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Freshmeat
03-29-2006, 11:21 PM
Okay, guys. I haven't wanted to do my own Reader's Rides thread until my junk was running. Well... it's running. I'm still fine-tuning the minor issues and whatnot associated with converting both an engine and a transmission platform at the same time, but I finally feel like it's almost worth displaying.

I bought the wagon late in the summer of 2001. I had totalled my 4.6 1996 Thunderbird LX and my parents told me to save my own money if I wanted to have another car. So... I became a workaholic and saved every penny I could so I could buy a Mustang in time for school.

I had everything lined up for a 1988 Mustang coupe. My mom was giving me Hell about it, but what was she going to do? It was my money. The only reason I'd delayed is because I caught a doubt about the coupe. I mean... how was I supposed to transport all my luggage four hours away to my dorm? I thought and thought and thought and decided on an early 90s Toyota pick-up. That night, I had a dream about a huge ass station wagon that looked just so fucking clean it was ungodly. I postponed the coupe for another day, to decide whether I wanted to potentially regret purchasing a small car.

My mom called me that day, asking if I'd be open to something she didn't think I'd like. I rode out there, just to see, and there it was: an ice blue station wagon in damn good physical condition. I gave him $900 to hold it until I could get to the bank the next day and get the rest. Ended up paying $2800 for it (I know).

Fast forward...

LOTS of memories from my several attempts at college...

Memories...

Memories...

October 28, 2005:
I had noticed some funky noises coming from the engine and the ENGINE light had been intermittently turning on. I was lucky when I pushed enough oil pressure to get the light to go off. So, I parked it that night and started tearing down and researching and second-guessing the HO swap and third-guessing the HO swap then found myself so engorged in the fucking HO swap I wanted to choke myself in a puddle of stomach acid.

Fast forward...

I think I knocked out the last big issue with the HO/T5 swap tonight, which marks almost-streetability. I need to turn the upper radiator hose around (don't ask) and adjust the clutch out more and it should be good to go. So, here are some pictures. No fresh body pictures until I wash it and pick out all the leaves and crap.

You've most likely seen the body photos, but more will come ASAP.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/100_0117.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/000_0031.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/HPIM0242.jpg

Ignore the WAI- I'm working on designing a true cold air kit (that will hopefully be available for purchase, depending on what my builder says).

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/Engine/100_0246.jpg

That's it for now, kids. What do you think?

CaughtTheBug
03-29-2006, 11:37 PM
All I can say is that I am proud of you . I knew you could do it . =)

Freshmeat
03-29-2006, 11:40 PM
Today, while Landon (brother-in-law) and I were limping it home, he said, "You know... I really gotta hand it to you. I seriously doubted whether this would ever work again. You proved me wrong."

This is officially the farthest I've ever made it with a project car.

Fuck me... I just labeled it as a project car. Shit... what's next?

CaughtTheBug
03-29-2006, 11:45 PM
You next project will be the Lincoln.. :P

Freshmeat
03-29-2006, 11:47 PM
You gonna give it to me?

CaughtTheBug
03-29-2006, 11:48 PM
I dont know .. We shall see.

boXman
03-30-2006, 12:54 AM
Definately one badass wagon, man.

grandpaslincoln
03-30-2006, 05:36 AM
Lookin good, can't wait till its 100%!!!!

Grand Marquis GT
03-30-2006, 08:14 AM
Very nice!

Blaze86Vic
03-31-2006, 09:15 AM
You painted that alternator red!!??? EEEWWWWWW :lol3:

Good job, next project is a stereo system, if you want to use it as the advertyisement for a buisness, has to be all cool on all fronts. Not just one, unless your buisness is a one front buisness.

p71towny
03-31-2006, 09:24 AM
Looks great, but clean out the damn leaves:biggrin: Also, you can make a cold air intake out of what you have if you get a newer style washer resivoir and run that tube straight out to the front where the old resevoir was. Block it off and there you go.

zwack88
03-31-2006, 03:10 PM
Man that thing is a beast. I love it!

Freshmeat
03-31-2006, 08:46 PM
You painted that alternator red!!???
No, the guy who built it did. It was initially ordered for my brother's red Celica, but the housing didn't match up. My alternator went out and we had a 200amp laying around, so... sweet-talked my brother out of it for a steal of a price.

Deal with the leaves. I washed it last night, but there are still leaves on the wiper area. I'll get 'em out once it's worth spending the time.

Thanks for the props, guys. It's still a work in progress and judging by my finances, it'll be more work than progress.
:mumblingrandomswearsaboutbabysmommas:

Paul_
03-31-2006, 10:40 PM
One kickass wagon!

N A
04-01-2006, 03:52 PM
It looks good!!! :clap: Take a couple of pics of the stick and the three pedals. A short throw shifter, leather shifter boot and a "baseball" shifter knob would look SWEET!!!

When are you going to dyno it?

Freshmeat
04-01-2006, 06:19 PM
Again, thanks for the props...

It'll have a short throw base, but it'll be a long shifter. Not sure on what handle, but I'll most likely keep the "5.0" billet aluminum handle I have. I'll take some interior pictures once I get the shifter boot and the gas pedal completed, which won't be until I get the cooling issue handled.

I'll put it on the dyno after I do the 1.7 rockers and new springs. That's gonna be all the modifications for a LONG time, so I'd rather go ahead and do them before the dyno, so I'll know exactly what I'm pushing.

N A
04-01-2006, 11:54 PM
"Long shifter"??? No, no, no, use a short shifter. Can you keep the bench seat or do you need buckets?

Freshmeat
04-02-2006, 12:24 AM
I kept the buckets. I'm using a long shifter. I'm 6'4" tall, so I need to have the seat all the way back to be comfortable. A short shifter would eliminate that because I'd hardly be able to get into fifth.

Archangel
04-02-2006, 04:53 PM
Your air filter seems to be very close to the shroud opening for the fan - are you sure it alrady ain't a CAI? I'd say for no just get a heavy-duty clutch for the fan (which you should anyways), slap a shiny heat shield behind the air filter (to bounce off heat waves from the engine and to direct the cold air from the fan into the filter), and call it a day :D

Freshmeat
04-02-2006, 05:08 PM
That filter is nowhere near large enough to feed this motor. A friend and I are designing a CAI that'll take air from in front of the radiator or behind the headlight.
Heavy-duty fan clutches are loud and annoying- I'm going with electric as soon as I can afford it, so I'm not worried about that.

Oh- and I have bench seats, not buckets. Not sure why I said buckets.

85crownHPP
04-02-2006, 06:44 PM
I think the first official GMN T-5 swap desrves a stickie.

Great work mang! :china:

Freshmeat
04-02-2006, 07:37 PM
It is stuck... in the 5.0/5.8 Tech.

Thanks for teh props, again. Just gotta take care of these overheating/detonation issues before something breaks.

Grand Marquis GT
04-03-2006, 12:19 PM
Got that hurst shifter installed yet?

We want pics!

Freshmeat
04-03-2006, 07:07 PM
I still haven't even sent Scott the money. I forgot about it!

Freshmeat
04-08-2006, 04:54 PM
Okay, guys- I have video. However, there's no sound (my camera doesn't do that)... but I do have proof that it moves on its own. I had just sucked an entire bottle of Seafoam through the brake booster vacuum and moved it closer to the house so people wouldn't bitch about the smoke in the streets.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/th_100_0250.jpg (http://s15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/?action=view&current=100_0250.flv)

Grand Marquis GT
04-08-2006, 07:37 PM
Nice!!

Freshmeat
04-08-2006, 07:50 PM
It's not that cool, but it's proof that it's running. Hehehe. Runs a lot better with the thermostat and after the Seafoam treatment.

sniper308
04-09-2006, 12:10 AM
:ttiwwop:


ATT, SNIPER 308.MANG FROM THE DARK SIDE.

Freshmeat
04-09-2006, 02:08 AM
...

Freshmeat
04-09-2006, 02:29 PM
I was cleaning the interior before taking it to the carwash for the super strong vacuum and I found the old alarm remote. I threw away the shock sensor a long time ago, but the keyless entry still works. I'm gonna go to Wal-Mart and get a new battery for it, but at least I have keyless, again!

sniper308
04-09-2006, 02:30 PM
:cop: Post more pics...!NOWWWWW!


ATT, SNIPER 308.MANG FROM THE DARK SIDE.

Freshmeat
04-09-2006, 02:48 PM
Of what?

sniper308
04-09-2006, 03:28 PM
Of what?:biggrin: Of your large Panther and the mods too like I did in my thread

ATT, SNIPER 308.MANG FROM THE DARK SIDE.

Freshmeat
04-09-2006, 05:29 PM
Upon request, I snapped a few more shots of everything. I took it to the car wash today and vacuumed it out, but it's going to take a few visits to really get everything out of the carpet.

A friend rode in it today and he said, "You don't need to worry about me trying to drive it. I'm scared of this thing- I've never ridden in a real muscle car before." :biggrin:

Basic shot:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/100_0251.jpg

Doors open:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/100_0252.jpg

Again:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/100_0253.jpg

Wait- what's that in the lower right corner?:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/100_0254.jpg

Mmm... extra pedals...:
http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/100_0258.jpg

I've said it before and I'll say it again- I LOVE this thing. It's so strong and just down right fun. I can't wait until I rebuild the suspension.

grandpaslincoln
04-09-2006, 05:37 PM
:drool:

Freshmeat
04-09-2006, 05:40 PM
Now, if only I could get my local Mustang enthusiast to bring me that damn shifter bezel...

zwack88
04-09-2006, 05:44 PM
Wow man you have got skills. You did a great job. Looks really good, I'm really digging that shift knob.:coolshades:

Freshmeat
04-09-2006, 05:51 PM
Skills? All I did was swap parts around...

(but thanks)

88MercWagon
04-10-2006, 12:10 AM
Man that is awsome. I wouldn't do it with my wagon, but you've seriously got ideas swimming around in my head for a toy. Very well executed and very clean. Awsome work.

Freshmeat
04-10-2006, 12:45 AM
Thank you, sir.

On another note, Phase 1 of Operation I Hate Chrome is complete.

http://www.grandmarq.net/vb/showthread.php?t=8345

Freshmeat
04-10-2006, 12:50 AM
I forgot engine pictures!!

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/Engine/100_0259.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/Engine/100_0261.jpg

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/Engine/100_0260.jpg

Freshmeat
04-10-2006, 12:51 AM
I want to go through the engine bay and reloom all the wires. It's not HORRIBLE, but I know of all the problems and obviously, they're the first things I see when I pop the hood.

grandpaslincoln
04-10-2006, 02:55 AM
Not too bad, I got lots of wires that are hanging all over, and they are red, so they really stick out lol

N A
04-10-2006, 05:03 PM
What color are you painting the intake?

Freshmeat
04-10-2006, 05:03 PM
Painting the intake? What are you smoking?

N A
04-10-2006, 08:39 PM
Are you going to polish the intake at least? :biggrin:

Freshmeat
04-10-2006, 10:11 PM
I might. I prefer the down to Earth bad ass effect of natural aluminum. I've considered polishing, but I'm really not into any of that flashy stuff.

88MercWagon
04-10-2006, 10:26 PM
Don't polish it to a shine just get the oxidation off and maybe throw a coat of engine silver paint on it.

Freshmeat
04-10-2006, 10:32 PM
No paint! I plan to hit it with some cleaner to get the oxidation off, but I'm not painting it.

88MercWagon
04-10-2006, 10:35 PM
:brownbag:

Freshmeat
04-10-2006, 10:37 PM
What? Say it.

nitroracer
04-10-2006, 10:50 PM
Red Alternator? lol

As long as it works and runs like a raped ape who cares. My intake is about 3-4 colors.

88MercWagon
04-10-2006, 10:52 PM
Red Alternator? lol

As long as it works and runs like a raped ape who cares. My intake is about 3-4 colors.
He beat me to it

Freshmeat
04-11-2006, 12:31 AM
The red alternator was already explained in a different thread. It was initially built for my brother's red Toyota Celica, but it didn't fit right, so when my alternator went out, I used that one.

Free 200amp alternator >>>>>>>>>>>> $120 85amp replacement

The red ignition coil is a Summit brand pushing 40,000 volts.

88MercWagon
04-11-2006, 12:43 AM
Oh yea, I forgot, sorry.

sniper308
04-12-2006, 12:16 AM
The pics are nice but that engine need some cleaning and detailing Mang.


ATT, SNIPER 308.MANG FROM THE DARK SIDE.

Freshmeat
04-12-2006, 07:36 AM
I don't need to clean and detail in an attempt to make a stock engine look cool like you do. :evil:

mrltd
04-12-2006, 07:21 PM
Should get some detail pics of the mustang EGR...

Looks good man...

Freshmeat
04-12-2006, 07:25 PM
Thanks. Let's just say I'm glad the throttle cables are on the back side of the EGR. It's ugly. Very functional, but ugly. I'm planning to hunt down the Lightning spacer and grab a new throttle cable bracket at the pull apart when I get that.

sniper308
04-13-2006, 11:23 AM
I don't need to clean and detail in an attempt to make a stock engine look cool like you do. :evil::nonono: For your info FRESHMEAT my engine is not cleaned but I keep it in nice & looking good as possible but soon I will clean it deep to make it look like new and if you don't know that's manteinance too.


ATT, SNIPER 308.MANG FROM THE DARK SIDE.

85MercPark
04-13-2006, 11:29 AM
Easy boys, let's not get all worked up...

Grand Marquis GT
04-13-2006, 11:34 AM
Snipemang, he was only playin' :D

sniper308
04-13-2006, 11:38 AM
:heyhey:


ATT, SNIPER 308.MANG FROM THE DARK SIDE

FastGallopingPonies
04-13-2006, 12:04 PM
Beautiful work man. The blacked out front light bezels and the grill looks awsome. Maybe black out the chrome around the windows? not sure how it would look but... anyway awsome job.

Freshmeat
04-14-2006, 12:21 AM
Thanks, FGP. I'm gonna pull most of the chrome from the door areas, but what's mandatory to leave, well, we'll have to see. I plan to have no chrome beyond the bumpers when I get the paint work done... and most of it will NOT be painting over the chrome parts- it will be eliminating the chrome and smoothing things together.

85MercPark
04-14-2006, 08:00 AM
I saw a truck that the guy used Rhino Lining on his bumpers, looked pretty good.

Freshmeat
04-14-2006, 01:34 PM
Lots of things can be done to trucks and look good, but can't be done to wagons.

sniper308
07-06-2006, 12:16 AM
:cop: Hmmmmm, Great mang.


ATT, SNIPER 308.FAREWELL BLACKHAWK-P74 IN TERCEPTOR I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU MANG.

Freshmeat
07-06-2006, 07:50 AM
Been making more progress, will post new pictures once I'm done. The new shifter is BAD ASS (thanks, Tom!) and it's on my dad's turbines, for now. Will likely throw on the '98 GT wheels until I can swing the Cragars and a new set of tires.

Any more progress has been delayed by the upcoming purchase of a Samurai. I gotta get back on the trails...

Grand Marquis GT
07-06-2006, 09:38 AM
Pics of the Shifter?

Freshmeat
07-06-2006, 12:47 PM
Hold your fucking horses!

85MercPark
07-06-2006, 01:01 PM
https://www.jaredlee.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/TS-155-TSC-72holdyo-T.jpg

N A
07-06-2006, 05:59 PM
Hold your fucking horses!

That's not nice, we want to see the pics.

Freshmeat
07-07-2006, 08:14 AM
It's not done. Still waiting on the shifter handle to come in so I can modify it... and I still haven't ordered a shifter boot.

Freshmeat
07-26-2006, 10:58 AM
I picked up a Walbro 255lph fuel pump and some Comp Cams beehive valve springs today... free.
:D
Hope to have the pump installed and header gaskets swapped by tomorrow night. Valve springs will need to wait until I have more time to do it.

Grand Marquis GT
07-26-2006, 11:42 AM
You got a set of beehives for free?

Lucky bastard. Those things usually ain't cheap!

Oh, and make sure to have the installed height of the springs correct...

Freshmeat
07-26-2006, 11:52 AM
How do I check the installed height? These are definitely a bit taller than stockers.
They came from the guy with the Mustang shop. He said he had them for a race car he wanted to build, but said he'll never get around do it and my wagon is a much better recipient for the springs than someone else he doesn't even know.
I'm gonna have a decal made for his shop and put it on my back window. I owe him that, to say the least.

Freshmeat
08-07-2006, 08:29 AM
Before...

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/Engine/DSCN2458.jpg

Wait... what are these doing off?

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/Engine/DSCN2460.jpg

Bling bling, bitches!!

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a382/freshmeatxj/My%20Wagon/Engine/DSCN2461.jpg

Look at the meat on those springs... :drool:

mrltd
08-07-2006, 09:06 AM
Don't look very blingy....they aren't very shiny....LOL

Freshmeat
08-07-2006, 05:52 PM
Don't look very blingy....they aren't very shiny....LOL
:arg: :arg:

interceptor1985
08-07-2006, 06:42 PM
I saw the vid of your car what was up with the smoke? is everything cool or is it just oil burning off the hot stuff? Other than the smoke it was super bad ass I have allways wanted to put manual trans in the police car.

Freshmeat
08-30-2006, 05:30 PM
Sorry- didn't see this post!
The smoke is Seafoam that I ran through the vacuum system. Helps clear out the vacuum lines and the valves and whatnot.

Onto other matters...

When I installed the beehive springs I had clearance issues with the E4 aluminum valve covers, so I had to order tall covers. They came in Friday and I finally found time to install 'em today. They clear the upper just fine. There's about 1/16 of space between one of the vacuum tubes and the VC, but it clears.

...then I tore one of the upper intake gaskets. So no driving it until tomorrow.
:mad:

Pictures to come ASAP.

interceptor1985
08-30-2006, 08:13 PM
0k thank you.

85crownHPP
08-31-2006, 02:27 PM
trying to sell those old covers??? :D

Freshmeat
08-31-2006, 05:23 PM
Newp. They're going on the white wagon once I do the HO conversion. :D

Freshmeat
09-12-2006, 01:43 AM
Enter the Chronicle (http://www.grandmarq.net/vb/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=11110)

Pete organized all the threads involving this build into one massive Chronicle at my request. This thing even puts Steve's Vast Chronicle to shame...
Thanks a lot, Pete. If I can do anything to pay you back, just ask!

Freshmeat
09-17-2006, 09:14 PM
http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/mattgw86/Blue%20Wagon/th_DSCF0163.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/mattgw86/Blue%20Wagon/?action=view&current=DSCF0163.flv)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/mattgw86/Blue%20Wagon/th_DSCF0170.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/mattgw86/Blue%20Wagon/?action=view&current=DSCF0170.flv)

http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/mattgw86/Blue%20Wagon/th_DSCF0169.jpg (http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e60/mattgw86/Blue%20Wagon/?action=view&current=DSCF0169.flv)

Blaze86Vic
09-17-2006, 10:04 PM
Nice Vids!! That thing has an awesome note! And I never realized it was silver...for some reason I thought it was darker.

And where is that white smoke I was prommised??? Huh! Chicken out or something!?

Freshmeat
09-17-2006, 10:13 PM
My primary drive tire is on metal threads. Gonna swap the tires and then you'll get burnout. :D
...and before someone says it... I did not almost get hit by the Explorer. There was plenty of room... just a bad angle.

Freshmeat
09-17-2006, 10:15 PM
Oh- and it's a silver/baby blue. I think someone once referred to it as ice blue...

88MercWagon
09-19-2006, 11:11 PM
Yeaa!! Awesome vids man, that fucker is quick. What kind of exhaust are you running?

Freshmeat
09-20-2006, 07:59 AM
Thanks for the compliments, guys...

It has FRPP 'P' headers, gutted cats, and ratty Blowmasters with no tailpipes. 2.5" throughout.

gabegt90
09-20-2006, 10:10 AM
sounds kick ass matt

Freshmeat
09-20-2006, 02:51 PM
(My name's Woody.)

gadget73
09-20-2006, 04:15 PM
Looks good Bill.

mattgw86
09-20-2006, 09:03 PM
Well, I think he was complimenting my cameraman skillz.:ged:

interceptor1985
09-20-2006, 09:03 PM
killer man!!! LOL I think the squire grew up to be a knight it sounds frigging awesome and looks like the sea foam is cleared up too! looks like you got yourself a great camera man

Freshmeat
09-20-2006, 10:38 PM
Are you checking out my camera man? :bolt:

It's not a Country Squire. :D

Nathan in MI
11-02-2006, 01:49 AM
Are you checking out my camera man? :bolt:

It's not a Country Squire. :D

Now that begs the question, what's the difference between a CV wagon and a Country Squire?

Blaze86Vic
11-02-2006, 08:51 AM
Basicaly wood trim.

boXman
11-02-2006, 02:30 PM
CV wagon = base model
Country Squire = LX

interceptor1985
11-02-2006, 08:08 PM
I take it that the base model crown Vic weren't very popular then.

boXman
11-02-2006, 09:17 PM
Theres lots of 'em, sure they were.

mrltd
11-02-2006, 09:20 PM
I've seen plenty of CV wagons. They look good. I almost had one years ago. It would have been my first panther, but my GF's aunt junked it before I could get my greasy hands on it. Stupid women..

interceptor1985
11-03-2006, 08:07 PM
AAAARRRRRRG....(Charlie brown)

Freshmeat
11-03-2006, 10:36 PM
CV wagon = base model
Country Squire = LX
Mine's an LX.

mrltd
11-03-2006, 10:42 PM
Yeah, boxmang is wrong...Need to have him dig through his library of model year books to find out what the difference is other than the woodgrain.

boXman
11-04-2006, 02:10 AM
Well, I've never seen an LX wagon without wood. I guess one could be ordered without. All the plain wagons I've seen were base models.