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  1. Hi David, this is the starter I'm using. https://www.dbelectrical.com/products/ford-f-truck-bronco-4-9l-300-6cyl-new-starter-1965-1996-3223-sfd0012.html
  2. The T-5 doesn't like the shock loads and 3rd gear is the most problematic. I have put a ton of miles on the one in my car with some autocross and occasional hard shifting and no issues. I looked at the starter last night and didn't find any numbers. I'll do some digging today, I remember where I got it and roughly what it was from.
  3. Yes, I have moved mine back 3" and adjusted the seat back angle. To make the seatback more upright you could add spacers to the bumpers at the seat bottom or back. I have trimmed mine down a bit to adjust them. To raise the seat some spacers could be added between the tracks and the seat bottom frame.
  4. X2 on the Cleveland. The 460 is much heavier, the car should feel more balanced with the 351. That said, it depends on what YOU want to do with the car. If handling type performance the 351 for sure. For straight line performance it's a toss up. For a fun summer car, it's whatever floats your boat.
  5. If you don't know the mid 90's T-5s have a longer input shaft and a deeper bellhousing than the fox body stuff, about 3/4" I think. That places the shifter into the original shifter opening. I think i had to trim about 1/8" from the front of the hole to fit an aftermarket shifter. Will this go in the track car? I'll grab the starter info when I get out to the shop.
  6. That is an odd combination of parts. Ford must have been cleaning out the parts bin.
  7. Better get under the dash and inspect the harness. I had similar gremlins and found some wiring insulation significantly melted.
  8. Hi David, that's basically the same set-up I'm running except I went with the 3.8 V6 bell housing. The main difference is a 10.5 vs 11" clutch, believe it or not the V6 has an 11" clutch. I used the stock replacement 73 clutch. I have had no issues with the combination. I found a starter for a 90s Ford van with a 351w and a manual trans... don't ask how I found that! LOL!! I also used a C6 trans crossmember that I sectioned 1/2" from to drop the tailshaft slightly with the original 73 mount. If I can help in any way let me know.
  9. That will depend on backspacing. From memory my 18x9s clear using a 1/2" spacer but there is still quite a bit of wheel over the end of the control arm. I don't know for sure but I think to get suspension clearance on the 17x9 would push the wheel/tire out too far. I hope that makes sense.
  10. Welcome from west Michigan! Cool car and story.
  11. Welcome from west Michigan! There's NOTHING better than top down therapy!
  12. I added a thick hardened washer behind the front bolt for exactly this reason. It really helps with directional stability.
  13. I tinkered a bit more on the wiring harness install. No photos but honest, I did work on it. It's just bitter cold here.
  14. A rod knock will typically get louder and increase in frequency with an increase in RPM. I'd still investigate it further.
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