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GTTRacing91PGT

MXProbeStang Build

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So I joined the forums when my project began over a year ago and tried to keep it under wraps until it was done. Well the car still isn't done but I've finally taken delivery of it, so here it goes.

 

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Background on the car is as follows:

 

The 1997 Probe GTS was built by a member on probetalk.com in Sacramento, CA. He converted the car to RWD and utilized a JDM version of the 2.5L V6 (KLZE) that came in the Probe from the factory. He drove it for a bit while trying to sell it. He basically grafted an NA Miata's front and rear suspension, brakes, drivetrain and steering systems into the Probe body. From there he fabbed up the necessary parts to flip the engine the correct way, matted up with a Miata 6spd trans. If you have some time and are interested, here is the build thread up until our sale. http://forums.probetalk.com/showthread.php?t=1701310615 I won't post all the conversion pictures here since I don't have the time to do that.

 

 

In I stepped and offered to buy it, but under the conditions he swap a 5.0 into it. I grew up a Probe nut but also enjoyed my Cobra, so I figured this is the best of both worlds. And who doesn't want a 1 of 1 car in existence? After some back and forth, we came to a time and money agreement, and the work began. I don't have the skills or knowledge to do the fab work, so this worked out well for me. Needless to say, a year later, the car still is not complete. Building something that has never been done before is unpredictable, so there is no ill will. I've now taken possession and will attempt to finish it.  Hopefully with the forums help and some good friends of mine I can get this thing going. I have pretty much all the wiring to work on and some other odds and ends. The bulk of it is done, and the fab work is hopefully minimal at this point.

 

 

So here is the donor Mustang, a 95 GT, locally sourced in Sacramento. I never saw this car so my knowledge on it is limited.

 

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From what we can tell, the car has BBK shorties, intake and tb. Looks to be a typhoon IM. Has Edelbrock heads. Not sure what type of rockers. Builder said had .30 over forged pistons in it also. Has a set of UDP's on it.

 

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I'll update some more when I find some more time. Enjoy in the mean time!

 

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that is an awesome project.  i'd love to check it out one of these days.  

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Next up was prepping the Probe's engine bay.

 

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Cut the rad support to allow easy access in and out. Test fitting the engine was a success.

 

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Trans lined up nicely also.

 

We were going to use a modded factory Miata subframe initially, but once the cutting began we realized there wasn't enough meat on it left and it wouldn't have been structurally safe. So I ordered a subframe from V8Roadsters for piece of mind. In the meantime, Dan freshened the motor up, installed the new Exedy clutch and flywheel, and got it ready to bolt up once the subframe arrived.

 

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The subframe arrived in a timely fashion and modification began on that. A real quality piece for anyone considering using V8Roadsters ever.

 

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Awesome project!

 

Now if this is what Ford did with the Probe so many years ago; the Mustang may be a lot different as we know it!

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Test fitting came next:

 

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Came to find out the oil pan isn't going to clear, so we decided to use a late 60s style front sump pan. Unfortunately, I've lost a dipstick now. After slight modding the pan clears.

 

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Wanted to reinforce that front subframe so added some front support bars to it.

 

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Added the motor mounts

 

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Finally, no more hoist!

 

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Starting to fab up cooling system. Stock Probe rad.

 

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On 4/26/2016 at 3:36 AM, Prokiller said:

that is an awesome project.  i'd love to check it out one of these days.  

 

Thanks! We'll def have to meet up one of these days. We aren't very far apart.

 

On 4/27/2016 at 7:10 AM, RedTwilight said:

Awesome project!

 

Now if this is what Ford did with the Probe so many years ago; the Mustang may be a lot different as we know it!

 

Thanks! I'm anxious to get it going.

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this is fucking cool, thank you for posting this on the forums here!

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14 minutes ago, Blackmage said:

this is fucking cool, thank you for posting this on the forums here!

 

Thanks!

 

Next up, exhaust. Decided to use the Mustang x-pipe and just mod it. Rear section then is obviously all custom.

 

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Now is when we hit our first snag. I'm using a BBK shorty header, and the driver side sits way too close to the steering shaft on the rack.

 

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There was no way around this unfortunately, so the header had to be modified. It is not ideal, but it was decided to come forward with it, and then run a connecting pipe between the xpipe and header. This is not a permanent piece.

 

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Driveshaft came next, just back from the shop.

 

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Decided to swap steering columns from the stock Probe to a Mustang. This was to help simplify changing the wiring over. All wiring will be Mustang, so now all the column switches will be plug and play. The key is also now a Mustang.

 

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Painted the subframe and prepared for final install.

 

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Suspension and brakes back on.

 

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I love this! Really great work, the one off custom stuff is badass.

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Killer work!!  This is sweet.

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this is cool.  I always loved the probes later years and thought they could have been a fun car.

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Really, really cool.  Can't wait to see more on this project!

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On 5/2/2016 at 0:18 PM, 95riosnake said:

I love this! Really great work, the one off custom stuff is badass.

Thanks!

 

On 5/2/2016 at 2:26 PM, Josh@RideTech said:

Killer work!!  This is sweet.

 

Gracias!

 

On 5/3/2016 at 9:28 PM, ttocs said:

this is cool.  I always loved the probes later years and thought they could have been a fun car.

 

I'm anxious to see how the car handles the drive train. Hopefully I can get it going sooner rather than later.

 

2 hours ago, Tabres said:

Really, really cool.  Can't wait to see more on this project!

 

Thanks! And here's some more:

 

As I said earlier, the brakes and suspension are from an NA Miata, so unfortunately that means 4 lug.

 

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Had to do some work for a hydraulic clutch, so the clutch fork had to be drilled to accept the rod from the slave cylinder.

 

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Started to button things back up at this point in prep for shipping:

 

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Wiring is all 95 Mustang. I'll have to splice fuel pump, wipers, lights, windows, mirrors and locks, but otherwise should be pretty much plug and play, minus extending wires where needed. That is where I am at now. Hopefully I can figure it all out and get this thing fired up soon!

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This is awesome! Well done!

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Awesome work!  Definitely a unique build.  Thank you for sharing it on here.  Cant wait to read more.

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On 5/5/2016 at 10:32 AM, Orange 94 said:

This is awesome! Well done!

 

Thanks!

 

52 minutes ago, RideTech_Ryan said:

Awesome work!  Definitely a unique build.  Thank you for sharing it on here.  Cant wait to read more.

 

Thanks! I'm working on my next update. I'm changing the IM setup to hopefully simplify some things, and I'm working on the electronics in the doors. I'll try and get some pics up soon.

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So no pics today, but I do have an update:

 

I've been working on the door harnesses while i wait for a few engine related items to arrive. Like I said before, I am changing as much wiring to Mustang wiring to make things as plug and play as possible to eliminate electrical problems. In doing so, most of my door electronics have to be spliced in. I've decided to use the factory Mustang door switches and splice the motors instead of splicing the switches. I will have to get creative with mounting the switches come time. I'm just more concerned with function at the moment. After studying wiring diagrams for both vehicles, I am ready to splice the motors in, and theoretically everything should work as they are designed. The Mustang switches look identical to Probe switches, so I'm hoping a little fiberglass work to the stock Probe switch plates will keep everything looking fairly stock. So I removed the Probe harness and hung the Mustang harness in place. I had to eliminate the rubber boot in the door jam, so I may use some techflex or something similar to protect it.

 

Once my parts arrive I am going to finish the engine up and work on that wiring, and then hopefully in the next few weeks I can hook the battery up and see what happens.

 

 

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So....................how about that probe:D

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15 minutes ago, RideTech_Ryan said:

So....................how about that probe:D

 

The pics are lacking, but I have been making some progress. I'm upgrading the intake and fuel system while I'm at it, so I'm just waiting on the remaining pieces to come in. I also need to hit up the junkyard and source a factory cooling fan/shroud so I can finish the cooling system up. The family and I are heading to Disney World for a week, but I promise once I get back I'll give a better update. I have some extra hands lined up to help out so hopefully this will get going this summer yet.

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cannot wait to see this thing done.  still intrigued big time by this!

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1 hour ago, Blackmage said:

cannot wait to see this thing done.  still intrigued big time by this!

 

I should be putting in some garage time tonight so I'll snap some pics and update this tomorrow!

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So I know this is overdue, but I got some time in the garage finally last night, and even had a few buddies stop by to help drink my beer.

 

So I decided to change my intake and fuel setup to simplify things, as well as set me up if I decide to go FI one day. Luckily, sn95source came to the rescue!

 

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Bryan hooked me up on The Whale Cannon's setup. I have to fab a few fuel lines yet to tie into my stock lines to the tank and change the tps. Other than sticking out of the hood like 6", it fit very well. I have to get the cooling fan, fab an intake, measure for a belt, hook battery up, add fluids, finish some wiring inside, and then hopefully turn it over and see what happens. It's getting close!

 

Hopefully get some more time this week or next week and will update again.

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that intake is so tall haha.   too bad you couldnt fit the stock hood on it with that v8 under it!

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That is going to look killer!

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