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  1. Thanks for your suggestion, I think I'll go through the middle and replace parts of the floor instead of patching the hole. I hope your surgery will happen soon and bring you more comfort! V.
  2. Hey folks, I'm facing a bit of a dilemma I'd like your opinions on. The PO of my car had work done on the floor. I checked it out today and found out that plain sheet metal was laid just covering the edges of the cut hole and then was welded onto it. So it was not welded IN the hole but OVER the hole. Please also have a look at the great appearance of the welds they left behind in attached pictures. I have 2 problems with this: 1 - Used metal is flimsy coz it lacks inforcement dents 2 - The welds look like shit. However, it seems to hold pretty well and doesn't leak an
  3. Took out A/C heater box, few engine bay components, removed the hood, removed RH quarter window + mechanism, checked out my floor and cowl. Managed to poke holes in cowl with screwdriver. Not yet sure on how to proceed, will post elsewhere about that. Current state: Good times!
  4. And here's an interesting read suggesting that the polution of electric vehicles is in fact, less than that from conventional vehicles: - https://www.carbonbrief.org/factcheck-how-electric-vehicles-help-to-tackle-climate-change A lot has to do with the way electricity is generated around the world.
  5. Currently working my way through the dash, after removing the LH door and fender. Found a small hole in the cowl above the heater. Awesome.
  6. I guess you meant to put the dental floss behind it and then pull? When I posted before I didn't know there was another hole that gives access to the pin in the fastener, that hole was covered by insulation.... duh! From the inside I gently tapped it out using an extention and hammer. Also I thought the logo was made of plastic but it's metal so it won't break as easily.
  7. Hey folks, I'm thinking of welding up a frame to support my 73's body when it's bare, stripped of everything. I want to put it on wheels so that the body can also be transported while on this frame. In the rear I guess I could mount it at the front leaf spring mounting point. Dunno about where to mount it on the front side of the body. Has anybody ever made something like this? If so, would you share some of the details and experiences (and maybe even some pics) please? Thanks, Vincent.
  8. I prefer the big fat 73 front bumper but that's just a matter of taste! Your conversion looks great and so does the rest of the car, well done and enjoy! :-)
  9. I think too much shrinking (in the weld) is causing this flat spot. So I don't think I need to shrink anything, actually need to expand the weld. I haven't had time to do so yet though...
  10. Thanks folks! It looks really weird but I guess it's supposed to be like that then. I'm gonna leave it.
  11. Hey folks, I took out my dash frame today and noticed this dent: Is that s'posed to be there or should it be straight? Looks very odd to me... On another note: Has anybody trashed their frame and put in another dash? If you do, pics please :-) Cheers, Vincent.
  12. I invested in the future and bought these from NPD: https://www.npdlink.com/product/disc-brake-conversion-kit-wilwood-forged-dynalite-series/196828 Ever since I was a kid I wanted red calipers on my brakes, visible through a cool set of wheels. These will also motivate me to keep moving forward with my super slow restoration :-) The box will also contain the matching hoses.
  13. The reason for bringing up the offset is coz I need it for the upgrade to disc brakes. 2.5 it is then.
  14. One more question: Do 28 and 31 spline axles have the same axle offset? When I look at the lengths (for instance this pair: https://www.summitracing.com/parts/msr-a31-71must/make/ford/model/mustang/year/1973) it seems they have the same length and probably also the same offset? That would mean I could measure the offset on my currect axle and order these...
  15. So a direct replacement 31 spline axle can be inside an assembly originally for 28 spline axles?
  16. Amongst other things I managed to get the Grande emblem off of one side and in one piece, very pleased! :-)
  17. Alrighty, I found the tag under a thick layer of crap: WES-T is a 28 spline axle. Manufacture date june 3rd 1973. 2.75 gears, open. 9". Why I am thinking of going 31 spline is because I am already changing the differential where I have a choice between 28 or 31 for the same price. So why not go 31 spline all the way? At least if a bigger engine is ever put in the rear axle is ready for it. 3.25 might be a good idea, I'll have a look. So maybe I'll buy the diff and axle now and wait with ordering the bearings and brakes untill I take the axle out. There is one thing th
  18. Hey folks, Currently I have a 9" axle with 2.75 gears, open diff, drum brakes and probably 28 spline axles. I'd like to change to 3.5 gears and an Eaton Detroit Truetrac diff, disc brakes and possibly 31 spline axles. So I've been reading and learning about this stuff for a week now and instead of narrowing down specs I only see more variables: - Axle offset (for the brakes) - Axle bearing diameter (for brakes) - Pinion diameter (for gear upgrade) - Carrier bearing size (for new diff , third member housing size??) - Axle bore (for 31 spline axles) I am not yet ready to t
  19. I think the blue is a primer used with previous repairs.
  20. Took the drivers' side door out and took it completely apart, everything bagged and tagged. After removing the drip rail and weatherstrip I was finally able to look into a possible issue. I was scared I was going to need to replace a piece of my window's edge but no, it was just filler gone crappy!
  21. Howdo, To figure out which rear drum to disc upgrade kit to buy I had to check out the axle flange. When removing the drum I did not recognise the axle flange nor did I recognise the axle retainer plate from all the pictures I had seen online and in any books I got on hand. 1) Why are there 3 holes in my axle flange? I thought they had just one? 2) Why is the front of the axle flange not flat? All the ones I saw were flat and had dimples in them for identification... 3) My retainer plats looks rectangular. Again, none of the retainer plates I saw looked like this. I di
  22. Oh that's good news that the ones in the A-pillar can be removed so easily! I'll have a look tomorrow then. If I were to bend a tab inside the door to remove the plates there, is the tab likely to break? Any particular one to bend if possible at all? Thanks Vincent.
  23. Hey guys, Today I removed my drivers side door and found this rusty mess: I think it looks worse than it actually is. I need to drill out a snapped off bolt though and noticed that the plate that the bolts go in is loose. How is the plate fixed in place and can it be accessed and/or removed/replaced? Cheers, Vincent.
  24. Learned a new word! First I thought "Whose small peens is he talkin' about?" But google told me it's the thin side of the hammer head, opposite the flat head. And suddenly your story makes sense and the world is a better place once more :-) I have to remove door and quarterwindow weatherstips this weekend and then see if I can get something behind that dent. Thanks for your explanation! V.
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