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  1. I doubt there are very many of you that ended up at your original home and birth place. My parents moved to Hendersonville, N.C. in 1946. My dad was drafted and sent home said he had a heart mummer but never had any issues from that. Anyway they bought a one bedroom home and little over 1 1/2 acres for $800. After both Dad and Mom passed away my sisters offered to sell their part of the home to me so I said yes and went to China to work and bought the home and my shop. I had lived at 11 or 12 different places over time. When I am anywhere here memories are everywhere. There is not a square inch of the property I have not touched in some way. I helped my dad add on rooms. I helped my mom wash dishes. I held the both as they passed away in this home. Buried my pets in the pet cemetery. Played in the barn, set the barn of fire playing with matches, Dad saved it but my butt did not fare well. When I am in the garden working I remember as a kid working with my dad we had a huge garden and mom canned everything. My mom never worked outside the home not one single day. When I dug though all my Mom's stuff she put up newspapers from end of WWII, presidential assassinations, moon landing anything special. Any room I go into I remember happy times and when life was going to last forever. Once you get older the years pass like weeks and time just runs out. I never really had a bucket list and if any of you listen to my suggestions you should never have one either. Do what you want when you want and never put it off another day. I have seen too many plan and plan for this great retirement to do their bucket list and not live a year. So each day I see something new that either Mom or Dad put somewhere that has never been touched. The attic is full and will be tough to clean out but have to. The old garage has things on the shelf that my Dad placed there 50 years ago. One of my nieces posted today that her son was sworn into the Sheriffs department today. He was a little boy just a few years ago. The sands of time slide though that glass so fast. I try never to waste a day. Even with my back and neck issues I have to do something here each day. I missed out on going to Africa last year and that is my goal this year. To go walk in the Garden of Eden one more time. So I do hope some of you have all the memories that I have and can walk around and history just rushes out at you. There is only ever one HOME and I am still there. When I pass I do not want a grave site biggest waste of good land is golf course and cemetery is what I say. Money is set aside for my ashes to be spread here at home, in Africa and in a special place in Montana. Have a great day and live every day to the fullest, they are numbered.
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  2. Chris, I was starting to think the same thing. I had no issues with the old Halogen lights, other than perhaps the relay would have made them brighter. I will check the cost of Rocketman's relay and as you suggest, wait for jpaz's results. (or yours) The next thing I need to do is (when it's not raining) to check the aiming of these lights. I only did it last time against the garage door. I may pop over to my friends shop where he has the headlight aiming equipment. I hate being blinded by all the (high up) SUV's and truck lights and I wouldn't want to blind anyone else either. For now, I have just put everything back together and tided up all the LED wiring. I think that ends this little saga for now. I hope this has value for other members.
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  3. That's the plan now. For me, the downside is paying in US Dollars plus shipping to Canada. Gets expensive. At least the LED's work without the relay, so the relay can be added on at a later date. I'm very disappointed the "made in China" pos didn't work.
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  4. if you have inserted the converter as it should, rotating freely, you should if you measure from the edge of the casing with a stick, have a 1/4 of an inch on the hub of the converter deeper from that stick. On an FMX, the converter is out gears just 1/4 forward which is really easy to get when you wiggle the trans to mount it back. One thing I'd do is make sure it turns butter smooth when you install it outside the car, then use duckt tape from side to converter to keep it there and rotate it so it kinda match where the holes are on the flywheel. That may sound "non pro", but I'd really do that especially if you have no bridge to work and like me need to crawl on the floor to work. Here shamelessly using a snapshot of Ken's vid at bad shoe (his videos are excellent and make rebuilding a trans almost a walk in the park, worth every buxx) edit1: back in the 80's, i've installed a converter on my FMX, and because it was not fully engage, I've broken the center axle. The noise that it made was really scary :O So know that you're not the only one who been biatched and payed the price of a faulty install. edit2: if you have an external oil cooler, same: replace or purge. Because the filter inside is not really filtering small particles as an engine oil filter would.. Metal shavings are cancer for these trans. if one tiny one enters the valve body: end story.
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  5. I would definitely have a new converter in it. All those shavings are almost impossible to get out of an old converter. Also make sure to dump some trans fluid in the new converter before install, You want to spin the converter as you are installing it and make sure it seats all the way. You will here a couple clunks as it seats completely. If you don't have it seated properly you can easily wipe out a new pump. Once you have the trans bolted to the motor you should be able to move the convert slightly inside the stud holes of flywheel. Should be loose fit, if its bound up at all, your converter isn't seated all the way and you will smoke another pump. If it is loose in the holes, proceed to install the converter nuts on the studs.
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  6. Bob's a very busy guy, probably won't answer his phone, so better to send an email or just buy the relay kit, you won't be disappointed!
    1 point
  7. How are you installing it? Describe how you are putting on the converter.
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  8. Excellent explanation on "slop gray" David! I did not know this. You should do a write up and it should be made a sticky in the paint section. Since we have time, this should be a detail we could add with little effort. That green car is impressive! I've seen pictures of yours on this site and it is a perfect example of a survivor! Not sure if I've seen an engine bay pic though. Yes we are doing fine today. I spiked a minor fever this afternoon and felt a bit crummy so I took a nap. I lost sense of smell today. I peeled a fresh orange and couldn't smell it. My kiddos are fine so far, but both of us are positive, our house is small and no way to self isolate from them. There is no doubt in my mind that they too will contract the commie crud. Long term heart, lung and brain damage frighten me the most for all. Losing taste and smell ain't cause of a runny nose. It's my brain being screwed up.
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  9. I always disliked the 'dragging ass' stance. Who would design car to look like it had bad springs on the showroom floor?
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  10. Nice!, but I'm not going that far to hide the relays. BTW, I have removed the harness ready to send back for refund. I tested for power 12V through the fuse to the relay block and that was good. As I'm not up on electrical stuff, I have to assume that if there is power going in, there ought to be power coming out, but no.. So, not going to piss around with this anymore. Time to talk to Bob aka Rocketman.
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  11. Somehow I missed that you have Covid. I do hope you jump right past that. My neighbor in her 80's got over the holidays and spent 83 days in hospital and rehab. So it kicks older peoples ass. Keep us informed for sure and hope the kids are fine. I do not know if you know the history of the Ford Slop Gray paint. In the paint shop you are changing colors all the time as different cars come through. Ford collected all the purge paint and left over of every color and mixed it all together. As colors do if you mix white, black blue, red all colors together it always comes out a gray color. Sometimes darker some lighter. The parts I mentioned go painted with this more or less waste paint and the name Slop Gray got applied because it was slop mixed together. It does make the car look correct to open the hood and there be the different colors there not all satin black. The green car is one of our members and is a Concourse Restoration. It won Best of Show at this event in April with over 1,000 mustangs there so you know it is right. My car is an original survivor I ordered new and not restored. You can see the Slop Gray parts in some of the pics. I am doing a write up on the parts that have Manganese Phosphate on them also. That would be the hood hinges, hood latch mechanism, parking brake assembly, gas pedal and the upper mounts on the shock tower. It is not paint but a chemical process you can duplicate. I am one of those that if you are going to redo why not make it like Ford did cost the same and will add value for sure.
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  12. I have Rocketman's harness. And although I have not used it yet, it's an obvious quality piece, and he's a site supporter. I'd definitely recommend his product over an Amazon product.
    1 point
  13. As a convertible owner, I like that you sit IN the car rather than ON it. The driving, handling and braking on our cars is MUCH better than the earlier cars. I agree the mirrors are not terribly functional but they do look good. They are a bit challenging for long legged people. I've taken care of the seating position but the mirrors I'll live with. Overall it's my most comfortable pair of old shoes!
    1 point
  14. Big news on my project—it’s shiny! Monday was paint day. I got up at 5:30am and called AAA because I had “car trouble”. The tow truck showed up and hauled the car to work for me. I got there early and moved everything into place and started my final prep work. Then I got the best gift I could ever ask for in this project. My co-worker Frank who runs the training center was going to help me! Frank is a fantastic painter and super highly skilled, so this was a major bonus. Frank did the tricky bits of masking, questioned a few setup issues and led me to better decisions, and made some prep suggestions that I followed closely. With his help I was spraying the first coat of basecoat before noon! When it was time to clear, Frank volunteered (at least that is how I remember it...LOL) and he went to work. Two coats later, it all looks awesome...and then it didn’t. We had used some of the hardener that I had opened up for painting door jambs and the trunk however long ago, and it wasn’t a good idea. There was some sort of reaction that looked a bit like chunky clear and solvent pop. Doh! Fortunately I blocked 2 days of my calendar and the training center for this, so in early again on Tuesday and I went to work. The training center has the coolest sanding machine called a Festool. It is a self contained electric Dual Action sander/vacuum system. I sanded the whole car in hours and created no dust anywhere. Frank showed up a bit later and did a lot of the hand sanding where I couldn’t with the DA and we were back in the booth by noon. There were a few touch ups where I cut through on edges but that didn’t take much time. Frank switched up the materials to use a different clear and laid down 2 of the slickest coats ever. He did get a run in the fender, but so what. Had I sprayed the clear, we would be measuring the number of runs per panel. So lucky for Frank’s help! I owe that guy! We were done early enough that he was able to spend some time showing me how to do woodgraining (picture attached). He convinced me to leave it overnight to air dry, then we baked it first thing this morning. After cool down I carefully stuck the fenders on and called AAA. Frank snuck in and sanded out the run, but I get to figure out buffing it. I said about 100 thank you’d to Frank and headed home. Now, time to put it together.
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  15. I'll know how good they are in a week or so. The story on them is that the seller bought them from a body shop that was going out of business and never used them. He claims they aren't warped and that all of the clip pockets are still in good shape. $235 total shipped.
    1 point
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