More stuff done

It’s been a while since my last update.  My mom and bro came down over labor day weekend.  We got the old engine out of the Mustang and a few things done on the focus.   About a week or so later I ended up buying a new tool box so that Mike can have his old top box back.  I’ll end up using the bottom box as a welding cart.  Should make it easier to move around with the AHP.

Over this past weekend I bought some ramps and a few things needed to change the oil in the truck.  The ramps from O’Reilly’s are great and highly recommended.  They are some type of plastic material but it held the truck great.  They do tend to slide so definitely kick them up under the tire pretty well before ya go up on em.

Yesterday I decided to start eliminating engine bay wiring.  I took out the MSD 7AL-2, the extra wiring for that, the headlight harness, starter wiring, solenoid, coil, airbag sensors, etc.   There is still a bunch to do but I’ll have to get the transmission out before I can do the rest.   Once all of that is done I’ll start cleaning up the holes in the engine bay and inner fenders.   Also, I decided that I’m going to go with Haltech for engine management.  I like the MSPNP a lot but there’s no point in using the nearly 30 year old wiring harness.  The Haltech will come with everything I need and will offer all the support options I’ll probably ever need.  Once funds are freed up I’ll get all that going.

So, the fofo is about done.  Just needs the following:  1) Finish installing support bearing (need a nut) and oil pan,  2) install SVT header and flex pipe, 3) get the radiator & lower support put in correctly, 4) go back over everything and tighten bolts/nuts, 5) get/install new sway bar endlinks.  Since the weather is getting cooler I should have plenty of opportunities to finish it up without dying from the heat.

Soo, that’s it for now. 

Stuff was done.

Well, I ended up getting a few things done.  

This was Wednesday afternoon

My brother has decided to come down to pick up some parts.  Knowing that I’ll have to use the same cam (short block I bought has a solid roller and my heads are setup for hydraulic roller), I figured I’d get ready to pull the engine so we can get the cam out.  Took off the fiberglass front end and upper intake (and throttle body) on Wednesday.  Today I tackled taking off the rest of the stuff.  

As you can see in the pictures below, I removed the lower intake, rockers, lifters, and pushrods.  When I removed the lower intake there were 2 bolts on the passenger side that were pretty damn loose.  I’m sure I was losing some boost pressure there.

After we get that engine out I get to start the fun.  I plan to have a mostly shaved engine bay and to redo a lot of the wiring/routing of wires.  I’m sick of having something that doesn’t look clean at all – see first pic.  We did it that way to get it to the track and now it’s time to do it “right”.

The last picture is the new short block.  I’ll get some pics of the mocked up setup once the old engine is gone and I can get some dowel pins for the heads.  While the engine is out I’ll also check out a few things with the transmission and try to move the dipstick a little bit.  That thing presses right up against the valve covers so it HAS to be transferring heat from the downpipe.  The downpipe also touches the valve covers.  That’ll be fixed as well.

Anyway, enjoy the pics.  Also, send me a text or email letting me know there is someone actually reading.  If no one does, I’ll just keep move this to a computer in the house so I don’t have to pay for hosting anymore.

What’s this beast?!

Adding to the arsenal

Welp, I’ve gotten fairly decent at using .023 and .030 wire doing MIG welding. I can definitely make some stuff stick as evidenced by the crap I’ve done over the last few weeks. Just practicing spot/plug welds and running some lap joints, t-joints, and butt joints.. on 22g and 16g sheets.. and on both the metal will tear before the welds come loose. So that’s good. I did burn through a number of times on 22g, so I’m no expert yet lol.. I also had to buy more gas so I went to AirGas and got an 80cu/ft bottle of C25 and a 40cu/ft bottle of straight argon.

Straight argon?? Why?

Well there’s one key issue with using a MIG welder that doesn’t tell you the exact amperage (Hobart Handler 190).. you don’t have a clue what actual amperage you’re using. Do it wrong and you can easily burn through any sheet metal. Sooooo last night I bit the bullet and spent more money. Based off of a bunch of youtube reviews from guys who can weld, I bought this:


This is a TIG and stick welder and has pretty high reviews from various online resources. I debated for weeks about getting something that’ll TIG weld. The thing for me is I didn’t want just a DC TIG welder. I want to be able to eventually do aluminum and stainless steel. Plus, if I ever get chromoly structural pieces in the Mustang (or Focus), it’ll only cert if done with TIG. It WILL do mild steel just fine.. but this opens up other options for me. I’ll also be able to set the amperage low enough to put in the floor pans without all BS of burning through. I’m not THAT confident with welding sheet metal yet. I’ve burned through several times practicing and don’t want it to happen on the floor pans or rocker panels.

Other news? I’m off this week. Oh, my brother is supposed to come down around Labor Day. If he does visit then we’ll be taking the heads and intake off of the old engine.. and maybe installing the new one. Probably won’t have time to do the install but I’d like to get the old one out so I can start filling in the holes in the engine bay. It’ll also help with getting the wiring cleaned up and potentially redone. 28 year old wiring can be a bitch sometimes. He’ll also be helping to get the Focus oil leaks fixed (my arms are too big) so I’m hoping to have that back on the road, naturally aspirated, shortly. If all goes well with the TIG welding, I’ll end up making a new hot and cold side for the Procharger. Then the tuning fun will begin with that. It’d be nice to have it as the daily again instead of using the truck all the time… which gets around 20-22mpg on the highway.

I guess tomorrow I’ll go get a torch. I’d messaged a guy about a roller that looks to be in much better shape, so I’ve been putting off putting in subframe connectors and such. Since he hasn’t responded with what I asked, I guess I get to put them in. The tabs on the subframe connectors won’t go around the subframes in the front because how much the metal is bent. I’ll heat up the SFC’s and bend the tabs enough to get them tacked in.. don’t want the car to go out of square if it can be prevented. Once that’s done I’ll get the rest of the floor out and wait on the AHP to come in so I can start practicing TIG stuff. I’m hoping it comes in so I can do that over next weekend, but who knows?

Maybe I’ll get good enough with this stuff to be able to quit I.T. in a few years. Again, who knows??

Stay tuned…