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Engine Completion and First Start Mach1 Mustang

Engine Completion and First Start Mach1 Mustang

I wanted to share some of the photos and the first start experience of this fully custom built 302 by yours truly. This engine started life as a Ford Explorer engine. From there I completely tore it down and rebuilt it with the highest quality components. The exhaustyou hear in the video are magnaflow straight thru mufflers. This engine build is no where near complete as I am installing the final touches and will post updates of them soon. Enjoy.

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

Mustang V8 Muscle Car Engine Build and First Start

 

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Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to Newer Style Modern VDO Gauges

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to Newer Style Modern VDO Gauges

Well after long hard thought of determining the best course of action for the Mach 1′s gauge dilemma, I decided to convert the existing center gauge pod to accept more traditional newer technology gauges. I am running with the VDO brand primarily because they match the existing Speedometer instrumentation and the bezels are shallow and do not stiuck out like a sore thumb. This was done by carefully using a dremel high speed rotary tool and etching out the center dash panel to accept a 2-1/16″ gauge. I used the backing hardware supplied with the VDO gauges to attach them securely. Checkout the video and pics.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

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Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

Mach 1 Center Gauge Conversion to VDO modern gauges.

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September 2013 Mustang High Performance Engine Build Update

September 2013 Mustang High Performance Engine Build Update

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Retro Video Throwback | The First Time I Laid Eyes On The Mustang

Retro Video Throwback | The First Time I Laid Eyes On The Mustang

Here is an interesting video I made showing the first time I saw the mustang before I purchased it from the previous owner. The video in this video was taken by him and I did a voice over.

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Cleaning Up & Painting the Mustang Engine Bay

Cleaning Up & Painting the Mustang Engine Bay

The process of cleaning up & painting the engine bay is in full swing this August. These hot months are perfect for getting really dirty & greasy here in the bay. This engine bay was full of redneck fixes and zip ties. I began the process by breaking down the grease & grime with scrubby bubbles bathroom cleaner. I then came in with the heavy hitter degreaser. Lots of rinse & repeat and elbow grease with a scrub brush was necessary to bring this 40 year old beauty back to almost new looking condition without spending thousands for a professional paint & prep. The only thing that would have made this process better was a sandblaster. Hope you enjoy the photos.

 

Cleaning Up & Painting the Mustang Engine Bay

Cleaning Up & Painting the Mustang Engine Bay

 

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The hood latch needed a bath of paint stripper and degreaser followed up by a scrub brush. 

 

Cleaning Up & Painting the Mustang Engine Bay

Cleaning Up & Painting the Mustang Engine Bay

 

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Pulleys & Brackets | CVF Racing & Their Customer Support: EXCEPTIONAL!

Pulleys & Brackets | CVF Racing & Their Customer Support: EXCEPTIONAL!

In my personal quest to build the complete pulley system for my 302 build, I have come to find out that things aren’t as easy as picking out what you need and pressing the “Order” button. There are a lot of factors that can determine bracketry and pulleys. For example, In my own personal experience I made the mistake of ordering random alternator brackets off of eBay because they said they fit a 302. Upon arrival, they were mis-machined and did not include the correct hardware. I also ordered a power steering pump bracket in billet and upon arrival, it was not for my new Saginaw style pump….

After much frustration, I was lucky enough to stumble upon CVF Racing’s website. Their site is well put together and has tons of useful photos that assist with the proper parts selection. Additionally, their customer support is super friendly and their response time for me was less than 10 minutes from my first email to them. They informed me that some of the parts that I had ordered (I was rushing) might not fit and they wanted additional details. I provided photos and info and they got my order right!

Here are a few problems I ran into while building my system:

  • When using a Saginaw style pump, make sure you order a pulley that is for a keyway and not press-fit. Most aftermarket Saginaw’s will be keywayed.
  • Make sure you pay close attention to the lower radiator host location on your water pump. This makes a difference when it comes to proper pulley selection.
  • Notes from CVF:

    The lower radiator hose tells us whether your water pump is 5.7″ tall or 5.42″ tall and that makes a big difference in the pulleys (see attached).  It also makes a difference in the brackets because it tells me how long the spacers need to be.

  • When running a V-Belt system like mine, you need to make sure that the water pump is clockwise rotation. V-Systems will only work with clockwise rotation pumps.

Here is what I ordered: 

Crank Pulley3v
Water Pump Pulley 3V
Alternator Pulley 1V
3 Piece Pulley Kit Here SBFL33KIT-3HF
Alternator Bracket 302-ALTBRKT-D
Power Steering Bracket (Saginaw Style) 302-PSBRKT-S
Power Steering Pulley SCR2PS

CVF Racing

These guys are the best in the business

Alternator Bracket

Alternator Bracket

 

3 Piece Crank Pulley Kit

3 Piece Crank Pulley Kit

 

Power Steering Bracket Saginaw Style

Power Steering Bracket Saginaw Style

 

Alternator Bracket

Alternator Bracket

 

Power Steering Pulley

Power Steering Pulley

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August 2013 Updates and new things to come

August 2013 Updates and new things to come

Well, It’s been quite a while since we did any work on the ol’ Mach 1. I have good news. Recently (this week) I purchased a bunch of parts from Summit Racing and CVF Racing. I am going to be doing the entire pulley system within the next few weeks on the Mach 1 and also the push rod geometry. Stay tuned because I will be adding a lot of content and my thoughts on the new products.

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