What did you do to your S550 Mustang today?!

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Spark Plug gaps sorted. Just bought the gear from Amazon. Worked really well. :like:

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Also went to local Ford dealer today and picked up x2 sump plugs (will keep one spare as they are always a special order item) in readiness for oil change. I bought 10l of Shell Helix Ultra AF 5W-30. Same stuff I put in last year. But I still need to order a filter.

Also I went to buy 13l of coolant ready for when I need to drop the current stuff. They had no pre-diluted bottles and they didn't have any "yellow" motorcraft coolant. So stuck with the usual "orange" coolant and had to get 7l (one to one ratio). Not a big deal but would have been a nice opportunity to replace with the newer colour.

Then I paid them £100 for the privilege. 😭

Oh yeah, and bought one of these haha (didn't pay that much, seems to have gone up in price). Saying as I have no garage I'll be working outside to do the Supercharger work. I figured this would be ideal. Done some measurements and the front end of the car should fit in fine, even with the bonnet up whilst raised on axle stands. Then I can work on the car even if it is raining (also purchased the extra side panels that zip on).

 

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From what I understand, it is behind the accelerator pedal assembly, so that has to be removed to plug it from the inside. Some people have done that. But in terms of leaving it installed, I was mostly removing it for appearance reasons and to simplify the engine bay. There are no fewer than 6 locations on the sound tube where a grommet or hose clamp is used and each is a potential vacuum leak down the road. Also, it sort of obstructs access to some things on the driver side. I didn’t take any pics, but there are plenty on here of people doing the same thing. I don’t have my car with me today or I would get some. I will attach a pic of what I removed as it is still sitting on my toolbox here at work.

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Correct, the sound tube hole is right behind accelerator assembly part that is bolted to the body. It has a small gap so that the sound can pass, I guess, but the hole is pretty much invisible. Instead of removing the gas pedal, I found a matching size felt pads for furniture (you know those round ones that you attach at the bootom of bookshelf to prevent floor scratches), stacked them together to get desired thickness, and pushed behind pedal assembly ensuring very tight fit. It helped tame down all the unnecessary noises coming from engine bay area.

Went with this approach after giving up trying to fit my hand to plug the hole from firewall side.
 

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From what I understand, it is behind the accelerator pedal assembly, so that has to be removed to plug it from the inside. Some people have done that. But in terms of leaving it installed, I was mostly removing it for appearance reasons and to simplify the engine bay. There are no fewer than 6 locations on the sound tube where a grommet or hose clamp is used and each is a potential vacuum leak down the road. Also, it sort of obstructs access to some things on the driver side. I didn’t take any pics, but there are plenty on here of people doing the same thing. I don’t have my car with me today or I would get some. I will attach a pic of what I removed as it is still sitting on my toolbox here at work.

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Wow. That’s a lot of plumbing!
Do you hear any difference in the cabin?
 


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I did a similar thing with my black 2020 GT. I hated the looks of those fangs, so I replaced the grill with a Bullitt style grille and later added a black pony in the center. Pulling the bumper cover off wasn’t too difficult. I’ve done it a couple times now. My wife thought I was nuts altering a brand new car.
Out of curiosity - when you did the Bullitt grille, did you do the top and bottom, or just the top portion? Also, any chance you have the part number?

Thanks!
 

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Out of curiosity - when you did the Bullitt grille, did you do the top and bottom, or just the top portion? Also, any chance you have the part number?

Thanks!
I only did the top grille, because the bottom grille matched just fine. It was an aftermarket grille that I found on eBay, offered in flat or gloss black. The fit was perfect. Sorry, but I don’t have a part number. It was sold by custom_tuning for $119.
 

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I only did the top grille, because the bottom grille matched just fine. It was an aftermarket grille that I found on eBay, offered in flat or gloss black. The fit was perfect. Sorry, but I don’t have a part number. It was sold by custom_tuning for $119.
Good to know! I've wanted the Bullitt style grille, but I'm just struggling to stomach the $460 for the Ford version. Any chance you have a pic of your new top grille with the stock lower?
 

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thanks to @JohnnyGT sleuthing we knew it was an 18 wheeler that hit me.
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FFX police have been notified the bank has the tapes. I frankly wonder if they will pursue the shipper/driver for hit and run.
FFX is pursuing the matter - video uploaded into evidence locker

Enjoy the video. I don't understand what the driver was hoping to accomplish. He had TONS of room to back out onto the road behind. Not to mention his cab was going to not only run over the stop sign there was a 3 foot high BOULDER ahead and to the right of my car's front. So even if my car wasn't there he would have hit and tried to climb over that too?

So after crunching my car he drove down the street and past the HIGH-RES cameras on the back of the building where we got crystal clear stills of the truck markings.

 
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