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    Wow...I've been looking for that part for about two months. They must have JUST released it. The only place I could find it was eBay, used for about triple the cost. I wanted to go that route but like I said I couldn't find a reasonable used or alternative part. Thanks for the find! It really made no sense to me how they could sell the hose but not the fitting on the other end. Just like it doesn't really make sense to me why Ford used a banjo bolt at that location. Oh well, problem solved!

    And I have a TC rear that I had to put the New Edge rotors and calipers on to go 5 lug. The TC brake hoses on the diff housing work. So with the Mustang rear hose, I'll just need to whip up 2 short pieces of line to finish off the rear.

    I haven't decided how I'm going to run the line to the back of the car just yet. My SFC took away any easy pathway for any lines/cables to run the length of the car. The K-member also got rid of the cross over. So I might run the rear line down the driver side through the drive shaft tunnel.

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    Look at how the rear and right front brake line is run on an 86-93 Fox Mustangs along the top of the firewall. I went to a salvage yard and got them back in the day but you can now get them here:

    https://sstubes.com/products-ford-ca...6!-#!25!#-!316

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    This will be the last update of this thread. Once I get settled and can work on the car again, if ever, I'll begin a new one.

    As of Sunday Oct. 08, '17, the move will become official. It's been pushed back a bit, for me anyway. I was supposed to go first, secure a place to live, then my wife would come down shortly after. My wife, however landed a job immediately and has been living/working since mid-July in South Carolina. I stayed behind to finish some things.

    One of those things was my Cougar. Not 'finished' but mobile. I haven't worked on it much since my last update. Trying to save money and get other loose ends tied up put a stop to most of the progress. It's finally off the rotisserie and on all four wheels. Two very major issues became apparent immediately.

    First:



    It sits like a monster truck! I have Eibach Mustang convertable springs installed. The front sits higher than with the 2.3T installed. The rear sits a good 2 maybe 3 inches higher than before, and that's with the MM rear lowers adjusted as low as possible, with a lot of extra weight in the trunk. The rear will sit higher in street trim. I'm confused about the rear. The tires used to tuck a bit with the stock lowers. The front sits way high as well, but I think that is caused by something else.

    I give you the second major issue:



    The fenders are just sitting on the car, not bolted, no shims. Even if there were shims, that intake would still be a good 2 inches too high. I've looked at a lot of 4v Fox swaps and no other fox car requires a cowl hood to fit this engine. I don't know if it's because of the solid mounts I bought(which were stupid cheap) or the k-member. Either way, I have 1/2" spacers under the main k-member mounting pads just to get it to bolt to my car. I won't feel comfortable with 2 1/2" spacers up front and 2" on the rear pads just to get the hood to fit. Also the X-pipe points into the ground behind the transmission. That tells me the engine is super high. There's no adjustment in the X-pipe either as only 1 side has a ball-socket joint, the other is a flange and that removes any adjustment. Also when I bounce the car, the struts hit their upper stops, so another indication something isn't right.

    I'm not too worried about it though...as I don't know when I'll be able to get the car down south and start making progress again. Plus I'm leaning towards a Coyote swap now. This engine will probably make it into my Lincoln, or another Mark if I find one down south.

    Last pic:



    Just threw on the header and TC bumper, mostly to show my dad that the bumper is usable as he keeps insisting that it's junk and I need a new one.


    So that's it for this leg of the project. Thanks to all who helped getting me to this point. I hope things work out for the best and I can get back to wrenching on this bad boy sooner than later. When the time comes, a new project thread will be started.

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    Set a straight edge or pull a string across the bottom of the hood and measure then do the same on the fenders. With the bump up in the center of the hood it might be ok.

    Good to see it on its wheels.

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    Well awesome progress but I agree...it is sitting quite high. And the hood clearance is a tough one...betting that spacing out the K-member would probably do it. Of course there's always a cowl hood but I can understand why you'd want to keep the current hood.

    As always, your contributions are appreciated and that's gonna be a bad-ass Cat when it's done. Continued luck with life's journey.

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    Here is the view across my fenders. Supercharger pulley sticks up and so does the strut tower brace. Have an 87-88 hood on and I have enough clearance to get my fingers between the tightest spots. Using factory ford motor mounts for 2003 mustang and have 5/8 spacer between k member and body. I will not be able to use a hood mat.

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    You guys did a great job on your projects. I wonder if I can do the same on my car. Maybe I would be needing reliant finishing systems help.

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