StangNet ‘Built to Cruise’ Project

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StangNet - Built to Cruise

Project Details

  • 2011 5.0 Engine
  • Ford Racing Control Pak
  • TKO500 transmission
  • New Ford Racing 3.73 Rear End
  • 5-Lug Conversion
  • 5 Lug ’03 Cobra Wheels (painted)
  • New ‘Suede’ Paint Job
  • Modified front Bumper Cover from Classic Design Concepts
  • TMI Interior Upgrade
  • Interior and Exterior refresh
  • Kicker premium sound system

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Categories: Aftermarket, Built to Cruise, Featured, Ford, Mustang Tech

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53 Responses to StangNet ‘Built to Cruise’ Project

  1. Ben 02/27/2010 at 10:46 pm #

    I can’t wait! I’d also like to see Ford Racing do another RWD Focus conversion. 5.0 V8 or even 3.7 V6

  2. Pypicalstoner 02/27/2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Use GT tail lights and the common small aftermarket spoiler, NO luggage racks!

  3. paul 02/28/2010 at 11:11 am #

    Do you know if this engine will fit between the shock towers of a 65 mustang?

  4. TedRx 02/28/2010 at 5:51 pm #


    I can not wait to see how this works out. And please please NO spoiler.

    That Stripe is beautiful, I can’t wait to see how it looks for real.

  5. Ty 02/28/2010 at 9:24 pm #


  6. Tony 03/01/2010 at 1:47 pm #

    I was wondering who would be the first to do this swap. Good luck, its definitely a great idea. Im excited to see it done!

  7. Bryan 03/01/2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I think you should use the black one piece headlights and paint the side moldings,mirrors,cowl, and door handles.

  8. keith 03/02/2010 at 11:13 am #

    should have lsx swapped it. ;)

  9. Vern 03/02/2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Sounds like a super idea! I would love the dimensions on the engine (weight, height, length and especially width).

  10. jim l. {apple auto} 03/04/2010 at 4:20 pm #

    sweet stripe! that will look hot on satin paint.

  11. BWhite 03/11/2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Please don’t ruin a great project with a ricer stripe on the car..

  12. Nigel 03/12/2010 at 1:23 am #

    Way cool project…now how can I get my hands on one of them engines and electronics for my own deal?

  13. Chris 03/12/2010 at 6:42 am #

    Why not use FR500 wheels instead? I’m also interested in the crossmember modifications used for this.

    Oh and @Pypicalstoner – coupes(notchbacks) don’t have luggage racks. Only convertibles came with them.

  14. 83GLX5.0_Notch 03/14/2010 at 11:32 pm #

    I love this idea and will follow the build closely. It could be just the transplant for my 83 GLX 5.0 notch.

  15. d90212 03/16/2010 at 12:58 am #

    86 and older tail lights…
    bassani side exhausts…

  16. Bkoons85GT 03/18/2010 at 8:37 pm #

    How about putting this in an 85 GT instead? You could do all this to my car as long as I can have it back in the end…. Whatda ya think? I would be willing to take the car to shows up and down the east coast for you. I love to cruise!!!!

  17. 93SVT387 03/24/2010 at 4:43 am #

    That car is going to be sick. I think my 93 Cobra might be a better swap though. It would be sweet to see a Fox Snake with that swap and a KB on it. Would definitely give it a deadly bite. Just throwing that out there guys.

  18. StangNet 04/16/2010 at 2:51 pm #

    BTC Update: We got a lot done today, the Engine bay is almost completely cleaned out of all old wiring and unneeded pieces.

  19. Rob Roark 04/17/2010 at 2:17 pm #

    I would use one of the new Mustang 2011 wheels; maybe the big-little combo from the GT500?

  20. Ryan King 05/08/2010 at 2:46 pm #

    Should have added a torque arm/ panhard bar to this build.

    • mraburn 05/09/2010 at 3:13 am #

      The idea behind the car was the 'Built to Cruise' idea, something that any enthusiast could achieve and maintain and end up with an easy to drive and easy to maintain ride.

      • Ryan King 05/12/2010 at 8:01 pm #

        No offense, but are you saying its easyier to drop in the new 5.0 than installing a torque arm? I doubt that "any" enthusiast could do this, but a torque arm install isnt all that complex. That and the benefits of it and ride quality are great. Awesome build either way!

  21. Low86gt 05/08/2010 at 7:20 pm #

    This should be done in a 4 eye fox or at least a T-Top.
    Why the TKO 500 ? Will the 6 Speed from the new 5.0 not fit in the car?

    • mraburn 05/09/2010 at 3:14 am #

      I've owned this car off an on for almost 10 years, so it made for the perfect donor car to the new engine.

      As for the transmission, we did not get our hands on the new tranny, and being a new transmission, we are really not sure it would fit in the firewall tunnel and plus the fact that you would have to convert the car over to a hydraulic clutch, and electronic speedo, etc. The bonus here is that a 4.6L bellhousing WILL bolt up to this new engine, which will allow you to use any Tremec tranny in any FOX or kit car, etc.

      • Vic 11/27/2012 at 7:38 pm #

        mraburn: would you happen to have a contact number? im wanting to use the Isis setup in a upcoming fox-body project im doing and would like some real world answers if possible. you can send it to my email addy which would be great.

  22. 85_SS_302_Coupe 05/14/2010 at 9:44 pm #

    Please tell me you're building a custom intake to fit the front bumper grill opening….you know, since the TB is right there in front. I don't know how you'd work it around the radiator but that'd be awesome.

    • mraburn 05/15/2010 at 3:22 am #

      That would be interesting, but probably not possible with a radiator in the way and needing to filter that air… I like your imagination though! :)

  23. LAZERREDGT 05/19/2010 at 3:57 am #

    Keep the stripe with the "5.0" will look awesome!

  24. Ryan King 05/30/2010 at 10:27 pm #

    17×10.5-315s rear, 17×9-275s front?

  25. JAM PONY 06/09/2010 at 2:41 am #

    Nice Project, check out my fox. Youtube- "Jam Pony Mustang"

  26. Misti Teitenberg 08/02/2010 at 3:36 pm #

    I just read your blog – thanks for writing. I just wanted to give you guys a heads up that it’s not showing correctly on my ipad. Anyway, I just subscribed to the RSS feed on my notebook, so thanks again!

  27. ummduh 08/16/2010 at 11:56 pm #

    Just wondering what you’re going to be doing for a power steering pump?

  28. Tony 10/19/2010 at 10:20 pm #

    Awesome Car! Just leave the other half of that stripe in the 90′s. Stripes are like wearing Ed Hardy to a night club. You are trying way too hard.

  29. Jax Rhapsody 10/29/2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Naw, you gotta have stripes. Ever see something from the 60′s or 70′s, a strip package is required. Nothing sez muscle/pony like satin black hoods and stripes. I would’ve loved to see it with GT Turbo stripes down the side and fox4 style Mach1 hood stripe. At least it doesn’t have flames on it.

  30. Tommy 02/07/2011 at 9:10 am #

    I was wondering (hoping) that you’ll do a baseline quartermile pass or two in stock crate engine trim. I’m curious just how quick a Coyote 5.0 is with the lighter Fox-body coupe weight. Also if you can, let us know how much the coupe weighs with the coyote motor. Looks like a marriage made in heaven, the Coyote Fox Coupe. I want one!

  31. nate mcclain 02/18/2011 at 7:25 pm #

    I have a 1992 ford mustang with a small cam , nothing to radical just sounds good. My problem is the passenger side header is getting redhot when i fire it up , it runs good but i can tell i lost horsepower ? can someone tell me what wrong with my pony…

  32. shaun 09/28/2011 at 11:28 am #

    I think this is a fantastic idea… and I would imagine it will be a amazing cruiser and be amizingly fast yet mild. I was considering purchasing a 2011 gt. But now that I see this I am considering doing a coyote swap intomy 2003 gt. And I’m assuming my tr-3650 will mate up to it? And the dimensions will fit as I’m assuming it is no larger then a 4.6 4V. I am going to try to see if their is any one working on a similair swap as I am wanting to do. And does a company like bbk make headers for a sn95 swap like they do for the fox? I think this is the coolest thing done. The new 5.0 is a true masterpiece and is exactly what I would like for my gt 400rwhp with bolt ons but totally mild with great gas mileage. A+ guys!

  33. narcszm 10/06/2011 at 8:47 pm #

    That is, without a doubt, one of the cleanest, sickest notch builds. Well conceived and executed.

    BTW – You likely know this, but your calipers are upside down. Get some longer lines so you can bleed them.

  34. MRaburn 10/12/2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Ya I had them upside down when I was test fitting things, etc…. realized it and corrected it before I bled them out. I knew someone would catch that. :)

  35. Wes Frazee 12/29/2011 at 1:46 am #

    Sooo clean,, i would love to see this very car run the quarter,, well done guys

  36. CHris Thompson 01/03/2013 at 1:21 am #

    THAT car is INTENSE!!


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