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      11-07-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Project "Stinger"

I thought i would share with you guys my project that i have been working on for the last couple of months. This is going to be a two year project as i still go to school, and i am only 16 so funds are tighter with my limited income.

I began looking for 1964.5, 65,66 mustangs nearly a half a year ago. I would search the entire state of florida on craigslist multiple times a week to see if what i was looking for was there. I began to go looking at a few, and i thought i was just about sold on one local. It was a 1965 mustang going for 2800. I go an look at this with my father at this "all you need is paint and she will be a champ" (what they seller kept claiming). Things were completly downhill once i arrived to look at this car. I soon realize that this car was full of a bondo. Nearly the entire back end of the car would require new meetal because of the amount of rust. This proved to be too much for me to handle, and i wasn't really wanting to tear the back out and reweld new quarter panels and such in. When i go to start it up, it doesn't start. after about thirty minutes of messing around we get it up and running and i notice once in reverse, one of the wheels is dragging. I said you get that wheel free, and i will come back and look at it again. I am now displeased, with the trust in this guy because he kept claiming there is no bondo on the car, and i would tap around and you could hear the thud on the bondo and the ting on the metal. Plus i saw empty galloonSSS of bondo lying around in the yard. He calls me up the next day and says it is free, and i come to look at it. I go for a ride, the oil pressure light keeps popping up low at idle, plus i could still feel the caliper on the wheel locked up. i get out of the car and notice the dragging wheel is smoking like a steam machine due to the frozen caliper. he claims it is free but the car is stopped when put in drive and no brakes are appied. it won't even move at idle or at about 1.5k in revs. i asked how he claims to have unfrozen the caliper and he says he took a hammer to it. That was enough for me to leave and go home for good. I go home displeased, and look on georgia craigslist. i find a 289 v8, 4 speed manual for sale with manual steering and manual brakes. the ad says no rust, drives, no bondo. This is everything i wanted because the powersteering would be no good on a car of this age and i don't have the kind of money to replace it anytime soon. I call the guy up, like what he has to say, and decide to head to Georgia. Within an hour of getting home from looking at the "champ" i am on the rode to Georgia. Long story short i pick this one up in much better shape for 2700. I rode the whole car ride home w/o any problems minus having to throw some tires on the car. the owner did say he didn't think the tires would make it back to florida. I replaced them when i noticed bubbles forming in the tires after about forty miles. once put on, i made it the rest of the way home w/o problems. car didn't overheat once which pleased me.

Here is the stinger when i bought her.(pics aren't as detailed because i didn't have a car lift at first so couldnot capture everything).

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wheels before

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wheels after hours of work just to have some decent wheels till i buy new ones

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      11-07-2009, 05:42 PM   #2
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heres is what has been done:

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i replaced my alternator to a chrome 140 amp one wire alternator. i ceramic coated the headers, painted the entire engine, took all pulleys of and painted, took the drive shaft out, sanded and painted. Cleaned the rearend and painted, did a lot of work underneath, painted, cleaned the bellhousing and painted, got flowmater exhaust and hpipe. Car already had aftermarket headers, edelbrock carb, edelbrock intake manifold. oh and i also took the radiator out and painted that with high temp spray. the radiator was new to begin with.


since the pictures i have added a 4 inch cowl scoop, and i am still in the process of mokding it in, almost done with the scoop. i had the exhaust welded up, have a new front shelby valnce rear bumper, and side scoops are in the mail. going to doing body work and hopefully will have it painted by christmas. i will do all work my self, and i am going to paint it black.


my goals with this car in order:
paint black
finish body pieces
rewire the car
replace carpet, headliner, get new racing seats, rear uplhostrey, hurst shifter, daspad, instrument cluster, radio
do suspension work (improved roll bars, higher spring rate springs with a drop, higher spring rate leaf springs with a drop, replace shoks with uprgaded
wilwood 4pot front and rear brakes
wheels(undecided)
rebuild the tranny
upgraded clutch and flywheel
lsd with 3.80 or 4.11 gears
rebuild the motor, stroke to 331 ci (289 stock), forged crank conecting rods, and pistons. Race prep block, aluminum heads, high lift cam, new intake manifold, and different carb. convert to electronic distrbutor, high flow water pump and electric fuel pump. Aluminum radiator..

may be missing a few.

got a lot of work to do but should be fun
hope you all enjoy
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      11-07-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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dear lord resize those pictures, they are huge
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      11-07-2009, 07:18 PM   #4
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my bad, i didn't realize they were that big
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I don't mind the size, better detail in the pics
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