Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Prescott, Arizona
I used a 2004 Mach 1 as a donor for a Factory Five Cobra, virtually the same drivetrain as in your 2001 Mustang Cobra. Regarding the front cross member and shock tower delete items, there are many solutions out there. You can search this forum and look at the Coyote swaps that have been done or are in progress. I am restomoding a 1970 Mach 1 with a Coyote now and I used the TCP full length front clip with their suspension, PS rack, sway bar, and Wilwood 13" front brakes. Not a cheap solution as their spindles did not accommodate Ford rotors and calipers. Given you have the 2001 donor, you may wish to look for a system that will accept the Ford dual piston 13" front brakes, this will save you cash and will be a good set up for the 65 fastback. If you can find a 8.8 for the rear, you can run 11.75" rear disks, again a good match for the 65. I also used the TCP 4-link for the rear of my car. Again an expensive solution but I wanted a vendor match front and rear. Regarding subframe connectors, I would highly recommend them. Take a look at the subframe connectors from SpinTech. Several builders here, including myself, are using them. They fit up tight to the floor and look more like factory items. They also are stitch welded to the floor along their length, making them and the floor of the Mustang more of a unit. As said before, there are a lot of solutions out there, I suggest you look at Street or Track, MTF, Heidts, and others. There are so many options now, you may find you will be doing research for quite a while.
Also regarding the 4.6 from the donor, you are going to need to reprogram the PCM to flash out the PATS at a minimum. Don't even think about trying to get the engine to run without removing the PATS. Although it can be done, it is a major PITA. Having a complete donor where you can strip out all the electronics and wiring harness is a big plus.
If you have specific questions, you can PM me and I will answer as best I can. Take a look at my build thread for my Mach 1. I documented the install of the TCP front clip.
Good luck, looks like you will be having a lot of fun with your build.
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