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Not really a mod but some advice learned the hard way...   If at all possible, resist the temptation to impulse buy expensive parts or parts that "look like" they will work.  

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Just ran into this one today: cylinder head temp sensor "went bad", i.e. was reading 7k+ ohms at 90+F ambient, super-rich, fouled plugs, etc.. Cleaned up the pins, same; got out some 800 grit and polished up the sensor end and it suddenly started working fine. Oddly, now my injectors aren't clicking really loud like they used to - they aren't audible at all. Really messed up my shifting.

 

Tip: never underestimate the power of cleaning a part, even if it seems like it shouldn't affect anything.

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I cant believe nobody has stated this or at least I havent read it. Its a huge money saver!!!! its called.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEAVING IT STOCK!!!!!!!!

 

I dunno, you can spend a LOT of money leaving it stock. NOS dash? Rare stock parts that no one has anymore? lol you get the idea.

 

best thing you can do. Find the most rust free car you can, WITHOUT any electrical problems. Even if the engine is shot, it saves you a TON of money and headaches. I know this personally haha. My 78 has a perfect body, 90-99% of the wiring harness has never been messed with (pulled up the carpet and gutted the interior, and ALL of the body's harness was still taped to the floor, with 30 year old duct tape) The engine has some issues to work out, but you know what? At least I don't have to hunt down a Phantom Short!

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