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    Low option 1990 LX 5 speed - electric windows and a/c is about it for options. I'm afraid to look at what the several trips being drug up that trailer has done to the subframe connectors. They were welded in many years ago. Eibach 1.5" lowering springs as I remember it. Rides ... uh... firm. Definitely not sprung for drag racing. Oh well.

    This poor car has been sitting for 12 years. I don't even what to know what the bores look like on the 342. I pulled a 302 out of a 89 Lincoln LSC to get it back on the road in 5 days, should be interesting. The LSC mill is probably a little tired, with 100k miles on it, but it will hopefully pass inspection with it.

    I didn't want to put it in 5k builds because I don't plan on it staying there. It will return to street duty as my dd. Here's the sad story today:

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    Step one - put replacement glass in RR quarter window. This is when it really lost momentum, was broken into about 11 years ago so the junkies could steal a broken radio. I hope they got busted with it.

    For SBG, yeah, I know windows don't make it faster.

    Step 1a - 302 from LSC and T5. I should probably wash it all first.

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    Harbor Freight is trying to lose the cheap orange paint=cheap chinese junk by painting it grey. lol.. they must have hired one of our old managers. We fixed reputations by renaming things. hehe.

    I'm almost positive all the sending unit / sensor stuff is exactly the same and the LSC was a SEFI deal so I'm pretty sure my harness will plug right up with no mods needed. If anybody knows different I could sure use the heads up.

    A small village of field mice moved into the trunk, maybe step 1b involves vacuum cleaner. The T5 is sitting behind / under all the crap in the corner. I screwed up the neutral gate switch many moons ago so I'm hoping the A9L doesn't care as long as the clutch is down. I don't think I have ever started a manual trans car without the clutch depressed anyway.
    Last edited by Beagle; September 4th, 2012, 03:02 AM.
    Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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    Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

    The car that revived hot rodding. Have fun!
    Michael from Hampton Roads

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    • #3

      Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

      Yes, all the engine sensors are the same as the Mustang. The shortblock in my Ranger started in an LSC. The injector harness is different from a Mustang piece, it is missing the dash coolant temp circuit, dash oil pressure circuit, and O2 sensor ground circuit.
      Small details but they are of note if you're leaving the upper intake on there. So you'll want to splice into the engine harness and add a ground for the O2s. It's orange at the salt and pepper shaker, goes to pin 49 of the ECU if you want to double check it's location.

      My LSC also had a giant alternator with external regulator.

      Not sure which side of the connector this is...
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      Last edited by Teddyzee; September 4th, 2012, 06:21 AM.
      1997 Ranger 5.0L HO, GT40 heads/tubular intake, 65mm TB, 1.7rr, B303, Tri-Y headers, dual 2.5" exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers, T5 trans, Tri-Ax shifter, CenterForce Dual Friction clutch, 8.8 Traction Lok 3.55 gears, Cobra 13" front brakes, Cobra 11.65" rear discs.
      1997 Mustang GT
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        Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

        ....and you already had a notch - I'm beginning to feel good about my collection

        I'm a fan of windows, it keeps the 40* temps outside.... yes, it's 40* the day after Labor day
        Doing it all wrong since 1966

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          Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

          What's the skinny on the 347?

          I'd squirt some oil in the bores, turn it over by hand a couple of times and let it rip. Never know, it might run fine or smoke like a steel mill in China. I'd certainly check it out before diving into an engine swap unless it is a known problem.
          Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
          1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
          1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
          1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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            Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

            Thanks guys, I have the original injector harness and alternator, good call, thanks Teddy!

            On the 342, good question James. Not sure I have enough cam for it, I put it together being told 10.5:1 before I knew to measure stuff a dozen times. It is a CHP streetfighter, new block. I'm not sure if they cut the deck or if it's in the hole. (embarrassed)

            I may take a quick look at it but it's not really wired so either way is not all that big deal. I figured the 302 could be a no brainer and I wouldn't even have to swap fuel pumps. I'm flat out of time, and it needs to be inspected. I'm not sure how close it will be with an E-cam in a 10.5:1 (or more) mill, untuned A9L. If I can get that done I'll worry about making it go faster (probably 4.10's first thing.)

            On a positive note, I have tags, it's insured now, and it's getting keys.
            Last edited by Beagle; September 4th, 2012, 09:14 AM.
            Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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              Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

              I figured getting it inspected might factor into the equation somewhere. Good luck!
              Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
              1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
              1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
              1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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                Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

                Wait - what plan are you on now?
                There's always something new to learn.

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                  Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

                  Wait - what plan are you on now?
                  Project Blender!!! Put three cars in a blender, puree, and pour out one finished one! If all else fails, you can make Margaritas!

                  Life is short. Be a do'er and not a shoulda done'er.
                  1983 Mustang GT 545/552/302/Turbo302 http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...485-bbr-s-83gt
                  1973 F-250 BBF Turbo Truck http://www.bangshift.com/forum/forum...uck-conversion
                  1986 Ford Ranger EFI 545/C6 https://bangshift.com/forum/forum/ba...tooth-and-nail

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                    Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

                    I was just thinking, 'I wonder how many project car threads Beagle has made........................in the last three months'
                    Last edited by TheSilverBuick; September 4th, 2012, 01:00 PM.
                    Escaped on a technicality.

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                      Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

                      I was just thinking, 'I wonder how many project car threads Beagle has made........................in the last three months'
                      EXACTLY! I immediately thought the same thing.
                      I'm still learning

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                        Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect




                        I can't wait to meet you, look for me in the Silver Skylark
                        Escaped on a technicality.

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                        • #13

                          Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

                          just keep swimming, just keep swimming......
                          Charles

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                          • #14

                            Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect




                            I can't wait to meet you, look for me in the Silver Skylark
                            Does that mean he'll be driving his Chevy van on drag week?
                            Doing it all wrong since 1966

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                              Re: 1990 Mustang LX - project neglect

                              it's an S10, and I want the green ball. :P
                              Flying south, with a flock of bird dogs.

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