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    An all metal cylinder head gasket?

    Good choice, those were used in lieu of milling heads, were a very thin copper replacement. Use gasket spray when installing, the idea was to raise compression ratios. Supposedly head bolts are only good for one time because they stretch and change torque references, I never had any trouble reusing and over torquing even on turbo motor. Never blew another head gasket after, only thing that lasted lol. Yes, those started out with the 170CID sixes and wasn’t enough power, have seen 4 cylinder Camaros too. Always something out there much worse.
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    Die Cast Model 2019 Rangers

    Might try also Diecast Models, have a perfect Boss 302 in right color in 1/18th w/ turntable even. See if I can locate...... https://www.diecastmodelswholesale.com/ Not cheap but if nobody has?
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    So much in this picture hurts

    Hmm, not looking for a new Mustang at this time. But these days it's about the journey, not the destination. Meaning that once the car arrives...... The problems can start, especially like registration if you live in Maine. Don't drive it in Winter with those Summer tires and if keeping for posterity, well you can probably forget it now. If you financed, well best of luck there for next 72 months. No, never would of bought a Boss back in 12 1/2 if I was working (daily driver), didn't have a separate building to store for 6 months or any payments to make on it. Not to mention taxes, fees, insurance and what else? But that's just me, what I always wanted but took awhile to meet my terms of purchase. Hope yours will have better airbags anyways, Ford is driving me bonkers about a car that is 100' away from house in shed (car&1/2 garage) and 2' of snow. Right now can open swing doors and do look in on daily lol.
  4. Good question. Have read about 2 different versions on this- 1) Doesn't make any difference as differential will compensate. 2) Will make a difference and minimal changes are OK but not permanently. Width may be a factor, not aware of anything. As what Brucelinc stated. Not saying why changing? Brembos may not clear and spare IS available but they're costly, perfect match and will fit front and rear- no problem. Yup, have one and fits wheel well with a bit of ingenuity. Have mine with wheel chocks setting under it and props wheel to inner deck height. See if I can locate...... https://www.automotiveauthorityllc.com/products/spare-wheel-and-tire-kit-for-2015-2017-ford-mustang-gt-with-brembo-brakes?variant=3892365951003 The quality is there and if your keeping car for awhile? How nice to see actual topic here other than somebody looking for where their new car is.
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    Roger on that SVOGT. Was hoping that may of been Dave's Boss, thanks on reply. One of my favorite colors, the Kona Blue. Goes back to 64 1/2.
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    SVOGT, your car looks very familiar. Are you original owner or was it purchased around the Lumberton, NJ area? Grill looks as though it was upgraded with driving light blanks replaced with grates and if you have dash pod and "ram air" hood monikers, Kooks shorty headers and the Laguna Seca wheels? Not being nosy nosy but was on Boss 302 forum and owner just disappeared. Wish he stayed around but many move on too....
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    How many manuals Vs. Autos produced for 2018?

    Yup, the 10 speeds are closer ratio gearing, much faster than one can shift but I'll also stick with my 6 speed. MT-82 6 speeds, still made in China (I've no problem with it) I'd imagine but most of the initial bugs fixed dealing with the floating gear shifter. The automatic can't duplicate the shift patterns and/at RPM levels, or the sound derived from manual shifts. Well do have open side pipes, Corsa Xtremes and Trackey. Ten speed? Now get that with the 6 cylinder and you've got a very fast combo but still sounds like sh _ _. May even keep up with many of the S-197 8 cylinders, no doubt especially before returning to the 302CID. IMHO only but back in the days when.... And even just a 4 speed was enough of a decision factor. However other car is an auto and I don't even think too much when driving that, only discussing Mustang here.
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    Mustang Through the Years

    Good topic, nice writeup Joe. Refreshing to see something here besides somebody asking where their Mustang is they ordered. I too had a '67 Fastback in Cleatwater Aqua. Essentially wife's car and she couldn't drive a standard:( Managed to get a complete header and dual exhaust system on but way too small for family of 4. Traded for a '69 road runner, that met all requirements, Light Green Metallic no less. Moving forward was looking at Corvettes until I saw the Boss 302 with sidepipes back in 2012 1/2, that was all it took. Still have today, a bit over 3K on OD and stored winters, never driven rain. Have changed TB to 84.5MM intake. Has the Trackey (2 keys, one for street- other track). Exhaust is good with open sidepipes and Corsa Xtreme stainless mufflers. Have never had mine over 5K RPM but with slicks they'll run in the mid 11ET quarter mile from the factory. Keeps up with the Shelby's for some reason with less horsepower but run over 7K RPM (again stipulate not mine). The looks and waves you get are unending lol. Think I'll keep it awhile longer. Rich
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    Coyote engine noises

    For sure, similiar problems have occurred with the Road Runner engine as well. That was the upgraded version of the Coyote used in the Boss 302. Aside from the 5/50WT oil which is mandatory more that one has developed the infamous "tick". This is nothing more than performing the first due oil change and there it is. Now a TSB was issued to add this Ford approved oil thinner/distillate as it was thought the oil viscosity was too thick. Seemed to be the fix in some instances and others just lived with the problem. Nobody could ever figure out the cause, many guesses have prevailed over the years, well since '12/'13 anyways. Possibly further info on this is available by now I'm not aware of. No problems with mine but I don't run it a 7K RPM all day either.
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    Undercoating for 2018 Expedition?

    Many are against it and I've driven cars through winters- with and without undercoat. I like it myself if applied right. In ME cars can rust from the outside in or opposite. Aluminum is subjective to corrosion and winter will certainly aid in creating bubbles in paint from 2 dissimilar metals in contact. To be blunt, the underneath primer only on my '13 Boss302 just plain sucks. Do not drive it at all in winter. Undercoating also serves as sound deadner and sand blasting protection in under areas. Could actually do the underneath with the aerosols, only problem is getting the tough areas if not on lift. Spraying inside fenders, doors, sills, etc would be another process. Be careful to keep all drain holes open with any of that.
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    What MY Mode settings do you have ?

    Well let's see. Hmm, mines only a 2013 so what I have is: 1) Wide open side pipes and Corsa Xtreme mufflers. 2) Use only Trackey feature (like a "tune"). 3) Shocks set firm for front and medium rear (for launch weight transfer). 4) Steering set on Sport Mode. 5) Launch cal'ed for 2.5k RPM. 6) Must be a few things I can't recall even (have hood struts not prop rod but maybe doesn't count). 7) Only a 6 speed tranny. You probably don't have spare tire, may want to check if you have Brembo brakes...... Have spare in mine but boy am I behind the times, guess I'll keep it though.
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    burning smell

    Agree also with afore posts. Remember my '69 roadrunner (kept a decade) in those days new exhaust pipes maybe every 3 years. So much oil and protectant on metal you'd think the car was on fire underneath the way it smoked at first. The only other thing may be disc pads dragging on one of the wheels. That would be a bit different with a heat type smell or parking brake discs not fully released perhaps (should have warning chime though)? How 'bout this- Do those even have a spare tire yet? The '13 Boss 302 had the compressor and can of slime. Mine has the full size spare now but very costly. More $ than a full size OEM used wheel spare, but it sits flat in the wheel well with jack, chocks and sockets underneath. Some of the guys have these 6" tall humps in trunk and have to let half the air out of tire to fit in at all🙀 Oh the problem is the Brembo front disc brakes, too oversized for conventional Mustang spare to clear. Cargo net is great addition also if you don't like things shuffling from side to side in trunk.
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    1979 T-bird?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Thunderbird. I don't think that or those eras would be desirable at all. Were everything a T-Bird shouldn't be, except maybe the last generation. A big car by then, probably expensive to run and maintain. No longer in sports mode, Corvettes were pretty lame through those times too. But if it's free and with a minimum of money spent would be a great hand me down for daughter. It would be a big, heavy safe car anyways I would speculate also. Kids, seem to wreck cars pretty well unless they buy them on their own.
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    But if somebody smoked in vehicle, cabin air filter filters intake air for pollen, dust, exterior airborne particles. Unless filter is charcoal based and a recirculation system is in use? My Mustang has the filter behind the battery in engine compartment.
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    Hood Warranty Failure

    For sure, have seen identical problems myself. Some body shops and dealers have no business being "in" business. Seems eventually always had the last laugh as none of them around anymore- Oh well...... Will have to go back and look at photos but Ford is well known for the hood corrosion or electrolysis for at least the last decade. The problem being an aluminum hood and steel body. Best bet is to heave the hood and reinvest in say a Tiger or Cervani fiberglass hood. Started hearing about this on Shelbys with hood pins and paint bubble issues. You'll hate how daughter will trash your Mustang. Girls aren't as bad as boys in that aspect but I had a Dodge 'Lil Red Express Truck, enough said on that. My '13 Boss now goes to grandson when I'm dead lol. Thanks on the mini-novel, it's great to see other than production stats on this particular forum. Oh too, no problems with my paint, lucky I guess after 7 years ownership. Actually mine is a tri-coat and in sunlight has a luminescent appearance (Gotta Have it Green). Probably the stripes are covering the blemishes. Con't- I'm sorry, can't tell anything from photos. Not good at picture taking either, see if I can find photo of problem as I know of it.