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    Default 80 Cobra the build begins

    After years of looking for the right 82 GT my friend Aaron ran across this 80 Cobra in Utah. The car was pretty much a barn find & had been sitting for 20 years. I knew even if I found a nice GT I would want to upgrade the running gear. This car now has a turbo 4 cylinder with a 4 speed manual trans & only 80,000 mi. The car runs out great but it does smoke a bit. My mechanic told me he thought it was the seals in the turbo. The body is very solid on the car with mirror damage to the passenger side quarter. My goal is to build a dependable fun driver.
    The parts start with a phone call to long time sponsor MPS to find a motor. http://mpsautosalvage.com
    Robbie came up with a nice rebuilt 302 with GT 40 heads. Then after searching for a replacement dash I meet new sponsor Out to Pasture Pony Parts. Sam was able to find me a nice 4 eyed dash hull, 8.8 rear, trans 87 & up spindles, brakes & console.
    I picked up some carpet & other parts from from http://www.foxmustangrestoration.com/

    After that I contacted www.latemodelrestoration.com to start gather parts
    The exhaust will consist of
    1979-93 Mustang 5.0L BBK Ceramic Coated Shorty Headers
    1986-93 Mustang BBK 2.5" Off Road H-Pipe for Shorty Headers
    1986-93 Mustang 5.0L LX Flowmaster Force 2 Cat Back Exhaust System
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...Shorty-Headers
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...Shorty-Headers
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...t-Back-Exhaust
    1979-85 Mustang 5.0L Ford Racing Gray Slant Edge Valve Covers
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...m-Valve-Covers
    1979-85 Mustang Carbon Fiber Air Cleaner Assembly with Ford Racing Logo
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...-M-9600-CFAC13
    1985-93 Mustang 5.0L Ford Racing Air Conditioner (A/C Delete) Eliminator Bracket, M-8511-A50
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...A-C-Eliminator
    1979-93 Mustang SVE 5.0/5.8L Underdrive Pulley Kit
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...ive-Pulley-Kit
    1979-95 Mustang 5.0L & 5.8L Ford Racing Blue Plug Wire Set, M-12259-C301
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...-Plug-Wire-Set
    Suspension
    1979-04 Mustang Eibach Pro-Kit Lowering Spring Kit
    1979-04 Mustang SVE Tubular Rear Upper And Lower Control Arm Kit, Black
    1987-93 Mustang 5.0L Kyb Gas-A-Just Shock And Strut Kit
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...ontrol-Arm-Kit
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...-79-04-Mustang
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...-And-Strut-Kit
    1979-93 Mustang Silver 93 Cobra Wheel & Nitto Tire Kit - 17X8.5
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...Tire-Kit-17X85








    Last edited by snkchmr; 03-16-2016 at 10:47 PM.
    Mike Clay
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    This is one of the first things we are going to do.


    Got my new to me dash ready to install.
    Thanks to out to pasture pony parts
    Somebody had hacked the radio hole so I repaired that with the Latemodel restoration delete kit &
    Interior Paint
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...Interior-Paint
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...o-Delete-Plate
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    Ebay find
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    Mike Clay
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    Mike

    Should be a great project. I can't wait to see it start to come together.

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    Anybody know of a good sound deadening mat ?
    Budget friendly LOL
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    Just unboxed my SVE radiator LRS-8005K & I’m very proud of this part. These guys did a great job with this.
    http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...eplacement-Kit
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    The motor & trans are in Thanks to MPS & Out to Pasture Pony Parts
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    Look good sitting in there, like the detail work in the firewall.
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    Update I hope to see it on the ground by the end of next week. I got the motor installed from MPS. We also got the rear & trans from Out to Pasture Pony Parts installed. All of the suspension parts came from Late Model Restoration & Fox Mustang Restoration will be sending me a new dash pad & have helped out with some other parts. The intake & carb from Holley should be here next week.
    Mike Clay
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    i cant wait to see how it turns out, man I love a nice four eye fox
    Mods: JLT CAI, Professional Products 75mm T/B & plenum, Bassani O/R X, Bassani BX Catback, 3.73 gears, SCT tuned by BAMA, Stack Racing Springs, J&M Caster Camber Plates.

    HERE I COME MUSTANGWEEK 2014!!!!!!!!!

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    Cant wait to see the finished product! Gonna be another awesome Mike Clay Edition!
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    Still working on the hangers but the exhaust is on
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    Looks good Mike, see that you have tagged it as your also
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    Looks good.

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    Looks good, like the detail on the carb.
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