Build Thread Finally! 89 Notch 2v Swap Progress Thread Project: 89mach1

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  1. madmike1157

    madmike1157 the humor is still lost on me SN Certified Technician

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    that "matting" is whatever the factory put on the wheel well. I know It'll probably have to go because it was originally behind the inner wheel well panel and not intended to get wet.
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    Other than the carb'd intake manifold and long tube headers, the engine is stock. I plan on installing cams on better heads, but that'll be later, after its painted.
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    I'm gonna have to be one of those that do. I checked all over the place, and while I can definately get a wider tire, ( all the way up to 315 on that rim) I don't want a 26" tall rear tire. The only chance I'll have is the sidewall is pretty tall, maybe I can get away with it.
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    Looks interesting... Subscribing.
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    I REALLY want to see you ideas for 1969 tailights in a foxbody. I tried to do a photoshop of that same thing just last week. My wife didnt like it much though. Also, could you describe your rear coilover set up. it kind of looks like just 1 bolt going sideways into the body from the pic. That doesnt seem strong enough so, Im guessing that Im not looking at it right. I would also like to do rear coilovers so, what spring rate & length are you using?
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    Very cool!

    As for the 275's remember that both the width and tire height are integral. I had 275/45/17's on my 98 with 10" rims and it was perfect. :nice:
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    You know I'm surprised after all this time nobody has tried this. I think that the 3 panel mustang tail light is about as iconic as you can get.

    Well I just ordered the 68 tail light panel from Laurel Mtn mustang. 69 panel is way too wide. I also ordered the rear valance and a fiberglass bumper. It's gonna require some uhhh "fab work" to size the taillight panel to get it to fit. I'll use a 69 mach 1 gas filler cap even though gas will still fill through the side like it always has.
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    But once its fit, I'll make patch panels that'll blend in the sides where the existing tail lights bend around. I'll make a small upswept spoiler like the Fast back 69 had ( so I'll have a place for the mach1 decal that is supposed to go there...after all, all early fastback mustangs had trunks, not hatches) & I plan to use the rear valance to house the B/U lights like the 68's had and use a fiberglass bumper as I'm sure I'm gonna have to cut it down to size as well.

    The Coil overs have two mount points, There is one 1/2 bolt through the shock eye,and then through a 1" spacer. and a threaded stud welded on top of the spacer running through the factory shock mount The springs are 12" 130lbs
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    :scratch:

    Tire hieght and width are relative... but like this:

    for instance with a 275/45/17-

    275= tread width in millimeters. this is not variable. The width never changes.

    45= This number represents sidewall height as a percentage of tread width. 45% of of 275 treadwidth=123.75mm. This number DOES vary between series. ie, a 50 would be 137.5mm tall.

    17= wheel diameter in inches.
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    Exactly my point. Thus saying a 10" wheel and a 275 can work with adequate wall height. Cant go too short, or I guess I am assuming you cant :nice:
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    I understand. I've decided to put em on anyway. Spoke w/ Nitto and they said it's done all the time w/ the only detriment being possible weird tire wear characteristics (who cares). I'm only gonna drive this thing on the street anyway. I'm not building an autocross-er or road racer, hell, I don't even intend to turn...ever:jaw:
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    Good progress so far. I just can't believe the mini-tub work to only have 275s in the end. I think they are gonna look a bit off with a little 'stretch'.
  12. madmike1157

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    will know for sure tomorrow. The tires just got here, too late to do it today. Personally I think they'll look a little "bloated". As for the work on the mini tubs, it was a pita for sure, and I would've stuck in all the rubber that the now 14" wide tub could handle, but You can't get a wide honkin' tire that is taller than 26" in a 17" rim size and for this build, tall was part of the plan.
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    Well, I guess what it boils down to is taste. technically 275mm is 10.826 inches, but somehow it never quite works out that way when you measure the tread on a 275. In fact I've tried putting a 275/50/15 on a 10" wheel back in about 92 and it was stretched waaay out. didn't look good at all. Again, those were 15's. The 295/50/15 was a perfect fit, a little taller, but width wise, perfect.

    I think in this fellas case I would check into another size like a 295/35/17(don't know if that size id made or not) or maybe even a 305/35/17. A buddy of mine runs a 315/35/17 I believe and it looks tuff.

    IMO too narrow a tire on too wide a wheel kinda gives off that lowrider look, but if that's your thing, cool. Rock on.

    just sayin...:shrug:
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    Just to get things straight, the "lowrider look" is the furthest deviation from this plan. I just looked at my street rod chassis and it has 265/55/17's on 9.5" wheels. A little narrower, an .75" taller, but a 1/2 " narrower wheel (seems all relative to me)
    You decide if it looks lowrider
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    That door panel is badass!
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    Thanks! I wondered if anybody was gonna notice it. I made a custom one out of a flat fox door panel backer board and a 65 pony mustang center section. Required that I move the door handle and the supporting structure back and down about 6", power window switches are relocated to the console. I ordered the seat belts today, (all that was stopping me from putting the interior back in), It's totally redone in mach1 upholstery in the same colors as the door panel.
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    I think it looks good mike! :nice:
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    Thanks to everybody for the kind words. Like it says,..It's finally coming together. However I'm spending waay too much money Wayy too often! I hate the part where it actually starts to look like a car and the rational part of your brain decides to go on vacation. (my wife would have a STROKE if she only knew) :nono:
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    Nope. THAT is perfect. THIS is a bit exhagerated, but the look I was warning to avoid by not having enough tire width...

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    I've seen 275's on a ten start to do this, guess it depends on the tire brand maybe? BTW- The door panels do look bad azz.:nice:
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    I have 285's on a 10" rim and I am not tubbed.

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