In October 2010, Jack & I drove from Delaware to North Carolina and back in our F-150 to pick up a used 8.8" rear-end with 3.90:1 gears and a t-lok from a 2000 Mustang GT. We knew the seller from another forum. Yes, 919 miles in 16 hours is a long way to drive, but we got the perfect rear for Jack's car. Installing that turned into quite a project for us because of the old adage - "You know how one thing leads to another?"
We decided to pick up a set of lowering springs locally from a member on still another forum, so we got some Eibach Pro-Kit springs with only a few thousand miles for relatively cheap. A problem we encountered was the spring isolators were shot, and we could not find them locally. Thank you internet shopping! So we were ready to swap the rear-ends, but when it was time to remove the 7.5" rear, the rear bolt in the LCA's was rusted in place. No amount of heat, air pressure, or brute force was going to make it move. So we ended up buying new LCA's from Maximum Motorsports, along with the fastener kit.
The front springs were a breeze, and the car was sitting pretty on the 16" "waffle wheels". Then I saw a local Craigslist ad for a set of 2007 Mustang wheels and tires. These were 17x8" Bullitts with Pirelli tires for only $100! That was an easy decision, let me tell you!
Since the S197 wheels have a different offset than those for the SN95's, we originally opted for 1.4"/35mm hubcentric spacers for the back. Here's how the car looked as of March 2011 -
The color is Dark Green Satin Metallic, which has a Ford paint code of #FU (no, I didn't make that up!). Although the paint was starting to fade, it's amazing what a new set of shoes and a drop will do to improve the look, doncha think? Next on the list was to pull the transmission for a rebuild, new clutch, then getting a divorced dual exhaust. Being a dual-airbag V6, it should be a great first car for Jack for not too much coin.