My 1988 Mustang GT 5.0

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Well as I'm sure none of you knwo right now I just bought a 1988 Mustang GT Convertible. Here is a link to the site it is on on autotrader (http://autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.jsp?car_id=192290683&dealer_id=57175710&car_ year=1988&model=MUST&bkms=1133835198623&lang=en&isp=y&start_year=1987&certi fied=&search_type=used&distance=100&make=FORD&min_price=1&sponsorModel=&add ress=20625&advanced=&end_year=1993&max_price=4500&cardist=100) . It also has a $300 Griffin racing radiator along with some other things. I bought it for $2800. It has a few imperfections and a few things need fixing but thats what i got you guys for! To help me out finding out wat needs done and the parts.

First off it passes inspection and is fine in that department, the seats are leather and cracked and worn out and currently have covers over the seats, so I'd like to get some decent seats that aren't TOO much. BUT I was also wondering about getting a 3, 4, or 5 point racing harness as well. I know this is a decent amount of money but I want to limit the spending on the harness and 2 seats to a maximum of about 500$, now it is an '88 and I have heard the racing harness would have to be installed on it and I was wondering with my budget if that was feasibly for any point racing harnesses. If not I will just go with some regular nice comfotable racing seats.

The next thing I plan on doing is getting a full cat-back exhaust with 3'' pipes, I will also have to have a place cut out the holes for the exhaust because it has an exhaust that bends down and no holes. I am willing to spend the money I have to to get a decent quality sound and exhaust system so any suggestions are welcome.

The last thing for now that I will be planning on doing soon is a new bigger intake system, partly because of the bigger exhaust and help the car breathe better. I am also willing to spend a decent amount of money on this to get a good, quality intake system.

Other than that it just has a cheap cd player which is prolly about as far as sound will go because I'm not worried about that and eventually some nice wheels.

The car has new tires and many new parts including that radiator I mentioned and after investing some money in these 3 things I will be satisfied for awhile. The oil currently in it is a mix of normal and synthetic, and it has some appec wires I believe. Any help on any of these things are very appreciated!

posted by  Pythias

CONGRATS MAN! it's a great looking car and you'll definetly make it 10x better than it is right now :clap: :thumbs:



:smoke:

posted by  95civicdima

Nice car, never minded the 5.0L Mustangs. I think your best bet for the racing seats/harness' would be ebay, not sure if you really care about well known (expensive) brands, but you can get a cheap set of seats on there. How much you looking to spend in total for all the things you want for the car? (approximately).

posted by  car_crazy89

Dont mean to be rude, but $2800? Is that CDN? That's abnormally high (in USD) for an 88 GT convert in that condition even with only 126k miles. You can pickup early 90's GT verts for about $2000-$2500 in similar condition with the same miles. The asking price of $4500 is plainly absurd though, so at least you got it down to a more real-world figure. But really it's only worth about $2k at the most when it comes down to it. So what gives?

I just ran it through kbb and it says it's worth $1250 PPV. :ohcrap:

posted by  thunderbird1100

I did a search around my area, that is a good price for it. KBB is NOT accurate within over 10 years ago maybe less. Look on autotrader around ym area, most cars are around 160-200k miles for around 3500-5000$ I got a good price. 4500 is what they had INVESTED into the car including the tires paint job wheels and everything else.

Being able to find what I got for the price your saying is about impossible I have been looking for around 6 months and I KNOW THIS.

Please I do not want to argue about this I am VERY happy right now with my purchase I got a good deal on it. This is the car I have wanted from before I got my license, I got it now and thats that.

Also, you got any recommendation on the kind of racing seats?

EDIT: Also 1988 was my birthday year thats why I wanted 1988.

posted by  Pythias

Approximately? I do not know, as time progresses I will let you know BUT I want some quality things for the performance stuff, for the seats, brands I do not care much about, are seats easy to install? I really do not have much hands on car expeirience AT ALL. I have some tools but how hard would it be?

posted by  Pythias

For a Mustang:

http://search.ebay.ca/search/search.dll?sofocus=mppf&sbrftog=1&catref=C12&f rom=R10&sbrbin=t&satitle=racing+seats&sacat=6000%26catref%3DC6&fsop=3%26fso o%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search&fgtp=&fmmk=ford&fmmd= mustang&fylo=&fyhi=&mppfQy=racing+seats&mppf=Show+Items&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D 3&sadis=200&fpos=k9h4l8&sascs=2&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=

Or less specific:

http://motors.search.ebay.ca/racing-seats_Automotive_W0QQcatrefZC12QQfromZR 8QQfrtsZ150QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ3QQsacatZ6000QQsascsZ2QQsbrbinZt

As far as I know, you are able to get racing seats that are just bolt ins (where the stock seats bolt in). You shouldn't have too hard of a time with that, but I'm not sure about the placement of the belt/harness.

posted by  car_crazy89

I was thinking about seeing if I could just get the seatbelts and racing seats for now without the full Roll Cage and Racing Harness but someone said that would be dangerous if in a wreck is this true or can I get the seatbelts and Racing seats for now and they work together fine without the Racing Harness and all?

posted by  Pythias

Well I just took a quick look on Google and found atleast one site that sells Racing seats that say you can use either your stock seat blets OR a racing harness, so I'm guessing it's safe to stick with the stock belts until your ready to get a harness.

http://www.3sxperformance.com/seats.asp

posted by  car_crazy89

I see, thanks for the info, on another site I'm apart of a guy recommended this roll bar http://www.safedrives.com/proddetail.asp?prod=SW8ptRollBar
only around 170 prolly 200 with shipping but not you have to wonder about installment...

posted by  Pythias

Those are a little expensive although. But for racing seats that are capable of having racing harnesses they must have those holes, am I correct? So I most likely will be dishing out some money which I don't mind but fomr what I know those seats are near top of the line I believe.

posted by  Pythias

Doesn't sound too bad, but installation might be alittle harder without some experienced help, might not even be too hard to install though since it'll already be sized and everything.


I also found this on another site and thought I should post this also:

http://www.statikdesign.com/scratchbuilt/interior/seats.html

But with even say the roll bar you posted, then you should be able to install a harness and it won't cost TOO much more (if the bar is around $200). Guess that's something you'd have to ask the seller of the seats before you buy if possible (if they can be used with stock seatbelts).

posted by  car_crazy89

Well I found these seats that a guy recently bought 200$ for the pair of APEX seats, I think those are what I'll get! http://www.corral.net/forums/showthread.php?p=5445536#post5445536

posted by  Pythias

They don't look too bad.... and for a pretty good price I must say. ALso if you notice, they still had the stock belts in the car lol. I think they'd look good with your car.

posted by  car_crazy89

I wasnt trying to start an argument, just asked a question. I guess tihngs are different down here than up there, you can get 90-93's for $2k and under no problem down here. That's why I raised the question. Kbb tends to be accurate for non-rare cars most of the time.

posted by  thunderbird1100

Sorry I didn't mean to jump on you, I wasn't tryin to, just tryin to explain everythin fully

posted by  Pythias

Sweet deal man, welcome to the Ford Family. Yeah, the economy is definitely different down there. Here in the North East, you would be hard pressed to find a convertible in that nice condition for less than $4K. The demand is big and most people beat them into the ground, wreck them, or they rot out after many years of rain, snow and rock salt. If you find a mint bone stock early '90's Fox body around this way with under 100k miles, you'd better expect to pay well over $11K. Clean '93 Cobra's that are completely original and unmodified in any way are going for almost $20k. Of course it's near impossible to come across these cars in such condition in my neck of the woods.

I would say good luck with it. PM me and I'll give you some websites that are excellent for Mustang owners.

posted by  Sick88Tbird

Yup I know man trust me I been looking, I get to pick it up in prolly 2 weeks, I wil have the rest of the 300$ I still owe and I will have a nice long cruise home after I buy it. There are a FEW imperfections, but nothing Too major, it's been through inspection down here, VERY RIGOROUS. And once I fix those few little things, new seats, engine rebuild prolly, n then my favorite, either a nice X-pipe or H-pipe and the loudest, best sounding exhaust I can find. I want it to really rumble though.

The imperfections are as follows
-Needs sunvisors, I believe I have found those
-The window is a little off from the door, it's hard to explain like theres a littl rectangle spacing going up and down, but Imma get that fixed, supposedly a common problem on them.

Other then that it's about perfect. Nice 300$ brand new Griffin Racing radiator and some new tires.

posted by  Pythias

Dont waste your money on buying fancy Sparco, Bride, or Cobra seats etc. Instead just get the ones already in the car reupholstered. As for racing harnesses....go Simpson. Then theres the whole cat back exhaust deal....I really think you should just go full exhaust but w/e. For cat-backs', Magnaflow is your best with V8 cars. Cold air intake...I have one word for you...well...actually three letters - BBK.

posted by  SlipKnoT

How much is it to have them reupholstered? I have heard that it is quite expensive. And what exactly do you mean by whole exhaust? I believe thats what I am going to do, isn't full exhaust an x-pipe or h-pipe with a muffler? As for cold air intake I get 5.0 mustang & super fords every month and they just did a performance and price comparison, trick flow was by far the best deal for money and performance.

posted by  Pythias

Unless you plan on racing it, I wouldn't suggest racing seats (heard that they are not very comfortable)...Congrats on the car though...again :smoke:

Sounds like you've got some good ideas for the car :thumbs:

BTW Slipknot, where were you?

posted by  chris_knows

Thanks, man, and yes I will do some more research before I confirm buying the racing seats, it's just that the seats in it are about done so I need to do somethin about that.

posted by  Pythias

WELLL I "took off" schooltoday and got it. Was liek a 4 hour drive home, freaking awesome I love the car. It's not perfect, (but what used car is) it runs great though and I love the automatic overdrive. I can cruise at 65mph at exactly 1800RPM thats it. Pretty nice, I love the car though, feels like my first REAL car. And in the following months I will be doing the mods to add that extra 125hp to the crank to reach the goal of 300rwhp. Anyway I'll have pics up tomorrow or in a few days because it is raining, and tonight I got home at 9:10, anyways I'm physched! :mrgreen:

posted by  Pythias

Congrats, bro :thumbs:

Can't wait for the pics :hi:

posted by  chris_knows

Thanks, they won't be amazing quality though because our stupid didgital camera doesn't zoom in or out anymore :screwy: I guess it just decided to stop working lol.

posted by  Pythias

Pics, and more will be added in a few minutes. *WARNING* Not 56k user-friendly. So if anyone knows how to size them down, I'd appreciate it lol. WOW nvm kinda dumb tonight lol I'll resize them all on imageshack, so once I get my register in the e-mail I'll get them up ASAP at a good size. :mrgreen:

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/8043/mustang12ll.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=mustang12ll.jpg)

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9649/p10100531wz.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100531wz.jpg)

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/8336/p10100549ro.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100549ro.jpg)

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/5278/p10100582ei.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100582ei.jpg)

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/8429/p10100576vb.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100576vb.jpg)



http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3636/p10100552sc.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100552sc.jpg)

Mad photoshop skillz right hurr yo, lol.
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/6255/p10100592aj.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100592aj.jpg)

posted by  Pythias

She's beautiful :hi: Congrats on the new ride :thumbs:

But I'd suggest whiting out the numbers in the license plate...

posted by  chris_knows

Lol, in the process, but I knew you'd be about the only one on here to see them, and I know how much you love pictures :-D

posted by  Pythias

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/7751/p10100621vh.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100621vh.jpg)

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9420/p10100654nw.th.jpg (http://img4.imageshack.us/my.php?image=p10100654nw.jpg)

All done for now.

posted by  Pythias

That would be sweet, cruising with the top down...How about some interior shots? :smoke:

posted by  chris_knows

Interior isn't much to look at, jsut some seat covers over the gray cracked leather. In about 1 month or so depending on how much the dealership costs me to fix the small quarter windows in the back and ym driver's side door lock, I'll have the 550$ I am spending on some Apex Racing seats with the 4 point racing harness. Of all the options this is the way I am going. After that do some small maintenace things, and I have already ordered and K & N Air filter. Once those thing's are done I'll do a little performance. Ram Air intake 70mm throttle body, Trick Flow Intake manifold, CAI, Xpipes with cats, and a nice exhaust.

posted by  Pythias

Bumping this so my nooblet friend can see it.

posted by  Pythias

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