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Morgan's 67 Project Trans Am Coupe

I figured that I should start a thread here. I already have been getting some good input from you guys. Thought you might like to follow along.

Goals for this project;

1. Use no long term credit or loans to build the car
2. Use the car for testing and development articles for possible NorCal Shelby Club Magazine "Driven" or others down the road.
3. Donations, good used parts or deals where I can find them
4. Support Local vendors, friends of the club, etc.
5. Car is to be build for both track and street use.
6. Over build the car so that its reliable.
7. Budget cap is $20,000
8. Motor: Mexican block stoked to 331 400HP target (changed to BOSS 302 Motorsports Block Jan 2011) Target NOW 535 HP!
9. TKO 5 speed 10. 9 inch rear with leaf springs in back
11. Coil overs in front
12. Do as much work as possible myself

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The starts with a good structure

The Factory Red is the only paint on the car. It came equipped with standard transmission from the factory. Factory A code which means 225HP with 4 barrel. This is a roller that came with no motor or trans. The body is rust free! It was hit in the front corner and was without a fender and hood as well as the front grill assembly. Found it on Craigs list around Christmas time 2008. It was located in Mariposa CA. The price was right and my plans are to turn it into a trans Am style coupe. Working on the rear end and underneath first.

So this is what it looked llike when I found it.


Here is the bare interior. Which is perfect since most of the interior will be modified to a certain degree including seats, dash, gages and roll bar.


I have already had the Frame shop go over the car. So everything is dialed in and straight.


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The other car

This is what I have to drive till the Mustang is completed. Its a Shelby CSX 4000 Cobra. Motor is a Pond Aluminum 482 (605HP) with a toploader.


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The 9 inch

The Mustang will be dual purpose street and track car. Certainly more functional than the Cobra with a 482 FE motor.


The Mustang will be dual purpose street and track car. Certainly more functional than the Cobra with a 482 FE motor.

Staying within a budget on this Mustang and not using credit cards means also looking for swap meet deals when I can find them. With that said I am spending money where it’s needed on performance and durability. I picked up a old 9" rear end for $75.00. My friend braced it up then I took it to Fearless gear in Fresno Ca. to have big bearing ends welded on so I can run an explorer disc brake set up I picked up for $100.00. He also ordered up a set of 31 spline Moser axles. I was able to find a N case traction lock center with 3.50 gears at the same swap meet for $350.00.

I picked up the housing today and dropped it off at Capps Powder Coating. It should be done in a week.





After my friend Pork welds up the baces.



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Fearless Gear in Fresno

I had debated on going with Total Control coil over in the rear however in the end the cost was just not worth it.

I purchased QA1 adjustable shocks for the rear end that will match for the front suspension I plan to use. I also purchased a set of 5 leaf springs and heavy duty shackle kit with urethane bushings from Mustang Plus.

Here is Vince and his Father at Fearless Gear. Vince is a great guy and he has a real nice business.




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Watts Link

I am going to be runing a Fays2 Watts Link setup. Really should improve handling on the track.
FAYS2 Suspension Watts Link

I mocked up the watts link set up.



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Labor Day weekend I was able to get a small amount of work done on the Mustang. I had a stainless panel cut out for the opening between the trunk and the passenger compartment. I also cut access holes to aid in the installing of the rear shocks. The panel was then welded in. Besides offering a certain degree of safety this will also strengthen the unitized body structure.



I actually plan to run the rear seat in the Mustang. Before the seat goes in, the interior will get coated by rhino liner or I will use some form of protective coating then dyna mat installed through out the interior. However there is still much to do before those steps take place.

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Clean up the trunk

Next I moved onto the trunk. Mostly in order to clean up the trunk and inspect it. This was somewhat time consuming considering the Mustang had been sitting in the elements for quite sometime. The GOOD is its still the original paint I am dealing with. I did find one 2' long rust spot on the inner passenger quarter panel which I should be able to patch with a 2"X1" piece of sheet metal.
The real dilemma is what color do I paint the interior of the trunk?
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Body Color (dark indigo blue metallic (2010 Mustang Kona Blue or Ferrari F1 red) Have not decided that yet either but leaning toward the painting it Gloss Gray.




After the cleaning and priming bare spots. Will finish this area up later



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I also took the time to weld up the holes in the deck lid where the MUSTANG letter would go.
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I got the housing back from the powder coater and detailed the 31 spline traction loc N case center then mated the two together.



It will have to wait to be installed after I finish cleaning and detailing the underneath. Started at the back and working my way forward. The underneath is rust free and much of the original coating was still in very good shape.



I also picked up a parker funnelweb for the small block for $100.00


Watch dog; This is the look I got when I asked Bentley to hand me a 1/2" wrench.

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Making some progress on the rear end assembly.Now that the undeneath is 90% done.





I had my friend Pork come over and weld on an AN fitting to the rear end for venting. While he was at it he welded up a few holes in the drivers side floor. After it was done we decited to fix the drivers floor with a patch panel. I will get to that later. While he was doing that I was installing the 5 leaf springs.











The then we moved to position the 9" in place.

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Today I worked on installing the Carrera QA1 adjustable shocks.



Then I moved to the installation of the Fays2 Watts Link set up. The frame of the watts link was originally coated red. I figured that hammer tone gray looks better with the gloss black 9" housing.





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Cleaned up the backing plates on the Explorer disc brakes.
Drilled and tapped the rear end housing for line clamps for the brake line.
Installed Moser axles along with new brake rotors and brakes with new brake pads







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More often than not I have a list of to do items that I hope to get done in a given time. Well it did not happen over Thanksgiving. Seamed like that is two steps forward and one step back every day.
On Wed. I did get by my friends Marks shop "The Mustang Ranch of Fresno" and picked up a few items.
Here pinion snubber that came on the Shelby's and Mustang GT's that I picked up.

Before

After

67 T-Bird front brake, he could only find one. Needs a little re-conditioning




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I also managed to get the Griggs sub frame connectors installed. It was one of those job where it would been cool to have some extra hands but then again I found a way to get it done on my own.






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I did work quite bit on the mustang this weekend. My friend who is a welder came over to help. After buying some steel, we went work further reinforcing the body's floor pan and underneath. Welded up the subframes and added some 1.5"X1" retangular tubing and attached it to the sub frame connectors using steel plate.








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