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  1. I always did like the Wimbledon White for the very reason that it looks warmer compared to what most consider 'pure' white. Pure white reminds me of a refrigerator...appliance white that looks 'cheap' to me and usually looks like it has a blue tint when outside. My 08 GT is Performance White and it seems to be right in the middle. Sometimes it looks a little warmer, sometimes a little cooler. Also, keep in mind that if you are outside, reflected light will give a color cast. A yellow house or lots of green trees/grass with make any white look yellower.
  2. Having driven a manual drum brake car as my only car (70 302 sportsroof) for awhile, to me their being original when new is not a selling point. Power drum brakes may be acceptable, I guess, but the manual brakes were a heartstopper. With everything else you've done, upgrading the brakes to power disc is a logical step and would increase the value if Ford parts are used. In my opinion....
  3. And that will be the day when someone breaks in and steals all your gifts!
  4. Well, I guess at a certain age Angry Birds is too complicated?
  5. Thanks for the reply. I remember reading about the steering box thing but never saw the reason/result until the other day. I found a small pic (but haven't found a decently large one) of the exhaust headers he had built for that car. It makes sense now. I didn't know if that box was a common thing or, as you say, Smokey being Smokey. I never did learn welding, wish I had. I do other kinds of fabrication and when I do something I haven't done for a while I find the quality at the end to be better than when I started. As for Allan Moffat, I had the opportunity to take some pics
  6. I've been following this thread sit it started since I am more interested in roadrace stuff than dragrace. I have to say that is a heck of a lot of impressive work. I have two questions. First...What are you doing with the steering box? I remember reading years ago about someone running a Trans Am car using the Australian Falcon RHD steering boxes for header clearance and cutting a hole for the mirror image box to fit in the car. But that was on a 69/70, so is it even practical (or needed) in a 71-73? Second...are you seeing an increase in weld quality from the start to the finish?
  7. I know it from passing thru there on our way down to Monterey...via 17 Mile Drive. Not because I saw The Lost Boys....
  8. The problem is that tends to lead to Lime Disease.
  9. I've heard the flash floods in AZ and NM can be quick and unpredictable. But there is Sedona...and Jerome.
  10. I think I may be conflating that info on Fords and Opels. Opel began using induction hardened seats in 72. Word of warning, don't get interested in more than one car make at a time...
  11. Chuck- Do you mean without installing new seats? The D3 heads ought to have hardened from the factory, correct?
  12. Hey, if nothing else, for the right price, they sit on your shelf until someone comes along doing the previously mentioned 73 Q code concourse restoration. Then you get to sell them for the 'right' price! Also, check the date codes. As mentioned in the other thread (and I had forgotten about this), if they are early D3's they could have the larger valves already. The small valve heads were also used on the 74 Montego/Torino 4v cars. I've only seen one of them, a 74 Montego GT with 4v and four speed....should have bought it.
  13. Or if you already have them. But, my thought was based on someone who wants to use open chamber heads in the first place. The smaller valves might be a bargaining point to get a decent pair of heads for cheap. I think I paid less than $100 for the two I have. Not because I needed them, but they were low mileage and cheap.
  14. George P.'s articles about the open chamber heads are not as negative as many other opinions. Especially when talking about valve shrouding, he has some interesting observations about the flow of these heads. They can be fitted with the bigger valves and used with a pop up piston. If one is inclined to use the open chamber heads, the D3Z can be picked up pretty cheap and in good condition since "no one wants them".
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