Progress Thread Just another 93 convertible project

Rogie Stone

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After a few questions on this site my 93 convertible 5.0 LX convertible project 175000 miles is about to begin.

So far double din radio installed car painted and all simple repairs have been made, every thing works except AC.
Parts that have been sourced so far are 5 lug rear disk axle ( from 95 auto ) and 5 lug hubs, spindals ( from 96 & up )with Cobra calipers and rotors.

Goal is to have reliable driver with 350 to 400 hp, how I get the HP is undecided.
Car will have a manual transmission.
Car will likely have Saleen body kit.

I am not a auto mechanic cars are a hobby to me but, I have built a couple cars before with extensive modifications.
I hope posting progress on this site will enable me to hear feed back from others who have been down a similar road and help prevent mistakes in design and execution that I have made before with other builds.

Step one will be tearing the car down. I usually just blow the thing apart, but this time I think I will start with one section at a time. In this case the rear suspension. I will be cleaning and painting the rear diff while I decide on a control arm, shock spring combo for the rear.

If I get bored before I can source the rear suspension parts I may go ahead and pull the engine. Which is a shame since the car runs so good, but has massive rear main seal leak.
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90sickfox

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I like the double din right there. Must've been a lil' bit of work.
 

Rogie Stone

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I like the double din right there. Must've been a lil' bit of work.

Yes there was actually more to it then I thought it would be.
I will come up with something to eliminate the screw holes in the radio bezel once I pull dash to mount clutch pedal.
 
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Rogie Stone

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All bushings replaced, new adjustable shocks, 1” lowering springs and 5 lug rear diff installed.
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Installed rear brakes got 255 fuel pump installed hopefully I will have time this weekend to finish installing tank and weld in the sub frame connectors
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Rogie Stone

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Installed sub frame connectors.
It was a little more difficult than I thought it would be since I did not get the car off the ground as high as I should have being that it needed to be blocked up on the suspension for this process.
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Engine and transmission out

Next will be K member and front suspension.
Seems that the most recommended K member is out of stock and won’t be available for 4 to 6 weeks.
Summit has a QA1 k member and lower control arms for 96 up spindals ( which is what I have ) in stock and I live close enough to pick it up locally.
I haven’t heard anything bad about QA1 I will go this route unless anyone has any horror stories to share.
Also can anyone recommend or have any suggestions about coil over brand, spring / shock combo, spring rate and length ?
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Pulled K member with plans on beginning front suspension work.
Decided it was more important to go head ahead and clean up engine bay and get wires in some decent looking looms.
Got the passenger side pretty much completed.
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Any one know where this vacuum line is supposed to go ?
Red vacuum line going to vacuum harness under the hood.
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Wires loomed, engine bay cleaned , k member and control arms installed, CC plates on, calipers and rotors in and coil overs in place.
By far the most time consuming part of all this work was spent on makeing clearance to fit one of the the coil over housing to the strut. The MM coil over housing would slide half way on when it was upside down, but right side up it would bind immediately. A few long hours with a file and it finally fit.

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Dash and console removed, Dash painted still prepping console and other panels for paint.
Evaporator core, heater core and fan motor replaced.
I also extended the vacuum lines a little longer because I noticed when I moved the HVAC controls below the radio for double din install the vacuum lines were a little tight.
Once I get a hold of clutch pedal and brake booster I can reinstall the dash.
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Pedels from manual , SN 95 booster and dash installed.

Running into some interface with steering column mount with the brake light switch due to the shape of the SN 95 booster push rod. I plan on modifying the wiring connector unless there is a cleaner solution that anyone knows of ( may be brake light switch connector from a different year or model ? ).

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New steering rack, intermediate steering shaft and bump steer kit installed
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I had to pull the steering shaft away from the steering column a few inches to meet the new intermediate shaft. Dose anyone know how far this shaft will pull out before being in danger of coming uncoupled from the steering column ? ( picture with red arrow )

Also I have never used a u joint style intermediate shaft before. Is it a common practice to run a bead of weld or install tension pins to keep the intermediate shaft from collapsing instead of only depending on the set screws ? ( picture with blue arrow)
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I used the MM steering shaft, and it’s welded in those areas vs the set screws. That alone was one of the reasons I preferred to use it
 

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I’m looking to buy a rack and pinion and steering shaft ... is it 15 to 1 ... and if you don’t mind did you buy it online if so from what company..... Thanks