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07-19-2017, 08:10 AM #676
Good stuff Joe...as always. Our motors were finished up about the same time with mine running just a little earlier than yours IIRC. I've got about 3100 miles on mine. My oil analysis from Blackstone at the 3000 mile change here a couple months ago looked very similar to yours...combination of the King SI Series bearings plus normal new engine break in. All is well. I REALLY need to remember this thread as I must be the luckiest Cobra owner on the planet: not a single alternator issue to date lol. When mine eventually croaks, I need to remember this
07-19-2017, 08:17 AM #677
And I must be the unluckiest lol. I've owned 4 Mustangs and have been through at least 15 alternators. I went through 5 on my 89 Coupe.
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07-19-2017, 08:44 AM #678
Some details are at the end of my Alternator 101 thread. The guy selling them is coincidentally named Ken - I'll touch base and see if he wants to add more details and maybe some contact info.
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07-19-2017, 11:01 AM #679
07-19-2017, 03:18 PM #680
07-19-2017, 06:31 PM #681
Your build is a text book example of how to do the job correctly, Joe. The documentation you provided and the corresponding explanations / instructions are and have been wildly popular as is evidenced by the 124,8xx views your thread has had, making it the fourth most popular thread on the site up to this time.
For anyone considering a build, Joe's thread in particular and all the other build threads, should be on your list of must read documents. It will save you time, money and show you the correct way to go about the effort you are about to undertake.
Joe, thanks for taking the time and effort to do the job correctly and also to document it for everyone else. Hard to tell which is more demanding, the work or the documentation but both are genuinely appreciated.
For anyone who has not yet been there, be sure to take a look at Joe's website Terminator Cobra (=< clickable) It is easily the motherload of SVT Cobra OEM information. The site does not provide for commentary but it is, without a doubt, the definitive knowledge base for everything 03/04 SVT Cobra.
07-22-2017, 10:01 AM #682
Thanks again, Ed! Glad to have been able to keep all this going (along with my two sites) and the input from everyone has been appreciated. I'm still amazed how often people write asking for further input or to just say thanks, and I even frequently find myself referring back to the thread when details get fuzzy. In any case, I sure dig how well the engine is running, and I'm real glad I didn't get too carried away with PhotoBucket to document it all! Hopefully I'll get the remaining ten or so posts with the broken image links edited within the next week so it's complete for those that are still checking back.
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11-07-2017, 09:23 AM #683
Giving the thread a bump since I finally had the chance to go through and fix all my broken PhotoBucket links. This was a bit of a pain, but fortunately all the pictures are saved on my hard drive. Just a matter of chasing them all down and organizing the effected posts, but the images are all back. Keep on enjoying!
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11-07-2017, 01:05 PM #684
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Thanks for your effort!
11-07-2017, 03:16 PM #685
11-07-2017, 04:25 PM #686
Definitely glad to have that monkey off my back! Fortunately, the majority of the pictures were uploaded directly to the server (hopefully I am not close to any limits that may be imposed on users). Not sure why I decided to mess with PhotoBucket anyway, but they sure hosed a lot of people by blocking the 3rd party hosting.
In any case, the big posts that needed updating were those covering the head stud re-torque and the Vampire install, so they were well worth getting pictures back in. Besides, John's creation is so good that I'd hate to leave anyone hanging who wanted to see plenty of detail on the process. Now it's time to get back on some updates of my own site...
11-07-2017, 07:55 PM #687
I am in lockstep with you on the Vampire, Joe. There is nothing in the market that even comes close.
11-07-2017, 08:13 PM #688
Thanks for re-posting the pics.. Vampire system all the way!!
11-12-2017, 11:53 AM #689
I've enjoyed sharing and documenting all this for everyone's benefit. Also, I've been glad to give props, here and on my website, to all the great components out there for these engines (and the cars themselves). One of course being the Vampire. John really has made a fantastic product that is such a must-have on these blown engines, which just can't be mentioned enough!
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11-19-2017, 11:20 AM #690
It's probably true that there is bit of latitude with torque values, but when it comes to these engines, I'm of the mindset that staying with the exact figures set by the people in Dearborn is prudent when it comes to a DIY project like this. With some guys mentioning the 85 & 90 ft/lb head stud numbers as working in different cases, I definitely wanted to stay on the conservative side since there have been too many case where that little extra did cause problems. Hopefully with bridges and such, there is more freedom due to the nature of the beast compared to what is going on between cylinders in these blocks.
Ed may or may not chip in some more, but hopefully the head stud subject has been covered enough that everyone is satisfied. My apologies again for missing the post the first time around!
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