Why would someone get the EZ-EFI, when it's NOT multipoint and the stock 5.0 is multipoint and there are millions of them out there?
Yep, got one on my '95. But I wanted to keep the "carb" look and run an oval air cleaner. The combover intake was a cool mod, back in 1989....
You mentioned replacing the door strikers, I don't know the condition of yours, but most of these kind of things can be restored. Eastwood has paint/coating/powder coats/etc... for most everything you can think of.
Yep. But once you add up the price of the PAINT that you use to fake the plating, it was cheaper to buy new strikers. And we all know the paint won't hold up like plating will.
You could take all the 'old-n-ugly' parts, buy a Harbor Freight powder coat system (on sale) and have them look better than new.
How big do you think my shop is?? I don't have room for powder coating ovens or hot lamps. Besides, I have a local powder coater that does it real cheap for the items I did want done.
Also, I feel most OEM stuff is better than aftermarket. I bought the Scott Drake turn signal lever a few years ago, and it's all ready rusting thru and has never been exposed to the weather, it's just from being inside the car.
I'm choosing carefully what I replace, what I clean up and reuse and what gets replaced with aftermarket.
I paid $500 for a re-chromed front bumper (different project) and now it's showing rust. While the old rear looks show room.
Wasn't much of anything left of my originals. Looked like pretzels too!
I picked up a full 5.0 HO with all but the computer and AOD for $300 from the local Pick-n-Pull yard. I bought a full aftermarket A/C for $25 that'll fit where the stock A/C would. I got 5 lug rear end I wanted for $75 from someone else upgrading there mustang.
Hey, I got my 5.0 for $50! But I had to put another $3K into it. Balanced, aluminum heads, 10:1 pop ups, Edelbrock Airgap, all new bolts, etc. Now I did spend several years buying parts second hand, but still NIB and saved several hundreds over the long run.
I waited a long time to find the front disk brakes at the right price and I'm looking to adapt in my own custom A/C system from a universal setup.
My disc system came with my Rod & Custom suspension. I didn't want to try and piece together an A/C system, preferred a proven system with phone techs that can offer assistance if something goes wrong. Life it too short to reinvent the wheel.
As far as spending money, if you look at a new car, these can get in line with the cost of a modern mid-level car, which is probably about $20K+
When the wife graduated from CRNA school 2.5 years ago, she offered me a new car. Even a new Shelby. I just had to give up my project and my current daily driver. Both are going to be nice cars one day. Well, the '95 is now. But I could not sell out a dream I've had for a shiny new car that anyone with a fat wallet can go pick out at the dealership. I grew up around classics. The wife has never even sat in a classic. Much less taken a ride in something that is a head turner. I think once she takes her first ride in it, she's going to want her own!
On the other side, there a plenty of ways to save money if you shop around and are willing to do some fab work / research yourself.
Oh man, I have fabbed up sooo many parts and pieces, adapted other things to work on this. I'm way ahead of you here. Did I mention I even painted my own car and did all the bodywork myself? I've gone broke saving money!! LOL!!
Don't forget your old parts probably have some value.
Oh yea, sold a lot, even gave away some. I think I've even helped out a few here that needed my date coded parts.
1995 GT convertible - Laser Red
1995 GT convertible - Black (Son's ride)
1966 GT Fastback under restoration- Code T Red
with White LeMans stripes.