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  1. So as I have been spending a lot of time under my car lately cleaning and reprinting my axle housing, I can’t help but notice the now ugly contrast between my clean rear end and ugly undercarriage. Now I’m not doing a complete restoration at this time, and honestly…who the hell besides me will be laying under this thing and looking up there anyway? But nevertheless it bugs me a little bit. Is it worth is to just quickly clean this up and hit it with some Rust-oleum or am I just wasting my time and making a bigger pain for myself in the future if I spray it? Might there be a benefit of preventing or slowing any continued growth of this surface rust? Is there any particular product that works particularly well for this? I know this is the classic, “mission creep” that people have mentioned on here but I just figured I ask. Seeing some of the super clean undercarriages on here leaves me drooling!
  2. Got the rear end all painted up and looking decent.. will probably try and clean up that center section a little bit more, but overall I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Gonna start putting it back together tomorrow. I appreciate everyone’s contributions to my thread here, I’ll definitely be reviewing these posts in the future when I do a more in depth resto. You guys all have some nice rear ends!! 😂
  3. I know this probably isn’t the correct way to do this, but I have no interest in completely removing my 9” to properly clean and detail it to a like new condition at this time…Minnesota winters are too long, and every day the car is in pieces is another day we can’t drive it. This car is a driver, and we want to get it back on the road ASAP. In the future, I will do a in depth restoration and I’m sure I’ll be kicking myself for not taking the time to do some things now but fortune favors the bold as they say, and me and the boy have cruising to do. I did the best I could with a wire wheel, and an acid solution to remove surface rust. Then we rinsed, thoroughly dried it, and gave it a coat of primer. Got some satin black Rust-oleum that we will be putting on tomorrow after the primer has dried. Reassembly with the new springs, shocks and sway bar hopefully later this week. I promised my son I’d let him drive it around the block for helping me out so much…gonna be a fun week!! Worst case scenario, this paint starts to flake and chip in a few months…it will still look a million times better than it did when we started!
  4. It’s a Mach 1. My wheels will completely cover the drums, so I’m not too worried if it burns off. I will have to get some satin black for the axle housing, I had no luck finding the black zinc coating that Aus73Mach1 mentioned. I’m just hoping I can get the axle clean enough so the paint will last. I’m planning on putting in a new center section in the future with a different gear ratio and some type of posi, so I won’t be spending a lot of time detailing that.
  5. Off to Wisconsin Dells for a few days with the kids tomorrow, but I got the drums primed and painted before taking off. Gonna detail and paint that 9” when we get back.
  6. Welcome from Minnesota, beautiful car you have there!
  7. Welcome from MInnesota, the car looks great! Nice and clean. If you click the "Garage" button towards the top of the page, you can add it there.
  8. Sandblasted and painted the u-bolt/shock brackets today…gonna sandblast the drum covers tomorrow.
  9. Wow that looks really good!! I'd love to get mine looking like that, but I don't have a sandblaster at home and I cant drag my 9" to work with me. I also don't really want to unhook the break lines and drive shaft if I don't have to...I did use a wire wheel on the axle as best I could, but I don't think I'll ever get all the surface rust off that way, I was just going to Rust-o-lium it and call it good. But maybe I will try to chemically remove the rust as you suggested, I didn't even know that was a possibility. So, using a muriatic acid solution take off the rust? And what is the acetone for? to neutralize the acid? And when you say wax, you mean car wax? like turtle wax or something?
  10. The boy and I tore into the rear suspension today! Here’s the look we are going for with my +2 springs from Eaton! 😂😂 Well, maybe not quite that wild….See my build thread for the details. 😀
  11. Well, the boy and I attacked the mustang with gusto today! Got a bunch of parts in the mail we have be waiting for, and wasted no time getting started. First things first, we tore out all the old stuff. I was pleasantly surprised to find that nothing really gave us much of a fight. I had been soaking everything in AreoKroil for the last week or so, and it seems to have done it’s job well…no torching, no cut wheels…just a cheater bar here and there and we had it all off. Here’s the old and new side by side…those leaf springs were pretty tired! My son was a huge help, I did the physically difficult tasks of breaking things loose then he took over and got all the nuts off. the u-bolt shackles came right off! These babies are coming with me to work tomorrow to get sandblasted and painted! After we got the old parts torn out, we turned our attention to cleaning everything up a bit. I don’t know when I’ll have the rear end tore down like this again, so I plan on thoroughly scraping, degreasing, and painting everything as best we can without actually unhooking the driveshaft. I was pretty pleased over all with the condition of everything under there, the car looks pretty solid. I think the leaf springs are original, as there is some blue overspray on them that you can see if you look close… here’s a few random shots of the undercarriage at various point of disassembly… I have to work the next 4 days, but we plan on doing some clean up and painting the rest of the week. Then reassembly with the new parts next week, really looking forward to getting back on the road and testing out all these new components. I do have a couple of questions on some things that I will post about separately…but overall, today was a great day
  12. Ya, the switch works fine. I think it is the connection in the harness. Is it difficult to pull the wires and re-crimp? I don’t want to damage the plug on the wiring harness.
  13. Thank you for this explanation. While digging around in there and found this…the yellow plug I have inserted powers those latch release motors you mentioned….I didn’t even know I had them! What a cool feature. The other yellow plug doesn’t seem to do anything at all?? The one that is plugged in however, will power those latch releases no matter which of those 3 sockets it’s plugged into. The drivers side one kinda hangs up though, and doesn’t fully release that lever, I’m guessing that’s why someone unplugged it previously. Do you think my courtesy lights just have a weak connection in the wiring of the gray plug? You can see in this video, it kinda works but only if you find the “sweet spot”. IMG_7885.MOV
  14. My drivers side courtesy light switch has been broken for years, and I figured it should be a pretty simple fix to attempt. The actual switch is broken, the button will not pop out when the door is open, it stays permanently in the closed position. I ordered new switches and they physically work great, but electrically something is wrong and I have no idea where to begin to fix it. I tried installing the new drivers side courtesy light switch tonight to no avail…it is my understanding that the drivers side switch should have a 2 prong plug, and the passengers side should have a 3 prong plug…I seem to have 3 prongs on both of my plugs, and they appear to work intermittently depending on how you hold the wiring. Is this a grounding issue? Did someone incorrectly rewire this car at some point? My drivers side switch has 3 wires going to it, while my passengers side has 5. Now I’m no electrician, and I don’t really know how to read an electrical diagram. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might be going on here? IMG_7881.MOV
  15. I have seen several posts on here where people are refencing their Shop Manuals for torque specs, wiring diagrams, etc. Where did you all get yours? I have seen several different versions of these on eBay and from other retailers online, some are digital and some are physical books, some appear to actually be from Ford, and others appear to be some type of reproduction. And of course, there are always the Chilton/Haynes manuals. I am looking at getting a set of these, but I don't want to waste good money on crappy manuals.
  16. Oh, so your talking about those other amber lights below the headlights then. I've never noticed those before, I have a 71/72 grill on my 73...I wonder if I could put those on, they look cool!
  17. After reading this thread, I'm still a little confused...when we say "Sport Lamps" are we talking about running lights/parking lights? As in, the two amber lamps next to the headlights? Mine come on at the first position of the headlight switch, and they just look cool.
  18. We've been loosing a lot of these classic rock icons lately, sad stuff indeed. Most new music is complete garbage.
  19. Another dusty bogan for the site! Nice car, and welcome from Minnesota!
  20. This just so happened to arrive in the mailbox today….Looks like my car has a twin somewhere out there! I hope it’s still out there galloping!
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