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zaxwax last won the day on July 18 2015

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    71 mustang mach 1

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  1. I believe it was leonardo Davinci who said that "art is never finished, only abandoned". You clearly take after the master, it's great to watch you constantly evolving your car. Looking forward to seeing your latest iteration.
  2. If I can get rolling early enough tomorrow I will pop in.
  3. I too have a leaking fmx that I would like to convert. Please keep us updated.
  4. Nice car, looks great! Just a tip for all you guys shooting your cars, if you want to avoid the wide angle distortion, back up farther away from your car and zoom in with your lens (assuming you have a zoom lens.) Try to be shooting at greater focal length than 50mm. Also try to get even with the cars level vertically. Don't shoot down or up at your car unless you want that vibe. The 71-73 mustangs especially are difficult to photograph because of their proportions and if you use a wide angle and stay close to the car they will look either very nose heavy or back heavy depending on where you are. Im not trying to diss anyones creativity or photography but if you were wondering why your pictures of your car don't look like your car, that's why. :).
  5. looks very promising. can't wait to see the result.
  6. Dim lights are a common issue on these cars. As John J mentioned the fix a lot of us have done is LEDs, plus replacing the headlight switch. You could replace the voltage regulator that's attached to the back of the cluster while you are there and probably the printed circuit just to be safe. If you wanted to keep it all tungsten, I would make sure you are getting lots of juice to the cluster. Replace the headlight switch, it commonly goes bad and it's a relatively cheap fix. Then, consider putting the headlights on a relay wired directly to the battery so the headlight amperage is not flowing through the headlight switch. If I understand things correctly this will give you about as much juice as you can get going there. You could also test to see if it will help by disconnecting your headlights and seeing if the cluster gets brighter. If it does than get the relay. (also pretty affordable, Jeff73mach1 has the info on which relay.) You could also check the wiring if it's an original harness. Even with all that though, the cars just have dim instrument clusters. LEDs actually look pretty good. I've got white in mine and it's really nice to be able to see everything clearly.
  7. I also would like to know if you recommend any particular brands. I've personally had good luck with the meguiars ultimate compound and ultimate polish, but only tried it so far by hand. I do have the dual action polisher that comes with the power system kit but have only tried it on small areas. I'm always curious to know what other people are using.
  8. With some hesitancy, I would say that my experience with the classic air auto system we installed last summer in my mach 1 was not all roses. In general it's a well thought out system, but there are definitely some issues. The mount for the compressor especially seems like it could be better thought out. You're not supposed to tilt the compressor past 180 but if you use the mount as it's designed to tension the belt you automatically push it past 180. A simple reversal of the side the hinge is on the mount mount would allow you to tension the belt and keep the compressor below 180. Some of the documentation on the install is inaccurate (or my car had been worked on before and altered). It was all workable, you could clearly see what they had meant after you fiddled with it a bit, it was things like an extra screw not mentioned or in a different place. The biggest issue for me, is while they are responsive with tech support, my system has an odd whine to it, that no one was able to diagnose. I had conversed with tech support about it and sent them a video showing the behavior and tried a couple things they asked me to do and after awhile of going back and forth they just quit responding to me. I am still waiting for a reply, although they had said that if it wasn't the last thing we tried it was going to involve pulling out the system and sending it back to them for further diagnosis and I didn't want to do that. I did have a different independent mechanic friend of mine look it over again and he couldn't figure out what the whine was either. He closed it with. "well it cools doesn't it? you can't fix what ain't broke." It does cool, but the whine makes me nervous so I rarely use the system. The mechanic who helped me install the system was in general impressed with the design and there are definitely clever touches, so I don't want it to seem like I'm down on the system. It does save time and money from building it from scratch, but if I had to do it again, I might go a different way. Certainly a lot of other people have had great experiences with theirs and perhaps my issues were caused by operator error on installation, which would fall on my shoulders.
  9. Thanks guys. That's what I needed. This forum is a great resource. I will check and top it off as soon as it warms up a bit. I started with a pan gasket leak and I've had a couple different mechanics try to seal it/get it to be flat and the pan may be fixed now but the transmission is still leaking. I've got another mechanic I might try. There doesn't seem to be a lot of parts support for FMX transmissions.
  10. Hey guys. I know the information I need is already out there but google searching has brought me conflicting information, so I thought I'd ask the collective wisdom of the board. I have a 1971 mach 351 Cleveland with an FMX transmission. The trans is of course leaking small drips onto the garage floor which 2 mechanics now can't seem to fix and I have resigned myself to living with it The question I have is: What is considered the best procedure for checking the transmission fluid level? Car up to temp and running in Park? Different people seem to say different things. And I'm cringing to ask this in public, but do I add trans fluid to the tube the dipstick comes out of? Please educate me. Thanks guys.
  11. I pulled out the blue diffusers, replaced my headlight switch and swapped out all the bulbs to LEDs and I have great night visibility on my gauges. Jeff73mach1 also has a headlight relay he recommends to take some of the load off the headlight switch. I just use LED headlights.
  12. Not everyone loves the sound of a big V8 engine, so I grant grace when people annoy me in hopes that it is granted back to me. Especially since I also have a ducati with an aftermarket muffler.
  13. I sent you an email. I'm in for one. Glad someone is making them.
  14. I'm really happy with the tach I put in mine to replace the clock and the wiring was very simple. click on tach and then scroll down to mustangs. it looks factory. http://www.rccinnovations.com
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