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  1. How about this strategy: Let some other idiot buy it, then figure out that they're in over their head and turn around and sell it at a loss when their wife gives them the ultimatum. Unless you can paint the car yourself, anything over 6 grand is a bit of a risk especially if you can't have someone knowledgable take a close look at it first. :D


    ***Side Story. To sign up for classes at the VoTech, I had to see the counselor, and had to demonstrate I had either a GED or a HS diploma. Here I am 50 years old, and I gotta show that I have a HS diploma? So I went home, and got my transcripts from college which showed I have a BA, a MS, and PhD, and presented it to the counselor. You should have seen his face...I think that was the first time they ever had a PhD in their classes.


    Wanna laugh? I dropped out of high-school but I knew how to weld (gas and MIG) by the time I was 12. When I did go to school I was in all of the "Advanced Placement" classes so I probably could have gone to college but cars and girls were more important (at least back then).

    Here's the real funny part: I eventually became an Engineer and I'm VP of Product Development at my company now. I had to get my GED first though. :D

  3. One way I found to work out the quarters was using layout tools - "contour gauge" and measuring different points from a good quarter. Use strong thin cardboard (i.e. a file folder from Office Depot, Office Max). Take a sample about one inch apart, transfer the shape and label the cardboard with the position on the good quarter. Use scissors to cutout the cardboard to create the negative image. I know it sounds labor intensive but it can give you a much better reference point than simply eyeballing it. ----------> Product Description : Contour Gauge, 6 Inches, Steel, Replicates

    Construction : Stamped Steel Body With Ruled Edge, Stainless Steel Contour Wires, For Duplicating Contours : 5 3/4 W x 1 7/8" H, Graduations : Inch, Application : Obtains and Replicates Inside or Outside Angles and Shapes For Tiling, Finish Carpentry, Woodworking, Flooring or Carpeting Projects


    If you're having this much trouble with that area on a Mustang then don't EVER try restoring an old Porsche. Those things are full of curves! Trust me - I went through a Porsche restoration when I was in high-school. NOT fun.


    Why not cut more of the panel and replace it with one of the patch panels that are available? The cut lines are in the "flatter" sections of the panel. You can work those more easily.


    I think Dynacorn has complete '71-'73 quarter panels available now. You might want to look into those as well.



  4. Cool options! Also, I never seen the non ram air car get a two tone hood...that's different. I'm curious if it originally had the twist hood locks also. Any brackets still on the radiator support?


    Due to emissions restrictions, in 73 "working" Ram air was only available on a 351-2V. The other engines got the "two-tone" hood treatment as you see on this car.



  5. Don't run a higher stall than highway driving rpm's. You'll fry your clutches.


    Word to the wise. Be careful. You'll get more giddy up by changing the rear-end gearing too and that won't affect trans. life. Why do you think you need a 2800 RPM stall speed? How hot is the cam and how heavy is the car? A "looser" converter is not a quick and dirty way to make a car go quicker, it's required when you have a hot cam and / or numerically lower rear gears (comparatively speaking). You actually want the "tightest" converter that your engine can stand while still giving you a good launch off the line. This gives you the most efficient power transfer and lets the trans run as cool as possible. "Loose" converters create heat. It sounds like you've already fried a trans. Take a look at your ENTIRE setup and then decide what you need to do.



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