Salvage Title Cars – The Final Chapter

Salvage Title Cars – The Final Chapter

Salvage Title Cars - The Final Chapter In our last installment "Salvage title cars – Small savings, big risk. Part 4", we review this challenging project. *Visit these links below for a detailed recap of this project. Our customer Abe is patient and trusting only hoping for his 2014 Mustang to turn out as good as new. It seems with low mileage (42,000) and a low purchase price the acquisition is a no-brainer. 754Read more …
Salvage title cars – Small savings, big risk. Part 3

Salvage title cars – Small savings, big risk. Part 3

Salvage title cars - Small savings, big risk. Part 3 (Continued from "Salvage title cars - Small savings, big risk. Part 2") So is it worth it? The saga continues with Abe's s 2014 Mustang (Salvage title cars - Small savings, big risk. Part 3). First off the computer (ECU) installed by the salvage-builder was a 40-bit verses an 80-Bit (likely from an earlier model). So, no keys purchased at the dealer for programming can be made to work because they are 80-bit keys. Because theft prevention is tied into the encryption a higher…Read more …
Mustang air conditioning

Mustang air conditioning

Mustang air conditioning: Improving classic Mustang air conditioning in a convertible is especially relevant. Specifically we use proprietary technology to create the best possible cooling and heating systems. In conjunction with our partner Wilson Imports and Domestics otherworldly repairs are performed under one roof. R-12 freon is no longer available. So an R134 A conversion is needed to fix a bad Air Conditioning system. First of all the problem with earlier ac systems is inefficiency. Gaps in the ducting. So the underpowered heater core and evaporator box including the fan system affect the…Read more …
modern Mustang versus classic restoration

modern Mustang versus classic restoration

Modern Mustang versus classic restoration Jim's Mustangs and Customs offers customers many exciting options. Our customers we refer to as "Gina" and "Stan" are the case in point. Purchasing a new Mustang is always an option. And so that brings up the question modern Mustang versus classic restoration. Gina has a recently purchased a 1973 base model convertible (her dream car).  With better brakes, more powerful sounding engine and a stronger transmission it will  be perfect. Gina wants it more reliable  smoother transmission shifts, better ride and handling. Stan wants Gina to be happy and…Read more …
Classic Mustang makeover

Classic Mustang makeover

Classic Mustang makeover: It is difficult to predict what year Mustang will come in to the shop. In this installment we are going to look at a 1973 base convertible for a Classic Mustang makeover. Like many new customers we were discovered on a Google search. Our customer had recently purchased their dream car. They wanted to do a restoration. We agreed to start with the safety and dependability items.  The 1973 would be the last of the larger Stangs.It was as well as the last convertible Mustang until 1982. To make things interesting parts for…Read more …
Echoboost Mustang turbo

Echoboost Mustang turbo

Loosely based on the 1984 Mustang SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) the Echoboost Mustang turbo has made it's appearance on the muscle car scene.The obvious advantage is the increased performance from its predecessor.
Supercharging versus V8

Supercharging versus V8

Supercharging versus V8 Supercharging versus V8 is a personal preference. Mustang entusiasts have been increasing performance through upgrades and modifications since 1964. Many automotive aftermarket manufacturers have set their sights on performance enthusiasts. The trick is in making bolt on horsepower plug and play. Lets talk about what supercharging accomplishes. In brief the supercharger (air compressor) forces air into the intake allowing the engine to burn fuel faster allowing more power. Since it runs off the crankshaft via a belt and pulley. this  takes power away from the engine initially to make more…Read more …
Mustang differential upgrades

Mustang differential upgrades

Mustang differential upgrades Mustang differential upgrades are one way to increase performance. Earlier this year we swapped a stock ring and pinion for a 3.73. This really improved pick up. We purchased the gear set from Ford Racing. The original ring and pinion was set up to work with the 3.7 liter 6 cylinder engine. In combination with the diff it would produce moderate power and deliver good gas mileage. By going to a lower gear ratio the power would increase and the gas mileage would decrease. Our customer was happy with the new gear…Read more …
Base Versus Boss Mustang

Base Versus Boss Mustang

Base Versus Boss Mustang   Base Versus Boss Mustang is a personal decision. One can purchase a race ready Boss 302. One draw back is the higher purchase cost. The less costly base model screams for upgrades. We have a customer who brought his new "Stang" from the dealer right to our shop. The first thing we did was replace the driveshaft. A stock example is not as solid. The new shaft repositions the slip yoke to the end allowing better strength. Next we installed BBK "Shortie" headers. Headers improve exhaust flow. This increases horsepower and sounds…Read more …
Buy new versus customize

Buy new versus customize

Buy new versus customize   To purchase new versus customize? That is the question. Mustangs have evolved into a world class automobile. Given the import and domestic competition. Newer "stangs" are better than ever. Currently there are three engine choices. The Echo boost turbo 2.3 4 cylinder boasts 300 horsepower (hp). The 3.7 liter 6 cylinder engine is rated at around 305 horses. The 5.0 V8 engine is at around the 430 hp mark. Transmissions offered are the 6 speed automatic or 6 spd stick shift. Modern creature comforts such as better seats, gauges,…Read more …