing and moving other parts so that you can get to the rack) and tighten them.  There was a small leak in the system.

The good thing about power steering is that you don’t have to fight the road at all!  

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The first thing I (you should) do!

A lot of people think that when they get a classic muscle car, they have to make it the most powerful thing on the streets…WRONG!  Make you car safe before you give it 600 HP.  

The first thing I did was scrap the old manual drum brake system and replace it with an after-market brake kit.  I’m sorry I don’t have the website or information on it but it’s quite easy to find a good setup.  I opted for a power braking system…disc brakes in the front (since 85% of braking power is in the front) and drum in the back.  If I more money or a higher paying job I would’ve gone for disc all a round with an ABS system.  

When I did the conversion, I ended up having to change the clutch system from a push to pull to make room for the bigger master cylinder.  This was hell.  Without spending much more money, my Uncle worked some magic with parts from Home Depot and his welder.  I won’t even begin to explain the process, but I’m sure that there is another way around this problem (granted it would cost more money).  When we went to put in the new power steering rack and pinion setup, my Uncle had to modify it yet again.  

Simple solution if you have the time - just make a plan of what you want, and make sure everything is compatible with eachother, and put it all in at once.  I was too anxious to drive mine, thats why I ran into all these problems.

When it came time to replace the old, worn-out, suspension parts, I went to mustandepot.com

They are a little bit pricey but their parts are high-quality.  I went with the Stage 2 kit with the following options:

Ultra Susp Kit 

Option 1: C5ZZ-5560-HDME (40.00 each)

Option 2: C6ZZ-5776-K

Option 3: C4DZ-5415-UR

Option 4: No Rear Stabilizer

Option 5: 4-7111

Option 6: C5ZZ-5310-P

Option 7: C4DZ-3388-RI

Option 8: KG-4517S

Option 9: MR-MS2104

Option 10: S1MS-5482-A

I noticed the differences immediately!  A completely different ride altogether.  Much stiffer.  Must safer.  Before replacing the suspension.  just leaning on the back end of the car would shift the entire weight of the car, now you have to practically jump on the back of the car just to jostle it.  I 100% recommend this kit.  If you have the means, you can get this kit at a much higher price and have suspension thats 3 times as good as this.  I got mine for 1,309.95 before taxes and shipping. 

Finally!  Ford is back on track with their mustangs.  Coming out soon is the 2011 Boss 302.  This will be the first time that Ford has produced a “Boss” Mustang (my favorite model) since 1970.  When the car come out…buy it!  Supposed to be the best handling Mustang EVER!  Click on the Link above (The BOSS is BACK!!!) to view the article posted by Mustang Monthly, a magazine that I subscribe to.

The 289 V8 Engine finished and on its mounts

The 289 V8 Engine finished and on its mounts

My college essay about the Mustang

Since I can remember, I have always loved muscle cars.  When asked which muscle car is my favorite, I answer – the Ford Mustang – without hesitation.  I attribute my love for this model of classic cars to my Uncle Troy.  When I was little, I loved to ride in his candy-apple red 1966 Ford Mustang coupe.  My Uncle was a police man with a squad car.  Every boy that age would beg for a ride in a police car.  Still, I chose the Mustang over it any day.

At 15, when I started thinking about getting my driver’s permit, I began my search for an old Mustang.  I wanted one from the 1960’s but would’ve been happy with any year pre-76 or post post-98.  After a year and a half of searching, it wasn’t looking too good; regardless, I refused to give up.

One fateful day, while driving down Del Monte Street, I saw two Mustangs parked at a dealership.  Both were coupes, one with a V8 and manual transmission, the other a V6 and automatic transmission.  I wanted the V8, even though it was in worse condition.  To me, my car needed to be all that it could.  It needed to be defined by power.  I didn’t care about the cosmetics nearly as much as what made it run.  So I put down half the money and bought the car in my name with my parents’ permission.   I owned a 1965 Midnight-blue Mustang.  Finally!

In the months before I received my permit, I made my plan to fix up this car and “make it mine”.  Once I got the car, I learned how to drive it.  After an hour in the parking lot with my dad in the right seat, I knew how to drive a stick shift.

Then, it was time to tear the Mustang down.  I had my work cut out for me.  To fix a rusty Mustang in major disrepair, I needed money.  And more money!  I worked summers and weekends to help pay for this car, repairs, and modifications.  All of my friends and my sisters told me that it was a waste of my money.   I loved this car and the passion to complete it grew.  I have been working on it since I first tore it down, only to have been able to start it up a couple of times.   Now that I have the engine back in (it’s running for my senior year!) my Mustang is my most prized possession.   It has all the blood, sweat, and tears (of both frustration and happiness) that I poured into it.  Along with the all modifications that I made to this Mustang, the Mustang modified me.  It made me more resilient to failure.  It embodies my perseverance and determination to pursue my passion.  I will never sell this part of my life.