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    I am blown away by this build. Best build thread i have read all year.
    Congratulations on all your hard work paying off, good for you!
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    Excellent build! A Coyote with an '03+ frame is my panther dream build. Any pictures of the finished product on the modified headers?
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    Wow! Just freakin wow!!!

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    You always said you'd hang onto this wagon, and this just proves your dedication to it.
    Can't wait to ride in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    I am blown away by this build. Best build thread i have read all year.
    Congratulations on all your hard work paying off, good for you!
    Thanks, glad you like it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Giraffe View Post
    Excellent build! A Coyote with an '03+ frame is my panther dream build. Any pictures of the finished product on the modified headers?
    I will grab you some, the headers are buried under piles of stuff right now. Just image a 03+ 2v 4.6 header but with coyote flanges, nothing special. It's not the ideal combo (the primaries are way too small for this build), but it's the best I can do reasonably.

    Quote Originally Posted by packman View Post
    Wow! Just freakin wow!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by a_d_a_m View Post
    You always said you'd hang onto this wagon, and this just proves your dedication to it.
    Can't wait to ride in it.



    Finally got the core support modified and installed in the wagon. Was hoping to get it done last weekend, but due to a nasty as hell storm with 70mph+ winds, I was too busy cutting up all the dead ash tress that kept falling on the barn.

    I started by taking a spare rust free 79-91 style core support I had laying around (another piece of the HPP box lives on!). Since I'm, running an 03+ style rad and fan, all the core support has to do now is hold up the fenders (just like the factory 03+ ones). However, they moved the mounts quite a bit inward on the 03+ rad support, so some modification was necessary.

    (this is actually the one out of the wagon but I forgot to take a pic before I started)


    First thing I did was cut off the "hoop". I also drilled out the spot welds on the factory reinforcement body mount plates and removed them. I then ground it down flat so I could fab up some plates that would allow me to move the mounts inward to where they have to be on the 03+ frame. Oddly enough, the factory 03+ core support have both the older 79-02 holes and the 03+ holes so they work good as a template.



    All the "dead ends" smoothed out and ready for it's new plate.



    Mock up phase




    One side done, working on the other



    End result




    03+ on top, my modified 89 core support on the bottom. Also, all my measurements payed off!


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    And clean, painted, and installed; pretty straight forward. I also didn't want to run the goofy large stack of washers that come from the factory, so I made some various spacers out of some scrap aluminum from work. 3/4 + 1/2" worked perfect for both sides (at least at this point, might need to adjust when it's actually a car again)







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    Wow man, you've got some serious fabrication skills! Those welds on your core support are beautiful.
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    I cant wait till its done and you are bored of it. This would be one to scoop up!

    I also didn't realize until you mentioned it in this thread (or forgot) that the HPP box met its maker.
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    Amazing fab work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera77 View Post
    I will grab you some, the headers are buried under piles of stuff right now. Just image a 03+ 2v 4.6 header but with coyote flanges, nothing special. It's not the ideal combo (the primaries are way too small for this build), but it's the best I can do reasonably.
    I know they're "nothing special". I just want to see the old man's heliarc skills!
    óJohn

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    THIS.
    IS.
    A.
    BEAUTIFUL.
    BEAUTIFUL.
    THING.

    I think I am going to cry......



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    Amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DerekTheGreat View Post
    Wow man, you've got some serious fabrication skills! Those welds on your core support are beautiful.
    There OK at best, nothing special.

    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    I cant wait till its done and you are bored of it. This would be one to scoop up!

    I also didn't realize until you mentioned it in this thread (or forgot) that the HPP box met its maker.
    This is the one I'll never sell.
    But yes, the HPP box got sold to a demo friend of mine.




    Quote Originally Posted by massacre View Post
    Amazing fab work!
    Again, it's OK at best.

    Quote Originally Posted by Giraffe View Post
    I know they're "nothing special". I just want to see the old man's heliarc skills!
    I still promise I'll grab some pics when I can.

    Quote Originally Posted by mitymerc View Post
    THIS.
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    THING.

    I think I am going to cry......
    Thanks!
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    The HPP box was a pretty shade of blue. Looked really clean too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pantera77 View Post



    This is the one I'll never sell.
    But yes, the HPP box got sold to a demo friend of mine.





    Sad face on both statements.
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    At least it will be easier to install a new heater core - LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 87gtVIC View Post
    Sad face on both statements.
    Won't make the same mistake twice. I missed that car so much that's the partial reason I ended up with the 85 tudor Grand Marq. It's the same shade of blue; HPP box 2.0 in a sense.

    I did at least save the PI blue buckets. Such a rare commodity nowadays.
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    Something I skimmed over in the first post in the thread, Zach...you mention that mice destroyed the interior. How bad is the destruction?
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    I hate mice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadget73 View Post
    I hate mice.
    If it weren't for mice, cats would have less to play with!

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