Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Colorado Springs
If driveability is your goal, I think you're shooting at the wrong targets. Here's my take:
- You likely couldn't get much dough for your current drive train. So keep the I6. When fresh and properly tuned, these engines have plenty of power and loads of torque. Dropping in a V8 immediately requires many other mods that will cost money. Have the block and head machined. Buy a rebuild kit and put it together yourself. Installing a better camshaft won't cost you much more and it would make it a bit peppier.
- Why rear discs? Four wheel discs are cool, but they are expensive new and a hassle with junkyard parts. And you likely wouldn't even notice an improvement in braking with everyday driving. Discs up front might be a good idea. I expect you could find some junk yard parts. Just rebuild the calipers. The dual master cylinder upgrade should be no problem.
- You might be able to find a used 5-speed cheap. Although the 5-speeds that were behind the later V6 Mustangs could probably handle the I6, as I understand it, they were pretty lousy transmissions. It's getting hard to find a decent, used T-5 that hasn't already been picked. But I'm sure if you beat the bushes enough, one will come up. So, happy hunting on that one!
- Power rack? Why? If you're trying to squeeze the most from your budget, this makes no sense to me. There's nothing wrong with your current setup. It's just worn out. Replace all the worn components, to include the springs, and keep driving. For a bit of an improvement, do the Shelby drop and add some roller perches. Those are cheap. You could probably even find a larger front anti-sway bar used
- I can certainly understand you wanting a smoother and easier clutch. You might be able to salvage the cable clutch setup from a Mustang II. While most of those cars had the front ends cut off, the cable clutch assemblies would probably still be in place. And pulling one yourself should be cheap
So, to review...
- Keeping the I6 allows you to keep your current 4-lugs, current rear diff and a few other things
- Rebuild the I6 yourself
- Have the distributor rebuilt. You can keep the points or install a Pertronix. Either way, it would run great.
- Install a T5 behind the I6
- Put a 3.55 gear at the rear. If you do it yourself, it's cheap
- Salvage some front disc parts and rebuild them
- Rebuild the front suspension
It's your Mustang and you can certainly do with it as you wish. I don't mean to criticize your plans. I just don't think that agenda would give you the best bang for the bucks. And since a worn I6 drive train isn't worth much, I doubt selling it would allow you to do much with $1,000 cash.
An I6 Mustang with a T5 and front disc brakes will be a great cruiser. And I bet your wife would love it.
Last edited by Klutch; 01-02-2013 at 03:02 PM.