BTC Update: Tuning and Such


It’s been a while I know, after our major rush to finish the car and take it on tour this summer and the car being basically done, we took a moment to focus on some other tasks.  Another reason for some of the delay on progression was our ability to drive the car consistently/safely in traffic or trips.  There was a serious idle issue once you came to a stop and this just caused the car to die.   If you are physically doing this swap or have been following these Coyote swaps you know what we are referring to.


As of right now, we were able to get a ‘tune’ for the current idle issue from JMS Chip (contact them for more info). They have solved the majority of the issues as far as we can tell.  We still want a full blown tune and plan to head over to JMS in Mississippi in the coming months.  This will give us a solid tune to get the most power and drivability; and we will also be able to give you guys some numbers you have been hammering for. 😉


We are also hearing from several sources that Ford is working/suggesting that VSS be setup/modified on these swaps to help with the known idle issue.  We will be mapping this out soon in upcoming posts.


House Cleaning Updates:


1.  Clutch cable seems to have stretched and binded on us.  We are replacing that soon and also will be removing the ‘black’ support from the clutch fork, as it seems to be causing the clutch to not fully engage giving us some slip at 3rd and 4th low rpm pulls.  Anyone see this before?  Decking somewhere is causing plate finger height clearance for us we guess, the combo of the 5.0, 4.6l bell, 4.6l RAM clutch possibly.


2.  Front Sway Bar – We are going to try the High Flow Performance Coyote project setup they have working for now.  As some may or may not know clearance for a FOX swaybar is just not obtainable due to the Alternator location, and also the P/S if you have that in the A/C location.  We are going to take some SN95 swaybar brackets and mount them to the FOX location tabs in the engine bay.  Then use end links without the sleeves and space them with some washers.  It’s not pretty but its better than ‘NO’ swaybar.  It will hang low, but everything on the car hangs low. 🙂  Will post up our findings later.


3.  Exhaust – We are going to replace the Magnaflow Magnapak mufflers for their normal Oval mufflers they produce for the 5.0.  Don’t hear me wrong, the exhaust has a killer note and makes a statement with this setup, but it is really loud.  Maybe Im getting old but it just needs to be toned down a bit.  Driving softly constantly worried about a cop hearing you is no fun when all you really want to do is play a bit, not get everyone to look! 🙂


4.  Pedal Bracket Adaptor – For the swap we had designed a bracket for the swaps.  We currently are having these produced and plan to have them ready for sale at the beginning of the year.  This design will allow for easy installation in to any 79-04 Mustang and any project you have that utilizes a vertical firewall, like a kit car, truck etc.  We have a lot of requests for this part so stay tuned for more information.


Look for more detailed updates, I hope to start posting some more information about our project detailing some of the steps and components used.


Also, personally I have been very busy over at StangNet rebuilding our Forums to a new system and that took away my shop time for computer time. If you have not stopped by recently, please do and let us know what you think (!


Cheers, MRaburn. 


BTC Update: Build Status with Details!

In case you have not seen or heard the recent rumblings in the Ford Mustang news sector, the team here at StangNet has been hard at work on another project, following closely on the heels of the Shelby GT500 Glassback Project.  The latest & greatest is dubbed ‘Built to Cruise’ and it involves mating the new 2011 Ford Mustang GT’s power plant into a Fox-body Mustang coupe.  Project Built to Cruise has been in the works since the spring of 2010.  The initial months were mostly a lot of R&D for fitment of the new 2011 5.0 engine offered by Ford Racing to fit in the early Fox.  We also had to plan and obtain parts for a modular swap, which has become quite common the past few years, and with the addition of the Control Pak kits offered by Ford Racing, the swaps have been even easier.  The StangNet team has also been posting tidbits of our progress via the Mustang Forums and our dedicated update blog which you can see on our homepage as well as at  In mid-September, we received the Control Pak from Ford Racing and a new K-member from J&M; just a week prior,  we got the car back from paint.  It’s go time!  So here we are, presenting you with an official update to give you a synopsis of our progress and break it down into some detail.  Follow the jump to get all the juicy details. […]

BTC at MustangWeek on display

Project Built to Cruise is on display at MustangWeek over here in Myrtle Beach. Be sure to stop by the Late Model Restoration booth and say Hi!!


BTC at Tulsa Mid America Event

Here are some shots of the debut of ‘Built to Cruise’ at the Tulsa Mid America Event.  The Mustang drew a ton of attention.  We will be heading up to Mustang Week in July to attend that event as well.


BTC Update: Black Interior and Dash

Interior for project BTC is done pretty much. Still have some tweaks to the door panels and the front seats and we are done. Looking good going from Blue interior to Black!


BTC Update: Rear Interior


The back half of the Coupe/Notch is about wrapped up.  Here you can see a shot of the TMI Mach1 Fox Leather back seat and the dyed ‘Black’ rear trim panels and the new TMI Coupe headliner.

A note on the rear panels.  Various model years are not the same.  I am not sure of the year of these panels but there is a difference at the rear where it meets the rear deck, some kind of notch cut out for something, does not quite wrap the rear window correctly and then the shoulder belt hole is higher up on these panels and will require drilling a hole to match the B pillar bolt hole.  One day I will try to find some ’89 panels and dye them black.  The only reason we switched panels from the ones that came in the car  were because they were blue in color and all chalked up from sun fade… paint/dye was not going to stick.  So be warned, check the year of used panels with the year of your car and make sure they are the same.


BTC Update: TMI Leather Mach1 Upholstery on


Got our TMI Leather Mach1 Mustang style seats back from the shop today. Looking great! Notice the Gray stripe to match the color of the paint job!


Built to Cruise Update: ISIS Master Cell Install


The ISIS Powered Master Cell is in place inside Built to Cruise.  We found a nice spot right above the driver side kick panel and it is accessible without having to remove any interior panels.  All the wiring is done and all accessories are working properly…  brake lights, headlights, turn signals, parking lamps and reverse, ignition and starter.  All is good to go.  Look for a detailed blog at a later date with all our steps installing the ISIS Powered system in the Mustang.


BTC is on her own feet now!

Finally after a years hard work she is sitting on her own again. Some final wiring in the interior to go and them some power steering love and we will be cruising. Stay tuned!


BTC Update: ISIS Power Cell Trunk Mount

We located the rear powercell in the left side trunk pocket. This one will primarily power the rear lights and some runs will return up front to control the air blower motor.