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  1. I had just gotten the car fired up after sitting at my brothers house for 4 years without it running. Anxious to see what it could do and to give the engine a good "blowing out" I drove to the local 4 lane highway and I laid into it on the entrance ramp. As I reach the top of the ramp getting ready to merge the speedo said 75 and as I looked into the side mirror I saw the local police coming up on the main highway behind me. I figure he would light me up but instead he just stayed on my tail. Laying off the gas and taking the first exit I took the back road back to my house with him in tow. After pulling into my drive he pulled up and got out of his cruiser. He ask how I was doing and I said fine. He mention that he had clocked me at 77 and I told him that it was the first time out with it and I wanted to give it a good run and I said I was sorry. He looked at me with a half smile and said that with a car like that he would of gave me up to 90 mph before considering pulling me over. Come to find out he was into muscle cars and he has a 69 Chevelle SS with a 396. After talking cars for about a half hour he said he had to get back to work. I have seen him numerous times since then and we have become friends.
    10 points
  2. Got the ram air flat coil hood springs done today. Maid a jig to open up the spring to get the paint between the coils.
    7 points
  3. I have a saying -- "Putting on the uniform is above and beyond -- what they do after that, is astonishing ." If you are from a forces family or been in service directly -- shout out My dad Below - pilot flying Vulcan's out of Waddington, Lincoln, UK. Flt LT Clarke
    7 points
  4. Was working on a detail in my garage and couldn't help to notice how hot she looked parked on the side. Mighty fine!
    7 points
  5. I’ve realized that one has to be careful with all the attention these cars bring. I had someone stop traffic until I acknowledged his thumbs up (I was pumping go juice), to having another taking a picture while driving at 70mph! However my favorite story, so far, was when I bought the car and went to switch the title they told me I had a year to get it inspected. Thought it was peculiar since NC does not require an inspection for older cars. Put it off for 8 months, when I finally went to get it “inspected” at the DMV he came out and took a picture of the vin and car. That’s when I found out they were just checking to see if it was stolen. While waiting, had a guy come up to talk about it. 5 minutes later a State Trooper pulls up behind me, gets out, and asked “who’s car is this!”? OH CRAP. Now, I’m thinking there goes my purchase price and why oh why did I drop more money into it before this. “Mine sir” He then proceeded to hold his keys up in the air and asked “Wanna trade?” Somehow I was able to keep my composure enough to lean over and look around him at his fully equipped dodge charger, state issued, patrol car and reply “no thanks”. After a few laughs I proceeded to cuss him out for about giving me a heart attack as he didn’t know what I was there for. Well, if you made it this far, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did (?) and would love to hear y’all’s story’s! john
    6 points
  6. It's been four years since I completed the car. Bought it 1995 never drove it and stored it for nineteen years before spending three years restoring it. I thought I post some of my favorite my glamor shots over the past four years... And this is how it all started....
    6 points
  7. Today's images to share with the site; It is becoming "The Vision"
    6 points
  8. I guess they gave my car some love. Check pictures 9, 36 and 59: https://www.motortrend.com/features/ford-mustang-gallery-hot-rod-power-tour-2021/
    6 points
  9. Over the past few days I have been finishing up little things on my car. All new vacuum hoses properly run so everything works including Ram Air doors and heat riser motor. Installed all new exterior light bulbs, and modern 3 point seat belts. Mostly I have been driving every chance I get. Since the first engine start since 1992 16 days ago I have put over 300 miles on the car! I have other cars that are faster and handle better but none of them make me smile like this old girl. I have a silly SEG on my face the whole time I am out on the road. I still need to post up a walk around video and some glamor shots but for now here are two photos after the first wax job in 30 years. Oh, and a video of the idling exhaust with the tail pipes installed. No one around to rev it for me so that sound bite will have to wait... Life is good. 20210825_140923.mp4
    6 points
  10. Heading off to get the lower black out and hood black out done but it looked too good right here not to take a pic
    5 points
  11. Finished the refurbishing and reinstalling on the 71 Standard Interior (Base) Convertible rear seat side panels. Faux speakers covers are gone and the interior is now back to factory appearance. A bit of delicate work, I changed over the new (at the time) side panel wind lace and the new top window felt piece (I even reused the original staples from the factory so the appearance is correct). I installed new (3 pcs. On each panel) tonneau cover buckle snaps as well. A nice job to finally have completed and I can now enjoy looking in the back seat area…
    5 points
  12. Sure. A few people have mentioned power or handling, not being quite to their liking. Well, I like the car, for what it is, and what it is not. I don't drive like I'm on a road course, and, at the legal speed limits, the car is completely acceptable. I am not emotionally or attentively involved, when driving a new car....they're nothing special and nobody cares. I used to drive a 1930 Model A Ford as my daily driver. It rode bouncy, no radio, no heat, no a/c, ancient steering, etc, but man, did I love to drive it. I might make minor upgrades or adjustments to my car, but it will never be like a new car, and if you don't understand the feeling, the joy of owning and driving an old car, maybe you're in the wrong hobby. Oh yeah, there's this....
    5 points
  13. Haha! Hey it’s all good, I get it, technically they didn’t come on our cars but I feel like when the 69-70 cars came out and had them as an option it really stood out. I love the way they look. I feel like they give it an agressive style and seems how I’ve got the rear and front spoiler and super fat rear tires let’s top off that classic muscle car look with louvers!
    5 points
  14. USAF, 1973-1977, avionics tech. Sorry, no pictures, I was too busy fixing broke d--k F-4s and B-52s. Chuck
    5 points
  15. 5 points
  16. Time for a small update... 5 weeks ago, took my 73 with EFI for a spin, and pushed it a bit, ran super fine. The next morning, it started it, and ran like crap right away. The AFR (air fuel ratio) was showing the max the bradband o2 sensor can show. 35.6. Which means the mix was too lean. In return the computer compensates with fuel. In other words: lean condition on efi means the engine gets flooded in matter of seconds. Long story short, all pointed to a defect sensor, ordered one, which forced me to wait 2 weeks to test again. No change. Even swapped with the unit ment for my 429. Same except this time there was only one potential bad guy let over: the exhaust. The hedmans I have on my 351 are noisy by design, after I've changed the headers gasket with no change, I got so annoyed that decided to remove the header for inspection, tired of assuming... After enjoying a gym session to remove it on my driveway, it did not take long to spot holes that should not be there. 3 at the flanges. Placed where the tubes meet the flanges and where no gasket can seal. While at it, also flatenned the flanges to have more surface area on the heads and while doing this, also exposed more weak spots and holes in the making. I ended up welding in and out each and every flanges all around from behind, redid the sensor bung weld with extra thick hot welds and pressure-tested it. Airtight. High temp paint on them after a good brushing session and they were looking like a million again :D Few bad words later, after I've replaced the sparkplugs that had seen too many flooded conditions and resetted the unit. Turned the key, and that baby was turning as a clock again, with ideal idle mix AFR values! The computer agreed it was air tight and there was no more false air with unburned oxygen coming in! I plan to change these for a while but gld I did not as after looking at close ups of header from Hooker and others, even if coated and expensive, all the ones I saw are showing the same design that is ok for carb cars but will need correction. So instead of the nice coated headers I was thinking of I think, i will either let do custom SS headers here or buy cheaper version, correct and let coat over here... For now, really happy it's running great again even if that costed me a full afternoon to fix. That AFR issue fixed, it was time to return on the 71 and next was to secure 4 of the botls on the spindles with stainless safety wire. I had high grade SS 0.7 wire in house for that and as I couldn't find the same in 1 or 1.5mm, went over to plan b and tressed them before use them. Once in that state, they look thin, but man what a strong wire, I can tell you these won't let go for a thousand years at least!! It took a while but got them finally in place, similar as the original patern, but their twisted look made them look as if I knew what I was doing :D Then 'installed my new rotors with all new goodies in and out. Where most work went into slaming in these new us (with chinese sticker) stamped dust covers without damaging them. Ended up using the left over races to do that. All lubed in a good bearing grease, they now turn and feel like new. Wait... they are! And oh boy do they not look good on the spindles?!! :D Glad I did the extra mile to paint them! Then wanted to install the callipers but as they were not matching the greys and their protection could use a boost, I needed paint them first. As I was planning to install the sway bar as well, found out the hardware for it was also lacking long term protection. Thanks to a hole in rainy clouds, I was able to spray all this Saturday and plan was to install them back yesterday... But as always, plans changed and I'll be doing that next weekend! In between things, been busy restoring some of the last remaining rusty things on the front: the strutrods. As I wanted plate them this Sunday, I had to make sure they'd take a bath for the night. After a good brushing to remove the thick rust, that's exactly where they ended. By the morning the brown misery was gone and the metal back to a good a new state. Not super easy to plate, I ended up with a set of rods and their hardware in a zinc jacket by the end of the day. The very hard to turn nuts are now moving on the clean threads as if new. Should spare me some muscles when I'll place them back (I still remember the removal!!). They'll receive their specific grey, which I'll apply together with my center link that is waiting on my friend to return from his vacation as it needs to meet his press first to fix a bending... As I needed do more than usually, to plate the rods (moving them around often, change anodes positions etc), I wasn't able to install the calipers but managed to place this new swaybar. The original one wasn't present on the car and bought one made for 429 last year. No mickey mouse material for sure with its large diameter, after some gym I managed to have it almost in. But will need to wait till I can low down that car to have the right angle. As is, not in line, the polyurethane bushings do not allow me to play enough to bolt and have the last grommet on... I'll correct that and tight all the rest once back on the floor. And thats how you start the week with muscle pain. Again! :D To be continued...
    5 points
  17. My car has a cool story, I'm going to need guidance. I bought my best friend's '71 from her estate. She bought it 26 years ago when she was 16 and I was 17. She saved her money from working two summers at Subway. There was five of us that piled into a minivan and drove from MN to Long Beach to pick it up. We all went to prom in that car back in 1996. She died of an aneurysm last summer, her mom decided it was time to sell it. It had been sitting in the woods for quite a while, the tabs are from 2001. I couldn't let it go to a stranger, so I loaded it up on my husband's car trailer and brought it home. So here we are. I don't have a clue where to even start.. I put a jump pack on it, squirted some gas into the carb, jumped the ignition and it turned over and fired. I don't think she was aware of exactly how cool this car was when she bought it. Neither did I until I started really looking at it. It will be in our cold storage over the winter. Spouse said I'm just going to have to chip away at it one step at a time. It's a Cleveland, FMX auto, Vin is a 1F05H.. Any advise would be appreciated very much.
    4 points
  18. I got the same Summit Racing kit Kevin (and others) did - the kit is complete with mounting hardware (the hinges and latches pretty much stick onto the glass). They don't go all the way to the bottom of the window, but then again, who cares - that part doesn't need the shade that bad, anyway. They also don't hamper rear vis at all - just horizontal lines you barely even notice once they're there. The worst thing they do is rip a thread or two out of the duster when I use it if I'm not careful. I added a couple pieces of windlace to the last slat 'just in case' the trunk lid got too close... and it never does. This isn't even the best picture to illustrate how virtually invisible they become from the driver seat, but you can see inside from the rear quite nicely. I like it because it adds to the 'Day Two - Old School' restomod look. Big fat raised white letter tires on Cragars, louvers, louder than stock mufflers with headers, Lakewood 'slapper' traction bars, and what more do ya need (well... power windows & locks, AM/FM/BT/USB Retrosound stereo, modern HVAC, an AOD, and LEDs... but nobody can really tell with those, since they're not cosmetic). I can slap the pizza cutters back on and it'll look pretty near factory fresh. But why would I want to?
    4 points
  19. It was decal day and nearing the end of the....what do I call it? Paint resurrection? Paint correction? Because it does not look like the same car that has been sitting in my shop since April. I'll try upload some pics.
    4 points
  20. Enlisted US Army 1974-1978 Georgia Army National Guard 1978-1979 Commissioned US Army Reserve 2LT 1982-1984 US Army 1984-1995 US Army Reserve 2000-2011 retired Lieutenant Colonel
    4 points
  21. Its been a while since I posted an update. After completing the restoration, I have been attending various shows, including the Carlisle 50 Year Anniversary meet last June 2021, where the car was one of the featured cars, along with fellow members David Fowler and his one owner heavily optioned '73 Mach 1, John Wanzel and his beautiful Grabber Green '71 Mach 1, and Brian with his near perfect Green '72 Mach 1. Since completing the car, I decided to replace the 3.50 gears with 3.00 to improve highway cruising. highway rpms are lower now with the 3.00 gears and the original 3 speed C6 Automatic, making the highway ride more enjoyable for me.
    4 points
  22. I worked for the Navy as an uncivil civil servant for 33 years, does that count?
    4 points
  23. U.S. Army, Active Duty 11/1989 - 10/2016 Pic of me in Afghanistan heading out on a patrol.
    4 points
  24. Disassembled the front brakes, changed the anchor plates, installed new wheel brake cylinders and hoses, got the air out of the system and headed for a test drive. Everything's fine again. All new and functional. Test drive to the next ice cream parlor with a friend, following in a 67 Coupe. As you see I live in a rural area and the way leads very often through the woods. Frank
    4 points
  25. Turtle, Here is a couple that I could find quickly. Chuck
    4 points
  26. Wow, finally I finished the LH cowl, what a pian in the ass that was! So much work for a little bit of rot... In the previous post I started on the LH lower cowl. So this one starts with finishing that: The upper cown corner I cut out also had rust holes that needed patching: Upper LH cowl fixed as well: Next up: the upper piece that has a name but I don't know what it is. It needed patching as well: After patching I wanted the surfaces where I needed to weld to be rust free so I treated those areas with phosphoric acid: Worked very well: This is a stack of pancakes I baked: Today I finally had time to weld it back in place: Done: Another rusty corner of my car done. Took me ages coz I only have a few days a month I have time to work on my car. Next job will be the RH cowl! Oh joy, I can't wait! Pffff.....
    4 points
  27. Day 4 (St. Louis) Today was the longest leg. We went through a lot of highway which made the trip quick. We were expecting heat index of 110 today. It got there but in the early afternoon a storm came near by to lower the temps and hide the sun. It definitely helped. Another day of hitting the strip. Din 13.6 again at 106. In this trip i have done 8 passes at very consistent times. All at very hot temps. We were also spoiled with the Formula Drift guys practicing for their weekend event. Cool picture at an old bridge: A whole family of five traveling:
    4 points
  28. 4 points
  29. There appears to be some interest and I've had one request, so attached is the first draft of the conversion. Converting 1971-73 Mustangs to Tilt Steering using a 1986 to 1991 F-Series Steering Column.pdf
    4 points
  30. I could have owned this all original (at the time) 71 J Code Grande for $11k in 1990. Too rich for my blood back in the day. It swapped hands a couple times, the guy that bought it when I walked away, “restored” an all original, in already excellent shape car… I never understood why, but, it was his car. He sold it to the current owner who brought it to a local Mustang show today. I should have spent the $11k back in the day and I would have saved myself untold $1000’s I spent on other cars over the years… ce la vie)) Just thought I would post this rare car here, for those interested…
    3 points
  31. Hi again everybody,it's been a little while.Sometimes progress is just slow. But I have the new wheels on the car and it's perfect. They are Trans Am Race Engineering,Superlites.........all 4 are exactly the same size at 15x10, 4 inches of backspace.I may have to go one size wider on the front tires,but the 600x15s will work fine for now.I haven't changed the flares on the car.I don't really have to make major changes to them ,just tweek them for a bit more turing clearance in the front and hammer more curve into them in the rear. I do however have to trim the rear of the front valance by 1/2''. So now I can continue working on finishing the flares and moving on.
    3 points
  32. Installed a fuel pressure regulator. Actually took a fair amount of tinkering to cram it in there.
    3 points
  33. Yes, that will give you a functioning system. Make sure the PCV valve is correct for your engine and that the valve inside of it moves. When you shake it up and down you'll hear it move. The valve is controlled by a calibrated spring. Under high manifold vacuum the valve is partially closed, limiting the amount of extra air entering the manifold and reducing the lean condition. Under acceleration, when the manifold vacuum is low, the valve opens further, this is also when the most bypass fumes enter the crankcase. If the engine backfires the valve closes to prevent it from entering the crankcase.
    3 points
  34. I appreciate everyone documenting their dumb mistakes; it keeps me from making them. As for me, I NEVER make a mistake...
    3 points
  35. Proof is in the pudding…. I bought the car in July, 2015; it was delivered in early September. I drove it only once in later September, about 10 miles - it was in rough shape. After that drive I started the complete tear down and restoration of the car. Finished it (the main portion, anyway) in the Fall, 2017. From that time forward the car basically sat (I did try to drive it from time to time, but I knew the carb was hurting the engine if I ran it too long) due to the Q-Jet issues I previously noted here on occasion. It was very frustrating, to say the least. As I noted here recently, I was able to get the carburetor sorted with the help of a GM expert on these carbs. A couple days ago I felt confident enough to take her on the highway for the first time… It ran really well. Although not shown here, I did step on it on the return trip home on this highway. The 4 barrels kicked in nicely. Helped to clean out all the carbon deposits from previous ill running episodes, the main reason I decided to take her on the highway… The car showed 95,894 miles on it when I bought it in 2015. If you look closely in the video, you will see the current miles on it 6 years later… Sure, I drive ‘em like I stole ‘em, lol. Not the best video, but nonetheless, an achievement for myself and this car, long overdue. Cheers
    3 points
  36. A very good looking car. Welcome from Oklahoma. If you are considering new springs look at Eaton Detroit Springs. They are the only ones that have the correct ride height. Search this site for the stories about rear springs. Chuck
    3 points
  37. Nice looking car. I do like Studebakers, they've always had their own unique styling. I had an aunt and uncle who wouldn't own anything else, really pissed them off when Studebaker went out of production. The last car they owned was one of the last American built 1964 Larks. Before you start looking for an in dash tachometer you should take a look at Rocketman's (Bob) conversion. He'll take your idiot light pod and convert it into a 3-wire tachometer that looks factory, part number M7123S. Bob is a forum member and advertiser/site supporter Rocketman's Classic Mustang Innovations (rccinnovations.com) Welcome from Oregon.
    3 points
  38. The ceramic coating 24 hrs. later. A few pics.
    3 points
  39. This should help out.... MUSTANG DRIVE SHAFTS, U-JOINTS, SLIP YOKE.pdf
    3 points
  40. Well I splurged on a pair of these because one of the guys involved lives very near to me. And because out of 3 cars in the family they all have issues or cracks on these. Every time I find someone who has some they are usually broken and they still want a lot of $$ for them. These are also beefed up on one edge to make them stronger, and the plastic is not 50 years old. My first impression is how beefy they are. The texture is spot on and very crisp. I held one up to an old one in my car and it looks like it will be a perfect fit. Unfortunately I won't be installing them until I decide which car is getting restored first. I will post a few pics so you can see them. Feel free to ask me any questions about them, I will try to answer the best I can.
    3 points
  41. 3 points
  42. OEM Clock Ford Clock instructions https://www.rccinnovations.com/Instructions/Clock.pdf
    3 points
  43. End of day 3 is showing stunning results. And it's not done yet as there is more to go. I'm afraid I'm unable to replicate what is seen by the eye with a digital picture. Especially one from a flip phone. But here are 2 examples of passenger rear quarter (couldn't decide which one to post)...
    3 points
  44. Got some video footage with my gopro of before and after the install. You'll have to excuse the mess that is my exhaust - have it temporarily rigged up until I can take it to a shop to have tailpipes made. Its amazing how much the housing moved around with the leaf springs. The coilovers definitely don't have as good a ride quality, but they do a much better job of keeping the rear end rock steady. I've noticed it picked up a bit more acceleration, as more power is going directly to the wheels and not being lost in the leaf springs.
    3 points
  45. @tony-muscle Look who's car made a cameo in VGGs latest video
    3 points
  46. So folks, update time on the LED headlights and relays. Now it's getting dark earlier, I was out last night and took a few pics that I hope show the true benefits of going to LED headlights with the relays as described before. Below, the pic of the dash clearly shows they are definitely brighter now the headlight are directly off the battery via the relays.
    3 points
  47. Day 3 (Indy): Not too long of a trip from Dayton to Indy except that we drove through a torrential rain. The car behaved well except for a small water leak through the upper left corner of the windshield. The venue was at the Lucas Raceway. Off course, i run the 1/4 mile again at 13.6 @ 105. I am still struggling at the start. I think there is a lot of improvement there. Not too many pictures since i took more videos. It was fun to watch the different cars racing. Even an AMG with two bicycles on the roof, two big continentals, all kinds of trucks, a RX7 Mazda with an LS swap and many crazy stuff. This is my slip. I was the car on the left. Ignore the car description at the top since they dont mean anything. The other car was a not original Yenko Nova that blew me at the start. Love the name of this beer and its label:
    3 points
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