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    Default Project Crowdmower : Ford Chassis, Chevy Motor, and Nissan Transmission

    Well, this is my newest project. If you knew me personally this is quite left field, and i even surprised myself honestly lol.

    Id originally set out to purchase a budgie wrx to build for 1/4 and 1/2 duties after parting out my 240 project, however while eating lunch after cars and coffee with a few friends i asked my buddy about his new edge mustang. He'd pulled the original 4.6 out of it to Ls swap it, but found a fox body chassis and picked up and is now doing the swap in it. So i made him an offer and well now i own a mustang haha

    Purpose and goals behind this car are simple. It will be a base and tool to learn how to assemble a short block and hone my skills doing so. And i very good way to prove and test such work is to make it go really really fast.

    Regarding speed my goals are

    150MPH in the 1/4

    200MPH in the 1/2 mile

    Beat 1/2 mile stick shift record

    As of current the stick shift 1/2 mile record is 221mph by a twin turbo Gallardo. Doubt id be able to beat that, as thats a 2000hp car, but without dreams and goals whats the point in even trying.

    Now onto the actual car. Its a 2002 Ford Mustang GT. Car currently has no motor or transmission. I have my Ls 4.8 left from my 240 project which will be used for the base of this build, and will eventually be replaced with a aluminum block motor in the future.

    I will be running a manual Nissan CD009 transmission form a 06+ 350z. To mate the trans to the Ls ill be using a Collins adaptor plate (which is a beautiful piece)
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    Ive still yet to get the chassis to my house as I'm super busy with side work. Currently a short block swap on a wrx and rust repair and paint job on an ae86. However this past weekend i was able to pull the motor out, clean it real good, and throw some parts on it that came in the other day to see how it will look.

    Before i how the pics let me lay out my gameplay for the car. Current 4.8 will be run NA and i will sort out al the kinks and issues i may run into when i first getting it running. Drive it NA for a bit while i collect turbo parts on the side. Once i have all the turbo parts those will be out on to the stock 4.8 and run it at about 650-700whp. Hopefully i can have this setup up and running by tx2k17.

    Once turbo setup is on stock 4.8, i will start collecting parts to put together a built short block so i can really crank up the power. Expected whp on the built motor is likely to be in the 12-1400 hp range, depending on what turbo and how efficient my setup is.
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    Had some fresh parts roll in today while i was at work, so naturally of course i had to have a mock up session. Im super stoked on how simplistic the motor is going to look. The only thing driven off the crank pulley will be the alternator. I will have no AC, a manual steering rack, and a electric water pump. So i will have very minimal external drag on the motor. aka MOAR POWWAAA

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    **** to say this, but I expected you to not finish the 240sx v8 swap. It's the S13's curse. Many people start a project, few finish.

    Looking forward to this, I've always been a big fan on the new edge sn95's. My buddy JP has a 600rwhp stock block whipple terminator, it's real fun and spins slicks in 2nd. Can't wait to see this. Are you going to go with IRS or stick with the solid beam?

    Check out the FR500, ford did some interesting aerodynamic stuff to get it to have a higher top speed.

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    Ill be perfectly honest, the s13 got way outta hand. Thats the reality of the snowball effect lol

    As for the mustang, ill be staying 4 link with the 8.8. Will upgrade axles and go spool, diff ring and pinion ratio etc. Its a proven setup that works, no need to switch to IRS.

    As for the FR500 ill have to take a look into it, thanks for the heads up.

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    I'm one of those drag addicts... and your project is a yeeeey!<
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    Im not sure I like any mustang owner till right now....

    Your photos are Gorgeous btw.

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    yeehaw. Can't wait to see the Collins adapter plate in use. Do you have to chop up the CD009 Bellhousing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superturbodiesel.com View Post
    I'm one of those drag addicts... and your project is a yeeeey!<

    Quote Originally Posted by kyle55553 View Post
    Im not sure I like any mustang owner till right now....

    Your photos are Gorgeous btw.
    Aawww thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by nsogiba View Post
    yeehaw. Can't wait to see the Collins adapter plate in use. Do you have to chop up the CD009 Bellhousing?
    Its a gorgeous piece. Its a shame it will be under the car where none will see it. And yes the bellhousing needs to be cut off the trans. That will be done in a week or two.

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    As soon as you started removing literally every factory piece of stiffening from the s13 chassis, I knew that project would never be finished. I'm glad to see your plan of attack is a little more realistic this time around.

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    Yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_Haz.:R32 View Post
    As soon as you started removing literally every factory piece of stiffening from the s13 chassis, I knew that project would never be finished. I'm glad to see your plan of attack is a little more realistic this time around.
    Yeaaahhh, got a bit carried away with it. Part of it was i finally had my own garage to work in and i now owned two cars so i didnt have to worry about working on it and getting it driveable by a certain time when i was only building one car. Live and learn




    Also fear not on the ride height. After she is up and running the next plan of action is new axles, ring and pinion, few suspension pieces and new coilovers all round. She should be 1-2'' lower from how she sits in those pics. Currently the car has some sorta sleeves and springs up front and the rear springs are 1 coil cut off (actually a good setup for drag mustangs, id leave them but i want height adjustability along with being able to adjust preload, corner balancing etc.)

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    I know the feeling man, it's easy to get lost in the build, especially when there's really no deadline to complete it. I'm looking forward to seeing this car put down some nice times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_Haz.:R32 View Post
    I know the feeling man, it's easy to get lost in the build, especially when there's really no deadline to complete it. I'm looking forward to seeing this car put down some nice times.
    Me too. Hoping right off the bat i can run 11s. Motor should hopefully be putting down anywhere from 375-400.

    And once turbo setup goes in 7-800 on the stock long block while i build a motor on the side.

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    That's a good plan. I feel like any build that can be done in stages is bound to turn out better. If you can swap a motor into a chassis and get it running properly and work out any kinks, it gives you a solid platform to build on. I feel like 11s are quite attainable with your initial setup. Especially because it looks like you'll have plenty of tire to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_Haz.:R32 View Post
    That's a good plan. I feel like any build that can be done in stages is bound to turn out better. If you can swap a motor into a chassis and get it running properly and work out any kinks, it gives you a solid platform to build on. I feel like 11s are quite attainable with your initial setup. Especially because it looks like you'll have plenty of tire to work with.
    Yeah current tire are 275/65/15 NItto 555Rs on 15x10s. Should be enough for some good launches NA. Once turbo they will be useless. Plan is 15x12 and 28x13.5x15 slicks for turbo setup. i have zero intetnion of messing with the 10.5 small tire classes. Dont want to crutch myself in the traction department just for a certain class.

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    We had some prime weather this past end of the week. Had a cool front come through and it was perfect work outside weather

    Took the little man outside with me one day. He loves hanging out in the garage with me.

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    I pulled the bell housing out (from an 98-02 camaro per Collins Adaptors) and gave it a good cleaning. Im still waiting on some awesome when acid cleaner to come in through work, stuff makes aluminum damn near look new, but this will do for now for cleaner handling. I picked this one up cheap as i knew it had a crack in it. Should be an easy fix. drill a hole at the end of the crack and TIG it up. FYI if anyone knows what grade aluminum this is that'd be great, so i can know what filler rod to use when welding it



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    After cleaning the Bellhousing i decided to through it and the adaptor on there just tp see how it would look, cuz who doesn't love mockups lol Its a shame this adaptor will never been seen, as its a lovely piece. Love me some billet cmc parts



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    AT this point i had to take a break and get some actual side work done, as thats whats largely funding this project at the moment. Relipped a set of weds from 19x9.5 to 19x13. They still look small next to my 18x15s, which will be shipping out shortly.


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    After the wheels were done i cut the stock bell housing off the CD009 trans. Im to the point from cutting up friends cars i dont even blink at eye cutting up a trans. Still not sure if thats a good or bad thing?

    Anyway. It was fairly straight forward. I cut a little less than the directions said as i wanted as tight of a fit to the adaptor as possible.

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    Really nice wheels, and build.

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    I like this build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiegoMasid13 View Post
    Really nice wheels, and build.
    Thanks!
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    I like this build.
    Trade you for the Murci' when its done

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    too much excite.
    stanceworks: I don't really fit in.

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    Really cool build. In for progress.

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    I agree with everyone else, I like this. That title though, LMAO!


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    phery phwell...

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    When I first read "Crowd Mower" I was actually thinking of a Honda with a Mustang engine or a Mustang with a souped-up honda engine....
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    Quote Originally Posted by loekaaz View Post
    When I first read "Crowd Mower" I was actually thinking of a Honda with a Mustang engine or a Mustang with a souped-up honda engine....
    I mean, you went too far off haha

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    Love the car. And the plans.

    Quick question. Is there a benefit to using the Nissan tranny. Or is it more of just 'cause you had it'


    Ohhh. Love the wheels.

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