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    Cool 1976 Mustang project

    Some of you may know my brother in law, Nasty Nate. He has his old 1977 Mustang II from when he was a teenager. He loves this thing... but it's been a slow project...

    A couple of years ago we hauled it out of his mom's garage to get professionally sandblasted




    Last year...We tore apart the old 289" motor and getting rid of these steel heads


    We got the block bored to 302", prepped, and setup



    In the last few weeks he decided to start hitting the stuff harder. He has done lots of body and suspension work to get ready to drop the motor in. So we busted out the manual


    Got to putting in the crank with the bearings.


    Checked the bearing cap press and crank endplay.


    Nasty is lovin it.


    Starting to get some where.



    We have pistons!


    He, for reasons beyond me, decided to use press fit pistons & connecting rods. So we heated the connecting rods


    That didn't go so well, even with the torch, so we ended up taking them to the shop to press fit them in. Moving on...

    He got too excited to wait for our schedules to align so he put in the pistons. I have no pics of that. But I got him an awesome deal on a set of nice Dart Alum heads. So he installed those over the pistons... Oh my they are great looking.


    Hydraulic lifters primed & installed


    He scored a sweetheart deal on a Tr 3550 trans, alum flywheel with steel insert, and low profile bell housing. Also bought a nice oil pan that should help fitting this into the 77. So got those mounted up and almost ready for drop in test fit.


    He needs to pick up some steel stock to fabricate motor mounts in the front of the bike. That's where we stand right now. Will update as it goes along... it may be slow.
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
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    nice osb wheel and, as always, great (unedited) picture work assman.. you the man.. not sure why all the work for a 77 mustang but to each their own.. at least do a cool 67-71 or something. 77 is kind of a bad year imo..
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    My first car was a 75 Mustang. Lotta work and upgraded to a 78. The 78 was a Cobra copy, 302 4 speed, fun car. Next was a 70 Mach 1 with a Boss 302 motor. The drag pack, 3.91 rear end, quick ratio 4 speed made an awesome car. That is the one I miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudpuppy View Post
    nice osb wheel and, as always, great (unedited) picture work assman.. you the man.. not sure why all the work for a 77 mustang but to each their own.. at least do a cool 67-71 or something. 77 is kind of a bad year imo..
    I hear ya on the 77... but it was his first car so he's attached to it.
    ^^My $0.02 not yours^^
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    what cam, intake & carb is he gonna run? oh and what rearend & gear?

    cool build, i like odd ball stuff not alot of people like. nice thing about that car is theres alot of after market suspension parts for it.

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    I don't recall the cam. I'll have to ask again.

    I believe he has an intake but no carb yet.

    Not sure about the gear either. It's not really my project I just help when we can connect. Just thought you all would enjoy it.

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    Compcam Part#: CCA-SK35-238-3
    Item: CAM KIT


    Heads Brandart
    Manufacturer's Part Number:13100080
    Part Type:Cylinder Heads
    Product Lineart Pro 1 Aluminum Cylinder Heads
    Summit Racing Part NumberRT-13100080

    Dual plane intake

    No carb yet

    3.93 gear in rear with Detroit locker

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    The suspension is only getting poly bushings and stiffer front springs. Otherwise mostly stock.

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    sweet!

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    Nice work Gasman, so is he looking to have it driving in Spring?

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