25 Do It Yourself Mustang Projects
Improvements You Can Make To Your Ford Mustang Over A Weekend
14 Coilovers For ClassicsNot only can you improve your Mustang's suspension system in a weekend, you can do it yourself. The only outside help you will need is an alignment shop when you're finished.
Imagine being able to improve handling yourself without having to rely on a chassis shop. Ron Morris Performance (www.ronmorrisperformance.com) came out with a bolt-on Street Force adjustable coilover suspension system for classic Mustangs a few years ago and it's something you can install at home over a weekend. The Street Force system eliminates the Mustang's original coilover-upper arm, Falcon-based system. All you need is a coil spring compressor, jackstands, a floor jack, WD-40 penetrant, and typical hand tools found in most rollaway tool chests. No special tools are required to install the Ron Morris system once the factory suspension system is removed.
What makes the Ron Morris Street Force system different is its fully articulating components connected with Heim joints for smooth operation. What's more, Morris puts the coil and shock close to the axle spindle, which reduces the spring rate required. And because these shocks are adjustable, you can tune them for canyon cutting or weekend cruising. We have had the privilege of installing the Street Force system with excellent results. It is easy to install and tune.
15 Integral Power SteeringWe waited for years for this magnificent idea from the Mustang aftermarket-integral worm-and-sector, 16:1 ratio power steering for '65-'70 Mustangs. Borgeson Universal (www.borgeson.com or 860/482-8283) has introduced a complete integral power steering system for early Mustangs. The Borgeson system is compact, clears small-block V-8 exhaust manifolds and headers, and is easy to install, making it a great do-it-yourself weekend project. All you have to do is support your Mustang safely with jackstands under the framerails, then install a manual steering linkage (unless you have manual steering already) or manual steering adaptor. It is suggested you get the manual steering centerlink for best results.
Borgeson suggests going with its Saginaw power steering pump in order to maintain operational hydraulic pressure with your engine at idle. The Ford/Thompson pump won't keep up with the Borgeson power steering gear at idle speed. However, if you choose the Ford/Thompson pump, Borgeson provides the correct hoses. All you have to do is install the Borgeson steering gear and route the hoses a safe distance from hot exhaust manifolds or header tubes. Borgeson also offers the correct steering shaft and/or coupling for smooth operation.
16 Improve Your Clutch ReleaseEver since Ford's Dearborn assembly plant began producing Mustangs 46 years ago, the original pony car has struggled with clutch release issues. Did you know you can eliminate this problem in an afternoon? Because the stock clutch release mechanism is so problematic, even with all new parts, it is suggested you step up to something stouter with the Muscle Z-Bar from Barillaro Speed (www.barillarospeed.com or 865/531-1840). It's undoubtedly one of the nicest clutch release upgrades you can install on your Mustang without sacrificing that original feel. It offers Heim joint technology along with heavier gauge steel construction that won't fold over with a 3,000-pound three-finger clutch.
All you have to do is first inspect your Mustang's underdash clutch linkage for excessively worn parts, such as the helper spring and bushings, then get busy replacing the factory z-bar, also known as the equalizer bar. Because the Muscle Z-Bar has adjustable Heim joints, there's no binding. The best part is that you can install it yourself in a couple of hours, including adjustment time.