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  • Stock Elim Question

    I still can't work on anything but I must be feeling better because I am plotting car projects.

    The 83 Mustang that I have to re-wire is an all original car, I am the second owner and the original owner bought it new when he was in high school and just drove it as it came. I am planning to make it into a car to drive to Bandimere's and have fun with. It occured to me that since the engine is the correct engine for an 83 Mustang, I could make it into a legal stock engine and go run the Stock/Superstock Combo races that they have.

    The natural class for the car is L/S which has an index of 13.82 up here. I am confident I can go that fast with a (limited use) street car, I ran 14.00 in the 60's with a 289 in a heavier Mustang.

    I have to rewire the car because something shorted out in the factory harness and fried everything electrical in the car, it even killed a new dry cell battery.

    I have looked at all the Stock rules and they do not phrohibit rewiring the car. I know just because the rule book doesn't mention rewiring that doesn't mean you can do it so I am asking for opinions.

    If the car has an aftermarket 12 circuit wiring loom, am I going to have a problem in tech?

    I have another 83 that I decided to make into a parts car so I could use the wiring from that car but it still is a 25 year old wire loom and I would rather not use it.
    John Quinn

    95 Mustang becoming a street rod
    85 Mustang coupe - becoming a Superstocker
    97 F250 Super Duty - tow truck, 7.3l turbo.
    07 Ranger - parts chaser/daily driver

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    I`m assuming it is a 5.0 5 speed, correct? If so, I think that the combination is very similar to my 85 Mustang Stocker, EXCEPT that the 83 uses a hyd. flat tappet cam, where my 85 has the Hyd. roller. Same basic (crappy) heads and tiny port intake manifold, & 4180 Holley carb. Personally I think the 85 is a better combo since they both have the same NHRA HP rating(still not a great combo though), but it could still be a decent low buck deal. My 85`s natural class is also L/S, but with my plus size butt in the seat, I can`t get the car light enough for L, so I run some extra gas in the tank and run M.
    1978 Fairmont 428CJ 4 speed 9.972@132.54.mph[/ 1.29 60 foot.
    1985 Mustang NHRA Stock eliminator 302 4 speed M/S 12.31@106.99 mph, with 331 bracket engine: 10.29@128.71 1.37 50 foot
    1959 Ford Meteor 2 dr sedan 332 FE auto (finally under construction witha 428CJ and 4 speed.)
    1974 F350 ramp truck 390 4 speed (gone buy not forgotten)
    2010 Ranger PU 2.3L 5 speed
    1999 F350 dually, V10 5 speed

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    • #3
      Yes its a 5.0 5 speed. I agree the 85 is a better combo but I am only trying to get the car to run slightly under the index and I think it will do that.

      Any opinion on the wiring?

      Next year (hopefully) I will get back to work on my 85 for SS or GT. That will be my more serious car.
      John Quinn

      95 Mustang becoming a street rod
      85 Mustang coupe - becoming a Superstocker
      97 F250 Super Duty - tow truck, 7.3l turbo.
      07 Ranger - parts chaser/daily driver

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      • #4
        John, you are allowed to completely rewire the car in stock.
        You may also eliminate all non essentials such as wipers, heater, a/c, etc.
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        Alex Denysenko
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        NHRA/IHRA/NMCA member and licensed Superstock driver
        NHRA and IHRA SS/LA & SS/MA National Record Holder 99','00,'01,'02,'03,'04,'05 & '06
        First NHRA & IHRA 289 automatic Superstock Mustang in the TENS 06-99
        First SS/MA in the TENS 04-03
        5 time IHRA division 5 Superstock Champion
        Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28

        The Barry of BarrysGrrl

        Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
        Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
        Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
        Quote #4: "Go fast or go home!"
        Quote#5:" No Brag,Just Fact!"
        www.moneymakerracing.com

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        • #5
          Thanks Alex, that is what I was hoping. Now I just have to get to work on the car, I can hardly wait.

          I am strong enough to walk out and look at the car but then I have to sit down and rest. At least I can go to work now, thank God my job consists of sitting and typing on a keyboard, that is as physical as I can get right now.
          John Quinn

          95 Mustang becoming a street rod
          85 Mustang coupe - becoming a Superstocker
          97 F250 Super Duty - tow truck, 7.3l turbo.
          07 Ranger - parts chaser/daily driver

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          • #6
            You just take it slow John.
            One day at a time will get you there.
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            Alex Denysenko
            Co-Administrator

            NHRA/IHRA/NMCA member and licensed Superstock driver
            NHRA and IHRA SS/LA & SS/MA National Record Holder 99','00,'01,'02,'03,'04,'05 & '06
            First NHRA & IHRA 289 automatic Superstock Mustang in the TENS 06-99
            First SS/MA in the TENS 04-03
            5 time IHRA division 5 Superstock Champion
            Fleet of FoMoCo products including 88 ASC McLaren Mustang #28

            The Barry of BarrysGrrl

            Quote #1: "I never met a magazine mechanic I liked."
            Quote #2: "Make sure brain is in gear before engaging mouth!"
            Quote #3: "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!"
            Quote #4: "Go fast or go home!"
            Quote#5:" No Brag,Just Fact!"
            www.moneymakerracing.com

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