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Got Another GT 350 ( Heritage) and GT 350R we can order!!!

Bill Pemberton

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Have to order the Heritage tomorrow and the R fairly soon, but wanted to get the info out as obviously they won't be here tomorrow , but we can order as you wish. As noted we have been building our Mustangs sales a bunch over the past 3-4 years and many have gone to TMO folks. Call me, text me or email me so I can make sure you get to the right person, and , more importantly, so I can tell them you are a friend of mine from the TMO site!!!

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Can only report on what we have seen and that has been no issues at all. Have been selling Performance machines since the 1990s and that usually is a attuned clientele base imho, and it seems like discussions of motors come up more often with this group. I have always tried to not read too much into some reports as I am from the old school that questions everything. With the digital age we hear about things super quickly , but we also pass on rumors insanely fast and we tend to believe items ( often from folks we do not know) . I remember a few years back there was word out Woodhouse was working on quite a few blown Viper motors. Quite a few was actually one, yet we had two others in the shop for engine upgrades. The one that was blown was out of a car where the driver said he had maintained it properly and he expected FCA to fix it. Ironically it had been modded and he slipped weeks later in a conversation with me noting he had missed a couple of shifts at COTA at over 100 MPH and had no problem then --- weird rationale on why it should not have had a problem later. Kind of funny, as it did not take much for us to figure it was likely a large part of the issue.

Is this what you may be discussing, I have no idea , but I am just explaining I am often a bit more skeptical than some, because over the years with various machines I have seen things like this show up ( not discounted the possibility it could be an issue ), yet it is common today that no blame is ever associated to the driver. That occurs way more often than one suspects in my experience , so it is one reason I hesitate to completely believe various postings and rumors until they bear out. We all know that things can happen, do happen , and that Manufacturers can have issues. I remember the valve issues with the 99 Cobras where they were not angle cut and there was a loss of reported HP. A supplier was tied to that and ironically a similar issue happened with Dodge Vipers in 2003. There are many other examples, but I tend to take a bit more of a wait and see stance than just completely believing everything I read online.

Lastly, I also believe in a very stringent break in , and it is interesting we see such a low incidence of concerns with our customers and we definitely have a higher case of track enthusiasts than many others.

No reports at present with the Shop, and in fact we have gotten some interesting news on HP gains with a few 19s and 20s , but no actual proof so they could be anomalies too.

Over the years we have seen Ford very responsible in taking care of problems , and this is much better than alot of Manufacturers in our experience ( with 18 Stores we do see differing responses to various concerns over the years ). I would be concerned at this time, as have heard no trickle down from any Engineer friends , other than there just might be a bit of truth to the HP reports on the 19 and 20 GT 350 models.
 

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I went by the owners manual. Drive with light throttle and varied throttle the first 4-500 miles, avoiding full throttle hits. Drive with moderate throttle until 1000 miles. Change the oil, have fun.
And you are probably asking how I did that, played nice. Simple, I had my brother do the break in miles driving from Nebraska to Illinois. It’s surprising how easy it is to get someone to drive your brand new 350 when you pay for the flight and gas.
When I pulled the filter element apart after the first oil changed I was shocked at how much metal Was Not in the filter. Follow the manual. The manufacturer just may be more knowledgeable then the other guys on the inter web.
 

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I did the same thing-ish with once and a while 7,000rpm hit....changed the oil at 500miles with motorcraft, nothing in the oil, no consumption before i drained it. Im at 800 now and once and a while doing wot to make sure the rings are seating, but staying below 5-6k. I will check the ford performance oil catch to see if they caught anything at 1000
 

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Norm, I recommend very similar to what TMSBoss did , though recommend changing the oil if possible around 500-750 miles. Ford is a solid on a stringent break in on these cars, where so many say you don't have to do anything different and the first oil change is around 5K or higher. Since the late 90s the Engineers I have known at FCA and Ford have discreetly told me to break things in easier and change the oil early. Maybe not what the Manufacturer may have said , but they quietly mentioned to us on the side that this was how they would break in their own cars.

I stress an easy break in to all my customers and often supply them with an oil filter and even a quart of oil as a subtle reminder to change early. With tolerances so incredibly tight, I think the early change was just a little extra precaution to flush out the system early in the motor's life cycle. Another reason behind an easier break in was due to the huge HP increases over the years and this meant more stress on other components -- transmission, driveline, and even brake systems. The break in is important , also for these components.

The reason I went over this with everyone is due to the fact that no matter what one would tell many buyers , the old adage of drive it like you stole it was imbedded in too many minds ( with little thought that motors of years gone by were essentially pretty damn loose to begin with). I tried to get these old wive's tales out of buyer's minds, knowing it would not sway everyone. Always amazed me that guys buying racing Miata engines , years back were told they had to baby the motor for 500 miles prior to racing , yet they would go get a new vehicle and be beating on it within a 100 miles.

Now days many Manufacturers have backtracked with more stringent break ins ( GT 350s, Hellcats, etc. ) but the issue is education and getting folks to adhere to this, imho.
 

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I don’t see anything in the official GT350 supplement that says to drive like a Grandma. ;)

Breaking in ‘gently’ can mean many things to different people.

Focusing on the Ford Note above, varying the speed and RPM of all parts is important. Taking a long transport drive is essentially ignoring that note.

The thing that most don’t mention is the need (IMO) for rings to be seated under vacuum. This is something I firmly believe in. That is achieved by varying speed as the note says. But I do think a break in procedure that includes high vacuum conditions is critical for good piston seal.

TO BE CLEAR, this does not mean beating the crap out of the car, drag racing and power shifting for the first 100 or 1,000 miles then taking the car to the track without changing the oil. But there is no way that any good seating pressures are achieved at the rings if only driving ‘gently’. And there’s no way I’d track a car at 1,000 , 2,000 or even 3,000 miles if it was only driven ‘gently’ during that period.
 

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Agree but brother drove back on county and state highways, no interstates. Stopped about every 100 miles, an old guy thing. Shifted between fourth, fifth and sixth regularly. Shut her down and took care of nature. Yes, he is a freak when it comes to saving equipment. He owns nothing newer than 20 yers old.
Still I expected to see metal in the filter as well as silicone sealers like others have posted. Almost nothing. Very happy with that finding.
 

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Since so many do take the term], driving gently, different , I just told folks to vary the speed, keep it under 4000 rpms, no severe braking , and change the oil at 500 miles. As noted prior, Ford is a bit more stringent than some other companies on their performance machines, but I kept it my recommendations simple and based on respected friends in the Industry . Thanks for posting the Ford info , Grant, and I agree generalized terms can be interpreted differently , so hopefully keeping it simple with well over 2600 Performance Vehicle Sales, helped keep our issues/problems at a very, very low level.
 

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I don't think that anyone would recommend bouncing the brand new engine off the rev limiter leaving the dealership parking lot, but don't forget that pretty much every single sportscar and sportbike engine that I am aware of is load tested at the factory before they release it for shipment. That load test involves running the engine up to redline, sometimes more than once.
 

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