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  1. I apologize for my slow response on this. For anyone that I've answered about parts, I still have them. I've also had local people hitting me up, which has led to some of the delays. People contacting me and setting up times to meet and never showing, and one person that when I didn't respond, sent me multiple videos of a garages burning down, which I can only assume is a threat. On top of that, getting the body out of the garage has not gone as quickly as I expected. I'm not as young as I used to be, and have no help in getting anything done. I'm sort of less motivated at this point, deleting the local listing, and not entirely certain how I'm going to proceed.
  2. Okay, I’ve responded to everyone via PM. If I had mentioned that I need to get rid of the body to make room, I’m planning on doing that next weekend. Thank you!
  3. Sounds good. I need to get rid of the main body before I have room to spread more stuff out. When I can get to that, I'll take pics.
  4. Sorry, I typically work 10 hour days and have weekends off. Worked a little extra this week. I'll try to respond to everyone by tomorrow. Had a few local people tire kicking and wanting to take everything for less than I'd get for taking the body to a recycling place and get the weight in scrap.
  5. Hello everyone. I've got a 73 Mach 1, which was a replacement for a different 73 Mach 1 that I had nearly finished but was totaled due to deer and a median. First one was a normal Mach 1, current one is a Q-code. The body: I'm gonna say not much value here. I started this project, and put in custom made subframe connectors complete with replacing the transmission crossmember and custom brace to fit a T-56 six speed. Decided to switch to tackle the rust holes at the bottom of the drivers shock tower. Removed the upper a-frame arm brace, made a patch for the shape down there out of 14 gauge, started welding it, and that's where I stopped. Front suspension not on the vehicle, and it's in the middle of a custom build for a non-stock transmission. Drivetrain: 351 Cleveland with the close chambered 4V heads, was pushing around 450hp when I stopped driving it. Brand new (around 20 years ago, bought from Tremec) unused T-56 six speed. I kind of have a preference of keeping this. Could maybe be persuaded to part with it. I would need to lube things up and do a leak down test before I'd consider this. Either the engine is good and I wouldn't let it go cheap, or it's not good and I wouldn't want to cheat anyone. Parts: I have nearly everything to assemble one car, though it's all in original parts kind of shape, nothing pristine like NOS. Because of the two cars, I have duplicates of some stuff like the quarter panel and fender extensions, two front bumpers, two dashboards including two sets of tach gauges and the center console gauges, two sets of headlight buckets/mounts. I have the folding rear seat from the Q-code. Some interesting items I had collected for my first car are power window regulators including the glass with the cutouts for them, quarter window regulators. I also have 2 sets of oem steel doors, and one set of fiberglass doors (one was prepped and reinforced and used, other one is as is bought brand new). I'd really prefer to just get rid of as much as I can in one go. I'm trying to clear the space, have less to deal with in a planned move within a year, and am just planning on using the money to pay down my remaining credit card. As for the reason I'm getting rid of this project, well, it was something I was extremely passionate about when I was a kid. I took a job where I moved and traveled extensively for 14 years, and now around 20 years later, I just can't motivate myself to work on it anymore. I got into motorcycles and machining, and would like the space for spreading out my machines. If you have started restoring a car, then I would highly recommend that you don't allow something to get in the way for such an extended period of time.
  6. I'm trying to stay focused, but that's hard when I have too many projects going on. I did a little more hammering tonight, and I'm making some very slow headway. This piece is almost to shape. One more day of hammering and fitting and hammering and fitting, etc. Hopefully one more day anyway.
  7. I've made a little bit of progress, but only minuscule amounts. Work keeps getting in the way. I'd be interested in seeing a picture of the radius turning tool if it's not a pain though. As for my patch, I'm actually getting it much smoother as I shape it a bit more. One side of the shock tower is pretty good, the other side needs a little more curve to the shape. I'll see what I can do tomorrow.
  8. I appreciate the responses. I can't really justify to myself spending $700 per side. I also realize I'm taking the cheap but hard way out here. As much as I can't wait to have this part done so I can start making fast progress in putting in the stamped sheet metal pieces I have, I'm seeing this as a challenge. To see if I can do it. To that end, I visited a metal salvage yard today. I picked up some steel tubing, about 1.5" x 3.5" with almost 1/4" wall thickness. Got some 3.5" round stock for making some anvils. Some 1/4" flat bar stock for adding gussets to the frame work. I also got about 14" piece of 1" threaded rod with acme threads and a giant nut for it. In other words, except for some miscellaneous hardware like bolts for the anvils and needing to make a wheel for the adjustment mechanism, I have enough material to build an english wheel. It cost me $50 for the steel. I even got a piece of 3/4" x 4" flat bar stock just because. I'll need to use a piece to make a ball turner for the lathe to get the crown profile on the wheels/anvils, but I've needed to make one anyway.
  9. Hello, I posted a month or two ago in the introductions forum about finally getting started, again, on my old Mach 1. I was asked for pictures, and of course I've been slow to get anything done. Always seems that life somehow gets in the way. I have too many hobbies I think. I've recently decided to try to get some extra side work doing machining in my garage to buy a new TIG welder. Anyway, the biggest point of contention for me in starting in on this old Mach 1 was the shock towers, knowing I couldn't just get replacement panels. So, I have carefully removed the bracket that's inside the shock tower reinforcing it, and then managed to remove the bad portion of the shock tower. This is the lower driver's side. I made a leather sand bag out of an old welding apron, bought the highest quality nylon tear drop hammer from harbor freight, and have gotten started trying my hand at panel beating with some 14 gauge sheet metal. I'm beginning to think I may need to build an english wheel though.
  10. Just thought I'd pipe up. I'm just now restarting a project that has been a lifelong obsession that dwindled when I took a job travelling and quickly lost track of time for 12 years. I'm in a better place to be able to do a proper restoration now anyway. I'm doing a 73 Q-code, and I binge-read this whole thread this evening. I've gotten a lot of inspiration from it, and some things to keep in mind like the EFI for when I get to that point. Thank you for documenting everything so well!
  11. I'll work on the pics. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like much at the moment. It's almost down to just being a shell. At this point, I've made and installed my own subframe connectors along with new floorpans. While doing that, I removed the cross brace that goes over the transmission and the trans support bracket bolts to, made my own that welds into the subframe connectors, and made my own transmission support to fit the T-56 I got brand new many years ago. But that's where it sits, needing lots of love. I've since noticed that there were rust holes on the shock towers where the bracket on the suspension side could trap moisture. I'm in the process of learning how to hammer 14 gauge sheet metal with a leather sand bag to try to repair that. But still, all in all, lots of tear down has happened, and not much for putting things back. Quick question though, I see there are a LOT more sheetmetal items available from Dynacorn than I have found at the very few places I've gotten parts from. Where are some good current options for getting some of those parts from? After I clean up the shop, I'll take some pics anyway.
  12. Hello. I joined a while ago, and have been trying to find the time and motivation to once again start work on a 73 Mach 1 I've had for a while. It seems every time I would get started, I'd immediately have to start travelling again for my last job. Well, I've finally switched careers to a job where I don't travel anymore. In the mean time, I've managed to pack more stuff in and around my Mustang in it's garage, but a lot of the items may prove useful in doing the restoration anyway, considering I'm not keeping it stock. Some of the additions to my garage are a Bridgeport mill and a metal lathe. I've already enjoyed making some parts for the motorcycles I ride. Anyway, I've finally gotten an air line ran to that garage, so I can finally start work on the Mustang again without having to move the air compressor around, and without the extra noise of it being in the garage I'll be working in, which is nice. My schedule is working out nicely so I can spend my off weekdays working out there. I look forward to reading lots of posts here for more updated information about what's available than I'm remembering from 15 years ago, and looking at pictures to help build and keep my motivation. Cheers!
  13. Hello everyone. I've slowly gotten started on my project, finally. In between work travel trips, I've managed to finally get the T-56 support made. I had started this project over 10 years ago before there were any kits to fit this in the body, so I had to keep going with what I started. I had already made a new crossmember going over the transmission, and needed to make a support to bolt in to actually hold it. I wanted to get that done so I could pull the motor and trans back out and finish welding the floor, tunnel, and firewall, and get started on the inner fender aprons and cowl. I'm still learning a lot about tools and the right order to do things in, but I've got some good experience working with metal in general. Shaping it and welding, I'm good to go. Here's the transmission support. I should point out that this was test fitting again after only partially welding it: And the engine and transmission pulled back out, finally: I'll try to update as I get more done. Dan
  14. Just curious as to why it's a no-go with a functional ram air setup. Is there something about the cooling with fresh outside air that makes it not work, or is it simply the spacing, or height of the carb is off? Just curious. I have all the stuff from the hood for functional ram air, but I don't have the air filter housing that matches up. I figured when I got closer to being done, I'd just make my own to match up whatever carb height to a filter with a housing that will mate up to the ram air on the bottom of the hood. Granted, I don't have the air gap intake, and don't know that I'd buy a new one just to change.
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