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Week To Wicked, Day 3: Installing the Engine, Transmission, and Measuring the Driveshaft in our 1990 Fox-Body Mustang
Bolting the supercharger to the small-block bullet and dropping it into our Week To Wicked 1990 Mustang
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We stayed a little bit later than usual last night here in the Santa Ana shop, making sure all of the Maximum Motorsports ( ) suspension was installed and dialed in, then spent the first half of today dressing the Ford Performance Parts ( ) X302E 302ci crate engine with its accessories and the Vortech ( ) supercharger. Once the blower, Pypes ( ) headers, alternator, power steering pump, and a/c compressor were bolted in place and the belt secured, we used our trick new Snaptrac crane apparatus to lower the engine into the Fox body's previously painted engine compartment, and that's when it got real—this is going to be one nice Mustang!
The next step was lifting the Performance Automatic () 4R70W automatic transmission into place, using a Stiffler's tubular trans crossmember and Energy Suspension (EnergySuspension.com) bushings. The Stiffler's ( ) crossmember has an integral driveshaft loop, so if the worst should happen and the front U-joint breaks under all the power, the driveshaft will neither dig into the ground (pole-vaulting the car) or come crashing through the trans tunnel and pummeling the driver.
With the engine and trans in place, it was time to install the complete Pypes bolt-on exhaust system. The Pypes kit we used features the company's stainless steel shorty headers that lead into the X-pipe with catalytic converters (part number XFM30E). It's a 2.5-inch mandrel-bent system made in 409 stainless steel (304 stainless for the converters) and is EPA compliant. Aft of the X-pipe and cats was part number SFM13V cat-back system with 2.5-inch tips, with the Race Pro mufflers to give the Mustang a good bark to match its bite.
Once the exhaust was buttoned up, we set the rearend at right height to measure for the driveshaft length. Driveshaft Shop will then build us a driveshaft at the correct length and have it here on Friday. Once we had the measurement, the car was lowered on the hoist to finish the fuel line plumbing in the engine bay, and that's the point we called it for a night.
Check back in tomorrow when we dive inside the car and install the interior, gauges, stereo and more, and then Friday when we fire this bad boy up.
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