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  1. It Was an emotional day today. It has been exactly 60 days since she passed and Fathers day and its the first time I seen her project car since her passing. Body work completed and epoxy primed. Block and paint next couple weeks. I attached a couple of pics because I told her that her dream car would be completed for all to see.
    12 points
  2. Shot I took in the garage today.
    9 points
  3. David, think again about what you've written - all of it. It's all part of a conversation, not just pot shots here and there. Based on all of that, you're basically throwing rocks at people who disagree with your opinion of what people should actually do, and/or those aren't interested in your [overpriced] car (Hey, you so much as admitted to it - tell me I'm wrong). Calling most people 'talkers and not doers.' That kind of pisses me off. I'm sorry, but I didn't exactly 'talk' my car back together. What I didn't already know, I learned here and by actually doing it myself. So many others have similar stories. Proclaiming that you don't have a wife telling you what you can or can't do, or can or can't buy, insinuates that 'most people here' do, with an air of arrogance that I actually find offensive. I, as well as most people, couldn't care less how much people can afford or are willing to spend on their cars, because this site welcomes everybody from all walks of life to share their experiences, information, and opinions regarding all things '71-'73 Mustang. Believe it or not, I actually admire those with the skills and wherewithal it takes to restore these fine automobiles. Bashing people for their choice in restoring a rust-pile rather than buying something they're not interested in simply because it makes more sense [to you] to spend more money up-front is insulting - especially when you basically admit to being one of those overzealous and greedy flippers that so many people despise. So, I must be a lawyer [or congress person] because I can write well, and feel like I need to break things down when you apparently don't understand what is being said?! Well, let's just say that my motivation comes from years of experience in dealing with similar, like-minded folk, and that I won't make any comments about your being from the backwoods in the South suffering from old fartitis, because that might be insulting to old farts from the backwoods of the South everywhere. And I'm not even going to dignify any comments about impeachments (past, present, or otherwise) with further response, other than this is the wrong part of the forum for any discussion of that topic.
    9 points
  4. This is a bit of a ramble -- I'm just so thrilled my car is running (and running good!) it's hard to organize my thoughts around "What next?" Actually, when the car came to me by carrier, the driver drove it off the truck and I drove it from the street to my driveway. That was the first time I drove it; today was the second. Now I need to figure out what next besides the obvious, and in what order. Have replaced: timing chain, water pump, alternator, radiator, thermostat, fuel tank, sender, etc., battery and a rebuilt p/s pump. But I hit the wall trying to get it started again so I sent it to professionals (lol). Dang -- now it starts by just looking at the key (it seems). Hope that lasts. But the first real drive, just a few miles because the tires are (very) old: the acceleration is *excellent*, mufflers have an awesome, deep rumble and brakes are good (good pedal response, no squeaks or pulling and they stop the car). Steering is well assisted but overall front suspension seems a little squishy and vague. Both front and rear seem to bounce a bit more than is normal. Transmission engages without issue, shifts normally, downshifts unnoticeable. All the gauges work. Tach, too! The obvious: need a new top and tires. Tires are a conundrum because I don't plan to keep the current wheels (first choice is forged aluminum slot mags). And ultimately a paint job, but that has to wait until a visit to the body shop. Except for tires, I place all that in the appearance category, which is a lower priority than getting a safe, drivable & reliable vehicle. All that aside, I am just so dang happy. And I couldn't think of anyone that would appreciate that more than y'all.
    8 points
  5. Thought I would share a few shots of my 71 and my wife's 70 that she did the majority of the work on herself.
    8 points
  6. On my GT, not my Mustang, but figured you guys would appreciate anyway. You've seen the movie, no? ;-)
    8 points
  7. two months ago, my son donated me a professional photo shoot. I like to share these pictures with you. Cheers Frank
    8 points
  8. Just wanted to share my windshield installation. I notice a couple of other post but there wasn’t much for the front windshield. I hope this will help someone in the future. Some of the prep work I did first was to recoat the two window rest brackets. They originally had a rubber coating on them that was dried out and brittle. I consider different ways to replace it and ended up deciding to use Plasti Dip rubber coating. I dipped each rest 4 times to build up a nice layer. Next, I checked the window frame area to make sure all areas were smooth and clean. I finished up by replacing all the molding clips with new ones. Make sure these are seated all the way down. I installed the rest brackets. Next with the aid of my helper (wife) we did a dry fit of the windshield. This is to check the clearance around the edges and to see if any shims might be needed on the rest to raise the windshield up. In my case I needed to add a shim on the right side. I used a piece of rubberized plastic. After reading several articles I decided to use 3M ribbon sealer as the adhesive. The following is the list of material I used. Plasti Dip 3M Ribbon Sealer - 08612 3M Primer – 08682 Don’t forget to get a windshield channel for the bottom. I used the primer on both the car and the windshield. During the dry fit I mark the windshield at the bottom where it makes contact with the car body. You will need this to know where to put the primer on the windshield at the bottom. I took the 3m ribbon and in one continuous strip place it on the car. DO NOT remove the backing. If you remove it make sure to put back on before placing the windshield in place. Using a small piece of wood about 4 inches long I went around the frame and pressed down with a little pressure on the ribbon sealer to make sure it was adhered to the frame. With the outer edge of the window primed and the channel on the bottom we went ahead and put the windshield in place. Since the backing is still on the sealant you can adjust the windshield as need. Once you are satisfied with its placement you can remove the backing. To do this sit in the car and push the top of the windshield out a couple of inches. You helper can then remove the backing from the sealant. Once remove allow the windshield to rest back in on the sealant. Now you will want to go around the windshield and press it into the sealant to set it in place. Once done you go ahead and put your trim back on. Several things to note. The painter had painted the A pillar and below the top of the cowl on the side. These areas can be seen through the glass so you will need to black them out. I had to remove the dash to get back in these areas to touch up with paint. You do not need to apply a lot of pressure to set the glass. The ribbon is 3/8 inch and I figured I compressed it down to 1/4 inch. Windshield rest brackets cleaned and primed . I painted black before I dipped them. After 4 dips. Note that I cut the backing tape at the corners but not the sealant. The two ends meet in the middle at the bottom. You can peel it off while placing the sealant just make sure you place it back on before installing the windshield. We placed the windshield on top of the roof since we needed the hood open and there were only 2 of us. Used a movers blanket for protection. Note the red paint along the A pillar and at the bottom. These areas need to be blacked out. Even with the A pillar trim in place you will see some body color. I put tape where the clips are so I know where to press when putting the molding back on. Window in and done.
    8 points
  9. Guess it's time I made an actual build thread for my car. It's since '06 when it was "completed" with a 302, 4 speed and 3.40 TracLoc 8". This is what I started with in 2001, 99% original, very straight, no accidents body. CT road salt had it's way with it over the years. Paid $700 and it ran and drove off a bottle. 302-2V, auto, 2.79 8" rear. PS, PDB, AM radio and that's about it. Car was sold new two towns west from where I live, and spent it's entire life two towns east. This is after all the sheetmetal replacement had been completed, engine compartment detailed, etc. I had a running, driving chassis with 302, 4 speed and a 3.40 TracLoc 8" rear. Interesting fact, 15 years ago today (4/11) I loaded it up and brought it to the body shop for final straightening and paint. Traded a 70 Torino GT project to have the car painted, you can see that to the right in the pic. I miss that car and am on the hunt for another one. In what could be considered a world's record, the car was finish blocked, assembled, painted and back home for final assembly in 45 days. I completed the final assembly, did the interior, glass, trim work and everything else to get it ready for my wedding day two weeks from when it came back home. Total time was 66 days from the time it hit the body shop, to the morning of my wedding day when I bolted on the Kelsey Hayes wheels. Still had some detail items to complete, but it made it through the day without issue, logging over 100 miles and getting rained on. Drove the car mostly untouched for years. Had a vibration vibration start one Saturday night coming back from a cruise in 2015, and determined that the 8" ate the pinion bearings, so I elected to swap it out for a 9" with 3.25 gears, along with new leafs to replace the now 45 year old originals. That's pretty much how it's been for the last six years, other than a wheel and tire upgrade, and this is how it sits now. Now it's time to turn the wick up and dump the ho-hum 302 for a proper 351C-4V engine and some other goodies along the way.
    7 points
  10. Just sitting here after a 100 mile drive looking at my car having a beer thinking………. Who does not find these lines sexy as hell! ?????? Anyone????
    7 points
  11. 7 points
  12. Holy Shamolee! It's a real Bobby-Dazzler!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    7 points
  13. I see more and more various people getting the johnson and johnson vaccine. This touches close to home for my family. My oldest daughter works for Grand River Aseptic in Michigan. Her job is basically production. She travels to Germany alot to purchase machines that produce the drugs, and packages them. She met with several Generals, Dr Fauchie and logistic distribution military personnel. As most know its a one shot vaccine, More important is it can be refrigerated not froze to negative #s. Also the other 2 vaccines only have a shelf life after opening of 6 hours. J and J has a shelf life of many days up to 30. This helps when you have people streaming in to get shots and you dont have to rush them through like cattle so the vac doesnt go bad. She texted me couple weeks ago and said......DAD I DID IT !! 4 million VACCINES GO OUT NEXT WEEK.!!! Im incredibly proud of her. She will touch many humans with her work. And save many lives.
    7 points
  14. Hi Just finished my DIY cover :-)
    7 points
  15. ... after more than 3 years of hard, hard restoration work (see my pictures in the GARAGE section) I enjoy with my wonderful wife the power and beauty of our orange 1971 C351-4V RAM AIR MACH 1 just anywhere on the road. This car was forgotten for a long time -burried in a dark garage for 31 (!) years long- and now this MACH 1 is on the road again. Loud and proud. I took these pictures ON THE ROAD in the last months in Switzerland where we live ... we share this with you and we hope you can feel the good vibrations of our MACH 1 world ...
    7 points
  16. Hey guys, every year again... Oh, wait, it's been two years since then... Sorry guys, I had to wait on the paint guy that long... Diseases and illness of him and many other not Mustang-related things took their time until everything fitted together like a guy and his Mustang! There were times I did not think I will be able to see a result in years! And there were times I weren't be able to hear the word "Mustang"! But: I am back! Tadaaaa! It's cold, ähem, gold outside, everywhere, just in time for christmas! My hard work on the panels has paid off! I am very satisfied as was the paint guy! Here are the results, the hood will follow soon... Now there will be more regular updates coming, reassembly is one great thing First was blocking, blocking, blocking... And more blocking! First gold color applied It seemed to have the right shade Then there were more Period correct transportation vehicle And now *paradiddle drums* I am happy and proud of The final result is fantastic! Xmas could come now More coming soon! Hope all of you and your families are well - take care in these times!
    7 points
  17. .... the mirror fell off during the trip. ....and battery was flatter than a witches tit He arrived yesterday ... so I'm BACK ! ! ! ! The only real items that are exciting my OCD is... the shifter seems looser than my green one, passenger door is tight - it needs a little more heft to shut it (all the weatherstrip is new I noticed) The ignition leads are a bit yukky -- I'm swapping those Fuel filter close to carb has a slow drip - pipe is a bit perished Nice bits It is clear that this has been super loved No oil -trans-differential leaks ... I always had a little pink drip and some diff fluid on the garage floor with my old one if I hadn't run it up in a week Oil is new clean clear - residue free even the Buzzer works when you leave key in, my green one was dead, it has long headers on ...OMFG is this loud - it has a different engine note comparing with greenie. Firewall and floors are rock sold with me going around with magnet and a hammer. They left photos of restoration in trunk and engine /trans rebuild (i'll post those up once I've scanned them) I've ordered Marti Goes on high lift soon for safety inspection _ more pics to come.
    7 points
  18. Today, I took a few more new pics of my Mach 1. Here's three, but checkout my garage for others.
    7 points
  19. I'll take a lawyer over a hypocrite any day of the week.
    7 points
  20. Weston Robert Days came a week ago healthy and safe! A couple days after I got my parts car home. Taking time to be with my family but can’t wait to take home on rides in the Mach 1!
    6 points
  21. @bishoppeak thx man Today was an exhausting day again. Spent like yesterday the entire day crawling under car, on the floor, and up, and down and up... Played with acid and finished to remove what was left till the member holding the trans support. Will take it from there again when I will handle the underside, so I needed create some overlap. While there, I saw brown... so I know already I will be crawling again when I'll do the floors! :( Also did entire frame from torque boxes to radiator and all the rust is now gone. Thanks to a thick layer of oil and grease from unknown origin, the car was as seen yesterday surprisingly rust free. Only a tad under the tower where the lower arms hang. Now clear of this brown misery At the end of this tiring day, sprayed some protective zinc, looked at it and thought: next step epoxy baby!! And closed the garage lights, hungry and with muscles crying for rest! Now totally tired, BUT very happy to finally have the entire bay solid and ready for some durable finish. looks now a whole lot better than few months ago! This also means that I'll be able to work on the suspension/steering parts finishes and install most of them (car needs to be able to roll). Which in return will recreate some really welcome space in my tiny crowded garage! Now excuse me I nee..zzzzzzzzZZzzZ
    6 points
  22. Man thank you all so much for the kind words and support. I dropped the car off at the painter yesterday I can’t wait to share pics with everyone! im headed back up to anchorage to be with my wife and soon enough we will have our son which I’m so ready for, appreciate everyone!
    6 points
  23. Oh yes -- big shake down after all my work and boy - now feels like a new car -- I'm going to have to change my signature from the old green one .
    6 points
  24. I have never cared what other people thought about the 71-3’s... I like them, would never own any other. Nothing wrong with the 73’s either....
    6 points
  25. I know you were dying to see pictures of the underside and engine bay, so I took some pictures for you. I had gotten the leaf springs painted the same Chassis satin black, and got them installed next. I also cleaned up painted the axle tube and got it positioned on top of the leaf springs. I was cleaning up the passenger side shock mounting plate and found that it had been repaired with some welds of unknown quality. I've got Don at OMS on the case getting a replacement. I also got the upper and lower control arms installed and also the strut rods and front sway bar. I tried to use a coil spring compressor with the moveable arms that sit inside the spring, but I had a terrible time with it. I finally broke down and bought one that bolts to the shock mount and runs through the top of the shock tower. It worked like a champ. In the meantime, the seat covers from TMI came in. I think they will look pretty nice with the dark green body. And so they go back in the box, to wait for a week or two, until it's time to start working on upholstery. In the meantime, I was cleaning parts in the media blaster and noted that the compressor was sounding lounder than it should. I removed the shroud and found a loose bolt on the fan. I tightened it, and restarted the compressor and HOLY COW! was it loud. I immediately shut it down and started looking some more and found one piston had pretty much disintegrated and destroyed the cylinder. A went online to see about ordering some parts, only to find that the parts I needed to repair my 25 year old, second hand Sears Craftsman compressor were no longer manufactured and no longer in stock anywhere. To make a long story short, I now have a new compressor and have been working on getting it plumbed up and running. While I was working on cleaning and painting parts, I also cleaned up the old center section. It was a 2.75 open diff, so I had ordered a trac-loc differential for it and new 3.50 ring and pinion gear set. I spent 2-3 days putting it together, but got it all set with perfect backlash, and a really nice wear pattern in the yellow paint. I made a simple tool with some scrap metal to dial in the carrier bearing preload and to make adjusting them easier. It's not perfect, and it's not pretty, but it litterally only took 10 min to make, and it works great. As I was looking it over one more time, I discovered that the differential was soooo close to the pinion nose bearing, that I couldn't tell if it was rubbing or not. My 0.005 inch feeler gauge wouldn't pass so I pulled the diff and ring gear out, along with the pinion and ground and rounded off the edge to give the ring gear a little more room. I reassembled it, and got it dialed in, again. I was so glad to have that done, but then the really fun part was to begin. That was getting the pig under the car, and then laying on my back, getting it on my chest so I could get it into the axle. Oh, and the gasket sealing compound was smeared all over the axle flange and around the base of the studs. It was a major pain in the backside, but I got it onto the studs. I tightened the nuts and then torqued them all down to spec. I used a 6 in extension and crows foot so I could torque the bottom nuts that you can't get to with a ratchet. Overall, I a pleased with how it came out (er, ah, went it). Now, I am on to the rear brakes. But wait, I am also working up front. I installed the front brake splash shields, put the new races in the new rotors, packed the new Timken bearings and got the rotors bolted onto the spindles. I couldn't help it, so grabbed the new front tires and put them on, just to see what it was going to look like. So there you have it. Making progress on the Rickster, slowly, but surely. It's come a long way in the last 9 months, but still has a long way to go. Hopefully, though, it will be going to the paint shop soon.
    6 points
  26. Today, I took Frank out to get his annual inspection for registration, and decided that since it was such a nice day, I’d stretch the ride home out a bit and swung by the Vietnam Memorial at the airport. Since I have a cool new phone, it was such a nice day, and I’d always wanted some pics like this, I figured why not? I've always wanted a pic like this. Perfect day for it. My favorite of the bunch - I love 3/4 views of these cars! This one makes the hood look really big, and those are indeed bug splats on the windshield. Time for a bath! One of these days, I really need to get the trunk lid aligned... along with the doors, too. Good job, body shop. All that glass in the rear, and still can't see sh!t out the back. Oh well, unless I'm backing up, I really don't care what's back there - LOL! Sorry it's been so long, but we've been a bit busy. Mom passed on 14 Jan - her medical issues finally caught up with her... at least it was peaceful and quick. The day after, my pal Dave showed up and we swapped the engine, transmission, transfer case, drive shafts, exhaust, steering column & brake pedal assembly from my Jeep to his new project (after I pulled all of the same out it), and a week later he took it home to Phoenix to start in on his own Jeep project. Now I need to finish tearing down the engine for the machine shop, rehab the transmission and transfer case, rebuild the steering column, clean up the brake pedal assembly, and put it all back together, along with paint the new YJ top and 'paddle handle' doors Dave brought me, install a new carpet kit, update the stereo, (re)install the A/C, and rebuild the TJ seat brackets for my CJ-7 to be road-worthy and ready for the future. I'm planning on retiring in another 7 years, so I'm hoping to have all my major projects out of the way by then so I can just enjoy my toys going forward. Here's the link to my Jeep blog with all the gory details of the engine swap so far: http://mister4x4.net/mister4x4/category/jeep/
    6 points
  27. Though it’s more of a video where I’m talking through a slideshow of my work I hope you still find it enjoyable. I promise to be better about filming!
    6 points
  28. Finally starting to work underneath the car again and got the fuel tank installed. Had to call the wifey to come down and help hold it up so I could position in place then attach the straps. Found my original evap hose with the part numbers still on it. Got the fuel filler neck in and the rubber gasket. Next up is the honeycomb moldings, then onto the rear suspension restoration.
    6 points
  29. Decided to tackle this little project. The car came with a center console that was in less than desirable shape but not bad enough to toss so I decided to try a few things. First there was a section missing, so I took an extra kick panel I had and cut it to shape the outline of the forward drivers side. then steel wool on all the trim and masked. Sprayed with some duplicolor flexible vinyl paint I believe it was. second, found some textured black abs plastic on eBay (12” square 1/8” thick) and fabricated a cover and made a cup holder where the ash tray was and a usb charge dock. This was nice not only for the cup holder but to cover the holes from previously installed switches. overall I’m pretty happy! And maybe when the time comes I can get a new 700$ one but for now this will do! Hope it inspires someone else with a broken center console.
    6 points
  30. Heres my attempt to video my install of the Hood Lock Kit (32 piece from Ohio Mustang Supplies) since I was not able to find any YouTube videos on this...don't hate... I'm just a learning as I go and sharing back what I am in case someone else can use it -) https://youtu.be/T0qUKwTL43g
    6 points
  31. This is my version of my 71 Sportsroof. Has 460 with C6 and 3.73:1 rear end. 3 1/2 years of work and 99.95% done. This is dedicated to my brother.
    6 points
  32. [/url] This one's not virus related, but funny, anyway
    6 points
  33. I'm now back in operation as of Feb. 23, 2020.
    6 points
  34. From the original carb to sniper.
    5 points
  35. I took a quick and shaky walk around video today. The new clutch fan is running nicely, the new seat belts and the new NOS rear bumper are seen.
    5 points
  36. The Karlsplatz in Front of the Heidelberg Castle was empty as never bevor. There are usually hundreds of Tourists here to take Pictures. Such a Phote would never be possible at normal Times. Strange feeling this Emptiness in our City. Corona makes it possible. It´s bad. Stay healthy and many Greeting from Heidelberg in good o´le Germany.... Klaus
    5 points
  37. Brad lived in California and was a lifelong environmentalist. He was sick of the world; of Covid-19, Brexit, Russian belligerence, global warming, racial tensions, and the rest of the disturbing stories that occupy media headlines. Brad drove his car into his garage and then sealed every doorway and window as best he could. He got back into his car and wound down all the windows, selected his favorite radio station, started the car and revved it to a slow idle. Four days later, a worried neighbor peered through his garage window and saw him in the car. She notified the emergency services and they broke in, pulling Brad from the car. A little sip of water and, surprisingly, he was in perfect condition, but his Tesla had a dead battery.
    5 points
  38. Up and running at last. Primed the oil and fuel and fired it up for the first time yesterday. Started on the first crank and after a slight timing adjustment, runs great. Went for a spin round the block today. Still a few things to tidy up, wheel alignment, brake bleed and check all the electrical after the complete re-wire, full tune-up etc. Took a bit longer on the final assembly as the car came in pieces and being my first Mustang, I learnt the hard way which pieces need to go in first. Some of the reproduction items also don't fit exactly but with adjustments it all came together well. One thing I was really disappointed with was the quality of the new rear window trims, They are just crap, not much better than tin foil. Does anyone make a decent reproduction? In hindsight I would have glued them in and forget about the clips. I'll post some more of my build and some of the issues I had to overcome but for now here it is. Sorry David for the shiny hood.
    5 points
  39. I'm a clay bar guy as well. These photos were taken after clay bar and waxing the car. Last painted 1994 or 1995.
    5 points
  40. If they quoted you $3K find another shop. Chuck
    5 points
  41. Thanks for all the kind words. I have had those NOS stripes in my closet since 1985. In the picture note that I have used as many original parts as I can. Original 71 Magnum 500s, original Ford spoilers and mounts, front clips all Ford stuff, the Fenders, hood, hood locks, ram air system, grille, and of course the bumper. Rear bumper and hood locks were re-plated. These parts were not original on this car, but they are original. Kcmash
    5 points
  42. Ok, with some help from google streetview I am able to put up now and then comparison pics! Year 1857 1870's, same location as the photo above The above two photo's now: 1870's The above photo now: 1870's The above photo now: 1870's The above photo now: 1870's The above photo now: 1870's The above photo now: 1870's The above photo now: between 1870 to 1890 (photo taken from the poppet head of the next photo down) The above photo now: This gold mine was in the main street in the middle of town until just after the WW1, when they replaced it with a war memorial building. The shaft is still there, capped and directly underneath the newer building. The above photo now: 1930's. The soldiers memorial spoken of above is the first building on the left. The above photo now: A couple of old timer (Bendigonians) hanging around in front of the War Memorial in 1940 The above photo now: Bendigo's main street (Pall Mall) in the 1930's The above photo now (we've still got our 125 year old tramway, now for tourists): 1920's or 1930's The above photo now: 1890 The above photo now: 1945 The above view now: 1952 The above photo now: 1930's The above photo now:
    5 points
  43. Tony, that is just WRONG ... that work bench is too clean and nice looking It needs to have crap piled all over it :chin: or is that just me :whistling:
    5 points
  44. My money says those two are LS boys. With the 357C they used a high RPM intake with a low RPM cam. :chin: I tested a "Track Boss" intake in the late 80s on a Boss 302. It lost ET and MPH, put the stock intake back on and the power came back. Their definitive assertion that 351C 2V was the head for the street I found amusing. I also laughed out loud when they said the 4V was only good for a race engine turning 7500-8500 RPM. It may have something to do with Edelbrock only making a 351C 2V head. I wish I'd known that 4V heads were no good for the street before I built a 10:1 408C with 4V heads and a flat tappet cam. Maybe that is why it only made 529HP and 496 TQ. I didn't know I had to turn 7500 RPM either. (My tongue is buried deeply in my cheek.) Back in the day we would have referred to these two as Mullets. Chuck
    5 points
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